The Millers trace their lineage back to the Mueller artisan-farmer clan that arrived on the banks of freedom in 1749. Of industrious Swiss stock, the Muellers lost no time applying their trades in the new world. Christian “Schmidt” Miller became proficient in the art of metalworking and the welding of iron.
“Schmidt” impressed the tradition of craftsmanship and pioneering spirit upon his son Jonathan who moved to a farmstead in Charm, Ohio in the early 19th century. Continuing in the tradition of his father, Jonathan supplied the frontier with a water-powered gristmill and sawmill on the Doughty Creek beginning in the 1820s.
The great-great-grandson of Christian “Schmidt” Miller, Benedict-Emanuel Miller continued in the tradition and trade of his forefathers by operating a blacksmith shop in Sugarcreek, Ohio. His son Daniel E. Miller farmed, operated a sawmill, and used his penchant for detail to make clocks.