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Hans Michael Miller (b. Abt. 1702, d. Abt. 13 August 1769)Hans Michael Miller48 was born Abt. 1702 in Germany, and died Abt. 13 August 1769.He married Even LeCene on Bef. 1732.
Notes for Hans Michael Miller:
Hans Michael Mueller was born in Germany about 1702 and there married Even LeCene.He, his wife, and two brothers-in-law, sailed to America aboard the "Adventure", landing in Philadelphia, PA on September 23, 1732.
Michael and his wife went to Salem County, NJ where they found other German families and an established German language church, Friesburg Emanuel Lutheran.One year later, "Hance Micael" Miller purchased from Thomas Stokes 200 acres of land for 110 "Current Money of the Province".Here in Upper Alloways Creek Township his family was raised and his first wife died.
On December 8, 1744, by an Act of General Assembly of NJ, Hans Michael Miller became a naturalized citizen.
Hans Michael Miller was one of the 28 church members who, on May 22, 1750, signed the eight "Articles" for the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation at "Cohassy".On July 24, 1751 he was appointed Elder of the church.
In 1757 Hans Michael Miller signed his mark HMM as Churchwarden on a certificate, stating that several members who were applying for naturalization had received the Lord's Supper Sacrament at Friesburg.
In the Journals of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, noted German Lutheran minister from Philadelphia, he mentioned visiting the Friesburg church in NJ during June of 1762.Here he rode "to the home of an elder and founder of the church, Johan Michael Muller, alias 'Gross Hans'.He was very sick, a stroke having paraluzed his left side.The man was charged by his neighbors with mercilessness, pride and insolence toward the poor.He wept and said that he was a poor and great sinner.Prayed with him and promised, god willing, to administer Holy Communion to him next Friday.On the Rev. Muhlenberg's next visit to Friesburg the following summer, he recorded that "I visited the first and oldest settler who twenty-four years before had helped to build the church, namely JMM."
Hance Michael Mueller signed his 'death-bed' will on August 13, 1769 and, presumably, died the same day.Several depositions taken at Salem after his death contain some interesting facts.Daniel Stretch swore that he was sent for and went to the Miller house about 6 A.M. on August 13, 1769 for the purpose of writing his will.After doing so, he stated that Hans Michael signed "with his usual mark", then lying down on the bed said in Dutch "I give God thanks that my will is made, now I can lie in Peace".
Dr. John Gray of Salem arrived betwwen 10 and 11 A.M.Taking the dying man's hand, he told him he was "a gone man" upon which "the said Hance M. Miller turned away in the bed".I wonder whether the doctor was slow in arriving or whether he had not been summoned until after the will had been drawn and signed.
According to this will, nearly 1000 acres of land plus two plantations of unnamed size were distributed among his wife, a grandson, and surviving children.Hans Michael Mueller had become a rather large landowner during his lifetime.
"Hance" Michael Miller's inventory was take just six days later and appraised at 585..15..10.
More About Hans Michael Miller:
Naturalization: 8 December 1744
More About Hans Michael Miller and Even LeCene:
Marriage: Bef. 1732
Children of Hans Michael Miller and Even LeCene are:
- +Michael Miller, b. Abt. 1732, d. date unknown.
- +Anna Barbara Miller, b. 2 June 1734, d. date unknown.
- Johan Georg Miller, b. 1 July 1738, Salem County, NJ, d. 29 May 1781, Alloways Creek, Salem Co., NJ.
- Jacob Miller, b. 8 October 1742, d. date unknown.