Fonds MC351 - Miller family

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Miller family

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  • 1862-1931 (Creation)
    Miller family (Bathurst)

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3 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins ca. 1811)

Biographical history

John Miller was born about 1811. He received a grant of land near Bathurst, in Gloucester County, New Brunswick, and took up farming there prior to 1861. Both he and his wife Rebecca were Methodists of Irish origin. They had at least six children: Mary Ann, Letitia, Richard, Samuel, John, E. Susan, and Rebecca Emma. John Miller died sometime between 1871 and 1891.

His son John Miller (b. ca. 1851) inherited the family farm after his father's death. John Miller, Jr. married Lizzie Gammon in 1881, and they had no fewer than three children, including Arthur and Jean. Miller was active in the community, serving as secretary of the district 13 school board, road commissioner, a justice of the peace, secretary of the Methodist church, a county councillor, and as county warden. He was also a member of the Bathurst Lodge of the British Templars. John Miller, Jr. and his wife Lizzie were still active in 1931.

Custodial history

Mrs. Frances Daley found this fonds in a house that she had inherited, the house having once belonged to Jean Miller, the daughter of John Miller. The records and photographs of the Gloucester County Council and the records of the Nepisiquit Bridge School that accompanied this fonds were transferred to RS18 and RS11 respectively.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of personal, business, and family records relating to members of the Miller family. It includes personal and family correspondence, 1879-1931 (9 items); an account book for farming operations, 1865-1875; farm receipts, 1863-1878; 11 receipts pertaining to the Methodist Church, 1898; four deeds for sale of land, 1875-1894, and one for the sale of a cow, 1893; and six fire insurance policies on houses in Bathurst, 1884-1896.

Also included are records of the Order of British Templars-Bathurst Lodge, including two copies of a Degree Book printed in Saint John (1867), a copy of a typed speech given by Miller, two books of accounts, and a listing of books missing from the lodge library (1874). There are also printed advertisements for Massey Harvesters and Steinberger Hendry Company globes.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by Mrs. Frances Daley, of Bathurst, N.B. in October 1979.


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  • English

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