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Biography of Henry McMillan
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HENRY MCMILLAN. This gentleman has been a resident of Arkansas since 1826, and a resident of Boone County since 1835. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, December 19, 1814, being one of a family of ten children born to Malcom and Joanna (Jacobs) McMillan, who were born and brought up in North Carolina, and removed to Smith County, Tennessee, in 1805. The father died in Boone County, Arkansas, in 1837, and his widow in 1872. The father was a soldier under General Jackson, in the battle of New Orleans, in the War of 1812; in politics a Democrat, and he and his wife were Presbyterians in faith. Their children were as follows: Edward, a minister of the Presbyterian faith, was chaplain of an Illinois regiment in the late internal war, died at Atlanta, Ga., in 1864; John, second son, who settled in Boone County, Arkansas, in 1836, was a minister of the Presbyterian order, died in April, 1863; Robert, third son, settled on a farm in Boone County, Arkansas, in 1836, died in 1852; William, fourth son, a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was accidentally killed in a mill in 1855; Malcom, fifth son, died in Lawrence County in 1829; Henry, sixth son; Josiah died in Texas in 1877; Jason is a resident of Columbus, Kan. All the sons brought up families. Jane, eldest daughter, became the wife of Rev, Stevenson, and died in 1827. Joanna, who became the wife of John Sanderson died in Boone County, Arkansas, in 1893. The McMillans came to Arkansas at a time when the country was in its primitive state, having to undergo many hardships and privations of early pioneer life for years.
Henry McMillan attended the schools of his day, first in Tennessee until he was twelve years old, and later in Arkansas. He was married in Boone County to Miss Frances Gaither, daughter of Col. Beal Gaither, who died in 1863. Mrs. McMillan died in 1855, leaving eight children: Jasper, not a soldier, was murdered at the time of the late war; Marion, who was a soldier during the late war, died in 1880; Franklin, a resident of Indian Nation; Mary J. (Martin), widow, with three children; Joanna died in Sebastian County in 1879; Eliza N. Roberts died in Sebastian County, Arkansas, in 1873, leaving one son; Lafayette Mc, killed accidentally in 1882; and Mason, died in 1884.
In 1859 Henry McMillan married Miss Elizabeth M. Douglass, daughter of Wm. R. Douglass, of Sebastian County, Arkansas She was born in Monroe County Tennessee, in 1832. They had one son born to them, William H., who is a farmer and lives with them. He is married, and is the father of one child. Henry McMillan located on his farm in 1842, a part of which he now owns. He accumulated considerable property, the greater portion of which was swept away during the late war. He has long been a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife is also a member, and is a substantial, law-abiding citizen. For twelve or fourteen years he filled acceptably the office of county surveyor. He has been a patron of education, and for years held the position of county commissioner under the first system of common schools in Arkansas.
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