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The Distant Relations Grew Up April 16, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Charles Dion Miller,Genealogy,Lucy Jewett Miller — Janet @ 8:34 pm

The children who lost their mother as discussed in my previous blog grew up and married and had children of their own.

Lucy Jewett Miller, the little girl born in 1866, grew up in Newark to marry Clifford Stanley Kerr in 1895.  He was a year younger.  They had 2 children.  She lived in the Newark all her life until her death in 1929, aged 63.

Charles Dion Miller, the little boy born in 1867, also grew up in Newark and married Maud Miller Parr in Chicao in 1892.

Charles and Maud had 5 children:  Lucy Maurine 1894-1984; Charles Oliver 1897-1959; Francis David 1899-1947; Mary Jewett 1904-1999; Frank 1905-      .

In 1900 Charles and Maud were living in Sheldon Iowa; in 1910 in Mill Creek Ohio; in 1920 in Dawson Montana.

Maud died in 1913.

Charles died 1960 in Rutt Colorado, age 93.


Distant Relations

Filed under: Ancestors,Find A Grave,Genealogy — Janet @ 6:39 pm

65708540_1438129682Grave marker for Lucy Jewett Miller, my grandfather’s first wife.  She was only 27 when she died in 1869.  She left 2 young children – Lucy Jewett Miller age 3 and Charles Dion Miller age 2


I have tried to trace what happened to these infants after their mother died so early in their lives.  From U.S. Census records it would appear that they and their father (my grandfather) were living in the household of Lucy’s parents – at least at the time of the 1870 Census.  This was in Newark.  Lucy’s father’s occupation was given as revenue collector, presumably with sufficient income to support a large household.  There were  many siblings and also Lucy’s father’s parents.

The next Census in 1880 shows Charles Dana and the 2 children in a separate household from the Jewett family.  According to the Census Charles”s sister, 2 years younger, was living with them, listed as a housekeeper.  This was the usual designation for a wife – her occupation was “keeping house”.   They were a household of 4 , Charles Dana, 2 children then 14 and 13 and their Aunt Elizabeth.  Aunt Elizabeth was unmarried or a widow.  Quite possibly a Civil War widow.

The only problem with the above is that upon looking further, Charles Dana did not have a sister named Elizabeth and 2 years younger.  Research continues.