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Sylvester R. & Rebecca (Olds) Milliron

Milliron_SylvesterSylvester R. Milliron was born May 22, 1844, in Pine Creek Township, Jefferson County, PA, son of Daniel and Margaret (McKinley) Milliron.  He learned the lumbering trade from his father, who felled trees, rafted them to Pittsburgh and sold them for the new settlers of that area. 

In 1861, Sylvester enlisted in Company E, 18th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving for 2 years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1863.  On September 24, 1865, Sylvester married Rebecca Olds, daughter of William and Catherine (Pfeiffer) Olds.  Rebecca was born March 1, 1846, in Clinton County, PA.  After his marriage, Sylvester continued the lumbering trade learned from his father.

Sylvester and Rebecca were the parents of six boys and six girls. Among their children were Charles, Carrie Sager, William, Martha Vasbinder, Albert, Jennie Crow, Addie Shoup, Margaret Crawford, Henry, Kozie Rhines and Harry; one son having died young. 

About 1873, he moved his lumbering business to Elk County and continued there for a number of years.  In 1911, he purchased land about two miles east of Brookville, and retired there with Rebecca.    

Rebecca Milliron died in 1925, and was buried in the Butler Cemetery, not far from their home.  Her husband, Sylvester, died a year later in 1926, and was buried beside her.  His tombstone clearly lists his birth year as 1845, contrary to information in local history. 

(photo by Pat Steele)


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