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John Mills, IV

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Guilford County, Province of North Carolina
Place of Burial: Deep River Friends Meeteing, Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Mills, III; John Mills; Sarah Mills (Harrold) and Sarah Mills
Husband of Rebecca Mills; Rachel Mills (Bates) and Rebecca Mills (Wright)
Father of Thomas Mills; John Mills, Jr.; Hur Mills; Henry Mills; Mary Beeson and 2 others
Brother of Hurr Mills; Henry Mills; William Mills and Thomas Mills
Half brother of Roger Mills and Mary Mills

Managed by: Steven Roger Nelson
Last Updated:

About John Mills, IV

Source - Familysearch.org Ancestral File 5CV7-CG

One of the chief problems with research on this profile seems to be based on unsupported FamilySearch genealogies. From those with support:

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"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/93LZ-HBK : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for Rachel BATES.

"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9QS2-QV4 : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John MILLS.

"John MILLS was born 1688/9.

  • In 1730 he was described as John Mills of "Manoquisy near ye River Potomac" on his son Thomas' marriage certificate. In 1731 he witnessed a marriage as the home of Josiah Ballinger at Monoguisie Province of Maryland. He owned 1315 acres in what is now Berkeley Co.,VA (1863 WV) described as being "on a branch of Opeckon, near but not adjoining Lewis DeMoss' land." In 1743 he deeded land to sons Thomas, Hur, Henry and John Jr. recorded in Frederick Co., VA.
  • In 1757, he was visited by William Reckitt during the French and Indian War. John was then living within two or three miles of a place where not many weeks before Indians had killed and taken away people.He made his will 28 Sep 1759 which was probated Jul 1761 Rowan Co., NC. The will made specific bequests to his children Thomas, John, Hur, Henry, and Mary. He left one shilling each to the children of his then wife Rebeckah referring to the support other children.
  • In 1730 John witnessed the marriage of his eldest son Thomas, followed by a Rebecca Mills. It is believed that John married twice and both wives were probably named Rebecca although the surnames are not known of either of these women.
  • John died 24 11th month 1760 (24 Nov. 1760) and his death is noted in the monthly meeting records of New Garden MM, Guilford Co., NC."
  • Monthly minutes [Q:3]

Source: Encyclopedia of American Quaker Geneology Volume 1, North Carolina, William W Hinshaw

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From the information above:

Wives:

  • 1. Rebecca (Unknown)
  • 2. Rebecca (Unknown)

Children:

  • Thomas (fl. 1730-1759, eldest) m. 1730
  • John (fl. 1743-1759)
  • Hur (fl. 1743-1759)
  • Henry (fl. 1743-1759)
  • Mary (fl. 1759)

User input (some assertions apparently without support)

John MILLS

  • Birth: 1/29/1687 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania (fifth year of colony)
  • Death: 11/24/1760 - New Garden Friends Meeting, Guilford County, Province of North Carolina

Rebecca WRIGHT (presumably the earlier Rebecca)

  • Birth: c.1690
  • Marriage 1714 - Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
  • Children:
    • 1. Thomas Mills (1709 - 9/10/1793)
    • 2. John Mills, Jr. (10/27/1712 - 4/18/1794)
    • 3. Hurr Mills (c1714 - 11/26/1761)
    • 4. Henry Mills (9/23/1720 - 10/10/1810)
    • 5. Mary Mills (b. 1/17/1724)

Rachel BATES (presumably the later Rebecca, though some sources suggest the earlier)

  • Birth: 1690 - Frederick County, Virginia Colony
  • Death: 1740 - Monocrasy (Presumably the Moncacy River), Frederick County, Province of Maryland
  • Marriage: 1714 - Chester, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
  • Children
    • 1. William MILLS (8/27/1742 - c1774)
    • 2. George MILLS (b. 10/8/1747)
    • 3. Benjamin MILLS (b. 10/8/1747)
    • 4. Alice MILLS (b. 6/22/1750)
    • 5. Tabitha MILLS (b. 4/8/1753)
    • 6. Jonathan MILLS (b, 5.14.1757)
    • 7. Rebecca MILLS

Sources (2)

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"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SG2K-67S : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John /MILLS/ Senior.

John Mills

  • was born 1688/89 probably in England.
  • He came as a young man to Philadelphia where he engaged in the lumber business with Richard Harrold betore settling in Maryland.
  • In 1730 he was described as John Mills of "Manoquisy near ye River Potomac" on the marriage certificate of his son Thomas who married Elizabeth Harrold, a daughter of Richard Harrold.
  • In 1731 he witnessed a marriage at the home ofJosiah Ballinger at "Manoquisy Province of Maryland. He owned 1315 acres in what is now Berkeley Co., WV described asbeing "on a branch of Opeckon, near but not adjoining Lewis DeMoss' land."
  • In 1743 he deeded land to sons Thomas, Hur, Henry and John Jr.recorded in Frederick Co., VA.
  • In 1757 he was visited by William Reckitt during the French and Indian War. Mills was then living within two or three miles of a place where not many weeks before Indians had killed and taken away people.
  • He made his last will and testament 28 Sep 1759. It was probated Jul 1761 Rowan Co., NC making specific bequests to his children Thomas,John, Hur, Henry, and Mary. He also left one shilling each to the children of his then wife Rebeckah referring to the support of her children.
  • John died 24 11 month 1760 and his death is noted in the monthly meeting records of New Garden MM, Guilford Co., NC.
  • In 1730 John Mills witnessed the marriage of his eldest son Thomas, his signature is followed by the signature of a Rebecca Mills who was most likely his first wife and the mother of Thomas.
    • Children by his first marriage were born between 1709 and 1724.
    • Children from a second marriage to a woman also named Rebecca are recorded in the minutes of New Garden MM, NC. These children were born between 1742 and 1757.
  • It would appear that John's first wife died after 1730 and he remarried about 1740 to the second Rebecca. The second marriage no doubt occurred while John and his children were members of Hopewell MM, VA. Unfortunately, the early records of this monthly meeting burned so there is no record of this marriage.
  • The surnames of both wives remain unknown.

PLEASE NOTE: There appears to be some question about this John Mills or his wives. Seemingly, he may have had many of them ----. And, according to an online paper by Cheska Wheatley - Mills researcher - and contrary to some references,

  • (a) there is no documented evidence to support the belief that this John was the son of a John Mills who died 1704/5 at Philadelphia MM;
  • (b) his mother was not Sarah Harrold and
  • (c) he was never married to a Rachel Bates!

Of interest is an article in the "Encylopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Virginia" that describes the establishment about 1730 of the Hopewell Meeting situated in Frederick County, VA. It states, "One has only to read over the names of the "Fathers of this Colony", all of whom are well known to history, to realize the great strength of this remarkable community of Friends." Among them are John Mills, John Mills Jr, John Beals and John Hiatt - all of whom are prominent in our ancestry.

Our Thanks to the internet and the dozens of users who have aided in our searches. Most of that contained in this file has not been proven; it is only as I have it in my Family Tree Maker file.

Sources (5), all Ancestral File (R) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SR86-X9L : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John /Mills/.

"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SBTR-8LQ : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John /MILLS/ Senior.

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From the notes of F. R. Merris

It is thought that John settled in Virginia in 1733-34, then moved to Cane Creek (Friends Meeting, Snow Camp, Orange County), North Carolina in 1752. His children following in 1753 (12 children)

John Mills, Sr. of Prince George County, Maryland, farmer, conveyed or deeded to his first four sons 1315 acres of land in what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1743. No wife joins John in these deeds, she no doubt being deceased.

The patent is described as being on a branch of the Opekon River,near, but not adjacent to Lewis DeMoss's land. On this track of land stood Mill Creek Baptist Church, the first of that denomination in the Shenandoah Valley and probably the first in Virginia. It stood in what is now the village of Gerrardstown and was organized about 1743.

(Mills Family: Early Arrivals)

Quoted Text: Date of Import: Sep 10, 2004

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"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/STG2-K57 : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John /Mills/.

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Notes from William Tucker February 25, 1996: Most researchers believe that John Mills, Sr. (1687-1760) was the son of John Mills the immigrant who came from England in 1682 and who died in Philadelphia in 1704. This belief seems to be primarily based on a letter purportedly written by Jeremiah Mills, son of Amos, grandson of Hur and great-grandson of John Mills, Sr. (William Mills uses John Mills Sr to designate the son of the immigrant John, because he signed deeds as such.)

Jeremiah's letter states "My great-grandfather (he must mean his gg-grandfather, John Mills the immigrant), I cannot tell how many generations back, came from England and arrived at Philadelphia." The letter does not mention John Mills, Sr. by name, but most researchers say that John Mills, Sr. was born and lived in Pennsylvania prior to arriving in "Monacacy" Maryland.

William has searched land, tax, court, and church records in Pennsylvania and cannot find any mention of John Mills, Sr. William says there are many records relating to Mills in Prince Georges county, Maryland, but he cannot make any connection with the "Monacacy" John Mills, Sr.....John Mills Sr. record from Monacacy to Virginia to North Carolina is well documented, but William has been unable to find anything on John Mills, Sr. early life.

Quoted Text: Date of Import: Aug 17, 1999

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It appears that the existence of three Rebeccas (Bates, Wright, and Harrold) originates from Harold Curryer of Spokane, Washington, USA, but if there is any primary or reliable secondary source citations that accompany his assertions, they didn't make it online.

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"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/M188-YM6 : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John MILLS.

BIR-MAR-DEATH: WALK CHEERFULLY OVER THE EARTH; By Dr. James O. Bond of Maryland; Page 14, 18-19, 22, 37, 42-44, 46-47, 58-60, 64, 100, 103, 107, A2-3;

  • States John Mills, his father, destination from Bristol, England was Maryland during 1663-1679;
  • John Mills Jr. lived near Monocacy River in Prince George County, Maryland;
  • Record of his son Thomas' marriage in 1730, list John to be of 'Monoquisy near Ye River Potomack'in Frederick County, Maryland;
  • md (1)Rachel BATES in 1708 at Philadelphia MM, PA;
    • Record in Philadelphia MM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
    • They had 4 sons and 1 daughter all born in Maryland;
    • Rachel died in Buckeystown, Maryland in 1740;
  • md (2)Rebecca HARROLD;
    • They had 4 sons and 3 daughters;
  • John received a land grant in Gerrardstown, Berkeley, West Virginia 12 Nov 1735 from Lt. Governor William Gooch of Williamsburg, Richmond, VA;
  • Page 103 states he had a son William Mills born 8 Jul 1742 in Frederick County, VA;
  • Certificate received at Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, North Carolina 1 Aug 1752;
  • John has 2 land grants recorded in Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • In Rowan County he has 500 acres in 1754 and 600 acres in 1759;
  • In the possession of Lucy Miller.

BIR-MARRIAGE: HOPEWELL FRIENDS HISTORY; By John W. Wayland; Page 35, 41, & 540;

  • Said John Mills in 1743, a farmer of Prince George County, Maryland, owned 1315 acres of land in Fredereck Co., VA which he deeded to his 4 oldest sons;
  • Said his Certificate of Membership was removed to Cane Creek Monthly Meeting in Alamance (then Orange) County, North Carolina 1 Jun 1752 and received 1 Aug 1752;
  • md; In the possession of Lucy Miller.

BIR-MAR-DEATH: MANY ROOTS, MANY BRANCHES; By Dorsey Woods Terhune, Abilene, Page 132;

  • Said John Mills' father came to America in 1682;
  • md (1)Rachel Bates in 1708;
    • They had 5 children all born in Maryland;
  • md (2)Rebeckah Stefen;
    • They had 7 children;
    • They settled in Virginia and later moved to North Carolina;
  • In the possession of Lucy Miller.

BIR-MAR-DEATH: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN QUAKER GENEALOGY; By William Wade Hinshaw; Vol I; Page 343, 409, 487, & 510;

  • Records of Cane Creek MM, Alamance County, North Carolina said John Mills produced a certificate between 1751- 1753;
  • md Rebeckah;
    • Listed 6 of their 7 children; In the possession of Lucy Miller.

BIR-MAR-ORDINANCES: IGI; State of Pennsylvania; Page 13,878;

  • md Rachel Bates in 1708 in Chester County, PA; Batch 8466801; Serial Sheet 7;
  • In the possession of Lucy Miller.

BIR-MAR-DEA-ORDINANCES: TIB; FHL; #41549; By M. Maude M. Bereick of Ontario,CA;

  • md (1)Rachel Bates;
  • md (2)Rebeckah;
  • In the possession of Lucy Miller.

BIR-MAR-DEATH: Rowan County, North Carolina; Will Abstracts; By Edith Montcalm Clark; Vol I; Page A: 122;

  • Listed 3 sons, 1 daughter by first wife;
  • md (2)Rebecah or Rebeckah;
  • In the possession of Lucy Miller.

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G.S. # 019436 Register of the Early Friends at New Garden, NC and parts Adjacent. Quaker Yoemen

"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SB6H-V1G : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John /Mills/.

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Additional secondary source citations: "Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/3MVR-2LZ : accessed 2013-05-03), entry for John /Mills/.

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More About John Mills and Rebecca:

  • Children: 6 children.
  • Marriage: 1708, Chester Co. PA.

JOHN MILLS (c 1689-1761)

  • Born probably in England
  • Probably came to America circa 1708 with Richard Harrold and worked in Philadelphia in the construction business for several years before moving to Maryland.

On St. George's Day, April 23, 1696, a new county was established, named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of the heir to the throne of England, Princess Anne. Extending from the Charles County line on the south all the way to the Pennsylvania border, the new county marked Maryland's western frontier. It remained the frontier county until 1748, when the westernmost regions were granted their own government, and Prince George's County's northern boundary became basically the line it is today.

John MILLS born circa 1688 was described in 1730 as living on "Manoquisy near ye River Potomack" on son Thomas Mills' marriage certificate recorded at New Garden MM, PA. Beneath the signatures of Thomas MILLS and his bride Elizabeth (Harrold) MILLS, in the right hand column which was customarily reserved for the parents and close family members you will find the signature of John Mills followed by that of REBECCA Mills who is held to be his first wife. Her surname is unknown.

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John

  • was born in 1688, to John Mills I and Sarah (Harrold) Mills in Pennsylvannia.
  • He died on November 24, 1760, in North Carolina.
  • He married Rachel Bates.

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http://records.ancestry.com/John_Mills_records.ashx?pid=12471035

John Mills (1691 - 1760)

  • Born in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 1691 to John Mills and Sarah Harrold.
  • John married Rachel Bates and had 3 children.
  • John married Elizabeth Harrold and had a child.
  • John married Rebecca Wright.
  • He passed away on 1760 in North Carolina, USA.

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http://www.geocities.com/cwheatley2000/millsfam.html

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  • * In the course of my search on the Mills Family History, I came into contact with relatives of Hur Mills. They graciously sent me the following information. This was written by Jeremiah Mills, born 1784, son of Amos, Grandson of Hur and Great-Grandson of John Mills 1st (1663). It begins as follows:

"I shall begin a tradition received from my father which will date back to the seventeenth century, in the memorable days of William Penn. My great grandfather came from England and arrived at Philadelphia in the early days of that now populous city. There was another young man by the name of Harrold with him. How long these men stayed in Philadelphia I can't tell, but the next certain account I have of them is in Virginia, near Winchester on Opekan Creek. There my father was born on the 27th day of October, 1752. About that time the Indian troubles came on, what was called 'Braddocks War.' Our people being Quakers became alarmed and left for North Carolina. My Great Grandfather and all of his sons and daughters settled in Guilford County on the waters of the Deed River. The Harrolds, the Beesons, the Bailses, the Venights all came out about the same time and I think from about the same place in Virginia, the most of which settled on the waters of the Deed River, although some settled on branches of the Haw River and others on a creek called Polecat."

http://www.millsfamilyhistory.com/Index/1687/1687.htm

Children:


1. Thomas Mills, b. 1709, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 10 Sep 1793, Guilford Co (Rowan), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location

 2. John Mills,   b. 27 Oct 1712, Shadoxhurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1794, Deep River, Guilford, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
 3. Rebecca Mills,   b. 8 Nov 1716, Essex, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1744 
 4. Hurry Mills,   b. 1717, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1761 

5. Henry Mills, b. 23 Sep 1720, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 10 Oct 1810, Deep River, Guilford, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location

 6. Mary Mills,   b. 29 Mar 1724, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1810, Deep River, Guilford, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
 7. William Mills,   b. 27 Aug 1742, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1821, Louisa, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
 8. Jonathan Mills,   b. 14 May 1758, Oldham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
 9. Hur Mills,   d. 26 Nov 1761, New Garden, Guilford , North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
 10. Rebeckah Mills,   b. 15 Dec 1744, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1771, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
 11. Benjamin Mills,   b. 8 Oct 1747, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
 12. George Mills,   b. 8 Oct 1747, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
 13. Alice Mills,   b. 22 Jan 1750, Oldham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
 14. Tibitha Mills,   b. 8 Apr 1753, Oldham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

Family ID F15623 Group Sheet

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF JOHN MILLS


Rowan County, North Carolina

Probated July 1761

Recorded Book A, p. 124


"In the name of God, Amen, the 28th day of September, 1759, I, John Mills of the County of Rowan & province of North Carolina, being sick & weak in body, but of sound & perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty for the same & calling to mind the uncertainty of this frail & mortal life & that it is appointed for all me once to die & after death to come to Judgement, do make & ordain this my last will & testament, disannulling & revoking all former wills made by me and as for such worldly estates it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I devise, dispose of & bequesth of as followeth.

Imprimis. First & principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God my creator. Secondly I recommend my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian & decent manner at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named.

Item. I give & bequeath to my well beloved wife Rebecca Mills all my movable goods, chattels, lands debts & demands owe to me to be left to her discretion for the support of her children, to her & her heirs, executors, administrators & assigns forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my son, Thomas Mills by my former wife, 1 shilling sterling silver with that part he hath already received, to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my son John Mills by my former wife 1 shilling sterling with that part he hath already received, to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my son Hur Mills by my former wife 1 shilling sterling with that part he hath already received, to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary Beeson by my former wife 1 shilling sterling with that part she hath already received, to her, her heirs & assigns forever.

Item. I nominate & appoint my well beloved wife Rebecca Mills whole & sole executrix of this my last Will & Testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this September 28, 1759".

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John Mills, IV's Timeline

1686
January 29, 1686
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
1708
1708
Age 21
1709
1709
Age 22
Chester, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
1709
Age 22
1712
October 27, 1712
Age 26
Chester, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
1717
1717
Age 30
Probably Monoquesy (Monocacy), Prince George County, Province of Maryland
1720
September 23, 1720
Age 34
Probably Province of Pennsylvania
1724
March 29, 1724
Age 38
Province of Pennsylvania
1730
1730
Age 43
Province of Maryland
1740
1740
Age 53