The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 80
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
THE EARLY LIFE OF BENJAMIN RUSH MILAM
Benjamin Rush Milam was born in the little town of Frankfort,
Kentucky, on October 20, 1788.1 There seems, however, to be some
confusion as to the accuracy of the date, for in 1819 the curate of
St. Peter's church at Louisville, Kentucky, certified that Benjamin
Rush Milam was born on March 12, 1795.2 This date, in all prob-
ability is wrong because, according to the family records, Ben
Milam's youngest brother, James, was born in 1792.
The Milams in America originally came from Wales. Among
them was one Archibald Milam, whose son, Moses, married
Elizabeth Pattie Boyd in 1774, a daughter of William Boyd of
Bedford, Virginia." They had six children and Benjamin Rush
was next to the youngest. His brother, Archibald, was the eldest
member of the family; the others were Pattie Boyd, a sister,
Henley, William Boyd, John and James, who was born March 10,
Milam lived in Kentucky until 1812. When war broke out be-
tween the United States and England, he enlisted as a private in
John Jones's company of infantry, eighth regiment, Kentucky
Militia. His services began August 17, 1812, and lasted until
December 8, 1812.' Although references have been made to the
'Taken from the family records in possession of Ben T. Milam of Middles-
'A copy of the curate's statement is on file in the Department of Justicia.
Archivo General, in Mexico City. It seems that Milam presented this
statement to the Mexican government when he applied for citizenship
papers in 1824. The letter reads as follows: "The fourth(?) of March,
in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and ninety five, I, William
McFarland, curate of this church, did baptize a child born the twelfth of
this inst., to whom I put on the holy oil with crism and called him Benjamin
legitimate son of Moses Milam of Virginia and Eliza. Boyd of North Caro-
lina, paternal parents John Milam and Mary Wilson and maternal parents
William Boyd and Mary Rush, his Godfather being John Delane of France
to whom I have put in mind the spiritual cognation and his obligation
according to the Roman ritual." The present curate, however, says that
the records of St. Peter's Catholic Church at Louisville do not go back
beyond the date 1855.
'A copy of the marriage bond of Elizabeth Boyd and Moses Milam is on
file in the County Clerk's office in Bedford County, Virginia.
4Taken from the family records of Ben T. Milam of Middlesboro,
'Records of the United States Department of War, Washington, D. C.
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