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McMillans and Tillmans
Posted by: Jeanette Moore (ID *****3467) Date: September 13, 2003 at 23:47:01
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Hello McMillan or Tillman Searchers,

I am trying to locate information about the Alexander McMillan who married Rebecca Tillman in the early-to-middle 1800's in Alabama.

Their daughter Martha (my great-grandmother) was born in 1832 in Alabama. Martha married Benjamin Norris Fenley (son of Charles Finley and Elizabeth Woodward) in February 1847. Benjamin Norris and Martha with their oldest three sons are listed in Choctaw County, Alabama in the 1850 census. But in December 1859, Martha and Ben moved their family to Tyler County, Texas near the community of Chester. I have a photocopy of a letter Martha wrote to Sarah Almeida Fenley, a cousin-in-law back in Alabama in January 1860 in which she says they had just been in Texas for five or six weeks. Her parents, Alexander and Rebecca (Tillman) McMillan, are listed nearby in the 1870 Census of Tyler County, Texas just two households away from Alexander and Rebecca.

Many of Alexander McMillan's family had emigrated to Panola County, Texas some years earlier. Numerous McMillans are buried in a cemetery in Panola County where many graves had slabs of petrified tree trunks for markers.

For some reason, Alexander and Rebecca moved to the Wise County/Parker County area of Texas (northwest of Fort Worth) shortly after. Martha's sons, Charles Alexander and William Franklin, visited their grandparents up there between 1870 and 1873. Alexander and Rebecca are buried in a cemetery called (I think) Friendship Cemetery near Cottondale in Wise County, Texas.

I can find no information about either Alexander McMillan's or Rebecca Tillman's families. Any help anyone can give me will be deeply appreciated.

Please email me at <jeanettefenleymoore@yahoo.com> if you can give me any help.

Sincerely,
Jeanette Fenley Moore


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