James H Mills
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/12/2006 at 16:27:20
James H Mills, farmer, Sec 20, P O Perry, was born in Ontario county, New York, April 27, 1816, and made his home there until twenty years of age, when he moved to Pittsfield, Washington county, Michigan, residing there for seven years, he went from there to Perry, Michigan, in 1853 and in 1865 came to this county, where he has since resided, November 23, 1842, he was married to Miss Phebe H Halmer of Monroe county, Michigan, they have two children: Birney H and Orrin B, he received most of his education at home, and being an extensive reader has an education far above the average farmers, who have had no better advantages for obtaining knowledge that he has had, he is a close reader of theological works and history, and was an early advocate, for the freedom of slaves, having supported James G Birney for the presidency in 1844, in 1847 he commenced preaching, as an independent preacher, wholly untrammeled by conventionalities, for his religious and political views he has been frequently maligned, but this made no difference in regard to his course, as he believed he was in the right, and took a just pride in in defending this course from the attacks of this opponents, since residing in the county he has held the office of justice of the peace for four different terms, only two of which he qualified
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