Biography of William H. McMillin
Rush County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM H. McMILLIN, former auditor of Rush county and who for years has been regarded as one of the most substantial farmers and stockmen of Union township, where he is now living, was born in this county and has lived here all his life. He was born on a farm in Union township on Christmas day, 1866, son of John T. and Nancy B. (Pentecost) McMillin, the latter of whom was born in Union county, this state, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Bishop) Pentecost. Thomas Pentecost was born in Union county in 1805, son of John and Jemixna Pentecost, and his last days were spent in Henry county. His wife was born in 1808, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Freel) Bishop, the latter a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Wood) Fred. William Bishop, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, was born in Maryland, son of Robert and Rachel Bishop, also natives of Maryland, and his last days were spent in Preble county, Ohio. John T. McMillin was a member of one of the pioneer families of Rush county. He was born on a farm in Union township, in the immediate vicinity of the place on which his son, William H. McMillin, now resides, August 30, 1831, son of John and Susanna (McConnell) McMillin, the latter of whom was born in what is now Brown county, Ohio, in 1800, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Downing) McConnell, both natives of Pennsylvania, of Colonial stock, the latter a daughter of John and Susan (Ellis) Downing. Thomas McConnell was born in 1772, a son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Wilson) McConnell and grew to manhood in Pennsylvania, leaving there after attaining his majority for Mason county, Kentucky, where he married Mary Downing. Not long afterward he moved over the river into Brown county. Ohio, and was living there when the War of 1812 broke out. He enlisted his services and was commissioned a captain, his company becoming attached to the command of General Hull and was with that general at the time of the latter's inglorious surrender at Ft. Detroit. John McMillin, the Rush county pioneer and grandfather of William H. McMillin, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1793, son of Thomas and Mary (Young) McMillin, who had come to this country from Ireland and who were the parents of six children. When he had passed his majority John McMillin left Pennsylvania and went to Brown county, Ohio, where in the summer of 1824 he married Susanna McConnell and almost immediately afterward he and his wife came over into Indiana and settled on a farm in Union township, this county, locating on a tract of land he previously had entered in section 13 of that township, and there he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring on May 29, 1850. He was successful in his operations and at the time of his death was the owner of 600 acres of land in Union township. His widow survived him for more than thirty years, her death occuring in 1885. Reared on the home farm in Union township, John T. McMillin continued to reside there after his marriage, farming a portion of his father's broad acres, and in time became the owner of a fine farm of 260 acres in section 12, besides two other farms in the county and was accounted one of the leading farmers of the county. When the Rush County Agricultural Society was organized in 1857 he was one of the directors of the association and afterward served as president of the same and later as a member of the executive board, his efforts in that behalf having done much to make of the Rush county fair one of the best annual events of the sort in Indiana during that period. He took an active interest in the breeding of horses in the days of Rush county's supremacy in the line of horse flesh and did much to develop the heavy draft strain hereabout. He was a member of the Christian church, was an elder in the same until his death, and from the days of the organization of the Republican party was a staunch Republican. John T. McMillin was twice married. On November 25, 1852, he was united in marriage to Sarah Buzan, daughter of Wills and Maria (Kendall) Buzau, of Union township, and to that union there were born three children, Clara A., Laura B. and Sarah Belle. The mother of these children died in January, 1857, and in November of the following year Mr. McMillin married Nancy B. Pentecost, whose lineage is noted in the introductory paragraph of this sketch. To this union were born five children: Emma J. (deceased), who was the wife of John L. Shauck; John A. (deceased); Ora M.; William H., and Lyda O. William H. McMillin was reared on the home farm in Union township and from the days of his boyhood maintained an active interest in the development of the place, after his marriage continuing to farm the place in association with his father until the latter's death on October 3, 1900. For some time prior to that date he also had been operating the grain elevator at Ging's Station, which his father owned, and he continued to operate the same until in 1905, when he sold the elevator and bought the old home place, a well improved farm of 260 acres, of which he since has sold off an "eighty," and is now making his home there. From the days of his boyhood Mr. McMillin has been interested in the breeding of live stock and of late years has given his particular attention to hogs, feeding out about 250 head a year. For years Mr. McMillin has been regarded as one of the leaders of the Republican party in Rush county and in 1916 was elected county auditor. During his period of public service he still maintained oversight of his farm interests and upon the completion of his term of office returned to the farm and has since devoted his entire attention to the operations of the same. On October 14, 1885, William H. McMillin was united in marriage to Cora A. Bell, who also was born in this county, daughter of Joseph and Melinda Bell, and to this union three children have been born, namely: Edith B., who married Walter E. Smith, and who died on April 12, 1915; Nellie J., who married Frank Logan and has three children, Russell W., Wayne and Wava ; and Ruby May, who married Ross Logan, and died on February 26, 1920, leaving one child, a son, William J. Mr. and Mrs. McMillin are members of the Plum Creek Christian church. Mr. McMillin was a member of the first board of trustees of this church, has been an elder for twenty one years and is assistant secretary of the Sunday school. He is a thirty second degree Mason, affiliated with the blue lodge at Rushville and the consistory at Indianapolis and is also a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Murat Temple at Indianapolis. Mr. McMillin also is an Odd Fellow, in which order he is a past noble grand, and is also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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