A great article!
“When the legend becomes fact…print the legend”:
The tragic death of Johann Conrad “JC” Muehleisen
By Jacqueline L. Starkey
Melcena Irvine Millison, 1889 – from family collection
My feisty, opinionated grandmother detested her middle name. That name was Melcena, given to her in honor of her grandmother, Melcena Millison. As a child, I was fascinated by this name that appeared to be handed down to unwilling recipients and was thankful that my parents did not follow family naming traditions.
When I began researching my maternal line, Melcena’s life was a focus area. I quickly found that to understand Melcena, I had to learn about her father, my third-great-grandfather, then known as Unknown Millison. Since no family researchers had yet identified him, he was a true brick wall. My research to break down that wall led me on a virtual journey starting in Germany and ending in Deadwood, South Dakota. Along…
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