This is a continuation of my previous blog post outlining the descendants of my paternal grandmother – Mary Murdock Miller – tracing her 5 children who in turn had 10 children, making a total of 10 grandchildren for Mary Murdock Miller. Her eldest child Myrtle had 3 children , her son Joseph had 4 children, and her youngest child Roy had 3 children.
her son Joseph with his daughter Ruth, picture taken in March (?) 1926, School Street, Belmont Massachusetts
My grandmother’s life straddled the 19th and 20th centuries. She was born in 1863 in Crown Point New York, upstate New York near the shores of Lake Champlain Vermont. Born at the turning point of the American Civil War, she experienced 3 more very significant wars in her lifetime – the short lived Spanish American War when William McKinley was President, U.S. involvement in World War One when Woodrow Wilson was President, and the much greater involvement in World War Two under President Roosevelt. She died in 1954.
When she was born, Abraham Lincoln was in the Oval Office. Lincoln was followed by Andrew Johnson ho was President from 1865-1869. In 1869 Grandma would have been 6 years old, just hazily aware of who was President and the significance of that position. President Andrew Johnson was followed by Ulysses. S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes (whose wife Lucy was the first First Lady to graduate from college), James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland again, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Warren G. Harding. Harding and my grandmother were approximately the same age.
Following Warren G. Harding, we have Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and finally Dwight D. Eisenhower. It seems like ancient history merging into the modern era.
In a way, my grandmother’s personal history goes even further back in time than her lifespan. She can claim to go back almost another 30 years to 1836, the year her husband was born.
Identifying my grandmother by her children and grandchildren – her daughter Myrtle had 3 children – William, Mary and Nancy; her son Joseph had 4 children – Bob, Ruth, Nancy, Janet; and her son Roy had 3 children – Muriel, Roy, and Jeanne.