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1883 Hastings County, Ontario Marriage Record: Frank F. Miles (age 24, resident in Chicago, born in Milwaukee, an accountant, son of Frederick B. and Ella V. Miles, religion Church of England) and Ada E. Harte (age 21, resident in Belleville, born in Hamilton, daughter of John and Eliza H. Harte, religion Church of England) were married in Belleville, Hastings, Ontario on 31 Oct 1883. Witnesses were C. W. Meakins, Jr, resident in Montreal, and Ella Maude Miles, resident in Chicago.

1883 Hamilton Spectator 2 Nov: "Matrimonial. At Belleville on Wednesday last, the nuptials of Ada E. Harte, of that place, and Frank M. Miles, of Chicago, were celebrated. The bride is a daughter of a former well-known resident of this city, at one time connected with the firm of Gurney, Ware and Co. Miss Miles, sister of the bridegroom, assisted the bride, while Mr. Chas. Meakins, jr., of Montreal, acted as groomsman for Mr. Miles. The esteem in which the bride is held was evidenced by an array of handsome tokens. The happy couple left for New York via Montreal, thence to Chicago, where they will make their future home.

Notes from Jack (John Francis) Schafer, Rohnert Park, CA, 3-30-2003:

The following is a copy of a letter written by Elise Cushman, my Great-Great-Grandmother, to her Grandson, Francis Frederick Miles (my Grandfather), with her advice to him shortly after his marriage, dated 12-26-1883. I have the original handwritten letter.

195 Main St. Bunker Hill, Boston
Dec. 26th, '83

My dear Frank,

I can lose no time in thanking you for the very beautiful Christmas gift which arrived, without damage, yesterday. It is the most unique thing of the kind I ever saw, & will be greatly admired by all who enter our parlor through the winter. In buying it, you laid out too much money on your poor old Grandma; but she values your kindness greatly.

I also thank you for the note which accompanies it, & it makes me so glad to know you are so happy & that you can say you have everything in your home that you can wish for. To quote one of the selections in this lovely Christmas souvenir, "Love is better than spectacles to make everything look nice." I fully believe that you have made no mistake in the selection of a companion for life, and all I hear of Ada, confirms me in that opinion. And I congratulate Ada too on securing such a husband as I feel entirely sure my dear grandson will be to her. Your lives will not be an unmingled current of happiness, because your Heavenly Father knows it would not be good for any of His children to have it so. Trials will come; of what kind you have no idea now, but it will be all right, because God never made a mistake. But you are very happy now between yourselves, & God grant it may ever be so! I think many men would retain the affection and love of the women they marry much longer if they would express the tenderness they really feel, oftener. Women like to hear a husband say that he loves, over & over again. They like to hear them tell them in plain terms that he misses them when they are absent. They like compliments, when they come from the heart, & a little praise of dress or manner, or arrangement of household goods, is a great comfort to one who has given herself to one man for a life time. A term of endearment, a pet name, so little token that she is to him what no other woman is, will make her feel matrimony a happier estate than the merriest time of girlhood. I know you will excuse these few hints, Frank, dear. I only whisper them into your ear, for I have seen a great deal of married life, & I speak that I do know.

I thought so much of you all yesterday & wanted greatly to know what presents you had at the office. I wonder if they were the same as last Xmas, & if your salary will be raised.

We had a very nice Xmas-day, & it brought us each & all many presents. A lovely cardbook from your father, & a very pretty ditto from Herbert, dear child! Also a letter & card from Will, & this morning, your Aunt Ella has started for New York for a week's holiday,--"on a bust" to use her own expressive language! How you would both of you, love Ella if you knew her! She is always bright & happy, & enjoys everything. What a pleasant thing life would be if the days were filled with sunshine & the sunshine was never dimmed by shadows. But it would not be good for us. We would get scorched!

The Old Year has almost passed away, bearing its record to Heaven. For myself, it has certainly not been spent as it should have been or valued as it ought to have been, or improved as it might have been.

But farewell to it, & to its hopes, & joys & sorrows. It brought us many pleasures, amongst not the least of which is my becoming acquainted with all my grandchildren.

I am so sorry about poor little Rosie, but hope she is daily gaining strength. What a confinement it has been for that sweet Mother of yours! Will says in his letter that he shall not marry until he finds just such another woman as his Mother. So, we will set poor Will down for a confirmed bachelor.

An now, having come to the end of my paper I will love & leave you.

God bless you both, & become to you an ever-present, joyful reality.

I am now going to write to your Mother, to Will, & to Herbert.

Your ever loving Grandma!

E. Cushman

Frank, who died in 1900, and his widow Ada, must have cherished this 1883 letter from his Grandmother, as it remained in Ada's papers at the time of her death at their daughter Ella's home in Pullman in 1945. Following Ella's (my Mother) death in 1958, my Dad sent me the letter in 1959 with the following note:

Pullman, Washington
September 27, 1959

Dear Jack,

When you, Joyce, and Patty were here in 1950, I think, Mother showed you a letter that her (Great) Grand Mother Cushman wrote to her Father at the time Mother's parents were married. You indicated your interest in the letter. Evidently Mother wrote lightly near the top of the first page, "This is for Jack."

It would seem as though your Grand Father, Frank Miles treasured it enough so that he kept it. I think it was among your Grand Mother Miles' things when she came to our home in 1944. It came to our attention again when Judith was here and did sorting.

You will see that it is a nicely written top quality level letter and that the sentiments expressed are most interesting. Since it was written in 1883, it will not stand much handling, so I had copies made and am enclosing one copy. If George and Judith each care for a copy, I will send copies to them.

To read the letter one feels that he is almost intruding, particularly as you read, "I know you will excuse these few hints, Frank dear, I only whisper them into your ear--" and then note her closing, your ever loving Grand Ma".

I am sorry that I am substituting for Mother in sending you this letter. Likely she was not ready to part with it at the time you read it and thought of it as a keepsake. However, she marked it for you. And I am sure it would have pleased her to know that you would sometime have it. I am sure that you will treasure it highly.

I send love,
Dad

1888 Chicago Voter Registration: F.F. Miles registered to vote in Chicago on October 16, 1888. He was born in Wisconsin, and his residence was 309 53rd St. He had been living there for 16 months, and he had been living in the county and state for 8 years. He voted (ballot number 63).

1900 U.S. Census, Longmount, Boulder County, Colorado, Main Street (9 Jun 1900): Frank F. Miles, age 40, was born August 1859 in Wisconsin. His father was born in England and his mother in Canada. His occupation is capitalist. Frank's wife Ada, age 37, born Oct 1863 in Canada, has had 8 children and 7 are living. Her father was born in Ireland and her mother in England. Frank and Ada have been married 16 years. Their children are daughters Marion, age 15, born July 1884 and Nellie, age 14, born Feb 1886, son Marshall, age 10, born Jan 1890, daughters Dorothy, age 8, born Sept 1891 and Evelyn, age 5, born Feb 1895, son Frank, age 2, born July 1897, and daughter Margaret, age 10/12, born July 1899. All of the children were born in Illinois. Also in the household is sister-in-law Sarah E. Harte, age 26, born August 1873 in Canada.

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