Indian wars, gold rushes, family disapproval, and the looming clouds of civil war color the true story of Diana Saville and Will McCorkle. The book tells of the coming of the Savilles and the McCorkles to 17th century North America, their settlement in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, and the extension of one 'lost' branch of the family to the wild West coast in Washington state. Included as background to the story of Diana and Will are thumbnail descriptions of public events that formed their times, and the opportunity to reflect on the values of faith, love, persistence, and commitment in the making of lives and the foundation of communities. Appendices trace the family lines to present day.
Nancy Jane McCorkle Miller, a native and resident of the Pacific Northwest, taught government, history, philosophy, and comparative cultures at the high school level for 37 years, mostly under her first married name, Johnson. She got her B.A. magna cum laude in political science and her teaching credential from the University of Washington, where she became a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Matrix Table honoraries, and her M.A. from Seattle University. In 1999, she was the first National Board Certified Teacher in her subject area in Washington State. Now retired, she lives in Leavenworth with her husband, Bill, where she continues to be active in state and local organizations and from where she admires the activities of her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren.