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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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D. I. McMillian, an enterprising and successful citizen of Benton County, Mo., was born in Gasconade County, of the same State, and is the son of Thomas McMillian, who came to that county in 1829, from the State of Virginia, and the grandson of William McMillian, who was also a native of Virginia. D. I. moved to Benton County in the spring of 1868, and located on 280 acres near where he now lives, in Fort Lyon, and to which he has since added forty acres. Mr. McMillian purchased the store of Baker & Lane, and located at Fort Lyon in 1886, where he has since carried on a successful business. He started with a full line of groceries, and the next year, wishing to increase the stock to include a full line of mercantile goods, one-half interest was sold to H. M. Bumpass, his son, George W., taking charge of the father’s interest, under the firm title of McMillian & Bumpass. They have a fine large room well fitted with a select stock of goods, and are wide-awake, energetic business men. Mr. McMillian was united in marriage to Miss Sidien Yeater, daughter of G. W. Yeater, of Benton County, in 1870. They have no children. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Democrat in politics.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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