MacMillans in Early
The earliest MacMillans in
Texas arrived before the founding of the Republic of Texas.
Over a dozen MacMillans supported the Texas War of
Independence (October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836) and are
recorded in the military rolls. Edward McMillan fought at
the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836 when General
Sam Houston lead the Texas Army to victory.
MacMillans served in militias that defended the Republic of Texas during its brief history (1836-45). Several MacMillans gathered in San Antonio in the fall of 1842 to defend the republic against Mexican invaders in the Somervell Expedition. None appeared to have continued on to the ill-fated Mier Expedition.
The Republic of Texas and later the State of Texas offered certificates to claim public lands. MacMillans claimed their share of Texas land grants, some claiming bounty land grants for their participation in the Texas militia. Numerous MacMillan land patents are recorded in the archives of the Texas General Land Office.
One of Texas' counties is named for John McMullen. McMullen County is located in southern Texas and is drained by the Nueces and Frio Rivers.