Martha McMillan Journal Collection

On January 15, 1867, her wedding day, Martha E. Murdock McMillan, a farmer’s wife living four miles outside of Cedarville, Ohio, would begin writing in her journal daily about her life, the farm, her family, her community, and her faith. She would maintain that practice until two weeks before her death in August, 1913, resulting in 46 years of journals, comprising over 12,000 pages. This website shares Martha’s writings and the work of Cedarville University faculty and students in transcribing the journals, responding to their content, and engaging in research about the events of Martha’s life and her world.

Martha McMillan

"Thoughts vanish but writing is eternal." - 1867

Martha McMillan biography

Martha McMillan chronology

McMillan/Murdock Family genealogy


Browse the Martha McMillan Journal Collection:


Features the journals and supplemental information for each journal, including transcriptions, notes, and recovery reports. There is no journal for 1901.


On-going project to transcribe each journal

Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal

Brief notes of Martha's grandson outlining the contents of each year's journal

Research Papers

In-depth research on topics suggested by the contents of the journals

Image Galleries

Events, people, and other items associated with Martha McMillan and the journal collection


Presentations and lectures on the life and writing of Martha McMillan

Supplemental Material

Documents, letters, and other materials related to the McMillan family and the journal collection