REV. E. M. MCMILLEN, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., and a leading young minister of the place, is a native of Lawrence County, Ohio, having been born in Burlington, on the Ohio River, on October 1, 1857. He is the only child of the Rev. Archibald J. and Gertrude (Merrifleld) McMillen, both of whom were natives of Ohio. The father was born in 1829, and was the son of Isaac and Winifred McMillen, from near Zanesville, Ohio. He was educated for the ministry at the old Miami University, at Oxford, Ohio, graduating from that eminent institution in the class of 1854. He began his ministerial work in about 1856, at Ashland, Ky., and subsequently had charge of the Presbyterian congregations at Greenup, Ky., Burlington, New Plymouth, Athens, Ohio, and Ravenswood, W. Va., having charge of the church at the latter place for a period of eleven years, and dying there on April 2, 1878. He was a fine classical scholar, possessed of a strong mind, and was of broad and liberal views, though he held close to the teachings of his faith. He was eminently pious, and possessed the full confidence and esteem of the people of the different charges he presided over. He was chaplain of the Fourteenth Regiment of U. S. Kentucky Infantry for two years, and during that time led an active life, during which time he contracted a cold, from which came the asthma, and of the latter affliction he died. His brother, John McMillen, was a major in one of the volunteer regiments of the Union Army, and was captured at Chancellorsville, and imprisoned at Andersonville, where he died. The mother was born at New London, Huron County, Ohio, in 1833, and was the daughter of James and Huldah Merrifield, natives of New Hampshire. She died in 1858, when our subject was fourteen months of age. In 1863 Rev. Archibald McMillen was united in marriage with Miss Eugenia A. Samuels, who was a native of Virginia. To this union two sons: Egede C. and Herbert C., were born. Egede is a resident of Huntington, W. Va., and Herbert is a student at Hanover College, Indiana, while their mother resides at Barbersville, Ky. Our subject’s early education was secured in the public schools of New London, Athens, Ohio, and Ravenswood, W. Va. He entered the preparatory department of the Merrietta College, Ohio, at the age of fourteen years, and six years later, in 1878, graduated from that college. In the fall of 1878, he entered the Lane Theological Seminary at Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the same in 1881. From there he went to Paris, Ky., and took charge of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church, where he remained over five years. He next took charge of the Lebanon (Ky.) Presbyterian Church, and in November, 1886, came to Franklin, Ind., and took charge of the Presbyterian Church, which is the leading church organization of the place. He was married on October 26, 1886, to Laura D. Ray, who was born in Marion County, Ky., in 1858, and is the daughter of Philip and Sarah Doneghy, both natives of Kentucky. Rev. McMillen, though a young man in years, is an able and eloquent divine, and his stay in the different charges, and particularly in Franklin, has been characterized by vigorous work, filling each pulpit with satisfaction to his congregation. During the first three months of 1887, a wonderful revival blessed his work in Franklin, resulting in the conversion and accession to the Presbyterian Church of more than 220 persons.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 639.