Anne Virginia "Jean" Agnew's b-1872 papers in The Library of Virginia-Richmond note: "Middlesex -- John Miller, whose 1st. wf. was Michael, m. 2nd. Jane Hill March 1714. In Oct. 1714 John Miller was adm. of est. of John Hill. We think that Jane Hill was the widow of John Hill and the latter's children ordered the est. settled."
It is also possible that John Hill who died around Oct., 1714 was the father of Jane Hill, John Miller's 2nd wife. However Jean Agnew adds the following statement which seems to indicate that John Hill was Jane (Unknown) Hill's 1st husband:
"John Miller's son-Patrick Miller m. Elizabeth Hill in 1722, we think, as their ch. were named John and Jane - that Patrick Miller m. his step mother's day. by her 1st marriage. John & Jane Miller seemed to have died young."
After going through almost 200 Isle of Wight County, Virginia documents associated with James Miller's (b- Abt. 1610) son, Edward Miller-I - b- abt. 1644 (who was the assumed brother of this John Miller's (b- abt. 1665) father (John Miller b-abt. 1636): it appears there are ties that bind all these Miller's. They all associated with many of the same Virginia families between 1680 and 1780 even though they each live in three different coastal Virginia counties. See the documents below that are based on a search of "Hadley" in Isle of Wight County, VA wills, etc. on Ancestry.com (my email dated 2/5/18):
1683: A John Jones and Ambrose Hadley, Sr. witnessed the will of a Thomas Barnes in Isle of Wight Co.; in 1748 a Mathew Jones witnessed the will of William Bidgood, Sr. who was the father of Nicholas Miller-I’s wife, Ann (Bidgood) Miller. NOTE: Also witnessing William Bidgood, Sr.’s 1748 will was a Joseph Hill and prior to marring Sara (Hadley) Miller, John Miller b- abt. 1665 had married Jane (Hill) Miller in about 1714 in Middlesex Co.
1703: Ambrose Hadley Sr.’s will: Ex. Wife, Margaret; daughter, Elizabeth Edwards. Edward Miller-I in Isle of Wight Co. in 1665 was involved with a document with a Thomas Edwards and in 1680 with a Charles Edwards.
1723: Ambrose Hadley, Jr. in Isle of Wight Co. did an appraisal of an Alexander Matthews’ estate with Arthur Smith. Edward Miller-I married Sara (Smith) Miller who was the daughter of Nicholas Smyth/Smith who was related to Arthur Smith.
1723: John Dawson did the same appraisal above of Alexander Matthew’s estate with Ambrose Hadley, Jr. Edward Miller-I purchased land from William & Joan Dawson in 1664 in Isle of Wight Co.
1730: Ambrose Hadley, Jr. in Isle of Wight Co. did an appraisal of Joseph Chapman’s estate with a William Wilson!!! and a Edward Crocker; SO there is also a tie to John Miller who died in 1689 in Eliz City Co. who is the assumed father of John Miller that married Sara Hadley around 1692 in Middlesex Co. This 1730 William Wilson in Isle of Wight Co. is likely the son of the William Wilson that was the executor of John Miller’s 1689 estate in Eliz City Co. who also witnessed John Grove’s will in Isle of Wight Co. in 1689 with Edward Miller-I. (NOTE: William Wilson-father/son tie the John Miller that died in 1689 in Elizabeth City Co. to his presumed son, John Miller, b- abt. 1665 who married Jane Hill and Sara Hadley in Middlesex Co. as well as to Edward Miller-I of Isle of Wight Co.). William Wilson, Sr. represented Elizabeth City County in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
1737: Ambrose Hadley, Jr. appraises the estate of a Thomas Summerell with a William Bidgood and a Joseph Hill. William Bidgood is the father of Nicholas Miller-I’s wife, Ann (Bidgood) Miller in Isle of Wight Co. and John Miller b- abt 1665 in Eliz City Co. married a Jane Hill in about 1714 in Middlesex Co.
1778: Ambrose Hadley, Jr.’s will is witnessed/Security by a Robert Tynes and a Robert Tynes is one of the persons that appoints the dower at Alice (Chapman) Miller’s death in 1750. Alice (Chapman) Miller is the wife of Nicholas Miller-I’s son (Nicholas Miller-II). Nicholas Miller-I is the son of Edward Miller-I. Nicholas Miller-I was likely named after Edward Miller-I's wife Sara (Smith) Miller's father (Nicholas Smyth/Smith). Nicholas Smyth/Smith represented Isle of Wight County in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Other common surnames between the Hadley’s in Isle of Wight Co. & Edward Miller-I’s family in the same county: Copeland’s Jordan’s Reynolds (both families note a Richard Reynolds (likely father/son) Davis’ Applewhaite’s Blunt’s Crocker's
Note: A John Miller died 12/28/1675 in York County, Virginia (Charles Parish) per Ancestry.com (see my 1/20/18 email). He could not have James Miller b- Abt. 1610 son since James died in 1656. He may have been a young 1st son of John Miller & Ann Miller's (Charles Parish); however their 1st child appears to have been born until 13 years later. He could have been a son of John Miller of Elizabeth City Co., VA that died as a child and another son of John's was also named John.
There were only 9 Miller's listed on the 1704 Virginia Rent Rolls (see below). There is a John Miller listed in Middlesex County (see below). I think the only Miller's on the list below I may also be related to are the John Miller in Gloucester County (Kingston Parish) and the John Miller in Essex County. Miller Jno Glocester, Kingston Parish Miller Jno Norfolk County, 1704 Miller John Essex County, 1704 Miller John Middlesex County, 1704 Miller Joseph Norfolk County, 1704 Miller Thomas Norfolk County, 1704 Miller Widdow Norfolk County, 1704 Miller Widdow Sen Norfolk County, 1704 Miller Wm Norfolk County, 1704
There are no Miller land owners in Middlesex County in 1704 (see my 4/19/17 email) so I assume John Miller obtained the 100 and 150 acre properties in Middlesex County noted in his will after 1704 but well prior to his 1742 will.
John Miller (b- Abt. 1665) will: JOHN MILLER MIDDLESEX CO – 1742 WILL: Middlesex Co, VA Will Book C (1740-1748) written 21 Feb 1742 and recorded 1 Mar 1742: "In the name of God Amen, I John Miller of the County of Middlesex, being weak through age and indisposition of body but enjoying the true use and force of my reason and understanding do make my will and dispose of my estate in manner following. Viz: Imprimis, I leave my soul to the mercy of Almighty God who gave me my being hoping through the mercy of almighty God and the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviorer (sic) to obtain the pardon and remission of all my sins and my body to be decently interred in the burial place upon the plantation where I now live at the pleasure and direction of my son, Christopher Miller and my son-in-law, John Berry, whom I leave executors to my will. Secundo, I give to John Berry, during the life of my daughter Mary Berry, wife to the said John, one hundred acres of land containing the plantation where I now dwell all on this side of the creek and bounded by Col. Armistead Churchills Wagon Road from the Creeks Mouth and after the death of my above mentioned daughter Maray (sic) Berry, tis my desire the said land should return to my son Christopher Miller or his heirs. Tertio, I give all my other lands to my son Christopher above named containing one hundred and fifty acres including the plantation on which he now lives. Quarto, I leave all my cattle, horses, and hoggs to my dear and loving wife during her life and after her decease to my daughter, Mary Berry. Quinto, I leave all my household furniture to my dear wife during her life and after her decease to my son Christopher Miller, my daughter Mary Berry and my daughter Michael Joel, to be eaqually divided among them. Sixto, I leave a Negro fellow named Will to my wife during her life and after her decease to my above mentioned daughter Michael Joel. Septimo, I leave to my daughter, Ann Barbee and John, her husband, one shilling and the same sum to wit, one shilling to my daughter, Eliza Bowler and her husband. I also leave to my daughter, Hannah Rodes and William, her husband, the sum of one shilling. Ultimo, I leave all the corn and tobacco now upon the Plantation to John Berry to pay my personal debts. This is my will and the way I desire my estate to be disposed of revoking any other will or testament made by me formerly. Dated February the twenty first one thousand seven hundred and forty two. Signed sealed and delivered in prescence of Robert Elliot, John Stevens. John Miller (his mark)."
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