Joseph Albert Miller (1879-1859)

Joseph Albert Miller was born in Lucknow, Bruce County, Ontario on 4 July 1879, the 10th child and last son of Thomas Miller and Catherine Young. In various records he went by Joseph, Albert, and Bert but it seems he usually went by Albert.

He married Mary Della Barclay in London, Ontario on the 23 October 1901. Albert and Della had 4 children; Thomas Jason Albert (1903), Henry Orlo (1911), and Alvin Rae and May (1917), Alvin Rae and May appear to be twins. Della and their son Alvin died of pneumonia in 1919.  Four years later Albert married Mary Lee Barclay. I always thought his wives were sisters but was proved wrong when I saw both marriage registrations. Albert died in 1959 and Mary died in 1973.

Albert has 2 claims to fame. First, instead of becoming a become a farmer, he was a tailor. He started in Kinloss Township (possibly Lucknow) but by 1903 he moved to London, Ontario to set up his own business at 711 Richmond Street. He lived at this address until his death. That address is a pizza place now.

His second claim to fame is his son, Orlo, who started out as a feature writer for the London Free Press and later wrote a book on the Black Donnellys of Ontario. He has a Wikipedia article written about him.

I’d like to hear your stories about this couple and their children. Please contact me if you have any information.

Pictures (from left to right)
1. Joseph Albert Miller   2. Thomas Jason and Orlo Miller as children    3. May Miller

Sources
Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZBX-1J3 : 10 April 2015),  citing registration , London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,871,080.
Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM5-XRYQ : 13 April 2015), Joseph Albert Miller and Mary Lee Barclay, 21 Feb 1923; citing registration , London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,266,927.
Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZT-4MH : 15 January 2016), Joseph A. Miller in entry for Thos. Jas. Albert Miller, 10 Jan 1903; citing Birth, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,148,638.
Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMHX-4V2 : 15 January 2016), Joseph Albert Miller in entry for Henry Orlo Miller, 01 Apr 1911; citing Birth, London, Middlesex,
1911 Census Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,424,650; Census Place: 13, London City, Ontario; Page: 17; Family No: 197;
Ancestry.com. 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006; c iting Library and Archives Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460.
1921 Ontario, Canada Census; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 70; Ward 2, London, Ontario; Page Number: 13; Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013; citing Library and Archives Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s