Grandma Ruth was born on 2 June 1885 in Stanton, Mi. She married Alphonsus Edward Ward on 8 July 1908, in Stanton. She outlived her husband "Phon" and her children, passing away at the age of 102 years, 10 months, and 13 days, on 15 April 1988. Their first child, unnamed, was stillborn in 1912. Their second child was A. Edward Jr., born in 1913. Their third child was a girl, Elinor, born in 1915. She died of diphtheria in 1922. Their fourth and final child was my father, Robert Hudson Ward. Both A. Edward Jr. and Robert H. Ward passed away in 1980. Grandma Ruth had many photos of her relatives, some of which include the Christmas 1890 Miller Family photo and one of Frank & Cora's family from 1893.
Frank Augustus Miller was Grandma Ruth's father. He was a long-time public servant in Stanton, holding public office for many years. The following is from John W. Dasef's "History of Montcalm County," Volume 1, page 483, published in 1916. Both volumes are available at The Library of Michigan in Lansing.
"Frank A. Miller was admitted to practice on October 4, 1880, and soon afterward was elected a justice of the peace, which office he held for four years. He was the son of Reverend C.C. Miller, a Baptist minister. He studied law in the office of Palmer & Garbutt, and held the office of Circuit Court Commissioner from 1881 to 1885. In 1888, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of the county and served for four years. In 1898, he was again elected Prosecuting Attorney and served eight years continuously. And again in in 1914 he was elected to that office, which he now holds (1916)." During the years he did not hold public office, he was an attorney in Stanton. My mother recently recalled having been told by Grandma Ruth that his office was on the second floor, which bothered him somewhat that he had to go downstairs to do his "duty," He had a 2-story outhouse erected at the rear of the building to solve the problem!
G-Grandpa Frank's first wife was Cora Adaline Fenn, who died one day after giving birth to son Frank C. Miller. Grandpa Frank's second wife was Nellie Conklin. His parents were Reverend Charles Carroll Miller and Miriam Cross Dyer. See below for links to information about them.
Click here for the page with an image from a painting of The Reverend Charles Carroll Miller's boyhood home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Miriam Cross Dyer Miller's ancestor tree.
Grandma Ruth's Great-Grandmother Jane Warren Green and her ancestors - Click here.
Grandma Ruth's "Uncle Ashley," Ashley Grant Miller, Baptist minister in MI, and an attorney in NV. An odd change of professions!
The following pages all relate to my Miller line:
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