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MacMillan & McPherson Familes – Mausoleum Hill

In fall 2017 a group of Haverford College students completed a project to research a number of the burials in Mausoleum Hill on the Yeadon side of the cemetery. These profiles will be presented in our Notable Burials section.

Louis A MacMillan was born on September 5, 1884, to parents Robert MacMillan and Margaret McPherson. He was one of 11 children: his brothers were Geo Landrum MacMillan, Robert MacMillan MD, and Benton MacMillan, and his sisters were Mary Morrow MacMillan, Florence Edna MacMillan, Bessie MacMillan, Helen MacMillan, Sydney Adelaide MacMillan, Margaret MacMillan, and Marion MacMillan. His parents, as well as siblings Helen, Margaret, Marion, Robert, and daughter Myrtle, are also buried at Mount Moriah. Louis had red hair, a sign of his Irish heritage (both his parents immigrated from Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine), and blue eyes. Louis worked as a shipwright at the Navy Yard. In 1910, Louis was living on North Thirty Second Street in Philadelphia. On July 20, 1914, Louis married Myrtle E Bradley, of Lancaster, PA, at the Scott Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. The couple lived on 32nd and Hamilton Street in Philadelphia. On May 18, 1925, his only child, a daughter, Myrtle, was born. She passed away a little over three years later, on August 18, 1928, from pneumonia. By this time, Louis had died on April 4, 1927, at the age of 42.

Myrtle E MacMillan was born on May 18, 1925. She was the only child of Louis A MacMillan and Myrtle E Bradley. She was born in Philadelphia, and died at the age of three on August 18, 1928, from pneumonia. Her father is also buried at Mount Moriah.

Jane “Jennie” McPherson was born on March 15, 1866, the daughter of Jane Henderson and George McPherson. She had one sister, Margaret McPherson, also buried in Mount Moriah. She died on March 13, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 47.

Robert MacMillan was born on April 4, 1847, in Londonderry, Ireland, to John C MacMillan and Margaret MacFann. The family emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850. He became a U.S. citizen on October 2, 1868. He married Margaret McPherson on March 11, 1875, at the Scott Methodist Episcopal Church. The couple had 11 children: Geo Landrum MacMillan, Robert MacMillan MD, Louis A MacMillan, Benton MacMillan, Mary Morrow MacMillan, Florence Edna MacMillan, Bessie MacMillan, Helen MacMillan, Sydney Adelaide MacMillan, Margaret MacMillan, and Marion MacMillan. His wife, Margaret, and children Helen, Margaret, Marion, Louis, Robert, and granddaughter Myrtle are also buried at Mount Moriah. He died on January 11, 1923, at the age of 75

Margaret McPherson was born on March 4, 1857, to George McPherson and Jane Henderson, in Donegal, Ireland. Her sister, Jane, was born on March 15, 1866. The family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1873. Margaret married Robert MacMillan on March 11, 1875. She had 11 children over the course of 24 years: Geo Landrum MacMillan, Robert MacMillan MD, Louis A MacMillan, Benton MacMillan, Mary Morrow MacMillan, Florence Edna MacMillan, Bessie MacMillan, Helen MacMillan, Sydney Adelaide MacMillan, Margaret MacMillan, and Marion MacMillan. Her husband, Robert, and children Helen, Margaret, Marion, Louis, Robert, and granddaughter Myrtle are also buried at Mount Moriah. Margaret died on February 25, 1912, at the age of 54.

Helen MacMillan was born on April 17, 1892, to parents Robert MacMillan and Margaret McPherson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was one of 11 children: her brothers were Geo Landrum MacMillan, Louis A MacMillan, Robert MacMillan MD, and Benton MacMillan, and his sisters were Mary Morrow MacMillan, Florence Edna MacMillan, Bessie MacMillan, Helen MacMillan, Sydney Adelaide MacMillan, and Margaret MacMillan. Her parents, as well as siblings Helen, Margaret, Robert, and Louis are also buried at Mt. Moriah. Helen never married, and passed away on October 12, 1918, at the age of 26.

Robert MacMillan MD was born on August 28, 1880 to parents Robert MacMillan and Margaret McPherson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was one of 11 children: his brothers were Geo Landrum MacMillan, Louis A MacMillan and Benton MacMillan, and his sisters were Mary Morrow MacMillan, Florence Edna MacMillan, Bessie MacMillan, Helen MacMillan, Sydney Adelaide MacMillan, Margaret MacMillan, and Marion MacMillan. His parents, as well as siblings Helen, Margaret, Marion, and Louis are also buried at Mt. Moriah. In 1903, Robert graduated from the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia. On September 7, 1904, he married Isabella Howard Stevens. On June 2, 1905, their first child, Howard Stevens MacMillan, was born. On May 18, 1907, their second child, Isabella Roberta MacMillan, was born. Robert worked as a physician for most of his life. He was appointed surgeon on SS Adams on October 9, 1909, and later became a master mason on February 28, 1911. He then returned to medicine, and worked as a surgeon on SS Annapolis, appointed to the position on February 1, 1923. He then died on January 10, 1925, in Skippack, Pennsylvania, at the age of 44.

Marion MacMillan was born in, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robert McMillan and Margaret McPherson. She was their last child, and was one of 11 children: Geo Landrum MacMillan, Louis A MacMillan, Robert MacMillan MD, Benton MacMillan, Mary Morrow MacMillan, Florence Edna MacMillan, Bessie MacMillan, Helen MacMillan, Sydney Adelaide MacMillan, and Margaret MacMillan. She died on December 19, 1900, at 8 weeks old.

—Kate Weiler