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Indianpolis Recorder causes a Happy Dance

Hello All,

Gotta thank AfriGeneas for creating this Forum, Tim Pinnick the Forum Manager, Arlene for the link to the Indianapolis Recorder and Ron for the tips on how to better read the 'hits'. Because of them I'm doing a Happy Dance.

While browsing the Indianapolis Recorder for news items from Greencastle, Indiana I found an obit for one of my father's sisters, Mrs. Louise Miles, (1882-1947) dated 4-5-1947. I was born and raised in Piqua, Ohio where my father died in 1945 and his funeral was the first and only time I had ever seen any of his Indiana family. His two sister's and a niece came to Piqua from Greencastle for the funeral. And would you believe in a taxicab, a distance of nearly 200 miles.

The obit gives her occuaption.. cook, at the Pi Beta Pi Sorority at De Pauw Univ. in Greencastle, services held at Bethel A.M.E. church officated by Rev. J.C. Mitchell and Pat Buckner. It lists her surviving sons, Theodore, Floyd, Eugene, James and Henry MIles, husband Frank Miles, daughters Frances and Helen, a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Forepaugh of Washington DC and her sons Cleveland and Theodore Forepaugh, 22 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In 1990 I made a trip to Greencastle, Indiana in search of some genealogy and family history. I was able to obtain several records and eventually connected to the niece, Frances, who attended the funeral in 1945. In 1992 at a Miles Family Reunion held in Greencastle I was able to met many of those grandchildren. The two of Aunt Louise's children with whom I became very close were Frances and James, Cousin Frances died in 2003 at the age of 92 and Cousin Jimmy died in 2009 at the age of 86.

This obit is one (1) of fifty-four (54) articles I've located at this time found in the Indianapolis Recorder, allowing me a glimpse into the lives of family I never knew.

Thanks to all.


Cousins James & Frances Miles

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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