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Sometimes sharing my work, sometimes musing on topics that have come to my attention, I blog about my life as an artist at Diane Duncan Art. Part diary, part conversation, I welcome the response of readers to my words.

I have recently added a new page and category Looking Back – Family & Community especially for those who might be interested in genealogy, family history and local history. It springs from a deep interest in the lives of those who have gone before and a desire to preserve their story for future generations.

The Farm Buildings – J.R. Ernest Miller Memories

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The Farm Buildings – J.R. Ernest Miller Memories

The following about the Miller farm buildings is a portion of Dad’s Memories which he wrote and distributed to family members. This version contains edits he requested, but I failed to deliver, prior to his death. The Miller Farm Buildings during my Childhood The byre, as the cow stable was called in the early days, was a wooden floored building with wooden bales to fasten about twelve cows and a box stall for storing turnips and mangels – a large root sugar beet cultivated for livestock feed. There was a small loft above for hay and...

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The Back Kitchen and Woodshed

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The Back Kitchen and Woodshed

The Back Kitchen and Wood Shed While going through some photos I found this photo of the ‘back kitchen and woodshed’ that was attached to the back of the house. I spent many hours piling wood in the woodshed and one of my ‘chores’ was to fill the woodbox in the house with wood from the woodshed. In addition to the ‘back door’, there was a sliding door that was left open in the summer to let the wind blow through. It move on a track and didn’t cover the back opening during the winter so the opening was...

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The Dodds & Miller House in Glen Tay

Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 2 comments

The Dodds & Miller House in Glen Tay

I have committed to getting family stories written this year and am using prompts from a variety of websites to get started. They all seem to suggest starting with ‘your’ story so here goes. I am publishing this ‘stream of consciousness’ rambling in the hope that I can convince others to write about their life story as well. I’m hoping that my relatives from the various families of my tree will take up the challenge. The following is a summary of information researched by my sister Ruth Miller Baker for a school project about 1972. I have...

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Diane Miller Duncan – Glen Tay Memories – My Story

Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 5 comments

Diane Miller Duncan – Glen Tay Memories – My Story

I have committed to getting family stories written this year and am using prompts from a variety of websites to get started. They all seem to suggest starting with ‘your’ story so here goes. I am publishing this ‘stream of consciousness’ rambling in the hope that I can convince others to write about their life story as well. I’m hoping that my relatives from the various families of my tree will take up the challenge and forward their story for inclusion in ‘the family story’. Part 1 Who Am I? More than you want to Know! While...

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Glen Tay Sawmill

Posted by on November 25, 2017 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Glen Tay Sawmill

Glen Tay Saw Mill Compiled by Diane Miller Duncan, 2017. To readers of this blog: I am primarily writing from a ‘story’ perspective. For primary sources check out David Taylor’s paper listed below. If you can add more info to any of my posts please contact me. The Glen Tay Sawmill was located north of the Tay River adjacent to the dam. Logs could no doubt have been floated across the river from the wood yard where it would be captured after floating down the river. The original saw and grist mills are believed to have been...

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Glen Tay Oat Mill

Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 2 comments

Glen Tay Oat Mill

Capt. Joshua Adams – The Glen Tay Oat and Grist Mills Compiled by Diane Miller Duncan, 2017 The original saw and grist mills at Adamsville are believed to have been built by Abraham Parsall, an early settler, on the north side of the Tay River, Bathurst Concession 2 Lot 20 E1/2. When Parsall died in 1820, Joshua Adams was willed the property and assumed operation of the existing Glen Tay grist mill and saw mill. He did not get clear title to this property until 1834 due to a clerical error in the registry office in Toronto that had...

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