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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday, Leora Pryce Miller

Ada Leora Pryce Miller (b: 26 June 1888, Milton Junction, Rock, Wisconsin; d: 24 August 1973, Riverside, Riverside, California) was the daughter of James Corliss Pryce, Jr. & Ada Florence Brightman. Her line goes back to such notables as the Spencer family (of Princess Di) and John Howland of the Mayflower. Many of her ancestors were involved in the Seventh Day Baptist church of Rock County, Wisconsin and include such Colonial ancestoral names as Clark/Clarke, Greene, Davis, Maxson, Rogers, and Lanphere/Lamphere. My research has taken me back in this line to the Coggeshall/de Coggeshall family before 1100 AD. It's a remarkable lineage that is not mine, but that of my second cousins.


  1. Hello,
    I think this is the first time I'm visiting your blog.
    I like to visit other tombstone posts to see the different styles. In the cemeteries I frequent (Quebec & New Brunswick, usually Catholic) there are rarely flat stones like this. when they occur they are usually the second spouse who dies or a child.
    Evelyn in Montreal

  2. Hi, Evelyn.
    I think the cemetery groundskeepers prefer these ... easier to mow over instead of around when taking care of the grass! She was definitely the first (and only) wife of her husband C. Arthur Miller.