Francis Marion & Ellen (Wood) Miller
From L-R: Ray Miller, Marion Miller, Helena Miller,
Charles Miller, Ellen Wood, Elzora Miller
A recently found cousin (found through this very blog) asked me if I had any photos of Francis Marion Miller and his wife Ellen Jeanette Wood. We are related through Marion's brother James Madison "Mad" Miller. Lucky for him, I had scanned this photo some time ago and was happy to share it with him.
I have two direct-line ancestors in this photo: Marion and his son Charles (center back). The back of the photo says that the photo was taken in 1914 and lists the members of the family (in order!). This photo was most likely taken on their farm in Richwood Township, Richland County, Wisconsin. The writing on the back states that this was taken in 1914, which puts it a year before Charles's marriage to Ruby Dyer.
I love both Ellen and Elzora's hair in the photo. I don't know how they got their hair to stay like that, but it does confirm that my stick straight hair was passed down through my maternal Lindley line! Little Lena's dress looks like it has some type of sailor-ish collar, but with the quality of the photo it makes it hard to tell. The center-part in Charlie's hair and that crazy grin remind me of my father, even though this isn't his line.
Most of my ancestors were just average farmers and I have rarely found photos of them. So, I feel extra blessed that we have a copy of this photograph.