Welcome to the Website of
Susan T. Miller -
Thurtell and Related Families

John Thurtell of Hobland Hall Anne Browne Thurtell of Hobland HallHobland HallHenry ThurtellJulia Mary "Mate" Snow Thurtell

The primary focus of this website is genealogy, or family history, specifically Thurtell and related families.  I have been very interested in family history since about 1963, when I was about 14 years old and reading the story "Markheim" by Robert Louis Stevenson in English class.  My maiden name was Susan Persia Thurtell.  I had always been told that anyone with the last name Thurtell was related - somehow.  That story mentions famous crimes - "Brownrigg with her apprentice, the Mannings with their murdered guest, Weare in the death-grip of Thurtell, and a score besides of famous crimes."  When I returned home after school that day, I immediately asked my mother about this.  She replied, "Oh, that must be about 'Cousin John.'"  I was hooked on genealogy.

First, let me tell you a little about myself . . .

I just moved this website to a new webhost, MochaHost, on February 16, 2020.  Most of the coding is out of date, but it still works. I have continued researching genealogy on these families but have not kept up at all with adding it to the website.

I am planning to update the coding on the web pages as well as the information to include more of the research I have been doing in the past twenty years.  In addition, I have always tried to include no details about living people in the genealogy pages except for names of people who have assisted me and provided me with information, photos, and other details about family members and geographical locations.  Some informaion about living people may be included in information from obituaries or other sources that can already be found online.  The last time I converted the genealogy database on my personal computer to web pages was in 2000.  I will be doing this again once I do an updated removal of the details about living people, but this will take some time.

My contact information has been shown on my genealogy pages since I began posting them online on a site hosted by Geocities in 1998.  My name, address, telephone number, and email address have remained the same since that time.


Fox Valley Mixers Square Dance Club with Links to Other Square Dance and Round Dance Sites

Chicago Area Square and Round Dance Information

Kane County Cougars Baseball

First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton, Illinois

Genealogy Links

New December 2006 - Hobland Hall

Index to Pages with Photographs

Thurtell and Related Families - Group Sheets of Over 2000 People with Links to More Genealogy Sites

Surnames - A - Iles

Surnames - Impey - Smith

Surnames - Snow - Z

Photographs of Mystery People - Can You Identify Them?

John Crawshaw's Website with Additional Information about the Kraushaar and Thurtell/Murray Families

More information including letters exchanged among James Thurtell/Murray, his wife, Sarah Holt Murray, and their descendants preserved by Dorothy Bilodeau

Stephen Crawshaw's Website with Additional Information about Many of These Families

Anthony W. Barnett's Website, Including Thurtell Memorial Pages


LDS Church Genealogy Website

US GenWeb Project

A Guide to Researching the History of a House


My name is Susan T. Miller, and my hobbies are genealogy, square and round dancing, and baseball. The picture on the right combines two of my hobbies - it was taken in August 1997 when we did a square dance demonstration on the field before a Kane County Cougars Class A professional baseball game in Geneva, Illinois. It is an especially good picture of me - I have on a yellow skirt and green blouse, and you can see my clothes but not me.

Square dancing and round dancing are a lot of fun, good exercise, and a great way to meet people and make friends. Square dancing is done in groups of four couples called a square.

Round dancing is ballroom-style dancing done to cues in choreographed dances so each couple in the room is doing the same steps at the same time, dancing in a large circle and often in a second circle inside the larger one. Round dances are done in waltz, foxtrot, two step, jive, cha cha, rhumba, tango, etc. timing. Dances are rated in levels of difficulty, with Phase I being the easiest, Phase II - Phase V, the increasingly more difficult dances, and Phase VI more difficult than anything I've learned so far.

Square Dancing on the field before Kane County Cougars Baseball Game
Please check the links on the left for more information on square and round dancing, or contact me.  My husband and I are members of the Fox Valley Mixers Square Dance Club in St. Charles, Illinois.  Round dancers and square dancers travel to dances throughout the area and even around the world.

Mary Louise (Scottie) Houliston, a member since 1925, walking home from church after the 7:45 a.m. worship service.

Visit us at First Presbyterian if you are in the Wheaton, Illinois, area!

I have been a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton, Illinois, since 1974.  I have been a member of the church's Communication Committee since 2000.  I previously was also a member of the church's Web Team and Audio/Video Ministry Committee and did a substantial portion of the pages on the church's website, generally completing about 75-190 new pages and updates to pages each month, from June 2000 until March 2014, when our volunteer group was replaced by paid professionals and a redesigned website.  I took the photo on the left on Sunday, October 1, 2000, the first day that people could exit from the new wing of the church.

I grew up in Denver, Colorado, living there from 1951 until January 15, 1971, most of that time at 884 South Vallejo Street, Denver.  I attended Goldrick Elementary School, Rishel Junior High, and then South High School, graduating in June 1967.

I had located a website for the South High Class of 1967 in April 2007 at http://www.classreport.org/usa/co/denver/shs/1967.  Although I have never attended any of my class reunions, I have been enjoying the opportunity to read about some of my classmates.

South High, Denver, Colorado

It is hard for me to believe that it was over 50 years ago that I graduated from high school!  Where has all the time gone?  A few of my thoughts and memories are online.

Regarding my genealogy hobby, there is a great deal of additional information on the pages with links on the left for Thurtell and related families; and I am hoping to update my online information soon.  I had genealogy web pages hosted by Geocities from 1998 through October 26, 2009, when Geocities stopped website hosting.  The two Geocities genealogy sites have been moved to thurtellfamily.net, the domain I purchased in December 2003.  My earliest site, which had a genealogy index page at http://www.geocities.com/foxvalleymixer/genhome.html, was begun in 1998; and its index page has been moved to http://www.thurtellfamily.net/geofvm/index.html. My later Geocities site, begun in 2000, had an index page at http://www.geocities.com/thurtellfamily.   Its index page can now be found at http://www.thurtellfamily.net/geotf/index.html.

I am researching the following families and enjoy exchanging information with other researchers:

THURTELL - in U.S. mid 1800's to present; in Canada primarily Wellington County, Ontario, 1834 to present; in England, primarily Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, 1700 or earlier to present; in Australia, mid 1800's to present; and in South Africa, mid 1800's to present. I have a lot of information going back to James Thurtell (born about 1738 in England and died January 19, 1801, in Suffolk County, England), his wife Winifred Nunn Thurtell (born about 1740 in England and died November 28, 1795, in Suffolk County, England), both of whom are buried at Blundeston, Suffolk, England. This name is sometimes also shown as Thurtle.

SNOW - Especially Charles Blanchard Snow, born March 29, 1833, in Pennsylvania or Palmyra, New York, who died March 8, 1890, in Keeler, Inyo County, California. His parents were Samuel Snow and Hannah Blanchard. His wife was Maria Paul Morrison, who was born April 24, 1842, in Groton, Vermont, and died January 5, 1934, in Washington, DC. Her parents were Timothy Morrison and Olive Paul. Their children were Charles W. Snow (born October 31, 1864, in Dallas County, Iowa, and died October 14, 1890, in Reno, Washoe County, Nevada), George F. Snow (born December 6, 1867, in Dallas County, Iowa, and died July 29, 1887, in Esmeralda County, Nevada), and Julia Mary (Mate) Snow, who was born January 16, 1871, in Dallas County, Iowa, married Henry Thurtell on August 5, 1896, in Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California, and died in 1956 in or near Washington, DC.

MORRISON - Timothy Morrison's grandparents included Charles Emery, who was born August 16, 1745, in Kittery, York County, Maine, and his wife, Ann Hodgdon, who was born in Berwick, York County, Maine, on March 9, 1740/41. Both of them died in Groton, Caledonia County, Vermont. Timothy Morrison's parents were Bradbury Morrison and Betsey Emery, who were both born in York County, Maine, and died in Groton, Caledonia County, Vermont. 

HANNIGAN - Especially Thomas F. Hannigan, born about June 22, 1870, in New York, who died in February 1934 in New York. His wife was Emma L. Nealon, who was born May 18, 1874, in Dublin, Ireland, and died in 1952 in New York. Their children were all born in New York City - Emma, Mae, Lilly, Grace, Florence, James, Irene, and Madelyn Hannigan.

HERZOG/BREITENBACH - Gotfried Herzog, who also used the name George G. Herzog, who was born in Germany or Switzerland probably in August 1863, his wife Rose Breitenbach (or Breidenbach), who was born in New York in April 1863 and died about 1906 in New York City, and their children who were probably all born in New York City or Hoboken, New Jersey - John Herzog, Anna Herzog (August 13, 1890 - April 9, 1977), Rose Veronica Herzog (June 20, 1893 - March 15, 1978), Joseph Herzog, Emma Anna Herzog (August 13, 1899 - September 18, 1982), and Henry Herzog.

KASNER - Anthony Kasner, born June 14, 1887, in Kielce, Poland, who died March 10, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan; his parents, John Kasner and Maria Grzybowska; his wife, Helena Serafinski, born November 23, 1882, in Tarnow, Poland, who died October 19, 1969, in Washington, DC; and her parents Stanley Serafinski and Teresa Nosek.

Additions and corrections are always appreciated!

Susan Persia Thurtell Miller
1411 West Childs Street
Wheaton, Illinois 60187-4601
United States of America

    Send Email to Susan T. Miller at GGM81@aol.com

This page was last updated August 12, 2020. The prior update of this page had been done on July 14, 2020..