Pvt. Henry Mills 

Co. I - 7th Kentucky Infantry Volunteers

Henry Mills Sr. was born 11 June 1836, Knox County, Kentucky and died 22 September 1930 at the age of 94+ years. He is at rest in the Riffe Cemetery near Orrick in Ray County, Missouri. Henry was the son of "Big" John Mills and Lucretia Baker who lived on Stinking Creek in Dewitt, Kentucky, where he operated a Grist Mill.

He married 28 April 1857 at Barbourville to Lucinda Walker, born 11 August 1842. She was the daughter of Brice Walker and Nancy Bingham. Lucinda died 25 June 1890 of inflammation of the bowels, today we call this illness, Appendicitis. She is at rest in the Clevenger-Bogart Cemetery, near Orrick. Her husband, Henry, and ten of her eleven children survived her. George, Anne, John-dy, Nancy Ellen, Marion, William-dy, Arthur, James Thomas, Lucrecy and Sallie.

Henry and Lucinda lived at Flat Lick, Kentucky -----and it is said that one morning as Henry was shaving his call came to serve his country to help preserve the Union. He vowed then that he would never shave again..............He never shaved again!!!!!!

Henry was enrolled at Camp Dick, Robinson, Kentucky under the name of Henry Mills on the 5th day of September 1861, as a private of Captain Gale Downs Company I, 7th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers (Mustered in as 3rd Kentucky) in service of the United States of America in the Civil War. He served in the Gulf Department of the United States Army.

"Henry Mills, a private of Company I – 3rd Reg't (sub. 7th Kentucky Infantry) Volunteers, was enrolled on 5th day September 1861 at Flat Lick, Kentucky—3 years and is reported in muster rolls from enrollment to Dec 31, 1861, presence or absence not stated, To April 30th, 1862 (4 mo. muster), present and so borne to Feby 28th 1863 absent and left in hospital at Milliken's Bend, La. To Aug 31st 1863 absent. Detached as nurse in Floating Hospital Nashville by orders of Gen Grant to Oct 31 1863, absent in Hospital at Mound City, Ill to Dec 31st absent Nurses in the Hospital Boat Nashville June 1863 by order of Major Gen. U.S. Grant to Aug 31st 1864 present. Mustered out with Co. A Private Oct 5th at Louisville, Kentucky Hospital records are not on file. The records of this office furnish no evidence of alleged disabilities. R.C. Dunn Adjutant. He was mustered out and given an Honorable Discharge at Louisville, Kentucky on the 5th day of October 1864." His right hand was rather withered, I am not aware of the extent of his injury or the disability.

During his service he probably was in Missouri. After he returned home to Flat Lick he planned to return to the Missouri area; in this area perhaps he was in the battle of Lexington??? Eventually his dream of a home in Missouri was to become a reality and with preparations complete Henry and Lucinda "Lucy" and three children were at last ready for the trip. It is said by the Mills in Kentucky that Henry was the first Mills to leave Kentucky and that he left riding a big yellow horse and had 75 cents in his pocket. Nothing was ever said of the mode of transportation; however, it is reasonable to assume that it was by covered wagon. There was no mention of the possessions or food required for the trip. However, I own two of My Grandmother Lucinda's canning jars.

From 1867 the family lived in Pettis County, Howard County, Jackson County and finally settled in Ray County on Fishing River. It is said that the Indians showed Henry where to build his home so that the floodwaters of Fishing River would not reach it. It proved to be an excellent location, for the floods came close but never reached his home. In Kentucky it is said that at Henry's death he left a large number of acres of good Missouri bottom land (there were 75 acres).

There were always some foxhounds at Grandfather Henry's home. I am not aware of whether they were Walker hounds or not; however, it seems logical that they were Walker Hounds. Grandmother Lucinda had brothers, Pallis, Francis and George Walker, all in the twenty-year age group. Grandfather Henry related the events leading up to the origin of the "Walker Hounds." As the Walker sons were riding one day they saw a hound and a collie dog chasing a deer and they were well ahead of the pack of hounds. The Walkers chased and caught the hound and left the collie. This hound dog was destined to become the sire of a strain of hounds known as the " Walker Hounds."

Larry Mueller, hunting dog editor of the Outdoor Life magazine had this to relate about the origin of the Walker Hounds------" I hadn't heard about the Collie dog running with the lead hound, but I know the hound was a little black and tan that the Walker's called Tennessee Lead, because he was caught running ahead of the pack------ actually he states, Wash Maupin, a live stock trader was on a trading trip riding with the Walker brothers and he caught the hound."

The Walker's eventually took a bunch of hounds to Texas for a chase where they sold some of the hounds. The Texans were impressed and wanted more of those "Walker Hounds." That is how the Walker Hounds were named.

I still remember the sound of the hunter's horn. Have you ever heard a pack running on a damp evening? Each hound is recognized by its voice, the voice of "Old Blue" was very distinctive. Together a pack could make beautiful music. I have not heard the hounds run since the spring of 1956. I shall never forget that evening at the home of my parents.

While visiting with a cousin, Brice Walker, who lives at Walker, Kentucky, we discussed the Walker Hounds and which brother was the actual breeder of the strain of hounds known even today as Walker Hounds. Brice remembered the event and was sure that Pallis was the breeder of this strain of hounds. He said that a hound was in the bedroom with Pallis when he died. My brother Harley was an avid foxhunter and had a pack of Walker hounds.

Pa, Grandfather, Grampa, and Uncle Henry as he was known to everyone, and "Uncle" Billy Hall, a near neighbor and an Old Soldier of the Union Army were the closest of friends. Each year the family and neighbors for miles around gathered on their respective birthdays to honor each of them. I probably marched to a different tune than the other children at these times. While other children played games, I was with Grampa and Uncle Billy listening to their recollections as they "fit" their respective battles all over again—this was the place to be entertained-----very exciting. There was only one fly in the entertainment-----they always used a word that I didn't understand---tubyshore----many years later it finally dawned on me that it was only an agreement on some event and was actually ---to be sure. Oh! If I could have had a tape recorder, I could have recorded first hand the memories of these two old Union soldiers.

At noon on these occasions long tables were set up on the lawn and everyone planned and cooked their best dishes and desserts for this special occasion. On Grampa's 91st birthday there was this beautiful cake, baked and decorated by a granddaughter, Lucy Mills Camden. The cake was topped by 91 candles quite a sight in this child's life, most especially when they were lighted. About one hundred guests arrived to wish Grampa well on this cold rainy day in June. The roads were impassable for automobiles, so many did not attend.

At age 91 his health was good and at this time he still walked the three quarters of a mile to our home to wait for the mail carrier to arrive. It was a pension day. Those were the days to look forward to. My sister, Grethel drove the Model T Ford car and took Grampa to Orrick (4 miles) to take care of his business. I could ride along in the back seat of course.

Now that I almost finished this, I must add that Grampa took care of his family, no matter what was needed. I don't remember this but I have heard many times about the flu epidemic after World War I: how he stayed at our home and cared for all of us. I was a baby at this time. He stayed until the family, all six of us, were over the flu.

Henry loved his family and he often had grandchildren to care for along with his own children as well as tending the livestock and farm too. At Henry's death he had willed $1000 to each of his living children and left a warrant deed to provide Sallie a lifetime estate in the real property for Sallie's natural life. At Sallie's death the property was to be sold and divided equally between all of his hears, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren etc. When Grampa died five children, thirty-two grandchildren and forty-one great-grandchildren survived him. At this time in my family research I list at least 7 generations. Sallie died in 1968 and at that time all of his descendants had to be located and the proceeds of his land were distributed equally between all of his heirs.

Grandfather Henry's love was very great for his family and their descendants. He was a kind, gentle and loving Grampa, who thought of all his descendants even the unborn. WHAT A LEGACY.

Submitted by: Mrs. Nila Rebekah McCartney - Granddaughter