History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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A. J. MILLER, following farming near Neshaminy, was born in Philadelphia, February 18, 1845, and in the maternal line comes of German ancestry.

His father, A. J. Miller, was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and after acquiring a good education went to Philadelphia as a young man, there engaging in mercantile pursuits. He made for himself an excellent place in business circles in that city, becoming a member of the firm of Miller, Weber & Hand, conducting an extensive and profitable business as dealers in dry goods at the corner of Fourth and market streets. Mr. Miller remained a member of the house until 1847, when his death occurred at the age of forty years. While business affairs claimed much of his time, he yet found opportunity to devote to movements effecting the general interests of society. He was a leading member of the Presbyterian church, and served as an elder and as superintend went of its Sunday-school. He contributed generously to the work of the church and did all in his power to advance the cause of Christianity. He was also generous to those who needed assistance, sympathetic with those in sorrow, and at all times kind and considerate. Having prospered in his business he was able to leave his family in comfortable circumstances. In 1831, in Philadelphia, he married Miss Catherine Helffenstein, a cultured and intelligent lady, a granddaughter of John C. Helffenstein, of honored Germany ancestry, belonging to a distinguished family of that country, connected with the nobility and possessing a coat-of-arms. Her parents were Rev. Samuel and Ann (Stitle) Helffenstein, both of German descent. Her father, who was born April 17, 1775, was regularly ordained as a minister of the German Reformed church in 1796, at which time he took charge of the old Bean church in Bluebell, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. In 1799 he became pastor of the congregation of that denomination at Fourth and Race streets, in Philadelphia, where he remained for thirty-two years, preaching in both the German and English languages. Later in life he retired to his farm near North Wales, where he spent his remaining days. He still continued preaching, taking charge of a church in Northampton county, to which he rode twenty miles in order to deliver the gospel message. He preached his last sermon at North Wales when ninety years of age. He was a fine musician, and his musical talent added greatly to his services. He passed away on his home farm at the age of ninety-three years, after a long, useful and honorable career. He had likewise prospered in his material affairs, and became possessed of a large estate. In his family were twelve children, eleven sons and a daughter, all of whom are now deceased. Three of the sons became ministers of the gospel, and all were professional men or merchants. Seven sons and a daughter survived him, the latter being Mrs. Catherine Miller. A. J. Miller, Sr. died in 1847 and his wife, long surviving him, passed away in 1884. She remained at the old home in Philadelphia throughout that period, and both were buried in one of the cemeteries of that city. They had five children: Samuel Hl, a merchant, now deceased; Lavina G.; Mary M., the wife of Joseph Linton; Annie M., the widow of E. D. Wakeling, who was an attorney of Philadelphia; and A. J., of this review.

Text taken from 284-286

Davis, William W. H.,  A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905]  Volume III

Transcribed October 2001 as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

Published November  2001 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/

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