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Our Miller Surname March 3, 2015

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Possible meaning of the surname Miller

English and Scottish: occupational name for a miller. The standard modern vocabulary word represents the northern Middle English term, an agent derivative of mille ‘mill’, reinforced by Old Norse mylnari (see Milner). In southern, western, and central England Millward (literally, ‘mill keeper’) was the usual term. adm The American surname has absorbed many cognate surnames from other European languages, for example French Meunier, Dumoulin, Demoulins, and Moulin; German Mueller; Dutch Molenaar; Italian Molinaro; Spanish Molinero; Hungarian Molnár; Slavic Mlinar, etc.Oxford University Press. Dictionary of American Family Names
Source:  Oxford University Press Dictionary of American Family Names

A Sidetrack in the Search For My Grandmother

IMG_0014  my grandnother, age 19


As I have written before, my paternal grandfather Charles Dana Miller was married twice.  He was born on September 3, 1836 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio,  served in the U.S. Civil War on the Northern side,  married Lucy Gilman Jewett of Newark on May 10,1865.  Lucy died in 186, leaving a young daughter and an infant son.  I have a copy of a letter written in his handwriting to this small daughter on the occasion of her 10th birthday.  The letter was written in Chicago in March 1876 or thereabouts.

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My Grandmother Was a Busy Woman

In trying to find out more about my paternal grandmother Mary Murdock Miller, I talked with my sister Nan who lived with our grandmother down in Daytona Beach Florida during the winter of 1944-45, November to May.   Nan graduated from high school in June 1944.  Then I think she took a secretarial course or she worked as an aide at New England Baptist Hospital.  She went down to Daytona Beach to live with our grandmother and work at the Naval Base.  Living with our grandmother meant living in a room in the same house where Grandma had a separate room; in other words a boarding house.  So they were relatively independent of each other.  Grandma was in her 80’s.  According to Nan, Grandma played bridge every day and she read a lot..  Nan had her clerical job at the Navy base.  In her free time Nan liked to go to the beach – hardly an activity to share with Grandma.

In May 1945 Grandma went back to Raleigh North Carolina to live with her daughter Myrtle.  And Nan went to Washington D.C. to work for the Government.

Other random facts/milestones in my grandmother’s life.

Grandma was living with the Upshaws in Raleigh at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census.  Grandma was 67, William F Upshaw was 52, his wife Myrtle was 45, Sage was 17, William W. was 8, Mary Bryant 6, and Nancy Miller 4.

Grandma’s mother died when Grandma was 15.  Grandma married at age 19.

Grandma was a member of a poetry circle.  This little book of her poems was published in the 1940’s when she was in her 80’s.