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 Expansion

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

I have been connecting with a great deal of my McMillian family lately via Facebook. It has been the best for finding family next to Ancestry.com.  There are some that I met when we were really young kids like Henry Gilbert McMillian, Jr, and those that I have never met, but have still managed to build a relationship with, like Freddie McMillian. It is great meeting those that have the same affinity to the history of this family as I do.

Martha Clark and William McMillian had 13 children and a few of their sons had almost as many children. This family has multiplied quite a bit since William and Martha's first child was born in 1887.  Some of us already knew of each others and many did not.  Facebook has been instrumental in many people coming together and I am so grateful.  The great thing is that you will meet some that you will feel a warmth from right from the outset, and then there are those that you will not.This is the beauty of family, blood is thicker than water and we need to remember that, and love each other in spite of ourselves.

One of the people that I am looking forward to meeting is Fred McMillian who lives in Cocoa Florida. He and his sister Eunice are the grandchildren of Oscar McMillian, my grandmother Susie Esker 's brother, and the son of Martha and William McMillian. My mother Betty Jean Ryals and his father Fred McMillian are first cousins.
 I just get so excited explaining the connection to others.

Fred McMillian, Jr.

I am going to meet another lady that married into the McMillian family, Juretha McMillian who lives in Ashburn, Georgia. She was married to Corley McMillian, Sr. who was the son of Oscar McMillian, Jr., the brother of Fred McMillian Sr.'s.  Oscar McMillian, Jr. was also known as O. C.
So Fred Jr. who I am to meet from Cocoa and Corley Sr. are first cousins  and the great grandchildren of  Martha and William McMillian.
Cortha, Corley Jr. with mom Juretha McMillian

Unfortunately, we lost Corley, Sr. in 2002 but I am to meet his wife Juretha.
I am hoping to meet many other McMillians, Ryals, and McRaes while I am in the area of Alamo/McRae/Lumber City for a couple of days doing research this family's history.

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