I am seeking any information about an itinerant Methodist Episcopalian preacher, Rev. John C. Miller, who was my great-great-grandfather. I have a great deal of information about him, including stories and even a beautiful tintype portrait of him.
However I have not been able to track him down in his early years, or locate his parents. Any help large or small would be vastly appreciated.
He does appear in both the 1870 and 1880 census, where he is living his wife and children in Ohio, but that's all i've found in the records. (Blanchard, Hardin, OH, and Oak Harbor, Ottawa, OH respectively)
Judging by the stories I have, he was a very interesting and dynamic character, and I am hoping someone can offer some advice as to how to scale this wall.
Might there be public records from the Ohio Methodist Episcopal Church?
Here are the key details that I know so far:
b. 17 Oct 1825 Franklin, Venango, PA,
d. 4 Dec 1891 Delaware, Ohio, United States
m. Irene Brown, 25 Oct 1859 in Edgerton, Ohio, United States.
(Minerva Irene Brown, d of Ira Brown b.1804 d.1905 and Harriet Stout Loughborough b.1817 d.1887)
Rev Miller appears in the book "Richard Brown - one line of descendants". being the father of the author, Col. Edward Thomson Miller. However he receives only brief mention since the book concerns his mother's line. He mentions in this book that he has another work in progress at the same level of detail for his father. Sadly however Col. Miller seems to have passed on before completing this second work.
Rev John C Miller was also known as having a bit of a temper, and was referred to sometimes as 'the fighting parson'.
He was active in Northwestern Ohio, at various times living in the following Ohio towns:: Edgerton, Ayresville, St. Johns, Arcanum, Versailles, Harper, Mount Blanchard, Dunkirk, Forest, Lafayette, Wilshire, Mendon, Leipsig, Oak Harbor, Waterville, Sylvania, Liberty Center, Huntsville, Jackson Center.
And Im not sure whether it was his first missionary appointment, but the first of which I have records of was to the 'paulding mission' with Rev. David Bull, for 1 year in 1859 or 1860.
And also, he is listed as being of Richland County, Ohio, prior to his marriage, despite the same book (aforementioned Richard Brown etc..) listing his birthplace as Franklin, Pennsylvania.
Thanks very much for reading, and any help or advice will not go unappreciated!!