- Adapted by Alaric Faulkner from reminiscences of Lizzie Tait Gallaher, Notes of Stella Fox Beam
Janet was born in Scotland and was two years old when crossing to America in 1850. The sailors laughed at her rocking with the boat.
They brought her up the young fawn on a bottle--thought so much of her. Finished common schools and worked out a little. Had a tame goose that always wanted to be taken up. It would get around in front of her and gabble till she took her up. She had lots of pets.
Janet married Will Miller [Scottish spelling is often Millar], who worked for Grandfather [Tomas Tait] after oil was struck here. He worked on the farm. Married away from home, but all liked to have [stayed?]. Lived in a little house by Grandfather's. Still worked for Grandfather. Moved to Little Wash, Pennsylvania [Possibly Little Washington, PA, halfway between Harrisburg and Philadelphia]. Worked on lease.
Will took sick--stomach trouble or T.B. He was sick for a long time. Annie and Jane visited there. Came back to Foster Brook a short while and his sister took him in her home where he died. She thought she could have Will's insurance, but Janet got it. (This sister, who married Leon Cross (Izzy [?] Weir, was her daughter by her first husband--married him in Scotland and came here for his health but he died [??]).
Janet lived in her own little house in Foster Brook. A few years after Will died she married Eugene Vining, a widower with one child, Jennie. They lived in a house in Foster Brook that Eugene built. They lived there some years--bought a farm at Little Valley and couldn't pay for it and lost it. Got another in Napoli [NY]) and traded it for a third--near Faulkner [Falconer, Chautauqua, NY, adjacent to Poland Center where it is recorded in the 1910 census]--2 mi. from Anna. There he and Janet lived till he died, maybe five or six years.
Her sister Isolean [Isolene] was born at Grandfather [Tomas Tait]'s house and Janet stayed with them three years. Grandfather named the newborn after one of his old sweethearts. He kept her in his home till he married Connie who sent her to a soldier's orphans school. But she was not a soldier's daughter! She also went to Bradford school awhile and stayed with Lizzie.
When Isolean came home, she was taken to Janet's (Will Miller had died) at Foster Brook and lived with Janet always after that.
Isolean was married September 1st, Labor Day, 1907 at Salamanca [NY] to Bert Milks, a divorced man with no children. Vining, Janet’s new husband, opposed the marriage and didn't want her to take the piano, etc. Isolean and Bert went to live on Bert's farm 3 mi. above Little Valley. Lives there now . After Vining's death, Isolean took charge of all and held sale and Janet came to live with Isolean. Janet died just before the end of war 1918. Uncle George [Findley Junior Tait] came to funeral.
1851 Scotland Census
Name: Jannet Tait
Estimated birth year: abt 1850
Father's name: Thomas
Mother's name: Elizabeth
Where born: Durrisdeer, Dumfrieshire
Parish Number: 823
Civil parish: Durisdeer
John Brown 25
Agness Tait 6
Elizabeth Tait 35
Elizabeth Tait 8
Jannet Tait 1
Joseph Tait 9
Marrion Tait 4
Thomas Tait 35, , , [2, 7, 10]