Milhouse Rd.
Location: Decatur Township
Samuel Compton Milhouse, early settler

Milhouse Road

The Milhouse family came for Ireland where Henry Milhouse was born in 1736 in the County Kildare. One of his sons, Robert, moved to America after the death of his father. Robert landed in Charleston, South Carolina, while his siblings moved to Philadelphia.

Samuel was the second of seven children born in 1796 to Robert and his wife Sally Compton Milhouse. He was born in Cane Creek, Union County, South Carolina. The family eventually moved to Clinton County, Ohio in the early 1800s, and then to Hendricks County, Indiana around 1836.

Milhouse Road

In 1829, Samuel married a young widow, Sarah Scott, in Ohio. By 1830, the couple had moved to Caesar’s Creek, Clinton County, Ohio, where the couple have four children. In 1835, he moved to Indiana and bought 160 acres of land where he last two children were born. He died in 1843 and was buried at Fairfield Cemetery in Hendricks County, Indiana. His wife survived until 1886.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Hamlett.

4 responses to “What’s in a Name: Milhouse Road”

  1. Missy says:

    I was just wondering, was this family Quaker, or a member of the Friend’s Church? They came over around the same time and followed a similar migration as my family who eventually settled in Hendricks County and Western Marion County who were Quaker. Also, I don’t believe Milhouse is a typical Irish name. Many Quakers were forced out of England because of their religion and went to Ireland for a time, until things were made difficult for them there as well.

  2. Ruth E.Reynolds says:

    Almost certainly this family was Quaker, or members of the Society of Friends.r. Fairfield Friends Meeting was established very early by Friends settling middle Indiana. My grandmother, (Anna Hodgin Reynolds)’s youngest sister, Mary Hodgin, married John Milhous (both Quaker), and they lived in Bridgeport, IN. “Uncle John and Aunt Mary” (to my father, Allen N. Reynolds) remained in Bridgeport, raised son David and daughter, Christine (later married Elvin Walton). “Uncle” John built most of the homes on Bridegport Road (which winds south toward Mooresville, another early Quaker community). Christine Walton held a land grant signed by (I think) Zachary Taylor, and their farmland had remained in the family for generations. In the 1990’s it was sold to the Indianapolis Airport. Son David married Ruth Ballard, and they had four offspring: John David, Robert, Paul and Nancy (married Wilson). Daughter Christine married Elvin Walton and they has one son, Carl Stanley.
    The above mentioned Milhouses (Henry, Robert, Samuel) may (and may not) be direct ancestors – where does Richard Nixon’s mother, Hannah Milhous fit in?) But the fact that they all settled in same region, and most certainly were Quaker, would suggest a familial relationship. Quakers often migrated as a group.

  3. MARION RAINEY says:

    Our Sarah Hornor married Henry Milhouse from Cane Creek, S. C. It makes me wonder if the Hornors may have come from that county of ireland. We cannot seem to get past Thomas Hornor and Ann Taylor, the parents of Sarah. The Hornors were Quakers who were Virginia, S. C., then on to Ohio where they settled on the Little Miami, then to Indiana, and some to Iowa.

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