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A Message From Tony:  (as of June, 2013)

     As to Shirley and I, we are enjoying "retirement" about as well as could be expected I suppose.  Shirley works at the local hospital (I suspect originally to get away from me), goes to garage sales and sets up herself from time to time.  We visit our children and go out to eat a lot (when I am home), and I have to take her to Tunica periodically so she can feed the slots until her allotted amount is gone - while I lay around and sleep, read and lounge in their Swedish sauna.  I myself was at first more the homebody working on my writing and doing genealogy work, but now I live much of the time In Southeast Asia (mostly Thailand) doing humanitarian work amongst the Hmong Hill Tribe people and repairing remote country schools, while continuing my writing.  Before first coming, I wrote 5 books and a "memoir" - only one, "El Gato", is in print and available on order from bookstores worldwide., and currently I am working on two more.
     In the meantime I have an intriguing life split between the U.S.A. and my little adventures in a strange culture with a convoluted language.  At either place I have a roof over and three squares - nothing more promised, nothing more coveted, and so I don't get too worked up about any of it. 

You can click here to see more of "My Current Doings...." for a more complete idea of what I am up to these days.
                                                                                                  ...ETM

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My Genealogy Efforts:                                          

     I've been took lots of trips and made many phone calls on the genealogy stuff and have completed an extensive publication: THE BROCK MEMORY BOOKS which includes three (3) big thick books, over 1000 pages covering the Brock, Matthews, Mote and other families (more about these books can be found on the BROCK MEMORYBOOK pages).  They are more or less complete and have been distributed gratis, to the surviving root family Patriarchs and Matriarchs of my Brock family who I know, except for Book 3 which was a little thin as to the Wm H. "Horry" Brock wing, but I still need help here.  Otherwise these books are chock full of many many old photos, copies of memorabilia such as letters, wills, etc., other scanned items of interest, poems and articles by our ancestors,  and other scanned physical items of memorabilia from several family sources, along with genealogies by other family members which were scanned and included in addition to scanned copies of the so-called Civil War (I detest that misnomer) letters written home by my Great Great Grandfather James Daniel Brock before he was killed near Richmond, Virginia - along with his picture as well (he was a handsome devil! - see his picture below).  Click the link in Red above, for a synopsis of my research of this useless war, which I developed a part of my book "Red Jacket and The Lump". 
     As you know, from James and his wife "Fannie" flowed the two wings of the family that we of West Georgia roots are familiar with; their sons James Robert "Bob" Brock, my Great Grandfather, and William H. "Horry" Brock.  Descendents of these abound in West Georgia today.
     All this stuff was loaned to me to bring back home to Tennessee, scan into my computer hard drive and then to return, all of which has now been accomplished.  I extend my heartfelt thanks to all my beloved Brock kinfolk who contributed and helped me assemble this work (they are each acknowledged in the forewords of the books), which to this point I believe to be by far the most comprehensive such assemblage extant. I breathlessly awaited the work that Earline Powers and Bill Johnson had promised to come out with, since unlike me and my itchey-foot wanderings, they have always lived in that West Georgia area and were intimately closer to our kinfolk. all these years  Also because they have both been collecting up pearls of family information for many years, as well as physical items (Bill now even owns the last house Grandma Drucilla lived in as well as other Brock property (including some furnishings of W. W. C. Brock, my Grandfather and the house my mother grew up in), so theirs would contain by far the most valuable and comprehensive in depth information I am absolutely certain.  Indeed, they had both even been to Ireland researching our Brock and Matthews roots, and found the church where our original Brock ancestors' family are buried (Reubin Brock the First).  But sadly, Earline died about 3 years ago, and I can but hope her brother Bill will come through with all their knowledge and information!!
                                                                                                    ...ETM

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     As to my Miller family (100% Scotch) I am virtually at a dead end after gathering together and scanning my own stuff (quite a bit) along with that of all Aunt Lucille's surviving family (Scales) and some from two of Aunt Atha's children, cousins Donnie Styles and his sister Jean.  My thanks go to Donnie and Jean (both now deceased, as well as Aunt Lucille's daughters Vivian, Carolyn and Prue, all precious cousins who I hold in high esteem. Oh yes and don't let me forget to thank uncle G. B.'s second wife Jimmie Sue (May) Miller for such things as she could find to share with us all.. 
     The Millers of my generation were not as family oriented as the Brocks, they have no published information/genealogies available that I am aware of, and few pictures, and but for the work Mike Miller did some years ago there would be no written or researched Miller history at all.  My heartfelt thanks goes to Mike (and his Dad, my cousin Allyn) for his efforts and for making stuff available to me.  Both the Brocks and the Millers lived around the Mt. Zion area and all went to school there together and knew each other, but the Millers have not visited each other much, those that are living have scattered and have not held reunions to any significant extent.
     Although we were all very close while Mama and Papa Miller (my Miller grandparents) were living,  the family seemed to fall apart after Papa died in 1959 and Mama went to live with aunt Ruth - she died 6 months later.  Before that we all gathered at their farm north of the Jake community every weekend, their children and all us grandchildren, and we had some great times together in my childhood days.  My father and all my uncles and aunts are now gone, and although I have contacted the few of my surviving cousins I have had very little response (except as noted above) as to making available their old photos and memorabilia for me to scan and return to them.  I would so love to get enough to publish a Miller Memorybook similar to the Brock Books I have just finished, and have not entirely given up on one, but I have a feeling my work will not be resumed, therefore I beseech all my beloved Miller kinfolk who have not done so, to contact Mike Miller of Carrollton, Georgia and make your stuff available to him for the benefit of all of us and for all who will come after us.  Mike is now our best hope of continuing the memory and genealogy of our Miller family.  If he doesn't do it, and do it NOW before more of us pass away, who will??
 

NOTES:  Since I began my genealogy work, my son Max traced our Miller line back to Charles Miller, who came to America directly from Glasgow, Scotland, making us "Scotch/Irish".  However, his problems are such that I doubt he will be able to do more.  Also, Mikes' father Allyn, one of my two last surviving cousins, has been able to establish a Herschel Miller genealogy site on Ancestry.com, and has come up with considerable very interesting information, such as the fact that we are blood related to Henry Morgan (Blackbeard the Pirate), and to a Lord with a castle still existing in England.

                                                                                                     ...ETM

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                               (Click the pictures to enlarge them)

James Daniel Brock, Confederate Soldier
(killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor, near Richmond, Va.)
...and in her later years, his wife
Francis Rebecca (Hogan) Brock - "Fannie"



(These are my Great Great Grandparents on my mother's side)

       Frank Pavliska
           and wife
  Rose (Silhavy) Pavliska
      (Shirley's Parents)

                                                     George Walton Miller
                                                              and wife
                                                      Sara (Evans) Miller
                                              (My Great Grandparents)
                    

                                                


                The Miller/Pavliska
FAMILY COOKBOOK & MEMORYBOOK
 

     As to genealogy work on wife Shirley's family, I have not taken on this work, primarily because I feel that this obligation and responsibility more properly rests with a male blood kinfolk of that family, such as one of Shirley's many brothers.  I have however, at great effort and about 2 years of my time (and with the help of Shirley, her sister Martha, and Shirley's sister-in-law Marie Pavliska), contributed a Family Memorybook/Cookbook towards such an effort, and dedicated it to Shirley's mother Rose (Silhavy) Pavliska, and to my mother, Mary Montez (Brock) Miller.  It is a big thick book and to my knowledge it contains all the family history that is known of the Silhavy and Pavliska families who came to this country from Czechoslovakia in the 1880's and 1890's respectively.  The only other such Pavliska publication is the booklet containing the Genealogy work done by Marie Pavliska, Shirley's brother Frank (Sonny)'s wife, without which little would be known as to the particulars of their origins.  To Marie goes our thanks and appreciation.
     My Miller/Pavliska Memorybook has since undergone another metamorphosis from a pure cookbook containing all the Miller and Pavliska Family's most cherished family recipes to the final state it is in today, which is a BIG combination  MILLER/PAVLISKA FAMILY COOKBOOK and MEMORYBOOK, dedicated to both mine and Shirley's mothers, and containing 500 pages of all the known and most cherished recipes of our two families, some of both families dating back time out of mind to our old countries of origin in Europe.  But also included are scads more recipes and many old and recent pictures of both our families.  In addition I have included family stories and anecdotes throughout the book and with a great many of the recipes and pictures.  There are things presented which are not written down anywhere else, and things which truly tells a story of all our lives, of Shirley and mine and of the way we interacted with all of the Pavliska family down through the last 45 years.  Unfortunately all of that took place in Texas and far away from my Miller/Brock kinfold, so there is little in the book in this regard except for my mother and daddy who I moved from Georgia out to Texas in 1964 to take care of and be with us.      
     As far as the recipes, there are so many also because one of my many interests and hobbies in life has been cooking and the collecting of recipes wherever I have lived, worked or traveled, including Mexico, Canada and a certain country down in South America.  So in this regard I can assure you that each and every one of them are quality recipes, tried and true, and they also include all the dishes each area is famous for, such as; the Deep South, the New England states, the Midwest, the Southwest, and the far West (and below the border as well).  Also given are a raft of cooking hints and suggestions along with many famous sayings and quotations.  For those who have not seen it I truly believe you will find it entertaining and informative whether or not you are a member of either family.  Indeed I created it for all the world to find things of value between its covers (goodness! sounds awful high-minded n'est ce pas?).
     Below is a copy of the cover.  More about this book can be found elsewhere in this site and on its own dedicated page.
                                                                                                  ...ETM

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(Click to enlarge)

                                 All the fine praise,
                                 All the good wishes,
                                 Will never replace
                                 Help with the dishes.
                                                              ...Anon.
 

                      


For more family stuff, return to the top of the page and use the buttons to surf to the following areas:

* The Family PHOTO ALBUMS - (Our Families/Pics)
* GENEALOGY and The BROCK BOOKS - (Genealogy)
* The Miller/Pavliska MEMORYBOOK & COOKBOOK - (Our Cookbook)

                                                

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