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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 741-742
ROBERT F. McMILLAN, a stock farmer of Harrison township, was born in Madison, Jefferson county, Indiana, February 11, 1850, and is a son of John F. and Nancy (Miller) McMillan. John F. McMillan was born in 1822, in Delaware, and came west to Pennsylvania and later to Indiana as a young man with his parents. John F. McMillan's parents were both natives of Scotland, who came to the United States about 1815 and the father's name was Robert McMillan. John F. McMillan was married in Madison, Indiana, in 1846; his wife, Nancy Miller, was a daughter of Daniel and Agnes (Alien) Miller, natives of Scotland, who came to Indiana where later the mother died. Daniel Miller married (second) Kate Anderson. Besides Nancy, he had a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Harper, of Benton county, Iowa. Mrs. McMillan, (Nancy) died in September, 1902, at the age of seventy-seven years. She and her husband had children as follows: Agnes, wife of J. C. Cline, of Harrison township; Robert F.; Charles W., of Vinton, Iowa; John E., of Harrison township; and A. Miller, of Howard, South Dakota.    

Robert F. McMillan was taken to a farm by his parents when a year and a half old, and to Benton county when seven years old. He stayed on his father's farm until he reached his majority, and then spent two years as traveling representative of a publishing house, and taught school four terms. After his marriage he purchased eighty acres of land in Polk township, where he lived seven years and then sold this farm and purchased one hundred acres of land in Harrison township, with some improvements, where he has since lived. He kept adding to his farm as he was able, and now owns three hundred and sixty acres in sections 2 of Taylor township and 25 and 26 of Harrison township, where he makes a specialty of Short Horn cattle and Poland China hogs. He is an enterprising and experienced farmer, and has met with gratifying success. Mr. McMillan is a member of the Disciple church. He takes an active interest in local public affairs, and has held various offices, among them, township clerk and trustee, and for about eighteen years he served as school treasurer.

Mr. McMillan married (first) Electa Johnson, who died in 1902 and six years later he married Mary Raleigh. By the first marriage he had children as follows: Roscoe, of Buffalo, who married Hannah Noble, of Benton county; J. Gifford, a student, at Ames, Iowa; Dana, deceased; Archibald L., living at home; and Harry S., at home. Mr. McMillan has a good home, with modern improvements and conveniences, and is a prominent representative farmer of the community, paying close attention to his financial interests.

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