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Indiana's State Motto: The Crossroads of America - adopted in 1937

"Land of the Indians"

Indiana's State Song: "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" - adopted in 1913


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The World's Most Famous Hoosier

The image of Walter Bott makes him the most famous unknown man from Indiana. Walter Bott was better known as Uncle Sam.

He was born and raised in Jackson township in Sullivan County Indiana and died there in 1972. He was the son of Jennie F and Isaac N Bott. He lived most of his life in Sullivan Indiana. The military held a contest for who could come up with an image for the sale of US war bonds and the recrutment of men for battle. Walter Bott showed up dressed as Abraham Lincoln and was selected as the winning entry. The red white and blue clothing was added to his idea and Uncle sam was born.

Indiana's State Bird

Indiana's state bird is the Cardinal, one of only three red birds living in North America. The cardinal's range has expanded northward in the last 100 years, but originally the cardinal was a bird of the southeastern states and not indigenous to Indiana. The cardinal's range has gradually expanded north and northwest along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

In 1886 the cardinal was found only occasionally north of the Ohio River, but by 1895 it had reached the Great Lakes, and by 1910, it was found in southern Ontario.

Since the 1950s the Cardinals expansion to the northeast has increased whereas dispersal to the northwest has slowed.

The first documented northern cardinal nesting in Connecticut was in 1943; it reached Massachusetts in 1958, and has since reached the southern Maritime provinces of Canada.

The cardinal is limited in the west to areas where the annual precipitation is at least 16 inches. Nationally, centers of abundance for this cardinal are along the Mississippi River and along the Colorado and Guadalupe Rivers in Texas. Less-dense populations occur in the valleys of the Ohio, Arkansas, Brazos, and Red rivers.

Indiana State Flower is the Peony 

Indiana State Tree is the

Tulip Tree 

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Did you know that Indiana, at its widest points, is 275 miles long and 176 miles wide?

Indiana is 99 miles longer than it is wide.

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 The Miller Family 

 Pioneers of 

 Washington County Indiana

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Now you can search the Greene County, the Daviess County, and  the Washington County history books when you search our site.

Exclusively on the Millers of Washington County web site.

The Miller Name

 Miller is the 7th most common surname in America and it has been since the first US Census in 1790. It is amazing that a name could hold the same position for over 200 years of AmericanWashington County Indiana's Location History, but then again, there are Millers still immigrating to the US. Miller being such a common name, it is not always easy to locate your Miller family roots. There were over 26,000 Millers in America in the 1990 US Census and most of them are believed to be descendents of about 200 European Miller families in the year 1700.

DNA Testing

DNA testing has made it possible to untangle some of the Miller lines. Check out Family Tree DNA, a website that is sorting out Millers by DNA testing.

I have personally ordered a DNA Kit from them from a suggestion from Kevin Miller of Hopkinsville KY. The test I will be taking is based on the Y chromosome, which every male has. It will be tracing only the paternal side of the Miller bloodline.

They are now offering DNA testing for the maternal side of families, which contain the XX chromosome. The Y chromosome is dropped by the females of a bloodline, making it necessary to perform different tests based on your sex.

The results of the testing have come back with Kevin and I matching 35 out of 37 points. This is an indication that Casper and Wendel, both Rowan county NC residents are probably brothers. The Hans listed on the ship list with Casper and his parents is probably Johann Wendel Miller. The testing also linked us to our relatives in Germany, Wendel Johann and Johann Wendel of Dorrenburg. When the Millers came to America the spelling of the name changed. In Germany Michael and Cathrina, the family who made the trip on a ship, spelled their name Mueller.

This Miller history is much like that of other pioneers of Washington County. Many of Washington County's settlers came from Rowan (pronounced like Rone or tone) County North Carolina the same as the Millers. So even if you aren't a Miller, you may learn a lot about your own family's story if your ancestors migrated from the same area. Much of what is contained in these pages is general history and pertains to all those who lived in Washington County Indiana and migrated from Salisbury North Carolina. The History of Washington County published in 1884 can be read in its entirety by clicking on the local history button. The Links page offers a plethora of other sources for your research, and I believe most of it to be free.

The Washington County Millers were pioneers of Washington County Indiana.  In 1824 they moved from Salisbury North Carolina to Beck's Mill Indiana. They have spelled their name Miller at least as long as they have been in America and maybe longer.

This line of  Millers have been in America since 1732, first in Pennsylvania, then Virginia, then North Carolina, and then to Washington County Indiana. October 17, 1732 was the date the Millers were officially in the New World, documented by their oath of allegiance to England. Two hundred and 80 years have since past on American soil.

Click Here to view a map of Miller migration in the United States.

Click Here to view an animated map of our family's migration from North Carolina to Beck's Mill (Flash Player required).

To follow the Miller migration read the Casper Miller page first, and then his son Adam Miller's page.

The Miller bloodline has lived in Washington County Indiana for over 180 years spanning 7 generations, in fact, some land there has never been owned by anybody but the Millers. There are many people living in Washington County now that are not Miller by name, but Washington County Millers by blood. They are descendents of the Miller family buried at the Smith Miller Pioneer Cemetery near Beck's Mill, Indiana. Click the map for a larger View.

The Millers have spread and multiplied from coast to coast, holding high political offices, running numerous businesses, and becoming doctors, lawyers, stock brokers, social workers,  preachers, teachers, carpenters, psychic mediums, professors, farmers, multi-million dollar lottery winners, and even redneck country folk who like "drinkin' 'n fightin'" (most of them out grew that before they turned 70). With 278 years of being on American soil, the Millers have many American success stories and tragedies.

The Conrads and Maucks of Harrison County Indiana Database

Featuring the research of Carol Pyatt

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This database contains the Conrad and Mauck families of my "Great Grandma Lizzie's" bloodline. Lizzie is also known as Sarah Elizabeth Shewmaker - DeWeese - Ireland and lived in Plainville Indiana before moving to White Hall Indiana, and then to the Odon - Burns city area.

Carol Pyatt has compiled this information over many, many years and has been gracious enough to share it on the Millers of Washington County web site.

This is the same Mauck family that put the first ferry across the Ohio River at Mauckport Indiana. Some of Washington County's settlers from the southern states crossed the Ohio River at Mauckport, others at the falls on the Ohio River and following the Buffalo Trace. Mauckport is for that reason, partly responsible for Indiana gaining statehood in 1816. When Salem Indiana was captured by 2400 rebel soldiers in 1863, they had crossed the Ohio at Mauckport - that's how important the Mauckport ferry was even up to the Civil War.

It is this bloodline that has rumors of  Native American descent, as does the Shewmaker bloodline. They had to be able to get along with both the natives and the settlers to operate a ferry. The natives weren't too happy about the white man moving into Indiana. At that time there were many mixed blood families in Harrison County and the Shewmakers, Maucks and Conrads may not have been an exception.

Ye Opera House

and the

Musical Miller Story

There are five generations of Millers who have played country/traditional music in Southern Indiana, spanning over 150 years. Read about the Millers and their country music stage show, Ye Opera House. Listen to a few MP3 files and see the fiddle Edgar Miller built from an orange crate in 1931, a year before he died at age 22. Click Here!




Odon Indiana Millers

In the early 1940's, Adam Miller's GG Grandson, Arthur Jason Miller, moved a branch of the family to Daviess County Indiana, between Odon and Burns City. For that reason there is a lot information on this web site pertaining to the Odon Indiana area.


Our roots run deep in several areas of Southern Indiana, but primarily in Washington County and Harrison County. Frederick Mauck of Mauckport fame, is our ancestor. Many of the Becks of Beck's Mill fame have the same Miller blood as my family, that making them blood relatives. (My bloodline is not Beck related.) We are also descendents of The Hardin family of Washington County, Jenora Evaline Hardin being our ancestor.



 I personally have lived in Raglesville and Odon most of my life and many of my maternal relatives have gained local notoriety. John Hastings, the man who owned Clarksburg, and had it platted out, is the son of my ancestor Joseph Hastings. Joe Dunn Laughlin, the man who re-named the town Odon, is also my ancestors son. My uncle and also distant cousin through the Chestnut bloodline, Everett Beasley, was Daviess County Sheriff four terms, a candidate for Indiana State Senate, and the former President of the Indiana Sheriffs Association. John Myers, owner/editor of The Odon Journal, also shares this Chestnut bloodline; he is my first cousin once removed. Joe Dearmin, owner of the Odon First National Bank, is my 4th cousin once removed through the Laughlin bloodline.

Did You Know?...


Did you know that Washington County was first owned by France in 1621 and known as the District of Illinois?


Then in 1763 it was ceded to Great Britain who made it a part of Canada in 1774.


Washington County was then captured in 1779 from the British by Virginia and renamed  Illinois County.


In 1784 Washington County became a part of the United States of America..



The Millers have a Family Reunion every year in Odon. Find out how to join in on the festivities.


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Reunion 2004

Reunion 2005

Reunion 2006

Reunion 2007

Reunion 2008


Read the Walam Olum, the first known writings of Indiana; translated it means "The Red Score".

The Delaware Indians had a written language when the white man came to Indiana. The Walam Olum was discovered among the Indians living along the White River.

The Walam Olum is the Delaware Indian's story of the beginning of mankind and their traveling to North America by way of the Bering Strait.

It's been compared to the Bible's Book of Genesis.


 1. At first, in that place, at all times, above the earth,

 1. Sayewi talli wemiguma wokgetaki,

 2. On the earth, [was] an extended  fog, and  there the  great            Manito  was.

 2. Hackung kwelik owanaku wak yutali Kitanitowit-essop.

Read the Rest of the Walam Olum



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Beck's Mill

  Beck's Mill is the Miller family's first Indiana home town. Adam Miller brought the family here in 1824 from Salisbury NC. Go to the Beck's Mill page via the link below.

Beck's Mill

A Dilapidated Beck's Mill

Beck's Mill in 2004

Beck's Mill in 2004

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James A. Miller

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The Buffalo Trace

In Indiana

 With tourism  booming in French Lick, Southern Indiana should try to get in on some of the action via the Buffalo Trace.

 History spreads across Southern Indiana from Vincennes to Clarksville. If each community were to capitalize on this tourism opportunity, Southern Indiana could become a major place to vacation in the US. Indiana doesn't have the Grand Canyon, or Mount Rushmore, it has the much forgotten Buffalo Trace. It is time for "the land of the Indians" to claim what predates  history and share it with the world.

Click the map for a map of the Buffalo Trace

Get the most accurate Buffalo Trace route here.


1814 Indiana Territory Militia Law Revision

A Millers of Washington County Exclusive!

The Buffalo Trace was patrolled by the Militia and this document, scanned in from an actual document printed nearly 200 years ago, speaks of the US Mail service between the Blue River and Vincennes.

This is not available anywhere else on the internet!!

It's found exclusively on  the Millers of Washington County web site.

Indiana Territory Militia Law Revision 1814


There is no land passage way in Indiana older than the Buffalo Trace. Its general path went from New Albany to Vincennes.  The Indians and early settlers used it and the buffalo did for thousands of years.  All of the areas around the Buffalo Trace were prime hunting grounds for the Indians and artifacts are everywhere.  Twice a year southern Indiana became a spiritual hunting ground. The buffalo, the elk, the deer and the bear were the largest animals hunted in Indiana, but the panther was the most dangerous. The Buffalo Trace saw as many panther attacks as it did Indian attacks.

According to Joseph Campbell,, the Indians considered killing the buffalo to be a spiritual event and held large ceremonies. They drank its blood and ate its flesh to purify their themselves in a communion like ritual. These ceremonies were performed to honor and thank the buffalo for its sacrifice. It was believed that the buffalo's spirit would rejoin the herd via the birth of another buffalo.

"Indiana doesn't have the Grand Canyon, or Mount Rushmore, it has the much forgotten Buffalo Trace."

The oldest passageways in Indiana are thousands of years old. It's easy to locate their exact paths because they are still rivers and lakes. For thousands of years all travel in Indiana was by foot and canoe.


Washington County Indiana Crime Watch!

Did you know that the first person convicted of theft in Washington County stole only 16 1/2 cents?

Are you aware that in June 1820, Dr. Boyles of Fredericksburg, was convicted and fined $50 for digging up a human corpse?

How about Howard Gordon being fined $3 and 2 lashes on his naked back for committing larceny?

Maybe you heard about the the slave who filed suit against his master in Washington County and won.

Maybe you should read about this and much more - in the History of Washington County 1884!



The History of

Daviess County Indiana


Exclusively on the Millers of Washington County web site.

Now you can search both the Daviess County and Washington County history books when you search our site.

If you just want to read it click here!

Other county histories in the works: Knox, Sullivan,  Gibson, Posey, and eventually Crawford Counties.

This information is the research of many people across the United States and may contain errors. It is presented as the best information to date. Like all of those whose work I have incorporated herein, my research is a work in progress and subject to change without notice. A special thanks to Marlene Ricci of CA, Dwayne Meyer of CA, Jacqueline Bean of TX, Debbie Dick of IN, Milus Miller of IL, Carol Hendricks Miller of IN, Clarence Miller of IN, and Harold Glen Miller of IN. There are numerous others too; many of which are unknown, but their findings and stories are still much appreciated. Much of this would not have been possible with out their information. Also this website includes historical facts gathered from Washington County History, Indiana History, Rowan County and Salisbury North Carolina Historical sources and other US Historical sources.

James A. Miller- Great -Great -Great -Great Grandson of Adam Miller and Hannah Sheets.

2004-2012 The Millers of Washington County

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