JAMES H. McMILLEN

James H. McMillen gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. 1839 in Jefferson County, NY
M. Civil War Union Army Veteran (September 5, 1862-June 24, 1865) Fremont Township, Private, Company B, 96th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
D. May 27, 1895
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“Name of Claimant: McMillen, Minnie; Name of Soldier: McMillen, Malcolm D; Service: B. 96. Ill. Inf; Number: Orig. 1123360; Date of Filing: April 9, 1923; Remarks: Act of May 1, 1920”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Thursday, October 24, 1872, page 5:

“NEW SUITS.

1,008 – Minnie C. v. Malcolm McMillen; divorce; drunkenness ten times per month for the past two years alleged; custody of one infant child prayed for; affidavit of non-residence; the parties were married at Hainesville, Ill., on the 27th of February, 1867.”

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinos”. Chicago. Wm Le Baron & Co. 1877. page 380:

“McMILLEN, MALCOM, farmer; P. O. Spring Bluff; born in New York State, on the St. Lawrence River, in 1847; came west with parents and settled at Waukegan; Rep; Methodist; machinist by trade.”

According to the “History of the Ninety-Sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry”. Chicago. 1887, page 725:

“Malcolm McMillen. – Age 21; born in Jefferson County,, N. Y.; farmer; enlisted from Fremont; participated in numerous engagements and had bullets pass through his clothing, but escaped wounds; was detailed with supply train for a time; m. o. with Regiment.  Is pursuing the occupation of a stone mason at Kill Creek, Kan.”

    • Allen A. McMillen born about 1843 in New York
    • Chancy M. McMillen born about 1847 in Illinois (NOTE: Unable to verify if the military headstone in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL is the same person. Difficult to read headstone.)

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census in the Town of Waukegan, Lake County, IL the household members were: Allen McMillen, age 40, occupation: mason, born in Scotland; Lydia A. McMillen, age 23, born in New York; James H. McMillen, age 12, born in New York; Malcom McMillen, age 10, born in New York; Allen A. McMillen, age 7, born in New York; Chancy M. McMillen, age 3, born in Illinois

According to the U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865, for the month of July 1863:

“James McMillen, age 24, of Fremont, Lake, IL, farmer, single, born in Scotland.”

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinos”. Chicago. Wm Le Baron & Co. 1877. page 364:

“McMillan, J. H., far.; P. O. Hainesville”

According to the “History of the Ninety-Sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry”. Chicago. 1887, page 725:

“James H. McMillan. Age 23; born in Jefferson County, New York; farmer; enlisted from Fremont; was detailed on gunboat “Newsboy,” on the Cumberland River, and served there until the close of the war; m. o. Nashville, Tenn., June 24, 1865.  Is farming near Hainesville.”

According to the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Detail Report from the Illinois State Archives:

“Name: MCMILLEN, JAMES H; Rank: PVT; Company: B; Unit: 96 IL US INF; Residence: FREEMONT, LAKE CO, IL; Age: 23; Height: 5’ 11; Hair: LIGHT; Eyes: BLUE; Complexion: FAIR; Marital Status: SINGLE; Occupation: FARMER; Nativity: NY; Joined When: AUG 9, 1862; Joined Where: AVON, IL; Joined by Whom: SALISBURY; Period: 3 YRS; Muster In: SEP 5, 1862; Muster Out: JUN 24, 1865; Muster Out Where: SPRINGFIELD, IL; Muster Out By Whom: CPT MONTGOMERY”

According to the Civil War Index website. https://civilwarindex.com/armyil/rosters/96th_il_infantry_roster.pdf. Ninety-Sixth Infantry Regiment, Three Years’ Service. page 442:

“Company B; Rank: Privates; Name: McMillen, James H; Residence: Fremont; Date of rank or enlistment: Aug. 9, 1862; Date of Muster: Sept. 5, 1862; Remarks: Mustered out June 24, 1865”

According to the 1870 U.S. Census in the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL; Hainesville post office the household members were: James McMillen, age 25, farmer, born in New York; Aurilla McMillen, age 25, born in New York; Allen McMillen, age 3, born in Illinois; Emily McMillen, age 1, born in Illinois.

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were: James McMillen, age 39, married, occupation: farm laborer, born in New York, father born in Scotland, mother born in New York; Arrulia McMillen, age 36, wife, married, born in New York, father born in Connecticut, mother born in Vermont; Allen McMillan, age 13, son, single, occupation: farm laborer, born in Illinois; Nina McMillen, age 10, daughter, single, born in Illinois; Willis McMillen, age 7, son, single, born in Kansas; Edna McMillen, age 3, daughter, single, occupation: painter (?), born in Illinois.

According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL) Friday, May 24, 1895, page 4:

“Jim McMellan (sic) has been very sick at his home in Hainesville.  His recovery is doubtful.”

According to Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904:

“James McMillen, Private, Company B, 96th Illinois Infantry; died May 27, 1895; Cemetery: Wauconda at Wauconda, Ill.”

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