DAVID N. MILNER, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Mt. Pleasant, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, February 19, 1814, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Neiswanger) Milner, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Pennsylvania. They were well-known citizens of Ohio, and for a time kept the only hotel between Wheeling and Zanesville. The father was drafted for the war of 1812, but being about to marry, sent a substitute. After his marriage in February, 1813, he settled in Guernsey county and raised a family of six sons and six daughters, of whom seven are living. He died in 1855 at the age of sixty-eight years. His wife, who died in 1866, aged seventy-five, was a noted practical botanist, and floriculturist, and when they lived in Carroll county, her extensive gardens attracted people from many miles around. Their son, David N. Milner, at the age of sixteen, learned the trade of saddelry, which he has now worked at for sixty years and is the oldest man in that business in the county. In 1842 he opened a temperance hotel at Mt. Pleasant, the first of the kind, and he was also an "underground railway conductor", the humorous title of many worthy and benevolent men in the days of slavery. After keeping hotel five years, he cought and removed to the old Buchanan property. This house has a romantic history. It was owned by a Mr. Buchanan who willed it to his wife "as long as her name was Buchanan". He died and she was left alone, but some time afterward she managed to have both the property and a second husband, by accepting the proposals of another man of the same name. In his house two soldiers were enlisted for the ward of 1812, and here Mr. Milner courted and married his wife, who was a daughter of William Chambers, of Mt. Pleasant. She died March 14, 1874. Six children were reared by them. Anna M., wife of Jesse Williams, is the oldest. Nest is Duncan C., who served in the Ninety-eighth Ohio regiment during the war, was sergeant-major three years, and was wounded at Chickamauga. Subsequent to the war he graduated in theology at New York, and went west. He established a Presbyterian church in Missouri and another at Kansas City. By his marriage to Lucy Reid, of Mt. Pleasant, he has five children. The remaining children are Dr. William A., a graduate of Philadelphia medical college; James R., graduate of Michigan law department, Ann Arbor; Martha, wife of R. N. Theaker, and Bessie, wife of John P. Mitchell, all residents of Springfield, Mo. Mr. Milner is a notable church worker, whose daily life is of such purity that it testifies to the sincerity of his faith. He helped organize the first Sunday school here, and has belonged to every temperance organization since the Washingtonians.
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