This little scrap of paper with info written by my Aunt Dorothy Ann Miller Oropeza is the brief beginning of our family research.
It starts with James Miller born in South Carolina in 1824.
Here’s a transcript.
Great Great- Grandpa (these indicate the relationship to my dad and his sister)
James Miller, born April 27 1824 in So. Carolina
Married March 20, 185? To Honoria Q (Quary) Mills
Born Feb. 8, 1830 in So. Carolina
James Whyte Miller
Born Feb. 19, 1858 in So. Carolina
James Whyte Miller Jr.,
Born June 30, 1895
Died Oct. 8, 1935
Kathryn Elizabeth McKay on June 29, 1927
Don’t know anything about the first James Miller – where born etc.
Honoria Q Mills; grandfather was Rev. Dr, Thomas Mills
Born in England, an Episcopal Minister
This is the earliest picture I have of these ancestors, Honoria Q. Mills Miller. Based on the style of clothes, I think this was about 1860.
And here is my dad’s grandpa. He was one of the first sheriffs of Osceola County, Florida.
On the white horse is my grandpa, my dad’s dad who died in 1936. The girl holding the puppy is Aunt Corrie. The woman inside the fence is Effie Bass Miller, my great grandmother, and the man on the black horse is Sheriff James W. Miller, my great grandpa. There was another daughter in the family, Honora Jane, born in 1897, she died in 1899 at the age of two.
The house was in Kissimmee, Florida. This picture would have been taken about 1900 or shortly afterwards. My grandpa was born in 1895, and his mother Effie died in 1904.
Effie Bass was born in Florida in 1867. Her family migrated from Georgia about 1849. The Bases were previously from North Carolina, and Effie’s great grandfather was born in 1766. He was too young to fight in the Revolutionary War, but evidently he and some of his cousins and brothers were Loyalists and were arrested multiple times for raising a ruckus and causing havoc around the countryside in an effort to aid the British war effort.
In history I learned those loyal to the crown after the war went to Canada or back to England. Evidently there were many who stayed in place and created problems during and shortly after the war. I don’t know when the Basses moved from North Carolina to Georgia, but maybe it was an attempt to avoid the law.
Going back further, I think these Basses were at Jamestown shortly after the settlement was established. That is a story for another day.