1805 - 1845 (39 years)
||Sherborne, Orpha |
||3 Oct 1805
||Pomfret, Windsor County, Vermont, USA 
||9 Apr 1845 
||22 Mar 2017 |
- [S1553] Biographical review: Hampden County, Massachusetts, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 2), 22 Mar 2017.
CALVIN S. MILLER, a leading farmer and one of the well-known and influential residents. of Southwick, Hampden County, Mass., was born in the town of Pomfret, Windsor County, Vt ., December 22, 1833. He was the son of John and Orpha (Sherborne) Miller, and grandson of John and Hannah Miller, the latter being natives of Windsor County, Vermont. John Miller was a farmer of note in the locality, a successful and energetic worker, making his mark among his neighbors and townsmen. He died on his farm in Windsor County, at the advanced age of ninety years. His wife lived to be eighty years old . In politics John Miller was a Whig. He and his wife were members of the Congregational church, Mr. Miller holding the office of Deacon. Their family consisted of six children, one of whom is still living. John. father of Calvin S., of this sketch, the oldest of the flock, resided in the town of Barnard, Vt., where he died in January, 1895; Crosby resides in Pomfret; Hannah died at about the age of seventy-five years; Matilda, Mrs. Barrows, departed this life at the age of eighty; Henry died in infancy; Lucius died when somewhat past middle age.
John Miller, father of Calvin S., was born in Pomfret, Windsor County, Vt., and resided in Barnard, that State and county, after his marriage. He was, like his father, one of the leading men of the place, taking precedence in civil as well as agricultural matters, and becoming successful and prosperous. He was a Republican in politics, and was appointed to various offices of trust. He served on the Board of Selectmen, and was Assessor and Overseer of the Poor, besides holding other official positions. He and his wife were liberal in religious opinions. Mr. Miller was at the time of his death the oldest man in the town, being ninety years of age. He was twice married. His first wife, Orpha, was born in Pomfret, October 3. 1805, and died April 9, 1845. Her children were four in number. His second wife was Mrs. Sarah Wood, who bore him two children. The children's names were: Lucinda, who was born March 5, 1829, and died December 25. 1863. wife of Joseph D. Hewett, of Pomfret. Vt.; Lucius, born February 27, 1830, a farmer, now residing on the old homestead in Barnard, Vt.; Calvin 5., our subject; Martha, born October 26, 1837, wife of L. J. Sackett, a resident of Southwick, Hampden County, Mass.; Annette, born September 22, 1846, who died July 22, 1852; Edward, born October 16, 1848, residing in Barnard, Vt.
Calvin S. Miller spent his youth with his parents, was educated in the district schools, and, after finishing his studies, engaged in farming. His first work on an independent basis was working by the month in the employ of the neighboring farmers. In 1856 he moved from Vermont to Southwick, Mass., where he took charge of a farm owned by S. O. Rising. In 1860 he bought .the farm, which consisted of one hundred and thirty acres, there making his home. In 1865 he sold the estate, and for a time engaged in the flour and feed business in Westfield. But in October of that year he bought another farm, which covers one hundred and four acres. On this property he has made many improvements, and carries on general farming, tobacco being his main production. Mr. Miller has been industrious, giving strict attention to his work, and has been very successful.
Mr. Miller was married on January 1, 1863, to Miss Melissa T. Loomis, who was born in Westfield, February 10, 1839. a daughter of J. A. and Tryphema (Sackett) Loomis, both natives of Westfield, the former born July 14, 18I1, the latter April 9, 1814. Mr. Loomis was a wheelwright by trade, and in later years engaged in business as a travelling salesman, finally becoming a merchant in Westfield. His death took place September 2, 1883, and that of his wife October 4, 1878. Both were active workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which they were members. Mr. and Mrs. Loomis had five children, of whom three are now living: Juliet A., born September 22, 1836, died May 13, 1865; Adelaide M., wife of Joseph Morgan, horn August 17, 1841, died December 9, 1890, in West Springfield; Melissa T. is the wife of our subject; Esther J., wife of N. Morgan, M.D., born December 18, 1844, resides in Springfield, Mass.; Edward A., born August 23. 1852, a hardware merchant, resides in Providence, R.I.
In politics Mr. Miller favors the Republican party. He has not been neglectful of town interests, but has held various offices with advantage of the community, serving as one of the Board of Selectmen, as Assessor, and as Overseer of the Poor; and he is now Treasurer and Collector of the town, holding the latter office the past four years. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Congregational church in Southwick, Mr. Miller holding the office of Deacon.
Researched Thurmon King; transcribed by by Ted Smith