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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1108-1109 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

This name written Muller and Miller interchangeably in the records is difficult to trace. Cornelis Stephense Muller was of Greenbush, Rensselaer county, New York, 1663, and of Claverack, 1720. He owned a large lot on Broadway, Albany. He married Hilletje Loockeimans and had issue: David, of whom further.

(II) David, eldest son of Russell and Nancy (Conger) Miller, was born in the town of Berne, Albany county, New York, in 1817, died in the same town February 27, 1866. He was a lifelong farmer of Berne. He married Catherine Fisher, born August 12, 1820, died in New Scotland at the home of her grandson, Duncan F. Miller, May 26, 1902. She was a daughter of Duncan and Isabella (Harrowa) Fisher, and granddaughter of Daniel Fisher, born in Perthshire, Scotland, came to America about 1775, settled in Dutchess county, was loyal to his King, confined in a fort and property confiscated. After the war he came with an ox-team to the town of Berne, purchased a farm, on which he died, killed by a falling tree in 1786, aged forty-five years. Duncan Fisher was his first born child, and always resided in Berne. He had six children, of whom Catherine was the eldest daughter and fifth child. Children of David and Catherine Miller:

  1. Russell, of later mention.
  2. Catherine, born 1846, died in California, in 1906; married Warren Clapper, of Albany county; they removed to California and later returned to New York state; they again went to California, where Mr. Clapper yet resides; no issue.

(III) Russell (2), only son of David and Catherine (Fisher) Miller, was born on the old farm in the beautiful town of Berne, Albany county, New York, October 11, 1839, died November, 1892, in Hurstville, New York, and is buried at Delmar. He grew up on the home farm, later settling at Hurst village, where he owned a large, well-improved farm. He was a successful man of business, Republican in politics, and a Presbyterian. He was a high-minded gentleman, generous and helpful. He married in Berne, Hannah Onderdonk, born February 22, 1839, died at Hurst village, March, 1893, daughter of Andrew Onderdonk, a farmer of Berne, who died in old age. Children:

  1. David S., born October 11, 1863, died in New Scotland, October 24, 1891, was a farmer of the town of New Scotland; married Nettie Cook, who survived him with daughter Florence. She married (second) Reverend ———— Finger, of Schenectady, New York.
  2. Emma, born November, 1864; married James D. Paddock, a farmer of Bethlehem; have a daughter Grace, unmarried.
  3. Bertha, born September 5, 1867; married (first) Ernest Tarbell, deceased; children: Ruth and Ernest; she married (second) William Winne, of Albany; no issue.
  4. Andrew, born February 1871; a farmer of Bethlehem; married Lillian Birdsall; no living issue.
  5. Anna, born 1874, died 1899, three years after marriage to William Wilber; no issue.
  6. Duncan F., see forward.
  7. Ambrose, born in New Scotland, November 4, 1880; resident of Hurstville; married Barbara Miller; no issue.

(IV) Duncan F., son of Russell (2) and Hannah (Onderdonk), Miller, was born September 15, 1877. He was educated in the schools of Bethlehem, and Albany Business College, graduating class of 1894. He adopted the occupation of a farmer, having inherited a farm from his father, located near New Scotland Village. The farm consists of one hundred and twenty-nine acres of finely located land, with orchards, and a modern house. He applies modern methods to his business, and makes agriculture a success, and his well-kept fertile fields bespeak the man of practical method and enterprise. He is actively interested in the Patrons of Husbandry and thoroughly believes in its value to the farmers. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and a Republican. He married, in Westerlo, Albany county, April 26, 1899, Minnie Strebell, born in Coeymans, May 1, 1872, a woman of education and high ideals. She is the daughter of Richard and Susan (Wagoner) Strebell, born in Albany county. Richard Strebell was killed by being thrown from a wagon in 1880; he was a farmer of Berne. His wife, Susan, survives him, now in her sixty-seventh year (1910), resides with her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Miller. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Strebell:

  1. Albert, of Westerlo; married Ida Fox; children: Eva, Ivy and Carey.
  2. Minnie, married Duncan F. Miller.
  3. Anna, died in young womanhood.
  4. Richard, of the state of Missouri, unmarried.

Duncan F. and Minnie Miller have had two children, both died in early infancy, namely:

  1. Clarence, aged three months;
  2. Raymond D., a few days old.

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