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Rachel Owen Milner

Rachel Owen Milner

Female 1877 - 1952

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  • Name  Rachel Owen Milner 
    Born  20 Jan 1877  Ada, Ottawa, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  25 Aug 1952  Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Seceder Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I4976  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  2 Mar 2015 

    Father  Duncan Chambers Milner,   b. 10 Mar 1841, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1928, Mount Dora, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Lucinda Mitchell Reid,   b. 29 Nov 1845, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1914, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 May 1868  Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F18  Group Sheet

    Family  Samuel Chalmers McConahey,   b. 13 Apr 1876, Pease Township, Belmont, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1971, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Sep 1904  Joliet, Will, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hugh Milner McConahey,   b. 11 Sep 1910, Edgewood, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1999
    Last Modified  7 Jun 2005 
    Family ID  F1472  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jan 1877 - Ada, Ottawa, Kansas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1904 - Joliet, Will, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Aug 1952 - Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Seceder Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Rachel Owen Milner
    Rachel Owen Milner
    Rachel Owen Milner 1877 - 1952

    Headstones
    Samuel Chalmers McConahey and Rachel Owen Milner and Estella Emmons Stone
    Samuel Chalmers McConahey and Rachel Owen Milner and Estella Emmons Stone
    Samuel Chalmers McConahey 1876-1971
    Rachel Owen Milner 1877-1952
    Estella Emmons Stone -1968
    Rachel Owen Milner
    Rachel Owen Milner
    Rachel Owen Milner 1877-1952

  • Notes 
    • Mt. Pleasant, Ohio
      Quaker Hill
      August 31, 1952
      To Relatives and Friends:

      Rachel Milner McConahey
      Born Ottawa, Kansas, January 20, 1877;
      Died Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, August 25, 1952.
      Age 75 years,_7 months and 5 days.
      Memorandum for relatives and friends who have a personal interest. By no means a complete life story but intended to cover a recital of the more important happenings in Rachel's life and during her final days such as we would otherwise attempt to write in individual letters. Our list of relatives and close friends has proved to be so long that in order to advise each of you in reasonable time we feel compelled to this method of duplication; and indeed with every printed copy goes our personal gratitude just as much as if we had written this message by hand.
      Rachel Owen Milner was born at Ottawa, Kansas,. January 20, 1877, the fifth and youngest child of the late Rev. Duncan Chambers Milner, D. D., and Lucinda Mitchell Reid. At that time Dr. Milner was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Ottawa and here the family remained until 1882. Subsequent pastorates included the First Presbyterian Church, Atchinson, Kansas, (1882--1887); First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, Kansas, (1887--1892); Armour Mission, Chicago, Illinois, (1893--1898); Central Presbyterian Church, Joliet, Illinois, (1899--1905).
      Rachel's formal education, therefore, was in the public schools in Atchi-son, Kansas; Manhattan, Kansas; and the Armour Institute, Chicago. She attended Monticello Seminary, Godfrey, Illinois, (near Alton) for one year; an institution sponsored in part by her uncle the late Henry Reid. In Chicago also she took special training in music specializing in pipe organ in which she excelled as an accompanist.
      On September 1, 1904, Rachel and I were married at the family home, 409 Herkimer Street, Joliet, Illinois; her father, Dr. Milner, officiating. Her sister, Madeleine Wade Milner, was made of honor; her nieces, Eleanor and Frances White, were small flower girls. My long-time friend, Robert M. Lee, served as best man.
      At the time of our marriage I was employed by the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, with headquarters at Wilmerding, Penna; and so continued until my retirement in 1946. In consequence our entire married life to my retirement was spent in the Pittsburgh area more particularly Edgewood and Wilkinsburg. For a year or two we also lived in East McKeesport where we were members of the Presbyterian Church and where Rachel had charge of the choir and played the organ. For the greater part of this period, however, we belonged to the Edgewood Presbyterian (flCommunity") Church where I was a member prior to our marriage and where Rachel joined as a bride. This was during the pastorate of Rev. William R. Farmer, D. D. In this Church Rachel participated increasingly in the activities of the Woman's Association and otherwise. We moved from Wilkinsburg to 136 Beech Street, Edgewood, in 1910, and at this address our son, Hugh, was born September 11, 1910.
      From 1904 we lived a full and happy life albeit with our share of trials and tribulations in all of which Rachel kept her courage and a sound and wholesome philosophy of life. During this period however, Rachel was subject to more than her quota of hospital experiences including surgery and from these experiences she suf-fered more and more handicaps as the years went on. During this period also we ac-quired a great host of loyal friends.
      Anticipating my retirement on age in April, 1946, and while retaining our legal residence in Pennsylvania, we removed in 1945 to temporary residence at Quaker Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. Almost in sight of Quaker Hill is the Oaks Farm where I was born and grew up. At the juncture of Uniting Street, leading from Quaker Hill, and Union Street, Mt. Pleasant Village, is the site of the old Milner Homestead where Rachel's grandparents on her father's side, David N. Milner and Mary Ann Chambers, lived and raised their family. Here also Grandfather Milner maintained his harness shop until his death. In the center of the Village, at the corner of Union Street and Concord Street, is the large brick house built by William Reid some years subsequent to his marriage to Rachel Scott Mitchell who was my Rachel's grand-mother on her mother's side. My Rachel was named for her grandmother, Rachel Scott Mitchell Reid who was known for her neighborly kindnesses and awareness of community needs. Here also William Reid an expert old-time wagon maker had his shop and raised a large family.
      Thus by the accident of time and circumstance we came to live briefly in this rural community where center largely the ancestral roots of both Rachel and myself; and here we have now spent nearly seven years. Altho increasingly troubled years nevertheless we have found much inspiration and happiness here as we have planned and worked to reconstruct and improve this old residence built in 1806--1808, and at one time one of the many ""stations" of the Underground Railroad prior to and during the Civil War. Rachel has especially appreciated the quiet and simple com-fort of this old place.
      On January 20, 1947, Rachel's 70th birthday, she was compelled to a serious intestinal operation at Columbia Hospital, Wilkinsburg, from which she made a remark-able recovery to the surprise of all concerned. The completing surgery was done in March, 1947. After Rachel's return home she enjoyed relative comfort for two years or more. Then unfortunately and apparently incidental to the previous operation a hernia condition developed with a strangulation crisis at intervals. This became so serious that in late 1949 or early 1950, another operation was deemed necessary al-though Rachel and all of us recognized that we were taking a long chance. From this final operation at the Ohio Valley General Hospital, Wheeling, W. Va., she never fully recovered although at times she seemed to register definite improvement and at other times holding her own. While her tenacity and determination were literally astounding she finally succumbed at 10:25 P.M., (E.D.S.T.) Monday, August 25, 1952, after great suffering and so at long last was at rest. For the past year or more almost constant pain compelled the use of opiates and her suffering during the final weeks of her life was appalling to us who were helpless to aid.
      However, Rachel had not the slightest fear of death; discussed the proba-bilities without tears or emotion; made her plans in complete competence, distribu-ted small keepsakes, jewelry, etc., to designated persons long ago. She died pre-pared in every sense.
      Those of us who survive have been impressed with and consoled by the curious appropriateness of several incidents that happened during these last weeks. For example--
      1. Rachel was disturbed and apprehensive that she might be forced to take up with a strange Doctor since our good young Dr. F. W. Cook, local physician who has been a faithful and efficient attendant as required day and night, is now called back to duty in the Navy effective September 1. Events spared Rachel the trial of such new relationship.
      2. On Friday before the Monday on which Rachel died, our long-time friend, S. W. Dudley, retired Dean of the Engineering School at Yale, tele-phoned from daughter Betty's home in Cincinnati, that he was driving east and would stop to see us on Quaker Hill as has been his habit. Late Monday afternoon he arrived in time to see Rachel who was then practically in a coma, and later returned to the McLure Hotel, Wheeling, for the night. I telephoned him early next morning of Rachel's death. In consequence he remained over for the services on Wednesday and was a great help to us all; particularly since Mrs. Dudley's last illness some years ago prolonged over weeks and months gave him a special sympathy and understanding.
      3. When in the final days a great need of expert nursing developed we were most fortunate in having one trained nurse in the Village who was home from Philadelphia on vacation and willing to do night duty; and a second trained nurse now the wife of the Athletic Coach of our local Public Schools. Both gave a personal and friendly interest over and beyond technical duties. They helped greatly in making Rachel's last days as comfortable as possible.
      4. Hugh had visited his mother twice by plane on recent week-ends and so has the memory of talks with her while she was still able to do this. More-over his Mother's death occurred after Hugh and family had returned home from vacation at Lake Winnnepesaukee, New Hampshire, and before the Waterbury Schools were due to open.
      5. Rachel's sister from Mt. Dora, Florida, Madeleine Wade Milner, spends her summers at Chautauqua and normally stops with us on Quaker Hill going and coming. This year the Chautauqua Assembly closed August 25, and Madeleine left Chautauqua on the very day of Rachel's death. On another date Madeleine might have been as far away as Florida or otherwise unable to be present with a help-ing hand and presence.
      6. While I have retained my membership in Edgewood Church, Rachel brought her letter to Mt. Pleasant shortly after removing here. The present pastor of the local Presbyterian Church is Rev. W. Paul Hollar who has been very faithful indeed in visiting Rachel but who has been out of commission from a virus pneumonia for the past two months or more. He and his family have been resting at Lakeside, Ohio, but returned according to his planned schedule on Tuesday the day after Rachel died, and was able, therefore, to conduct the simple services. Otherwise we might have had to have a minister less familiar with our circumstances and less close to us.
      7. Among many other things for which I am most grateful is the presence of my sister, Nell, (Mrs. S, W, Young) whose husband died at Quaker Hill last February 9, 1952. My sister took over heavy responsibility in Rachel's last illness and has been a great support and comfort in running the house and other-wise. To this I might add that my brother and other sisters have done everything within their power also.
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      Thus we are thankful that the course and combination of events have seemed to favor us in so many ways.
      Finally this intimate and informal recital is for the fuller information of all our relatives and close friends who have loved us and care. It is not for eulogy of Rachel for to all who knew her she needs no eulogy. She was a woman of strong character who did not flinch from trouble or misfortune. Her faith was clear and definite. And her kind heart was touched invariably by crippled children, the aged ones, and those younger or older whom life had dealt with harshly. I will have the usual difficulty in adjustment but am glad she no longer suffers and am proud of rich memories and thankful beyond words for Hugh, Sandra, Stewart and Lynne. Had Rachel lived to September 1,1952, we would have been married 48 yearsI

      Faithfully,
      ............................................................
      (S. C, McConahey) Mt. Pleasant, Ohio,
      August 31, 1952


      Hugh McConahey 2005
    • (Research):Excerpts from S C McConahey letter of August 31, 1952, on the occasion of the death of
      his wife Rachel Milner McConahey

      Rachel Owen Milner was born at Ottawa, Kansas, January 20, 1877, the fifth and youngest child of the late Duncan Chambers Milner, D. D., and Lucinda Mitchell Reid. At that time Dr Milner was pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Ottawa and here the family remained until 1882. Subsequent pastorates included the First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, Kansas, (1887 - 1892); Armour Mission, Chicago, Illinois, (1893 - 1898); Central Presbyterian Church, Joliet, Illinois (1899 - 1905).



      Anticipating my retirement on age in April, 1946, and while retaining legal residence in Pennsylvania, we moved in 1945 to temporary residence at Quaker Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. Almost in sight of Quaker Hill is the Oaks Farm where I was born and grew up. At the juncture of Uniting Street, leading from Quaker Hill, and Union Street, Mount Pleasant Village, is the site of the old Milner homestead where Rachel's grandparents on her father's side, David N. Milner and Mary Ann Chambers, lived and raised their family. Here also Grandfather Milner maintained his harness shop until his death. In the center of the
      Village, at the corner of Union Street and Concord Street, is the large brick house built by William Reid some years subsequent to his marriage to Rachel Scott Mitchell, who was my Rachel's grandmother on her mother's side. My Rachel was named for her grandmother, Rachel Scott Mitchell Reid who was known for her neighborly kindnesses and awareness of community needs. Here also William Reid an expert old-time wagon maker had his shop and raised a large family.

      Thus by accident of time and circumstance we came to live in this rural community where center largely the ancestral roots of both Rachel and myself………