AUGUSTUS B. McMILLIN, retired farmer, is a native of Virginia, born in Tazewell County, near Tazewell Courthouse, September 10, 1827, a son of ROBERT and NANCY (SAYERS) McMILLIN, both of whom were natives of Virginia. In the fall of 1834, the family then consisting of the parents and two children, AUGUSTUS B. and a younger sister, ELIZABETH, started for Tippecanoe County, the mother riding on horseback with the youngest child in her arms, Augustus also riding on horseback, while the father walked most of the way. They arrived at their destination, locating at Wheeler’s Grove, where the parents made their home until their death, the mother dying in the year 1843, and the father in 1855. Three children named JOHN C., SUSAN K., and SARAH were born to them after coming to this county, all of whom are yet living. The surrounding country at the time of their settlement was almost in a state of nature; Shawnee Indians were still numerous, and wild game was still plentiful. Log cabins were the only habitations seen in those early days.
AUGUSTUS B., the subject of this sketch, was reared amid the wild surroundings of pioneer life, and has witnessed the many changes that have taken place during the past fifty years. He has seen as many as fifty deer in a drove in the early days of the county. His father being a farmer, he was reared to the same occupation, which he has always followed, and in his agricultural pursuits has been highly successful. He has given liberally to his children, and still has 600 acres of choice land. He has always been a hard worker, and had made many improvements for the county as well as for himself, and his success in life has been due to his own persevering industry and good management. He was united in marriage April 1, 1853, to MISS TABITHA THOMAS, a daughter of JAMES THOMAS, of Montgomery. Of the nine children born to this union eight are living – NANCY J., wife of L.D. MAHAFFIE, now of Illinois; JAMES T., ROBERT S., SAVANNAH, BOYDON A., STOW D., L.J. and CALVIN. SUSAN, the fourth child is deceased. MRS. McMILLIN died May 2, 1885, and MR. McMILLIN was again married in 1886, to MISS LAURA HEFFNER, and to them has been born one son named ARTHUR. MR. McMILLIN now resides at Chauncey, where he is surrounded with all the necessary comforts of life, and is now enjoying the fruits of his years of toil. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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