His father & grandfather were Descendants of Quakers thru, Benoni Mills, the illegitimate son of Thomas Mills & his niece, Charity Mills--Charity was the daughter of Rachel Harrold & Hur Mills who was a brother of Thomas Mills.
Birth date appears in 1850, 1860, and 1870 Federal Census Records for Vermilion County, Illinois.
The Civil War Military Record for a Nathan G. Mills who enlisted in in Co I, 99th Ill US Inf as a rank of PVT on 12 Aug 1862 & Mustered in on 23 Aug 1862 at the age of 25 (giving birth date of 1837 which will match birth on census record) follows:
Illinois Civil War Detail Report
Name, MILLS, NATHAN G; Rank, PVT; Company I, Unit: 99 IL US INF.
Residence: MONTEZUMA, PIKE CO, IL; Age, 25; Height 5' 8 1/2; Hair, BLACK; Eyes, BLUE; Complexion, FAIR; Marital Status, MARRIED; Occupation, FARMER; Nativity, DANVILLE, MADISON CO, KY.
Joined When, AUG 12, 1862; Joined Where, MILTON, IL;Joined By Whom, CPT JOHNSON; Period, 3 YRS; Muster In,AUG 23, 1862; Muster In Where, FLORENCE, IL; Muster In By Whom; Muster Out; Muster Out Where; Muster Out By Whom;
(Remarks, DESERTED JAN 30, 1863 AT HOUSTON MO.)
Based upon the dates of birth agreeing with Federal Census & Military Records, this information has been placed on my great great grandfather's site. Nathan Mills, son of James, was born in Indiana & the Nathan Mills on this Civil War record was born in Kentucky. Therefore, there is a question whether there were two Nathan Mills at this time. It is also interesting to note that he may have deserted because of his Quaker/Friends Church background--If this is the same Nathan Mills, son of James & Hannah Ratcliff Mills of Vermilion County, Illinois.
James Mills (1796 - 1869)
Hannah Ratcliff Mills (1801 - 1865)
Rachel Outland Hinshaw (1841 - 1886)*
Cassius Mills (1865 - ____)*
Flora Adell Mills Prowell (1871 - 1961)*
Irena Mills (1831 - 1898)*
Isam Mills (1835 - ____)*
Nathan Mills (1837 - 1873)
Lydia A. Mills (1838 - 1869)*
Asa Mills (1844 - 1891)*
Elwood Friends Cemetery
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Originally Created by: James Butzke
Record added: Dec 03, 2011
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