Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Joseph Gorton Miller

The Rev. Joseph Gorton Miller was born in Louisiana on 23 August 1846, the son of Eben Miller and Mary (Gorton). He married Mary Augusta Merryweather on 27 November 1878. Early in his ministry he served a church in Bismarck, Dakota Territory, but by 1885 he was rector of St. John's in Bristol, Indiana, where he served till 1888. He was also rector of St. Paul's, Mishawaka, during the same period. In 1888, he left Indiana for Escanaba, Michigan, where he preached, but by 1891 he had become rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus, Indiana. Two years later in 1893, he announced to his congregation that he was leaving the Episcopal Church and becoming an elder in the Christian Church or Disciples of Christ. He declared in his sermon that "the doctrine of the church did not possess the broad, liberal ideas to be found in the Disciples of Christ. In 1900 he resided in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois.


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