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Jim & Helen McMillen of Arlington, Texas

Updated March 14, 2003

About Our Family Research

Our research has included many lines on both sides of our family. While Jim is the genealogist, Helen's contributins have been far from neglible. Even if there were nothing else, her patience while genealgy goes on, as most genealogists will recognize, has been of utmost importance.

Most of the emphasis on Helen's side has been on the families of Stuart Pogue and Lucinda Acker, married about 1818, and Anthony Taylor, immigrant from Hanover in 1832, and his two wives by whom he had children.

On Jim's side, primary interest has been directed toward the families of William Snelling and Sarah Scott, who married in 1778 in Kentucky; Thomas Draper and Elizabeth Smith, who married in 1787 in Virginia; William Wilkie and Euphemial Gall, early 1850s immigrants to Cass County, Illinois; and three McMillen brothers (Robert, William, and James), who immigrated from County Antrim, Ireland, in 1853.

Books on most of these families have been published, along with two on the ancestors of William Clopton of Virginia, a 1672 arrival. A few copies of the preliminary edition of a book about Jim's maternal grandparents, Charles Caywood Martin and Louisa Johnson Draper, have also found its way into print, along with a couple of other items.

Helen, of course, was the primary contributor to our three generations of descendants. They consist of daughters Linda and Betty and son Jim. Linda has a daughter, Heather (both now go by the name McMillen), and Betty Brett has sons Alan and Dwayne McDonald, both of whom have children of their own. To summarize: two of us, three children, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The genealogical studies continue, as does the output of new and revised editions of books. It has all been great fun.

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