History of the Restoration Movement


Samuel H. Millard D.D.

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Sketch On The Life Of S.H. Millard

In the passing of Rev. Samuel H. Millard, for some years pastor of the First Christian church here, Johnson City lost a highly esteemed and beloved citizen. A native of Tennessee, his birth occurred in Sullivan county in November, 1820, a son of Samuel and Alice Millard. His father engage in farming in Sullivan county for the greater part of his life and was one of he most successful agriculturists of the community in which he resided.

The public schools of Sullivan county afforded Samuel H. Millard his early education. Subsequently he entered the ministry of the Christian church and his last pastorate was the First Church of Johnson City. He had the distinction of being the first pastor of that church. Mr. Millard was highly esteemed in this city and he contributed in a marked degree to the development and improvement of his town, county and state. His demise occurred on the 11th of May, 1905, at the old home on Millard street, which street was named In his honor, he having built the first home there.

On the 26th of October, 1873, was celebrated the marriage of Samuel H. Millard to Mrs. Mary J. (Taylor) Kitzmiller. She was a daughter of Dr. Caswell C. and Nancy (Duncan) Taylor, natives of Tennessee. Her father engaged in farming near Johnson City for several years and subsequently began the practice of medicine. He became one of the foremost members of the profession during his day. His death occurred on the 10th of October, 1886, at the advanced age of ninety-one years. Mrs. Taylor died in 1844, in her forty-fifth year. Mrs. Millard was first married to Abdial Kitzmiller, the ceremony being performed on the 30th of January, 1855. To their union four children wore born: Nancy, who is residing in La Grande, Oregon; Martin C., likewise a resident of Oregon; Ann R., whose demise occurred on the 24th of September, 1860; and Mary E. at home. Mr. Kitzmiller was an educator, prominently known in that connection throughout Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. His demise occurred on the 2d of April, 1862, in his thirty-fourth year.

To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Millard one child was born: Samuel T., who is now a bank examiner, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Millard is residing in Johnson City, at the age of eighty-six years.

Throughout his life Mr. Millard gave his political allegiance to the democratic party, having firm belief in the principles of that party as factors in good government. He was one of the most energetic and resourceful promoters of the city's advancement and was a zealous and practical factor in the efforts made to secure good government for his city and state.

-From Tennessee, The Volunteer State, Vol. 4, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. Nashville, c.1923, pages 565,566

Directions To The Grave Of S.H. Millard

Samuel H. Millard is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in the eastern part of Tennessee in Johnson City. The location is go off West Main Street to 205 Whitney St. As you enter the main entrance to the cemetery travel straight ahead until you almost come to the other end of the cemetery. Park your car, and the grave is just to your left. The grave will be just to your left, and if you watch closely you can see it as you move slowly toward the end of the drive.

GPS Coordinates
Accuracy To 18ft.
N36° 18.890' x WO 82° 21.367'
Grave Facing West

Grave Located Down Drive Just Past Light Pole And Pickup On Left

In Loving Remembrance
Samuel H. Millard
Born Nov. 1, 1820
Ordained A Minister In The
Christian Church, Aug. 11, 1845
Died May 14, 1905

Mary Jane Taylor
Wife Of
S.H. Millard
Apr. 9, 1836
Feb. 8, 1926

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