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Old 09-08-2015, 05:21 AM
 
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This is a great thread! Fun! And proves that it's a much smaller world than we think that's for sure.

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What a great question. I have run across a coincidence and I'm still trying to puzzle it out.

My great grandmother from B-W, Germany, kept a journal in 1904 of what she did everyday, who she visited, and who visited her. I guess there was no TV and so people visited each other often. Cool.

As I was transcribing her journal, I got chills when she described her Miller boys visiting her. There were five Miller boys, ages 26- 17, and at least one Miller boy visited her everyday.

The coincidence is that two years later her daughter married one of those Miller boys. But why would my grandmother be friends with them? There was an age difference, they didn't live close to each other - but I'm glad that they were all in touch back them. I hope to find out how they met and became such good friends someday.
Of course we can never really know why the Miller boys visited an older woman, your grandmother, but we can speculate!

1) Maybe the Millers boys didn't have a mother OR their mother was unable (because of illness or by choice) to give them maternal care, and they got that from your grandmother?

OR

2) Perhaps the boys were enamored by the daughter, and the visits were double-duty: to visit your grandmother and at the same time try to court the daughter?

OR

3) Was your grandmother a godmother to any of the Miller boys? Depending on time and place, and religious affiliation, the relationship between godparents and godchildren was as close as blood relations.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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This is a great thread! Fun! And proves that it's a much smaller world than we think that's for sure.



Of course we can never really know why the Miller boys visited an older woman, your grandmother, but we can speculate!

1) Maybe the Millers boys didn't have a mother OR their mother was unable (because of illness or by choice) to give them maternal care, and they got that from your grandmother?

OR

2) Perhaps the boys were enamored by the daughter, and the visits were double-duty: to visit your grandmother and at the same time try to court the daughter?

OR

3) Was your grandmother a godmother to any of the Miller boys? Depending on time and place, and religious affiliation, the relationship between godparents and godchildren was as close as blood relations.
OR

4) Grandmother was a great cook!
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:32 PM
 
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Grandma was referring to the FIRST batch of Miller boys, who went on to parent a second batch of Miller boys.

Not such a biggie - they all had big families back then, no one moved about either.

My grandparents intermarried - by which I mean, they married the neighbor brother and sister.

Muriel B married Wilfred K
Daisy K (Wilfreds sister) married Arthur B (Muriels brother)

its because they were the neighbours, at a time when neighbours were miles apart.

So in this case, the original K boys (Wilfred and brothers) fathered the second lot of K boys (my dad and brothers).
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Amelia View
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4) Grandmother was a great cook!
Excellent fourth speculation :-)
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:15 AM
 
Location: CA
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Yes, and I love them!
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