Miller Bechtold Families

The now and then postings of the discoveries and contributions of the Miller and Bechtold families .

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Meghan Markle in the family!

Meghan Markle 10th cousin (once removed)

(Common Ancestor)

William Skipper

Sarah Fisher

Jane Skipper
Sarah Skipper
William Browne

Walter Fairfield

Jane Browne
1st Cousins
Sarah Fairfield
Henry Lunt

Thomas Abbe

Jane Lunt
2nd Cousins
Tabitha Abbe
Nathaniel Drake

John Warner

Abraham Drake
3rd Cousins
Abigail Warner
Martha Eaton

Jacob Kibbe

Martha Drake
4th Cousins
Abigail Kibbe
John Smith

Timothy Baker

John Smith
5th Cousins
Hollister Baker
Mary Mudgett

Rebecca Crowell

Mary Husset Smith
6th Cousins
Ereda Baker
Jacob Lee Merrill

Nathan Howes

George David Merrill
7th Cousins
Jennie Howes
Mary Bird

Emil Bechtold

Gertrude Mary Merrill
8th Cousins
Fred Bechtold
Fred George Sanders

Marie Caroline Dresser

Doris Mary Rita Sanders
9th Cousins
Marie Louise Bechtold
Gordon Arnold Markle

John Herman Miller

Thomas Wayne Markle
10th Cousins
Elizabeth Miller
Doris Loyce Ragland

Jeffrey Nichols

Rachel Meghan Markle

once removed

Monday, May 23, 2016

Honest Abe in the Family!

Abraham Lincoln is 5th cousin, 4 times removed.

16th President of the United Stated

Abraham Jones Sarah Whitman

Sarah Jones Mordecai Lincoln
Thomas Jones  Mary Paule  Siblings
Hannah Salter Mordecai Lincoln jr.
Hannah Jones Joshua Phillips 1st Cousins
John Lincoln Rebekah Flowers
Mercy Phillips Philip Phillips 2nd Cousins
Abraham Lincoln Bathsheba Herring
Lemuel Phillips Sara Cranson 3rd Cousins
Thomas Lincoln Nancy Hanks
Abigail Phillips Nathan Howes 4th Cousins
Abraham Lincoln

Nathan Howes Ereda Baker 5th Cousins

Jennie Howes Emil Bechtold 1

Fred Bechtold Marie Dresser 2

Marie Bechtold John Miller 3

Martin Miller



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Joseph Alexius Byrne 1919-1942

Joseph Alexius Byrne

Died at Sea aboard the the Destroyer Jarvis, 9 Aug 1942

USS Jarvis (DD-393)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
USS Jarvis (DD-393)
Career (US)
Namesake:James C. Jarvis
Builder:Puget Sound Navy Yard
Laid down:21 August 1935
Launched:6 May 1937
Commissioned:27 October 1937
Fate:Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal 9 August 1942.
General characteristics
Class & type:Bagley-class destroyer
Displacement:2,325 tons (full), 1,500 tons (light)
Length:341 ft 8 in (104.14 m)
Beam:35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Draft:12 ft 10 in (3.91 m) full,
10 ft 4 in (3.15 m) light
Propulsion:49,000 shp;
2 propellers
Speed:38.5 knots (71.3 km/h)
Range:6,500 nautical miles (12,000 kilometres)
  @ 12 kt (22.2 km/h)
Complement:158 (254 wartime)
Armament:4 × 5"/38 caliber guns (12 cm),
4 × .50 cal guns,
12 × 21 in. torpedo tubes,
2 × depth charge tracks
USS Jarvis (DD-393), a Bagley-class destroyer, was the 2nd ship of the United States Navy to be named for James C. Jarvis, a U.S. Navy midshipman who was killed at the age of 13 during the Quasi-War with France.
The second Jarvis (DD-393) was laid down by Puget Sound Navy YardBremerton, Washington, 21 August 1935; launched 6 May 1937; sponsored by Mrs Thomas T. Craven, wife of Vice Admiral Craven; and commissioned 27 October 1937,Lieutenant Commander R. R. Ferguson in command.


Clearing Puget Sound 4 January 1938, Jarvis operated along the California coast and in the Caribbean until 1 April 1940 when she departed San Diego for fleet exercises off the Hawaiian Islands. She arrived Pearl Harbor 26 April, cruised the Pacific to Midway and Johnston Islands, and steamed to San Francisco 8 February 1941 for overhaul. Returning to Pearl Harbor 17 April to commence more than seven months of intensive maneuvers as part of Destroyer Division Eight (DesDiv 8) of Destroyer Squadron Four, she put into Pearl Harbor 4 December following exercises off Maui Island.

Attack on Pearl Harbor[edit]

Three days later the Japanese executed the carefully planned, devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. Moored next to Mugford(DD-389) in berth B6 of the Navy yard for minor repairs, Jarvis opened fire with 5-inch guns and machine guns and made preparations to get underway. Within minutes of the initial attack, her 5-inch guns were among the first to challenge the enemy raiders, and her gunners proudly claimed four planes. As the first wave of enemy bombers raked Battleship Row with torpedoes and bombs, Ensign W. F. Greene laconically appraised the situation with the following entry in Jarvis' Deck Log: "0758 Hostilities with Japan commenced with air raid on Pearl Harbor. Went to General Quarters." Emerging from the attack with no loss of crew and only superficial damage, Jarvis sortied that morning with several cruisers and destroyers to conduct surveillance and ASW patrols.

First war cruises[edit]

On the 16th she cleared Pearl Harbor with Saratoga (CV-3) and joined Task Force 14, steaming to relieve the beleaguered defenders on Wake Atoll. Recalled to Pearl Harbor 23 December, after the rescue mission aborted, Jarvis returned the 29th to resume ASW patrols. While operating with Lexington (CV-2) and her screening cruisers, Jarvis rescued 182 survivors of the stricken fleet oiler Neches (AO-5) 6 hours after she was torpedoed during mid-watch 23 January 1942.
Jarvis departed Pearl Harbor 5 February to escort a convoy to Brisbane, Australia. Following her return 27 March, she sailed 8 April for San Francisco to undergo alterations with the other ships of DesRon Four. She returned to Pearl 18 May escorting 13 ships and proceeded 5 days later via Fiji to Sydney, Australia. Arriving 18 June, she commenced convoy escort and ASW patrols from Australia to New Caledonia, continuing this duty until called to participate in the invasion of Guadalcanal.

Guadalcanal campaign[edit]

Steaming from Sydney 14 July, Jarvis arrived Wellington, New Zealand, the 19th to join Task Force 62, which sailed 22 July for the Solomons. After conducting rehearsal landings in the Fiji Islands 28–30 July, the invasion force of 84 ships and 20,000 marines steamed for Guadalcanal 31 July. Protected from Japanese search planes by rain and heavy mists, the force arrived off the landing beaches at dawn 7 August.
Following naval and air bombardment of enemy defenses, the first amphibious operation of the war commenced at 0650. Jarvis patrolled watchfully as part of the protective screen while Marines established a beachhead. As landing operations progressed, Americans expected the Japanese to strike vigorously at the transports with land-based planes. However, during two attacks which occurred that afternoon the Americans sustained only minor damage on Mugford (DD-389) while splashing 14 enemy planes.
Following night patrol off the southern end of Savo Island, Jarvis returned to Lunga Point to screen the unloading transports. Warning of an impending air attack suspended these operations; and the transports and their protective screen of destroyers and cruisers deployed in the body of water between Guadalcanal and Florida Island, soon to be called "Ironbottom Sound". When enemy torpedo bombers appeared about noon 8 August, they met a lethal stream of antiaircraft fire. Only 9 of the 26 planes penetrated the defensive fire, but they set George F. Elliott (AP-13) ablaze and torpedoed Jarvis.


With 5-inch shells and machine gun fire pouring out at the attackers, Jarvis maneuvered between Vincennes (CA-44) and one of the planes during the thick of the fight. As antiaircraft fire consumed the plane, its torpedo exploded against Jarvis' starboard side near the forward fireroom, stopping her dead in the water and killing 14 crewmen. Her crew jettisoned the port torpedoes and quickly brought under control the fires that followed the explosion. Dewey (DD-349) towed her to shallow anchorage off Lunga Point; and, after the attack, she crossed "Iron-bottom Sound" to Tulagi, where she transferred her seven wounded and commenced emergency repairs.
Despite a 50-foot gash in her side, she was considered seaworthy and ordered to proceed under cover of darkness to Efate, New Hebrides, escorted by the minesweeper Hovey. Apparently unaware of the order because her radios had been disabled, her skipper, Lt. Comdr. William W. Graham Jr., decided to steam to Sydney, Australia, for immediate repairs from Dobbin (AD-3). Unnoticed by her own ships, Jarvis departed Tulagi at midnight 9 August and moved slowly westward through "Ironbottom Sound" and between Savo Island and Cape Esperance. At 0134 she passed 3,000 yards northward of Rear Admiral Mikawa's cruisers, steaming to meet the Americans at the costly Battle of Savo Island. Mistaking her for a cruiser of the New Zealand Achilles-class, they fired torpedoes, and destroyer Yūnagi later engaged her briefly, all without effect.
The destroyer, continuing to retire westward, had little speed, no radio communications, and few operative guns; but she refused aid from Blue (DD-387) upon being sighted at 0325. After daybreak a Saratoga-based scout plane sighted her 40 miles off Guadalcanal, trailing fuel oil and down by the bow. That was the last time Americans saw her.

Loss of Jarvis[edit]

The Japanese, however, still mistaking Jarvis for an escaping cruiser, dispatched 31 planes from Rabaul to search out and destroy her. Once discovered, the determined, but badly damaged, destroyer was no match for bombers raking the ship with bullets and torpedoes. According to Japanese records, Jarvis "split and sank" at 1300 on 9 August. None of her 233 remaining crew survived the onslaught.
Jarvis received three battle stars for World War II service.

Friday, March 1, 2013

floyd landis 8th cousin

Floyd Landis, 2006 winner of the Tour de France

(later stripped of title for steroid use)

8th Cousin

Descendants of Hans Heinrich Landis
1-Hans Heinrich Landis                                   common ancestor
 +Elizabeth Hirt
|-2-Heinrich Hirt Landis                                   siblings
   +Elizabeth Naas
  |-3-Henry Naas Landis                                  1st cousin
     +Mary Garber
    |-4-Mary Landis                                          2nd cousin
       +Henrich Eichenberg
      |-5-Elizabeth Eikenberry                            3rd cousin
      |  +John Zachariah Allbaugh                    
      | |-6-Ursula Allbaugh                                 4th cousin
      | |  +Levi Miller                                      
      | | |-7-John Herman Miller                          5th cousin
      | | |  +Emma Constant
      | | | |-8-John Herman Constant Miller          6th cousin
      | | | |  +Elizabeth Ann McCaffrey
      | | | | |-9-John Herman Miller                       7th cousin
      | | | | |  +Marie Louise Bechtold

Monday, February 25, 2013

James Madison Authorizes Land Grant

President James Madison signs Land Grant for Peter Eikenberry in 1810, 5th Great Grandfather

The property was eventually split, but a remaining portion is the Eikenberry-Wheatville Cemetery.

This is in Preble County, Lanier Township

1-Peter Eichenberg
 +Fronica (Faronica) Groff
|-2-Henrich Eichenberg
   +Mary Landis
  |-3-Elizabeth Eikenberry
  |  +John Zachariah Allbaugh
  | |-4-Ursula Allbaugh
  | |  +Levi Miller
  | | |-5-John Herman Miller
  | | |  +Emma Constant
  | | | |-6-John Herman Constant Miller
  | | | |  +Elizabeth Ann McCaffrey
  | | | | |-7-John Herman Miller
  | | | | |  +Marie Louise Bechtold

Friday, February 8, 2013

Philip Phillips and Honest Heberman, first African American of Ashfield

African American Couple helps raise large Phillips family

Philip, our direct ancestor took care of them in their old age, living in their own home on the property of Philip.

As noted below, they were (became?) freedmen, and members of the Congregational Church.

Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis: The First Settler of Ashfield, Mass .... By Edward Robb Ellis

26. Site of Philip Phillips, Esq.'s house. He was a son of Thomas Phillips, the second settler in the town, and was a very intelligent and influential man. He had thirteen children—eleven of whom were sons, each one over six feet tall. Esquire Phillips was an officer in the French and Indian war of 1750. He formed his sons into a company and took great pride in exhibiting them at military trainings.
27. Residence of Mr. Samuel A. Hall. Previous to 1800 this house stood about 20 rods south of I, and was occupied by David, son of John Balding.
28. Site of a house on Bellows Hill, where Philip Phillips, Esq., once lived. Samuel Annable also lived there for a time. This is near the southwest corner of lot or Right No. 1. The old cellar-hole is yet visible.
29. Site of Heber's cabin, on the west side of Bellows Hill. Heber was a black man, said to have been brought a slave from Africa. He came to Ashfield with the Phillipses, from Easton, or the eastern part of the State. Lot or Right No. 1, where his cabin was built, was taken by him from the original Proprietors. Lots 2, 3 and 4 were on the west from this lot. Lots 7, S and 9 were on the east side of lot No. 1. That Heber was an honest and respected man is evident from the early records of the town, where he is mentioned in several places, when taxes were assessed to him, as "Heber honestman," a compliment which any person might be proud of.
32. Site of residence of Thomas Phillips, Sr., brother of Richard Ellis' wife, he was the second settler in the town. There is a tradition that his first house was about 50 rods south of 32, near the point marked O, and a few rods northeasterly from the fort, where there is yet to be seen a cellar hole. Nearly opposite (32) lived Thomas Phillips Jr., and after him his son, Russell Phillip*, who married Rhoda, eldest daughter of Hannah Ellis Williams (sec page 101). All of their children were born on this place.

When Thomas, Sr., settled in Ashfield, there came with him a colored man, Heber (Honestman), by name, and his wife. It is said that this colored woman was a nurse for the children, and in return for her and her husband's kindness, they were taken care of by Capt. Philip Phillips in their old age. Heber occupied a cabin at 29, just north of Capt. Phillips, a short distance above the spring. According to the old Congregational records, Heber joined that body at its formation in 1763, and died in 1768, aged 67 years.

Resting Places: Timothy Baker and Abigail (Kibbe) Baker of Pudding Fame

We have quite a few ancestors buried in Pudding Hollow Cemetery. The area, (Pudding Hollow) is named for the famous pudding contest that started with our ancestor, Abigail and her victory in what came to be a still ongoing traditional cooking contest.

Mexico Orphan's Home

Philanthropy of our GG Grandfather Levi Miller

Orphans and Widows Home 

Becomes large modern nursing residence "Timbercrest"

About 1889 Levi P. Miller, one of the early settlers of Jefferson 
township and a devout member of the German Baptist church, donated 
a site and erected a building near Mexico for an "Old Folks' and 
Orphan Children's Home," on condition that the churches of his 
denomination in what is known as the Middle District of Indiana sup- 
port the institution. When the home was first opened the old folks 
and children were kept together, but it was soon discovered that the 
playfulness of the young ones was sometimes annoying to the elder 
inmates, or that the sedateness of the old served to check the natural 
tendency of the children to amuse themselves. Other buildings were 
therefore erected so that the homes are kept separate, though under the 
same management. Orphans are received from a number of counties 
in central and northern Indiana and are well cared for at the home, at 
a charge of twenty-five cents per day for each child, until suitable 
homes can be found for them. The institution is under the control of 
a board of five directors, selected by the German Baptist church, and 
for a number of years Rev. Frank Fisher has held the position of 
superintendent. Mr. Fisher publishes a paper called The Orphan, 
which has a large circulation in Indiana and adjoining states. Although 
the home is not, strictly speaking, a charitable institution in the sense 
that it dispenses alms or aid in a general way, it has done a great work 
in finding homes for orphan children and in caring for old people, who 
might otherwise have become a charge upon the county.

MEXICO ORPHANS HOME [Mexico, Miami County]
The editor of the Macy Monitor recently visited the orphans' home at Mexico which is conducted by Rev. Frank Fisher. He was favorably impressed with the excellent management everywhere manifest. The Monitor says: "He has children there from almost everywhere, and is fortunate in finding them homes. The work that is being done there stands at the head of philanthropic enterprises and is justified from a business standpoint by the fact that it is self-supporting. The home was started by the munificence of Levi Miller, a well-to-do farmer who lives in that neighborhood, and contains sixteen acres. There has been added since, fifteen acres, which gives work to all the children during the summer. It is an ideal place for children who are left alone in the world. At present there are forty children. there."
[Rochester Sentinel, Tuesday, October 30, 1900]

The Mexico Orphans Home reports the following Fulton County children in the Home: Daisy Kershner; Alfred, Fern, Burdell and Fred Gray; and Clara and Fred White.
[Rochester Sentinel, Thursday, May 16, 1907]

Peru, Ind., Nov. 12 - The Mexico Welfare Home, operated by the Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years, will no longer care for orphaned children and in the future will be used only as a home for elderly persons. This change was made effective today and more than 25 orphans who were in the institution were placed in private homes in Miami and adjoining counties.
The welfare law enacted by the state legislature several years ago makes provisions for the support of homeless children. Since the law went into effect more children are being placed in private homes and there has been a large decrease in the number of applicants at orphan homes thruout the state.
The Mexico institution was founded in 1888 by Levi P. Miller, and a few years later an Old Folks Home was established there. As many as 175 children have been enrolled at the orphan Home. Miss Mary South is the present superintendent.
Rev. Frank Fisher, 85, who was superintendent of the Welfare Home for 35 years, now is a resident there, having his own cottage.
The News-Sentinel, Thursday, November 12, 1942]

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Calvin Coolidge, 8th Cousin

Quiet President related through the Bakers

John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His conduct during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative, and also as a man who said very little.
13. Sarah SKIPPER (1639-1710) m. Walter FAIRFIELD (1632-1723) Sarah SKIPPER (1639-1710) m. Walter FAIRFIELD (1632-1723) common ancestor
14. William FAIRFIELD (1662-1742) m. Esther GOTT Sarah Fairfield m. Thomas Abbe siblings
15. Abigail FAIRFIELD m. John PARKMAN John Warner m. Tabitha Abbe 1st cousin
16. Esther PARKMAN (1724-) m. Adam BROWN (1721-1775) Abigail Warner m. Jacob Kibbe 2nd cousin
17. Adam BROWN (1748-1837) m. Priscilla PUTNAM (1751-1837) Timothy Baker m. Abigail Kibbe 3rd cousin
18. Israel Putnam BROWN (1781-1867) m. Sally BRIGGS (1783-1869) Hollister Baker m. Rebecca Crowell 4th cousin
19. Sally BROWN (1801-1884) m. Israel C. BREWER (1797-1873) Ereda Baker m. Nathan Howes 5th cousib
20. Sarah Alameda BREWER (1823-1906) m. Calvin Galusha COOLIDGE (1815-1878) Emil Bechtold m. Jennie Ereda Howes 6th cousin
21. John Calvin COOLIDGE (1845-1926) m(1) Victoria Josephine MOOR (1846-1885) Frederick Emil Bechtold m. Marie Caroline Dresser 7th cousin
22. Calvin (John) COOLIDGE President (1872-1933) Marie Bechtold m. John Miller 8th cousin

30th President of the United States
In office
August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
Vice PresidentNone (1923–1925)
Charles G. Dawes (1925–1929)
Preceded byWarren G. Harding
Succeeded byHerbert Hoover
29th Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
PresidentWarren G. Harding
Preceded byThomas R. Marshall
Succeeded byCharles G. Dawes
48th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 1919 – January 6, 1921
LieutenantChanning Cox
Preceded bySamuel W. McCall
Succeeded byChanning H. Cox
46th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1916 – January 2, 1919
GovernorSamuel W. McCall
Preceded byGrafton D. Cushing
Succeeded byChanning H. Cox
Personal details
BornJohn Calvin Coolidge, Jr.
July 4, 1872
Plymouth NotchVermont,United States
DiedJanuary 5, 1933 (aged 60)
NorthamptonMassachusetts,United States
Resting placePlymouth Notch Cemetery
Plymouth Notch, Vermont
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Grace Goodhue
ChildrenJohn Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge, Jr.
Alma materAmherst College
SignatureCursive signature in ink