04 April 2014

All these years ...

All these years I have been going crazy looking for a CORADIS MILLER. According to Emma Miller's obituary her late parents were Coradis and Elizabeth Winter Miller. Turns out ... his name was Socrates; the obit was wrong!

Emma's obituary reads:
Emma Eckman, eighty-three of Providence Township, widow of Aldus J. Eckman, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at her home. The daughter of the late Coradis and Elizabeth Winter Miller and she is survived by the following children: William, of Buffalo, New York; Mrs. Charles Martin, of Conestoga Center; Mae Eckman, of Reading; Mrs. B.C. Hill, of Philadelphia; Jessie Eckman and Joseph Eckman, of Christiana; Mrs. John C. Eckman, of Philadelphia; Roscoe, of Harrisburg; Mrs. Pearl Silverthorne, of Reading; and Mrs. Walter Lawrence, of New Providence. Twenty grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive.

Emma - who is my husband's great grandmother - was born in 1858 in Providence Township. So, I started with the 1860 Census and found 40 year old Socrates; 40 year of Elizabeth; 14 year old Anna; 7 year old Mary; 5 year old Martha; 2 year old Emma! I found her and her younger sister Hettie living with their parents in 1870. In 1880 Emma was already married to Aldus but I did find Socrates and Elizabeth with 17 year old Hettie.

Emma I knew is buried at Clearfield UMC with her husband Aldus. One time I was there, I went through and took photos of all the Millers there, knowing - just knowing! - that someday I would figure out her folks. Well turns out I have had a photo of Elizabeth Winter Miller's tombstone all this time! That's her stone here on the right!

Find A Grave shows Elizabeth - or Eliza as she was called - and her husband Socrates at Clearfield UMC. It also gives the information for her parents and her siblings! Again - lots of leads to follow down and confirm.

Find A Grave also revealed that Socrates has a government stone because he fought in the Civil War! He was a Private in Company I of the 7th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry (80th Volunteers). His regiment was organized between September and December 1861 in Harrisburg.
I found another family on Ancestry.com who connected with Socrates through his wife Elizabeth Winters and goes back further, back to Germany, on her side. Gave me lots of leads to think about and check out!
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.