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Pearl E. Willis Miller
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1869
Death: unknown

Pearl Miller was born Ellis Hannah Willis (also seen as Willio), daughter of magician, necromancer and prestidigitator "Prof. Henry Willio," and his wife, Marion Cook. Through a series of unfortunate events, Ellis and her sister Mabel Lillian came to be in the company of Lola Parshall, aka Lola Earl. She took the girls back to New York, and left Mabel Lillian there. She took Ellis, now known as "Little Pearly" Parshall, a contortionist and trapeze artist, with her when she went out west to Atchison, KS, and Deadwood, SD. Pearl married William (aka Wilton) Akarman in King Co., WA Terr., in 1884. In 1887, her father, who had been believed dead, and had been trying for fifteen years to track down the woman who had taken his daughters, finally had success and was able to connect with both Lillian Mabel and "Pearl". The Akarman's resided in San Francisco for a time, then in 1890 removed to Australia. While in Australia, Wilton Akarman died (1906), and Pearl married Pete Miller in 1907. Pete, Pearl, and Pearl's son, Wilton Fields Akarman performed as "The Musical Millers." In 1910, Pete, Pearl, daughter Lola Miller, and Pearl's son, Wilton immigrated to America.

An account of Pearl's story can be found in The Sunday Chronicle (San Francisco) April 17, 1887, page 8
and the account of her sister being reunited with their father can be found in: Leaves from conjurers' scrap books; or, Modern magicians and their works By Hardin J. Burlingame (1891)
and Manford's Magazine (1887) Vol. 31, page 386
Family links: 
  Peter George Miller (1870 - 1931)
  Wilton Fields Akarman (1892 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountville Cemetery
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Dale Shenk
Record added: Oct 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78840933
Pearl E. <i>Willis</i> Miller
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Pearl E. <i>Willis</i> Miller
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Pearl E. <i>Willis</i> Miller
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 Added: Apr. 19, 2013

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