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Reflections on our Family - Jack Miller on David

Reflections of childhood - Jack Miller

JONES family joins the MILLER line

Recently at the request of my former brother-in-law, I began researching his family line. Although he is no longer 'officially' a member of our family due to divorce, he will always be integrated through the child he fathered with my sister.

Recently this child welcomed a child of his own. Almost 3 months early, she is doing well and growing stronger each day. You are now probably noticing that I have omitted names. This is for the privacy of living members however, I have some ancestors that I can report on from this new avenue of research.

Our 'Jones' is the son of JAMES LINCOLN JONES (1863 - 1957) and HALLIE ROOF (1917-1977), the daughter of JOHN R ROOF and DELPHA COATES.

Delpha Coates (1900-1971) is the daughter of THOMAS C. COATES and PHOEBE A. STURGEON.

Thomas C. Coates(1852 - ???) is the son of SIMEON COATES and SARAH ELIZABETH ???.

The mother of John R Roof (1890-1955) is HARRIET FRANCES DAVIS (1866-1922).

Harriet Frances Davis is the daughter of JOHN WHITE DAVIS (1842 - 1909) and MARY ANN HAZELIP (1841 - 1904)

and Here the wall emerges. If you have any information that can help me move through this family line, it would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, back to the research.
If you haven't visited my Family Genealogy site yet, you are welcome to drop in and see what has been added, including the new section, MyTrees which I am building to include the majority of results I have gathered in my research. Grab a free gift while you are there and you can also access the documents I have uploaded, such as the BOZEMAN family tree book.

Our Family is Growing Again!

First, let me apologize for my infrequent visits to this forum. I have been up to my eyeballs in genealogy as well as maintaining several other websites and writing books. BUT, as we have some new information I have re-registered at Ancestry.com and am updating my files. Look for Millerfull2011 (tree/31758862/family) for the most recent updates there.

New additions:
Richard F. Scott (my eldest son) and his wife Leah Noem Scott, now have a new daughter, Livia Scott. She was born in mid-June and is an absolute baby-doll. Growing like the leaves on a young tree. LOL.

We now have word that my nephew, Brandon Jones, son of my 2nd sister, Cynthia and Wayne Jones (div) is expecting his first child in August 2012. We wish them well.

Martha Jane 'Peter" Miller Wesley McArther is still with us and holding to her promise to reach 90. However, we said goodbye to my mother, Anne Elschner Miller on 12 Dec 2008, My Uncle Jack Miller on 10 Oct 2009, and my cousin, Peter's son, Doug Wesley, in Feb 2009.

I think that about updates most of what was missing (I hope). I have also begun researching Cindy's ex-husband's "Jones" family at his request so his information is now included. Additionally, the Cagle line is growing as well as I research my husband's family.

Have a wonderful Christmas season everyone. I'll be back in January with more info, I hope.

Secrets in the Attic

Have you discovered a box of secrets in the attic? I did, and boy what an interesting addition to my research.

After the death of my grandmother Rogers- MILLER in 1978, my aunt received a trunk full of old letters, photos and things from her estate. This got placed in her attic and forgotten. It was not until after the death of her husband and her decision to sell the huge 6BR family home and downsize, that the trunk was rediscovered.

I can remember that saturday morning. "Barbara, do you want this old trunk of my mother's. It is just full of old letters and stuff?"

Well, duh. YES! By this time I was actively researching our family history and had been pestering my aunt, among others,for information. So, I set out to get the trunk, wondering if the content my open some new secrets for me to explore.

Sure enough, as I excitedly anticipated the possible content I hurried home and tore into the chest. Of course, I only glanced at most of the documents and letters, placing them in neat piles on the table so that I could sort and catalogue them later, but I just could not stop, until I found it.

Imagine my shock when I found my grandfather's divorce papers and learned that, not only had he been married before my grandmother, but he had two children by his first wife! OK, back to the phone to grill my aunt. No, she knew nothing about this and was quite curious to find out. So together we set out to learn all about this closely guarded secret my grandparents kept from all of os for over 50 years.

Well, it took some time but we found out what we wanted to know and shared the information, but there are other secrets waiting for me in those old letters, carefully tied into packages and stored for others to find some day.

My grandmother knew that eventually these letters and documents would be discovered. Perhaps she hoped no one would care and they would be tossed, but, either way, I am so grateful that she kept them for all those years and that my aunt was absent minded enough to forget to toss them out.

What secrets await you in your search? Don't discount those faded old letters and papers stuck in a box in a corner of an attic or closet. The treasures they contain may be your life's golden discovery.

We now have two more major branches and a slew of new relations to get to know. Isn't it just wonderful?

4 comment(s), latest 7 years, 9 months ago

Understanding History in Genealogy

I am a genealogy AND a History buff. I quickly discovered the benefits of combining my understanding and knowledge of history with me genealogy research. Now, my Family Tree is full of people I have come to know, and not just a bunch of disconnected names on a list.

Let me explain what I mean. When beginning my research I learned the my paternal ancestors, Miller and Rogers were primarily from the mid-western farming region. This led me to look at the history of the region during the times that my father's family lived there. I discovered that many of the 'traits' in our family such as hard working,adaptability,studious,crafty, and so on seemed to stem from lives spent working from sun-up to sundown. Adapting to the adversity of farm life and unpredictable weather, a desire to learn how to work smarter not harder, and a need to create many of the tools and other things needed for everyday life.

This is a somewhat simplistic example,but understanding the horrors of the age of the dust bowl and the frustration of dealing with drought and trying to hang on till the rains came, gave me a little more insight.

Similarly, the horrors of WWI and WWII that directly impacted my family, especially my German born mother, Anne Elschner (1927 - 2008) and maternal ancestors, helped me to understand much of the skepticism we all seem to have with regards to politics, our frugality, and a desire to look beyond color or nationality. It explains our love of baked goods as these were a staple in my mother's and her ancestors diets. These are traits and direct lessons, if you will, that our parents learned the hard way and passed along to us.

By connecting the events of history to your genealogical time line and especially, uncovering personal histories and connecting them to the 'accepted known history' of an era or a location, can open your eyes to the people that are represented by those names on your family tree.

Take a look at history - climb your family tree and uncover your roots.

1 comment(s), latest 7 years, 9 months ago

Update on Miller Family losses

Here is a brief update to the genealogical info on the Wayne G. Miller branch of the Family.

Jonathan Lloyd Miller death Oct 2009
Anne Elschner Miller death Jan 2008
Frank Douglas Wesley III death Feb 2008

The last remaining member of W. G. Miller's immediate family (children) is Martha Jane "Peter" Miller Wesley. She is now 80 and quite spry and I have forbidden her to have any terminal illness or accident for at least 10 years. She promised to try to comply.

Please update your records as I do not have time at the moment to update the genealogy records online. I will get it done as soon as I possibly can.