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David Buchanan Millar

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7 June 1840 - 12 February 1941
Conference Cane: 1929
Age at death: 100 years, 8 months

D.B. Millar

David Buchanan Millar was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 7, 1840, of poor but honest parents. Was born again in 1857, and joined the "Scotch Baptist Church," taking an active interest in church work from the start.

He joined the Antioch Baptist Church, and was given charge of the music in church and Sunday school. He also assisted a missionary of the Presbyterian chuch on the Old Bowery, by drilling the children in singing once a week. About this time - 1868 - Horace Greeley started his slogan - "Go West young man and grow up with the Country"; and obeying this he started for St. Charles, Michigan, where he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. After a careful study of the Discipline, he became convinced that properly worked, that was the system that would evangelize the world.

After a brief sojourn in New York and Trenton, N.J., he returned, early in 1870, to St. Charles and resumed his activities in church work, and concluded, under the advice of Brother Simpson, to resume his study for the ministry. The Quarterly Conference recommended him and Rev. William Fox gave him a license to preach.

In the Fall of 1870, he attended Conference at Fenton, and was given a charge as supply under the Presiding Elder, Rev. William Fox, New Haven Circuit. The following year he was admitted to Conference on probation, and was sent to Gaines Circuit, which consisted of Gaines and Vernon Center - now Durand.

In 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Kitty Green Culmerry, of Woodbridge, N.J., who was his faithful "help meet" until 1898, when she died. No children were born to this union, but while pastor at Hancock, a Mrs. Beswarrick, the wife of a miner, died leaving a baby girl, whom the Millars adopted and brought up as their own.

On May 16, 1900, Mr. Millar married Miss Pluma, eldest daughter of Dr. Samuel DuBois, of Unadilla, Mich.

Mr. Millar was granted the retired relation in 1907, Bishop Berry presiding, and moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where he lived until his death, Feb. 12, 1941.

- Detroit Annual Conference minutes of 1941, pp. 342-343

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