John Mill - A Washington Territory pioneer

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

“The Mill House”

John Mill, birth name John Mills, was born 1837 in Richland County, Ohio, of parents who both immigranted from Scotland where his father was a basket weaver and ditch digger.

In 1852 at the age of 15, John, his dad Robert, sister Mary Jane and brother William moved from Bowling Green, Ohio, near Scotch Ridge, Ohio, to the Oregon Territory. In 1872 John, a man named Lee L. Lewis and others rode on horseback to the Cheney-Spangle area in the Washington Territory.

John bought an existing homestead of 160 acres and got married to a neighbor girl, Emma Catherine Forsyth, in 1876. E...


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