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 Seth Phineas Mills

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From: The Confederate Veteran, Vol. XXIV, 1916, p. 322:

Death came suddenly to Seth P. Mills, former State Senator, Confederate veteran, planter, and pioneer citizen of Waco, Tex., on February 11, 1916.  He was born August 19, 1841 in Dade County, Mo., and received his education in Newtonia College, near Springfield.  He enlisted in the Confederate army September 12, 1862, at Newtonia as orderly sergeant of Company F, Smith's Regiment of Missouri Cavalry, which was attached to Shelby's Brigade, Maramduke's Division, and took part in the battles of Cane Hill, Springfield, Hartsville, and Cape Girardeau, Mo., Helena, Ark., and was in all the engagements of Price's raid in Missouri in 1864.  For gallantry in battle and exemplary conduct as a soldier he was promoted to lieutenant, in which position he excited the emulation of the men of his command and the commendation of the commanding general.

His command was disbanded at Corsicana, Tex., in 1865; and young Mills was left in a strange land penniless.  His energy and determination helped him to make a success of his farming life, and he also became a prominent figure in public life, filling positions in State, county, and city affairs. He was representative in four sessions of the Texas Legislature and in the Senate in 1902.  He took special interest in all matters concerning agriculture, believing that material prosperity depended upon this.  In local political affairs he was a member of the city council of Waco and chairman of the present charter committee.  He was serving his sixth term as Commander of Pat Cleburne Camp, No. 222, U.C.V., and had commanded the Third Brigade, Texas Division, U.C.V., in 1911 and 1912.  He was also President of the McLennan County Confederate Association for several years.

In October, 1871, Mr. Mills was married to Miss Fannie Standifer, who died in 1909.  His second wife was Mrs. Jennie Southgate, who survives him, with the three sons and four daughters of his first marriage.

Three noble characteristic were dominant in Mr. Mills--industry, integrity, and kindness.  He occupied a war place in the hearts of the people of McLennan County, who knew his worth.


Margaret Frances Standifer


1. MARGARET FRANCES7 STANDIFER (LUKE PRICE6, ISAAC5 STANDIFER, WILLIAM4 STANDEFER, JAMES3 STANDIFORD, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born October 22, 1849 in Milam Co, TX, and died July 05, 1909 in Waco, McLennan Co, TX. She married SETH PHINEAS MILLS October 22, 1871 in McLennan Co, TX. He was born August 19, 1841, and died February 11, 1916 in McLennan Co, TX.


MARRIAGE: McLennan County, Texas Marriages; Book A; p. 4

DEATH: McLennan County, Texas Cemetery Records; Vol. IV; p. 441

Both Margaret "Fannie" and Seth are buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, McLennan Co, TX

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