I am new to this list and hoping eventually I can find some info on my
grandfather, ARTHUR CLAYTON MILLER. We (my family) have been searching for a
very long time and still come up empty. Here's the info:
1. ARTHUR CLAYTON MILLER, b. 30 Dec 1885-1891, m. #1 unknown, m #2 FLORENCE
ELIZABETH CREECH, 27 Mar 1922, Elkville, IL; d. 23 Mar 1956.
Path>Germany?>Johnstown, PA>DAVIS Ranch, CO>WWI>Perry Co,IL
Note: We have not located him in any census-ever!
Children: (I have more info, contact me if needed)
Mitchell Ray (my dad)
Year of birthdate is undetermined because the few documents we have are
Birthplace? He used to say Johnstown, PA; however, after he passed away,
several cousins have ventured forth saying that he told my grandmother that he
and his family actually emigrated from GERMANY during the 1880's, and that the
family name may have been changed from MUELLER. I have not located any
records for he/his family via shipping lists.
Religion? We are fairly positive that he was of JEWISH descent, his marker
put there by the military has the Jewish star, plus my uncles remember that he
was circumcised. He didn't raise his family to be Jewish, he also had a
strong dislike for certain other religions.
Parents? He maintained that FRANK MILLER was his father, no conflicts on the
few documents we have. However, we have listed for his mother several
different names: PATRICIA DAVIS, ELIZABETH DAVIS, PATRICIA ELIZABETH DAVIS,
SUTITINE BLAIR, SUTITIA BLAIR. We don't have any clues as to which may be
correct. Points to ponder: Why CLAYTON as his middle name? Why did he
repeatedly spend time on the DAVIS ranch?
History? Evidently, his father died when he was a young lad, possibly around
the age of 4 or 5. He also said that he worked in the coal mines as a kid,
and ran away from home due to the mistreatment of his step-father around the
age of 12. He had a first wife, no other clues about her. She is supposed to
have died in childbirth. He spent a lot of time in Colorado, the military has
his occupation at enlistment as a conductor. He went IL after WWI-why we
don't know. He also may have a sister or half-sister.
I know this is a long email; however, I'm trying to add in as many clues as
possible, it's been a very frustrating search. Thanks, all!