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Jesse M. Miller (1812-?)
Born in Pennsylvania, came to Bay city in 1850, where he was Justice of the Peace.

1883 Biography. Added Apirl, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan – 1883


One of the well known men in Bay City, is a native of Pennsylvania, and settled in Bay City in 1850. He had a brother-in-law living in Oakland County, and first went there and stopped with him. From there he wondered into the Saginaw Valley and stuck fast in the unpromising locality, since transformed into a beautiful city. At an early day he bought a tract of land just east of the present city limits, and cleared it up. It became a valuable farm, and he held it until 1881, when he sold it. When he first came to this region he says he worked for six or eight shillings a day and laid tip something. He carried the first regular daily mail between Lower Saginaw and Saginaw. In the Fall he would take. his pony and ride to a squatter’s hut a little distance from the village. There he would leave the pony, and taking the mail on ha back, would proceed on foot to Saginaw, and from there return in the afternoon. It was no easy task in those days to make the journey on foot in the Fall, when the traveler would sink nearly to his knees in the half frozen mud; but the early settlers were inured to hardships, and accomplished many things that almost stagger the belief of people in these latter days. Mr. Miller had the contract for carrying the mail until 1862. From 1874 to 1882 he held the office of justice of the peace, and has always been prominent in public affairs. He has been an active advocate of temperance, and of all social and political reforms. In the Fall of 1882 he was the candidate for Congress on the Greenback ticket, and made an active canvass of the district. He now devotes his time to looking after his private interests, and to matters of public reform.

Addition Notes.

    1875 & 79 – Directory Bay City, Mich.

  • Miller, Jesse M (Justice of the Peace) – n e cor Water and 31st.

    1880 – Census Bay City, Mich.

  • Miller, Jesse M – b. 1812 Penn.
  • Angeline L. - wife, b. 1823 New York
  • Leondras M – son, b. 1846 Penn.
  • Adaline E – daughter, b 1855 Mich.

    1882 - Election for Congress.

  • Jesse was candidate for Congress, which was won by republican Herschel H. Hatch, who received 11,326 votes; Andrew C. Maxwell, democrat, was second with 7,749; Miller received 2,348 votes.

    1883 – Directory Bay City, Mich.

  • Miller, Jesse M. - res 413 Fremont.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Bay City Fire Dept. 1918
People Referenced
Hatch, Hershel H.
Maxwell, Andrew C.
Miller, Adeline E. (dau.)
Miller, Angeline Mrs. (wife)
Miller, Jesse M. (subject)
Miller, Leandras M. (son)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Justice of Peace
Lower Saginaw, MI
Oakland Co., MI
Saginaw, MI
Saginaw Valley, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.