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John Miller (bef. 1604 - 1663)

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Reverend John Miller
Born before in Ashford, Kent, Englandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Mar 2011 | Last significant change: 4 Feb 2018
08:07: Gerald Jones added an unmerged match of Miller-3642 and Miller-1149. [Thank Gerald for this]
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Baptism: 21 OCT 1604, Ashford, Devon, England
Marriage: Ashford, Devon, England
Death: 12 JUN 1663, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA


(Order of birth uncertain)[citation needed]

  1. Mehitable Miller, (born 12 Jul 1638, Roxbury)
  2. Lydia Miller, (born abt 2 Feb 1641; m abt 1660 as the "last wife of nathaniel Fish", (brother of Ambrose Fish)
  3. John Miller, (Born in England, married Rebecca, dau of Josiah Winslow, b 15 Jul 1643)
  4. Faith Miller, named in will of Susannah White of Charlestown as a dau of Rev. John Miller and who m. Nathaniel Winslow...
  5. Hannah Miller, m. Charlestown 22 May 1666 Joseph, son of Rev. John Frost
  6. Susanna Miller, b Yarmouth; bpt Roxbury Aug 1647; d unmarr.
  7. Elizabeth Miller, birth printed at Yarmouth 13 Oct 1649. There is confusing information about who she married; possibilities include: m1 Thomas Barlow; m2 24 Feb 1661 (seems too young) John White; m3 Samuel Frost of Billerica (son of Edmund of Cambridge)
  8. Mary Miller b abt 1653; m in Charlestown 8 (9th month [Nov]) 1677 John Whittemore.

GEDCOM Imported Notes

"Miller, John, Adm. sizar (age 18) at Caius, May 20, 1624. S. of Martin, weaver. Bapt. at Ashford, Kent, Oct. 21, 1604. School, Ashford (Mr. Burton). Matric. 1624; B.A. 1627-8. Emigrated to New England, 1638. Lived for the next nine years at Dorchester, Rowley and Roxbury, Mass. Pastor at Yarmouth, 1646-51; and at Groton, 1662-3. Died at Groton, June 14, 1663. (Venn, I. 266; J.G. Bartlett.)" [1]

"Rev. John Miller
"The earliest documents relating to any inhabitant of Groton, found among the files of the Middlesex County Probate Office, are those belonging to the estate of the Reverend John Miller, the first minister of the town. Power of administration was granted to his son John Miller, on July 3, 1663; and his library was appraised at £6 5s 7d.
"Mr. Miller graduated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, England in the year 1627, and came to this country in 1637. In the first return of deaths, made by the town clerk of Groton to the recorder of the County, it is stated:
Mr. Jno. Miller, minister of Gods holy word died. June 12th 1663."[2]

"Rev. John Miller (a descendant of Nicholas Miller, Sheriff of Kent) [this relationship is highly questionable[3]] was educated at Gouville and Caius, Cambridge, England, and took degree of A.B., 1627. He had a share of land granted him on Boston Neck, in or near Roxbury, 1636. He was a member of Dr. Elliott's Church, Roxbury. He was made freeman May 22, 1639, and was a minister in Roxbury, 1639. He had numerous calls from distant places, but always declined, though ever willing to supply wherever a clergyman was most needed in the vicinity of his early settlement. He married, in England, Lydia. She died in Boston, August 7, 1658. He died in Groton, June 12, 1663. Children: John, born in England, 1632; Mehitable, Lydia, Susanna, Elizabeth born October 13, 1649, married 1672 Dr. Samuel Frost; and others."[4]


  1. John Venn, Alumni cantabrigienses; a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge Part 1, Volume 3, p. 189. (Cambridge University Press, 1924)
  2. Samuel Abbott Green, Early Church Records of Groton, Massachusetts, 1761-1830..., (Groton, 1896), p. 186
  3. entered by Bobbie Hall, based on another researcher's findings: "Nicholas Miller of Wrotham was Sheriff of Kent in 1631, died 1640. He made a will the year he died naming only his son Nicolas. His son Nicolas died in 1658. grandson Humphrey died in 1709. His great grandson Borlase died in 1714. Could not find Rev John Miller or John's father Martin in any of the documents."
  4. Arabella L.G. Morton, Descendants of John Gamage of Ipswich, Mass. (Press of C.R. Stobbs, Worcester, MA, 1906)

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