Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rebecca Leonore Carpenter

I think that Rebecca might have been a possible sweetheart for either Brud or Jim Moran and I'm sure they had friends and some relatives in the area which would've given them the opportunity to meet her.  But that's all speculation.  All I know for sure is that the picture was in with some of their papers and that it was taken while she was still living in Columbia TN.

Here's what I do know about Rebecca Leonore Carpenter.  She was born April 18, 1881 in Maury County Tennessee and she died there on May 2, 1957.  Rebecca was just one of nine children born to J.E.R. Carpenter and Jane Wilson.  She, her brother Richard and sister Mary moved to Los Angeles California sometime after 1910 but before 1920 as the three appear in the 1920 Census living together.  Richard was a mining engineer and Mary was a teacher.  Rebecca would've been almost 40 in 1920 and her occupation is listed as "none" which is the same as it was in previous census records.

Rebecca married Myron McClellan Milice sometime after the 1920 census but before 1923 because she appears with Myron as husband and wife in the Riverside CA. City Directory for 1923.

Myron McClellan Milice was born August 15, 1868 in Indiana and died December 14, 1940 in Riverside California.  He was the son of Captain Andrew Staley Milice and Mary A. McClellan.  There is a great New York Times write up about Andy Milice and his service in the Union Army entitled "Andy Milice's Second Chance" if you're interested.

Myron owned property and was an assistant cashier at a bank in Riverside.  The city of Riverside purchased some of his property in 1909.  Myron was a member of the Elks Lodge no. 643 and served as Exalted Ruler from 1908-1909.  He and Rebecca had no children.  In the 1930 Census Rebecca's sister Mary is living with them.  After the death of Myron in 1940, Rebecca and Mary returned Columbia Tennessee.  Both are buried along with their parents and other siblings in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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