A Guide to the Nancy Millican Slave Document, 1845
Nancy Jane McNeil arrived to Texas in 1821 with her husband Robert Hemphill Millican, and their eight sons and two daughters. On 1824, Robert Millican, originally from Spartanburg County, South Carolina, received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin in the big bend of the Brazos River in what is now Brazos County. The census of March 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser, and his household included, apart from his family, two slaves. Mrs. Millican became a widow in 1836 and remarried to William S. Ellis on June 1838.
Elliot McNeil Millican (1808-1860) received a land title adjoining his father’s grant on March 1831. Between 1839 and 1844 he served as constable of Washington, sheriff of Navasota County, and sheriff of Brazos County, until he was elected representative for Brazos County to the Ninth Congress of the republic (1844-1845). During the Fifth and Sixth legislatures, he served as senator from Brazos County. He resigned from the Senate during the sixth session because of a widespread epidemic, as he was one of the few resident physicians in Brazos County. He devoted himself to his medical practice until his death during a cholera epidemic on October 13, 1860.
Lon F. Curbello, Jr., "MILLICAN, ROBERT HEMPHILL," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Lon F. Curbello, Jr., "MILLICAN, ELLIOTT MCNEIL," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The Nancy Millican Slave Document, 1845, documents the transfer of ownership of a female slave named Moria from Nancy Millican to her son, Elliot M. Millican, for one dollar.
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Nancy Millican Slave Document, 1845, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, September 2015.
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