This page recovered  1-26-2018   <  Contact  Susan < Your Grandma's sister  > 

There were thirteen children! ...

Transmittal
PDF
SPROUSE
PDF
MILLER
PDF
Death
Records
PDF
Marriages
Records
PDF
CENSUS
PDF
~ Zora Elizabeth Miller (Sprouse)
 
htML htML htML htML htML htML

For many years I have been very curious about "Zora" my Grandmother -- and, for some of you, she was your Great Grandmother. (or even Great-Great...) I had heard that she might be American indian. I believe, there is a good possibility - that she was African American. My sister saw her once (she thinks) -- and, she recalls that she was a small "dark" woman. My mother recalled the name "black snake" used by some relatives to refer to Zora. When I found out that there was a "Zora Sprouse" who was a famous African American poet. I just wondered... 

My mother, Zora's daughter -- Mary Elizabeth Sprouse -- sometimes spoke of her father -- George Sprouse. She had watched him die (at home) and she described a horrific scene. My medical training is minimal - but she described swelling and pain. We are often frightened by what we do not understand. At my Grandfather's death there were still many very young children in her family. Like a mantra, Mom would say (to me) that her mother told her that there were 13 children (total) in her family. So far, we have found only ten. And, Mom (Mary Elizabeth) talked about a man named Jerry Robey (Sp. Roby?) that was a part of Zora's life -- and, her life. My mother also spoke of the fact that financial circumstances forced Zora, more than once, to seek assistance from the Franklin County Ohio Court system. On one of these occasions, my mother was present to hear the judge say, in effect --'Ms. Robey! You've come here once to often -- we are just going to take those children.' And, they did. My mother - and, her siblings - were placed into the Franklin County Children's Home - note, the records supplied (to me) indicate - that - my mother's status was "indentured". 

My mother recalled being supplanted to the Children's Home. And, she stated (to me) that it wasn't (after all) really so bad. It was orderly and clean and the meals were regular and pretty wholesome. America was a much different place during the 1920s - in some ways it was "better" -- and, in some ways it was much-much harder to just "get by" - and-or survive - in America. 

And, perhaps it is because of the difficult financial times that we are living in now - but my interest in Zora -- her life and her times - eventually led me to retain the services of a Professional Genealogy Researcher. Following is some of what her research has indicated.

I hope that you are as fascinated by Zora's history (our ancestors) as I am. It's important to note that "Miller" and "Sprouse" are common names - so, I will appreciate your help to inspect the records and help me decipher the dates and the places.

Please let me know of any corrections and updates needed.

- Susie/Sue/Susan Marie Cassady :: Burton :: Neuhart
 

"My son Moses Green has in his possession a bill of sale for my said Negro woman Betty, but has no right to her as he bought her for me and the purchase money was paid by me. Now if my son Moses should contend for the said Negro, it is my will that all the real and personal estate which I have hereinbefore bequeathed to him shall be immediately given to my daughters and granddaughter Elizabeth, Nancy, Rebecca, Polly, Sally, Margaret and Julia Ann Green to hold in like manner as the other property which I have given them."

~ will and testament William Green (July 11, 1829)
Transmittal
PDF
SPROUSE
PDF
MILLER
PDF
Death
Records
PDF
Marriages
Records
PDF
CENSUS
PDF
htML htML htML htML htML htML
Debra
Donna
Joseph
Cathy
Thomas
Natalie
Penny
David
Julie
Stephanie
Sara
Jenny
Becky
Chucky
Renee'
Dawn
Whitney
Nathan
(Bonnie)
(Peter
Herdt)
(Robert
Thompson);

Rob Lusk

(Ken
Edwards) :: David Purdy
(George 'Billy'
Burton) ::
Hans Neuhart 
(Joyce) :: (Candice) ::
Betty 
Ken Thompson ::
(Thaemer
Zebar)
by marriage
Richard
Barbara
Millie
Carol
Susan
Milo
Debbie
Carolyn
Bobby
9 Children of: Milo Gerald Cassady
Francis
Cassady
Pearl
Cassady
Milo
Cassady
[ 1902 - 1964 ]
Mary
Sprouse
[ 1916 - 1984 ]
Maggie
Sprouse
Lenora
Sprouse

Charles Older

Theodore Mcclatchey


 
Ellis
Sprouse

-- Madge
Ferguson
 
Lillian
Sprouse
Leroy
Sprouse
Georg e
Allen
Sprouse
Jr.
Charle
Sprouse
Lucille
Sprouse
infant
Clark
(TBD)
Cassady
(TBD)
William
Sprouse
Cora
Sprouse
George
Sprouse
married Zora
in 1901

( he was 22 -- she was 18 yrs old)
he was a "boilermaker"
also a "harnessmaker"

[1879 -1929]

Zora E.
Miller


[1883 : 1953]

in 1928
(one year before George died -- Zora married
Jerry
Robey/ Roby)
 
Cora
Miller
John
James
Miller
Ellie
Miller
Samantha
Miller
Jesse
Miller
Annie E.
Bendour
Jacob
L. Sprouse

(clayMaker)
[ ? -- 1920]
 
Benjamin
Franklin
Miller


Mountain
Green
Elizabeth
Valentine
"Lizzie"
Green
Mary M
Groves
Lewis A.
Sprouse
Mary
Ann Briar
John
Miller
Moses
Green
Harriet
Basye
(see entry 16 & 17)
~ Henry Miller ~
William
Green
&
Mary ?
James Basye
&
Elizabeth
Taylor

"... In 1784 Henry Miller made a gift of 366 acres to his son John Miller and this is the property now known as Mountain Green.

John built the original two-over-two with a center hall stone and a wood house using stone from the neighboring fields.

John had 13 children.
His son Benjamin Franklin Miller inherited the house upon his father’s death.
In about 1856, B.F. Miller built the grander front brick part of Mountain Green with its columns, high ceilings and open front porches up and down.
After B.F. Miller died in a logging accident up in the mountains, his son John James Miller became the owner of Mountain Green. ..."

(excerpted from the Mountain Green pamphlet)
Mountain
Green