Adolph MILLER

Male 1845 - 1901  (56 years)


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  • Name Adolph MILLER 
    Born 29 Jan 1845  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Apr 1901  Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Rosehill Cemetery, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "His dad [Max's dad] came over first. He worked until he had saved enough money. He had built a little house and had a farm that he was homesteading on. Anyhow, he had gotten enough money to send over for my Grandma and their three oldest children -my Dad's brother, Paul, my dad, and Aunt Hulda. Those were the three that were born in Germany. He sent the money for them to come over and then shortly after he sent the money his house burnt down. He had another couple staying with him and they robbed him of his money and then the house burnt so he didn't have a single thing. So he wrote and told them not to come but they'd already left. Dad said that they took the train to Canton and that's where he [Adolph] was supposed to be but he wasn't there. They said he had gone to Parker. The depot agent let them sleep in the depot and his wife brought them food since they didn't have any money. Then they gave them tickets to Parker. When they got to Parker he wasn't there; he was in Vermillion. Somebody helped them to Vermillion to this hotel inquiring about them. They were told that he was down along the river cutting wood. My dad said the kids were hungry and they went down to the river to find him. When they found him, he said that he couldn't do a thing about it. The lady that run the hotel took them in and fed them."

      Possible Immigration Record:
      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
      Adolph Müller
      Age: 36 (birth year about 1844)
      Male
      Bricklayer
      Place of Origin: Germany
      Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
      Destination: United States
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Ship Name: Wyoming
      Arrival Date: 12 Oct 1880

      "The first farm that had been homesteaded by Adolph was 17 miles west of town and 5 miles west of Cliff's place."

      Became a U.S. citizen on 13 Dec 1889 in Minnehaha County. At that time, his name was spelled Adolph Müller. George Leubecker was one of two witnesses attesting to his residency requirements.

      Property held in Turner County per the 1893 Turner County Map, Home Township:
      SE 1/4 of Section 8 160 Acres owned by Adolph Müller (in 1911 Turner County Map, this property is now listed as owned by Max Muller)

      Adolph was killed blasting rocks when Elsie was 6 weeks old. He had mixed the blasting stuff and had then taken off for it to blast off and it didn't. He waited awhile and went back to see what happened and when he was standing over it it went off. "

      1900 Census, Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County:
      Adolph Miller, head, born Jan. 1845, 55 yrs. of age, married for 30 yrs., born in Germany, both parents born in Germany, immigrated to the U.S. in 1881, had been in the U.S. 19 yrs., was naturalized, and was a farmer;
      Gusta, wife, born Feb. 1856, 44 yrs. of age, married 30 yrs., had six children with five still living, born in Germany, both parents born in Germany, had been in the U.S. for 12 yrs.;
      Max, son, born in May 1871, 29 yrs. of age;
      Ida, daughter-in-law, born in 1871, 28 yrs. of age;
      Rudolph, son, born in South Dakota in 1884, 15 yrs. of age;
      Viola, born in S.D. in 1888, 12 yrs. of age.

      From The New Era, Parker, South Dakota, April 26, 1901:

      “Adolf Miller, a prominent farmer, living about fourteen miles northeast of Parker, met with an awful accident at about 11:30 o’clock on Wednesday forenoon last, while blasting out stones in one of his fields. A charge of dynamite did not explode promptly, and after a little time he went up to the rock to try another fuse, when the charge exploded, blowing him about a rod away. The accident was noticed by a neighbor, Joseph Rang, who went to his assistance, and found him horribly injured. The unfortunate man’s left hand was blown off nearly to the elbow, his right hand blown off, both eyes blown out and a section of his skull; several pieces of rock were imbedded in his brain, one piece as large as a walnut. Dr. Melvin was hastily called, but was unable to do anything for him. The unfortunate man died ten hours after the accident. The deceased came to this country about 18 years ago, and by industry and furgality [sic], amassed a comfortable fortune. A few days ago he bought lots in Parker and intended to build thereon, remove thereto and retire from farming. He was a member of the German Methodist Church.”, , [1, 2]
    Person ID I239  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2016 

    Family Augusta Amalia MILLER,   b. 14 Feb 1845, Waltersdorf, Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge, Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1918, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1868  Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Paul Friedrich MILLER,   b. Jan 1870, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1948, Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
    +2. Max MILLER,   b. 12 May 1871, Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1963, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +3. Hulda Anna MILLER,   b. 24 Mar 1874, Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1967, Humboldt, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +4. Rudolph A. "Rudy" MILLER,   b. 15 Dec 1884, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1951, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +5. Viola Elsie MILLER,   b. 6 Aug 1888, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1979, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     6. ? MILLER
    Photos
    Miller Siblings, children of Adolph and Augusta Miller.
    Miller Siblings, children of Adolph and Augusta Miller.
    Two different snapshots taken at same family reunion held on August 5, 1950 in the City Park in Parker, South Dakota. L to R: Hulda Miller Kieni, Rudolph Miller, Viola Miller Collins, and Max Miller.
    Miller, Adolph and wife, Augusta Amalia Miller.
    Miller, Adolph and wife, Augusta Amalia Miller.
    Documents
    Land Records.  Miller, Adolph and wife Augusta.  Sell land to their son-in-law, Henry W. Kieni, who lived in Humboldt, South Dakota.  1900.
    Land Records. Miller, Adolph and wife Augusta. Sell land to their son-in-law, Henry W. Kieni, who lived in Humboldt, South Dakota. 1900.
    Hulda Miller, Adolph and Augusta Miller's daughter, married Henry W. Kieni in 1892.
    Headstones
    Miller, Adolf and Augusta
    Miller, Adolf and Augusta
    Histories
    Newspaper Articles.  Miller Family Reunion.  August 5, 1950.
    Newspaper Articles. Miller Family Reunion. August 5, 1950.
    Reunion was held at City Park, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota. Article appeared in the 10 Aug 1950 edition of The New Era newspaper, published in Parker, South Dakota.
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F83  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jan 1845 - Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1868 - Free State of Saxony, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Apr 1901 - Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rosehill Cemetery, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Wills.  Miller, Adolph.  Probate documents.
    Wills. Miller, Adolph. Probate documents.
    Died 24 Apr 1901 in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Farms for George Leubecher and Adolph Miller displayed. Township map publication data: Atlas of Turner County, South Dakota: Compiled and Drawn from a Special Survey and from Official Records. Published by Rowley & Peterson, Map Publishers & Engravers, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1893. E. P. Noll & Co., Map Publishers, Philadelphia, PA.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1899.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1899.
    Farms for George Leubecher and Adolph Miller displayed. Township map publication data not available.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1902.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1902.
    Farms for George Leubecher and Adolph Miller displayed. Township map publication data: Twentieth Century Atlas of Turner County, South Dakota. Compiled and Drawn from a Special Survey and Official Records by E. Frank Peterson, Map Publishers, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1902.
    Land Records.  Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    Land Records. Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    This 1950s Wall Lake Township Plat Map has been annotated with the street and highway names that were in use as of 2014, to assist in identifying the location of the Lowell, Luker, McCartney, Miller, and Volsch family farms.
    Land Records.  Miller, Adolph.  Purchases additional farm property in Humboldt Township, Minnehaha County, in addition to his homestead farm located in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County.
    Land Records. Miller, Adolph. Purchases additional farm property in Humboldt Township, Minnehaha County, in addition to his homestead farm located in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County.
    Land Records.  Miller, Adolph.  Receivers Receipt for his homestead farm.
    Land Records. Miller, Adolph. Receivers Receipt for his homestead farm.
    Dated 27 January 1890, the Receivers Receipt indicates that Adolph Miller had paid in full the remaining dollar amount associated with his homestead.
    Land Records.  Miller, Max.  Purchases Miller homestead farm from mother and siblings, after the death of his father.  1911.
    Land Records. Miller, Max. Purchases Miller homestead farm from mother and siblings, after the death of his father. 1911.
    Adolph Miller died in 1901. After his death, his wife, Augusta, and his children Paul, Hulda, Rudolph, Viola, and Max, jointly owned Adolph Miller's homestead farm. In 1911, Max bought out the interests of his mother and siblings and became sole owner of the Miller homestead farm.
    Land Records.  Miller, Max.  Sells original family homestead to M. M. Davey.  1914.
    Land Records. Miller, Max. Sells original family homestead to M. M. Davey. 1914.
    Max Miller's father, Adolph Miller, was the original homesteader for this property. After Adolph Miller's death, his wife and children inherited his property. Max Miller then bought out the interest of his mother and siblings in this original homestead property and he lived on the property until 1914, when it was sold and no longer remained in the Miller family.

    Histories
    Immigration.  Miller, Adolph.  Naturalization Record.
    Immigration. Miller, Adolph. Naturalization Record.
    Filed with the Circuit Court, Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit South of Dakota, ss., on 13 Dec 1889. Witnesses were David Woehrle and George Leubecker.
    Immigration.  Miller, Adolph.  Proof of Residence and Oath to Support the Constitution for Naturalization Petition.
    Immigration. Miller, Adolph. Proof of Residence and Oath to Support the Constitution for Naturalization Petition.
    Witnesses signing document were David Woehrle and George Leubecker [sic] on 13 Dec 1889. The Oath to Support the Constitution was signed by Adolph Müller [sic].

    Recordings
    Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) the Volsch family; b) sale of 1117 W. Madison; c) the Leubecher fraction of property next to the Adolph Miller homestead; d) approaching the entrance to the Miller homestead; e) the years that Grandma Lowell spent at this homestead farm; f) beginning of the walk up to the location of the house and outbuildings.
    Country Life Revisited: Part 04: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 04: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) the outbuildings of the Miller homestead; b) Grandma Lowell and her brother waiting for their father to return from his visits to Sioux Falls; c) my discovery of the mantel from the homestead; d) walking back to the car after our visit to the Miller homestead.

    Albums
    Lowell, Miller, and Volsch Land Transactions in SD
    Lowell, Miller, and Volsch Land Transactions in SD (11)
    This album contains land records that occurred in three counties in Dakota Territory and later in South Dakota that involved members of the Lowell, Miller, or Volsch families.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Interview while driving to and from a family reunion at Flathead Lake, Montana..

    2. [S3] Interview..