Jacob Miller (1742-1825) arrived in New York from Germany circa 1770 and emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1780s as a Loyalist. Jacob and his wife, Elizabeth Bentley (1747-1817) had six children: son Garret (1770-1840) and five daughters, Abigail (d. 1834), Ann (1771-1859), Elizabeth (1774-1857), Margaret (1779-1864), and Mary (d. 1833). All of the daughters were unmarried and resided at the family's home in Halifax. Garret was a merchant and worked at his father's exporting business, Jacob Miller and Son, later becoming a member of provincial parliament for Lunenburg County, 1837 to 1841. He married Catherine Pernette, daughter of Colonel Joseph Pernette of LaHave, and had seven children who survived to adulthood. They were: Augusta (1804-1883), m. Jason Mack, Mill Village, and had three children; Garret Trafalgar Nelson (1805-1897), m. artist Maria Morris of Halifax and had five children; Frances (1807-1885), unmarried; Elizabeth (d. 1881), m. Daniel Owen, New Dublin, in 1837 and had six children; Joseph Pernette (1808-1881), merchant, MPP and justice of the peace in Bridgewater, m. Margaret C. Allan of Scotland and had four children including daughter Jennie, m. William D. Hall, miner and prospector; Jacob Pernette (1803-1893), m. Miss Daniels and held several government offices, including superintendent of quarantine and customs officer; and John (1811-1898), unmarried.