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Dianne Boren (#47083593)
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Bio Photo I'm an avid genealogist. I am from Texas, but now live in Florida. I particularly love researching soldiers of the American Revolution in Florida, Civil War Soldiers from Texas, and soldiers of the Texas Revolution. I like linking the family members.
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Holt Felmet
RE: Col Ambrose Mills
Ambrose Mills is an interesting ancestor. It is possible that (assuming the presence of Maj. Joseph McDowell at his hanging) that another ancestor of mine - Capt Daniel Smith - was present for the hanging as those troops retuned from Kings Mtn. I used that possible fact for a civic club talk on the anniversary of Yorktown a couple of years ago.

The Mills did not appear to have lost everything for their Tory involvement. By the time of the 1st census of Buncombe Cty, NC, in 1800 William Mills was the largest slave owner with 20 slaves. He must have been politically nimble. But, he was never held public office - others probably knew of his history.

In the early 1980's my mother wanted to join the DAR because some friends had joined. I had a record of William Mills drawing revolutionary pay for is service with Porter's Company during the Cherokee Wars. So, we completed the application. It was approved by local regent in Raleigh and state office. But, National sent a letter back enclosing 2 pages from Draper's history of Kings Mtn saying that their by laws required not only that the "applicant's ancestor be a patriot but also that he be a loyal patriot".
We had to find another ancestor for her.

Thank you for setting up this memorial. I will get around to linking to it when I have time to travel back to Edneyville. I will also try to find my photo of the historical marker on a hard drive or a disk to the camera. If I find it I will add it to the site.
Added by Holt Felmet on Jul 05, 2013 12:50 PM
Holt Felmet
Col Ambrose Mills

I am and descendant of Col Ambrose Mills. My line is Maj. William Mills, Eleanor Mills Edney, Elizabeth Edney Edney, Mary Edney Williams, Mary Williams Roberson, Frank Roberson, Sr., Louise Roberson Felmet.

My ancestor May. William Mills has a marked grave in the edge of an apple orchard near Edneyville in Henderson County, NC. That grave has not been inventoried. That is something I plan to do the next time I go home to Asheville. With the inventory of that grave I can link my mother's grave to your grave inventory for Col Ambrose Mills.

Maj William Mills escaped Kings Mtn and hid out on Sugar Loaf Mtn in Henderson Cty where he later settled. He is credited with bringing the apple industry to that region. He died of a fall from a horse at the age of 88.

There is a State historical marker on the side of the road at the Biggerstaff Farm marking the location of the hanging. I recorded the latitude and longitude as N 35 degrees 26.276 minutes W 81 degrees 49.606 minutes (I am uncertain of the longitude call of 81) The address of the marker is 1204 White Side Road, Forest City, NC.

I may have a picture of the marker. Are you also a descendant?

Added by Holt Felmet on Jul 04, 2013 8:34 PM
Frankie Randall
Elizabeth Westmoreland
Thank you for linking her to her husband and parents.
Added by Frankie Randall on Mar 01, 2013 7:40 AM
Julia Ather
Dr. Willis Foreman Westmoreland
Hello, Dianne,

I noticed that last year you placed a flower on Dr. Westmoreland's memorial saying that you are a Texan cousin. If you are truly related to him, would you like me to transfer his memorial to you? I am not a descendant of the doctor, and I would prefer that a relative have it. Just let me know.
Added by Julia Ather on Apr 26, 2012 6:37 PM
Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
Thomas Mills of Frankin County, Georgia
From what we can tell, my GGG grandmother Sarah Ellis Mills, wife of James [William] Ayers was the daughter of Thomas Mills, since he paid the poll taxes of William Ayers, and Sarah's son Thomas Allen Ayers moved back to take the land from Murray [Paulding County], Georgia around 1840. Stories about Sarah tell us that she came from an aristocratic or Tuckahoe family in Virginia, somehow descended from a Royal line. The name Ellis seems to recur in the line of Thomas Mills of Franklin County, and it is possible that was the maiden name of his wife in SC. Sarah Ellis Mills Ayers shows up in the 1880 Census of Currahee, Habersham County, Georgia, living with my great grandfather on the border of the old Cherokee Territory. If Thomas Mills were the son of Ambrose Mills, it would make sense that his descendants would migrate down to SC then across the river to Georgia to live near the Cherokee, since Col. Mills seems to have had some dealings with the tribes. We are also related to a group of Chitwoods by marriage [Ty Cobb's ancestors] who may correspond to the Chitwood at King's Mountain. By FTDNA Family Finder, I match a descendant of William Ellis Mills, son of Thomas Mills of Franklin County through daughter Julia B. Mills who moved to Arkansas, supporting the proposition that Sarah Ellis Mills and William Ellis Mills were sibliings. Sarah was also said to have a brother named Green Mills, and we have found a group of Mills in Lincoln County, Georgia with that middle name. Sarah says her father was born in Virginia, but it may be that Thomas thought he was born in VA rather than NC, or perhaps they were near the border. Has a descendant of William Mills first son of Thomas Mills ever tested on FTDNA to compare male Mills DNA? Has anyone from that line tested on FTDNA Family finder, the autosomal test? Great Find a grave memorial to Col. Ambrose Mills, who is probably also my ancestor. By the way, I also have Texas lines through my mother's family: Wests, Bivins, Collins, in Bevil District by 1829. Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D., native of Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia on the SC border.
Added by Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D.... on Jan 21, 2012 11:27 AM
Kit and Morgan Benson
Thomas Stone

You apparently linked Morning Stone Mills as the daughter to Thomas Stone, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. If you will check the dates of birth, you will find that Morning Stone was born 17 years BEFORE Thomas Stone. Not very likely to happen, I am certain you will agree. Could you please check this out, and verify the birth dates? Then, please make appropriate changes to correct the record.

Thanks and best wishes,

Morgan Benson
Added by Kit and Morgan Benson on Sep 29, 2011 10:42 PM
William Washington Mills
Information appears wrong.

William Washington Mills b.1746 would have been 55 years old and Catherine Wheeler b.1793 would have been 8 years old when they were married in 1801 by your record. This seems impossible.

Also William Washington Mills b.1746 would have been
76 years old when he fathered William Washington
Mills ll b.1822.

Seems there may have been a generation skipped
between William Washington Mills b.1746 and
William Washington Mills b.1822.

Lee Mills (
Added by Lee on Sep 03, 2011 9:10 PM

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