Richard Milner

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 390-391, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Richard Milner an old settler of Beardstown, was born near Preston, Lancashire, England, thirty miles from Liverpool. He learned the trade of wagon maker and when young he came to the United States. He was the only one of the family that came to the United States. His parents lived and died in Lancashire, England, the mother when Richard was six years old, the father, Thomas, a life long farmer, when he was eighty-four years old. He and his wife were ardent Congregationalists. Richard was the eldest of a large family of brother sand half brothers, and left home for Canada in 1842, but he staid there only fifteen months and then came to Jacksonville, Illinois, and followed his trade. At Beardstown he was married to Hannah Wood, of Oldham, Yorkshire, England. She came to the United States in 1844, when young, with her father, John Wood. He died at Beardstown, Cass county, at the house of his daughter, Mrs. Milner, aged eighty-six.
  Mr. Milner came to Beardstown in 1849, and began here as a wagon maker and blacksmith for some years. He formed a partnership with Amasa Hill, and afterward with John Rose, soon after the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad began to build a line, and he became one of the bridge building force, and he continued building them for seven years, until the bridge for the Q. road was built at Beardstown, when he was made bridge-tender, some twenty years ago. He has retained the position ever since. Later he was made the Government river gauger of the river at Beardstown, and also was appointed to make observations on the weather and rainfall each day. This position also he has held since its establishment in Beardstown, in 1885.
  Mr. and Mrs. Milner had nine children, five of whom still live: Rebecca, wife of Samuel Wroe, of Nodaway county, Missouri, a farmer and cattle dealer; Thomas W., a railroad station master of Denison (now Leavenworth), Kansas; Nannie died one and one-half years after marriage, without issue, at the age of eighteen years; Mary is at home, although she was a school teacher for some time; Rosa, wife of Henry Baujan (see biography); Maggie is single and at home; Mrs. Milner is a respected member of the Methodist Church and is esteemed by all who know her. Mrs. Milner is the youngest of a large family, nearly all of whom are dead.

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