The research of the David Walter (D. W.) Milum family goes back to the year 1853 to Samuel Milum, the first Milum to settle in this county. According to records taken from family Bibles and other records, Samuel Milum, who was born March 26, 1793, in Hickman County, Tennessee, married a lady with a maiden name of McClary. To this couple were born the following children: James Blufred and Wash Milum (twins) 1816; Hulda Milum (1815) who married a Magness and once owned land, a cotton plantation, where the town of Pyatt is now located; Burris Milum (1820); Brice (1823); Dureelbah (1825); Elizabeth (1842); Dortha Jane (1848); and Bashaba (1853). All these were born in Hickman County, Tennessee, where their father Samuel was a farmer. In 1853, Samuel and his wife and the children and their families came to Marion County, Arkansas, by wagon train. They settled somewhere near Clear Creek. Soon after arriving, a son, Burris, and his family moved to Austin, Texas. He homesteaded or bought a section of land that is now in the city of Austin. Both Samuel and his wife are buried in the old part of Patton Cemetery in unmarked graves.
One of Samuel Milum's sons, James Blufred, settled at Powell (now Pyatt) and is also buried in the Patton Cemetery. His children were: Franklin D.; Byrd; J. N. (Newt), who married Mary Farmer and was father of the late Roy Milum, long-time State Senator from Boone County; John Milum; Fate, who married Mary Cunningham; Hulda Milum, who married Willey Patton; and Sarah Ann Milum, who married a Magness. All these children lived and died in Marion County. J. N. Milum, Roy Milum's father, was a dealer in roller mills, cotton gins, dry goods, clothing, hats, caps, shoes, groceries and hardware; he bought and sold produce of all kinds and, in November of 1907, advertised 5,000 acres of good farming and mineral lands for sale, cheap. At this time he lived at Lead Hill. The family has a letter he sent to Franklin D. Milum, pricing to him one roll of barbed wire for $3.75, eighty rods of woven wire for 25 cents a roll, eleven pounds of nails for 40 cents and four pounds of staples for 25 cents ... 1907 prices!!
Franklin D. (we think the D. stands for David) Milum, James Blufred's oldest child, was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, in 1841 and was married in 1868 to Elizabeth Milum, a very distant cousin whose family had come to Marion County from Hickman County, Tennessee, on the same wagon train as Samuel Milum in 1853. Franklin D. and Elizabeth owned a general store at Powell (now Pyatt) and homesteaded land about one mile from the Patton Cemetery in 1871. A few years later, he purchased the Patton farm and lived there until his death in 1912. He gave land to the Patton Cemetery to be extended to its present size. He and Elizabeth reared three children: Cordelia (1869-1870); David Walter (D. W.), born in 1871; and Oma (Mrs. Edgar Smart). Their children include Mrs. Walter (Minnie) Doshier of Harrison, parents of Bill and Gail Doshier. Franklin D. Milum belonged to the Jefferson Lodge at Hampton Creek, Marion County, Lodge No. 284 and was a Master Mason in good standing. He also drew a Civil War pension -- he was in Company B, 16th Regiment of the Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. Family records contain a bill granting an increase of pension to Franklin D. Milum by Mr. Floyd, the 61st Congress, 30th Session H. R. 29208, December 13, 1910. It states that the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to place on pension roll and pay Mr. Milum at the rate of $40.00 per month in lieu of that he is now receiving.
David Walter (D. W.) Milum married Lucinda (Lucy) Smart, born March 6,1877, daughter of Thomas Smart. This Thomas (Tom) Smart came from Mississippi to fight in the Battle of Vicksburg with the Confederate Army and escaped from Federal soldiers when they surrounded Vicksburg by jumping his horse off a high bluff into the Mississippi River and both swam to safety. (Note: his father-in-law fought with the North!) After the war, Tom Smart settled in Comanche County, Texas, and was married there. This wife died and was buried in Texas. He came to Arkansas when Lucy was about seven years old and first settled near St. Joe, then on to Marion County.
Tom Smart had another daughter, Maudie, who married John Melton and they were the parents of: Claude, Garland, Ada, Vada, Russell, and Edd Berry Melton. David Walter (D. W.) and his wife, Lucy, lived, first, around Enon Community in Marion County and later moved to the Milum homeplace on Highway 62 at Pyatt, approximately in 1926. He was living there when he died May 11, 1950. Lucy died July 11, 1954, and both are buried in the Patton Cemetery. They raised a family of nine children, all born in Blythe Township. Only one, Mary Hattie Young, is deceased. Their children are: Mary Hattie (Mrs. Ernest Young); Zella D. (Mrs. Jewell H. Pangle); Cam B., who married, first Hazel Pangle -- second Adalaide -- now married to Lilly Price; Virgie Pearl (Mrs. Dennis Barham); Millie C., first married to Talmadge Magness -- second to Sam Peck who emigrated to America from Russia as a young man; Hulda (Mrs. Tom Erhart); Audra (Mrs. Rual Keeter); Franklin (Frank), who married Dessie Copeland, daughter of Bill Copeland; and Newt Milum, who married Hortense Godfrey.
The Milum family has a very interesting Civil War heritage as noted from the Biography of John Young and Descendants. As mentioned earlier, Franklin D. Young, father of David Walter Milum, served in Company B, 16th Regiment of the Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. David Walter's oldest daughter, Mary Hattie, married Ernest Young, whose father, George Washington Young, served in the Confederate Army in the 2nd Missouri Cavalry under General Joseph C. Shelby. He wasn't truthful about his age in order to be accepted on his fourteenth birthday and the Civil War was ended on his seventeenth birthday. He fought in the Battle of Pea Ridge, and the family still has his Civil War overalls, boots and razor. Hattie Young's grandfather, Tom Smart, as recorded previously in his biography, served in the Battle of Vicksburg with the Confederate Army and barely escaped Federal troops there when the city was surrounded. So, the family of Mary Hattie and Ernest Young have ancestors serving with both the North and the South!
Another interesting aspect of this family coming from Civil War times when Tom Smart was traveling to the GIlbert area after salt and was chased into a tree late one afternoon by a huge bear. He was kept in this tree all night. At daybreak the bear gave up on Tom and went home and Mr. Smart was able to proceed on his salt mission.
Walter and Lucy Milum had twenty-five grandchildren, They, with present addresses, are listed as follows: George David, married to Mable DePriest Young, Pyatt; Mary Elizabeth Young Swafford, married to Harold C. (Bill) Swafford, Springfield, Missouri; William E. (Bill) of Pyatt; twin sons Kenneth Ivon, married to Juanita Barger Young of Ralley Hill, Arkansas, and Marion Edwin, married to Phyllis Martin Young, Harrison; and Samuel Augustus (Sam), married to Shirley June Turney Young, Pyatt. Zella and Jewell Pangle have one son, Bobby Gene, who married Wilma Hand Pangle, Harrison; Cam and Hazel Pangle Milum had three children -- Gene Voit Milum of Kansas City, Missouri; Maxine Robertson, Harrison; and David of Florida. Cam and his second wife, Adalaide, had two sons, Joe and Billy. Virgie and Dennis Barham had two daughters: Sybil, married to Jack Bullock, Hannond, Arkansas; and Lillian, who married Arthur Findley of Wichita, Kansas. Millie and Tal Magness had one daughter, Norma Jean, who married James Shipman of Monette, Missouri. Norma Jean died in March 1976. Millie and second husband, Sam Peck had one son, Sammy, Las Vegas, Nevada. Hulda and Tom Erhardt live in Lawrence, Kansas, and have a daughter, Joy, of Kansas City, Missouri, and a son, James, of Lawrence, Kansas. Audra and Rual Keeter have one son, Dr. Hal Keeter, who married Reba Spradley of Harrison. They live at Point Lookout, Missouri, where Dr. Keeter is Chancelor at the School of the Ozarks. Frank and Dessie Milum live in Yakima, Washington, and have three children -- Rowland and Milo of Yakima and Carol of New Jersey. Newt and Hortense Milum live in Pyatt and have three children, Jimmy Lane and Charlotte Hudson Milum of Harrison; Larry Gene and Judy Lacey Milum of Harrison; and Katharine Sue Milum (Mrs. Truman Jefferson), Harrison, Arkansas.
David Walter (D. W.) Milum owned a Government whiskey distillery in the early 1900's near Pyatt. This distillery was controlled by the Internal Revenue Service and papers show that a United States Gauger by the name of Virgil McDougal controlled Mr. Milum's warehouse inventory. There are receipts signed by Mr. McDougal in 1908-1910, showing he had gauged and inspected the spirits withdrawn from the warehouse. Mr. Milum's mailing labels, seals, and attachments read: D. W. Milum, Dealer and Manufacturer of Pure Corn Whiskey, Pyatt, Arkansas. All the old copper seals and marking plates are still in the Milum family. As far as is known, Mr. Milum owned the last Federal-inspected Whiskey Distillery in Arkansas.
Another interesting note about the Walter and Lucy Milum family is that during the time their older children were teenagers, a lady from Boone County by the name of Otha Stone (who had been born in the Piney Community, Marion County, daughter of Thomas D. and Nancy Melinda Bogle Stone, and later wife of Talbert Duggar of Marion County) boarded with the Walter Milum family and taught a Singing School in the Pyatt area. She was widely known in both Marion and Boone County for her musical ability. This same Otha Stone Duggar is the great Aunt of June Turney Young, wife of Sam Young, Walter Milum's grandson. Sam and June's four daughters -- Linda, Susan, Lori Beth and Sammye Lynne, have been singing in this Marion County area and Boone County for the last eight years, accompanied by their mother. They have played and sung in many places.
One of the most interesting stories of the Milum family concerns Franklin D. Milum's wife, Elizabeth, known as "Aunt Bet", and mother of Walter Milum. She, as many women of her time, was quite a pipe smoker! She had smoked this pipe for many years, even after she became a Christian and helped establish the Assembly of God Church in Pyatt where she was a charter member. However, she did have a desire to overcome her bad habit and, as the story goes, one morning as she came to the ladies quilting meeting at the Church she told them how God had delivered her from her pipe! He had given her a dream or vision the night before of her smoking the pipe and instead of smoke curling out of the pipe, it was a snake! She laid her pipe down and never smoked it again!
There are Milum descendants scattered all over the United States, although many still live in Marion County. Any historical record of Marion County would not be complete without record of this family. Through the years, they have been known as industrious, ambitious, honest and hardworking people who have left big prints in the history and development of Marion County.
This information was supplied by Zella Milum Pangle, Wilma Hand Pangle, Frank Milum, Newt Milum, Sam and George Young and submitted by June Turney Young, wife of Samuel Augustus (Sam) Young, grandson of David Walter (D. W.) Milum.
Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.