From press reports
On Saturday, August 3rd the McMillin and related families met for the 63rd annual reunion at Lake Tiak O’Khata to kick off their two day event. On Saturday afternoon close to forty family members gathered for their annual cookout finding plenty of shade and relief from the heat in the Grove beneath the pines for which the lake was named. Jamie McMillin, of Louisville, served as chef. Along with the many hotdogs and hamburgers he served, there was an array of delicious dishes and sides prepared by other family members.
The Colonial Room was decorated with the traditional MacMillan tartans. MacMillan flags and Scottish flags, provided by Dr. Lamar McMillin, John & Sylvia McMillin and Billie Joy Tucker adorned the front wall and tables. Centerpieces, which exhibited a variety of greenery taken from Mrs. Joyce Johnson’s gardens were arranged by Sylvia McMillin. Helping her with other Colonial Room embellishments were Lenora Frazier, Carol McMillin, and Ashlie McMillin Johnson.
The meeting was called to order by President, Dr. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr. of Vicksburg. The grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. John McMillin led the singing of the “MacMillan Rallying Song”. Each of the children brandished various objects to emphasize each verse of the song (the plaid, holly, a shield, and a sword).
Dr. Fitten Lamar McMillin, Jr. welcomed all those in attendance. The devotional entitled The Lord is Our Keeper was presented by Mrs. Ashlie Johnson of Athens, GA. The devotional was based on Psalm 121 and focused on the fact that nothing will separate us from God’s purpose. Each step we take in this life is preserved, accompanied, and ruled by God.
Following the devotional, Mrs. Tracy McCully of Louisville provided a beautiful and moving presentation of “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone”.
After enjoying a delicious buffet lunch in the typical Lake of Tiak O’Khata manner, the attendees introduced their family members and explained their connection to the McMillin family line. The McMillins and related families can trace their lineage to William McMillin who was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1763 and later immigrated to the United States and married Margaret Elizabeth McInnis in about 1800. William’s daughter Mary eloped with Nat Woodward and moved from South Carolina to Winston County in the early 1800’s and settled north of Louisville along what is now Hwy. 15 at McMillin Switch. Later her father, William, packed up the rest of the family and moved to Winston County. Most of the attendees at the reunion are direct descendants of the children of William McMillin and Mary Elizabeth McInnis.
Special recognition was given to the following: Mrs. Sue Fulcher of Louisville for being the oldest descendent at the reunion, McMillin Moomaw, 3 month old grandson of Lamar and Carol McMillin of Vicksburg, for being the youngest attending, Jane McMillin and Sue McMillin Faulkner of Lampasas, Texas for traveling the greatest distance. There was a tie of the family with the most family members present. The families of John McMillin and Sue Fulcher had the honor of having 14 members of their family present. The McMillin family lost two precious members this past year, Mr. Jimmy McMillin of Louisville and Dr. Carlton McMillin of Carthage.
Dr. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr. presented this year’s program on the military career of Samuel Fitten McMillin. Samuel F. McMillin was born in 1828 in South Carolina and died in 1888 in Louisville, Mississippi. He was married to Sarah Jane Barmore McMillin from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. On February 7, 1862, he left his farm and joined the Confederate Army. His military career included his involvement in the Battles of the Peninsular Campaign- Seven Days’ battles (,Garnett’s Farm, VA, Savage Station, VA, Malvern Hill, VA), Harper’s Ferry, VA, Sharpsburg, MD, Fredericksburg, VA, Gettysburg, PA, Knoxville, TN, and The Wilderness, VA. At the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA on May 12, 1864 he lost his right eye due to a battle wound. Upon returning to duty in January of 1865, he continued to fight in defense of his beloved southland until his capture at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek (Harper’s Farm), VA on April 6, 1865. He was sent to Point Lookout, MD, prison camp. Upon receiving a parole on June 29, 1865, Samuel Fitten returned to Winston County, where his wife and 3 daughters awaited his homecoming. He later fathered 3 sons. Sarah Jane and Samuel Fitten McMillin are buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi.
Following a business meeting, Dr. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr. gave a “MacMillan Exhortation” exhorting the McMillin families to “remember the poor, pray for the sick, make no peace with injustice, and continue to learn to aid the distressed”.
The 64th reunion of the McMillin and Related Families will be held on August 2-3, 2014.
Those attending the 63rd Reunion represented 7 states. MS: Mr. Dale Bennett, Mrs. Mary Joyce Boyles, Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Crowell, Ms Lynne Cunningham, Mrs. Sue Bennett Fulcher, Mr. Charles William Haggard, Mr. & Mrs. Randy Hodges, Mr. Kevin Hudson, Mrs. Joyce Bennett Hull, Mr. & Mrs. William McCully & daughter Myrrah, Mr. & Mrs. Jamie McMillin, Mrs. Yvonne McMillin from Louisville; Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Moomaw & sons, Grayson & McMillin from Madison ; Mr. & Mrs. Lance Greer from Oxford; Mr. & Mrs. John McCullouch from Ridgeland; Mrs. Mildred Coggins from Tupelo; Dr. & Mrs. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr. and Mr. & Mrs. Stephen McMillin & daughter Lynlee from Vicksburg.
AL: Mrs. Hallie Jean Frazier Blalock from Tuscaloosa, Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Johnson from Hoover; AR: Mrs. Ellen Ishee O’Lonney from Roland; GA: Mr. David Haggard & daughter Ashley from Atlanta; Mrs. Ashlie McMillin Johnson & children Lucy, Noah, Levi & Rose from Athens. LA: Rev. & Mrs. Percy Mac Frazier from Franklinton. TN: Mrs. Danna McMillin Bennett from Mt Juliet; Mrs. Missy McMillin Crew & children, Jacob, Maggie, Samuel, Eleanor, Eli, & Isaac; Mr. & Mrs. John McMillin from Chattanooga; Mr.& Mrs. Bob Moore, Mr. & Mrs. Keith Moore from Collierville; Mrs. Venita Moore Wright from Arlington; TX: Mrs. Sue McMillin Faulkner & Ms. Jane McMillin from Lampasas.