Photos submitted by Byron Renner
This is a photo of my great-great-grandfather Nathaniel Stanley MCMILLIN, son of Andrew and Margaret (ADAMS) MCMILLIN. Nathaniel was born on 24 February 1834 in Washington Co., NY, and died 18 January 1923 in Fairport, DeKalb Co., MO. He was from a family of 12 children. He helped his father and older brothers with the farming and nearly every day, they would haul a wagon load of rocks off the fields. Nathaniel said he came to believe the ground was growing rocks because every morning there would be a new crop of rocks glistening with the dew in the early morning sun. His family was initially poor and he went with his father to get an advance of $100 when he was 16 years old. Nathaniel and his two older brothers finally decided it was time they move out and make a living themselves. In 1854, Nathaniel left home at 20 years of age and journeyed westward by horse, walking under Niagara Falls. He made his way to Mt. Gilead, Morrow Co., OH, where he first got a job helping build the courthouse. He met and married Hanna Margaret PITTMAN in 1860. Nathaniel joined the Army in 1861, was a 3rd Sergeant and fought at the battle of Shiloh. Shortly after Shiloh, he fell victim to typhoid fever, nearly dying, and never returned to the Army. This photo was taken of Nathaniel Stanley MCMILLIN in late 1861 or early 1862.
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