Many of the early Mills family had roots in Ireland, England, and Scotland. The entry points to North America from Europe were both Canada and the United States. When the US Government created the Homestead Act of 1862, it opened a way for young men and women with guts and determination to participate in the American Dream.
By working from sun-up until last light, our ancestors tended the farm animals, sowed the seeds, reaped the harvest and created a life for their families. As soon as they were old enough, everybody worked. There was so much to do that each child had daily tasks that not only serviced the family, it helped mold them into people who understood the value of work and giving it everything they had. Much of the family roots starting with Robert Charters Mills and Esther Hunter reach out from around Park River, North Dakota. Many of the relatives still live there.
For the most part, we are and have always been a hard-working lot and many in the family are the pioneer spirit, salt-of-the-earth kind of individuals that makes good neighbors. You will see repeatedly a willingness on their part to take the risk, to leave the comfort of the nest and strike out for new opportunities and a new life. Many of our ancestors endured extremely difficult and lonely times while starting their families and proving their land.
Esther Hunter said, “If I didn’t have hymns to sing, I’d go crazy listening to the wind.” Grandma Mary Mills Miller was crocheting and the hook flipped up into her eye and her husband James had to take the hook out and hold her eye for a day because there was no doctor within fifty miles. Mary went back to work baking, cooking and caring for her family and never saw from that eye again.
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