Mills Families of Knox Co., KY

 Mills Family - Knox Co., Kentucky

 

 

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Pictured here are five generations of family. They are baby Harold Price, Bertha Mills Price, mother of the baby; Mary Jane Humfleet Mills - mother of Bertha; Melvina Sprinkle Kirby Humfleet - mother of Mary Jane; Herl S. Sprinkle - father of Melvina. 

Descendants of John J. Mills, Sr.

1 John J. Mills, Sr. 1864 - 1956 b: April 07, 1864 in Brush Creek, Knox Co., KY d: November 15, 1956 in Knox Co., KY Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox, Kentucky +Mary Jane Humfleet 1871 - 1945 b: June 13, 1871 in Knox Co., KY d: April 13, 1945 in Whitley Co., KY Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox, Kentucky m: April 11, 1889 in Knox Co., KY

2 Bertha Mills 1890 - 1925 b: February 25, 1890 in Knox Co., KY d: February 09, 1925 in Knox Co., KY +Fred D. Price 1890 - b: Abt. 1890 d: in Knox Co., KY m: October 13, 1908 in Knox Co., KY

2 Cecile Ann Mills 1892 - 1978 b: August 02, 1892 in Tuttle, Kentucky d: February 12, 1978 in Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana Burial: Pineville, Kentucky +Charles Philmore Hodge 1890 - 1951 b: January 08, 1890 in Knox Co., KY d: September 25, 1951 in Kettle Island, Kentucky Burial: Pineville, Kentucky m: May 30, 1913 in Cumberland Gap, Claiborne County, Tennessee

2 Ethel Estella Mills 1894 - b: Abt. 1894 d: in Mills Creek, Bell Co., KY +Andrew Able Trosper 1894 - b: February 20, 1894 in Mills Creek, Bell Co., KY d: in Mills Creek, Bell Co., KY m: Abt. 1911

2 Frances Mills 1894 - b: February 23, 1894 in Hunt-in-Shirt, Knox Co., KY d: in Claiborne County, Tennessee  +James Caesar Bright 1893 - b: September 1893 in Knox Co., KY d: in Claiborne County, Tennessee m: October 1913 in Cumberland Gap, Claiborne County, Tennessee

2 Hester Mills 1896 - 1896 b: April 08, 1896 in Knox Co., KY d: October 08, 1896 in Knox Co., KY

2 Bruford Everett Mills 1897 - 1971 b: January 09, 1897 in Mohawk, Indiana d: December 02, 1971 in Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox Co., KY +Zora Alice Martin 1896 - 1969 b: October 20, 1896 in Knox Co., KY d: October 02, 1969 in Knox Co., KY Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox Co., KY m: Abt. 1916 in Knox Co., KY

2 Paul George Mills 1900 - 1979 b: April 23, 1900 in Hancock County, Indiana d: February 08, 1979 in Knox Co., KY  +Eula Greer 1900 - b: Abt. 1900 d: in Knox Co., KY m: Abt. 1920 in Knox Co., KY

2 Iva G. Mills 1902 - 1920 b: April 25, 1902 in Kentucky d: October 16, 1920 in Bell Co., KY

2 Harold Mills 1905 - 1908 b: August 05, 1905 in Kentucky d: November 02, 1908 in Kentucky

2 Samuel Mills 1907 - 1908 b: January 07, 1907 in Kentucky d: November 02, 1908 in Kentucky

2 Rufus Clyde Mills 1909 - 1985 b: July 27, 1909 in Gray, Knox Co., KY d: April 01, 1985 in Middlesboro, Bell Co., KY Burial: Middlesboro, Bell Co., KY  +Lillie Ada Owens 1916 - 1991 b: April 25, 1916 d: October 06, 1991 in Middlesboro, Bell Co., KY m: November 18, 1935 in Harlan, Harlan Co., KY

2 John J. Mills, Jr. 1911 - 1939 b: June 10, 1911 in Knox Co., KY d: June 22, 1939 in Bell Co., KY Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox, Kentucky

2 Dallas B. Mills 1913 - 1974 b: January 02, 1913 in Knox Co., KY d: April 15, 1974 in Bell Co., KY Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox Co., KY  +June Maxwell 1913 - b: Abt. 1913 d: in Bell Co., KY Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox Co., KY

2 Leonard Mills 1915 - 1918 b: September 03, 1915 in Kentucky d: 1918 in Bell Co., KY

 


MILLS RESEARCH

Mills Heritage, a book that covers the Mills families of Pitt Co., and Craven Co., North Carolina as well as Knox Co., Kentucky is about 1100 pages and is indexed. It is a hardback and has about 160 pages of Mills family photos.  

The Mills research takes the Mills family back to the early 1500's in England. It is well documented and is written in the same style and format as Haddock Heritage. It will go to press a couple of months. Please let me know if you have family stories or old photos that you want to see included.

After the research was completed for Haddock Heritage and Mills Heritage I decided that I'm related to almost all the families who live in Craven and Pitt. I don't think that most people really realize that most of the early North Carolina families are connected. 

Since I have three different families of Mills it only seemed appropriate for me to be the one to try and untangle the Mills families of Craven and Pitt. One of my Mills families was from Connecticut and as odd as it may seem they lived in Craven for a short while. And ever so often someone decides to slap them together with the Anthony Mills family of Craven. But it usually doesn’t last long when they see the New England naming pattern and start wondering about where those different sounding names came from.

And then I have a Mills line of Quakers that never lived in Craven at all, but even so, there are a few people who even try and connect them to the Craven families. It seems not to matter to them that these two different Mills families lived hundreds of miles apart - and that these families were living in separate states at the time they decide to connect their lineage. I think that those researchers - we can definitely call fiction writers. After all, it takes some imagine to do that.

And my third family of Mills is the Anthony Mills family of Craven and beyond. Unscrambling the heritage of Anthony Mills and his extended family took some midnight oil - a lot of patience - and a pile of documents. I certainly believe that this a book that the Mills family will treasure forever.   

Donna Haddock Cooper


From the text of Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, 2003: Clark "Big Clark" Mills, b. April 17, 1817 in KY; d. August 28, 1891 in Knox Co., KY was married to two sisters of Harrison Taylor. Clark, and married first to Sarah Taylor who died during childbirth in 1850. In 1851 he married second to Sarah's younger sister, Margaret Taylor.

Clark disappears from record prior to the 1860 Federal Population Schedules, US Census of Knox Co., KY, and re-appears by 1870. Perhaps Clark Mills listed in Marion Co., KY,  might be the same Clark. Some of his children later went to live in Orange County, IN and also married there in that county.

Clark Mills, wife, Margaret, who was born in 1832 and had these children - Sarah, Silas, Permelia or Amelia, William Henrey, Brice, and Mary.

1880 Federal Population Schedules, US Census, Knox Co., KY, page 108A, listed Clark Mills as the head of the household. He was age 62, born in KY, a farmer and listed that both of his parents were born in NC. Margaret was age 45, and born in KY. She was keeping house and listed that her father was born in VA and that her mother was born in KY. Children listed were all born in KY. They were listed as Margaret, a daughter, age 21; Brice, a son, age 21; Anthony, age 16, a son; Amanda, age 12, a daughter; China, age 12, a daughter; Thomas W., age 4, a son. [Family History Library Film Number 1254427]

 


From the text of Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, 2003: 1880 Federal Population Schedules, US Census, Flat Lick, Knox County, KY, page 65B, listed Anthy Mills, age 51, born in KY. He was listed as a farmer and listed that both of his parents were born in KY. His wife was Dicy, age 38, born in KY. She was keeping house and listed that both of her parents were born in KY. Children were listed as all born in KY and their names were Samuel, son, age 24; Rebecca A., daughter, age 15; Henry, son, age 8; William, son, age 5; and Corna, a son, age 3. [Family History Library Film # 1254426]  


The following material is an exert from the book, "The Portrait of a Small Mountain Community in Application" It was written by John Fetterman. The fourth printing was in 1969 and it is a very interesting text an excellent view of life as it was and is on Stinking Creek.

It reads:  Stinking Creek is not difficult to find. From Barbourville, U.S. Highway 25 E is a busy, broad, black topped ribbon that runs eastward toward Pineville and the tourist attractions to the east and south. Seven miles from Barbourville, just after the highway passes the Turkey Creek Mission, a paved road turns to the left. This road follows the creek named Stinking for about twenty miles, changing from blacktop to gravel to mud or dust as it climbs toward the source of the creek high in the narrow fold of a mountain. There are no signposts to identify the many tributaries that enter Stinking Creek and along which other and more remote families live, but their names are vital if one plans to travel the area or discuss it.

There is Roaring Fork, a quiet little trickle, which enters beside an ancient rock schoolhouse. To the left, as you travel upstream, there are the major tributaries, Road Fork and then Middle Fork, the valley that leads to Brown's Hollow. All along the mainstream of Stinking Creek, the lesser creeks enter quietly and consistently, marking the sites where live the inhabitants of Stinking Creek: Kenningham Branch, where two women live and struggle to serve the people around them; Laurel Creek, where one of the tiny schools sits; Buckeye Fork, where Messer's store and the Salem Baptist Church make the junction a focal point in Stinking Creek life; Acorn Fork, which gurgles into Stinking Creek beside the Mills post office; and farther up into the misty hollow, Pigeon Fork and Paint Gap Branch, where the Sizemores live. Some of these tiny tributaries come shyly and drably to their rendezvous with Stinking Creek. Others, such as Lost Fork, enter daintily, through spectacularly beautiful wooded hollows. And all the creeks must be known, just as street names must be known, because they mark the beginning and the ending of all journeys. And all have an "upper" side and a "lower" side. So the address you seek is never told in numbers, but merely, "They live on the upper side of Buckeye."

Stinking Creek itself suddenly changes character at a point where it is joined by Alex Creek. Above Alex, Stinking Creek runs clear and blue. Below Alex Creek, the stream is stained with an orange red deposit and its waters are acid. Below Alex, the round sandstone rocks are perpetually stained and the fish are gone. Although the coal beneath the slopes that soar away on both sides of Stinking Creek. Stinking Creek has not yet been mined, Stinking Creek feels the effects of the mines. Across the mountain from the source of Alex Creek, water has been backed into an abandoned mine. At length it burst free on the Stinking Creek side of its mountain prison, where laden with garish red precipitate and sulfuric aric, it spews its poison into Alex Creek, which in turn delivers the loathsome burden into Stinking Creek. Possibly two thirds of the citizens of Stinking Creek live below Alex Creek, and consequently must live with a stream that runs pure only in the memories of the older inhabitants.
 


 

SOME MILLS - KNOX COUNTY, KY - MARRIAGES

Mills, Anthony and Hammons, Creasy, Nov 15, 1831
Mills, Clark and Taylor, Sally, Oct 3, 1839
Mills, Isaac and Hammons, Lavina, Dec 20, 1831
Mills, James and Edwards, Euphemia, Dec 4, 1840
Mills, John and Baker, Leucretia, May 9, 1824
Mills, Nasby and Edwards, Joice, May 28, 1850
Mills, Nasby Jr. and Baker, Betsy, Jul 30, 1835
Mills, Thomas and Cope, Susannah, Jul 10, 1844
Mills, Thomas and Messer, Sally, Jul 25, 1850
Mills, William and Cope, Luchaney, Mar 12, 1836
Payne, Joseph and Mills, Lucretia, Mar 29, 1838
Powell, Thomas and Mills, Esther, Mar 27, 1844

 

 

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