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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