History of Pike & Dubois Counties, Indiana; Chicago
Goodspeed Bros. & Co., Publishers, 1885
Dubois County, Boone Twp, page 709
RICHARD F. MILBURN, one of the leading farmers of Boone Township, is a son of Francis and Mary (Inman) Milburn. The father was born in Kentucky in 1804, and the mother in 1809. They moved to Dubois County, Ind., in 1859, where they farmed. Francis died in November, 1861, and the mother died September 5, 1865. Richard was born October 24, 1832. He received but little schooling in his boyhood, but by his own exertions acquired a good business education. From early boyhood he worked in a mill in Kentucky until 1853, when he came to Dubois County and settled on a rented farm where he remained two years. He afterward bought eighty acres of the farm where he now lives. He built a house and furnished it, but one day during his absence it burned to the ground. With the assistance of his neighbors, he erected another in four days. He now owns 200 acres of good land. In 1852 he was married in Kentucky to Liza J. McCarthy, born December 13, 1834. They were blessed with six children: Sarah E., John W., Richard M., James S., Mattie J. and one unnamed. Richard is a wide-awake young teacher, and has attended the State Normal School three terms. Husband and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Milburn has served as constable seven years, and has filled the office of justice twelve years. He is a Democrat and cast his first vote for Buchanan.