My grandmother, Leona Frances Jordan Tibbs Miller survived the Galveston TX, hurricane of 1900 and the Coral Gables, Fl hurricane of 1926.
In 1900 she lost her husband and her elder brother. Her mother, another brother, and 2 sisters survived. She did not talk about this. Her granddaughter, Lee Brede, found her first wedding ring hidden in the lining of her sewing basket. Leona had not told her daughter or granddaughters that there was a first marriage. A search of marriage records and city directories gave us his name.
In 1926 Leona survived a hurricane that wrecked Coral Gables, Fl, with her husband and daughter, Celia. Celia told of watching an alligator pursuing a man across their back yard. My grandfather, John Thomas Miller, reached from their porch and pulled the man to safety. They lost almost all of their belongings and had nothing to eat for several days except bread and butter my grandmother had made the day before. My grandfather was a developer of real estate in the region and lost all of his investment.
After that my grandmother spent the rest of her life in Kansas, as far from the ocean as one can get.