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Pastor J.H. Milburn
Kentucky Minister and Author

      Rev. J.H. Milburn was born near Mayfield on January 25, 1842. There he was married; his first wife surviving a little more than a year. On April 25, 1878, he was joined in wedlock to Miss Nannie J. Boston, at Boydsville, Kentucky, where he was a Baptist minister. To them a daughter was born – now Mrs. Daisy Harrison, wife of W.D. Harrison. Rev. Milburn served the Baptist Church at Boydsville in Graves County, KY for a number of years, and about fourteen years the family located to Union City. During that time the minister traveled in the West as an evangelist and became interested in the work of publication as the author of a number of books on theology, which have had a very wide circulation. Among these are Security of the Believer, Origin of Campbellism, Missions and Mission Methods, The Seventh Day Sabbath or Adventism, and of others. He contributed also to a number of church papers.

      Mr. Milburn professed religion early in life and consecrated himself to the work he believed in. His ministry covered a period of forty-five years. In the Confederacy he served from Tennessee as chaplain during the war, and in all things acquitted himself honorable as a citizen and with loyalty to church and to his people.

      He was a man of very pure life and ideals of citizenship, and so lived that when the summons came he was prepared to enter into the blessings that are reserved to the faithful.

      J.H. Milburn died very suddenly, the 26th of March, 1914 while downtown for the purpose of having his watch repaired. He complained of his heart and had not more than done so when death took place, and he was carried to the home of W.D. Harrison; his son-in-law. Bro. Milburn had been practically disabled for two years with rheumatism.

      Services were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Harrison by Rev. I.N. Penick. He was assisted by Elders Drake, Clark, Butler, Potts, Huey, all of Martin, the latter five assisting as pallbearers. He was buried at East Valley.


[Adapted from Union City Commercial newspaper, April 3, 1914. Document provided by Ben Stratton. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]

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