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James Rea Milner

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  • Name  James Rea Milner 
    Born  4 Sep 1845  Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1 Mar 1921  Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I531  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  2 Nov 2015 

    Father  David Neiswanger Milner,   b. 19 Feb 1814, Washington Township, Guernsey, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1898, Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Ann Chambers,   b. 22 Nov 1814, Smithfield, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1874, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Jan 1838  Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstones
    David N. Milner and Mary Ann Chambers
    David N. Milner and Mary Ann Chambers
    David N. Milner and Mary Ann Chambers
    Family ID  F16  Group Sheet

    Family  Harriet A. Comings,   b. 29 Feb 1844, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  5 Jul 1876  Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A notice of their wedding appears in the 6 July 1876 issue of the Oberlin (Weekly) News.
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Milner,   b. 19 Sep 1889, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1972, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  4 Dec 2008 
    Family ID  F1083  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Sep 1845 - Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jul 1876 - Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Mar 1921 - Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • JAMES R. MILNER. This gentleman is the son of David M. and Mary A. (Chambers) Milner, and was born at Mount Pleasant, Jefferson county, Ohio, September 4th, 1845. He attended the public schools of his native town until 1862, when he enlisted in company D, 98th Ohio regiment reserve until the war closed and was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky. He was with Sherman in his "march to the sea." After the war ceased he attended the law department of the Michigan University for two years, graduating in 1867. In September of that year he came to Springfield, and practiced his profession for some time, and in 1869 was deputy United States collector for Southwest Missouri. In 1870 he was elected upon the Republican ticket to the office of county superintendent of public schools, which office he held for two years. Mr. Milner was president of the board of regents of the State normal school from 1870 until 1874, and was deputy United States attorney for some time of this part of Missouri. In 1880 he was elected from the second ward, to represent that ward in the city council. He has been engaged in the real estate business nearly ever since coming to the county. He was married July 5, 1876, to Miss Hattie A. Cummings, who, at that time, was lady principal of Drury College. They were married at the bride's home at Oberlin, Ohio. He and his wife are members of the Calvary Presbyterian church, of which he is a deacon. Mr. Milner's father is still living at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. His mother died in 1873. They had six children, three boys and three girls, all living, of whom James R. is the youngest son.
      From:
      History of Greene County, Missouri,1883
      R. I. Holcombe, Editing Historian
      Chapter 30
      Affairs in 1865
      Part 2
      Biographical Sketches
    • (Research):Pictorial and Genealogical Record
      of Greene County, Missouri

      Together with Bibliographies of Prominent Men of Other Portions of the State, Both Living and Dead

      JAMES R. MILNER, who since 1867 has made his home in Springfield, Mo., came originally from Jefferson County, Ohio, where he first saw the light on September 4, 1845. His parents, David N. and Mary A. (Chambers) Milner, were among the early pioneers of the Buckeye State, and came from Pennsylvania, having been born, reared and married in that State. James R. Milner was one of a family of six children, and was the youngest son. His early training was received in the common schools of Ohio, which he attended when not employed on his father's farm, and where he obtained a reasonably good common school education. He was inured to hard work during the early portion of his life, so that when the Civil Way came up be was far better fitted than the average to enlist in his country's cause. At an early day he enlisted in the Ninety-eighth Ohio Volunteers, and although not mustered in on account of being too young, he served with that command in various engagements in Kentucky, after which he returned home, and remained a year. At Columbus, Ohio, in 1863, he was mustered into the Ninety-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the grand review at Washington, D. C., at the close of the war. The first engagement in which he participated was at Tunnel Hill, later at Buzzard Roost, and then in the engagements of the Atlanta Campaign under Gen. Sherman. He saw the hardest fighting at Bentonville, although the engagements at Peach Tree Creek and Kenesaw Mountain were hotly contested. He made an excellent soldier, notwithstanding his youth, for he was never sick, and was. always ready for duty. He was mustered out of the service before he was twenty years old, and at-the close of the war he was transferred to the Seventieth Ohio Regiment, and sent to Louisville, where he served in the mustering office until his division of the army was mustered out. Being anxious to improve his education he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, after his return home, in which noble institution of learning he pursued his studies for two years, graduating in the class of 1866 and 1867, as a full-fledged bachelor of law. Immediately thereafter be came to Springfield, Mo., with the interests of which place he has since fully identified himself. Although he is an-intelligent, well read and successful lawyer, he has not wholly confined his attention to that profession, but has also been an extensive real estate dealer, insurance agent and does an abstract business. For several years he was collector of revenue of twenty-one counties in southwest Missouri from 1869 to 1873, in the discharge of which duties, as well as in all else, he showed himself zealous and industrious. At the present time he is not only doing an extensive real estate and insurance business, but discharges the duties of president of the Springfield Foundry and Machine Company, and is a stockholder in the Springfield Pottery Company, besides being quite extensively engaged in the lumber business. He is one of the directors of the Greene County Bank, and in various other ways has been interested in the various progressive movements of Greene County. He is the owner of large tracts of timber, mining and farm lands, which are located in Greene and adjoining counties, and also buys and sells city property, and at present is doing a thriving business in this line, in both residence and business property. Politically he has always been a Republican, and has held the office of county superintendent of public instruction, providing himself to be the right man in the right place in this position. He has always been interested in the cause of education, and has helped to advance the interests of the schools of Greene County as much, if not more, than any other man residing in it. At one time he was a member of the board of the State Normal School of Missouri, a position he filled very acceptably for four years under Gov. McClurg, He was for some time a member of the city council, during which time he helped to establish the city water works, and won numerous friends by his support and aid in promoting worthy movements which tended to improve the community which he resides. He is a charter member of the Post No. 69, of the G. A. R. of Springfield, of which he was for some time commander, and is considered one of the leading members of that organization in the State of Missouri, having been on the State and national council of administration, and delegate to national encampments at several different times. Mr. Milner was married in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1876, to Miss Hattie Cormings, daughter of A. C. and A. J. Cormings. Mrs. Milner was born February 29, 1844, being one of six children born to her parents. The Cormings came originally from Vermont, but were among the first to locate in Ohio, where they became well known and prominent. Mr. and Mrs. Cormings have been residing in Springfield with their son-in-law, Mr. Milner, for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Milner are connected with the Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Milner is a deacon and a member of the board of trustees. Mrs. Milner is a lady of much intelligence and natural refinement, and is not only an active church worker, but has always been interested in educational work also, and was the first lady principal of Drury College, with which institution she was connected for some, time. Previously she was with the State Normal School at Kirksville, Mo. for three years as principal of the ladies' department, leaving it to accept a position in Drury College. She is a leader in the social circles of Springfield, her grace and ease of manner and her fine conversational powers fitting her to shine in any society in which she might care to move. Their residence, located at 851 Benton Avenue, near Drury College, is a handsome one in all its appointments, and there Mr. and Mrs Milner dispense a refined yet cordial hospitality to their numerous friends the only child born to them died in infancy. In a business way Mr. Milner has been successful, and what he has in the way of worldly goods has been learned by honest exertion and honest industry.

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