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The life of Robert Mill: A Washington Territory pioneer

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series about the Mill family, early pioneers in the Cheney/Spangle area. The stories are researched and written by Robert Bauer, the great-great-great grandson of Robert Mill.


Last updated 2/14/2019 at 5:31pm



Robert Mill, one of the first pioneers in the Cheney/Spangle area, was born near Saint Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland on Nov. 1, 1803. Robert’s birth name was Robert Milne. The Milne family was part of the Gordon Clan.

Robert married Margaret McGregor on Dec. 7, 1834 in Strathdon, Aberdeen Shire, Scotland. Margaret’s family was also part of the Gordon Clan.

In 1836 Robert and Margaret immigrated to The United States of America by ship. They sailed on the “Arkwright.” The ship traveled from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to America. The Arkwright arrived in...

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