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James David Miller (#46927585)
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Bio Photo I am retired and indulging in my favorite subjects: Genealogy and History. I also help run a veteran's website that assists disabled veterans obtain benefits to which they are entitled. My most important activity, however, is being with my three grandsons.
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Valerie Stark Newsome
Hi, I see we are cousins through the same Stark line. Simeon Samson Stark is my 3rd great grandfather.
Added by Valerie Stark Newsome on Sep 18, 2013 9:12 AM
Dennis -- Greenwood Cemetery
James, My sister and I visited the cemetery on Saturday, but was unable to locate the requested grave. Good luck in your search, Shari
Added by Shari on Apr 26, 2010 6:21 AM
Katherine Jane

I think that the Twitty's on my husband's side of the family are from Mississippi.
I will have to look it up.
Glad to be of help with the photo.

Added by Katherine Jane on Mar 05, 2010 7:58 PM
Genealogist's Christmas Eve
'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."
He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"
Added by GenealogyGirl on Dec 25, 2009 12:44 AM
Mary Anne
Ebenezer Russell
Hi James,

I loaded pictures for this grave for you and also established memorials for Ebenezer's wife Elizabeth and a related(?) Russell (Helen) who is buried next to them. Let me know if you would like these additional memorials transferred to you. If you are interested, there are other Russells in the cemetery that you can view at:

and I see that Ebenezer's consort Sarah is listed.
Added by Mary Anne on Aug 27, 2009 2:06 PM
me... AGAIN
I added William Fagan to find A grave. He was a grandson and transfered ownership to you! You are so welcome and it was my pleasure! Figured you would know what to do with it once you got your hands onto it! :-) have a nice evening and happy Forth of July! By the way... someone put flowers out there however... they were dried up. Any relatives still up here for a girlfriend to William you might know? ok ttyl!
Added by Bri on Jul 03, 2009 4:15 PM
RE: Frederick Norris etc
DAVE... brian's the name btw. I work fast when I have the information at hand hahaha! I love the story about the bagel at the mall! That's cute! Im 28 and appreciate those little stories lol!
Added by Bri on Jul 03, 2009 4:06 PM
I discovered that there is a grandson buried along with the rest of the family in the cemetery. ill make sure he gets added
Added by Bri on Jul 03, 2009 3:49 PM
Francis Venard family
Hi, Dave--Francis Venard was grandfather to my ancester, John Venard. John was the son of William Venard of Harrison County, Kentucky. Here is a link to John's memorial:

I worked on this lineage and eventually--years later--found my distant cousin, Dan Venard, now deceased, who had done a fabulous job of authoritatively documenting this family.

From Dan's writings on Francis Venard:

"Surname often spelled "Vinyard" in Loudon Co records. Possible son of John Vinyard who came to Orange Co, Va in 1735 or before. In 1776 [Francis Venard and ] his entire family removed to Amwell Township, Washington Co, PA. They lived on property known as "Forlorn Hope" registered in the name of his son John. In 1793 they sold their property and in 1794 embarked via flatboat at Redstone Old Fort (now Brownsville, Fayette Co., PA), and came down the Monongaela River to Maysville, KY. They settled for a while in Scott Co, KY. In 1796 all but son William, removed to Warren Co, Ohio."

Excerpt from Beer's "History of Warren County": "James Venard came from the vicinity of Harper's Ferry, VA and settled on what is now known as the Danial Hufford farm. The date of this settlement is not known, but his youngest son William H., who is still living in this township, one of the oldest of the living natives of Warren Co, was born near Deerfield, May 3, 1798. James Venard brought with him his wife, Nancy Graham, two sons, John and Francis, Jr., his father, Francis, and his mother. Francis, Sr. lived to be about 103 years of age, his wife about 100. They were both buried at Deerfield. Their children all lived to the age of about 95 years. Two brothers of James Venard, Thomas and Stephen, settled in the vicitiy of Utica about 1798."

Cousin Dan Venard visited the cemetery in Deerfield in the late 1970's and was able to document that Francis' grave was covered by a highway sometime back.

Over the years I've occasionally corresponded with others sharing your Stark/Venard lineage. I may have the correspondence filed away . . . I can look for it if you like . . .
Added by Carolyn.Complete on Jun 28, 2009 7:17 AM
RE: Gerry & Louise Norris
once again you are very welcome! My grandparents are interned just a few rows up from them so it was pretty easy to find. Sad part of it all is... Saint Gertrude's is giving people a difficult time in locating graves! Now they want you to pay twenty-five dollars just for them to type in a name and write it down. A two minute project now costs you twenty five dollars! Its a big help when a person indicates the proper plot information! By the way I am only in my late twenties and enjoy this sort of thing! Have a great fathers day weekend!... Brian
Added by Bri on Jun 19, 2009 2:37 PM
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