McMillin Family History
McMillin Family History
From the St. Clair County Democrat, Osceola, Missouri, 4 Aug 1938:
McMillin Family Hold Reunion
About fifty descendants of William and Chloe McMillin met at 31,
for their annual family reunion.
The Rev. and Mrs. H. E. Carpenter were presented a gift for being
the couple present that had been married the greatest number of
years. Mrs. Lizzie Disney of Welch, Okla., received a gift because
she had come the longest distance; Mr and Mrs. Marcy McMillin of
Kansas City received recognition for having the largest family; and
Mrs. Edna Mounty, 37, of Chetopa, Kans., was recognized as the
Those present included three members of the Baptist church, six
of the Christian, six of the Methodist, two Presbyterians, on
Pentecostian, three Masons, two Oddfellows, and two members of the
Order of the Eastern Star.
The following history of the McMillin family was compiled by the
Rev. Mr. Carpenter.
William and Chloe McMillin located in the northeast corner of St.
Clair county, Missouri, or northwest corner of Benton county, Missouri
at a very early date that we cannot fix. Mr. McMillin was born in the
year 1788 and died in 1856. This information is gathered from a
tombstone about four feet high and 8 inches square made of native
stone in a graveyard called the Atkins cemetery located on Hogles
Creek in the northeast corner of St. Clair county. They could not
decipher the dates on her stone. To them were born eight children
whose names are as follows: Washington, Robert, Greenberry, Vicinda,
Rinda, Emiline, Lina and Malva McMillin.
Vicinda McMillin was married to Ephraim Rippetoe. To their union
were born six children whose names are as follows: Newton, Frank,
Amada, Chloe, Jane and Rinda. Rinda McMillin married John Suiter.
They had five children whose names were: Wm., Thomas at Warsaw,
Lizzie, Zue and Harriet Mrs. Lafe McClain, Lowry City.
Washington McMillin married a girl name Peggy Gray. To them were
born eight children. John, George, William, Elizabeth, Jane, Derinda,
Amelia and Margaret. The only survivor of this family is Amelia,
whose present name and address is Mrs. Tom Murray, Iconium, Mo. Malva
McMillin married Samuel Akin and to them were born nine children:
Emma, Martha, Price, Adda, James, Judy, Dora, Robert and Della. Dora
and Della are still living, and their names and address are Cobb,
Quincy, Mo., and McGee, Eaton, Colo.
Lina McMillin married a man named Clancy. Emiline married a man
named Thompson. This is full information as we are able to get at
We have no information on the decendants of Greenberry McMillin.
Robert Bailey McMillin married Mary Martin. To them were born
Jane, Risa, William, John, Derinda, Catherine, Chloe, Lucretia and
Caroline. Jane McMillin married Jacob Byler and they are buried in
Otterville cemetery. Their children are James Byler, Otterville, Mo.,
Harriet Kennicutt, Independence, Mo., Robert Byler, Sedalia, Mo.
Risa McMillin married A. W. Langford. They are buried in Harmony
Baptist church cemetery. Their children are: John Langford, Appleton
City, Mo., William Langford, Vernon Tex., James Langford, Johnson
City, Mrs. Dora Cooper, Lowry City, Mrs. Robert Duckworth, buried in
Guthrie, Okla., and Walter Langford, Sheridan, Wyo.
William McMillin married Mackie Weir. They are buried in the
Newton cemetery, Nevada. Their children are: Otho McMillin of
Appleton City, Mrs. Mamie Lund, Seattle, Wash., Charles McMillin,
Kansas City, Ollie McMillin, Kansas City, Frank McMillin, Humbolt, and
Mrs. Florence Culberson of Appleton City.
John McMillin was killed accidently during the civil war.
Derinda Catherine was married to Robert M Carpenter and was
buried in the Harmony cemetery in St. Clair county, Missouri over
fifty years ago. Their children are: Mrs. Lizzie Disney, Welch,
Okla., J. B. Carpenter, Clinton, H. E. Carpenter, Calhoun, Mrs. Dora
Babbit, Nevada, Arthur H. Carpenter, deceased, buried in Newton
cemetery, Nevada. Beside Mrs. Rose Short and Inez and Emma, and two
infants who were buried many years ago.
Chloe McMillin was married to N. B. Langford. Both are buried in
the Appleton City cemetery as is also their oldest daughter, Mrs.
Effie Snelson, who was the wife of Frank Snelson, Nevada, and Charles
Langford, Wichita Kans., and Mrs. Ada Wilson, wife of Gib Wilson,
Lucretia McMillin was married to William Wilkerson. He died many
years ago and she now makes her home with her son, Claude, near
Appleton City. Their children: Johnny Wilkerson, deceased, Mrs. Kate
Carpenter of Iowa, Mrs. Lettie Brumps, St. Louis, Robert Wilkerson of
Monegaw Springs, Claude Wilkerson, Appleton City, Clyde Wilkerson and
Mrs. Annie Cline, Appleton City, Flora Wilkerson, Mrs. Ella Zacher,
Pinkneyville, Ill. One daughter, Caroline McMillin, married William
Powell who preceded her in death. They had no children. She is
buried in Appleton City.
Lucretia Wilkerson is the only living child of Robert Bailey
McMillin and wife. This is a very incomplete history of our mother’s
people, more than to say that so far as we are able to learn, they are
all people who belonged to the common ranks and “who earned their
bread in the sweat of their face” and who owe the world but little
apology for their social conduct.
I am advised that we had one uncle who was a son of Washington
McMillin who at one time was a very able preacher. Aside from him, so
far as I know, I am alone in that profession, which the immortal
Lincoln said was “the greatest office in the world.”