I received several great suggestions on further research here on the blog, via email and on Facebook and I have followed them up. One of the most interesting was a recommendation to check the book The Millers of Sand Mountain by Julia Ann Crum Benoit. I actually have this book. I didn’t check it because specific information in the book is not sourced, however, Julia included copies of some old civil war letters that you won’t see anywhere else as well as copies of plenty of old documents which is why I like the book. I pulled out the book and read everything she had to say about Charlotta just to see if maybe I had missed something. I have a feeling that the information found on Ancestry.com came from this book. Here is a quote.
“She [Charlotta] continued to live with them until both she and Mary Elizabeth contracted typhoid fever as they traveled from Waynesboro, Mississippi to make their new home in Purvis, Mississippi. Mary Elizabeth Patton McMichael is believed to have been buried at Palmer’s Crossing Cemetery (now extinct), near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is thought that Charlotta Patton Miller was buried there also.”
She records Charlotta’s vitals as born 24 August 1825 in Georgia, died 25 July 1902 in Forrest County, Mississippi [Forrest County was not formed until 1906 so this would have been Perry County], buried Palmer’s Crossing Cemetery, Forrest County, Mississippi.
So my next move is to contact Julia.
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