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1st wife of Elder Jacob Miller

Also Known As: "Not Mary Godwin"
Death: before 1801
Immediate Family:

Wife of Elder Jacob Miller, minister of the Brethren Church or "Dunkards"
Mother of Mary Derst; Anna Lybrook; Eva Kingery; John Miller, Sr.; Jacob Miller and 7 others

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About 1st wife of Elder Jacob Miller

We don’t know the name of the 1st wife or wives of ‘Elder’ Jacob Miller (d 1815). She wasn’t ‘Lutheran’ Mary Miller



"Elder Jacob's wife's name, the mother of his children is not known. A DAR applicant says that she was Mary Goodwin, that they were married Dec. 30, 1763, in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Philadelphia. This can only be based on the similarity of names and that one of his daughters, probably his eldest, is named Mary. This does not hold true to custom: the Dunkers were strong on marriage within the faith and this would violate even early concepts of this tradition..."[1]


"Jacob Miller (1738-1815) had twelve known children: Mary (c.1764); Anna (1765); Eve/Eva (1767); John (1769); Jacob (c. 1770); Tobias (1773); Abraham (1775); Samuel (c. 1776); Daniel (1780); Isaac (c. 1781); Aaron (1785); David (1788)."

Extracted from http://www.frontierfamilies.net/family/Miller/C10JM.htm and then edited 16 August 2022.

C10 Jacob Miller, born 1735 [NO - 1738], Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Died 1815 Migrated first to Virginia, then to Ohio. He became an Elder. All his children were of the Brethren Church. His five sons were ministers. The descendence of Elder Jacob Miller, number in the thousands. Married (first wife) Mary Goodwin [NO - UNKNOWN] died 1801. Married (second wife) Barbara Brower Lybrook, widow. He was ordained by William Stover, in the Anteitam congregation in 1762. About 1765 he moved his family to Bedford County, Viginia. In 1800 he moved his family to the Miami Valley, Ohio.

The 12 children of ‘Elder’ Jacob Miller (1738-1815) and his unknown wife were:

D1 Mary Miller, born 1764. Married Samuel Darst, born 1754, died 1791. Moved to Montgomery County, Ohio.

D2 Anna Miller, born 1765, died 1833. Married Phillip Lybrook.

D3 Eva Miller, born 1767, died 1843. Married (first husband) John Ritter, born 1793. Married (second husband) Joseph Kingery. Married (third husband) John Moss. Moved to Preble County, Ohio, in 1803.

D4 John Miller, born 1769, died 1854. Minister. Married Pheobe McClure and moved to Ohio in 1802. Moved to Union Township, Franklin County, Indiana, 1805. He was a potter.

D5 Jacob Miller, Jr., born 1770, died 1801-2. Married Sara Chapman, remained in Virginia.

D6 Tobias Miller, born 1773, died 1856. Married Sarah Henderson. Moved to Union County, Indiana, in 1810 and on to LaPorte County, Indiana, in 1831. They had a blind son who was a minister.

D7 Abraham Miller, born 1775, died 1841. Married Nancy Huston. Settled in Preble County, Ohio in 1805. Then moved to Franklin County, Indiana. Fifteen children.

D8 Daniel Miller, born 1780, died 1858. Married Elizabeth Shideler. Moved first to Montgoimery County, Ohio, then on to Indiana.

D9 Isaac Miller, born 1781, died 1813, in War of 1812, in Virginia or Ohio. Married Hannah (?). Migrated to Green County, Ohio, in 1803 and was killed in the War of 1812.

D10 Samuel Miller, born 1783, died 1808, in Virginia.

D11 Aaron Miller, born 1785, died 1839. Married Elizabeth Hardman. Helped organize Brethern Congregation in Nettle Creek, Indiana. Then moved to St. Joseph County, Indiana. Eleven children.

D12 David Miller, Sr., born 1788, died 1849. Married Sarah Hardman. Helped organize the Brethren congregation at Nettle Creek, Indiana. Then moved to St. Joseph County, Indiana. Thirteen children.


  1. https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/miller/22338/ “ Jacob Miller (1735-1815) had twelve known children: Mary (c.1764); Anna (1765); Eve/Eva (1767); John (1769); Jacob (c. 1770); Tobias (1773); Abraham (1775); Samuel (c. 1776); Daniel (1780); Isaac (c. 1781); Aaron (1785); David (1788).” Cites:
  2. Johnson, Patricia Givens. "Elder Jacob Miller (1735-1815): A Founder of the Brethren Churches and Dunkard Settlements in Franklin County, Virginia (1775), Ohio (1800), and Indiana (1810) and Some of His Descendants" PS Enterprises, Inc., Silver Hill, MD 20023, 1977. This small book was originally available from the author but can now be found in the Library of Congress and some major genealogical libraries. It traces many of the descendants of Elder Jacob Miller. Also see publications by the South Bend, IN Genealogical Society in St. Joseph County, IN and an approximately 40-page manuscript by Marguerite Miller and Gretchen Tyler of LaPorte, IN in the Indiana State Library at Indianapolis.
  3. The Miller Family Tree is a collection of information gathered over the past 50+ years by: & Tom Miller of Morrisville Pennsylvania, and Gale Honeyman of the Brethren Heritage Center. This html version was created & is currently maintained by Eric Davis. http://www.frontierfamilies.net/family/Miller/C10JM.htm
  4. Tree Outline of Miller Generations http://www.frontierfamilies.net/family/Miller/tree.htm
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1st wife of Elder Jacob Miller's Timeline

March 28, 1764
Peters Township, Washington County, PA, United States
September 28, 1765
Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Franklin County, VA or Frederick, Frederick County, MD, United States
April 6, 1769
Franklin or Bedford County, VA or Frederick, Frederick County, MD, United States
Bedford or Franklin County, VA, United States
March 17, 1773
Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States
April 1, 1775
Franklin County, VA, United States
September 6, 1780
Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States
Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States