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Southern Christian Advocate, Sept 3, 1873 issue, Vol 36 # 35 pg 140 col 4: From the Sandor Teszler Library Archives of Wofford College:

Mrs Sarah Avant McMillan

Mrs Sarah McMillan, whose maiden name was Avant, was born in Marion District, S.C., September 11th, 1798; professed religion and joined the Methodist Church about the year 1811; was married to Mr John McMillan on the 2d of April 1818; and died at Marion, S C., on the 21st of June 1873.

Sister McMillan was a woman of marked endowments. She possessed a mind of much native vigor, and though deprived in early life of liberal educational advantages, she acquired a large stock of practical knowledge. She was a woman of decided opinions in all matters which elicited her consideration. Her insight into character was remarkably clear; and when her estimate of the moral worth of an individual was formed, she seldom had reason to reverse her judgement. Her friendships were formed intuitively, and grew stronger with age. To her friends, she was one of the kindest of women, seeming to lose sight of self in her earnest desire to promote their happiness. Her charities to the needy were only limited by her ability to relieve. During the war, when so many were indifferent to the wants and woes of our sick and maimed soldiers, and the refugees from localities which were scourged by epidemics, her heart and house were ever open for their entertainment, sometimes swelling the number of her household to forty and more. Her attachment to ministers was particularly strong and abiding. They were always welcome to her hospitable home, and none knew better than she how to minister to their comfort. As a Christian, Sister McMillan's experience was not without its changes. For a considerable period of her life, she allowed her domestic interests to infringe too much, perhaps, upon her religious obligations, and her peace was consequently interrupted. But for some time prior to her death, she realized fully that above all the claims of home and family, were the duties she owed to God; and for the last years of her life, she addressed herself ****dnously (can't read all the word) to the task of preparing for heaven. When disease had enfeebled her frame, and waxed her strength, it was not unusual for the faithful daughter, who watched most about her bed, to find her beyond the midnight hour, on her knees, so worn by protracted pleading at the mercy seat as to be unable to rise. As might be supposed, her influence over her children was extraordinary. Even those of them who have families of their own were always ready to hear her counsels; and it may be questioned whether any of them would have willfully gone contrary to her advice. It was the privilege of the writer to be much with Sister McMillan during her last protracted sickness, and though he found her sometimes disturbed with doubts concerning the performance of her Christian duties, yet she constantly avowed her love for her Savior, and by faith in his infinite merits, she ultimately triumphed over all the influences that marred her peace. After giving instructions concerning her burial, she frequently expressed her readiness to depart and be with Christ. When the end came, she passed calmly from the shadows of earth into the light of heaven. We hope to meet her again. &n*********************************

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 4 Aug 2002.


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