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June 7, 2014

British subject seeks some New Castle ties

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I have been researching my maternal grandmother’s family and discovered her mother — Sarah (Davies) (Wright) Leigh — emigrated from England in the late 19th century to live in New Castle with one of her daughters — a sister of my grandmother.

I found Sarah married (for the third time) on June 1, 1893, widower Edward Miller of Neshannock Falls.

Intrigued by this new (to me) information, I decided to try to find more and perhaps even some American relatives.

I made some progress, thanks to the wonderful help of the genealogy librarian at the New Castle Public Library, but have now come to a stop.

I send this letter in the hope one of your readers might be able to fill in a few gaps or suggest how/where I might move things along.

What I already know:

1. Edward Miller and first wife, Nancy Connor, had three sons (David, William and Amos) and a daughter, Mrs. Maloney.

2. Amos Edward Miller married Annie Downing and they had four sons (Edward J., Albert G., Fred D. and WIlliam L. Miller); five daughters (Mary Cox, Helen Usselton, Margaret White, Edith Hutchison and Martha Roney); and an adopted daughter (Ivy Crane).

3. Helen Usselton owned a dress shop in downtown New Castle.

4. Her daughter Margaret “Peggy” married Oliver F. Duvall on Oct. 16, 1944, and after his death, Charles K. Byler.

5. I believe the married name of Peggy and Oliver’s daughter, Cheri Ann Duvall, is Empfield. But a letter I sent to a New Castle address has not been answered or returned, so I do not know if I found the right Mrs. Empfield.

I look forward to hearing from your readers at mwroe2304@gmail.com or by mail at 14, Castleton, Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset TA18 7PD, England.

M.S. “Mike” Wroe

Somerset, England

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