MILLER, Jonathan, retired, Berrysburg, Pa, was born in Berks, county, Pa., April 8, 1812. Christian Miller, the father, was born in Maryland, and followed the occupation of carpenter, in Berks county, where he died in 1818. He married Mary Shall, of Berks county, and their children are: Isaac, deceased; Catherine, deceased, wife of Fred. Yousel; Sarah, widow of George Seibert; Jonathan, and Samuel S., resides in Indian. The father was a Democrat in politics, and in religious faith and fellowship was a Lutheran. The mother died in Berks county.
Jonathan acquired a good education in the subscription schools of Berks county. He learned both English and German and still has in his possession the text books he used in his school days. At eleven years old he left home and became a clerk in a store in Berks county, where he remained until he was fifteen years old. On June 12, 1828, he located in the wilds of Dauphin county, at a small place then called Hellerstown, and which subsequently received the name of Berrysburg. His first employment was a general clerk in the store of Mr. Uhlman, with whom he remained twelve years and five months. At the end of this period, in 1837, during the business panic of that time he embarked in business for himself, and although the only money in circulation was the famous and infamous "shin plasters" of that time, he was successful in his venture and continued in business four years. During the next sixteen years he cultivated a farm of eighty-four acres, which he bought, and on which he made substantial improvement. Desiring a change of occupation, he left the farm and removed to Berrysburg, where he speculated in real estate and made loans. On account of the many and substantial improvements in property made by him, he may fittingly be called the father of Berrysburg. Mr Miller has mechanical tastes and talents and is an expert in the use of tools. He is also gifted with literary ability, has a good memory, and has accumulated a library of good books, valued at $1,000, and of course is deeply interested in education and all means for the intellectual betterment of the community. He was married in Mifflin township, January 3, 1832, to Elizabeth Beleistine, born in that township, January 3, 1815. Their children were: Sarah A., died young; Emeline S., Mrs. Kautz; Uriah, died young. His wife died in 1882 and in 1884 he married Catherine Deibler, widow of Mr. Speck, and to this marriage there is no issue. Mr. Miller is a Democrat in politics, and he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church. He is retired form active business and is enjoying the evening of life in a quiet and comfortable home, cheered by the society of his wife and occupied with literature and art.
Historical Review of Dauphin County