Keith Graham Harrison was born in Dowagiac, Michigan, the son of John Barnard and Maxine Pearle (Lewis) Harrison. He was first married to Linda Diane (Dodson) in 1976, of which one son, Nathan Lewis Harrison, was born. He was later married to Jean Ann (Whitmer) in 1990. He currently resides in Holt, Michigan.
Mr. Harrison is a 1968 graduate of Cassopolis (Michigan) High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1972) in fisheries and wildlife biology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree (1974) in ecology from Western Michigan University.
Mr. Harrison retired from Michigan state government in February 2005 after serving for 25 years. Prior to his state service, he had served as a Sanitarian with Cass County (Michigan) Health Department, Chief Environmental Planner with the Michiana Area Council of Governments, Environmental Programs Coordinator with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, and Senior Ecologist with an environmental engineering consulting company. During his state career, he served as a Public Health Consultant with the Department of Public Health, Senior Environmental Specialist with the Toxic Substance Control Commission, Environmental Affairs Manager for the Department of Corrections, Director of the Environmental Administration Division within the Department of Management and Budget, Director of the Office of Special Environmental Projects within the Department of Environmental Quality, Acting Director of the Office of the Great Lakes, and Executive Director of the Michigan Environmental Science Board. The latter two positions were gubernatorial appointments by then Michigan Governor John Engler. During his career, he received twelve Letters of Commendations and one certificate of Merit from the Governor Engler and, later, one Letter of Commendation from then Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Upon his retirement, his public service career was acknowledged with tributes from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan State Senate, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, the U.S. House of Representatives, and then President and First Lady of the United States, George and Laura Bush. From 2005 - 2011, Mr. Harrison operated a small consulting firm, KGH Environmental PLC. He also served as a special federal employee on a subcommittee with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board during this time. He is now fully retired.
Mr. Harrison is licensed as a Registered Sanitarian and as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, and is nationally certified as a Senior Ecologist. He is a member of the Michigan Audubon Society and an emeritus member of the Ecological Society of America. He served as Chair of the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative from 2009 to 2011 and currently is the President of the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative Foundation. He belongs to the Masonic Lodge #252 of Okemos, Michigan and is a life member of the Civil War Research Lodge #1865 of Highland Springs, Virginia. In 1988, he was appointed by the Michigan Historical Commission as the Official Representative for the State of Michigan to the 125th Anniversary Ceremony Commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg. Also in 1988, he was awarded the Michigan Minuteman Citation of Honor by the Greater Michigan Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of the state-affiliated Friends of Michigan History, Inc. and also as the Chair of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, an affiliate of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Mr. Harrison has been a Civil War reenactor since 1982 and rose through the ranks. He remains a member and former Captain of the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B., Inc. and a Major, periodically serving in the capacity of Chief of Staff or Assistant Adjutant General with the Cumberland Guard, a nationally recognized Civil War reenactment association. Within the Congressionally Chartered SUVCW’s Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR), he served as the Commanding Officer (Brevet Brigadier General) during 1996/97 and currently holds the rank of Major (Retired) in the SVR. He has participated in more than 550 reenactments, parades, living histories, and ceremonies, and served innumerable times at reenactments as an infantry company commander, infantry battalion commander, and overall Union army commander. He has participated in most of the national 125th - 145th anniversary Civil War battle reenactments and is beginning to now participate in the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th) national reenactment events.
Mr. Harrison’s professional research and work have resulted in more than 100 publications addressing a wide variety of environmental, environmental health, natural history, and natural resources management topics. He has been published in local, state, national, and international societal scientific journals. In addition, he authored a book on the Natural History of Cass County, Michigan (1979), and more recently, served as editor of three governmental publications on the State of Michigan's Environment (2003, 2005, and 2008). Mr. Harrison's interest in history and genealogy peaked with the 1983 birth of his son, and ultimately resulted in his publication in 1989 of a 350-page genealogy entitled, The Ancestry of Nathan Lewis Harrison. This first book identified more than 150 families and 1,600 individuals. In 2008, he published a 648-page update entitled, The Ancestry of Nathan Lewis Harrison - Revisited Nineteen Years Later. The second book documented over 1,500 ancestral families and over 6,000 individuals.
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Conversations (with Keith G. Harrison) Michigan History Magazine , 2010.
Cambridge Who’s Who, 2010
Personalities of America, Contributions to Science and History, 1986.
Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, Marquis Who's Who, Inc, 1985.
"Fritzi" Ysabelita Kranz Martin, the daughter of Martin E. Kranz and Ysabelita Hamilton Kranz. Mrs. Loftin was born in New Orleans, LA and was raised at Chreitian Plantatoin in St. Landry, LA. She attended school in New Orleans, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Tulane University.
Mrs. Martin was married for fifty-two years to Jack Loftin Martin, an Entomologist, graduate of Auburn University who owned Martin Chemical Company. They had two children, Hamilton Loftin Martin and Ysabelita "Bee" Martin Little. Upon the death of her sister, they raised nephew Martin Kranz Perilloux.
Through the years her volunteer work included nine volunteer years with the Scouting program; five volunteer years teaching Great Books; chairing the Home and Garden tours for the Covington Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary for seven years.
Additionally, Mrs. Martin was a Vacation Bible School teacher and served on the board of the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary. She is a fifty (50+) year member of the Eastern Star.
Col. Stewart Boone McCarty, Jr., the son of Stewart Boone McCarty, Sr. and Vivian Myers Simmons, was born in Kansas City, MO. Col. McCarty and his wife, Janet Dorothy (McCord) McCarty, are the parents of Anne Stewart McCarty Parker and Elizabeth Boone McCarty. The McCarty's lived in Fairfax, VA.
Col. McCarty graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with an AB in Economics. He completed an MA in Management and Personnel Administration from George Washington University. Col. McCarty has completed graduate studies in Archaeology at Worcester College of Oxford University and the Catholic University of America.
A career military officer, Stewart Boone McCarty, Jr. entered active duty as an Officer Candidate March 1, 1944, and served as a Commissioned Officer in the Regular Marine Corps until retiring as Colonel on August 1, 1974. Col. McCarty commanded units from platoon to battalion, in combat and in garrison, interspersed with staff assignments and attendance at military schools. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medals with combat "V" in Korea and Vietnam; the Purple Heart; the Meritorious Service Medal; as well as many other United States and foreign military awards. Col. McCarty is currently a consultant in management and foreign trade matters.
Col. McCarty was a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the Army Navy Club of Washington D.C., and the Chouteau Society. He was a board member with three television stations, and served as Vice President of the Scientific Exploration and Archaeological Society. His avocations included skiing, scuba diving and biking.
Karen Lavone Avery Miller, a native of Missouri, is the daughter of Frances Lavone Silver and the late Harry Hollis Avery, Jr. She is married to Henry Clay Miller; and has one daughter, Carie Michelle (Mrs. Timothy James Wright) and grandchildren.
Mrs. Miller attended Central Missouri University in Warrensburg, MO. Her career is diverse and included employment at George K. Baum & Co. in the investment banking sector; as a retail sales representative in Dallas, Texas; and as a Realtor at Henry S. Miller Real Estate. Mrs. Miller is also a professional genealogist.
Daughters of the American Colonists National Lineage Book XXXVIII (Topeka, KS: Jostens Publishing Company, 2009), 680+ pages including index
TEXAS STATE MAYFLOWER, Newsletter (1997-2001); ARMORIAL HERALD, Order of Americans Armorial Ancestry Newsletter (2007-2011); THE PLANTER, National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861 Newsletter (2009-2011); ANCHOR AND PINE, Order of the First Families of Maine 1604-1652 Newsletter (2009-2011); PLAIN LANGUAGE, Descendants of Early Quakers Newsletter (2007-2009); Co-Editor, GUILD GAZETTE, Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783 Newsletter (2004-2011).
CALUMET, Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars (national publication)
Articles published in:
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 90, No.4, December 2002, p.311-316; As well as numerous articles written for, and published in, each newsletter listed above.
Lineage Book I, National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861
Mrs. Miller's proudest accomplishment is that of being a Wife, Mother and now Grandmother (i.e. Mimi) to two grandsons, two step-granddaughters and four step-grandsons ranging in age from four (4) to twenty-five (25) years.
She has been a member of the Washington Club since 2000. Mrs. Miller currently attends Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a Member of the Diocese of West Missouri, Kansas City, MO.
Her current memberships include The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG); the National Genealogical Society (NGS); The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS 1997 Conference Regional Publicity Chairman); The New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS); The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS); The New Hampshire Genealogical Society; Charter Member of the Carroll County [MO] Genealogical Association; The Dallas [TX] Genealogical Society (Past President, 2000 DGS Award of Merit recipient, Capital Expansion Project Chairman); The Dedham [MA] Historical Society; and the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.
Additionally, Mrs. Miller has participated in genealogical educational workshops and conferences for NGS, FGS, GenTech, NEHGS Sesquicentennial, Boston, MA; Virginia Institute of Genealogical Records (VIGR), Richmond, VA; alumni of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), National Archives, Washington DC; Dallas Institute, Dallas Texas.
She is a national, regional and local speaker on genealogical and historical topics. Has conducted beginner and advanced genealogy research seminars. Worked as a Volunteer Genealogist at the DAR National Headquarters, Washington DC, 2000-2002, verifying over 100 supplemental papers. She has prepared and submitted over 200 of her own ancestor supplements for various societies. She is the owner of The Little Studio and Galler - Karen Avery Miller Fine Art, in Arrow Rock, MO.
Doris Grace Rosalie Roth was the daughter of Joseph Gordon Grace and Mary La Velle Jones, and was a native of Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Grace and his family moved to New York City when Doris was young and her father pursued his career in commercial art. Doris married Elmer Eugene Roth (deceased) of Havre de Grace, Maryland in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army during her youth. Doris was trained in voice at the Peabody Conservatory. She had a beautiful soprano voice and performed in concerts and in church and for weddings. Doris worked for the Department of the Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds for the General in charge of The Ordinance School. She was highly valued and presented many commendations.
Doris Grace Roth held a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and she earned a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.
The Roth’s had two daughters: Christine and her husband John Edward Bollinger, Jr., and Beth Ann Gregory Smith and her husband Mickey Smith (deceased). Doris is grandmother to Christine's four children Sandra, Patrick, Natalie & Marjorie, and Beth Ann's two children Tammy and Andrea. Doris was great grandmother to fourteen (“14”) great grandchildren.
Mrs. Roth’s hobbies included hospital volunteer work, Ladies Club of Roland Park, she attended and supported The Church of The Redeemer in Roland Park, and supported all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren by attending their concerts, sports, and events.
Robert Pond Vivian, Sr., youngest son of Leslie Langdon Vivian and Elinor Richardson Clement is a native of Plainfield, New Jersey. One of Mr. Vivian's ancestors, Robert Clements, founded Haverhill, MA, and his extensive line of New England forebears includes Elder William Brewster, Revs John Lothrop and Stephen Bachiller, MG Humphrey Atherton and Thomas Lord, a founder of Hartford, CT.
Before retiring early in 1991 to set up The Radley Group, a public relations firm, Mr. Vivian was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Crum & Forster Corporation, an $11 billion insurance holding company with responsibility for all internal and external communications.
Before moving to Maine Mr. Vivian was Vice-Chairman of the Westfield (NJ) Historic Preservation Commission and Vice-President-Community Affairs and newsletter editor for the Westfield Historical Society. He also served on the Board of Deacons for the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.