- ca. 1803
Cemetery: Miller-Gause Family Cemetery
Inscription and Notes:
d. before Jan. 19, 1804. d. Hancock Co. See attached writeup for sources.
Local DAR records say "He could speak the Creek Indian language".
Military Service: American Revolution
Ga. Troops. Note: although the grave is
marked by a Rev War marker, see attached
writeup for more info regarding service.
It is possible that Jonathan Miller was from Lancaster, PA where
he was a blacksmith and gunsmith. It is believed that he served the Revolution
by repairing rifles. It is believed that the Millers who migrated from Lancaster,
PA went to Lancaster, SC. Jonathan acquired substantial amounts of land through
land grants. There are 13 listed in Georgia in "Index of Headright and
Bounty Grants", 1756-1900, revised edition, edited by The Rev. Silas Emmett
Lucas, Jr. In his will, Jonathan states he is leaving a part of a soldier's
bounty to a couple of his sons.
The heirs of Jonathan Miller (#2936) are also listed in "Roster
of Soldiers From North Carolina in the American Revolution", Genealogical
Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, MD, as receivng warrants under heading "A
list of Warrants for Lands Granted the Officers and Soldiers in The Continental
Line out of The Secretary's Office ", page 292. Acreage is not shown. The
warrants are shown as deeded to a Capt. McNees. Therefore, there is evidence
that Jonathan served in the Revolution, if not as a soldier then presumably
by his gunsmithing. There is also evidence from his son's obituary that he was
in the Revolution.
The earliest definitive records of Jonathan in Georgia was his head right grants
in Washington Co. in 1789 and the tax he was paying in Wilkes Co. in 1790. He
may have been in Washington as early as 1785, when some evidence on a plat map
exists that he may have owned a mill in Hamburg (Washington County). By 1794
he was paying taxes in Hancock Co, which adjoins Washington County. On 13 December
1797, Jonathan sold a tract of land on Tiger Creek to Moses Brown, whose son,
John, married Jane Miller (Hancock Co, GA Deed Book C, pages 180-182, recorded
3 December 1798). On 8 October 1802, Jonathan sold an additional 70 acres to
Moses, registered 25 October 1804, being part of a grant of 487 1/2 acres by
the Governor to Jonathan Miller (Hancock Co., GA, Superior Court Deeds and Mortages,
Book G, 1803-1806, page 113).
Jonathan died in 1803 or 1804. The first return made on the estate of Jonathan
was dated 19 January 1804, thus the date of death was prior to that. A copy
of the will, which is undated, shows the names of the sons, but the names of
the daughters were omitted, and instead wavy black lines appear. The copy that
is available must have been transcribed from another book in which parts were
illegible. The will is not dated, and no date for recording is shown, although
it carries the legend "The foregoing Will of Jonathan Miller, deceased,
proved in open court and ordered to be recorded. M. Greene, Clk. Co." (Hancock
Co., GA., Inferior Court Wills and Estates Book C, 1803-1816, p.140-143).
Included among the legatees, in addition to Mary, his wife, and his four sons,
were John Brown, James Gladden, George Barnett, Abraham White and Lee Reaves.
These five must have been legatees by virtue of having being the husband or
guardian of one of the daughters. From other sources it has been established
that Jane married John Brown, Patience married James Gladden, and Deborah was
the wife of Lee Reaves. That leaves George Barnett and Abraham White, who must
be either the husbands of the remaining two daughters, Sarah and Lucy, or their
The land on which Jonathan's grave is located was his property. After his death
it became the property of Francis Miller, his son. When Francis died Jonathan
D. Miller (probably his son) acquired the land. Jonathan D. died in 1876, and
J.R. Gause was appointed executor of the estate. Charles Gause, brother of J.R.
Gause, applied to the court for the property, claiming Jonathan D. had sold
the land to him, and became the owner of the Jonathan Miller land. Hence, the
more modern name of Gause Cemetery.
Jonathan Miller's grave is marked by a Revolutionary marker, placed
there by the Nancy Hart Chapter, DAR, Baldwin Co., Ga. as part of a massive
grave-marking effort. It was placed in 1930. Their records on the grave-marking
effort have been lost, and what records remain simply state that Jonathan spoke
the Creek Indian language. He is not listed in the "DAR Patriot Index",
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