Military History and the Millers

Robert I of Scotland

Kenneth I

According to the information in, the Millers can trace their history to the kings of Europe back in the 8th through the 13th century (go here). We can even trace the Miller's back to famous Roman Emperors who were successful military leaders like Trajan (53-117) and Marcus Aurelius (121-180) (go here and here).

Some of the more interesting military leaders include the earliest King of Scotland, Kenneth I (810-858) and the famous King Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) who led the Scottish forces against the English in the War of Independence, and William Wallace (Braveheart) (1272-1305).

One of the greatest leaders of the middle ages, Charlemagne (768-814 who united Western Europe) is 36 generations back (go here).

We are descended from one of the other most famous military leaders, William I or William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, leading an army of Normans, Bretons, Dutchmen, and Frenchmen to victory over the English forces of King Harold Godwinson (who died in the conflict) at the Battle of Hastings, and suppressed subsequent English revolts in what has become known as the Norman Conquest.

Other interesting military leaders include Harold III of Norway (1015-1066) who invaded England during the Viking era and Sigurd the Mighty (875-892) a leader of the Viking conquest of Northern Scotland. Other notables include King Robert I of France (866-923) who defended northern France from the attacks of the Norsemen. Other Vikings include of the semi-mythic Viking chieftain Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, himself one of the sons of the legendary Ragnar Lodbrok (~860). 

A number of Miller ancestors where involved in the Revolutionary War.

Robert McCandless (1745-1813) fought with the Pennsylvania Militia (go here).

Lazarus Lowry (1688-1755) and family where involved in the French Indian War on the British side before the revolution.

Conrad Hartzell, (1715-1789) fought with the Pennsylvania Militia in Old Bedford County. His son George Henry Hartzell was a private in the Pennsylvania Militia as well (see here.)



Frank Karper

Civil War

A number of Miller family members fought during the Civil War. Frank Karper (1827-1900) worked as a  blacksmith and carpenter. He was 33 when the Civil War began and had three small children but felt obligated to enlist. He fought with the 65th regiment of the Ohio volunteer infantry of Sherman's Brigade. His health deteriorated after the battle of Corinth and was transferred to the field hospital in Corinth and medically discharged on Jay 24, 1862. He received a veteran's pension of $8 a month initially and eventually $14 a month.

Two of the children of Samuel Miller fought in the Civil War.

Joseph H. (1838-1861) died at a Civil War Hospital in Maryland on November 21, 1861 at the age of 23

John (1843-1862) - died in Civil War at the battle of Corinth, Mississippi.





James D Miller


Margaret Mary Scanlon's brother Joseph Kelly (1899-1925) fought with the American Expeditionary Forces and who "went over the top 21 times" (charged out of the trenches toward the German lines) and came back from WWI unharmed.

During the depression James Miller (1917-2008) attended college at both Kent State and Ohio Sate as well as working on the farm then working for Ohio Bell. He joined the army on February 11, 1941 ten months before Pearl Harbor and spent two years in the South Pacific with the 37th Division. He then attended Officers Candidate School and went overseas as Signal Officer with the 191st Signal Repair Company on the Ledo Road in China-Burma-India.

Both of the other two sons of Oscar Miller fought in WWII, Don and Walter.

Both of Patrick Scanlon's sons were in the military during Korea, Patrick and Robert.