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A Message From Tony:
(as of June, 2013)
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
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
My Genealogy Efforts:
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!!
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.
(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
Rose (Silhavy) Pavliska
George Walton Miller
Sara (Evans) Miller
(My Great Grandparents)
FAMILY COOKBOOK & MEMORYBOOK
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.
(Click to enlarge)
All the fine praise,
All the good wishes,
Will never replace
Help with the dishes.
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
* The Miller/Pavliska
MEMORYBOOK & COOKBOOK - (Our Cookbook)
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