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Descendants of McMillan

Second Generation


2. John McMillan ( ) was born in 1735 in , Ireland. He died in 1813 in Huckleberry Sp, Flint Gap, Knox Co., TN.

To the US in 1786 or 1788.
Information from Pedigree Chart of James M. Gilmer, Jr in the McClung Collection "McMillan Genealogy" file.

John married Jean.

They had the following children:

+ 4 M i Alexander McMillan was born about 1755 and died in 1826.

3. Alexander McMillan ( ) was born about 1740 in Washington Co., Va.

From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 5 JAN 1998.

Alexander married Margaret MC MILLAN, daughter of William MC MILLAN and Mary LEEPER. Margaret was born on 2 Mar 1764 in Washington, Va. She died in 1836. She was sealed to her parents on 10 Nov 1960. Margaret was baptized on 10 Dec 1935. She was endowed on 7 Feb 1936.

Notable Southern Families, Volumes I & II 

The McMillan family is of Scotch origin and famous in Scotland for many 
centuries. The name is Gaelic and was originally Mhavilavin. In Scotland the 
McMillans were seated in Perth, Argyleshire Iverness, Arran and Galloway. 

The famous Martyr's Monument at Ayr, which was erected in memory of the seven 
Scotsmen who suffered martyrdom December 27, 1666, for their adherence to the 
Word of God and Scotland's Covenant, bears the name of Alexander McMillan, 
second of the seven. Since that date there has always been an Alexander 
McMillan, or several of them in every generation and the name has been handed 
down in a direct line to the men who bear it now. 

When the McMillans migrated to Ireland they settled in Ulster and from 
counties in that Province moved to America. They have been noted for piety, 
sturdiness of character, consistent Presbyterianism and love of education and 
advancement for themselves and their families. One of their sons, William 
McMillan, was one of the first graduates of William and Mary College. 

Alexander McMillan was born in County Derry, Ireland, August 12, 1749. He 
emigrated from Ireland to America in 1775 and upon landing at Boston offered 
himself immediately to the Service of the Colonies. Dr. J. G. M. Ramsey, the 
noted historian of Tennessee, says of him, "Alexander McMillan on landing at 
Boston in 1775 immediately joined the Army of the Rebels, starting on the 
hazardous expedition against Quebec (1776). This was the first service he 
performed in the cause of American freedom and this was before the 
Declaration of Independence. His last military service rendered to that 
glorious cause, was in the hard-fought, but most decisive battle of the 
Revolutionary War, ending in the defeat and death of Ferguson, and the 
capture of his whole Army, October 7, 1780. (King's Mountain)." 

During his Revolutionary service, probably in the Quebec Expedition, 
Alexander McMillan had his fingers frozen while holding his gun on picket 
duty, so that they came off at the first joint. He refused to accept a 
pension, however, saying, with characteristic decision, that he "did not need 
it, having ample means of his own." 

Alexander McMillan left Ireland to join the McMillan relatives who had 
preceded him and were settled in Virginia. His service in the Quebec campaign 
delayed his arrival in Virginia, but only for a few years and before the 
close of the Revolution he did join these relatives in Augusta County 
(Washington County) Virginia, and there married his first cousin, Margaret 
McMillan, in 1778. 

Alexander and Margaret McMillan moved to Tennessee soon after their marriage 
and he was probably settled in the eastern part of the state (which was then 
a part of North Carolina), shortly after the Battle of King's Mountain, in 
which he was a participant, but his name is given as one of the soldiers in 
that batle from Washington County, Virginia. 


Alexander McMillan, not content with an excellent record in the Revolution, 
volunteered again and fought with General Jackson in 1812 at New Orleans, 
though he was already past military age, being then sixty-three years old. 
His descendants, therefore, are eligible to the Society of 1812, as well as 
the Societies of the Revolution. Returning to his home in East Tennessee he 
lived quietly upon his home place, near McMillan's Station, and there died in 
1837. His grave is at the Philip Sherrod farm, near the Old Caledonia church, 
and is marked with his name and age. His wife predeceased him by a year and 
is buried beside him. In his will he left a half bushel of coined silver to 
each of his children, except James and John, cutting them off with the 
proverbial shilling--one dollar each. 

Margaret McMillan, who married her first cousin, Alexander McMillan, in 
Augusta County, Virginia, in 1778, was born April 2, 1762. She was the 
daughter of William McMillan, brother to Alexander's father, and his wife, 
Mary Leeper McMillan. Mary Leeper was the daughter of James Leeper and his 
wife, Margaret Leeper. James Leeper was one of the earliest settlers in 
Augusta County, Virginia. He had lands surveyed (deed No. 31) May 13, 1838. 
He died in 1763, as his wife, Margaret Leeper, qualified as administratrix of 
his estate, June 21, 1763. October 23, 1765 Margaret Leeper. recorded 
settlement of the estate. A marriage record of Augusta County for September 
4, 1731, is for Andrew Leeper, (the bride's name is not given in any of these 
early records in Augusta County). This Andrew Leeper is probably a son of 
James and Margaret Leeper and a brother of Mary, who married William 
McMillan, as she named a son Andrew and the name thereafter continues in the 
McMillan family. 

Alexander and Margaret had the following children:

+ 5 M i John McMillan was born on 25 Dec 1781 and died in 1842.

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