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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4. Dr. James Warren Milligan^ b. Dec. 21, 1859; ^^'^^ """• J"'y ^' ^^9°' ^^
Mrs. Sarah Dunkle of Logansport, Ind. He is an alumni of Wabash
College ; now a physician at South Bend, Ind. No issue.


1. India J. Milligan, d. aged 24 years.

2. Anna A. Milligan.

3. Harry J. Milligan, Esq., b. at Waveland, Ind., July 18, 1S54, and graduated
from Wabash College in June, 1873, and Columbia Law School, of New York
City, in 1876. He m. Carrie E. Fishback, daughter of William P. and
Mary Eishback. He has been practising law in Indianapolis, Ind., since
1877. One child, Louisa Milligan, b. Jan. 27, 18S7, now in Bryn Mawr

Illilliluns of Masbiniitoii (Co., |.1a.



Dromore, County Down, Pri)\ince of L l^lcr, in llic north ol Ireland, was llic
cradletown of many Millikcns and Millikins w'ho were mostly weavers and
linen dressers. Some rented small bits of land and cultivated flax in the early
days of the "lint business," and their fields were blue with the beautiful flowers
of this staple. These Dromore Millikens were staunch Presbyterians and for
conscience' sake were ready to suffer any deprivation or hardship, ^[any came
to America, and their posterity are now widely scattered through the United
States and the British Provinces.

James Millikin\ born in 1727, died in Dromore, County Down, Ireland, Apr.
17, 1789. His wife was Martha Hemphill,* of an ancient Scotch family
early planted in Ulster. She was born in 1729, and died May 12, 1800. This
pair spent their days in or near to, Dromore, as shown by letters, still preserved,
forwarded to their sons in Pennsylvania. They had as many as nine children,
of whom we have not gained much rehable information. The family tradi-
tions concerning them do not harmonize. Their names were as foUow-s: James,
William, John, Mary, David, Martha, Samuel, Nancy and Robert.

The subjoined letter shows that old James Millikin was a godly and prudent
man, and many of his descendants have emulated his example.

"Dromore, June 22. 1786.
"Dear Son James: — Having the oppertunity of a bearer I think it my duly
to let you know that we are in a merciful state of health at present, and thanks
be to God for his mercies to us, hoping these lines will find you the same. We
received five letters from you in one day, one from your father-in-law, one from
your wife, and another from your brother \\'illiam, which was a day of joy to
us to hear from you all at once being alive after so long troublesome times in
that coiHitry. for during those troubles my whole heart's desire and prayer to
God was for you that you might through his mercy be saved. Now- I hope you
have come most partly through your troubles of war, that you will not be neg-
ligent, but sober and vigilent, never ceasing but praying God who preserved
you the bypast times from accidents and enimies. Do thou now. I pray to
God to let no evil befall thee nor plague come near Thyself. Because of Evil-
doers neither be thou Envious against the workers of Eniquity, for they shall
be cut down like grass and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord and
do good, so shalt Thou dwell in the land and verily thou shalt be fed. Be thou
Stedfast in faith, you know the reward of being faithful unto Death and that
is a crown of glory or a promise of an heavenly inheritance for the which I hope
you will walk circumspectly and worthy of the vocation where with yee are called,
keeping [the] unity of the spirit in the Bond of peace. So this perhaps being

* Hemphu-L Family. No family of this name is mentioned in Anderson's "Scottish
Nation," but they are traditioned of Scotch origin. The representative of the family in Ire-
land, in 1878, was Chari.es Hare Hemphill, Esq., Q. C, of Rathkcany, County Tippcrary,
only son of the late John Hemphill, Esq. (who d. in 1833), by Barbara, daughter of the Rev.
Patrick Hare, rector of Golden, County Tippcrary ; b. 1820 ; m. 1849, .\ugusta Mary,
youngest daughter of the late Hon. Sir Francis Charles Stanhope, and has, with other issue,
Stanhope Charles John Hemphill, barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple; b. 1853.


my last oppertunity that I'll get to write to you or any of you, may the Lord
with his mercies Bless you and cause Brotherly Love to continue amongst you
and with his Grace Be daily present in your famihes and so be it. You are de-
sirous to know how I fared through the war.* I answer you it was very Detri-
mental to us and [in] the most part of this Country it Caused every kind of
oversea goods to be very 111 to purchase. Especially the tobacco; it was at the
Rate of 4 pence the pound but it and several other Commodities is got to the old
Rate again most partly. You desired a Uttle before to send some Clothing to
}'ou and that very year we had a great affliction and sickness and at the heel
of that a great loss of cattle and a large Rent going [on] which drove your De-
mands out of our heads till the war Come on, then all oppertunities lost; more-
over our Crops didnot well here for three years which raised vituals to a great
Extent, meal in some places in this country came to 6^. bd. per score but it Did-
not amount to that in this parish, it was only 55. per score and 45. \o\d., and
all other things to tedious now to mention, Conformably Dear likewise. Now
making this oppertunity Serve in writing to your Brother W". as to you as [at
this] time cannot afford writing Sepperately to himself, you will be careful to
Remember our love to him and his family. Your sister Mary Remains still
unmarried and lives always with us. Your brother David and your brother
Samuel was in the thought of going to that Country this Summer, but they
have adjourned until the next Spring. Samuel thought he was not learned
enough to go into that Country, he intends continuing at School this year yet
for he means making his bread on that Calling. Your uncle James Hemphill
was very displeased that you didnot write to him seperately in your letters.
He is now got to be a man of great opulence and wealth, him and his children,
they have purchased Several States as as we call them farms. He has a farm
you know of his own in Calmore; well he has now one in Claggon, another [in]
Lartmally, another in Drumraigkellen'(?) another in Macremore, another in
Leshnash, and he intends sending one of his Sons to that Country to buy an-
other of your father-in-law, his children are all unmarried and your aunt Jennet
Hemphill Died six years ago. So I add no more but remain your Dutiful father
till death.

James Millikix.

"P.S. Be sure to Remember your IMother's Love and mine to our Brother
Col. McFarland and his family."

^cconb ^tneration.


James Millikin (2), son of James (1), and Martha Hemphill, was b. in
County Antrim, Ireland, Jan. 5, 1752; m. Mar. 31, 1778, Dolly McFarland,!

* The American Revolution. ,

t The McFarland Family. This Scottish surname should be spelled MacFarlane,
and the clan whose title it was were descended from the ancient Earls of Lennox, the dis-
tinctive badge of which was the cypress. In ancient times the land on the Western shore
of Loch Lomond was inhabited by "the wild Macfarlane's plaided clan." Their gathering-
place was at a small lake called in Gaelic "Loch Slani," and this name became their war-cry.
A branch of this ancient clan that held its original lands in Scotland for a period of six hun-
dred years, settled in Ireland in the reign of James VII., and the chicftainshij) of the clan was
claimed by its representative, Macfarlane of Huntstown Mouse, in County of Dublin.

Of the American McFarlands it is said that tlicir ancestors emigrated from .\rgyle-


(lauiihter of Daniel and Sarah (Barber) McFarland, 1). near Dartmouth, in Bris-
tol Co., Mass., June 6, 1762, and was, at the time of her m. but sixteen years of
ai^e. This was the union of a younp, adventurous Protestant Irishman to a
Massachusetts Yankee which resulted in a prosperous and happy life. Mr.
Millikin did what was, at the time of his emit^ration, a very unusual thing.
He separated from his parents, his home, and his friends, and came to the .-Xmer-
ican Colonies under the ardent impulse of an adventurous spirit to seek a home
in the wilderne.ss. He was not impelled to this act by the importunities of
relatives who had ])receded him. His example, however, was followed, later,
bv his brothers, William and Robert. He settled on Tenmile Creek, AmwcU
Townshijj, Washington Co., Pa., in 1771, just before the breaking out of the
Revolution. From a letter written by one who remembered him, we learn that
he was a small man "about as large as lawyer Thomas Millikin of Hamilton,
O., weighing not more than 150 pounds; a very quiet, inoffensive Protestant,
and a weaver by trade." His grandson and namesake used to pass many
pleasant hours when a lad in the loomshop, fiUing quills for his grandfather's
shuttles, while the weaver .sang songs and told stories of the ''auld country."
He always claimed to be of pure Scotch blood and protested against being
called an Irishman.

The home of Jinnies Millikin was located on a hill, or moderate elevation,
not distant from and facing Tenmile Creek, and overlooking the valley through
which that stream flowed. His house was of hewed logs, two storied, and con-
tained but two rooms, one over the other. An addition was built by one of the
sons for his family after his marriage.

It is related that the mother sometimes placed a large bowl filled with corn
mush upon the kitchen floor, from which her children, seated around it, satis-
fied their hunger. When the son Robert had returned home after some years
of absence, he was so overjoyed at beholding his parents and familiar scenes,
that he wished to be a child again. He asked his mother to hang the kettle on
the crane once more and make it full of mush. He then had the great bowl
filled and placed on the floor, and while the family was gathered around it and
began to use their spoons, '' Bob would hunch first one and then another as he
used to do in boyhood days, and shout, ' Get away there ! get away there !'"

James Millikin died July 30, 182 1. His family consisted of eleven children,
nine of whom, eight sons and one daughter, attained to manhood and woman-
hood, and their posterity is now almost as numerous as leaves on a forest tree.
See 3d generation.

shire, Scotland, during the reign of Charles I. to the Province of Ulster, Ireland, about 1664.
In the year 17 18 Daniel McFarland with his sons, John and Andrew, and his brother Dun-
can with his son Daniel, came to Boston, Mass., and the follo\\-ing year removed to Worces-
ter where they lived and the sons married and raised famihes. Daniel McFarland held a
colonel's commission during the Revolution. He owned more than 1,000 acres of land in
Washington Co., Pa., and was a prominent and influential man. The family were noted
for their intelligence and enterprise.

Sarah McFarland, wife of Stephen Cook and mother of Elizabeth (Cook) Milhkin,
was b. Nov. 19, 1760, and d. at Martinsburgh, O., Dec. 7, 185 1. She was a daughter of
Daniel and Sarah (Barber) McFarland. She was a small, beautiful blonde, was m. before
she was sixteen and became the mother of fifteen children, all of single birth. She lived
forty-eight years after her youngest child was born and outlived her husband twenty-two
years. She took care of her own room until the age of ninety, when her sight failed. She
was the grandmother of one hundred and ten grandchildren and at the time of her death
had more than 400 descendants.


Will of James Millikin,
Washington County, Pa.

In the Name of God Amen

I James Millikin Senr of the township of Amwell In the County of Wash-
ington and State of Pennsylvania being in a good state of health of Body and of
sound jVIind and Memory yet knowing it is appointed for all Men once to Die
do make and ordain this my last Will and testament

First I bequeath vmto my Sons Wilham and Abel the plantation whereon I
now live Containing about one hundred and ninety Acres more or less, and also
the Residue of that lot of land which I bought of Silas Crane Containing about
forty acres adjoining land of James Millikin Junr and others, to them their
heirs and assigns Forever, upon Condition that the said William and Abel Mil-
likin pay Seven hundred dollars unto my seven other Children in the following
manner Viz : — One hundred dollars unto my son Daniel within one year after
my decease, and one hundred dollars unto my daughter Mary to be paid at the
discretion of my Executors as She or her Children may stand in need thereof,
one hundred dollars unto my son James within three years of my decease, And
One hundred dollars to each of my other four Sons, Viz:— John, Samuel, Robert,
and Andrew within the four succeeding years to be paid in the same order in
which their names stand. And also allow their Mother the full enjoyment of
said land while she liveth.

Secondly: I give unto Dolly my beloved wife one horse, saddle and bridle,
one feather Bed, bed Clothes Sz: furniture and such parts of the household
furniture as She stands in need of or may choose together with all she may
receive as her share of her Father's Estate Real or personal, Absolutely, to be
wholly at her own disposal, and the use of said land while she remains my Widow
— And as to the Residue of my Estate whether Real or personal. It is my Will
that my Executors dispose of the same to the best advantage at their discre-
tion, and after all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid to be eaqually
divided among all my Children having due regard to what I have already given
or may hereafter give unto any of them as it may be found charged in my Book,
so that their shares of said Residue may be Eaqual. And lastly, I do hereby
appoint Isaac Buckingham Executor and Dolley MiUikin my wife Executrix
of of this my last Will and testament and I do hereby revoke and disannul all
other Wills by me made.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the twentieth
day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty.
Signed, Sealed and pronounced in
the presence of

Stephen B Dod & James Millikin (L. S.)

David Fans

In the Name of God, Amen. I James Millikin Senr Do hereby add this
Codicil to the above, my last will, and Testament, Viz: — I do hereby bequeath
to my beloved wife Dolly in addition to all the articles granted her as above one
other feather bed and bedding and two cows. In testimony of which I have
hereunto set my hand and seal on the twenty second day of November in the
year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and twenty.

in the presence of James Millikin (L. S.)

Cephas Dodd &
David Conkey.


2. William Millikiir (1), second son of James* (1), was b. in County Antrim,
Ireland, say 1754, and came to the American Colonies with his brother James
as early as 1771, and settled in Cireene Co., Pa. From the State Land Ollice at
Harrisburg, Pa., the following was found: ''August 30, 1792, to William Mil-
likin, 306 acres 105 perches, situate on a small branch of the middle fork of
Tenmile Creek, in Washington County, called 'Wildcat Den;' in persuance
of a warrant granted to him February 28, 1785. Names of owners of adjoin-
ing lands Lazarus Simmons and John Goodens." This, we suppose, was W'il
Ham Millikin's homestead tract of land. From the letter written by his father
in 1786, we know he had a family at that time, but after the most diligent search
and the expenditure of considerable money in correspondence, we liave failed
to find the names of his wife or children. Some old men in the c<junty have
heard of "Old Bill Millikin the Irishman," and of some quaint savings handed
down by tradition. He died May 6, 1800, in middle life. The Mary Millikin
who made the subjoined will was probably the daughter of William Millikin,
and the James Millikin, a son. If this be true, there were four other daughters,
three of whose names are not known.

"July 26th, 1811. In the name of God Amen I will and Bequeath to my
fore sisters all my Waring Aperel to be Equiley Devided among them Except
one pear of Silk gloves and one Muslen Shawl that I allow to My Sister DoUey
more than the rest I will and Bequeath to my brother James My part of the
Land My Mare and Sadel and Chest and Bedd to pay the Expences as far as
it goes and if any remains for my Brother James Millikin to pay it in Consid-
eration of the Land. This My Last will and testament in witness whereof I
have Set My hand and seal the Date above writen.

Witnessess present Marey X Millikin (Seal)

Robert Millikin, Mark

James Millikin, Senr'. &
Francis Foster. Registered the 19th September, 18 11."

3. John Millikin^ (1), third son of James* (1), b. in County Antrim, Ireland,
say 1756; d. in Dromore, Ireland (County of Down), May 4, 1793, aged about
thirty-seven years; probably a married man.

4. Mary Millikin^ (1), eldest daughter of James* (1), b. in County .\ntrim or
Down, Ireland, 1758; was living at home, unm., in 1786.

5. David Millikin" (1), fourth son of James* (1), b. in County Antrim or Down,
Ireland, say 1760; was at home in 1786, and intending to follow his brothers
to Pennsylvania the following spring. No other information.

6. Martha Millikin^ (1), second daughter of James* (1), b. in County Antrim
or Down, Ireland. No other information.

7. Samuel Millikin" (1), fifth son of James* (1), b. in County Antrim or Down.
Ireland, say 1762; was at home and attending school in 1786, but he contem-
plated coming to Pennsylvania the spring following.* Whether he came or
remained at home is not known to the compiler. There are some vague tra-
ditions concerning a Samuel Millikin who was a land surveyor in Ireland, that
may have some connection with this man.

* Family tradition saith that one of the brothers who did not come to .\nierica was a
merchant and the other a factor. The compiler beheves that many descendants of Samuel
Millikin are now living in the United States, but cannot prove the connections.


8. Nancy Millikin" (1), third daughter of James' (1), b. in Ireland, probably
Covuity Down, say 1764. No other information.

9. Robert Millikin' (1), sixth son of James' (1), b. in Dromore, County Down,
Ireland, in 1773; emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1796, and took up a tract of
land consisting of about 800 acres, situated six miles northwest of Waynesburg,
on Brown's Fork of South Tenmile Creek, when nearly all of that part of Green
County was covered with a dense wilderness. At the age of twenty-four he
married Mary Gray, a daughter of Findley Gray of Greene County, and at
their wedding feast the principal attraction was a young fat bear which was
killed in the neighborhood. Mr. Millikin was a farmer and a substantial citi-
zen among the early settlers of the county. He held the ofl&ce of county com-
missioner, and was the master-builder of the first brick court house in Greene
County. He was a man of medium height, quite stout, compact, and of fair
complexion. Always spoke with the broad dialect of the Scotch-Irish people.
The loghouse bviilt by him remains on the farm, but a more modern residence
has been built and occupied by the Milhkin family. The genealogy of Robert
^Millikin's posterity will be found immediately following the sixth generation of
the descendants of his brother James, designated, "The Posteritv of Robert

The following obituary notice was taken from the Waynesburg Messenger,
and speaks for itself:


At his residence in Morris Township, on Sunday, Apr. 30, 1865, Robert
MiUikin, Esq., in the 92d year of his age.

The deceased was one of our oldest and most respectable citizens, and was
identified with the organization and early history of Greene County, having
been the contractor and master-builder of the first court house erected in the
County. He was a man of noble impulses and benevolence and took an active
part in all matters of public interest. His fellow-citizens elected him to the
office of County Commissioner, and subsequently for many years he served his
township as a faithful and just magistrate. ^Ir. ^Millikin was a native of Ire-
land, but emigrated from the country of his birth to this country prior to the
year 1800, and during the great reUgious revival of that memorable year or soon
after, he became attached to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has
been a consistent and worthy member of that denomination ever since. He
loved to converse upon the subjects and thrilling events connected with the his-
tory of the country, and referred with pleasure to his acquaintance and asso-
ciations with Morgan, Bryon and Bird, the distinguished founders of the church
of his choice in this section of country, and he lived and died in the faith of the
Gospel. He was a regular subscriber to the Waynesburg Messenger from the
date of its publication in 1813, up to the present period, and it is proper that
we should in our editorial capacity, express feelings of sympathy with the friends
of the deceased in this sad bereavement, not that we have lost a subscriber, but
a man of unswerving fidelity to the principles of the Constitution, and of such
exemplary honesty as entitled him to the respect and confidence of all who
knew him.

Will of Robert Millikin.

In the name of God Amen I Robert Miliken of Morris Township, Greene
County and State of Pennsylvania sick and weak in body but of sound mind



memory and undcrstandine; prascd be God for it Considering; the Certaintv of
death and the uncertainty of tiie time thereof and to the end I may be the Ijetter
prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call hence, do there-
fore make and declair this my last will and Testament.

I will and bc(|ucath to my son James the whole of the western part fif mv
farm where I now live containing two hundred and t'lfty acres l)e tlie same more
or less — agreeable to a Hne that was run in the month of March a.d. Eighteen
hundred and fourty Eight including all the buildings on that part of the farm.
I will and bequeath to the heirs of my son David a note calling for Si 18.50.

I will and bequeath too my two daughters Peggy Hill and Marthy Millikin
the Eastern end of w\\ farm whereon 1 now live agreeable to the line above
named Containing one hundred and twenty three and three fourths acres be
the same more or less — It is my will that Peggy Hill take the South side and
Marthy Millikin take the North side of the land above described reserving to
my son James one half of whatever grain may be on the ground on that part
of the farm at my death — the remaining half to be sold as my personal prop-
erty — I will and bequeath to my son Matthew Millikin's heirs one dollar apiece.
— I direct my executors immediately after my decease to sell all my personal
property — the proceeds of what I possess — pay all my just debts and Doctor
bills and funeral expenses — all, if any is left, money I bequeath to my daughter
Marthy Millikin. In adition to what I have willed to my son James Millikin
I will and bequeath to him my book caise and my bed and bed stid with all the
clothes that belongs to it and also my wind mill.

N.B. — It is my will that Marthy ^lillikin takes as much of the kitchen fur-
niture as she chooses and beding the same, \\itness my hand and seal this
the eighteenth day of April Eighteen hundred and sixty four.

Robert Millikin (Se.4l)

I do hereby appoint Thomas Taylor Esq. my son James ]Milhkin Executors
of my last will and testament.

\Vitne.ss present John R. ^Millikin, Henry R. Sargent, Daniel Loughman.
Registered ^Nlay oth, 1865.

(Lbirb feneration.


I. Dr. Daniel Millikin^ (1), eldest son of James- (2), b. on Tenmile Creek,
Washington Co., Pa., Feb. 4, 1779; m. Joan ^Iiner, daughter of Col. John and
Cassanda (WiUiams) Miner, of the same county Dec. 31, 1801; d. at Hamilton,
O., Nov. 3, 1849. In 1804 he visited the Miami Valley in Ohio, and in 1S07
he with his two brothers, John H. and Samuel, set out for the \\'est, reaching
Hamilton, O., May 7, 1807, just a month after leaving home. When eighteen
years of age his parents sent him to Jefferson College at Cannsburg, Washington
Co., Pa., where he remainerl over a year, devoting some time to languages pre-

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 51 of 109)