Our New Book – Robert Mills of Fairfax County, VA

This new volume has 383 pages of photos, narratives, and maps showing where our ancestors lived and what they did for a living. The first chapter is about Robert Mills, a planter, who lived in Fairfax County, VA in the late 1600s to late 1700s. He had a small plantation outside of Alexandria, VA where he grew cash crops of tobacco, wheat, corn and other farm products. His sons and grandsons attended the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg, VA. His son, William Mills, lived on the small plantation all of his life. Robert Mills’s grandson, William Nelson Mills, was a wheat merchant and grocer in Alexandria, VA. Presidents Van Buren and Polk appointed him as Justice of the Peace in Alexandria in 1840 & 1845. He was “Superintendent of Police” in Alexandria for 17 years before he died in 1852.

William Nelson Mills and his wife, Ann Leap Mills, had four sons:
1) William Robert Mills, became a Methodist minister who traveled by horseback throughout the Pennsylvania countryside preaching in small towns that had a Methodist congregation;
2)Thomas M. Mills (our branch of the Mills family) was a carpenter and chair maker who lived in Alexandria, VA all his life;
3) Albert N. Mills, a lawyer who was a member of the Mount Vernon Guard and settled in Galveston, TX after the Civil War; and, 4) John R. Mills who with his wife, Rachel, spent their lives in Frederick County, MD farming the land.

You will be pleased to know there is new information on the Montgomery and Cox families in the “Robert Mills of Fairfax County, VA volume. These chapters have been revised to include numerous Montgomery family photos dating back to 1865 that Adrienna Montgomery Wieroniey gave us before she passed away. Such as, photos of Robert W. Montgomery in his police uniform, his wife, Anna McElhenny Montgomery, and some of their grown children & grandchildren. You have not seen these photos before. A copy of this book is now in the Library of Congress, genealogy department.

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