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Subject: Mathias L. Milham - Bio
Date: 12 Apr 2005 01:20:23 -0600

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Surnames: Milham, Millham, Rathbone, Chadwick, Foster, Knapp, Beckwith, Griswold
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Portrait and biographical record of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties, Michigan, containing biographical sketches of ... citizens ... governors of the state, and ... presidents of the United States............

pub 1892 page 1133


This successful farmer of Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County, was born in Chatham Township, Columbia County, N. Y., January 9, 1837. His father, John, was born in New York in 1805, and was a farmer by occupation, being thus engaged in his native State as well as in Kalamazoo County, whither he removed in 1845. He traded his farm in the Empire State for land in Michigan, and at one time owned over one thousand acres in Kalamazoo County, besides land in Jackson and Branch Counties. The last days of John Milham were spent in Kalamazoo Township, this county, where he died at the age of eighty-one. Politically, he was a Democrat and was a prominent man in the community. In New York he held various offices, and also served as Supervisor of Kalamazoo Township. For many years he was President of the Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company, and was identified with the most progressive measures of the county. His wife, whose maiden name was Almira Rathbone, was probably a native of Delawar!
e County, N. Y., and died at the early age of thirty-three years, leaving six children.

The brothers and sisters of our subject are: Martin; Marilla, wife of P. Griswold, of Allegan; Oliver, a dentist in Chicago; Mary Jane, who married Henry Beckwirth (sic Beckwith), of Kalamazoo, and one that died in childhood. Our subject, who was the third child of the family circle, was about nine years old when he removed with his father to Michigan. At the age of twenty-one, he was given $1,000 by his father and invested the money in the purchase of the farm which he now owns and occupies. May 17, 1859,

Mr. Milham was married to Miss Azuba Chadwick, who was born in Orleans County, N. Y., December 30, 1837, and was one of four children born to Calvin and Lydia (Foster) Chadwick, natives of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Milham are the parents of five children, viz: Mary E., wife of J. W. Knapp, a ranchman of Tom Green County, Tex., who, with his partner, owns over sixteen thousand acres of land; Ray and Jay, twins, who died when two years old; Jessie M., at home, and Warren a teacher in the schools at Galesburg.

Mr. Milham owns eighty acres of land in section 36, upon which is an attractive residence built at a cost of about $2,000. When he located here, only four acres had been cleared and a small house stood in the clearing, but gradually he brought the land to its present splendid condition. A carpenter by trade, he not only erected his own residence but has built many of the best houses in the county besides twenty-seven barns. During the war he worked for a contractor in Western Tennessee, and aided in bridge-building in that part of the State. He is a Democrat, and his estimable wife is identified with the Congregational Church at Galesburg. For eleven years he has been a Mason and belongs to the Kalamazoo Commandery, in the work of which he has been quite active.

Note- I've also seen his name in census records as Mathew. Same as the grandfather, went by Mathias or Mathew.

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