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The McCollisters, Poores and Millers of Florida

Updated October 18, 2006

Christine Miller Sexton

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This site is a work in progress. I have MUCH more info to add but not alot of free time to work on it. I have promised myself to work on it for at least 1 hour each week until I have it all caught up. HaHa...wish me luck!!

I've decided to do two separate family trees, one for my Mom's side of the family (Renuart & Rougeau) and one for my Dad's side (McCollister, Poore & Miller). This one is my Dad's side. We are "Crackers" and proud of it. A family with deep roots in the south, specifically North Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. We have relatives who fought in the Civil War (for the Confederacy) and even in the Revolutionary War. My ultimate goal is to trace a definite link back to Scotland and Ireland, where...supposedly...our ancestors came from. I don't think it'll be an easy task, but I will try my hardest. The fact that "McCollister" doesn't always seem to be the spelling of choice throws a curve ball right off the bat. My Great-Uncle Velpoe's tombstone reads, "McAlister"! Oh, and there seemed to have been a political feud back in the day, which caused some of the family to drop an "L", thus making it "McColister". Poor Mumford Poore...his name has come up as "Monkfort, Munkfort, Munford, Montford..." and even "Poore" can be found spelled "Poer" in the different records I have and on different genealogical websites. I guess spelling wasn't of the utmost importance back then. Too bad for us, makes the research a little harder. At least I have read that in Scotland, the Clan MacAlister encompasses all the bastardized spellings of the name, including McCollister, so there may be hope for us yet. (And, BTW, "Mc" and "Mac" are interchangeable. Mc doesn't necessarilly mean Irish, and Mac doesn't necessarilly mean Scot).

Many genealogy pages focus mainly on the paternal side of things. I think that's wrong. I mean, why should my grandfather's father's father be any more important than my grandmother's mother's or father's family? I have (and still am) trying to include anyone I can find info on in my family. Unfortunately, it is much harder to find information on the women in my family's past. It's a shame because everyone knows that the women were (and are) the backbone of any family!

I hope anyone finding this site will find it helpful in their search for family history. If you have new or different information than what I have, please email me! I'd love to hear from you! I don't want this page to look or read like many of the stuffy, "facts only" genealogy pages I have seen. Finding out about your family should be FUN and interesting.

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