|MILLER AND ZOLLER FAMILIES OF MINDEN, N.Y.|
The family profile of the Miller and Zoller Families was
kindly contributed by Jeanette Shiel, Coordinator of the Fulton County NYGenWeb site.
The Miller family has for many years been established in Montgomery county,
New York. The founder, Conrad Miller, was probably an emigrant from
Germany. He had nine children: Peter, Conrad, Daniel, Henry, John,
George, Christiana, Mary and Nancy.
(ii) John, son of Conrad Miller, married Margaret Garlock
and had children: Henry, Adam, Conrad, John, Jacob, Peter I., and
(iia) Peter I., son of John and Margaret (Garlock)
Miller, born in the town of Minden, Montgomery County, New York, May 5,
1789, died October 12, 1841. He was educated at the district
schools. He was a tavern keeper at Mohawk, New York, for several
years, after which he turned his attention to farming, following that
occupation for the remainder of his active life. He was Whig in
politics. He married Christina Devendorf, born November 27, 1798, died
in Minden, January 28, 1867, daughter of Solomon and Christina Devendorf;
granddaughter of Jacob Devendorf, one of the original patentees of the
town of Minden. The Devendorfs came from Switzerland prior to the
Revolution and one of the name served under General Herkimer and was killed
at the battle of Oriskany in 1777.
Children of Peter I. and Christina Miller:
1. Chauncey, married Barbara Stauring;
2. Harvey married Margaret Stauring;
3. Mary, (twin of Martha) married Charles J. Devendorf;
4. Martha, (twin of Mary) married Stephen Z. Walwrath;
5. Jerome married (first) Louisa Walwrath (second) Martha Davy
6. Peter, son of Peter I. and Christina (Devendorf) Miller, was born
in the town of Minden, March 17, 1839. He was educated in the
district schools and at Fort Plain Institute. For several years he
engaged in farming in Minden, then spent two years in Canada in the
produce business. On his return from Canada he disposed of his
interest in Minden, and settled in Lockport, New York, where he engaged in
the wholesale grocery business, under the firm name of Miller &
Smith. He continued in active business life until about 1900 when he
retired; since which time he has spent the greater portion of his time in
his native town and now resides at the village of Fort Plain, New York.
He has had a successful business career and has been the architect of his
own fortune. He is well known in the community as a man of high
character and generous impulses. He is a Republican in politics and
served while living in the town of Minden as school trustee. In
religion he is a Universalist. He married, December 30, 1868,
Katherine, born July 29, 1841, daughter of John I. and Eliza (Sanders)
Zoller, granddaughter of Jacob I. Zoller, who was a son of Jacob Zoller.
Jacob was one of four brothers (Jacob, Henry, Casper and
Andrew) who came into the Mohawk Valley from their native land,
Switzerland, during the revolutionary war, settling at Fort Willett, in
Dutchtown, Montgomery county. Jacob and Andrew Zoller served in the
battle Oriskany, where Andrew was taken prisoner and Jacob was shot
through the shoulder and taken prisoner. Andrew returned but Jacob
was never after heard from. Jacob I. Zoller was born Minden, where
he died June 18, 1863, aged eighty-six years. He served in the war
of 1812 and was stationed at Sacketts Harbour. He married Katherine,
daughter of John Christian and Elizabeth Ehle. She was born August
30, 1782, died October 29, 1868. Their children are:
1. John I., eldest child, was born in Minden, March 9, 1805,
died November 15, 1891. He was for many years engaged in mercantile
business. In 1843 he was a member of the New York Legislature. He
married Eliza Sanders. Children:
1a. Katherine Elizabeth, died young.
1b. Jacob, born April 15, 1833, died January 27, 1907;
he was engaged in the wholesale grocery and provision business in Little
Falls, New York; married Mary Jane Dygert.
1c. Abram P., born July 28, 1835, died April 8, 1908;
married Rachel Newkirk; no issue; resident of Fort Plain.
1d. Martha, born may 4, 1837; married Robert Smith of
Hallsville, 3 children.
1e. Mary, born May 26, 1839, deceased.
1f. Katherine, married Peter Miller (above); no
1g. Elizabeth, died aged thirteen years.
1h. Charles, married Ianthe Klock, and died on the
homestead farm, October 3, 1902, aged fifty-five years.
2. Mary, born May 9, 1807, married Henry I. Crouse.
3. James, born April 20, 1809, removed to Northern New York and
settled near Ogdensburg.
4. Jacob, born July 29, 1811, died at the age of seventeen years.
5. Josiah, born September 27, 1813; built the Zoller House at Fort
Plain of which he was proprietor for many years.
6. Henry Chauncey, born December 18, 1815, removed to Columbia,
7. Abraham, born May 16, 1818, died September 27, 1854 at Racine,
8. Katherine, born October 25, 1821, married John C. Van Camp and
removed to Toranto, Iowa.
9. Elizabeth, born August 16, 1825, never married.
Source: Cuyler Reynolds, "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and
Family Memoirs", Vol. IV (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing
Co.)1911, pgs. 1556-1557.
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