Biography of Thomas T. McMillan
Marion County, IA Biographies





Thomas T. McMillan, who has continuously resided in Marion county for the past six decades, was identified with agricultural and mercantile pursuits while still an active factor in the business world, but for the past three years has lived retired in the enjoyment of well earned rest. His birth occurred in Indiana on the Toth of February, 1840, his parents being Thomas and Mary (Breckenridge) McMillan, both of whom were natives of Scotland. They emigrated to the United States about 1834, first locating in Dayton, Ohio, and subsequently removing to Indiana. In 1854 they came to Marion county, Iowa, and took up their abode on a farm in Clay township, while later they removed to Knoxville, this county, where both passed away. They were the parents of five children, four of whom survive.

Thomas T. McMillan received his education in the common schools and was a youth of fourteen when his parents established their home in this county. In October, 186r, when twenty one years of age, he joined the Union army as a member of Company K, Third Iowa Cavalry, with which command he served for three years. At the end of that time he was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, and though often in the thickest of the fight and never faltering in the performance of any task assigned him, he escaped injury of any kind. After returning to Marion county he turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits and subsequently opened a general store at Durham which he conducted successfully for a period of thirty years. In 1911 he disposed of his mercantile interests and has since lived retired, enjoying the fruits of his former labor in well earned ease. He owns a nice residence in the village of Durham and is widely recognized as one of the substantial and respected citizens of the community.

Mr. McMillan has been married twice. In 1861 he wedded Miss Jennie Jones, by whom he had one child, Mary, who is now the wife of O. W. Squires and resides in New York city. The mother passed away in 1862 and four years later Mr. McMillan was again married, his second union being with Miss Sarah C. Monroe, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Duncan and Janet (Loynachan) Monroe, who were born in Scotland. They came to Iowa in 1854 and in this state spent the remainder of their lives. To Thomas T. and Sarah C. (Monroe) McMillan have been born the following children: John, who is married and makes his home in Marion county, Iowa; Fred, of Regina, Canada, a yardmaster with the Canadian Pacific Railroad; James, who has passed away, leaving a widow and two children living at Boulder, Colorado; Jean, the wife of L. A. Whaley, of Burlington, Iowa; Thomas, who is deceased; Charles, who is married and resides in Keokuk, Iowa; Jennie, who gave her hand in marriage to R. J. McLees; and Frank D., who travels from Keokuk, Iowa.

In his political views Mr. McMillan is a republican, ever remaining a stanch supporter of the party which was the defense of the Union during the dark days of the Civil war. He has held several township offices and has ever discharged his public duties in a prompt and capable manner. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he still maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in the Knoxville post of the Grand Army of the Republic. His wife is a devoted and consistent member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. McMillan has now passed the seventy fourth milestone on life's journey and receives the respect and veneration which should ever be accorded one who has traveled thus far on this earthly pilgrimage and whose career has been at all times upright and honorable.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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