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Ephraim B Miller

Male 1840 - 1914  (74 years)


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  • Name Ephraim B Miller  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 6 Jul 1840  Buffalo Mills, Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1850  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    With parents John E and Hannah (Carpenter) Miller, six siblings and a cousin(?) 
    Census 1860  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Manns Joice P.O. 
    Occupation 1860  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farm hand 
    Residence 1860  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    With father John E Miller, stepmother Missouri (Fletcher) and five siblings 
    Civil War Veteran 22 Aug 1862 - 25 Jun 1865  [7
    Private, F Co, 138th Pennsylvania Infantry Rgt 
    • Sustained a "Gun shot in left arm" during the war
    Census 1870  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buffalo Mills P.O. 
    Occupation 1870  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1870  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    With wife Amanda J (Swartzwelter), two children and a young farm hand named--seriously--John Fart 
    Census 1880  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Enumeration District 222 
    Occupation 1880  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Residence 1880  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    With wife Amanda J (Swartzwelter), six children and a servant 
    Residence 1890  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buffalo Mills P.O. 
    Census 1900  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Enumeration District 13-14 
    Occupation 1900  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Farmer 
    Residence 1900  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1910  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Enumeration District 15-13 
    Occupation 1910  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Retired, Farmer 
    Residence 1910  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Upper Cove Rd 
    Died 14 Dec 1914  Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: "Chronic valvular heart disease" 
    Miller, Ephraim B - Death Certificate
    Miller, Ephraim B - Death Certificate
    Buried 16 Dec 1914  Bedford Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Milligan's Cove Church Cemetery [5]
    Notes 
    • Ephriam B. Miller has long been actively identified with the agricultural and political interests of Harrison township, Bedford County, Pa., and is held in high regard throughout the community in which he lives. A son of the late John E. Miller, he was born in this township, July 6, 1840. He is of pioneer ancestry, his great-grandfather, Abraham Miller, having been one of the first settlers of this section of the State.

      Elias Miller, son of Abraham and father of John E., was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. He migrated with his parents to Harrison township, where he subsequently spent his life in the toilsome labor of clearing and improving a homestead. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and one of his brothers served several years as Sheriff of Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

      John E. Miller, father of the subject of this sketch, was a lifelong farmer of Harrison township, where he died in June, 1876, at a good old age. He belonged to the Republican party, and served his fellow-townsmen in various official capacities. A man of eminent piety, he was a consistent and active member of the Christian church, of which he was a Deacon for a number of years. His wife, Hannah Carpenter, a native of Londonderry, Pa., bore him several children, of whom the following named are yet living: Eve, wife of Job H. Martin, of Buffalo Mills, Pa.; Ephraim B., whose personal history is given below; Simon G. Miller, M. D., a physician in Putnam County, Florida; Amanda, wife of Daniel Swartzwelter, of Fayette County, Pennsylvania; and Hannah, wife of John R. Diehl, of Colerain, Pa.

      Ephraim B. Miller was bred and educated in Harrison, becoming as familiar in boyhood with farm life and labors as with the contents of his school books. In August, 1862, he offered his services to his country by enlisting in Company F., One hundred and Thirty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as a private. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Corporal; and with his regiment, which belonged to the Army of the Potomac, he fought at the battles of Snicker's Gap, Brandy Station, Locust Grove, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, siege of Petersburg, at Monocacy Bridge, Md., Charlestown, W. Va., Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Harrisonburg, Mount Jackson, and Cedar Creek. At the latter engagement he received a wound in the left arm of such a serious nature that he was forced to remain in the hospital five months, after which he served with his regiment until receiving his discharge on June 25, 1865. Returning then to the scenes of his childhood, he has since carried on various branches of agriculture with good financial results. His farm of three hundred acres is finely located, and with its equipments and substantial improvements is one of which he may well be proud. Evidences of his judicious labor and thrifty management are to be seen on every hand, and invariably attract the attention of the passer-by.

      Mr. Miller is a Republican in politics, and has ably served the township as Road Supervisor, a position which he held five years, and as Assessor, an office which he is now filling for the second term. He is one of the leading members of Harrison Post, No. 332, G. A. R., at Buffalo Mills, of which he is ex-Senior Vice-Commander.

      On February 15, 1866, Mr. Miller married Amanda, daughter of Daniel and Rachel (Morgart) Swartzwelder, late of Monroe township, Bedford County. Mr and Mrs. Miller have eight children, namely: Grant A.; Otho C.; Alberta O.; Simon D.; Viola wife of Samuel Wolf, of Hyndman, Pa.; Veda L.; Oscar G. and Pearl L., deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are both members of the Christian church.

      Biographical Review, pages 198-199.
    • Ephraim was a prosperous farmer and spent nearly all his life on the farm in Milligan's Cove. He was a Republican and filled several local offices creditably. Was always interested in the welfare of his family, his neighbors, his community, and his country.

      A veteran of the Civil War, being a member of 138th Penn'a Infantry. While serving under Sheridan at battle of Cedar Creek, Va., he was wounded by a minnie ball passing through the left arm. After spending some time in the hospital he rejoined his regiment at Petersburg before the final surrender of Lee at Appomattox and was honorably discharged.
    • BEDFORD GAZETTE, Bedford, Pa. - Wednesday, December 23, 1914

      Ephraim B. Miller died at his home near Buffalo Mills on Monday, December 14, 1914, aged 75 years. In February 1866 he was married to Miss Amanda Swartzwelder. To this union were born eight children, seven of whom, with their mother, survive: Grant of Buffalo Mills, Rev. Colfax of East Altoona, Miss Alberta and Oscar G. at home, Simon D. of Mann's Choice, Mrs. S. J. Wolf of Claysburg and Mrs. A. A. Hyde of Dry Ridge.

      Mr. Miller was a prosperous farmer and spent nearly all his life on the farm. In politics he was a Republican and filled several local offices creditably. He was a member of the Christian Church, having joined it in early manhood. He was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of 138th Pa. Inf. While serving under Sheridan at Cedar Creek he was wounded. After spending some time in the hospital he rejoined his regiment at Petersburg before the final surrender of Lee at Appomattox and was honorably discharged in 1865.

      By his death the community loses a most estimable citizen.

      The funeral service was held in the Cove Christian church Wednesday morning of last week.

      Born July 6th, 1840 on the farm adjoining where he died. In August 1862 he enlisted in the 138th P.V. for the term of three years or during the war. He shared the fortunes of his regiment in camp, on the march, and on battlefield and was d while serving under Sheridan at Cedar Creek. After spending some time in the hospital he rejoined his regiment at Petersburg before the final surrender of Lee at Appomattox and was honorably discharged in June of '65.

      He was always interested in the welfare of his family, his neighbors, his community and his country. for eight years he served as road supervisor and for six years as assessor of his Township.

      (Son of John E. and Hannah (Carpenter) Miller.)

      Obituary and information from Frederick D. Royer.
    • Available online probate records of Bedford Co., Pennsylvania do not cover his date of death (5 Oct 2014)
    Person ID I2911  Wm L Gann Ancestors
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2014 

    Father John Eli Miller,   b. 3 Sep 1808, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1876, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Hannah Carpenter,   b. 3 Sep 1810, Londonderry Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1856, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 15 Apr 1830  Bedford Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F1304  Group Sheet

    Family Amanda J Swartzwelter,   b. 17 Apr 1841, Monroe Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1916, Milligan's Cove, Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 15 Feb 1866  Monroe Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F1303  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S67] Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994, images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Bedford > Wills 1849-1882 vol 4-5 > image 486 of 661 (Reliability: 3), 2 Oct 2014.

    2. [S34621] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), fam. 72, p. 189, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 10 Aug 2010.

    3. [S40178] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), fam. 482, p. 73, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 08 Jul 2010.

    4. [S34634] 1870 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), fam. 25, p. 4, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 19 May 2010.

    5. [S51] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014), no. 1914-117768 (Reliability: 3), 7 Jul 2014.

    6. [S34637] Lybarger Descendants, John L. Lybarger, http://www.lybarger-descendants.com/.

    7. [S40188] 1890 Veterans Schedules, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), fam. 122, p. 2, ED 7-71, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 11 Oct 2010.

    8. [S34622] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), fam. 23, p. 3, ED 222, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 26 Apr 2010.

    9. [S34623] 1900 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900), fam. 14, p. 1B, ED 13-14, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 26 Mar 2010.

    10. [S40176] 1910 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910), fam. 131, p. 8A, ED 15-13, Harrison Twp., Bedford, Pennsylvania (Reliability: 2), 14 Mar 2010.

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