Southern Christian Advocate,
April 23, 1903 issue,
vol 66, #44, pg 15, col 3:
MAJOR SIDNEY E MCMILLAN
McMillan--Major Sidney E McMillan was born in Marion County Sept 15, 1831, and died
at his home near Tabernacle Church, Oct 15, 1902. On June 25, 1857, he was married
to Miss Mary A Palmer and of this union there was born the late lamented Dr John C McMillan.
His second wife was Miss Adelaide Sherwood, to whom he was married on the 6th of December, 1859.
Of this marriage three sons, Messrs. S A., F M., and R W McMillan and five daughters,
Mrs W M Monroe, and Misses Alice, Ella, Lilly, and Blanche McMillan of Tabernacle.
Major McMillan was a man of versatile gifts and many excellent traits of character.
His devotion to his country was that of an ardent patriot. He went into the service of
the Confederate Army as Captain of a company, raised largely through his influence,
and when complete failure of his health compelled him to retire, he was a Major. For
many years he was the editor of the Marion Crescent, and during much of that time was
also post master at Marion. He was identified with every movement that looked to the
building up of his community. His attachment to his friends was also remarkable. A man
of strong and positive convictions, he did not admit to his confidence all the
acquaintance he chanced to make but the friendships he did contract were very strong.
His devotion to his family was tender. During the latter years of his life, he was
not strong and being quite deaf, he was cut off to a large extent from general social
intercourse. But as the circle of outside intercourse grew smaller, home became all
and in all to him, and for wife and children, he poured out his life without stint.
And equally beautiful was the ministry with which they brightened his last days.
He joined the church and was converted in youth and for many years was actively
identified with our church at Marion. Many of the older preachers will remember
him in connection with our church music. The end came unexpectedly on the evening
of October 15, 1902, and the hearts of many who read these lines will think with
tender sympathy for those who mourn.
R E Stackhouse
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 30 Jul 2002.
The State Paper Friday October 17, 1902 pg 2 col 4
Major Sidney E McMillan
Died Suddenly in Marion County Yesterday---Sketch of His Life.
Special to the State.
Marion---Oct 16---Maj. Sidney E McMillan died at his home in the Tabernacle community last night. His demise was very unexpected as he had been confined to his bed for only a few hours and his illness was not thought to be serious. Heart disease, attacks of which he had been subject to for several years, was probably the cause of his death.
Although he was nearing the allotted three score and ten he appeared to be an active man, his erect soldierly bearing being a striking characteristic.
Major McMillan was born in this county and practically his whole life was spent here in the town of Marion and at Tabernacle, about nine miles below here, which was the place of his birth. He was a useful and prominent man of the highest personal character and public spirit, and leaves behind him a record of honor.
Prior to the Civil War he held the position of postmaster at Marion. Soon after the commencement of hostilities in that internecine strife he was instrumental in organizing a company which became incorporated in the famous Tenth regiment, known as the "Bloody Tenth." A vacancy arising in the office of major in a battalion of this regiment the young officer was accorded the high honor of being selected to fill it. Not long afterwards ill health compelled him to resign and he returned to Marion holding the position of postmaster there under the Confederate government.
Several years subsequent to the war he conducted a newspaper known as "The Marion Cresent," with considerable success. Of late years he resided at Tabernacle. He was postmaster at this place up to a year of two ago. His connection with the postal service thus extending over a remarkably long period of time.
Major McMillan was twice married; first to Miss Cary Richardson. Dr John C McMillan, one of Marion's most prominent physicians, was born of this marriage. His second wife was a Miss Adelaide Sherwood of Wilmington. She, with several sons and daughters, survive him.
[note from transcriber Carolyn Klear…the obit for John C McMillan lists Mary Palmer
as his mother and the first wife of Sidney E McMillan]
The State Paper Sunday October 19, 1902 pg 11 col 1
Listed under heading Marion's Real Estate
Special to the State---Oct 18---The funeral of Maj S E McMillan, who died
at Tabernacle on the 16th, took place at the Methodist church yesterday morning.
The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev R E Stackhouse.
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 10 Oct 2003.
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