Willie Mae Miller was born sometime around 1890 in Texas (either McLennan County or Hill County). She was one of the daughters of Harriet Curbow and Elijah Spencer Miller. Because her birth year fell during the missing 1890 census – and the 1900 census where the Miller family cannot be found – I never even knew that Willie existed until Tom Hedges told me about her.
Based on the birth year of her first child and 1910 census record, Willie married in 1907. She married John Wesley Mason (the brother of Jesse Monroe Mason (first husband of Willie’s sister, Lou Ida Bell Miller). The couple had four children: Pearl Lee Mason (a male – 1908-1992); Thomas Wesley Mason (1910-1979); Ethel Mason (1913) and Spencer Mason (1923-1984). The family lived in Caddo and Carter Counties through the 1930 census. It is believed that after the death of Willie’s husband, she and the children migrated to California. There she lived until her death on 21 December 1971 in Stanislaus County, California.
I would be interested in hearing from any of Willie’s descendants who could provide me with the location of her final resting place.