Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller

Birth
Germany
Death 20 Dec 1807 (aged 69–70)
Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 42683992 · View Source
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Jacob: Alsace Loraine, Germany
Married Anne Marie Theigen
The schooner Britannia left Port Tobacco, Maryland in 1769.

Children: Marie Barbara, Catherine, Anne Marie, Jacob, Jr., Jean frederick, Isabelle, Jean Baptiste, Marianne & Marie Theresa.

Miller, Jacob d: 20 December 1807 at age 70 yrs. (Opelousas Church V 1 Pg 92) (Rev Donald J Hebert Pg 409)
Death service in St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas, La. 900 N. Union St. - Buried in church cemetery. V 1 Pg 92 #15,

Birth: 1737 in Alsace Lorraine Germany
The Voyage to Louisiana
On December 12,1768- the English schooner (Britain) was chartered by thirty-four acadians and forty Germans for a trip from Port Tobacco Maryland to New Orleans. A shipwreck occurred of the coast of Texas in Matagorda Bay, in April 1769.
The ships commander was Philip Ford they set sailed Jan. 5, 1769.
On the 21 of Bef. they sighted the Louisiana Coast - due to easterly winds and continous fog they were driven eighty leagues south and then west of the Mississippi.
Finding themselves without any food or water - were obliged to put into a small bay where they found a Spanish captain named don Francisco Tovar. He refused to give them a passport and food to get them to New Orleans. He seized the schooner and all the sails tackle equipment took everything except the schooner - with him to a fort forty leagues insland- which he was commandant.
The passengers noticed that the ship sailed in one direction, when Caption Steele was on duty and in the opposite direction when captain Ford was on duty. By this time the Britain's Provisions were exhausted and the passengers and crew were reduced to a diet of rats -cats- and even there shoes and leather in the vessel.
After they threatened to throw the commander overboard if he did not make landfall, the Britain was brought to shore . Probably on Matagorda Peninsula, Texas.
Word of the released crew and passengers caused additional problems for the crew and passengers.
The Britain was no longer seaworthy and the sails and riggings were not serviceable . The only course was a long difficult and dangerous overland trek through hostile Indian territory to Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Horses and an escort of Spanish soldiers were provided - the trip began Sept. 3, 1769. On Oct. 27, three days after there arrival in Natchitoches, a list of the shipwrecked Germans and Acadians was made and sent to Governor O'Reilly in New Orleans. After the arrival of the Immigrants in Natchitoches , Gov. O'Riley decreed on Nov. 16,1769, that the German immigrants were to be sent to the Iberville Post for settlement and the Acadians were to remain at Natchitoches and establish farms there.

Jacob Miller I , of German origin, sailed on an English vessel put out to sea at Espiritu Santa Bay destined for New Orleans. After being lost in the Gulf of Mexico, it finally arrived on October 24, 1769. He and his family are listed on the vessel Catherine. Daughter of Jacob and Anne Marie, married Balthasar Marks, Jr., son of Balthasar Marks, Sr. & Marie Eclaire.

Grand Coteau Church: Charles Smith appoints his two brothers: Benjamim & Raphael as lawful attorney to agreement to build Church in Grand Coteau. Dated 4 June 1818 (Opelousas Courthouse OA-17) "This agreement made the 14 day of June 1817 between Charles Smith of Parish of St. Landry of the one part and John Smaddy and Robert C. Fryer of the same state - - - of the other part - - - on their part agree and bind themselves to build in the Prairie Grand Coteau and near the south end of a tract of land acquired by the said Smith of the estate of Jacob Miller. (Rev Donald J Hebert Pg 382 & 383 - other info on the construction of the church)


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  • Created by: Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis
  • Added: 4 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42683992
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Miller (1737–20 Dec 1807), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42683992, citing Saint Landry Church Cemetery, Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis (contributor 47145065) .