Mar 152011
Major General Earl Van Dorn, 1820-1863

Major General Earl Van Dorn of the Confederate Army, son of Peter and Sophie Van Dorn, and brother of Emily Van Dorn Miller. Picture from “Van Dorn: The Life and Times of a Confederate General,” R. G. Hartje (Vanderbilt, 1967). There is a short biography of Earl available in three formats: three formats: HTML (best […]

Mar 142011
Judge Peter Van Dorn, 1773-1837

Below: Judge Peter Aaron Van Dorn (father’s great-great-grandfather), from a painting owned by father’s uncle John Miller, as late as the 1970s. There is a more detailed biography in three formats: HTML (best for on-line viewing, 42 Kbytes plus pictures), PDF (best for printing, 770 Kbytes), and Microsoft Word (556 Kbytes) . Peter has an […]

Mar 132011
Margaret May Brown

with her mother and stepfather in Sawtelle, California, early 1900s. The stepfather is Edward Graybill, a Union Civil War veteran from Ohio. He lived in Sawtell to take advantage of the Soldier’s Home medical and dining facilities. He is apparently wearing the uniform of the Soldier’s Home. Graybill served with the Ohio 99th Regiment. One […]

Mar 122011
Mrs. Graybill

This is EMM’s great-grandmother. Born in 1850, she gave birth to Margaret Mae Brown in 1866. The photographers’ legend at bottom right reads "Brakebill and McCoy, Knoxville Tennessee". We believe that the picture was made about 1900.