William's grandfather, Ernest Christian Miller, was an immigrant from Germany, and arrived in America, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 21, in 1753. He served with the Continental Troops as a Private, in the 1st Pennsylvania 'Regiment of Foot', July 1778.
William, 'Billy', was born in 1812, in the state of Kentucky, Breckinridge County, to one of the many Miller families in that state. His father was Christley Miller and his mother was Sarah Jane Short. Billy was born crippled or it happened in early life as when his father Christley died he was young and his mother remarried. His new step-father applied for financial assistance due to having a handicapped son, Billy.
Billy's father served in the War of 1812. Kentucky supplied numerous troops and supplies to the war effort, and campaigned actively against the enemy. Over 25 thousand Kentuckians served in the War of 1812, "which is about five out of every six of military age". Kentucky had more casualties than all other states combined. "Kentucky sent a total of 36 regiments, four battalions, and twelve independent companies to the field, an almost unbelievable accomplishment considering the state's small population at the time." Billy's father died at the age of 49 at the end of the war.Billy was only three years old. The next year Billy's mother remarried.
Billy became a farmer, like his father had been, and in 1850, he is 38 years old, working his own farm in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, married to Eliza jane, 37 years old with five children, all born in Kentucky:
Ten years later, Billy is still plowing the fields and growing tobacco, married to Eliza, with four children at home.
During the census of 1870, Billy and Eliza Jane, listed in the Cloverport, Kentucky Census, have Lewis, Susan, and Jefferson living at home with them.
Still working his farm in 1880, the only child left at home is Jefferson. Billy is 66 and Eliza Jane is 65. On this census, Billy's mother and father are listed as having been born in the state of Virginia.
Four years later, in the summer of 1884, June 26, Billy passes away, and is buried in the old New Bethel Cemetery in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. Two years later, Eliza follows him, and dies on 26 Jul 1886.
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On 3 Feb 2018 at 21:15 GMT Scott Lee wrote:
On 3 Feb 2018 at 21:09 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:
no citation for his own civil war service, and bio states disabled/handicapped, so not sure if he would have been in the service, especially at the age of 50
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