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John Miller (abt. 1642 - 1688)

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John Miller
Born about in Scotlandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
Brother of [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married about in Virginia (Elizabeth City Co. or York Co.); London; or Scotlandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Elizabeth City County, Virginiamap
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Profile last modified | Created 18 May 2017 | Last significant change: 5 Nov 2018
15:18: Jim Miller removed Margaret (Hardy) Miller as the mother from John Miller. [Thank Jim for this]
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I am going to ASSUME (but no hard evidence) that this John Miller is the son of Patrick Miller, Sr. b- 1620 in Scotland who lived in Middlesex Co., VA (was Lancaster Co.). This is POSSIBLE since this John Miller's son, Robert Miller (who died 1/25/1693 in Elizabeth City Co., VA) was married to a woman named Ephica (or maybe Aphia) and Ephica had an earlier marriage to a Prettyman and had two children with him (Ephica/Aphia and Thomasin) who are mentioned in Robert Miller's 1693 will. The Prettyman family was involved in the tobacco trade in Middlesex Co. (ship load road in the port of Urbanna was named Prettyman Rolling Road). It is believed that Patrick Miller was also involved with the tobacco trade in Middlesex Co. so Robert Miller (and his father, John Miller) MAYBE related to Patrick Miller.

The Miller family documented by only two Elizabeth City County, Virginia wills so far (John Miller died in 1689 & his likely son Robert Miller who died in 1693 when likely in his early 20's) seem to be associated with the Free Schools in Eliz. City Co.:

o George Eland: Witness to John Miller of Eliz. City Co. 1689 will & in 1697 George Eland was elected as Schoolmaster of Eaton's free school in Eliz. City Co.

o Robert Crook/Crooke (Appraiser of Robert Miller’s1693 will) was the Schoolmaster for the Symmes Free School at least on 11/20/1693 in Eliz. City Co.

Note: A John Miller died 12/28/1675 in York County, Virginia (Charles Parish) per (see my 1/20/18 EM). He could not have been James Miller b- Abt. 1610 son since James died in 1656 and did not note a son named John in his will (as noted below I think he did have a son named John; however this John Miller was still in the UK at the time of James' death in 1656). He may have been a young 1st son of John Miller & Ann Miller's (Charles Parish); however their 1st child appears to not have been born until 13 years later in 1688. 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. However I estimated John Miller of Elizabeth City Co., VA son John was born ten years earlier than this John Miller had died in 1675. So I am at a loss at this point as to who this John Miller that died in 1675 in York Co., VA was.

NOTE: John Miller of York Co., VA (Charles Parish) son John was born to late to be the father John Miller of Ann (Miller) Barbee in Middlesex Co., VA. So the best fit for my first John Miller in Middlesex Co., VA is the John that was the son of John Miller of Elizabeth City Co., VA.

1680: Surry County - Lawnes Creek Parish: Tenatables taken from Edward Miller; John Miller; Charles Dennison - (could be Edward-I Miller; however only known adult John Miller in family in 1680 was John Miller - Elizabeth City County; Edward-II's brother John would only have been less than 10 in 1680) (maybe John Miller-Eliz. City Co. arrived in Virginia after James Miller-Scotland's 1656 death & worked with his 1/2 brother Edward Miller - they both have William Wilson in common)


John Miller was born either in England, around Bristol/London, or in Scotland.


  • Per John Miller's will probated in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia on 11/18/1689

Miller, John. 4 Feb., 1688-9 18 Nov., 1689. My two oldest sons, James and John; daughter Margaret to be executrix with William Wilson; witnesses William Cornish, George Digells, George Elyand. (Souce: Virginia County Records, Quartly Magazine, Vol. VI, March 1909. #1. Submitted by Chris)

Will goes on to note: Margaret Miller his daughter qualified 4/24/1690, order book 1689-1699, p. 83. Estate appraised by Thomas Morgan, Robert Tucker, and George Giggles. Paid to the following, Margaret's share, Elizabeth's share, William's share, John's share, and Robert's share. Signed Margaret Miller 6/3/1690. Book 1689-1699, p. 132.

The above seems to indicate that James (likely the oldest son) bought out his five siblings; since James' name is not mentioned in the payment of the "shares".

There is also a possibility that James Miller (the oldest Sibling) may have returned to England after his father's death, if he was older and born in England and associated more with England than Virginia when his father (and mother?) left England for Virginia likely in the late 1650's.

This John Miller's will was recorded in the Elizabeth City County, Virginia Book 1689-1699; page 109:

He notes his two eldest sons (James & John); his daughter Margaret; and his three youngest children (Elizabeth, William, and Robert).

Exs. were a Mr. William Wilson and his daughter, Margaret (not sure if Mr. William Wilson was Margaret's husband). William Wilson represented Elizabeth City County in the Virginia House of Burgesses. William Wilson also had property in Isle of Wight County and signed a few documents with Edward Miller in Isle of Wight Co., VA in the later 1600's. Also Edward Miller's grandson, William Miller married a Margaret Wilson. Edward Miller married Sara Smith/Smyth whose father, Nicholas Smith/Smyth represented Isle of Wight County in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Will was written 11/4/1688 and recorded 11/18/1689 and a note that Margaret "qualified" (maybe this met she was of age?) - order book 1689-1699, page 83.

The estate was appraised by Thomas Morgan, Robert Tucker, & George Giggles.

An odd note that Margaret, Elizabeth, William, John, & Robert were paid their share (James was not noted; had James died after John wrote the will, but prior to the recording? or had James bought out his siblings?

Note: Maybe a relative of William Wilson mentioned in John's will: On 1/29/1661 a James Wilson purchases 700 acres on the east side of Ware Creek in New Kent Co. (now James City Co.). This would only be 3 or 4 miles from “Miller Creek” noted on the south side of the York River (across York River from Miller Landing Rd. in Glouseter Co.) where James Miller (b-1609); John Miller's assumed father; likely built a saw mill where “Miller Creek” drains into the York River.

This James Wilson land patent notes “By William Berkeley” (may indicate support of English Crown VA Governor).

William Wilson may have been James Wilson’s son. Wilson's and Miller’s likely were in the MacFarlane Clan together.

Also the son of James Miller (b- Abt. 1609 in Scotland); John's assumed father had another son (likely from a second wife, Mary) named Edward. On 10/10/1689 there is an Edward Miller (James Miller's son @ age 45?) that witnesses a John Grove's will in Isle of Wright County, VA along with Jno. Carrell, William Wilson, & Thomas Proud. Could this be the William Wilson mentioned in John Miller's will recorded in 1689?

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