Michelle’s 4th Great-Grandfather
Deacon John McMillan was born June 3, 1789 in Salem, Washington County, New York. He was the son of John McMillan and Lydia Loudon. He died October 8, 1880 in Jackson, Washington County, New York and was buried October 9, 1880 in Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, Washington County, New York.
John married Elizabeth Livingston October 26, 1812 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. The marriage was performed by John Dunlap of the Protestant Presbyterian Church in the Village of Cambridge, Washington County, New York. $2.00 was paid for the service.
Elizabeth Livingston, daughter of Alexander Livingston and Nancy Archer, was born December 1792 in Salem, Washington County, New York and died March 27, 1859 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York.
Obituary: hand-dated Review October 9, 1880:
Deacon John McMillan died at the residence of his son Morrison in Jackson yesterday at the ripe old age of 91 years. Mr. McMillan was a veteran of the war of 1812 and was for a great many years a resident of this town where he was well known and greatly respected. He was a deacon of the U. P. church of this village and a man of sterling integrity. His funeral takes place today in Jackson at 2 p. m. He was father of Mr. George A. McMillan of this town.
- 1820 Federal Census: 1820, Jackson, Washington County, New York (M33-76, page 188-2, line 142)
- 1830 Federal Census: 1830, Jackson, Washington County, New York (M19-111, page 175, line 22)
- 1840 Federal Census: 1840, Salem, Washington County, New York (M704-348, page 160, line 3)
- 1850 Federal Census: August 11, 1850, Jackson, Washington County, New York (M432-611, page 275, line 35)
- 1860 Federal Census: August 3, 1860, Salem, Washington County, New York (M653-874, page 91 (641), line 16) – Living with son, George A. McMillan.
- 1880 Federal Census: June 14, 1880, Jackson, Washington County, New York (ED#148, page 16, line 2) – Living with son William McMillan.
- Other References: According to McMillan Genealogy & History, page 25-26:
John was born and raised in Washington Co., N.Y. He became a farmer, and after his father’s removal to Ohio in 1818 John moved to the old original McMillan farm where his grandfather, John McMillan, first settled in 1765. In 1840, however, John moved to a farm two miles north of Salem, where he lived until a short time before his death. He was for many years an elder in the United Presbyterian church. He was of a happy, cheerful disposition, and in every sense a gentleman of the “old school.” In the war of 1812 John served as captain in the Lott Woodworth company of volunteers, He marched his company to Lake Champlain, hoping to participate in an action against the British, but arrived just at the close of the battle.
John McMillan was a vigorous man even in his old age, with mental faculties unimpaired. He died at the home of his son, Morrison.From The Asa Fitch Papers (1867), Item 1390, an interview with the said John McMillan and Rev. John D. Wells, D.D. on August 28, 1867:On the eve of the invasion 1812, Elder McMillan was sergeant in the Cambridge military; Sidney Wells the silversmith was also a sergeant above him. They were gone from Cambridge 16 days. At Whitehall they embarked on a steamboat. Gen. DeAides was on the same boat–their commander–and Col. Rice–whose pocket book with $30 was stolen. Wells remarked “How surprising our Col. had but $30.”–every private had $60 to $80 and supposed if this money should be exhausted they could borrow of their officers. All day they heard the report of cannon, and knew a battle was going on. [DeAiddes has been much for creeping along at such a snails pace that day.] At length a boat met us informing us of the British defeat. We landed at Burlington and were quartered in the college. In 2 or 3 days we were discharged. Wells and many others went over to Plattsburgh to see the battle ground.We got a boat that would hold a dozen persons–and started for home, embarking–and rowing by turns all night–and got to Whitehall just before daybreak. We walked two or three miles and I went to a farm house and enquired if we could have breakfast. The man said he had a lot of chickens, if we could catch some of them they could be cooked for us. We chased and soon had a lot of chickens killed. After breakfast we started on — got nearly to N. Granville — when we were met by wagons sent for us, so we made the rest of the way home through Salem — Solomen Wells, when a boy was subpoenaed before a Dutch Justice down in Hoosic who asked “My lad, do you know the nature of an oath?” He promptly replied, “Yes, Sir. Know it as well as you know how to administer it,” which disconnected the Justice; he administered the oath laughingly.
Children of John McMillan and Elizabeth Livingston are:
- Lydia Loudon McMillan, born March 28, 1814 in Washington County, New York; died January 5, 1841. She married Samuel Oviatt October 30, 1833 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York.
- William McMillan, born December 6, 1816 in Jackson, Washington County, New York; died September 26, 1883 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. He married (1) Mary Arnott 1845 in Washington County, New York; married (2) Sarah E. Arnott 1860.
- Morrison McMillan, born November 28, 1818 in Jackson, Washington County, New York; died January 6, 1890 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. He married Mary Ellis Robertson February 13, 1851.
- Joseph McMillan, born September 6, 1820 in Washington County, New York; died September 24, 1888 in Linden, Michigan. He married Delama P. Wright January 21, 1857 in Washington County, New York.
- John McMillan, born October 28, 1822 in Washington County, New York; died May 21, 1883 in Jackson, Washington County, New York. He married Aurelia Warren April 1, 1872 in Granville, Washington County, New York.
- Margaret McMillan, born January 20, 1824 in Washington County, New York; died February 16, 1825.
- Alexander McMillan, born February 9, 1827 in Washington County, New York; died July 13, 1831.
- Ebenezer McMillan, born June 8, 1829 in Jackson, Washington County, New York; died June 12, 1876 in Salem, Washington County, New York. He married Mary Edgar February 12, 1852 in Salem, Washington County, New York.
- Thomas McMillan, born November 30, 1831 in Washington County, New York; died October 3, 1834.
- George Arnott McMillan, born February 2, 1834 in Washington County, New York; died February 25, 1905 in Sylvester, Georgia. He married (1) Eliza Ann Barnett March 11, 1857 in Salem, Washington County, New York; married (2) Ellen Isabelle McCall November 11, 1879; born Abt. 1835 in New York; died 1922.
- McMillan, W.F. and C.E. McMillan, McMillan Genealogy & History, (1908), page 24.
- The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Records of the Protestant Presbyterian Church In the Village of Cambridge, Washington County, N.Y., (New York City, 1916), page 41.
- “Woodlands Cemetery Interment Records”, Burial 113, Section F, Lot 71.
- Stone, William L., Washington County, New York: Its History to the Close of the 19th Century, (The New York History Company, 1901, reprint by The Sleeper Co, 1996), page 61.
- Oviatt, Margaret Arnott, DAR Application 67744, (Cambridge, Washington County, New York, July 13, 1908).
- Jackson, Mary S. and Edward F. Jackson, Death Notices from Washington County, New York Newspapers, 1799-1880, (Heritage Books, 1995), page 359, OVIATT Samuel age 60y in Jackson, NY November 7, 1866.
- History of Washington Co., New York with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, (J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1878), page 501, Wm. McMillan, son of John and Elizabeth (Livingston) McMillan, b. Washington Co., N.Y., 1815, Farmer; P.O., Cambridge.
- Grave Stone in Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, Washington County, New York.
- Grave Stone in Old Turnpike Graveyard, Cambridge, Washington County, New York.
- Grave Stone in Evergreen Cemetery, Salem, Washington County, New York.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (IGI), “Electronic.”