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Title: John W. Mills
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No citizen of a past generation in Warren county, Indiana, was better or more favorably known than the late John W. Mills, long an enterprising farmer and stock raiser and a citizen who, while advancing the interests of himself and immediate family, never neglected his duties to the public. Whatever of success he attained was entirely owing to his individual efforts, his energy and natural ability. From small beginnings he gradually attained a prominence in his township, which entitled him to the high esteem which he enjoyed among his neighbors, all of whom reposed in him the utmost confidence.

John W. Mills was born on the 6th of April, 1832, and he was the son of Jacob and Jane (Casell) Mills. These parents were natives of South Carolina, and they are now both deceased, the father dying on October 15, 1888, and the mother on April 1, 1889. They were the parents of thirteen children, of which number one survives. The subject's father was a farmer and a man of creditable standing in his community.

J. W. Mills attended the common schools during his boyhood and at an early age applied himself himself to the tilling of the soil. Upon the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion his patriotic spirit was aroused and he enlisted in the service of his country on the 10th day of August, 1863, in Company H, One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteers. Upon the completion of his military service, Mr. Mills returned to the pursuits of peace and devoted his attention to his farm in Adams township, Warren county, which his widow now owns. He was an indefatigable worker and neglected no detail of his work, the result being that his farm was always numbered among the best in the township. The farm comprises four hundred and forty-six acres, all of which is in cultivation excepting about seventy-five acres which is in second-growth timber and devoted to pasture. In all of his actions, Mr. Mills was actuated by the highest motives and his integrity was inflexible, so that at all times he commanded the fullest confidence of those who had business dealings with him.

On January 1, 1866, Mr. Mills was united in the bonds of wedlock with Hannah Frazier, who was born on April 1, 1837, near her present home, the daughter of David and Zema (Hedge) Frazier, who were natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The death of the subject occurred on April 5, 1905. He had filled a distinct place in the community and his loss was felt by many as a personal bereavement. Because of his military service, Mr. Mills was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, in the meetings of which he took an interest. His political sympathies were with the Republican party, with which he was always aligned.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001060
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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