Horatio Nelson Millard (1833 - 1884)

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Horatio Nelson Millard
1833 - 1884
February 16, 1833
Starkey, Yates County, New York United States 14837
May 2, 1884
The Insane Hospital in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa United States 50644
Horatio Nelson Millard was born on February 16, 1833 in Starkey, New York United States. He is the child of Charles J. Millard and Prudence (Wilcoxson) Millard. According to his family tree, Horatio was father to 1 child. Horatio's partner was Jemima Mary (Winne) Millard, and they had a child Immogene Nelson (Millard) Benning. He died on May 2, 1884 at The Insane Hospital, Independence, Iowa United States at age 51.
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Horatio Millard was born on in Starkey, Yates County, New York United States 14837
Horatio Millard died on at The Insane Hospital in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa United States 50644
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Boone, Boone County, Iowa United States 50036
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Horatio ancestor's were of English descent-one family arriving to New England on the Mayflower in 1620. He was also a descendant of the Adams family, which produced two US presidents. The name Millard is believed to be from Huguenots who fled France for England.

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Horatio was born in Starkey and Glenn, NY and migrated to Iowa in 1853.


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Horatio was a Baptist Minister, attending Seminary school as noted below: Name: Nelson Millard Publication Year: 1855 Publication Place: New York School Name: Union Theological Seminary Residence Place: Montclair, NJ


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Horatio was a farmer for many years of his life. After attending Seminary school, his profession was that of a Baptist Minister in many congregations in Iowa. Per "The History of Cedar County Iowa, containing a history of the county..." page 499: "Rev. H.N. Millard, the present Pastor, was chosen to that office Sept. 1, 1875..." Referring to the the First Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Iowa that was organized January 1, 1868... Per "Historical Sketches of Iowa Baptists" by SH Mitchell, page 263: in 1878 Rev. H.N. Millard "resigned in Mechanicsville".... Per 'History of Boone, Co., Iowa, Volume 1: "...Between December 1878 and to October 1882, HN was Pastor at the church in Boonesboro, Iowa" one replace him until 1883.. Per the 1879 "Baptist Home Mission Monthly, Volumes 1-2, page 90: Rev. H.N. Millard writes from Boone that the present outlook is more encouraging than at any time during his pastorate... "January 20th began meetings at one of my outstations, four miles north of Boone, and continued three weeks, upwards of 20 professing conversion. February 17th commenced meetings at Boone and continued nearly three weeks. Four professed conversion, and the church was greatly revived. Seven have been received for baptism, and others will be soon. March 1st we made the last payment of $200 on our church edifice, purchased from the Presbyterians. The Sunday school is prospering, with an average attendance at present of ninety." Per 1883 'The Baptist Home Mission Monthly, Volumes 5-6, page 141': Home Mission Appointments in May: HN Millard, Pilot Mound, Iowa

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Horatio was married to his first wife, Jemima Mary Winne, in 1852 in Glenn, NY. They had 8 children together prior to her death in 1863. Horatio then married a neighbor, Marcia Farnsworth, 6 months later. Marcia and Horatio had 9 children together. Per "Historical Sketches of Boone, Iowa" page 502: "Rev. H. N. Millard died in the Hospital at Independence, May 2nd, 1884. He was born in the state of New York, February 16, 1833. He came to Iowa in 1853, and was afterwards converted and joined the Baptist church at Comanche. He was ordained March 26, 1872, and settled as pastor of the church at Lyons, where he served two years, followed by three years at Mechanicsville. "Here his ministry was blessed to the conversion of over 20 souls." He was pastor next at Boone, Iowa, nearly four years, and over fifty were baptized. For the last year and a half of his ministry he was pastor of the Mt. Pleasant and Pilot Mound Churches, and Missionary of the Convention. He was a "good minister of Jesus Christ," kind and loving, and pure in heart and life. "Greatly loved by all classes, and especially by the young." The Independent (Calliope, Ia) May 1, 1884, page two: Rev. H. N. Millard, formerly pastor of the Baptist Church in Boone, and who a year ago purchased a farm in the vicinity of Boone, has utterly broken down in mind. It is thought by some that financial trouble had much to do in causing his affliction. Jackson Sentinel, May 15, 1884 Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa May 15, 1884. page 4: "Death of Rev. H. N. Millard- Rev. H. N. Millard, many years a former resident of Jackson County, and at one time the Pastor of the Baptist Church of Lyons, Clinton County, died at the Insane Hospital on May 2nd. His remains were taken to Boone, Iowa and interred in the presence of his wife and thirteen children and a large concourse of friends. He was 51 years of age. All old acquaintances in Jackson County deeply regret his mental misfortune and death." Clinton-Jackson-Boone County IA Archives Obituaries.....Millard, Rev. H. N. May 2, 1884 File at: [external link] Died in Independence, Buchanan Co., Iowa but was buried in Boone Co., Iowa (per "Burial Records Boone County Vol. 1-4, page 318, cemetery 51). Believe his family living in Clarinda, Page Co., Iowa at time of his death in Independence. Name: (Rev.) H. Millard Death Date: 2 May 1884 Page #: 318 Birth Date: 16 Feb 1833 Cemetery: 51 Level Info: Burial Records Boone County Vol. 1-4 Death-Clarinda, IA. Wife and Thirteen Children Survive. He Came To Clinton Co. IA. in 1853; To Boone 1878 He Was A Baptist Minister At Lyons, IA. Residence of Family At Time of His Death Boone, IA. Newspaper: 07 May 1884 Does Not Give Place of Burial.)

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Father to 1 child, he died on May 2, 1884 at The Insane Hospital, Independence, Iowa United States at 51 years of age. he was buried in Boone, Iowa United States. He was born on February 16, 1833 in Starkey, New York United States. Horatio Nelson Millard is the child of Charles J. Millard and Prudence (Wilcoxson) Millard. According to his family tree, Horatio's partner was Jemima Mary (Winne) Millard, and they had a child Immogene Nelson (Millard) Benning.

1833 - 1884 World Events

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In 1833, in the year that Horatio Nelson Millard was born, on August 12th, Chicago was incorporated as a town at the estuary of the Chicago River by 350 settlers. Chicago’s first permanent resident was a trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a free black man -perhaps from Haiti - who went there in the late 1770s. At first, it was simply a trading post but it grew quickly, going from trading post to town to city in 1837.

In 1843, when he was only 10 years old, on May 22nd, an estimated 700 to 1,000 pioneers set out from Missouri on the Oregon Trail. Called "The Great Migration of 1843", the wagon train often had to build roads or float down rivers.

In 1857, at the age of 24 years old, Horatio was alive when on March 4th, James Buchanan became the 15th President of the United States. Called a "doughface" by many - a Northerner with Southern sympathies - he said that he would only serve one term and he did what he said.

In 1865, at the age of 32 years old, Horatio was alive when on April 14th, President Abraham Lincoln was shot while attending a comedy at Ford's Theatre - Our American Cousin - in Washington, D.C. Actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth shot him 4 days after Lee had surrendered. The President died the next day. At almost the same time that Lincoln was shot, US Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family were attacked at home by another conspirator and Confederate sympathizer.

In 1884, in the year of Horatio Nelson Millard's passing, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

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