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Sandra Elizabeth Miller (#47782977)
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I was born October 22, 1935, in South Bend, Indiana, to Galen R. and Lillian E. "Betty" (Harding) Miller, who were transplants from Constantine, Michigan, to South Bend, Indiana, when my father began work at The Bendix Corporation in 1935. While I was still a student at Michigan State University (then Michigan State College) in the 1950's, my grandmother, Nellie Elizabeth (Johnson)Miller of Constantine, Michigan, stirred my interest in family history by making me the custodian of the Bible of my great-great-grandmother, Sarah Catherine (Owen) Miller. It had passed through the hands of my great-grandfather, John Sherman Miller, and my grandfather, Clyde Eli Miller (both deceased by that time). In the Bible I found written out the birth, death, and marriage records of Sarah Catherine (Owen) and her husband, John Kirk Miller. I was fascinated to think that these people, complete strangers to me until this time, actually were my ancestors, and so started my long interest in genealogy, which took me all the way back to my fifth great grandparents, Frederick and Euphemia (Schaefer) Miller, of Allentown, New Jersey.

I am a graduate of South Bend Central High School, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. I have been head of the English Department at Brandywine High School in Niles, Michigan, and a high school Counselor in Edwardsburg High School, Edwardsburg, Michigan. I was delighted recently to discover that "Find a Grave" volunteers had begun work in the Constantine Cemetery, Constantine, Michigan, and I appreciate the work Robert Longbottom has done getting three generations of my Miller family posted on "Find a Grave". He has now kindly turned the Memorials of my Millers over to me. I have much information about my Miller family which I would be happy to share. Related families are Johnson/Smith/Kramb/Spooner -
Eberhard/Young(s)/Fredricks - Harding/Johnson (Swedish)/Uren.
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Michael C
RE: Iro/Ira Coe
Dear Sandra, My apologies on getting back to you so late.
I only know Coe through the line I am researching: Felt.
I did some research and found some newspaper clippings about their deaths. Ira died in a wagon accident. Here is what I found below from the quincy library online database. I don't have much more than this unfortunately.

Aug 15 1899
Ira Coe, a Melrose Fruit Grower, Exiled in a Runaway on the South Bide This Morning..
All the Bones in His Upper Body
Broken—A Peculiar Accident
A vicious horse which he had driven to town caused the death of Ira Coe, a wealthy Melrose orchardlst, at Ninth and Washington' streets, at 9:20 o'clock this morning. Coe was thrown from his seat on the wagon when his runaway team dashed into a tree on the sidewalk and the struggles of the horse which had caused the runaway pinioned him between the double tree and the tongue and crushed in his chest, causing death almost immediately.
Added by Michael C on Oct 01, 2016 12:59 PM
Willam "Jackson" Smith
Thank you so much for this! I have had so many people ask me why I keep track of ALL the children of ALL the marriages. Getting them assigned to the correct parents is really important...particularly when they get adopted by a stepfather and wind up taking his name. However, the great William mystery is totally a new one on me! Thirty-some years ago, when I was starting to do genealogical research, my teacher told us not to rely on the intelligence or the spelling of census enumerators! As witnessed by this particular fiasco, I guess she wasn't kidding!

Thanks again!

Added by Lynnsdaughter on Aug 30, 2016 2:53 PM
The Millers
Hello Sandra,

My name is Elmer Rudloff. John Kirk was my great-great-grandfather. My grandmother was Neva Miller, whose father was Ernest Kirk Miller (the name Kirk is popular apparently). I had been doing genealogy work in the past, but my computer crashed with all my data, so I'm back to starting over at square one. Glad to see John's headstone on findagrave. Any fun and fascinating stories you could pass on to me I would love to see it. Thanks!
Added by erudloff73 on May 12, 2016 1:14 AM
Catherine DeGroote
Would you like a transfer of this memorial, since you knew her family?
Added by SuzyMish on May 01, 2016 4:45 PM
Clyde Miller
Hi Sandra,
My name is Debbie Johnson and Royce Miller(Galen's youngest brother)is my step-father. I am trying to find pictures of the house and saw mill when Royce lived there. I was wondering if you have any idea where I might start to look for pictures and the history of the mill(s). I was visiting this past week and he had my mom drive us out where the old house and saw mill stood at one time. I would love to see what it looked like when he was a young boy growing up there.
Thank you for any help you might be able to give me.
Debbie Johnson
Added by Debbie on Apr 01, 2016 5:49 PM
Richard Mengle
RE: Frederick Miller
Hello Sandra,

Thank You Sandra, for the information, you are quite right, I made the correction this morning. We share both Frederick & Euphamy as 5th great grand parents, How cool is that? We must be six cousins if I figured that right.

The real Miller question I have is from Jacob Mengle (John P father) who married Mary G Miller. I know that Jacob & family from the 1870 Census were from Washington Township, Freeburg, Snyder County Pa, and that sometime before the 1880 Census were taken moved to Colon Township, St. Joseph County, Mi. Mary I guess had a sister who lived with or next door to Florence M Vaughn, who was married to Rebecca A Miller (see below) Would these Millers be connected to your Millers?

Thanks Again Cousin,

mygf male female
5th Frederick Miller Euphamy Fame Schaeffer
4th Frederick P Miller Anne Rogers
3rd John Worst Sarah Sally T Miller
2nd Charles H Metcalf Estella E Worst
1st John P Mengle Cora I Metcalf
G Roy D Mengle Florence A Orr
F Robert C Mengle Elenore L Nelson
Rick me :)

born married died Find A Grave
Rebecca A Miller 1832 1900 80945427
Jackson Snook 1830 1854 1859 73353879
Lewis Bubb 1864
Florence M Vaughn 1815 1875 1883
Oscar Weatherhogg 1837 1886 1901
Added by Richard Mengle on Feb 23, 2016 11:20 AM
RE: Dodge at Poe Cemetery, Cass Co., MI
Thank you so much for the clarification. Hope you don't mind, but I added the whole thing (along with attribution to you) to William Dodge's memorial!

Are you related to the Dodge family???
Added by Cherie_in_OC on Feb 07, 2016 5:24 PM
Tena Kennedy Painter
RE: Madeleine Bertrand
Good morning Sandra,
Thank you for your kind compliments. I too have made wonderful friends from researching our Ancestors, both dead and alive! LOL

Would you be so kind to share your email address? Mine is

Again, thank you for being positive about my Find A Grave Memorials. I do love linking loved ones back together as a family.

Have a great day,

Added by Tena Kennedy Painter on Nov 23, 2015 8:04 AM
Ginger Thrush
RE: Frederick Miller of Allentown, NJ
Hi Sandra,
Some months ago you send me some very informative information on Frederick Miller. My specific knowledge of this family line only went back to his grandaughter, Lucinda Miller Stone, until I discovered Find A Grave. The memorials you created have increased my knowledge of my heritage.
The John Hoover chapter, NSDAR, recently celebrated our one year anniversary with a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of our namesake. My sister and I are now hoping to work on supplementals and the information you provided will be useful.
When did you visit the New Jersey, Frederick Miller grave? Also wondering if you had any information on Lucinda (Lucy) Miller Stone in West Virginia. My apologies for the tardy response. Your communication was much appreciated.
Best regards,
Ginger Thrush
Added by Ginger Thrush on Oct 30, 2015 8:29 PM
Susan Mccay
RE: Samuel Lloyd Haynes
you are so welcome!!
Added by Susan Mccay on Oct 11, 2015 7:30 PM
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