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My Uncle Dana January 24, 2016

Filed under: Ancestry,Cemeteries,Genealogy,Grandma Miller — Janet @ 3:53 pm

dana m miller grave marker  Dana Murdock Miller 1887-1913 Cedar Hill Cemetery Newark Ohio

Dana was my father’s older brother.  He was 4 years older, not a big gap.  What puzzles me is that there is so little information  about him.  I understand that he was very popular, and outgoing.  He was an actor.  He died in Chicago in a fire on September 27 1913 at the age of 26.  That is the impression I have but if that is so, why the mystery?  Did he die in a fire? Or was there some other cause of death?

In the introduction to her  book of poetry self-published by my grandmother when she was in her 80’s and a member of a poetry circle in Daytona Beach Florida, she writes that she raised 4 children.  Clearly she raised 5 children.  She was 50 years old when Dana died.

Unfortunately both my sister and I have misplaced her little book of poetry to re-examine the  introduction and the poems more closely to see if there any clues to explain this.


5 Responses to “My Uncle Dana”

  1. Very curious, I can understand you wanting to know more.

  2. Amy Says:

    Have you tried searching for a death certificate or done a newspaper search in his name? You might be able to find something.

  3. Amy Says:

    I found a brief article in a Cleveland paper. Email me and I will send it to you. It says he died from asphyxiation in his hotel room, not enough evidence to know if it was accidental. Perhaps the coroner’s report is still on file in Chicago.

  4. Janet Says:

    That would be great. My email address is janian@eircom.net Thanks.

  5. Amy Says:

    Sorry–I didn’t see your reply so came back to check. I just emailed you.

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