G. T. (Gideon Tibbetts) Ridlon.

History of the families Millingas and Millanges of Saxony and Normandy, comprising genealogies and biographies of their posterity surnamed Milliken, Millikin, Millikan, Millican, Milligan, Mulliken and Mullikin, A. D. 800-A. D. 1907; containing names of thirty thousand persons, with copious notes on online

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Online LibraryG. T. (Gideon Tibbetts) RidlonHistory of the families Millingas and Millanges of Saxony and Normandy, comprising genealogies and biographies of their posterity surnamed Milliken, Millikin, Millikan, Millican, Milligan, Mulliken and Mullikin, A. D. 800-A. D. 1907; containing names of thirty thousand persons, with copious notes on → online text (page 36 of 109)
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June 15, 1861.

10. Maria L. Milliken'^ (1), sixth daughter of Smith" (1), b. Mar. 19, 1836; was
m., ist, to Tyler Joy; 2d, to Alvin Reed Hawkins, in 1870, who d. Aug. 27,
1889. First husband killed in battle of Fredericksburg. She d. Aug. 5, 1894.
One child :

I. Charles Ainsley Hawkins, b. Nov. 16, 1871, in Cambridge, Mass.

11. John S. Milliken' (9), fifth son of Smith" (1), b. May 17, 1838; m. Olive ,

and d. Apr. 16, 1873. A son was born after his death.

12. Martha B. Milliken^ (3), sixth son of Smith" (1), b. Apr. t6, 1840; wasm.
Mar. 25, 1862, to John L. Delahanty. She d. at Fitchburg, Mass. One child:
Harley Delahanty.

13. Charles A. Milliken'^ (2), sixth son of Smith" (1), b. May 27, 1844; d. in
Charlestown, N. H., in 1863, of consumption brought on by service in the Union
Army. children of Alexander and julia bixby.

I. Mortimer Delville Milliken^ (1), eldest son of E. Alexander" (4), b. in Keene,
N. H., May 11, 1805; m. May 17, 1836, Miss Harriette Foster, b. June 12,
1805. He received his education in his native town and early entered the store
of A. Haskins as clerk, where he remained until his majority. He was soon after
appointed executor of the estate of an uncle which made it necessary to go to
Georgia, where he disposed of the "Woodbine Plantation." What he saw while
in the South made him a strong anti-slavery man. After his return to the North
he became partner in a large store at Keene. He decided, in 1840, to remove to
the then Far West, and drove with a horse and chaise 400 miles and took up land
in Clarendon, State of New York, and that was his home until his death, which
occurred Feb. 5, 1900. His wife predeceased him after a wedded life of 36 years.

Mr. Milliken was a man of sterhng integrity, energetic in business, of a kindly
and genial disposition, so that he was respected and beloved by all who knew
him. On account of certain doctrinal beliefs he never united with any church,
but was always a devout student of the Bible, a strict observer of the Sabbath,
and one who sought reverently to do the will of God.

Politically, he was a strong Republican, always taking an active interest in
the success of the party. For two years, 1861 and 1862, he was supervisor of

He was under the care of his son George, who has always lived on the home-
stead, and from him received the most dutiful attention.

The funeral services were attended by a large circle of relatives, friends, and
neighbors who, by their presence and kindly words, testified to the esteem in
which they held the departed. Children named as follows:

I. William Delville Milliken", b. Mar. i, 1837, in Keene, N. H.; m.
Jan., 1867, to Jennie Nason, b. at New London, Conn., May i, 1847.


He enlisted in the 4th New York Heavy Artillery, in August, 1862, and
was afterwards transferred, with rank of second lieutenant, to the 22d
U. S. Colored Rctrimcnt, and served to the end (jf the war, being mus-
tered out in December, 1865, as first lieutenant. He returned home
shattered in health, and d. June 29, 1887, leaving four chiUlren, named
as follows:

(i) Delville Henry Milliken^, b. Oct. 16, 1867, at Bridgeport,
Mo.; d. Sept. 22, 1889.

(2) fiATTiE Belle Milliken'^, b. May 5, 1869, at Clarendon, N. Y.;
ni. WiLLi.\M Wood WORTH, and lives in Rochester, N. Y. One

(3) Laura L. Milliken^, b. Apr. 25, 1871, at Buncombe, Mo.; is
living with her mother in Buffalo, N. Y., unm.

(4) Edgnilla Catherine Milliken^, b. Feb. 23, 1873, at Holden.
Mo.; is now a teacher living mostly with her mother. Unm.

n. George A. Millikex", b. June 29, 1839, ^" Keene, N. H., has always
lived on the homestead farm in Clarendon, N. Y., and is not married.

III. Mary Jull\ Milliken^, b. July 17, 1847, ^t Clarendon, N. Y.; was m.
Dec. 30, 1875, to Dallas D. Cook, b. Dec. 25, 1844, in Clarendon, is
now living in Canandaigua, N. Y., and has two children, namely, Arthur
M. Cook, m. Esther Gates, and lives on the home farm, and Orline Cook,
still in school.

TV. Sarah Artimisl\ Milliken'', b. Sept. 18, 1849, i^i Clarendon, N. Y^,
was m. Sept. 17, 1879, to Frank H. Martin, h. Oct. 17, 1852, now a
merchant at Oaktield, N. Y., where they reside. One daughter, Mildred
Grace, b. Mar. 19, 18S5.

2. Emily Maria Milliken^ (1), eldest daughter of E. Alexander* (4), b. in Keene,
N. H., May 9, 1807; was m. May 3, 1827, to Joshua Wyman, of Keene, N. H.,
where she d. Feb. 13, 1841. She had children.

3. Joseph Bixby Milliken' (3), second son of E. Alexander* (4), b. in Keene,
N. H., Sept. 28, 1809, and d. in Kansas, never having married.

4. Edward Alexander Milliken^ (2), third son of E. Alexander* (4), and Julia
Bixby, b. in Keene, N. H., June 13, 1813; m., ist, Nov. 16, 1837, Miss Susan A.
TowNE, eldest daughter of Samuel and Susan A. Towne of, or near, Keene,
N. H., where she was b. in 1814. She d. in Clarendon, Orleans Co., N. Y., Oct.
14, 1842. For his second wife, he m. Christian Laing, who was b. at Buck-
haven, Fifeshire, Scotland, Feb. 7, 1818, came with her parents to America in
1833, and settled in Newbury, Vt., which remained her home until her marriage,
Mar. 3, 1847. Her father was Alexander Laing. She d. at Medina, Lenawee
Co., Mich., Apr., 1896. He resided in Cheshire Co., N. H., until May, 1840,
when he went to Clarendon, N. Y., where his brother, Mortimer D., was already
settled, intending to permanently locate there. Of his journey westward he
wrote his wife as follows: "I left Keene at 7 o'clock; reached Brattleboro at 12;
started from there at 4 a.m., and arrived at Albany at 12 p.m.. Left there at 6
next morning for Syracuse, which place I reached at 7 p.m. Took the stage for
Batavia, where I arrived at 5 a.m. and took the cars for Rochester, arrived at
9 o'clock, and took the boat for Holly, which place I reached at 7 p.m." Soon
after reaching his brother's he sent for his wife and two children, and they re-
mained with his brother's family until after the mother died, when he returned


with them to Keene, N. H., where he remained, — his children hving with their
paternal grandparents, — until his second marriage. In the fall of 1853, he
moved to Lenawee Co., Mich., and settled upon a farm in Hudson township,
where he remained until 1 870-1, when he removed to the village of Medina,
about a mile from his farm, where he conducted a hotel for a time; then retired
from active Ufe, his sons by his second wife, meanwhile, carrying on the farm.
He d. Feb. 5, 1899. He was successful as a farmer, being a man of good judg-
ment who carefully looked after his own affairs. Although possessing a some-
what hasty temper, he was of a genial, rather jovial, nature, ever ready to do a
favor, fond of his friends, and beloved by them. Politically, he was a Democrat,
but never took an active part in politics, contenting himself with casting his
vote. As a man his honesty and integrity were beyond question. See 6th gen-
eration for his children's names.

I. Susan Elizabeth Milliken^, b. Mar. 11, 1839, in Keene, N. H., and
Hved with her relatives some time after the rest of the family were in
Michigan; but finally rejoined them and engaged in teaching (having
acquired her education in the East) until failing health compelled her
to give up professional duties and remain at home until her death, which
occurred June 22, 1863, at Medina, Mich.
II. Ed\vard Alexander Milliken", b. Dec. 14, 1840, in Keene, N. H.,
and was carried when a babe to Clarendon, N. Y., and after his mother's
death, before he was two years of age, back to New Hampshire, where
he lived until the family went West in the fall of 1853. After reaching
the new home he attended at an Academy winters and worked clearing
new land summers. In the fall of 1859, he went to Canandaigua, N. Y.,
to reside with his uncle, Nathan J. Milliken. He there attended at the
Academy during the winter and in the spring entered the office of " The
Ontario County Times," to learn the printer's trade. He remained in
this position until May, 1861, when he enlisted as private in Co. G,
i8th N. Y. Infantry, for two years, and served until his term expired,
when he hastened home to Michigan that he might meet his sister once
more before she died. He soon returned to Canandaigua, and in Sep-
tember, same year, re-enlisted in Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and
served until the war closed, being discharged Sept. 25, 1865. Return-
ing to New York, he went to the oil fields of Pennsylvania, but returned
to printing. His health failing he tried outdoor work again. He m.,
Jan. 16, 1872, ]Mary Ellen Drown of Adrian, Mich., youngest daughter
of ApoUas and Lydia (Eaton) Drown, of that place. After his mar-
riage he returned to New York where, on Tenawanda Island in the
Niagara River, he superintended a fruit farm. His health failed and he
retired to the home of his wife in Adrian, Mich., where he still resides.
Pie has lost the use of his legs by locomotor ataxia and moves about
house in a wheel chair. He has been a great sufferer, but being naturally
of a strong, enduring constitution, and equally strong will-power, and
of a genial disi)osition, he has borne his affliction with such fortitude
and cheerfulness as to excite the wonder and admiration of his many
friends. He rejoices in the use of his hands, and through all these years,
since 1880, has kept them busy in various kinds of hght work, always
expressing gratitude to his Heavenly Father for his many blessings, and
is patiently waiting for his summons home. In politics he has always


been a Rcpubliam, aiul liis church relation has been, since 187S, with
tlie Methodist Protestant (icnomination.

III. Emily Ellen Millikex", b. Apr. 27, 1842, in Clarenchm. N. \'.. and
d. there Oct. 16, 1842. being buried in the coftin with her niotlier who
d. on the i4ih.

IV. Robert Laing Milliken", b. Apr. 21, 1848, in Kcene, N. II., did not
marry, but remained on the homesteafl and assisted in raring for his
parents. Residence, Medina, Mich. A model farmer. He is ;i Dem-

V. James Delville Milliken", b. Mar., 1S57, in Tx-nawce Co., .Midi.
Has never m., but Hves on the homestead farm at Medina, Mich. lie
is a successful farmer. In politics a Democrat.
5. Hon. Nathan James Milliken^ (1), fourth son of Alexander'' (4), b. in, or
near, Keene, N. H., Sept. 27, 1821; m. Nov. i, 1853, Miss Orlixe Suttox of
Seneca Co., N. Y., who d. in January, 1894. Mr. MiUiken was educated in the
common schools and at Hancock and Keene Academies, in the meantime serv-
ing an apprenticeship at the printing trade in the office of the Cheshire Repiihli-
can, at Keene. Later, he worked at his trade at Burlington, Vt., and at Kecse-
ville, N. Y., where he received his first editorial training in the office of the
Keesevi/le Republican, being part owner of that paper during the Presidential
campaign of 1844. The following year he removed to Seneca Falls, becoming
editor and proprietor of the Courier, then the Whig organ of Seneca County.
He sold this ])aper following tlie nomination of General Taylor, in 1848, but
established and conducted during the ensuing campaign, a paper known as
The Free Soil Union. He became a resident of Canandaigua, N. Y., in 1852,
and there estabUshed the paper to whose management he was thereafter destined
to devote his life, The Ontario County Times.

Mr. ^Nlilliken's interest in politics dated froni 1840, wlien he was a resident
of Burlington, \t. Though not yet a voter, he there identified him.self with the
Whig party and took an active part in the ''liarrison and Tyler too" campaign
of that year. Four years later, when Henry Cla\-, the idol of the j^rogressive
young men of the country and the magnetic leader of the Whig party, was its
Presidential candidate, he was doing his first editorial work in the otTice of the
Kccseville Republican. Following the defeat of ''Harry of the West," in that
campaign, he sold out his interests in the paper, an action that indicated how
keen was his disappointment at the defeat of the beloved leader, and how illy
could he brook the affront to luinciples embraced in the trium])h of the reac-
tionist, James K. Polk. ^ir. Alilliken had from the first .sympathized with the
constantly growing anti-slavery sentiment, the ground swell of which threatened
the disorganization of both the old parties, and when he entered ui)on news-
paper work at Seneca Falls, it was as the avowed champion of the radical ele-
ment in the Whig party. When that party, in 1848, threw over l)oth of its
logical leaders, Clay and ^^'ebster, and selected Taylor, a slaveholder, as its
candidate for the Pre.sidency, he sold his paper rather than be recreant to ])rin-
ciple, and openly allied himself with the movement that, declaring itself at the
Buffalo convention of that year for "a free soil for a free i)coj)le," laid the corner-
stone of the political structure to be known as the Repul)lican party.

The following extract from a letter written to his father at that time, and
recently found among a bundle of the hitter's papers, shows something of the
young editor's feelings:


Seneca Falls, 30th July, 1848.

My Dear Father : — ... I was very sorry to learn that you thought I had
made a mistake in speaking against the nomination of General Taylor for the
Presidency, and not less so tliat you should so far misapprehend my character as
to suppose I would give him my suj)port. My dear father, I am quite too much
"a chip of the old block" to do that — all the conventions in Christendom,
aided by all the i)lausible sophistry of all the oily-tongued politicians in the land,
cannot induce me to believe that Ta}'lor is a reliable Whig, or otherwise qualified
for the high office to which he has been nominated. And this being the case, I
shall not, cannot, consent to help along the game of fraud, either with my voice
or vote. I will vote for no man whose past life, or present position and asso-
ciations, do not afford some reasonable assurance that he will act right if elected.
I am not unconsciovis of the numerous difficulties which may result from an
adherence to this resolution. I do not forget the dangers to my pecuniary-
interests, the loss of friends, the abuse of enemies, or the odium which invariably
follows an independent course when unsuccessful, and which to some extent
attaches even to the most fortunate eft'orts. These points were all considered
and allowed to have their proper weight — they caused me to examine the whole
ground dispassionately, with a view to reconciling myself to the Philadelphia
nominee if possible, but the result was only a more thorough conviction that
truth and honor required me to oppose General Taylor though endorsed by a
professedly Whig convention, with the same zeal that I would if he had been the
Locofoco candidate, as he had more than once signified his willingness to be, I
could no longer hesitate but at once determined to do what I could to secure
the nomination of a third candidate of less objectionable character and standing.
This desirable object, I think, is now in a fair way of accomplishment. The
liufi'alo Convention, I trust, will bring out an acceptable ticket, in which case
the most cheering results may be anticipated. A good vmion ticket, based on
the nomination of an anti-slavery platform, is what we want, and such an one,
if brought into the field through the instrumentality of the Buffalo Convention,
will receive my cordial support. And if it shall turn out that a political editor
cannot obtain a hving and be honest, then I will cease to be one. "I will hang
my harp on the willow tree," and thereafter devote myself to some more honor-
able em])]oymcnt.

'J'hose were days of great events in pohtics. They were days in which it
must ha\e l^een worth while to edit a newspaper. They were days that tried
men's souls, tested their clearness of vision, divided them on questions of con-
science. There were, happih', men in every Northern community whose faces
were turned toward the right. At this time the Free Soilers of Ontario County
wanted a paper of their own, and to whom could they look but to the young
man at Seneca Falls, who had demonstrated his faithfulness to the cause they
had at heart, by deeds as well as words. The Times and its editor had a ])art
in shaping political developments of those pregnant years, and naturally led in
the work of organizing the party which arose to save the Union and free the
slaves. At the first Republican county convention, in the fall of 1855, Mr.
MiUiken was a leading spirit, and in the campaign that followed he was the
candidate of the "People's" convention for the otfice of sheriff, but was de-

He continued prominent in the upbuilding and management of the Repub-
hcan party, and often headed its delegations to State and District conventions.

MILLJKEXS 01- WJLTO.y AXD ^J/AKO.V, .V. //. 2r>3

At the outbreak of the Civil War, he took an atli\c and useful part in arousing
patriotic sentiment, but the impaired eyesight which had embarrassed him from
i)oyhood, was an insurmountable obstacle to tlic services he would have ren-
dered in the army. He was elected for County Clerk in 1864.

In the succeeding years he devoted himself to the conduct of The Times,
and continued prominent in the management of local party affairs. In the
Blaine campaign of 1884, he was the Repul)lican nominee for Presidential
elector in his congressional district. In i8qo, lie was appointed Postmaster by
President Harrison. He held this otTice during the ensuing four years, and
introduced important local postal improvements.

Mr. Milliken died at his home in Canandaigua, N. Y., Nov. 26, 1902, aged
81 vears and 2 months. He had ])cen a resident of that town for over 50 years.
Coming there as the avowed opponent of the old regime, he had an uphill road
to travel, both in establishing himself in Inisiness and organizing the forces of
the growing anti-slavery movement. But he fought unllinchingiy the good
light for free men and free soil, and surmounting business obstacles and living
down political obloquy, he won the respect, and in a large measure the favor,
of those whom he had opposed in his battles for principle. His .sagacity and
wisdom as a political leader came to be widely recognized, and he was the trusted
adviser and lieutenant of Horace Greeley, Thurlow Weed, William H. Seward,
and other noted men who were so instrumental in building the Republican
party. Mr. Milliken was a practical politician, in the best sense of the term.
He was loval to his convictions and to his friends. His w'ord was as good as his
bond, in politics or in business. He never knowingly supported an unworthy
man for any office. He fought fair and often fiercely, with the result that he
made enemies as well as friends, and was a principal in many heated political
controversies, but he held no personal rancors. He was a great editor in the
field he had selected, and in more than one instance his brethren of the quill
paid high tribute to his ability in that capacity. He invested his paper with a
marked individuality, being a forceable and cogent writer. He was a public-
spirited citizen and used his j)otent influence for the advancement of every
worthy local enterprise. He was a noble specimen of manhood who did not
shrink at discouragements, and always held y)rinciple above personal interests.
He was averse to professions but his character stood for righteousness. Those
who knew him most intimately recognized his Christian spirit and the high and
unselfish motives that governed his conduct. Never intentionally did he to
ought to injure his fellowmen. That he was a generous friend, a kind and
appreciative employer, and a loving father only those who have known him in
these relations can speak. The memories of their hearts constitute his best
monument. Children named as follows:

I. Ch.arles F. Millikkn", b. Aug. 27, 1854; m. Margaret Towxlf.y, a
voung lady of high culture, and daughter of a Baptist minister, now
living at Peekskill, N. Y. He is now, in company with his younger
brother, publi.shing the Ontario County Times, of which he is senior
editor and ]>roprietor. He is also a member of the New York State
civil >ervice commission, having been appointed by Gov. Odell in tlie
spring of 1903. They have one child, Margaret-Frances by name.
II. Gertrude MILLIKEN^ b.;Aug. 9, 1856; m. Henry Hi^rbei.i. of Can-
andaigua, who is engaged in real estate business there. They have
one child, Elizabeth Phelps.


III. May Josephine Mtt.liken^, b. May 5, 1866, is not married. She had
devoted herself to the care of her father until his death.

IV. Roy B. Milliken"', b. Nov. 27, 1870, is associated with his brother,
Charles F., in the ownership and management of their newspaper, and
remains at the old home with his sisters, unm.


I. James Milliken'' (8), eldest son of John'* (6), b. in East Jaffrey, N. H., Oct.
9, i8i6; m., Jan. 4, 1843, Rachel Mitchell, who was b. in Brownville, Pa.,
July 16, 1826. He d. in Boone Co., 111., Feb. 2, 1880. Seven children, named
as follows:

I. Louisa Milliken", b. in Boone Co., 111., Oct. 7, 1843; d. Oct. 7, 1846.
II. Arvilla Milliken^ b. in Boone Co., 111., Sept. 17, 1847.

III. George S. Milliken*^, b. in Boone Co., 111., Dec. 20, 1850; m. Sept.,
1885, Ellen Eggleston. No children.

IV. Vienna Milliken^, b. in Boone Co., 111., Apr. 29, 1852; m. Jan. 18,
1872, Frank Walters, b. in Steuben Co., N. Y., Oct. 23, 1849. They
have eight children.

(i) Agnes Dolly Walters'', h. in McHenry Co., 111., Sept. 13, 1874;
m. Nov. 29, 1890, Thomas Gregg.

(2) Myrtle Rachel Walters'', h. in Ogle Co., 111., Sept. 25, 1876;

m. Mar. 10, 1897, William Thompson.

(3) James Sumner Walters'', b. in Ogle Co., 111., Feb. 16, 1879; '^•

Feb. 12, 1902, Margaret Emily Guthrie.

(4) Letlia Adel Walters'', b. in Calhoun Co., la., June 8, 1881.

(5) Henry Orris Walters'', b. in Calhoun Co., 111., Sept. 28, 1882.

(6) Linnie Arthur Walters'' , b. in Calhoun Co., la., June 28, 1888.

(7) Alice Adelia Walters'', b. in Calhoun Co., la., Aug. 10, 1891.

(8) Alvin Perry Wallers'', b. in Calhoun Co., la., Sept. 2, 1893.

V. Parthena E. Milliken", b. in Boone Co., 111., July i, 1855; d. Oct.
12, 1877.

VI. Prof. Orris John Milliken", b. in Boone Co., 111., July 13, 1861;
m. Dec. 25, 1884, to Carrie A. Dillon, b. in Normal, 111., Jan. 17,
1865, and d. Dec. 27, 1892, leaving one child. He m., 2d, Dec. 2, 1893,
to Hattie Fagersten, b. Aug. 15, 1871, in Milwaukee, Wis., by whom
two children.

(1) Ora Jessie Milliken'' , b. July 30, 1886.

(2) Victor Carl Milliken'', b. Apr. 1899.

(3) Eleanor Rachel Milliken'' , b. Apr. 9, 1902 ; d. Apr. 14, 1902.

He graduated at the Illinois Normal University in 1884. He taught two
years in Cook County, when he was chosen principal of the Fenw^ood School in
Chicago. From that institution, after five years' work, he was promoted to the
principalship of the Fallon School, and from there after five years to the Koz-
minski, which is situated in Hyde Park, one of the finest sections in Chicago.
But Prof. MiUiken asked to be transferred to the Carter Harrison School, where
the work is more difficult, the school larger, and the pupils largely of foreign
parentage; but he had been there only a year and a half when he was called to
be superintendent of the Jewish Training School, a non-sectarian institution
maintained by the Jewish Training School Society of Chicago, and situated in
the heart of the Russian Refugee settlement. After the death of Prof. Bam-
berger, who opened this school in 1890, nearly a year was spent with many




prominent educators under consideration, when Prof. Milliken was selected and
transferred from the Harrison School.

Durinij; the years of his principalship in Chiraiij(\ Prof. Milliken inauj^urated
the Penny Savings liaiik in the schools, and is now one of the trustees of the
society. For two years he was superintendent of the vacation schools when
their imj)ortant work was new in the city, and the stamp of his genius remains
in the yiolicy he adopted. He has also worked in the Teachers' College, taking
special interest in manual training, which he warmly advocates. His long e.\-
perience as a teacher in all grades and in high school, and with the most liberal
preparation for the demands of the Training School, qualifies Prof. Milliken for

Online LibraryG. T. (Gideon Tibbetts) RidlonHistory of the families Millingas and Millanges of Saxony and Normandy, comprising genealogies and biographies of their posterity surnamed Milliken, Millikin, Millikan, Millican, Milligan, Mulliken and Mullikin, A. D. 800-A. D. 1907; containing names of thirty thousand persons, with copious notes on → online text (page 36 of 109)