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Photo of the Month
October 2011
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Born the same year as our nation -- 1776 -- Daniel Miner Sr. was the son of Western Pennsylvania pioneers Jacob and Maria (Nein) Minerd Sr.  He and his brother Frederick in turn became early settlers of Ohio. This photo of Daniel is the only known original image of this second generation of our family, today in the safe possession of a great-great granddaughter in Texas.

In 1812, the brothers left Pennsylvania and jointly bought land in Sego, Perry County, OH.  (The deed, granted by the federal government, and made out in both of their names, bears the signature of President James Madison.) They also bought separate farms, one for each brother.  

Daniel sold his farm within a few years, and later moved to Cardington, Morrow County, OH, while Frederick lived on his tract for the rest of his life. In fact, family historian Allen E. Harbaugh (the "Mountain Poet") visited a dying Frederick in 1871 and wrote about it in his landmark history prepared for our clan's first reunion in Ohiopyle, Fayette County in 1913.

At last count, Daniel and his wives Mary (?) and Margaret "Peggy" Fluckey together produced 17 children, 74 grandchildren and at least 106 great-grandchildren, virtually all born before the year 1900. These numbers surely will grow as additional research is done. Many of these offspring were pioneers in their own right of western states, among them Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.


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