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Secondary Scholarship | 1998
Transcription PRAYER OF DEDICATION FOR THE MEMORIAL STONE ON THE GRAVE
OF MRS. JANE ROSS MARTIN MILLER
Eternal God, Father of Lights,
We thank Thee for Thy faithfulness season on season, generation on
generation, in and beyond time and circumstance. With Thee there is no
variableness, neither is there shadow of turning.
We are grateful for the heritage of faith and faithfulness of Thy servants
who in all times and places have heard Thy call and walked in Thy ways. In this
holy place, we are surrounded by reminders of Thy servants of olden times and
what we owe to them. Other feet than ours wore the paths which became our
lanes and highways; other voices than ours first spoke truths we now cherish;
other hands than ours fashioned the stable structure of our society; other limbs
than ours bled to gain our liberties.
Most especially do we thank Thee for the life of JANE ROSS MARTIN
MILLER, whose life in a hard time was marked with long years and significant
service to her family and her neighbors. She bloomed where she was planted: she
was the loyal companion of Capt. John Miller, a founder of this nation and a
valiant soldier of the Revolution who perished in 1780 at the Battle of Hanging
Rock; and she was the great-grandmother of WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS, the
foremost man of letters of the Old South.
Endeavoring to do our duty to respect and honor the best of the past, we
place this stone to preserve her name for posterity; to honor her pioneer spirit, he
good works and commitment to values we hold dear; and to renew our pledge to
bring honor in our time.
"For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee, by faith, before the world confessed,
Thy name, 0 Jesus, be forever blest."–

William White, fulfilling a promise made to his friend Mary C. Simms
Oliphant, has looked into Simms's York County Ross-Miller ancestry. He has
promised Mrs. Mary Simms Furman " to write the story soon" we hope, for The
Simms Review. Already, he has turned up significant new information on
Simms's ancestry—becoming more Celtic and Scots-Irish with every family we
discover therein. This Presbyterian Ross-McCullough line will likely prove
another link to Northern Ireland, as we now know that Francis Ross was born in
Scotland and died in Ireland. We eagerly await Mr. White's findings.
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