In honor of all the women who have paved the way
to all those whose blood courses through
my veins / to all those who have, each
in her own way / helped to create the person
I am today.



I give a HUGE thank you to my cousins Ruth Stude,
Darrell Smith, and Mary Alice Moore for helping
with the research on particular lines and for
sharing their photos with me.



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  I honor my grandmothers
who bore the line
which extends to me.



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Each of them as strong as

the cast iron pots they cooked with.





                                                                           
photo of Marie Miller

My grandmother,
                  D. Marie Miller was born in 
                   Nebraska in 1902. She            
                           was one of ten children                  
                          left motherless, when her              
                           own mother died in a car accident.
             The mother of six children
   she became a nurse
     and cared for her son
 stricken with Polio
             before he could even walk.
     And she cared for her
                  husband until his death in his
                         early 40'S, from a heart condition.




                                                                        
A. Irene Green and daughter, D. Marie Miller

This is my
great grandmother
Irina Green.
with my Grandmother
D. Marie Miller, as an infant
It was this ancestor
grandmother who died
from a crushed chest,
when her husband,
who was driving drunk
(during prohibition),
lost control of their car.
I grieve for her pain at
having to leave her ten
young children behind.
and I grieve for the
children left without
their mother.




photo of Ida A Searl

Ida A Searl is my
second great
grandmother.
She was born in 1860,
in Iowa and was the mother
of at least seven known
children before she
died at the tender age
of 28.




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I haven't yet found anyone
with a photo of
my third great grandmother,
Amantha Martha Jordan.
I'm including her here because
she was an extraordinary
woman who lived a very
difficult life.  She was born
in Vermont in1811.
She left her home and family.
to accompany her husband
With her she took her
five children.
The family first stopped
In Nauvoo, Illinois.
While there, Amantha
gave birth to another son.
The family then moved to
IL, Where she gave
birth to another daughter.
She was next uprooted to
continue the family's journey
by wagon train, walking across
the hot, dry plains to the Iowa
Territory, stopping first at
Council Bluffs.
While there, Amantha gave
birth to five more children
before being obligated to
uproot herself and her
children from their home
once again.
This time the family would
travel to their final
destination which was
Salt Lake City, Utah.
On this journey, Amantha and
her children walked
alongside a mule team
and wagon as they made the
long and perilous trek
across the plains.
One can only wonder at
the toll it must have taken
on Amantha to have
;birthed 12 children in 5
states under the most
primative conditions
imaginable, and when not
giving birth; journeying
across the plains,
pregnant, while tending to the
needs of all her other children.
This had to be a monumental
task in such a harsh
environment.
The weary family finally
reached Salt Lake City,
Utah, sometime in the early
1860'S. Unfortunately
any joy and happiness
she may have felt at
finally reaching the
destination, where they
were to make their new
home, was to prove very
short lived for Amantha.
She had used up all her
strength, energy, and
health, providing for
her family, and when her
tired and worn out body
contracted Lung Fever
In 1866, she was simply too
exhausted to fight it.
In 1866 Amantha died from
the Lung Fever she had
But as you are reading
these words; her memory
continues to live on.





photo of lydia jane snethen

My second great grandmother,
Lydia Jane Snethen is another
pioneer ancestor. She was
married three times, and the
mother of six children.
Born in Indiana, she travelled
west and settled in Kansas,
where she lived out the
remainder of her life.
She was a member of the G.A.R.,
and died in Kansas in 1913.



photo of susan james

My third great grandmother
Suzanna Jane James was
born in Indiana in 1824.
Several different branches
of this line have family lore
which says Suzanna is the aunt
of the notorious Jesse James.
more research will be needed
in this area to either prove or
disprove this claim.
Suzanna was the mother of 12
children.





photo of Bessie Scheer

This is my great grandmother,
Bessie Susie Scheer.
She was 5 Foot, 2 inches tall
with medium blond hair and
blue eyes.
She was born in Kansas in 1881
and brought 12 children into
the world.  Then after raising
her own 12 children, Bessie
Lovingly helped to raise
several of her
grandchildren.
Bessie died in Nebraska in 1957.

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