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* Henry McMillan Family of the old Barnwell District, S.C*

Updated April 6, 2005

My complete McMillan Family file is listed with Clan McMillan in Scotland. Graeme MacKenzie is Clan McMillan Historian. My file is to large to email. Would appreciate any information on this family. I am willing to share my genealogical data on this family & other related families. I have been researching this family since 1980.

The rumors in our family were that three Scot brothers came to America and settled in South Carolina before the Revolutionary War. The names of these brothers were Henry W., James William, and Daniel McMillan.

It is believed that Daniel & his brother Hugh were the first to come to Americas about 1768 - 1769 & settled in South Carolina as early as 1772. I believe that a number of brothers and one sister came to America & settled in Chester County, SC, before 1790. The names of the other brothers & one sister were: Alexander, David, Martin, William and their sister Mary. Mary, it is said, m. a Thompson.

Daniel McMillan was a Revolutionary Soldier from the Kershaw District, SC. His occupation was listed as planter & also weaver.

The "Daniel McMillan" book located in the DAR Library, Washington, D.C. indicates that Daniel was b. 1752 in Ireland, a son of Hugh McMillan, b. 1720, in Rasharkin, Antrim, Ireland. His mother may have been Mable Crawford, b. 1724, Antrim, Ireland.

I am assuming that my four great-grandfather, Henry McMillan, was also born in Ireland. Henry d. after 1802 and before the SC 1810 census was taken.

I don't know exactly when Henry came to America, he was buying land in the Barnwell District in 1788 - 1789. He bought a land grant that had been surveyed for Alexander McMillan in 1784. I believe Alexander was Henry's brother.

The family really didn't know the name of Henry's wife or if he had been married more than once. On the SC 1820 Barnwell County census, I found an Achey McMillan/McMillion listed as head of the house living between some of Henry's sons. She was living very near my three great-grandfather James McMillan. I am assuming that Achey McMillan was the wife of Henry McMillan. The Henry McMillan family was the only McMillan family in the Old Barnwell District in 1790-1800-1810-1820 that I am aware of.

These are the names of Henry & Achey McMillan's children:

1. William, b. abt. 1770, m. Oliva (Williams?).
2. Molton, b. abt. 1774.
3. John, b. abt. 1774, m. Mary Bell, daughter of Thomas & Nancy Steele Bell.
4. Rebecca Priscilla, b. abt 1775 - 1778, m. William Cave.
5. James, twin, b. abt. 1777, in SC, m. Martha "Patty" Sandifer. These are my three great-grandparents. My father's father's side of the family. According to the SC 1850, Barnwell County, SC Census, James was b. in SC.
6. Mary, twin, b. abt. 1777. m. William Chitty.
7. Elizabeth, b. abt. 1780, m. abt. 1798, Henry McMillan Thurston. These are my 4 great-grandparents. My father's mother's side of the family.
8. Penelope, b. abt. 1783, m. a Pelham.
9. Thomas, b. abt. 1785, m. Sarah Myrick.
10. Charnald, b. abt. 1790, was listed on the SC 1810 census, in Barnwell District, SC. He is thought to be a son of Henry & Achey McMillan.
11. Henry, b. abt. 1800, m. an O'Quinn. They were members of the old Springtown Baptist Church in what is now present day Bamberg County, SC. In 1848, they moved to Colleton County, SC, but remained members of Springtown Baptist Church until they died. Springtown Baptist Church was the church which most of My McMillans were members of.
12. Cathy Achey, m. Humphrey H. Pelham, son of Ambrose & Lydia (Richardson?) Pelham.
13. Rebekah, b. abt. 1803, d. 1855, in Henry County, AL., married John William Pelham, son of Ambrose & Lydia (Richardson?) Pelham.
14. Joel, d. abt. 1806, Barnwell District, SC, m. Celia. No issue. My three great-grandfather was administrator of this estate.


Sybile McMillan Pierce

3445 Nazarene Church Road
Sumter, South Carolina 29154-9662
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  • The Henry Zachary Home (82 KB)
    This was my great-grandfather's home. After he died my grandfather Henry James Alfred McMillan inherited the home. This house burnt in 1926. My grandmother said, "that they lost everything."
  • Sybile Marie McMillan Wall Pierce (21 KB)
    Sybile, with the help of her Great-Aunt Eleanor Virginia "Nell" McMillan Pate's research papers, has tried to continue her aunt's genealogical research on the McMillan Family. Aunt "Nell", in 1899-1901 was corresponding with MacMillan cousins on the Isle of Islay, Scotland. Sybile is trying to locate these cousins.
  • Julia A. Free Ray - My g-grandmother-4 generations (32 KB)
    Left to right: Julia Adeline Free Ray, Lucille Ray Free, Mildred Lucille Free McMillan, Berta Morris Ray (Uncle Billy's wife), in front, Billy A. McMillan, Sybile M. McMillan (back turned), Carrie Starr Free, Robert A. McMillan, Jr.
  • Robert A. McMillan, Sr. (25 KB)
    My father built the first unground lighting system to the runways at Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC. He also help put in the first electrical lines to the beaches of South Carolina. He was a Hot Line Supervisor for Sumter Builders, Sumter, SC. He was raised on a farm in Bamberg County, SC. His hobby was gardening. He kept a garden year round. He butchered and cured his own meats. Daddy was a very strong man having boxed in his youth.
  • Vallentine & Minna Clyde O'Neal McMillan (91 KB)
    I only have two aunts & Uncles. This is my father's only brother. Uncle "Tine" like his father played the bass fiddle & violin. Uncle "Tine" also played in a band. I think it was called "The Fabulious Five".
  • Mildred Lucille Free McMillan (4 KB)
    Mother was my mother, also my best friend. Daddy was out of town most of the time. Mother raised the children. We were very fortunate to have her for a mother.
  • Robert Easterling Wall, Jr. - My 1st husband (45 KB)
    "Bobby" & I make better friends than we did husband & wife. He was the father of my only son. He has been married three times & has children by all three wives.
  • Henry James Alfred McMillan (78 KB)
    This was my grandfather & the love of my life. Granddaddy was a deputy sheriff. He also played in the Colston String Band, Bamberg County, SC. I know he played bass fiddle & maybe the mandolin.
  • Jasper Adelbert Pierce - my 2nd husband (23 KB)
    Jasper & I have been married 35 years. We have weathered a number of storms. He raised my only son. He is more of a grandfather to my two grandchildren than their real grandfather. As far as he is concerned they are his grandchildren.
  • Mart ha Alice Vallentine McMillan (3 KB)
    Grandmother "Mattie" was a school teacher. She taught me in the third grade at the old Colston Community Schoolhouse. She also taught for about six years on Hilton Head Island, SC, before the bridge was built to the island.
  • Laurie Preston Wall & his daughter Iris (45 KB)
    This picture was taken at Huntington Beach, SC.
  • Henry William McMillan, II - my g, g-grandfather (7 KB)
    Heny was a member of the Springtown Baptist Church, Bamberg County, SC. He was also a planter, magistrate, and Worshipful Master of Hope Masonic Lodge, Lodge, SC for the years 1868, 1869, 1870, until his death in 1871.
  • Caitlyn Rose Greenwood - her 1st Christmas (47 KB)
    This picture was taken of Caitlyn & Elmo (her toy). She was dressed in her Santa Clause outfit.
  • Henry William McMillan, II Family Reunion (81 KB)
    The Henry William McMillan, II family reunion held in 1892 Pictured is Mrs. Sophrona Delihah "So-fi-yah" Faust McMillan & ten surviving children. This picture was taken in the yard at "Forest Home", the McMillan ancestral home.
  • Ernest Lynwood McMillan (6 KB)
    Ernest is our oldest living McMillan, at this time. Ernest replaces my Uncle "Tine" McMillan who died 7 Jan 1999.
  • George Butler & Addie Rentz McMillan (13 KB)
    This is a picture of my three great-grandfather's youngest son. George Butler McMillan was known as "The Judge". At the time of his father's death he was listed as the overseer of his father's estate.
  • Jasper Brabham (32 KB)
    This is a picture taken while "Easter", Ernest, Claire, Dave & I were locating old cemeties in Bamberg County, SC.
  • Martha Ella Lane Valentine & grandson Otis Staley (12 KB)
    This is a picture of my great-grandmother. The picture was taken around 1927. Her grandson d. a few months later. MaMa Ella raised her children, her husband d. when the youngest child was 3 months old.

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