William Miller

William Miller (1812 - 1884)

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William "Billy" Miller
Born in Breckinridge, Kentuckymap
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Husband of — married in Breckinridge, Kentuckymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge, Kentuckymap
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Categories: 68th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Enrolled Militia), United States Civil War.



William Miller served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: May 21, 1864
Mustered out: Jun 22, 1864
Side: Union
Regiment(s): Company C, Kentucky 68th Infantry

William's Immigrant Grandfatherr

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.[1] He served with the Continental Troops as a Private, in the 1st Pennsylvania 'Regiment of Foot', July 1778.[2]

Birth and Family

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.

Military Veteran

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."[3] 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:[4]

  • Mason, b. 1833
  • Thomas A., b. 1834
  • John, b. 1836
  • Mildred J., b. 1838
  • Sarah E., b. 1849

Ten years later, Billy is still plowing the fields and growing tobacco, married to Eliza, with four children at home.[5]

  • John, b. 1837
  • Lewis, b. 1845
  • Susan, b. 1853
  • Jefferson, b. 1855

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.[6]

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.[7]


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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  1. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s; record on file courtesy of ancestry.com
  2. U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783; on file courtesy of ancestry.com
  3. Kentucky in the War of 1812; courtesy of Wikipedia
  4. Kentucky 1850 U.S. Census
  5. Kentucky 1860 Federal Census; on file courtesy of ancestry.com
  6. 1870 Federal Census; courtesy of ancestry.com
  7. 1880 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of ancestry.com

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On 3 Feb 2018 at 21:15 GMT Scott Lee wrote:

Thank you! Is this better? Let me know! Scott

On 3 Feb 2018 at 21:09 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:

whole paragraph, immigration and rev war citation about his grandfather, another paragraph, war of 1812 citation for his father should probably just be listed on their profiles.

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

On 17 Nov 2017 at 14:57 GMT Jacqueline Clark wrote:

Miller-45525 and Miller-38927 appear to represent the same person because: same dob and location DOD same Same mother (which will also need merging) Same spouse with name variation and child who will also need to be merged

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