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Miles Wilgus Back
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Birth: May 19, 1853
Quicksand
Breathitt County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1940
Quicksand
Breathitt County
Kentucky, USA

He was the son of John Back Jr. and Elizabeth Cope.

He was a fascinating man, with a strong spirit and lots of opinions. He knew what was right, and what was wrong, and that was that.

He usually wore black pants, a white shirt, a black hat, and boots. He had a very commanding presence, and people respected him. He had a great deal of influence around Quicksand Creek.

Miles was married three times and he fathered at least twenty-two children. Two of those children were born stillborn, and one of them (Henry Chester Back) was born out-of wedlock, to Malissa Strong Back, during the time between the death of his first wife Clementine, and his marriage to his second wife Siller. (Malissa was the widow of Miles' brother Alfred.)

Please see the listings for each of his three wives to get the names and DOBs for his children (see below).

Miles owned thousands of acres of land around Quicksand Creek. He sold 15,000 acres to the Mowbray-Robinson Lumber Company which built a massive sawmill in his front yard, and then clear-cut all of the trees, destroying the environment.

Miles established the Miles Back Cemetery, on a hill out behind his house. His second wife, Drusilla "Siller" Keith, was the first person buried there. He was buried next to her. His third wife, Lenora Watson, was also buried in that cemetery. (His first wife was Clementine Spurlock, and she was buried in the Spurlock Cemetery.) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Back (1810 - 1886)
  Elizabeth Cope Back (1814 - 1898)
 
 Spouses:
  Clementine Spurlock Back (1849 - 1885)
  Lenora Watson Bach (1889 - 1967)
  Priscilla Keith Back (1865 - 1905)*
 
 Children:
  Edward Price Back (1876 - 1919)*
  Sarah Back Hayes (1878 - 1972)*
  William Everett Back (1880 - 1966)*
  George Burnum Back (1889 - 1965)*
  Miles Rodney Back (1891 - 1907)*
  Julia Easter Back (1893 - 1965)*
  Mattie Back Smith (1894 - 1983)*
  Minerva Back Ogden (1897 - 1990)*
  Troy Bach (1899 - 1956)*
  Wilgus Back (1901 - 1971)*
  Jasper Bach (1910 - 1996)*
  Myrtice Betsy Back Rhodes (1916 - 2000)*
  Annie May Back (1918 - 1919)*
  Francis Bach (1920 - 1920)*
 
 Siblings:
  Minerva J. Hagins (1836 - 1911)*
  William H Back (1840 - 1893)*
  Miles Wilgus Back (1853 - 1940)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Miles Back Cemetery
Quicksand
Breathitt County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: BoneDigger
Record added: Jan 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23923596
Miles Wilgus Back
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Miles Wilgus Back
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- Earth Visitor
 Added: Oct. 26, 2008
Miles was my great grandfather and his second wife Siller was my great grandmother. May God bless you both.
- Theresa
 Added: Mar. 13, 2008
 
 
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