MRS. MARTHA STILLWAGEN is a daughter of Joseph Miller, whose father, Christopher Miller, emigrated from Germany to this country and settled on Dutch Fork creek, Buffalo township, Washington Co., Penn., where his son Joseph was born (supposed in 1804) and reared. Joseph Miller passed his early years on the home farm, and was afterward united in marriage with Miss Sally Cellars, of Washington county, Penn. He settled on a farm near Claysville, this county, and followed agricultural pursuits all his life. The following children were born to them: Valentine, John, Thomas, Mary, Martha, Joseph, Cellars, James, and an unnamed infant. Mr. Miller was a generous, kind-hearted man, and enjoyed a deserved popularity among his neighbors. He was a stanch member of the Whig party, but not an active politician.
Martha Miller was born April 19, 1830, and was the fifth child in the order of birth. She was reared on the home farm, and assisted with the household duties until her marriage to Charles Stillwagen (who was born January 19, 1819), which event occurred on February 14, 1850. The young couple began their married life in Donegal township, Washington county, and afterward removed to the present home of the family in West Finley township. Fifteen children have been born to them (but ten of whom are now living), viz.: George J., Andrew J., Charles, Mary E., Martha J., Annie, Vanissie, Joseph, Michael, Clarissa, Caroline, Eliza B., Thomas, John and William. Mr. Stillwagen was a stanch Democrat, and held several important offices. He was always industrious, and owned over two hundred acres of fine land at the time of his death, which occurred December 4, 1886. In religion he was a member of the Catholic Church.
Text taken from page 785 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed May 1997 by Jack McNatt of Valrico, FL as part of the Beers Project.
Published June 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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