Born: February 15, 1775 at Sand Lake, Rensselaer County, New York
Died: August 14, 1860, aged 85 years and 6 months as recorded on his gravestone in Pleasant View Cemetery, Wilmington, New York
Married: Polly Hayes of Sand Lake who died February 23, 1871
Captain Pliny Miller commanded a militia company in the War of 1812. He came to Saranac Lake from West Sand Lake in Rensselaer County in 1822 when his lumbering company in nearby Wilmington was forced into bankruptcy by the failure of its main customer. With a partner, Alric Mann Bushnell, he purchased 300 acres along the Saranac River in what is now Franklin County from John R. Thurman and others of Sandy Hill, New York. Much of the present village of Saranac Lake stands on Miller's original land. In 1827 he built a sawmill, erecting the first dam across the Saranac River, at the site of the present dam; this created a large mill pond where logs were gathered each spring for processing. He built a house near the present Village offices. In 1910, the mill pond was cleared of stumps and renamed Lake Flower, in honor of New York governor Roswell P. Flower, who provided funds to clear it of tree stumps.
- Donaldson, Alfred L. A History of the Adirondacks, New York: The Century Co., 1921 (reprinted by Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, NY, 1992)
- Seaver, Frederick J., Historical Sketches of Franklin County, Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Co., 1918
2011-12-11 12:45:52 Alric/Alaric Mann Bushnell was born about 1818-1820, so could not have been Pliny's partner in the purchase of land along the Saranac River, which was made about 1820. It was Alric/Alaric's father, James Bushnell, who purchased the land with Pliny. —188.8.131.52