Georg Leonhard “Leonard” Miller

Georg Leonhard “Leonard” Miller

Obrigheim, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 18 Sep 1883 (aged 80)
Utica, Oneida County, New York, USA
Burial Yorkville, Oneida County, New York, USA
Plot Section R
Memorial ID 23938938 · View Source
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Leonard was born Georg Leonhard Müller in Obrigheim, Baden, Germany in what is now Obrigheim, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on 30 Mar 1803 to Georg Leonard Müller & Catharina Margaretha Schmidt. He was the 10th of 12 children.

There are two 'Obrigheims' in Germany. The one Leonhard was born in is the one that has the nuclear reactor. The other one is located in what is now Bad Dürkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Leonhard first married Eva Margaretha Fiederlein on 4 October 1827 in Obrigheim. Eva died in 1837 after having given birth to 5 children. Leonard then married Maria Anna Nohe/Noe on 3 August 1837 in Obrigheim.

Leonard was the father of 12 children; 5 from the first marriage and 7 from the second. 3 children died in infancy while they were still in Germany - 1 from the first marriage and 2 from the second. He came to the US in 1854 with his second wife and the remaining 9 children.

I have been unable to locate two of the children from his first marriage. They are: Louisa Müller b: 20 JUL 1834 in Obrigheim and Johan Georg Müller b: 14 APR 1836 in Obrigheim. They both came to the US with their father and step-mother in 1854 but they are no longer in the household by the 1860 census.

When they arrived in the US, Leonhard was reported as 50 years old (born circa 1803-4). Sometime during his life in the US his birth year was 'adjusted' to 1800. That is why he is shown as 83 in his obituary and the stone has '1800' as his year of birth.

One of his sons from his second marriage was Rev. Louis M. Miller who was the head of the Franciscan Order when he died in 1909. Rev. Miller was born Mathias Müller on 9 May 1851 in Obrigheim.

Leonard was buried in the old cemetery that was located in Utica and in 1915 he was one of the 788 people who was moved to the new cemetery located in Yorkville.

His obituary as written on page 1 of the Wednesday 19 Sep 1883 evening edition of the Utica Daily Observer reads as follows:

"MUELLER: - In this city, Tuesday, Sept 18th, 1883 (date on the stone reads Sep 17th), Leonard Mueller, aged 83 years, 5 months and 18 days. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 171 Water Street, Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock and from St. Joseph's Church at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend."

A second memorial exists for Leonhard on Find A Grave here. Due to the name and dates differences it almost looks like they are two differenct people.

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  • Created by: Vince Miller
  • Added: 13 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23938938
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Georg Leonhard “Leonard” Miller (30 Mar 1803–18 Sep 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23938938, citing Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Yorkville, Oneida County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Vince Miller (contributor 46797965) .