Johann Gottlieb Mueller
My 3rd Great Grandfather
Born: 23 June 1825 in Saxony, Germany
Died: 4 October 1896 in Buffalo, Nebraska
Father: Johann Adam Mueller
Mother: Maria Christiana Schreiter
Although he never became fluent in English, upon settling in the United States, Johann Gottlieb Mueller anglicized his name to John George Miller.
This photo shows Johann/John with his second wife, Mary, not my ancestor. I am descended from his third wife, Anna.
Notes found on Ancestry.com -
According to notes by Josephine Schwab Miller, John G. Miller (originally named Mueller) grew up in Prussia, though born in Saxony. He first married a woman whose name is unknown, and had one son, Ludwig Oscar Mueller, born near `Bitterfield, Prussia`, who died at nine months of age.
This couple immigrated to America in a sailing vessel, taking 90 days. The wife `took cholera`, was homesick and died before arrangements could be made to return to Germany. John G. Miller `finally landed in Michigan`. He then married Mary Lohrer, with whom he had 5 children. His third wife was the widow Anna Maria Stuber, whose first husband, Charles Herr, was killed in the Civil War. Five children were born to this marriage. The family farm where most of the 13 children grew up is still in Clay Center, Nebraska.
Additional notes in the Miller Family book by Sandy Davis quote a granddaughter, Enid Miller VanLuven Nicodemus: “John George Miller migrated from Germany and settled in Flint, Michigan. …His wife and the baby Oscar got the Black Plague and both died. The Health Authorities came and took the bodies and buried them in Potter`s Field. Grandfather never saw their graves. He was at a disadvantage because he couldn`t speak English. Grandfather later married Anna Maria Stuber. When their first child was born, he looked so much like the baby Oscar that died, that the new baby was named Oscar Ludwig, my father.”