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chief (#47078888)
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I am a native Oklahoman, I have worked in a variety of jobs, from mortician's assisstant to restaurant head cook, from janitor to a roughneck(the oilfield). But I find what we do here is very important, to find someone on a piece of paper, court document, old microfilm. A name that connects to yours, a name that is lost, a general nobody amongst billions, and to realize that without that name-your name would not exist. Nothing, with the exception of God, is stronger nor more important than blood ties.
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Judy Curnell
Thank you
Thank you for visiting my son Virgil. Judy
Added by Judy Curnell on Oct 21, 2015 7:07 PM
Aussie Red
Miller Family
Hi Chief,
Maybe I can help you with a little knowledge of the California miller family. I was married to Isaac Miller grandson to Bud Miller. I personally knew Irene ( reenie) Minnie, Bob , Scant, and Clarence. Bud Miller lived with us for a few years and was a wealth of knowledge. He was a very religious and kind man while I knew him. Minnie was hysterical. She loved her family and loved a good laugh. Bob was a bit reclusive but a nice person, Irene was not a real friendly sort. Scant and Clarence were clowns. I always knew they were from Oklahoma and from what they used to say was that their father was a mean man and that is why they left. Bud adored his mother and said he disliked his father for his treatment of her. He always said they were dirt poor and went to bed hungry many a night and that one day they left for California. Bud married Frances Coleman of the Chico Colemans who were early California pioneers and had big ranches in the Bidwell canyon area and in Chico and Durham.
They had three children, Isaac, Betty Jean and June. Bud enlisted in the Marines and fought in WWII on Iwo Jima and Tinian (sp). When Bud returned home he bought a log truck and went into logging for many years. Bob bought property in Quincy Ca and was also a logger. He built cabins on the property and rented them out. I believe it was Bob Millers son who owns a beautiful Lodge in Bucks lake above Quincy. The brothers always got together for hunting . They would spend weeks in the hills camped out and telling stories at night around the campfire . Lurinda lived at Irenes place outside of Chico on Reenies cattle ranch. She ( Irene) had a very large spread. She was odd though. She had money but was very frugal. Her furniture was ramshackle and I mean not good enough for a second hand store. As far as I understood things the kids sold the farm and bought a small home for Lurinda until she was unable to care for herself at which time she moved in with Irene. Now of course this is hearsay but they never talked much about their father and when they did it was not always good. I was aware of hard feelings between siblings but by the time I married into the Millers it seems to me it was settled. I know Bud was an avid letter writer and used to write to his brother Mel. I never knew though the true relationship of Chief Mc Curtian to Lurinda. As I had understood it he was her father but seems facts now don't support that so maybe I had it wrong. Bud used to tell stories about him. I don't know how well I can help you out but if you have questions please feel free to ask and if I have answers I will provide them if not I will let you know I do not have that information. June Henderson is the only surviving daughter to Bud but I don't know if she is sound of mind any longer or if she will talk to anyone. I will see if I can contact her and if she is of any use in you search. My brother Kurt was doing this search as a favor to me so my two children and my grand children have a family history on the Miller side.

Joyce Miller
Added by Aussie Red on Jun 04, 2015 11:29 PM
Judy Borden Soos
RE: Isaac Pop Miller
I will be glad to transfer, but I need your contributor number.
Added by Judy Borden Soos on Jun 03, 2015 5:47 PM
RE: Luerinda Miller
No, I am NOT related ... this was one of many transferred to my care as "J" (Jeanie Sawyer) moved on to other projects, so I am not connected in any way. I realize that this is now a bit of a problem in that you had made up a memorial (after this one at Chico cemetery), with an unknown location of burial. Since this is something you're working on - with input from Kurt of Greenerpastures in Find A Grave - perhaps you should take this over. The one at Chico Cemetery (that I maintain) would take precedence per Find A Grave rules, and, as it has the marker photo attached, it would merely require that the links of spouse/children, be changed to this one (being the older of the two for Luerinda. If this would be of interest to you, please let me know, and we can both work with Kurt to resolve the additional questions of names/links, etc. I have just augmented the memorial with the information as to location within the Chico Cemetery for her burial; and information from the CA Death Index. Adriana.
Added by Adriana on May 31, 2015 7:46 AM
RE: Infant McElwain
Thank you for your time, i really appreciate your help.

Added by CA-SEARCHANGEL on Jul 23, 2014 4:14 PM
Baby Bussell
Thank you so much for the photo of this baby's gravesite. Mom, Dorothy (Bussell) Davis, was a child when her older brother's baby died and she had not been able to return to the grave. She is now 98 years old so you have fulfilled a dream of hers. Thank you.
Added by Brendavis on Jul 23, 2014 3:51 PM
Robert Due
RE: Jay Richardson
Thank you for the kind words, uncle JP and Jay were special people and will be missed a lot, Robert
Added by Robert Due on Sep 17, 2013 1:39 PM
Darline Duncan
RE: Eva L. Kilpatrick
Thank you. No, I am not directly related to Eva Lynn but am working on filling in blanks in the trees of my Martin and Land family from Decatur Co., IN. It appears three of the Goodale family married into the Land family. I was asked (from another researcher) about whether or not Gertrude and Josie Goodale were the same person and that led me to check out all the Goodale family to see just who married whom and if there were two sisters one named Josie and one named Gertrude...It apears Gertrude and Josie are one and the same...but in my research I came to find Belle was Clara Belle and had her married name but no location. Then started to find them in Harper Co., OK and kept running into more questions...

I keep telling myself these families are so far removed from my own that I should just ignore them but I have never been able to walk away from an unfinished puzzle.

You have helped me solve this particular one. Thanks again.
Added by Darline Duncan on Aug 08, 2013 11:00 AM
Darline Duncan
Eva L. Kilpatrick
From your messages I read you are a direct descendant of the Ben & Clara Belle Kilpatrick. I am working on Belle's family and have just seen there are two entries for Eva L. Kilpatrick. One is yours as Ogden and the other has her as Eva Dunsworth. Can you explain this? Are there two graves or did she marry twice or were there two Eva L. Kilpatricks? The Dunsworth entry doesn't have a birth date but has the same death date.
Added by Darline Duncan on Aug 07, 2013 6:47 PM
Map Amor
Thank you so much for your time and help with the grave markers.. it is appreciated.
Added by Map Amor on Aug 27, 2012 3:25 PM
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