Miller Family Genealogy

   Miller is English and Scottish: an occupational name for a miller. The standard modern vocabulary word represents the northern Middle English term, an agent derivative of mille ‘mill’, reinforced by Old Norse mylnari. In southern, western, and central England Millward (literally, ‘mill keeper’) was the usual term. The American surname has absorbed many cognate surnames from other European languages, for example French Meunier, Dumoulin, Demoulins, and Moulin; German Mueller; Dutch Molenaar; Italian Molinaro; Spanish Molinero; Hungarian Molnár; Slavic Mlinar, etc. The coat of arms is silver with a red cross; The Crest features a right hand with first and second fingers pointing upward. The Family Motto, "Manent optima coelo," means, "The best things await us in heaven."
   The family was first found in Dumfriesshire, where the Miller family was seated from ancient times.
   Our ancestry to this family can be traced to JAMES CAMPBELL MILLER, born on the 24th of July, in 1826, who became a farmer. In 1850 lived in Center, Butler, Pennsylvania. After 1860, he moved to Moniteau, Cooper County, Pennsylvania. He married LOVINA (or LUVINA) BRIGHT (b. 7 Aug 1828 - 23 Feb 1904), pictured above.


  • HENRY JAMES MILLER, b. 4 Jul 1849 in Butler, Pennsylvania. He died in 1930 in Moniteau, Cooper, Missouri, United States
  • MARY MALISSA MILLER, b. 21 Nov 1851 in PA, USA. "On the 12th of Oct 1886 Mrs Pritchard died after a short illness. She was a woman who had endeared herself by her many good qualities of head and heart to all who knew her and her loss both to the family and the community is sincerely mourned." Family listed below.
  • CLYNE MALISSA MILLER, b. 7 May 1854, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He married Margie and they lived in Burris Fork Township, Moniteau, Missouri. They had Charley A (b. 1886), Bertha (b. 1890), Jessie (b. 1893) and Lilly (b. 1899).
  • MAHALA ANN MILLER, b. 20 Apr 1856, in Pennsylvania. She died on 27 Jul 1951 in Cooper, Missouri.
  • AMELIA BARBARAH MILLER, b. 12 Mar 1861, in Pennsylvania.
  • MELINDA JANE MILLER, b. 10 Apr 1864, in Pennsylvania. She married the astoundingly good-looking Robert Lee Paterson (1856 - 1910) and they had: Stewart B (1886 - 1919); Stella Amelia (1887 - 1985); Nola Dell (1889 - 1986); Maggie Ellen (1891 - 1981); Pearly May (1893 - 1913); Charles L. (1896 - 1976); Emma Lovyna (1900 - 1976); George C. (1902 - 1921); and Bernice E. (1908 - 1908). After Robert's death, she married Will C. Dyer (1856 - 1932). Melinda died on 4 Sep 1942 in Benton, Missouri. See her with her grandkids Karl and Geraldine Gemes here. (Courtesy of Geraldine Gemes Wise)
  • MARTHA JANE MILLER, b. 26 Apr 1867, in 26 Apr 1867 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. She died on 22 Sep 1871 from Scarlet Fever.
  • ALBERT BRIGHT MILLER, b. 14 Dec 1868, in Pennsylvania. He married a woman named Nola E. (b. 1875 in Moniteau, Cooper, Missouri). Albert died in 1943.
  • MARGARET ADDIE MILLER, b. 11 Feb 1871, in Cooper, Missouri. Death: 1950.
  • Personal Information
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    Name: James C. Miller
    Age: 22
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Home in 1850: Center, Butler, Pennsylvania
    Gender: Male
    Estimated Birth Year: Abt. 1828
    Birth State Pennsylvania
    Attended School within year No
    Page: 277
    Roll: M432_760
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: 1850 United States Federal Census. M432, 1009 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
       Their daughter, MARY MALISSA MILLER, was born in Pennsylvania. From there she moved with her family to Missouri. There, Mary met an immigrant from Wales named JOHN PRITCHARD. There is evidence that John had been married before, to a woman named Caroline who had died sometime after their arrival in the United States in the year 1859. About a dozen years after John's arrival, he was wed to Mary.
       The following account is from the book, Portrait and Biographical Album of Livingston County Illinois: "On the 3rd of Oct 1872 while living in Missouri, Mr Pritchard was married to Mary M. Miller a native of Pennsylvania, who was born on the 21st of Nov 1851. To them was born 7 children. Shortly after marriage Mr. Pritchard came to Livingston Co and settled on the farm on which he now resides on the Vermillion River. He first purchased of land consisted of 80 acres, to which he subsequently added until he now has a farm of 160 acres which is model in all appointments and equipment. When he became possessed of this land there had practically never been any improvements made upon it nor any cultivation attempted.

    Mary Miller-Pritchard, with John and children.
       "On the 12th of Oct 1886 Mrs Pritchard died after a short illness. She was a woman who had endeared herself by her many good qualities of head and heart to all who knew her and her loss both to the family and the community is sincerely mourned."
       Beyond that account, we don't know much more about Mary Malissa Miller. She died over 30 years before her grandaughter Dorothy, her oldest living descendant, was born.
       As far as her physical appearance, there were very few images ever made of her. All that we have left is a charcoal portrait made from a photograph, which is now lost. The rendering is in the posession of Irene Wenk-Poley, Mary's great grandaughter, through her son, William Pritchard, and his daughter, Dorothy Pritchard-Wenk. It hangs in the main room of her Michigan house, framed and proudly displayed with a similar portrait of Mary's husband, John Pritchard.


  • JOHN BAPTISTE PRITCHARD was born on 23 Sep 1873. He moved to California and married IDA KENBECK (18 Feb 1891 - 06 Jul 1915). They had a daughter, ROBERTA JUNE PRITCHARD (b. 03 Jun 1915 in Sacramento, CA) m. Marion L. Mazzoni (1908 - 1969). Roberta and Marion had a son, John James, on 13 Sep 1939 in Solano, CA. John B. died on 01 Mar 1945 in San Francisco, California.
  • World War I draft registration.
  • MARGARET E. PRITCHARD was born on 09 Jan 1876. She married THOMAS BURR SIMS (1873-1957) and they moved southeast of Saunemin. After the death of her father, John, they purchased his farm and moved back. Margaret and Burr had a daughter, MARY EDNA SIMS, in 1912, and ran the family farm all of her life, into the 1960s. Margaret died in 1966, and Mary and husband Lester Ellington then ran the farm.
  • Mrs. Sims Notes 90th Birthday: On Same Farm Where She Was Born.
  • DAVID JAMES PRITCHARD was born on 12 Apr 1878. He married KATHERINE L. TRONCE (b. 28 Mar 1883) and they had a son, MARION CLARK PRITCHARD, in 1908. Marion m. Iris Sullivan (1909-2001): two sons James Clark Pritchard b.1932, William Gerald b. 1936. David died in 1941. Katherine died in Apr 1989 in Pontiac, Livingston, Illinois.
  • World War I draft registration.
  • WILLIAM CLINE PRITCHARD was born in 1880. He married NELLE WINTERS in Saunemin, Livingston, Illinois, and they had two daughters, DOROTHY and HELEN. The family moved to Washtenaw County, Michigan, and William went into politics, becoming a Justice of the Peace. William died on 23 Jun 1958 in Chelsea, Washtenaw, Michigan.
  • See William the politician working here.
  • FRANKLIN THOMAS PRITCHARD was born on 26 Feb 1882 in Saunemin, Illinois. He married LUCY SHEPPELMAN (b. 05 Mar 1898) on 18 Dec 1918 and they had two children: WILMA ELAINE (b. 13 Aug 1921) and DURELLE FRANK (b. 15 Apr 1937). Franklin died on 10 Aug 1951. Lucy died on 14 Oct 1994 in Pontiac, Livingston, Illinois.
  • World War II draft registration.
  • See Frank as a cowboy.
  • MARY JANE PRITCHARD was born on 17 Oct 1884 in in Saunemin, Livingston County, IL. She married WILLIAM IMMKE (14 Oct 1877 - 30 May 1963) and they ran a farm in Saunemin. Mary Jane and William had the following children: ARNOLD EARLE (6 Jul 1905 - 22 Mar 1966) and CLARENCE W. IMMKE (12 Nov 1910 - Sep 1976). Mary Jane died on 6 Feb 1953 in Saunemin, Livingston, Illinois.
  • LIVINIA MARTHA PRITCHARD was born on 12 Oct 1886 in Saunemin. She married JOSEPH ELMER ALBIN (11 Mar 1880 - 30 Mar 1944) at Clarksburg, Missouri, on 26 Sep 1906. They had four kids: SUDIE RITH (b. 07 Oct 1907), FLOYD (24 Dec 1908 - 29 Nov 1996), GRACE (24 Jun 1909 - 25 Oct 1909) and ALBERT (02 Dec 1921 - 08 Dec 2003). Livinia died on 12 Aug 1978 in Tipton, MO. She and Joseph are buried at New Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery (also called Mount Zion Cemetery) in Clarksburg, Missouri.

    JAMES CAMPBELL MILLER (b. 1826) married LUVINA BRIGHT (b. 1828) and begat...

    MARY MELISSA MILLER (1851 - 1886), who married JOHN PRITCHARD (1832 - 1897) and begat...

    WILLIAM PRITCHARD (1880 - 1958), who married NELLE WINTERS (1885 - 1974) and begat...

    DOROTHY PRITCHARD (b. 1918), who married ERWIN WENK (1910 - 1982) and begat...

    MARTHA WENK (b. 1940), who married CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).