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 youngest grandmother. 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 this time. 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, Nevada. 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.”
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