I have attached a picture (which you may already have) of William Marion Milsaps and Janey Love Milsaps from the Book
WR Trivett, Appalachian Pictureman by Ralph E. Lentz, II (my mother has spoken with him before and I believe he may be your cousin). I am also attaching a picture of my great aunt Clara Gilliam Phillips House who taught school at Beech Creek (this was Jeff Gilliam's granddaughter and probably who your grandmother remembers teaching school there) She is on the bottom left (Clara V. Phillips). My mother has a paper entitled "Descendants of Wm Marion Millsaps" which I believe you may have contributed to. Please confirm otherwise I can scan that paperwork into the computer and email to you. It has Marion's parents and grandparents and further on. It does note that William Marion Milsaps stated when he was 80 years old that "his father was a Cyrus McQueen" so we don't know the whole story there. Is your grandmother Susie Ward Guy Trivette? Does she remember anything about Jeff Gilliam (we believe he was raised by his mother's family but are not even sure of the mother's name b/c we believe she died maybe in childbirth). Jeff Gilliam (born May 1866) and his wife Julie Hodges Gilliam are buried at Oak Grove Baptist in Watauga County. Jeff lived with his sister Eliza Milsaps Guy (Beech Mtn.) until he died. Your grandmother may remember my grandmother (Mary Louise Gilliam). She was Jeff's granddaughter and they lived in Banner Elk. She and her 2 sisters are all still living and I can ask my grandmother and great aunts if they remember anything at all. I can email you directly if you would prefer or you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org
) directly. Please let me know if you can't get the attachment pictures and I can email them directly to your email if you like. I would love to see any pictures you may have. Thanks for your help!