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Apr 11

Tombstone Tuesday–Rolland Miller

Rolland Miller, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Rolland Miller, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

ROLLAND
Son of
J. & F.E. Miller
Died
Aug. 11, 1913
Aged
3m, 8d

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven

Rolland Eugene Miller was born 3 May 1913, the first child born to John and Frona E. (Dull) Miller. He was baptized 15 June 1913 at Zion Chatt with Caroline Miller, Carl Miller, and his parents as sponsors.

Rolland died in Blackcreek Township on 11 August 1913. His name is simply listed under Zion Chatt’s death and burial records. Nothing else is recorded in that record.

I found his death certificate on FamilySearch.org, indexed as Rolland Ugene and the scan of the original document is very hard to read. His cause of death looks like ?? infarction, gastroenteritis, which he had for two days. Mike Kallenberger was the informant for information on his death certificate. [1]

Yes, there is a Miller family connection to me. Rolland was my first cousin once removed. His father John Miller was the full brother of my grandfather Carl Miller.

Rolland Miller, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

Rolland’s father John Miller was born 2 January 1889 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, and died 25 November 1964 in Goshen, Indiana. He married Frona E. Dull on 7 December 1912 at Zion Chatt, married by Zion’s Rev. L. Loehr. [2] His wife Frona was born in Dublin Township, Mercer County, on 29 September 1893 and died in 1975. She was the daughter of Hugh Dobson Dull and Amanda Shindeldecker.

John and Frona (Dull) Miller went on to have a very large family. Some of their children were born in this area and were baptized at Zion Chatt but eventually the family moved out of the area to northern Indiana. According to my Miller family database they had the following children:

Rolland Eugene (1913-1913)
Paul Bernard (1914-1988)
Raymond Lee (1915-2007)
Robert Dale (1916-2010)
Mary Margaret (1918-2005)
Betty Jane (1922-1996)
Bill E. (1924-2004)
Murlin “Spike” (1925-2006)
Beatrice “Bea”
LaVerne Ruby (1929-1990)
Donald D.
Jo Ann (1934-2009)

[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (accessed 8 Apr 2017), Rolland Ugene Miller, 11 Aug 1913; Blackcreek Twp, Mercer, Ohio, reference 48036; FHL microfilm 1953756.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” FamilySearch.org (accessed 8 Apr 2017), John Miller and Frona E. Dull, 7 Dec 1912; Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 10, p.255; FHL microfilm 914959.

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