Edward C. Mills was born in Ohio on Christmas Day, 1805. At 21 years of age, he married Sarah Hunter. Their three sons were Hope, John and Jim Mills.
Elizabeth died October 5, 1854. She was buried on the family farm near what is now Cemterville Road and Commerce (Highway 66) in Garland. John Mills later donated the land as a cemetery.
Edward’s third born son, Jim, died in 1919. His obituary follows:
Jim Mills was one of the earliest settlers in the Garland area. He was born in Kentucky in 1832 and came to Dallas County with his parents in 1847 when only fifteen other pioneer families had settled here. He was the son of Edward C. and Martha Ann Sturdavit Mills. He helped build the first log house in Dallas County. Only two of the original settlers were still living at the time of his death. They were Uncle Clark Jacobs of Garland and Jim Collins of Stephenville.
After serving during during the Civil War, he was one of the last men from the Garland vicinity to return home after its close. During his service, he was closely associated with Sanger and Kahn Brothers of Dallas, being mess mates of theirs. He returned to the Garland area after the war where he resided for several years before moving to Hamilton County, Texas and then on to Mills County where he lived for about thirty years.
Three of his brothers survived him. They were Robert Thomas, Henry C. and William in addition to his sister, Nancy Matilda Coyle.
Jim Mills died at the home of his brother-in-law, Fred Jacobs, in Comanche, Texas on Monday, November 3, 1919. He was eighty-seven years of age. Burial was at Mills Cemetery near Rowlett, Texas.
Hope was the first born son of Edward and Sarah. He was born in Hamilton County, Ohio on February 28, 1829 and moved with his family to what is now known as Dallas County, Texas in 1847. He enlisted in the Civil War at Dallas, Texas on July 22, 1862. He was assigned to Company G, 2nd Regiment Texas Infantry and is listed as being killed during the siege of Vicksburg May 17 thru July 4, 1863. It is not know where he was buried.
Courtesy unknown newspaper clipping and Find A Grave.
Photo: Hope Mills & unknown person.