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The parents of James M. "Jim" Milliken

James was born 3 December 1850 in Panola County, Mississippi. We wonder if his full name is James Mitchell Milliken, as this name runs in the Mississippi family, but this is not known. When a young boy he moved with his family to White County, Arkansas. In 1871 he married Mary L. Howerton who was born in Arkansas on 19 January 1855, the daughter of Stephen Lester and L. C. Howerton. James and Mary set up housekeeping and by the 1880 White County census they had three children in their home in Denmark, Arkansas. James's mother Elizabeth, a widow, also lived in their home on this census. In 1900 they were still living in the same place with seven of seven children still living; their son John lived next door. Mary died on 19 November 1908 and was buried at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County, Arkansas. On the 1910 census, James was listed as head of household with three of his sons and a daughter in law living with him. James Milliken died on 4 May 1911 and was placed next to his wife Mary at Pleasant Plains Cemetery. Their children and descendants are:

1. John Steve Milliken, born 19 September 1871 in Arkansas, was named as John Steve on two censuses and Steve J. on one. He first married Lutie B., last name still unknown, in about 1894, probably in Arkansas. She was born August 1875 in Arkansas. They had a daughter named Cora who was born in 1894 and died in 1896; she is buried at Pleasant Plains Cemetery with a stone that reads "daughter of J. S. and L. B.". In 1900, John Steve and Lutie lived in Denmark, White County, Arkansas with his brother in the home and next door were his parents. Lutie must have died before 1910, for on that census he had a second wife, Mary Ella Bryant, who was born 7 November 1887 in Arkansas. They lived with his widowed father, James. In 1920, they lived in Denmark still with a six year old daughter, Opal. A son, John Steve Junior, would be born on 3 March 1920. Mary would die three years later, on 2 May 1923 and she was buried at the Roosevelt Cemetery, formerly called Bagley Cemetery, in White County, Arkansas. We have not found John Steve Milliken on the 1930 census, but from the cemetery records he may have married again, to Rebecca, last name unknown. She was born in 1871 and died in 1954 and is also at Roosevelt Cemetery. He died on 20 September 1960 and is buried at Roosevelt as well.

2. Cora Milliken was born 1894 in Arkansas and died there 1896. She is buried at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in White County.
2. Margie Opal Milliken was born 12 November 1913 in Denmark, Arkansas. She married John Eugene Byrd in 1934 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas. He was born 3 dec 1911 in Arkansas. They had two children, Richard Eugene and Mary Ella Byrd. Mary Ella married a Depriest. John is interred at the Evergreen Cemetery in Judsonia, White County, Arkansas; he died on 4 February 1977. Margie died on 15 January 2005 and is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery.
2. John Steve Milliken Jr was born 3 March 1920 in Arkansas. He married in 1941 to Clorene Osbourne. They had three children, Margie, Larry, and Brenda.

1. Martha Lucinda Milliken was born in February 1873 in Arkansas. She apparently went by the name Lucinda or "Cinda". She married on 24 September 1893 to James Mirkison "Mirk" Siler. James was born 24 December 1874 in Arkansas, the son of John Andrew and Margaret Moss Siler. In 1900 Mirk and Lucinda Siler are found in White County with three sons. By 1910 in Denmark, White County, seven of their eight children to date were still living. In 1920 they lived in the same place with six children and a daughter in law in the home; next door were her Lucinda's two brothers, Harry and Noah. In December of 1922 or 1923, a double tragedy struck the family. Alva Siler, second son of James and Lucinda, was involved in an altercation and was stabbed to death. He died on 23 December. On the same day or the day after, coming home from the funeral or preparations for it, James Siler was thrown out of his wagon when the team bolted. He suffered a broken back and never recovered. James died on 26 September 1924. In 1930, "Sinda" Siler was a widow in Denmark, White County, with three grown sons in her home. Martha Lucinda Milliken Siler lived to be 96 years old; she died 3 Dec 1969 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas and is buried at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County, Arkansas. Martha Lucinda and James Siler had eight sons and one daughter:

2. John Steve Siler, born 6 September 1894 in Independence County, Arkansas, married Sarah Hazel Cross about 1920. She was born in Arkansas in March 1900; her parents were Thomas and Nellie A. Cross of Denmark, Arkansas. John Steve and Hazle lived at Denmark in White County on the 1920 census and his younger brother Alva lived with them. By 1930, still in Denmark, Steve and Hazel had a daughter of eight, Emogene Dale. They may have had another daughter after this census, unknown. Emogene married Ecil Odell Morris, a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, and they lived in California. No death date is found for John Steve, nor burial record. Hazel died in Arkansas in 1986.
2. Alva James "Alvie" Siler was born in February 1896 in Independence County, Arkansas. In 1920 he lived with his brother John Steve in Denmark, Arkansas as a single man. He married Bessie Thompson soon after this, and he was then killed in an altercation in December 1923. Reports are that he was stabbed. His only child, Alverna, was born on 22 February 1924. Alverna married Ray Virgil Reynolds; she died 15 February 2007 in Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas. We have no dates for Bessie Thompson Siler.
2. 'Virgil V. "Virgie" Siler was born 6 April 1898 in White County, Arkansas. About 1919 he married Hattie M. Clark, who was born in Texas on 20 March 1902. In 1920 they lived with his parents in Denmark, Arkansas. In 1930 they lived in Fairview, Independence County, Arkansas with their three children and also his brother Harvey Siler in the household. The three known children were Ludeen who married Neil Pate Baker, James M., and Audrey, who died as a toddler. Virgie apparently married a second time (sometime after 1930) to Prudy Passmore, who was born in 1914 in Stone County, Arkansas. Virgie Siler died 26 April 1974 in Bradford, White County, Arkansas and is buried at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County, Prudy Passmore Siler died 9 april 1986 and is also interred at Pleasant Plains. Hattie Mae Clark Siler died 24 November 2002 and is buried at Heard Cemetery in White County.
2. Vernon Siler was born 12 June 1900 in Arkansas. He married Anna Mae Fritts, who was born about 1900 in Arkansas. They had two sons and a daughter: Alva Ray, Beverly Ruth, and Ronald Vernon. Vernon died on 11 September 1976 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas and is buried at the Pleasant Plains Cemetery. No record is found for Anna Mae Fritts Siler.
2. Marion Siler, born 12 November 1902 in Arkansas, married on 17 May 1930 to Nolia or Nola Cooprider, who was born in 1914 in Arkansas. They had two sons. Marion died 16 October 1965 in Bradford, White County, Arkansas. He was interred at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County. Nolia died in 2003, no cemetery record is yet found for her.
2. Harvey Graham Siler was born 6 November 1904 in Arkansas and married Otha Ruth Ransom. She was born 22 Octobere 1912 in Denmark, White County. They had at least two children, James Glen and Tommy Siler. Harvey died 12 June 1988 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, and is buried at Pleasant Plains Cemetery. Otha died on 4 April 2001 and is at rest at the same.
2. Gordon Siler was born 3 December 1906 in White County, Arkansas. He died a sa baby on 28 February 1907 in White County. Gordon is buried at Roosevelt Cemetery in White County.
2. Florence Mary Ellen Siler was born on 31 August 1908 in Arkansas. She married George Harvey Lewis, who was born 7 October 1897 in Arkansas. They had two children, James William and Anita Lewis. George died 4 April 1966 and Florence died 3 December 1969. They are both at rest at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County, Arkansas.
2. Ira Siler was born 14 February 1911 in Arkansas. He married on 10 March 1934 in Arkansas to Alton Maudine Morris. She was born 12 February 1915 in Arkansas. They had a daughter, Cinda Pearl. Ira died 8 February 1996 in Pleasant Plains, Alton died 22 February 2008 and they are at rest at the Morris Family Cemetery in Denmark, White County, Arkansas with the same headstone as their daughter Cinda Pearl.
1. Robert Florence Milliken, a daughter, was born 3 December 1879 in Arkansas, and her name is recorded as "Robert" on every record we could find. About 1902, she married James Frank White, son of William F. White and Ann Eliza Ransom. Frank and Florence probably married in White County, and they set up housekeeping in Liberty, where they were listed on the 1910 census with a son. They would only have the one son, Ray. By 1920, they had moved to Ozona, Pinellas County, Florida, where Frank was working for a fruit company. but by 1930, Frank and Florence White were back in White County, Arkansas and he was listed as a merchant, dealing in groceries. Their married son and his family lived in their home. Florence died 9 September 1972 in Angleton, Brazoria, Texas and Frank White died in May 1982 in the same place. We find a record of burial at Angleton Cemetery there for Florence only; James Frank White probably is there as well.
2. Ray Festus White was born 4 November 1903 in Arkansas. He married Thelma Marie Whitley between 1920 and 1925 in Arkansas. She was born 21 January 1907 in Arkansas. In 1930 they were living with his parents in Liberty, White County, Arkansas and had two children, James D. and Bonnie J. They would have another daughter after 1930. Ray died 20 August 1979 in Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas; Thelma Whitley White died on 23 October 1996 in the same.
1. James Albert Milliken was born in Arkansas on 16 September 1882. In 1903 he married Luella/Lou Ella Hays. She was born on 19 September 1882 in West Virginia. In 1910 they lived in Denmark, White County, Arkansas with one daughter. James Albert died too young, on 10 July 1910 just after the census. He is at rest at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County, Arkansas. In 1920, his widow Louella lived with her one daughter at Denmark, Arkansas near her brother in law Steve Millikin. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri before 1930. Luella's gravestone is at Pleasant Plains Cemetery with no death date entered, just the birth date.
2. Christine Chloe Milliken was born about 1904 in Arkansas. In 1921, she married Garland Elton Mason. They had two children born in Arkansas, Salee and Elton William Mason, who are both deceased now. In 1930, she was listed as head of her household in St Louis, Missouri, where her mother had moved as well. Christine worked as a machinery operator in a dressmaking factory. Soon she married again, to Harry Churchill, who she met at the factory. He was born 7 May 1899 in Independence County, Arkansas, the son of Henry and Mary Churchill. See a review of a book written in part about Harry's adventures as a young man here. Christine and Harry were married for close to 68 years. An account of her long life, pictures and an interview here. Harry died on 23 July 1998 in Judsonia, White County, Arkansas and he is at rest at Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence County. Christine lived to be 105 years old, probably the record for our big extended Beard and Allied Families. She died 3 October 2008 and was laid to rest next to Harry at Pleasant Plains.
1. Harvey Milliken, born 20 May 1886 in Jamestown, Independence County, Arkansas. Harvey was head of his own household on the 1920 Denmark, White County, Arkansas census, with only his brother Noah in the home. Very soon after, he married Rosa Edna Feagin in Arkansas. Rosa was born 26 November 1894 in White County, Arkansas; she was the daughter of George Washington Feagin and Sarah Josephine "Josie" Sutton. In 1930 Harvey and Rosa were listed in Liberty, White County, with two daughters. On his World War II draft registration, Harvey listed his youngest daughter Bettie as his next of kin, not Rosa. He died 9 September 1961 in Arkansas and is buried at the Heard Cemetery in Bradford. Rosa died 12 August 1973. Her last residence was listed as Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, however, some sources indicate that she may have died in Pennsylvania. She is at rest at Heard Cemetery in Bradford, White County, Arkansas.
2. Mary Lou Milliken was born in 1922 in White County, Arkansas. She married Lee Verne Gilliam
and they had a son and a daughter.
2. Bettie Ruth Milliken was born about 1926 in Arkansas. She married an unknown Heffington.
1. Jennie Bell Milliken was born on the 29th of November, 1888 in Arkansas. About 1907, she married Ira Boyd Ransom. Ira was the son of James Rufus and Jane E. Ransom, born 11 January 1883 in Arkansas. He had been married a first time, bride unknown. In 1910 they lived at Denmark, White County and they had had a child who died by that time. In 1920, still living at Denmark, they had six children in their home and lived next door to her brothers Harvey and Noah Millikin. In 1930 they lived in same place with six children. Ira died on 7 May 1966 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas and is buried at the Pleasant Plains Cemetery there. Jennie passed away 2 April 1977 and lies there as well. their many children, all born after the first, who died early, were:
2. Chlorene Ransom was born on 16 May 1910 in Arkansas. She married Roy Fay McAdams, the son of William Thomas and Onia Elizabeth Nicholson McAdams, on 12 November 1927 in Independence County, Arkansas. In 1930 they lived in Denmark, White County, Arkansas with a young daughter; in 1940 they were listed in Fairview, Independence County, Arkansas with three children. Chlorene Ransom McAdams passed away on 24 September 1997, last residence Judsonia, White County, Arkansas. She was laid to rest at the Pleasant Plains Cemetery in Independence, White County, Arkansas. Roy McAdams died on 3 September 1999 in Judsonia and was buried at the same.
2. Ethel F. Ransom was born about 1912 in Arkansas. In January 1929, she married Clenis Forney "Jimmy" Hook, who was born in 1904 in Arkansas. In 1930 they lived at Fairview, Independence County, Arkansas with a baby daughter. At some point this family moved to California. Clenis died there in Santa Clara County, in 1957. They had two known children, Mona B. and Jimmy Dene Hook, who was a U. S. Air Force veteran who died in 1990 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery there.
2. Doyle James Ransom, variously listed as James Doyle also, was born 23 May 1923 in Arkansas and died December 1992 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas.
2. Clenis R. Ransom was born 8 November 1914 in Arkansas. He died 2 December 1992 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas.
2. Odell M. Ransom was born 15 February 1917 in Arkansas and died 28 May 2003 in Yuba City, Sutter County, California.
2. Leon Ransom was born 22 November 1919 in Arkansas and died in July 1987 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas.
2. Avenell Ozella Jo Ransom was born 3 April 1924 in Arkansas. She married Theodore Roosevelt Morris. He died 5 January 1977 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. He is buried at Morris Family Cemetery in Denmark, White County, Arkansas. She died 25 April 1994 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas and is buried at Morris Family Cemetery as well.
2. Laverne Ransom was born in 1929 in Arkansas.
1. Noah Edgar Milliken was born 11 November 1895 in Arkansas. In 1920 he lived with his brother Harvey in Denmark, White County, Arkansas. After that census he married Arzella, last name unknown, who was born 25 September 1901 in Arkansas and they were on the 1930 census in Liberty, White County. Noah died 9 May 1965 and is at Heard Cemetery in Bradford, White County. Arzella died 30 June 1994 and is also at rest at Heard Cemetery. They had no children.

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