Milo (Miolen) Twins
Polk County's Own "Milo Twins", Edwin & Edward Miolen
By Marian Bailey Presswood
Are any of you old enough to remember hearing of the Milo Twins of Grand Ole Opry and Hollywood fame around the late 1940s? Well, guess what? They were the identical twin brothers Edward and Edwin Miolen, born November 24, 1915 at Copperhill, the sons of Andrew and Myrtle Law Miolen. Where they got the name Milo is a puzzle, but you know Hollywood - guess Miolen just wasn't 'catchy' enough.
Online info says they wrote their own songs, and appeared in three movies of the 1940s. One in particular was called "Sing, Neighbor, Sing" with Roy Acuff. They also appeared with Tex Ritter in "Marked For Murder", and one called "I'm From Arkansas". You can actually watch the whole hour of "I'm From Arkansas" online at
An article appeared in a California entertainment magazine in 1948 about them that stated that their parents died when they were young, and that they had received their education from the Tennessee Industrial School at Nashville and headed to Hollywood as soon as they earned enough money to do so. They were living in California at the time of the article and had musical and movie careers that were apparently doing well.
We recently heard from Winston Edwin Miolen/Plyler, the son of one of the twins, Edwin. His mother, Lancy Kelley married 2nd O'Neal Plyler who adopted Winston when he was about four years old. Winston didn't really know much about his father growing up, but later in life did make connections with some of his cousins and even found his half sister, Barbara, who lives in Texas.
The other twin, Edward, was married first to Dorothy (maiden name unknown) and 2nd to Faye Crisp and they had a son, Ernest Crisp Miolen. Edward and his family lived around Walker and Whitfield County, Georgia. He died there 19 January 1978 and is buried in West Hill Cemetery, Dalton.
According to the 1900 census that tells when an immigrant arrived in the US, the Miolen family came here to Polk County in 1847, apparently as part of the Vineland experiment in the Old Dutch Settlement. They first appear in our 1850 census erroneously transcribed as Malones. There's Frances, 44; Catherine, 45; Crepin, 25. and Louis, 22. Frances' father Framergia is living next door and is transcribed Mully, a 68-year-old farmer from Italy, and Cherira from France.
Can't you just imagine poor old census enumerator John Shields trying to write what he thinks he hears those Frenchmen saying? I'm not sure if anyone in the modern day Miolen family knows what those names really are.
Crepin and Narcissus Rivers Miolen had five children: Joseph, who married Nancy Jane Dixon; Louis married Mary Crawford; William married first Sarah Rogers, and 2nd Rachel Williams; Jackson married Mary Arthur and 2nd Ollie Pierce; and Napoleon married Mary E. Hammons.
Jerry Carpenter and his parents, J. E. and Jeanette from McCaysvile, Georgia, wrote the Miolen article No. 613, which appears in our Heritage of Polk County, page 264-265 from which some of the information for this article is taken. We also appreciate their sharing the picture of William and Rachel Milen and family with us. Jerry descends from Crepin and Narcissus Rivers Miolen through their son William and 2nd wife, Rachel Williams Miolen who had three children: William Otis, Nora Louise and Willie Mulvinia.
In fact, all of the Polk County Miolens, now mostly known as Milens, that we know of also descend from Crepin. It's William's son Andrew and his wife Myrtle Law, married here in Polk County on 21 January 1914, who are the parents to those famous Milo Twins. Myrtle was the daughter of Rachel Williams and A. L. Law who married 30 May 1892 in Bradley County, Tennessee.
Miolens Still in Polk County - 2008
Although this story was mainly intended to tell a bit about the Milo Twins and their 'fifteen minutes of fame', as it is said we all will have in this life, we have many Miolens who still live around here and are making important contributions to their communities..
Just to mention a few, Dave Milen, the son of Oscar Baskam and Ada Jane Dixon Milen, served as a Polk County commissioner for sixteen years. His cousin Ben Milen, son of Carl and Anna Mae Sampson Milen, owns and operates Milen Wholesale Tires which has provided employment for many Polk folks over a period of many years. Ben's sister, Margaret Milen Swafford has faithfully worked with our Literacy program for years, which is such an important service to our citizens. Mentioning these few in no way lessens the accomplishments of the many others we are sure are still serving needs in their communities and we are proud of them all!
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