Washington Miller Family History: A Family Legacy

Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch

Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch born 9-17-1949 to Nolan Lavern Miller (1926- ) and Helen Lucille Miller (1929- ).

Jo Anne (Jody) Miller married Michael Edward Bresch (7-03-48) on June 7, 1969 at the First Christian Church in Ottumwa, Iowa, Rev. Cecil Simonton officiating. Children include: adopted son, Matthew Clay Bresch (5-30-74), Marcus Cole Bresch (9-22-80), Lucas Cale Bresch (3-27-83), Ian Mikhail Colby Bresch (3-23-88), and adopted son, grandson, Hunter Cole Bresch (6-7-2002).

Parents of Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch

Nolan Lavern Miller born 2-17-1926 to Vernon Miller (1895-1936) and Audria Imo Bown (1903-1936).

Helen Lucille Miller born 8-11-1929 to Frank Barney Miller (alias Francis Bernard Miller 1907-1973) and Minerva P. Stivers Miller (alias Pansy Minerva Ann Stivers 1905-1972)

Nolan Lavern Miller and Helen Lucille married in Kirksville, Missouri 9-26-1948. Children include: Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch (9-17-49), Marion Janet Miller Shepard (2-21-52), adopted daughter, Debra (Debbie) Lynn White Miller (8-06-66), and foster daughter, Marjorie Diane Fouts (12-06-63).

Children of Jo Anne (Jody) Miller and Michael Edward Bresch

Matthew Clay Bresch (5-30-74) married Tara Nicole Brees (4-21- )November 16, 1996 at the First Church of the Open Bible, Albia Road, Ottumwa, Iowa. They have no children.

Marcus Cole Bresch (9-22-80) married Teonia Lorraine Marsh (10-11-84) April 23, 2002 at the Wapello County Courthouse, Ottumwa, Iowa. Children include: Hunter Cole Bresch, born June 7, 2002 and Nia Yi, born June 26, 2004. Nia Yi is the biological daughter of Jesse Yi, born 6-18-1983 and died 5-26-2006. Marcus Bresch and Teonia Marsh Bresch divorced Dec. 1, 2008 in Wapello County District Court. Marcus Cole Bresch (9-22-80) and (for a short time) partner, Diane Marie Hill (10-29-84) have a son, Treaven Michael LeRoy Hill, born December 04, 2004.

Lucas Cale Bresch (3-27-83) married Ashleigh Nicole Sample (6-12-87) August 16, 2004 at the Agency First Christian Church, Agency, Iowa. They have no children.

Siblings of Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch

Marion Janet Miller (2-21-52) married Monroe Shephard (b. 2-03-1920, d. 11-15-1995) February 14, 1974 at the home of Rex and Mary Kimple on Chester Ave. in Ottumwa, Iowa, Reverend Cecil Simonton officiating. Monroe Shepherd died at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ottumwa, Iowa. They have no children.

Debra (Debbie) Lynn White Miller married Brian Brown May 28, 1984 at the Davis Street Christian Church. in Ottumwa, Iowa, Reverend Cecil Simonton officiating. They divorced in Reno, Nevada in 2006. Children are: Brittany Brown (10- ) and Dakota Brown (2-14- ), both born in San Diego, California.

Paternal Grandparents of Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch and Parents of Nolan Lavern Miller

Vernon Miller b. 9-26-1895 to Thomas H. Miller (1853-1936) and Laura Emily (Emma) Fuson (1870-1941) on the Miller homestead south of Gifford, Missouri. Vernon Miller committed suicide 10-1-1936.

Audria Imo Bown b. 6-17-1903 to William Thomas Bown (1870-1941) and Della West Floyd (1875-1942) in Adair County Missouri. She died 8-14-1936.

Vernon Miller and Audria Imo Bown were married 8-12-1922 in Adair County Missouri. Children include: Dorothy May Miller Cook (b. 7-8-1924), Nolan Lavern Miller (b. 2-17-1926), Bertha Lorene Miller Easley (b. 1-14-1928), and Dolan Dean Miller Redmon (b. 6-05-30). Dean was adopted by Ray and Hazel Redmon.

Children of Vernon Miller (1895-1936) and Audria Imo Bown (1903-1936).

Dorotha May Miller, (b. 7-08-1924) 1924 married LaVaughn Cook,(b. ****) on June 25, 1941. Children include: Larry LaVaughn Cook (b. 6-19-1942), Verlan Gail Cook (b. 11-3-1943), and Ricky Lane Cook (*****). Gail Cook married Lesley Jo Cook. They had a daughter, Patricia Cook, b. 6-14-1966.

Nolan Lavern Miller and Helen Lucille married in Kirksville, Missouri 9-26-1948. Children include: Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch (9-17-49), Marion Janet Miller Shepard (2-21-52), adopted daughter, Debra (Debbie) Lynn White Miller (8-06-66), and foster daughter, Marjorie Diane Fouts (12-06-63).

Bertha Lorene Miller, (b. 6-14-1928) married Merle Easley July 1944. Children include: Caroline Jeanette Easley (b. 3-28-1945) and Carl Ellis Easley (b. 6-5-1947), and Kevin Lee Easley (b. 10-10-1956). Caroline Jeanette Easley married Jerry Weber 12-1963.

Dolan Dean Miller Redmon and Joann McCoy married in Kirksville, Missouri (****). Joann McCoy Redmon died 12-23-1957 of a diabetes related illness. There were no children. Then Dolan Dean Redman married Maxine (Jones) Roberts 7-12-1961. She had a son, Stephen Lee Roberts (****), and a daughter, Janet Roberts (****). They were divorced in (*****). Then he married Hazel Redmon in (****). Children include: Step Children: Vickie Jefferson, and Valerie (****), and natural born children, Vonda Dean and Veronica. Dean's stepdaughter, Vickie Jefferson, died after giving birth to two daughters. Vickie had contacted lupus in her early adolescence, and died in her early 20's of the disease. Dean's stepdaughter, Valerie Dawn Jefferson married Michael Hazelwood on March 24, 1979 at the Calvary Baptist Church; the Rev. Billy J. Poole officiated. There children are Scott, Kendra and Kevin Hazelwood of Ottumwa. They also have three grandchildren. Michael Hazlewood is employed with John Deere Ottumwa Works. Valerie is a homemaker and has been a local and national disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Maternal Grandparents of Jo Anne (Jody) Miller Bresch and Parents of Helen Lucille Miller

Franklin Barney Miller (Frank Barney Miller) born 7-27-1907 to George Harris Miller (1882-1931) and Lola Edith Baker (1883-1916) in Missouri. He died 4-2-1973 and is buried in Shaw Cemetery in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Pansy Minerva Ann Stivers (Minerva P. Stivers Miller) born 5-14-1912 to William Leonard Stivers (1865-1934) and Georgia Ann Phillips (1870-1913). She died 5-14-1972 and is buried in Shaw Cemetery in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Franklin Barney Miller (1907-1973) and Pansy Minerva Ann Stivers() were united in Holy Matrimony on the 25 day of September in the year of our Lord 1925 at Kirksville, MO by Justice of the Peace. Witnesses: Mrs. George H. Miller and Mrs. Anna Stivers.

Children of Frank B. and Pansy Minerva Miller

George William Miller, (b. May 4, 1926), Carl Robert Miller, (b. May 13, 1927), Helen Lucille Miller, (b. August 11, 1929), Cleve Harley (Buster) Miller, (b> January 2, 1935), George Havey Miller, (b. April 2, 1935), and twins Mary and Margaret Miller, (b. Feb. 26, 1936). Margaret d. Feb. 28, 1936.


Mr. Frank Barney Miller and Pansey Minerva Ann Stivers married September 25, 1925 and remarried March 14, 1945.

Carl R. Miller and Margaret Allen married June 20, 1948. Then when Margaret died (April 5th, 1954) as the result of a car accident, Carl R. Miller married Betty Finney December 3, 1954.
Carl (Bob) and Margaret Miller had three children, Robert Allen Miller, b. 12-15-49, and Linda Marie Miller, b. Sept. 15, 1952 (?) and Kenneth Lee Miller, b. Spring 1954. Carl (Bob)and Betty Miller had one daughter, Sue Ann Miller, b. ???, d. 10- -2008, of colon cancer.

Nolan Laverne Miller married Helen Lucille Miller September 26, 1948.

Cleve H. (Buster) Miller married Ruth Elaine Miller September 19, 1954.

George H. Miller married Jean Hull, October 30, 1954.

Rex Kimple married Mary Miller June 23, 1958


George William Miller died May 21, 1926.

Margaret Miller died March 28, 1939.

Kenneth Lee Miller (grandson) died December 21, 1966.

Sue Ann Miller Wagner (granddaughter) died October ??, 2008.

Children of Carl R. (Bob) Miller

Robert Allen (Bobby) Miller married Connie Lindsey June ??, 1969. They had two sons, Destin ??? Miller, born 4-13-1973, and Kylie ??? Miller, born, ???. Bob and Connie divorced in ???. Bob then married Barbara ???.

Linda Marie Miller married Launce Mustoe Jr. ???. They had two sons, ??? Mustoe, born , and Trey Mustoe, born, 1988.

Sue Ann Miller married Richard Wagner ???. They had one daughter, Michelle Wagner, b. 5-28-1978, two sons, Clint Wagner, born 7-5-1980, and Chase Wagner, born ???.

*Author's Note.

Washington Miller was born in 1822 and died in 1855. Grace Broyles was born in 1823 and died in 1912. They were married in Tennessee in 1847. Washington Miller walked from Tennessee to Missouri in 1848 where he took out the first land grant in Adair County, Missouri. The piece of property he homesteaded came to be called Indian Hills. Family stories were passed down that a vigilante crowd hunted down an Indian from an area tribe and hung him for supposedly stealing a horse. However, nobody would agree to the man being buried anywhere in Adair County after they hung him. The story is that Washington Miller came forward and said he would bury the dead Indian on his farm. If the Indian's grave is there, it is outside the main grounds of the Miller family plots, and it is on a narrow slope at the top of the hill above a gravel road to the old farmhouse, marked only by a very narrow stone raising up out of the ground, a rough facsimile of a church steeple maybe 8 inches high.

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