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Rev John Holmes Milner
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Birth: Jul. 24, 1792
Wilkes County
Georgia, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 1857
Pike County
Georgia, USA

Rev. John Holmes Milner was the son of Pitt Milner, and was born in Wilkes county, Georgia, July the 24th, 1792, and died at his home in Pike county, Georgia, March the 9th, 1857. He was converted and united with the Sardis Baptist church, in his native county, in the sixteenth year of his age, and was baptized by Rev. Jesse Mercer. He was zealous and useful in the church in his early youth, acting as clerk and chorister, being an unusually fine singer. He married, while quite young, Elizabeth D. Willis, daughter of George Willis, and sister of James Willis, late of Wilkes county, and the late Colonel Richard Willis, of Greene county. This was a happy marriage.

Mrs. Milner is one of the best of women, and still survives him, being over eighty-four years old. They raised eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, and he lived to see them all grown, married and Christians, and most of them members of churches. His youngest son, Richard Willis, was killed at Fredericksburg. The balance are still living, honored and useful.

After marriage, he moved to Jones county, in 1816; thence to Monroe, in 1824; and thence to Pike, in 1835. While in Monroe, he was a member of Rocky Creek, a church about eight miles northwest of Forsyth. By this church he was licensed to preach, during a gracious and long continued revival, in 1829. In connection with the pastor, John M. Gray, and Elder Thornton Burke, then a young man, he was singularly useful. He aided in meetings on Sabbaths, and during the week went from house to house, holding meetings for prayer, singing and exhortation; and many were brought to Jesus by his ministrations, the Holy Spirit greatly blessing his labors.

Just before leaving Monroe, having moved his membership to Shiloh, he was called to ordination, John Ross, Jonathan Nichols, Joseph Chipman and John Milner being the acting presbytery. After moving to Pike, he preached to Mount Olive, Hebron, Zebulon, and perhaps other churches in Pike, and to Greenville and Mount Zion, in Meriwether, and often exhanged work with Elder Jacob King and other ministers. He loved the doctrines of grace, and few men understood them better than he. The members of his churches were devoted to him and he to them.

The writer, from childhood, knew him well, having gone to school with his older children, and been reared, in part, under his ministry, and can say that he has never known a man of more sterling integrity, deeper piety, and greater energy than he. He accumulated a large property in land and negroes and gave a great deal of his surplus means to Home, Forign and Indian missions, as well as to the poor and needy. Doubtless he gave more for these purposes than he ever received for preaching. He was peculiarly prompt to fulfill all his promises and engagements. His influence in his family and neighborhood, was almost unbounded, and his name is hallowed still by all who knew him. He preached his last sermon in Zebulon, but a few days before his death, from Matthew 5:13, 14. He died in a few hours after he was attacked with congestion of his lungs and heart - but passed away triumphantly to the land of rest. A sermon was preached in commemoration of his life and death by Elder Jacob King. Thus has passed away a great and good man. His remains lie in the family graveyard; and upon the marble slab which covers them is the inscription (at his own request): "A sinner saved by grace."

(Biographical Sketches of Prominent Georgia Baptists, pp. 389-390) 
 
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 Parents:
  Arpsyella Holmes Milner (1770 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Dabney Willis Milner (1796 - 1885)*
 
 Children:
  Susan Willis Milner Putnam (1815 - 1883)*
  George Willis Milner (1817 - 1900)*
  Pitt Milner (1819 - 1893)*
  Apsilla Ann Milner Beckham (1822 - 1902)*
  Elizabeth Sims Eppinger Milner McLeod (1824 - 1910)*
  Martha Rowena Milner Ravens (1829 - ____)*
  Jonathan James Milner (1831 - 1910)*
  Richard Willis Milner (1833 - 1862)*
  Mary Elenor Jane Milner Reid (1835 - 1909)*
  Rebecca Amaretta Milner Harris (1837 - 1907)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Holmes Milner (1792 - 1857)
  Elizabeth Milner Sims (1797 - 1859)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Milner Cemetery
Pike County
Georgia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Laura Plummer Ranville
Record added: Mar 03, 2010
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Rev John Holmes Milner
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