18 December 2010

Andrew Millar & Family

Andrew Millar's wife, Jane (More) Millar, was James More's (my great-great grandfather) sister.  James, Cynthia and their children, John F. More, age 18, James Levi More, age 13, Ward B. More, age 11, Charles More, age 8, Addie More, age 5, and Mary More, age 3, were living in Thornville, Lapeer county, Michigan. Also living with the family were Cynthia's mother, Laura (Backus) Richmond, age 60, James' sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Andrew Millar, and the Millar children, George and Peter, who had recently arrived from Great Britain.

(Probably from The) Mining Journal
 Date of Death June 27, 1916

Andrew Millar Is Summoned
Deceased Came To America From Scotland 46 Years Ago

Andrew Millar, 80 years of age and a resident of this community over a long period of years, passed away yesterday shortly before noon at the home of his son, Captain George Millar.  The late Mr. Millar was born in Scotland and came to the United States in 1870.  He lived in Lapeer county and Detroit before locating in the Copper Country.  Announcement of Mr. Millar's death was no surprise as his illness dates over the last two years.  His wife passed away a number of years ago.  The deceased was a member of St. Andrew's society and this organization will attend the funeral.  Funeral arrangements had not been completed yesterday although it has been arranged to lay the remains to rest in Lakeside cemetery Hancock. 

 Andrew Millar, who was former Detroit Mayor Kirkland C. Barker's gardener on Grosse Isle, let his son, Peter, help Mr. Barker and crew as they were preparing for a yacht race in the Detroit River on May 20, 1875. 

Barker's racing yacht "Cora" lay at anchor off Stony Island... Aboard the "Mattie" ...were Mr. Barker, Frederick Dudgeon, Manly Webb... and fourteen-year old Peter Miller, son of Mr. Barker's gardener. The "Mattie" capsized; all were thrown overboard and drowned. Peter's body was found floating off Bois Blanc Island May 31 and buried at Anderdon (now part of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada) that day. (Grosse Isle book "The Deep Roots - Chapter 'A New Era'"). 

George Millar moved to Houghton county, Michigan (where his father, Andrew, died) and was a fireman at a copper refinery in 1900.  George was a Captain during the Spanish-American War. George was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, when he died.  He was the last living descendant of Andrew & Jane Millar; George had one child who died as an infant.

Jane (More) Millar probably died in Michigan between 1880 and 1900, although her death record has not been found.  A death record that identified her parents would corroborate that William & Margaret (Norrie) More were both her parents and also the parents of my great-great-grandfather, James More.

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