In 2007, several descendants of Jesse Thomas Mills and Onady Randolph traveled to Heber Springs, Arkansas to attend a reunion of the descendants of William Orville Mills and Talitha Caroline McKay, Jesse's parents. This reunion brought together long-lost cousins in a chain of events that began with an e-mail correspondence with another Mills descendant, Bobbie Connor, and ended with fellowship in a picturesque setting in the mountains of Arkansas. Pictured above are the Mississippi cousins who traveled to Arkansas, and with them is Bobbie Mills Connor (front, far left) who organized the reunion.
In 2008, the reunion was held in Marietta, Mississippi not far from where Orville and Talitha are buried in the Marietta Methodist Church cemetery. The oldest person in attendance was Marie, Orville and Talitha's granddaughter, who was 91 years young.
Pictured below is my husband Mike with Bobbie Mills Connor. Bobbie is the daughter of Henry Edward Mills and his wife, Oma Lee Evans. Henry and Oma Lee left Itawamba County for Arkansas in 1933, but they both returned before their deaths and are buried in Kirkville Cemetery in Itawamba County.