An American Family History

Eva Edith Miller Van Dusen Fish

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San Diego, California was incorporated in 1850, the same year California became a state. The original Old Town was located several miles inland. In the late 1860s, Alonzo Horton promoted a move to New Town on the bay. New Town grew quickly and became the city center. In 1915, San Diego hosted the Panama-California Exposition.

Eva Edith Miller Van Dusen Fish was born in Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario on July 12, 1870. She was the daughter of John Wilson Miller and Victoria Zellena Dwinnell. She was baptized by the Reverend John A. Mulock at Saint Paul's Church.

She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1881. At first they lived in Minnesota and then came west to San Diego.

When she was 26, Edith married William Henry Van Dusen on August 12, 1896 in San Diego. William's brother Miles Van Dusen married Edith's sister, Hester Johnson's sister-in-law, June Johnson. William was a carpenter.

Their sons were Wilson Miles Van Dusen (July 26, 1898) and Walter D. Van Dusen  (1902). The Van Dusen family appeared in the 1900 census on India Street in San Diego, a few houses away from William and Hester Johnson. William was employed as a carpenter. The census records indicate that Edith had given birth to four children, but that only one, Wilson, was living at that time.

At the time of the 1910 census they were living in Seattle. The household consisted of William age 45, Eva age 39, Wilson age 11, and Walter age 7. William was a hotel keeper.

Edith and William divorced and Edith later married Dova Ira Fish. Dova was born December 6, 1876 in Indiana. His parents were Oscar Holden Fish and Martha Jane Anderson.

In 1920 they were still living in Seattle. The household consisted of Dova F. Fish age 44, Edith E. age 49, Wilson M. Van Dusen age 21, and Walter D. Van Dusen age 17. Dova was working as an inspector and Wilson was a cook.

Edith's son Walter died in November, 1923. 

According to Edith's niece, Hester Miller,

they had a church in San Francisco - a sort of faith healing type. Edith was said to have certain powers of that type, and ESP and [Hester] was sure to her own knowledge that she did have. 

Edith was called Reverend in her son's obituary. Edith died on May 27, 1936.

Dova died on September 12, 1952 in Renton, King County, Washington.

Children of John Wilson Miller
and Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
  • Gertrude Eveline Miller
  • Eva Edith Miller Van Dusen Fish
    and sons Wilson Van Dusen
    and Walter Van Dusen
  • Mildred Daisy Miller
  • Alberta Irene Miller
  • Nora Zellena Miller
  • Herbert Thomas Miller
  • Hester Mabel Miller Johnson
    and husband William Greenwood Johnson
  • Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
  • Victoria Louise Miller
  • John Delbert Miller
    and his daughter
    Jessie Estelle Miller Finkenkeller
  • Verna Ivy Miller Johnson Mathison
  • The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

    Dova Fish
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    Edith and her



    In this city, May 27, Rev. Edith E. Fish, pastor of Eternal Truth and Natural Spiritual Church, dearly beloved mother of Wilson Van Dusen. A member of Skagit Rebekah Lodge No. 82, I.O.O. F., Mt. Vernon, Washington.

    Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral Monday, June 1st, at 2 p.m. from Chapel of California Undertaking Co.. 100 Fillmore St.

    The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is a charitable, fraternal organization that started in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1.


    Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler, the Immigrant of 1736 by Harvey Hostetler

    Martha Jane Anderson, , Bedford, Ind., was b. Dec. 11, 1857, and m. Mar. 10, 1874, Oscar Holden Fish, son of Anderson and Malinda (Long) Fish, Bedford, Ind. Christian church.
    Ariet O., Sept. 12, 1874- Mar. 4, 1875;
    Ira V., Dec. 5, 1876;
    Nancy M., Aug. 2, 1879-Mar. 28, 1880;
    Claud A., 8091;
    Mauda A., Feb. 3, 1884-Oct. 30, 1892;
    Frances E., July 31, 1886;
    Arnol E., July 18, 1889.

    Claud A. Fish, Bedford, Ind., was b. Jan. 30, 1881, and m. Mar. 20, 1907, Sallie E. Younger, dau. of Addison and Mary P. (Duncan) Younger, Bedford, Ind. Christian church. Mary Frances, Jan. 2, 1908—; Helen Elizabeth, Feb. 25, 1909—.



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