MILLAR, Christopher and Sarah Allison
We first meet young Christopher Millar as a lad of 17 in his parent’s household in Pakenham, Lanark County. Both parents are listed as Ireland-born and all the 9 children were born in Upper Canada. Father Christopher Millar (1812-1877) was born 1812 in Limerick, Ireland; mother Elizabeth “Eliza” Comba ( 1814-1886), and both parents are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Pakenham. For more click here- CLICK
Adam Millar-— Great to see this!!
Christopher Millar is my great great great Grandfather. On his tombstone in the Cedar Hill cemetery his name is spelled with an ‘er'(Miller). On the side where is lists his wife it reads Eliza Comba wife of Christopher Millar with the ‘ar’. My dad had mentioned that there was a family dispute at some point and some kids went with ‘Millar’ and some went with ‘Miller’ but I’m unsure of the true origin.
It is a highlight for me to I should mention that my 3x great grandfather Chris was Chris sr. In fact I lived on the original farm on concession 3 in Pakenham until June 2015 when I tragically had to sell it. Still kills me a little but I still have the history and a dream to be able to buy it back someday. As for the different spellings of Millar/Miller go here is my input.
The old census in the original article is so cool to see especially thinking the family were living in a new version of the old home I was living in so recently. I am a descendant of Adam C Millar the 10 year old boy in the census. I know that line and some of 8 year old Young Millers lineage. The original 200 acre farm was split into two 100 acre parcels and given to Adam and Young. The parcels still have an odd division line as Christopher Sr insisted that each boy have equal tillable land due to the swamps of the Precambrian shield that they were farming on. I’m not sure but I have a feeling that was symbolic in the Millar/Miller split as Youngs descendants still use Miller where Adams line use Millar. Apparently Chris jr used Millar too.
The tombstone is kinda neat as it is solid documentation of the dual names. My dad always told me that Youngs name came about as he was the ‘young lad’ and had to put something down for a name so they went with Young. Maybe that census was the genesis! The farm was and still is in the middle of nowhere. I was the first generation to be born with electricity. The farm got hydro in 1959 and a private phone line in 1999. The old farmhouse is over 160 years old!
I have a photo that you would probably find interesting. I found it when cleaning out the old farm house. It is a group photo of all of Almonte High School 1933/34. Unfortunately it’s hard to get a good photo of but I’ll attach one. My grandfather Blake Millar is front row right above the ‘L’ of school and the ’19’ of 1933-34 on the stamp on the photo. That would have been his grade 9 year. Also neat to see the old houses and gym equipment in the background of the photo. I’m sure it was taken on the track outside the high school.
Anyways I appreciate your commitment and am always happy to see Millar’s pop up in your articles. Thanks! -Adam Wayne Andrew Millar
Thanks Adam for this. Because of your input we can solve a few more genealogy mysteries. Keep sending those notes in please!! Our history depends on you!
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