Notes for William Brewster Milwee, Dr: Notes for William Brester Milwee: WFT 15, 2238: William was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was the first Postmaster at Mineral Springs, established in 1852, later moved to Williamston, SC. Dr. Millwee practiced medicine in Greenwood, Anderson areas, and Laurens. He owned an operated a cotton oil mill successfully for years in Greenwood, SC. William Brewster was a M.D. From a letter written by him in 1889, and from notes taken from a long newspaper obituary sent to Gaylena Millwee Kenney by Mrs. Brockmann of Charlotte, N C, we learn that he entered Erskine College at Due West, SC, in 1843. He left Erskine in 1846 to read medicine in Anderson, SC under Dr. A.P. Carter, spending part of 1846 and 1847 in Charleston, SC. He entered the Medical Dept. of the University of Vermont in 1847, graduated from there and later did post graduate work in New York City at the Medical College of New York City, graduating in 1848. After this he was actively engaged in the practice of medicine until 1887, at which time he acted only in consultations and office practice.
OFFICE OF W. B. MILLWEE, M.D. Greemwppd. S.C., Jan. 25th 1889
H.L. Millwee Ranaleburg, N.C.
My Dear Sir: Your letter of 24th inst. to Mrs. Millwee is before me and I assure you read with interest. In 1873 I made an effort to trace my genealogy and learn something of the Millwee family and of one fact I was convinced that is that they were a peculiar family in one respect that is to say they were not gregarious but every man set up for himself and when he left the parental roof was careful to not travel the same road nor settle in the same country that any other person of the same name occupied. Another peculiarity of the male members of the Millwees that I have known is that but few ever marry and the few that have married have had but few sons, hence the name may become extinct. Here is my genealogy as I have it. My grandfather was Maj. Wm. Millwee of Anderson Co., S.C. He had two brothers named John and James. My grandfather had four sons John, Wm., James and Samuel. My father was Sam'l. who lived and died in 1854 near the old homestead. My father had six sons. I am the oldest and the only (one) of (the)six married. Two of my brothers are dead, one (lives) in Newberry, S.C. and one in Louisville, Ky. and one in Texas. My uncle John had four sons but (only) one ever married and his family were in Knoxville, Tenn., ten years ago, have not heard of them since. My father had two cousins William and Ambrose Millwee. Wm. left no children. Ambrose left two sons, Wm. and James, both were bachelors fifty-five or sixty years old. Wm. in Huntsville, Ala., James is a roving printer, a real cosmopolite. About fifteen years ago I received a letter from Ark. The letterhead read "James P. Millwee, dealer in dry goods etc., Mineral springs," asking who I was and where did I come from. I answered and learned his family were from Ala. and an old Aunt of his knew my grandfather's family in this state and were kinfolks. There is another family in Miss. near Tuka but they could not give their family history but said there was but one son to transmit the name so far as they knew of. I was in Charlotte in 1873 several days and while there was told of my name in the vicinity and after my return home addressed a letter to one of the name but never received an answer. For several reasons I have no doubt that we are of the same stock. When a boy I have heard an old maiden aunt talk of her kinfolks in old Mecklenburgh during the revolution. My grandfather lived in Laurens County in the hotbed of Tories and lost everything except a wagon load of household goods they took and left with the kinfolk in Mecklenburgh, N.C. I have heard her speak of Esq. John Millwee but do not know what relation she was to him. I am now near (two weeks off) sixty-three years old, was born and reared in Anderson County South Carolina, was educated at Due West College, graduated in 1848 in N.Y. City, have been actively engaged in practice of medicine until two years ago, since then have only a consultation and office practice. I believe I can say I have retained the confidence of my fellow citizens to a reasonable extent, they always gave me enough to do in my profession and since I gave up visiting in the country they have confided their finances to my keeping so far as to elect me three times President of Greenwood Building & Loan Association and last August when organizing a bank in this town elected me one of the Directors. I am a member of the Presbyterian Church and one of the ruling elders. I have no family but a wife, have been married twice. My first wife had one child a son lived to be twenty-three years old, was accidentally killed the first day of March 1887 on the Columbia and Greenville R.R. I was married seven years ago last June to my present wife, we have no children. I should be pleased to hear from you again and to cultivate a more intimate acquaintance. Would be glad to hear from J.W. Millwee also and should either of you ever visit this section would be very much gratified to have you visit me.
I do not know if the copy of this letter that is in my possession, was typed from one that was hand written or if it is photocopied from the original. The words enclosed in ( ) were inserted by me to clarify what I knew he meant. Evelyn Haseloff Richardson GenForum, 6/1/99; Kim Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org has died 1915. Notes, WFT 15, 2238: There were several other children born, but all except Johnnie were stillborn. Johnnie was said to be a very handsome, gay young man and his death left his father overwhelmed and shocked by this tragedy. Died in a train wreck. Johnnie's mother, Sarah Ann Williams, died when her son was very small.
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Children of William Brewster Milwee, Dr and Sarah Ann Williams are: