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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Charles Henley Mills, with other members of the Quarles and Mills
families, joined the great westward movement that spanned the continent
in the nineteenth century by migrating in 1812 to Fayette County, Ken-
tucky, in the well-settled bluegrass area around Lexington. He soon moved
on, however, to the more sparsely inhabited but fertile land of Christian
County in the low hills and partially wooded Pennyroyal country of south-
western Kentucky. There on August 2, 1814, the Reverend Jesse Brooks
married Charles H. Mills and nineteen-year-old Tabitha Buckner Daniel
from Jefferson County, Kentucky.'
In the years that followed, Charles Mills acquired a few hundred acres
of farm land first on Little River and later on the West Fork of Red River
where neighbors helped him build a temporary home. The site of his farm
placed Mills and his family in Todd County, Kentucky, after its creation
from Christian County in 1819 as a result of increased settlement. To assist
him in the cultivation of tobacco, corn, and sorghum, or in tasks around
the house, he had purchased nine slaves by 1820 and increased the number
to fifteen by I830. Tabitha in the same period had borne him three sons
and four daughters. On March 30, 1832, at their home five miles from
the place where Jefferson Davis had been born twenty-four years earlier,
she presented Charles with their eighth child, Roger Quarles Mills, whom
they named for a cousin in Lexington, Kentucky.4
As Roger grew up in the i83os and I84os Charles Mills experimented
with Cuban tobacco and bought small amounts of land in Todd County.
In February, I849, he sold his land holdings of 51 /2 acres in Todd
County for $2,958 and moved his family north to Livingston County,
Kentucky, where the Cumberland River joins the Ohio. In a similar set-
ting of rolling hills and fields he purchased a new farm of 392 acres where
he raised corn, wheat, rye, and oats, and kept sheep, hogs, and milk cows.
Six years later in 1856 he sold that farm for $3,000 and bought 50o acres
nearby for $3,600.5 By 186o he estimated his real estate at $13,00o and
3Meacham, Christian County, 589; Eurie Pearl Wilford Neel, The Statistical Hand-
book of Trigg County, Kentucky: The Gateway to the Jackson Purchase in Kentucky
and Tennessee (Nashville, I961), 30, 69; Marriage Records of Christian County, Ken-
tucky (County Courthouse, Hopkinsville), Book IA, I112.
4Deed Records of Christian County, Kentucky (County Courthouse, Hopkinsville),
Book F, i , Book H, 138, Book I, 587, Book N, 267, Book S, 237; Fourth Census of
the United States, 1820, Population, Todd County, Kentucky (microfilm, Indiana State
Library, Indianapolis), 126; Fifth Census of the United States, 1830, Population, Todd
County, Kentucky (microfilm, Indiana State Library), 358; Dallas Morning News,
September 3, 1911; Purifoy, "Mills," 2-3.
'United States Congress, Congressional Record, 55th Cong., Ist Sess., XXX, r764-
1765; Sixth Census of the United States, 1840, Population, Todd County, Kentucky
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