Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Edward William Miller


The Edward Miller Family: Edward holding his horses and Ada holding her child with her other children beside her in front of the log cabin located on Roosevelt Road in Lakefield Township.
Ed with his team of horses with two family members



Edward William Miller was born on June 29, 1860 in Rome, Oneida County, New York; his father was John Miller. Ed came to Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan in 1881. Ed married Ada Rigg in Gratiot County, Michigan. Ada was born July 23, 1861 in Spring Arbor Township, Jackson County, Michigan to Leslie and Sarah Ann Shaw Rigg. Ada came to Emerson Township, Gratiot County, Michigan from Alaiedon Township, Ingham County, Michigan in 1879.



Ed and Ada came to Lakefield Township in 1883 and purchased 40 acres in Section 15 on Roosevelt Road between Merrill and Fenmore Roads. In 1896, they owned property in Section 15 and in Section 21. The 40 acre farm in Section 21 was located on Fenmore between Lakefield Road and Nelson Roads. After selling his property on Roosevelt Road, Ed purchased another 40 acres of land in Section 22 on Fenmore Road, kitty-corner across from their home.

The Edward Miller Family: front - L to R: Lucy Miller Johnson, Edward Miller, Ada Rigg Miller, and Chauncey Miller; back: L to R: Elizabeth Miller Short, Abigail Miller Harris, Charles Miller, Rudy Miller, Leslie Miller, Ruth Miller Hall and Della Miller.


Ed and Ada had the following children:

  1. Eliza F. Storms was born October 2, 1878. Eliza married Fred Ackley

  2. Elizabeth C. Miller was born January 9, 1884 in Lakefield Township. Elizabeth married Herbert Short in October 1908.

  3. Evonda Miller was born October 4, 1886 in Lakefield Township. Evonda married Charles Soggs and later, Alvin Turnbull.

  4. Lucy E. Miller was born December 2, 1888 in Lakefield Township. Lucy married August W. Johnson on June 26, 1906.

  5. Abigail “Abbie” Jeanette Miller was born May 12, 1891 in Lakefield Township. Abbie married Calvin Harris and later, Clay W. Shaw.

  6. Charles H. Miller was born November 29, 1893 in Lakefield Township. Charles married Anna Vicik.

  7. Ruth Cornelia Miller was born February 19, 1897 in Lakefield Township. Ruth married Ernest Hall on July 29, 1919.

  8. Della Miller was born April 20, 1899 in Lakefield Township. Della married James McKay on June 4, 1932.

  9. Rudolph “Rudy” Herbert Miller was born April 1, 1901 in Lakefield Township. Rudy married Ethel Arnold on February 9, 1931.

  10. Leslie Earl Miller was born May 30, 1903 in Lakefield Township. Leslie married Sarah McQuiston on December 15, 1921.

  11. Chauncey Miller was born November 4, 1904 in Lakefield Township. Chauncey married Dorothy Kischnik on December 25, 1927.


Ed was appointed to Lakefield Township Board of Review on April 1, 1890 and appointed to the Overseer of Highways District #3 on April 3, 1893. Ed, also, owned a cider mill. He sold cider for two and five cents a gallon and supplied the township with vinegar for cooking and canning.


According to the Saginaw News – the City Chat Section: states the following: “The Farmers' Treshing Company is about to start operations at Merrill under the ownership of Nick House, Omer B. Parker, George Wenzel, Edward W. Miller, Paul Skela (Sklba), Will House, George Wenzel Sr., and Richard Welke, all of Merrill, according to papers filed by them at the county clerk's office.”


Ed passed away August 28, 1931 in Lakefield Township and Ada passed away on July 11, 1923 in Lakefield Township. They are both buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: Myron Gulick Book, “Lest We Forget”; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps; Lakefield Township Records and Great-Great Niece Jacqueline Sue Bucholz Rohde's genealogy.



Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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