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Howard Edward MILLER
Marion Louise THOMASON
Mary Catherine FORTUNE
Please Note:  our subject's second wife, Mary Catherine FORTUNE (b. 1894), is being mixed up with her younger sister, Mary Ann FORTUNE (b. 1903).
Husband:  Howard Edward MILLER
Birth:  18 Oct 1906, Lorain, Lorain Co., OH
Death:  25 Mar 1948, Eloise, Wayne Co., MI
Occupation:  truck driver
Father:  Edward Clinton MILLER
Mother:  Sophia A. RENNER
Marriage-1:  24 Jan 1927, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
Wife-1:  Marion Louise THOMASON
Birth:  1912/3, NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Residence in 1920:  Portsmouth, VA
Location in 1927:  Detroit, MI
Residence in 1930:  Kansas City, KS
Parents Residence in 1940:  Louisville, KY
Father:  Arnold Scott THOMASON, b. 21 May 1891, NC
Mother:  Ellen L. CARVER, b. ca. 1890, NC
Everything here seems highly implausible, beginning with their movements from NC to VA to MI to KS to KY; that their daughter married at the age of 14 or 15; and that the marriage appears to have been annuled by the time she was 17.  Or is there another Louise THOMASON with parents Arnold & Ellen?  Which seems all the more implausible.
Marriage-2:  22 Jun 1933, Wood Co., OH; 26 Nov 1938, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
Divorce Granted:  22 Jul 1942, Wayne Co., MI
Wife-2:  Mary Catherine FORTUNE
Birth:  7 or 8 Mar 1894, Inverness Dist., NS
Baptism:  9 Mar 1894, St. Andrew's Parish, Judique Dist., Inverness, NS
Death:  19 Jun 1950, Wayne, Wayne Co., MI
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 21 Mar 1947, Wayne, Wayne Co., MI, Clair George SAUNDERS (1892-1962)
Father:  Alexander "Alex" FORTUNE
Mother:  Margaret "Maggie" McEACHERN
And now we have another inscrutible situation where Howard & Mary appear to have married twice, first in 1933 in Ohio, then second in 1938 in Detroit, then divorced in 1942.
Children of Louise THOMASON:
[The censuses do not show any children by Louise.]
Children of Mary Catherine FORTUNE:
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1a.  Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Howard E Miller Howard E Miller Clair G Saunders
Times Previously Married   one  
Race | Age White | 20 White | 32 White | 53
Birth Place Ohio Ohio Smith Creek, MI
Marriage Date 24 Jan 1927 26 Nov 1938 21 Mar 1947
Marriage Place Detroit, Wayne, MI Detroit, Wayne, MI Wayne, Wayne, MI
License County Wayne Wayne Wayne
Residence Place Detroit, MI Wayne, MI Wayne, MI
Father Edward Miller Edward Miller George Saunders
Mother Sophie Renner Sophie Renner Elizabeth Cornell
Spouse Louise Thomason Mary C Fortune Mary C Miller
[Mary C Fortuna]
Times Previously Married   one*  
Maiden Name   "Div."  
Spouse Race | Age White | 16 White | 44 White | 52
Spouse Birth Place North Carolina Canada Canada
Spouse Residence Place Detroit, MI Detroit, MI Romulus, MI
Spouse Father Arnold Thomason Alex Fortune Alex Fortuna
Spouse Mother Ellen Carver Margaret McEachern Margaret McEachern
*I think the typist filling out this form was confused (there is an image of this page online at Ancestry.com); it was Howard who was divorced and FORTUNE is Mary's maiden name.  If she had been married, before, she would not have been surnamed FORTUNE.  That the typist was confused is clearly shown by her putting "Div." in the maiden name field.

1b.  Ohio County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Howard E Miller
Age 30
Marriage Date 22 Jun 1933
Marriage Place Wood, Ohio
Father Ed C Miller
Mother Sophia Renner
Spouse Mary C Fortune
Age 30
Spouse's Father Alex Fortune
Spouse's Mother Margaret McEachern
FHL Film # 2367789

1c.  Michigan Divorce Records, 1897-1952 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Howard E Miller
Marriage Date 21 Nov 1938
Marriage Place Michigan
Decree Date 22 Jul 1942
Decree Place Wayne, MI
Spouse Name Mary C Miller
Number of Children 0
Divorce Status Granted

2.  1901 Census of Canada: Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Mary FORTUNE (æ 7, b. 1893, NS) is living in Judique, Inverness, NS (p. 8), with her parents, Alexander FORTUNE (æ 35, b. 1865, NS) & Maggie (æ 30, b. 1870, NS), plus siblings.

3a.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Howard E. MILLER (æ 3, b. OH) is living in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).

3b.  1911 Census of Canada: Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Mary Cathrine FORTUNE (æ 16, b. Mar 1898, NS) is living in Hillsdale, Inverness, NS (p. 9), with her parents, Alexander FORTUNE (æ 41, b. Jul 1860, NS) & Margarate (æ 38, b. May 1873, NS), plus siblings.

4a.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Howard MILLER (æ 13, b. OH) is living in Michigan City, La Porte Co., IN, with his parents (q.v.).  Louise M. THOMASON (æ 7, b. NC) is living at 165 Jackson Ave. in the independent city of Portsmouth, VA (p. 225A), with her parents, Arnold S. THOMASON (æ 28, b. NC) & Elnor? L. (æ 30, b. NC). 

4b.  1921 Census of Canada: Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Can't find Mary Catherine FORTUNE or her parents.

5.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Howard E. MILLER (æ 23, b. OH) is living in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Marion L. THOMASON (æ 17, b. NC) is living Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., KS (p. 99A), with her parents, Arnold S. THOMASON (æ 39, b. NC) & Ellen L. (æ 41, b. NC). 

6.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #19 of 118):  6039 Manila, Nankin Twp., Wayne Co., MI, p. 3968A, SN 10A, SD 16, ED 82-188, enumerated 12 Apr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25   26 27 28 29 30   31 32 33 34
* 6039 191 0 2000 N Miller Howard Head M W 33 M N 8 Ohio   Dearborn Wayne Mich N N Y - -     26 Truck Driver Sewer Constr. WPA GW 21 360 N  
          ______ Mary Wife F W 46 M N 2 Canada Eng Al Dearborn Wayne Mich N N N N N H            0   0 N  
8.  Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Howard E Miller Mary Catherine Saunders
Age | Race 41 | White 56 | White
Marital Status Divorced Married
Birth Date 18 Oct 1906 8 Mar 1894
Birth Place Ohio Canada
Death Date 25 Mar 1948 19 Jun 1950
Death Place Eloise, Wayne, MI Wayne, Wayne, MI
Father Edward E Miller Alexander Frotune (sic)
Mother Sophia Renner Maggie Mc Eachern
Film Number 025335 8220 1060

9.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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