Family Affair

Keitt|Sapp|Shumake|McRae|McMillian|Clark|Ryal - All from Georgia

“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

McMillian Family

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

Yesterday I talked to a distant cousin, Gail Wooten, who is the granddaughter of Alice McMillian Wooten. Alice is the older sister of my grandmother Susie Esther McMillian Ryals.
Gail and my mother Betty met a little over a year ago, at the funeral of one of their cousins, Albert McMillian, and of course they vowed to get in touch with one another, but neither of them did.
I received a call from a cousin of hers through Ancestry.com, after we sent messages to each other. Her name is Gail Thompson, and she referred me to Gail Wooten. I called my mother to tell of this conversation, and she told me that she had met Gail and then gave me her phone number.
Gail Wooten had been doing genealogical research for quite some time, and is going to send me some of the information that she has gathered. She recently moved back to McRae, Ga. where she grew up and is in now the area where she can do a great deal of leg work to find out more about the McMillians.
There is still quite a few people there that just may know more of the story than we do, and she could possibly find descendants of the siblings of Martha Clark McMillian and William McMillian.
Gail told me that she started her research at the National Archives in Washington, DC and has been addicted ever since. She said that she would go there when they opened the doors and was there until they closed them.
I look forward to working with her in this research, because she is the only other person that I know that is working on the history of the McMillian side of my family, which is my mother's maternal side of the family.

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