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

William Miller Sr.


The photo is of Jennie Miller with 8 of her 11 children in front of their Lakefield Township Home" L To R- Jennie holding Melvin with Bernice by her side, Leonard, Ada, Roy, William Jr., Arthur and Clarence Miller.


William Walter Miller was born September 26, 1870 in Canada to George and Mary Miller. William came to Lakefield Township in 1878 from Canada. He married Jennie Sklapsky on July 27, 1896 in Lakefield Township. Jenny was born November 6, 1878 to Joseph and Mary Ann Novak Sklapsky.


William and Jennie's children were:

  1. Ada Mary Miller was born November 18, 1896. Ada married Roy Tolfree.

  2. Arthur Dewey Miller was born May 10, 1898. Arthur married Clara Hodgins

  3. William Walter Miller Jr. was born February 15, 1901. William married Bessie Swarthout.

  4. Roy Edgar was born September 30, 1902. Roy married Gladys Swarthout.

  5. Clarence Joseph Miller was born September 12, 1904. Clarence married Alta Glinke.

  6. Leonard George Miller was born July 21, 1906. Leonard married Bertha Glinke.

  7. Bernice Aleala Miller was born January 4, 1908. Bernice married Basil Mayer.

  8. Melvin Edward Miller was born December 10, 1909. Melvin married Arlene Hodges.

  9. Joseph Frederick Miller was born July 26, 1912. Joseph married Leola Hartung.

  10. Earl Martin Miller was born January 1, 1915. Earl married Catherine M. Thom

  11. Ernest Francis Miller was born October 17, 1916. Ernest married Mary Kissane. Ernest died April 16, 1947 in Jerome Township, Midland County, Michigan.


In 1916, William and Jennie owned and operated 60 acres in Section 13 on the east side Chapin Road between Lakefield and Roosevelt Roads. Their neighbors were: Jay Schoonmaker, John Briggs, Scott Liebrock, George Miller, Joseph Webb, Thomas J. Sly, Frank Levi, J.A. Beckley, Dan H. McLeod and Nicholas House.


Jennie died on January 9, 1917 and William died on November 30, 1954. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: Great-Grandson, Gerald Miller; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map, Ada Miller's birth record; Ernest Francis Miller's death record. obituaries from Della Miller McKay Obituary Collection - Arthur Miller, Clara Miller, Catherine Thom Miller, Earl Miller, Ernest Miller, Roy Miller, Hattie Miller, Joeph Miller, Mewlvin Miller, Roy Miller, William Walter Miller, Ada Miller Tolfree and William Miller Sr.



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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