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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paratory to the study of medicine; he then began a course under Dr. James
Bell, of Greenboro, Pa. He commenced practice at his early home, but find-
ing little to do he removed by way of the Monongahela to Cincinnati by flat-
boat. At that time the lot of a country physician was hard. He was the earli-
est permanent practitioner in Hamilton, but his practice extended to all parts
of Miami County and the neighboring counties, and he was often absent from
home for several davs. Everv summer and autumn malaria was virulent and


physicians were in such demand that their hours at home did not average more
than five in twenty-four.

By his vigorous constitution, cheerful, placid temperament, and that rare
way of taking things as they came, Dr. Millikin was well fitted to endure the
hardships incident to the life of a pioneer physician. As he lived until 1849,
tliere are many who remember him, and quaint traditions are held about " Old
Doctor Dan," as he was called, in contra-distinction to " Doctor Dan," his grand-
son. He was a large, raw-boned man of about 200 pounds' weight. Being
fond of good stories, he would sometimes tarry at the home of a socially inclined
patient for half a day. He was a surgeon in the regiment of Col. Mills during
the war of 181 2, and for a time acting quartermaster. He served as trustee of
Miami University for many years; also was in the House of Representatives
in 1816. He was major-general of the Tliird Division of State MiUtia, and
served as associate-judge (or "wooden-head") of the court of Common Pleas
for three terms. He m. for his 2d wife, Ellen Curry, who survived him and

was m. to Morrison. He d. at Hamilton, O., Nov. 3, 1849. Was the

father of twelve children, four by second wife, of whom with fourth generation.

2. Mary Millikin^ (2), eldest daughter of James^ (2), b. on Tenmile Creek,
Washington Co., Pa., Sept. 14, 1780; was m. to John Bane about 1800. Her
father gave her a farm. "She Uved a hard Ufe as her husband was a dissipated,
sliiftless man who made baskets and bottomed chairs." She had ten children,
and d. Oct. 14, 1826.

3. Col. James Millikin^ (3), second son of James^ (2), b. on Tenmile Creek,
Washington Co., Pa., July 24, 1782; m. Jan. 20, 1801, Elizabeth Cook, dc^ugh-
ter of Stephen and Sarah (McFarland) Cook,* who was b. at Mount Holly, N. J.,
Mar. 4, 1774. Immediately after his marriage Mr. Millikin settled on a '"arm
near his birthplace and remained there engaged in agriculture and surveying
for about thirty years. In 1825, in company with two neighbors, he made a
horseback journey to view lands in now Madison Co., O., and there purchased
1,200 acres upon which some improvements had been made. About five acres
were vmder cultivation and two squatters' cabins were standing thereon. In
the fall of 1826 he started with wagons loaded with farm implements for his
new home in Ohio. His two sons, Samuel and Daniel, accompanied him with
the intention of settlement, but the country was so wild and desolate they were
discontented and returned home with their father. Meantime, a man was
hired to fence 200 acres for a pasture and one hundred head of cattle were herded
thereon. In the fall these were driven to Lancaster, Pa., and sold at a and-
some profit. Having become attached to Ohio, Mr. Millikin sold his farm in
Pennsylvania in 1829, reserving his house and some land until he could make
a comfortable home for his family on his new purchase. In the spring of 1830

* The Cook Family. Stephen Cook was b. in Sussex Co., N. J., Mar. 29, 1751, and
removed to Mount Holly, where he m. Sarah McFarland, Aug. 29, 1775. He emigrated
to Tenmile, Washington Co., Pa., in 1781-2, and thence to near Martinsburgh, Knox Co.,
O., where he d. in 1829. He was descended from Francis Cook, who was b. in the parish of
Blythc, County of York, England, in 1573. This man went with the Puritans to Holland,
and, in 1608, m. Hester, a French Walloon. In 1609 he came over in the " Mayflower " with his
eldest son, John, leaving Hester and his other children in Leyden, Holland, till 1623, when
they came over in the ship "Ann." Francis Cook's father was an attorney at Westmin-
ster, England, and d. May 26, 1583. His ancestry is recorded in the church records of Blythe
for many generations. Stephen Cook's children by Sarah McFarland were, (i) John, (2)
Jane, (3) Josias, (4) Jacob, (5) Hester (6) Mary.



he loaded three wajjons with household poods and farming tools, and with a
])art of liis family started aj^ain for the land of promise. They reached their
destination in April, immediately dismantled the old cabins and built a house
of hewed tim])er c(Mitainiiig three compartments, some fifty by eij^hteen feet on
the ground. This dwelliiig had a good roof and matched floors and was con-
sidered a fine hou.se in those pioneer days. It was located on the so-called
''Middle Pike" which e.xtends from Plain City to West Jefferson, where the
residence of William Wilson now stands.

He returned to Pennsylvania in August, sold his personal ])roperty at public
auction, and went back to Ohio for good. His son James, then a lad of four-
teen, started with two hundred head of sheep and flrove them all the way to
Darby Plains. He was accompanied by his brother John as far as Wheeling,
\'a., two days' travel, to assist at the ferry over the Ohio River. The remainder
of the family started one day later, Septem])er gth, and passed James with his
flock on the fourth day out. The journey was quite uneventful and all reached
their new home in safety and good health.

There were then stables and corncribs to build. O.xen were bought for
breaking the tough prairie upon which much rosewillow grew. He planted
thirty acres of corn and raised a small crop of grain that year.

He continued to enlarge his territorial boundaries by purchasing land at from
75 cents to $1-75 per acre until he owned 2,200 acres.

James Millikin sur\eyed and laid out the towns of Jefferson and Amity,
giving the latter its name from the village in his native state.

He served in many township offices and was an officer in the state militia.
Was one of the most extensive and prosperous farmers in the county. Turned
his attention mostly to raising and dealing in cattle.

Col. ^MilUkin was a man of strong character. He was somewhat slow in
reaching conclusions, always carefully considering evidence, and seldom aban-
doned a position once taken. He was scrupulously honest in all his business
transactions, and was possessed of sterling integrity. He was well informed
and kept pace with improvements. His frame was large and well-proportioned,
his stature above the medium and his physical strength great.

His wife d. Feb. 26, 1853, '^'^^ he made his home with his daughter, Mrs.
Henry Alder, in Canaan Township, where he passed away Sept. 30, 1868, aged
80 }ears. He was interred by the side of his wife in the Foster Chapel church-
yard, four miles north of West Jefiferson, O.

He was a Presbyterian in religious faith and ])olitically a Democrat.

His \vife was tall and slender and of blond comple.xion. She was a charm-
ing treble vocalist. To this couple were born nine children named as fol-
lows: Samuel, Martha, Daniel, John, Jacob, Elizabeth, Anna, James, and An-
drew, of whom more with 4th generation.

Note. — The long, well-finished, flintlock rifle owned by Col. James Millikin is now
owned by his grandson and namesake. The barrel measures 46 inches and bears the date
" 1803." His cane, made from a blackhaw bush cut from the old home farm in Canaan
Township, Pa., by his brother, Robert Millikin of Hamilton, O., is also owned by his grand-
son. The head of this was made from the horn of a deer killed on the same old homestead,
is highly polished and bears his initial letters wrought in silver. This grandson has another
heirloom of priceless value. It is the cane once owned by James Millikin, the "weaver"
and emigrant ancestor of this family; this is a slender rattan with silver head bearing his
initial letters.

4- John Hemphill Millikin^ (2), third son of James^ (2), and Dolly McFarland,


was b. in Washington Co., O.. Mar. 3, 1785; m. Mar., 1807, Hannah Cook,
daughter of Noah and Sarah (Baldwin) Cook, who was b. in the same county
Aug. 4, 17S7, and d. at Lexington, O., Nov. 4, 1864.

Though in after years following the occupation of farmer, in his youth John
H., Uke several of his brothers, devoted himself to the study of medicine to the
extent that, in after Hfe, he became the local adviser in medicine and surger}-,
thus filhng an important place in cases of emergency during those pioneer days
when doctors were few and far between.

Early in the last century the new Northwest Territory offered boundless
prospects to emigrants, hence Dr. Daniel Millikin, in 1804, visited that coun-
try, mainly southwestern Ohio. As a result, he and his brothers, Samuel and
John H., decided to hazard their fortunes in the comparatively unknown sister
state. On Apr. 7, 1807, they began the long journey westward, Dr. Daniel
and family going by water to Cincinnati, while John H., and his bride of less
than ore month, with some stock and household effects, travelled overland,
accompanied by Samuel as far as Zanesville, where they separated, Samuel con-
tinuing the journey to Cincinnati on horseback, while the others turned northward
toward Frederickton. When they reached this village, then only partially
laid out, several houses were in course of construction though none occupied.
Another family was about to move into town, but the day being Friday., feared to
venture. Our young couple, untroubled Ijy superstitious fears, promptly took
possession of an available house, and thus became the first residents of this now
quaint old town. They Uved here for some time while the husband looked
further and finally purchased a tract of land near the village. Here they re-
sided until about the close of the year 1810, when the young wife's health failed,
and with two small children the wearisome journey back to the old home state
was taken, that the last days of the wife and mother might be passed among
friends. The children having contracted whooping-cough on the way and re-
quiring much care, the elder, Jacob, returned with his father to the old MiUikin
homestead, while the \\ife and babe, for a time, took up their abode aga n in her
father's house.

Happily the change proved beneficial and the wife's health continued to
improve. The husband then enhsted and served in the War of 181 2, and six
years had passed (1816) when the httle family — two sons had been born in
the interval — again bravely turned their faces westward, this time settling
on the farm between Lexington and Ontario, where he Uved the remainder of
his active hfe, amassing considerable property. A man of good education for
his time, of shrewd judgment and upright character, he was a leader of thought
and action in his community, and his counsel and advice were sought by many.
He was of striking personal appearance, being six feet four inches in stature,
gaunt, rugged and commanding.

His wife was a woman of marked character, eccentric in some particulars,
but possessed of great strength of will and intelligence. In culture and independ-
ence of thought she was far in advance of her time. Very benevolent in dis-
position, her charity was freely bestowed upon any in need. Money, food and
clothing blessed some of her less fortunate neighbors, and her rich store of
knowledge and experience was often drawn upon for the help of others. Many
a young wife gained much knowledge of home-making and household economy
from this strong, self-reliant neighl)or. Together this pioneer couple of such
marked characteristics could not fail to be leaders in the community where they


lived. The old homestead remains to-dav, i>ractically unchanged. The house,
a substantial frame building, erected in iS2q, was somewhat altered in the
summer of iSq,:;. In this house, standing now seventy-four years, an<l always
occupied, no death has occurred and but one birth. There were six children, of
whom with 4th generation.

5. Samuel MillikinM2), fourth son of James- (2), was b. on Tenmile Creek,
Washington Co., Pa., Feb. 28, 1787; m. Sept. 28, iSi,:;, Mary Huntkr, daughter
of Joseph Hunter of Butler Co., O. After his settlement at Hamilton, U., he
read medicine with his brother Daniel, but soon concluded that his tastes were
not on that line. The knowledge he had accjuired was made available, how-
ever, for he soon opened a drug-store, the lirst in town, where he continuerl the
business until about the time of his marriage. He then became a partner with
Joseph Hough, who was one of Hamilton's most prominent merchants, and
subsequently engaged in trade at Middletown. In 1821 he was elected sheriff
of Butler Co., O.. and served two terms. In 1828 he again went into business,
which proving unsuccessful, he removed to \'ermilion Co., Ind., in 1836, and
engaged in farming. He retired from business in 1864, and returning to Hamil-
ton remained there until his death. There were six children, of whom with 4th

6. William Scott Millikin^ (2), lifth son of James- (2), was b. on Tenmile
Creek, Washington Co., Pa., Sept. 30, 1789; m. .Mar. 10, 1814, Ruth Coxkey,
and settled in Amwell Township on a part of his father's homestead farm. His
first wife (1. Jan. 21, 1839, aged forty-seven years. He m. 2d, Margaret Pexx,
who was the widow of a r^Ir. Remley, by whom she had a daughter, Mary Rem-
ley, who came to the Millikin home and was provided for in William S. Mi!-
likin's will. He d. Aug. 10, 1845, on his farm, aged fifty-five years, ten months.
Ten children. See 4th generation. His will is subjoined.

Will of William Scott Millikin.

I, William S. Millikin, of Amwell Townshij) Washington County Pennsyl-
vania, do make and pubUsh this my last will and testament, hereby revoking
and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made: And fiist,
I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in
a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life: Second, I direct
that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid, out of my personal estate, if
the same shall be sufficient, as soon as can be conveniently and judiciously done
after a just appraisement thereof, by Amos Walton, John Horn Junior and
Jacob Horn.

Third. I direct that my land shall be divided into three lots or parcels,
beginning at W'm lams corner, thence running a straight Une to Abel >Iillikins
hue, and then the run road to be the other line. The land or ])roceeds thereof
to be divided as follows viz: My boys William, Abel, John and Joel, are to have
two thirds more, than my daughters Rachel, Dolly, Joanna, ^Mary and Martha,
with this exception Martha is to have One hundred dollars more than her sis-
ters, and to be taken equally out of Rachels and Dollys part, and I will that my
wife Margaret shall have a genteel living out of the boys portion, according to
valuation of the same (by the Said Amos Walton, John Horn Junior and Jacob
Horn, who are hereby appointed to divide and appraise my said real estate), as
long as she remains my widow, or with them. And also that Mary Remley
shall have her living the same as the family (whilst together), as long as she


remains single. These dispositions of my real estate are subject of course to
the payment of my debts, in case my personal property is insufi&cient to pay
the same.

In that event it is my desire that my family shall pay the ballance, out of
the rents & proffits of the land, if the same can be done without loss.

And further, I direct that if any of my Minor children shall be found or
known to be contentious raising disturbances, the same are to be bound to
respectable trades until they arrive at the age of Twenty one, by my executors
vis. Thomas McGiffin and John MiUikin who are hereby appointed — And
lastly it is my will that my real estate shall remain, after appraisement and val-
uations, as afforesaid, until the youngest child is twenty one years of age, unless
in the judgment of my Executors, there would be advantage in an earlier divis-
sion thereof, or it should become necessary to sell the same or any part thereof,
for the payment of my debts, such sale to be under the direction of my Execu-
tors, who have hereby full power to sell & convey the same in as full and large
a manner in every respect, as I could myself do, if living, and after such sale,
the ballance is to be divided in proportion as aforesaid. In Witness whereof I
William S. Alillikin, the testator, have to this my will, written on one sheet of
paper, set my hand and seal this 2nd day of August in the Year of Our Lord
One thousand eight hundred and forty five.

Signed, sealed and delivered in Wm. S. Millikin (Seal)

presence of us, who have subscribed
in presence of each other.

Abel Million

Geo W Read

7. Dolly M. Millikin'' (1), second daughter of James^ (2), was b. on Tenmile
Creek, Washington Co., Pa., Nov. 29, 1791, and d. Dec. 26, 1794.

8. Dr. Robert B. Millikin^ (2), sixth son of James^ (2), was b. on Tenmile
Creek, Washington Co., Pa., Dec. 9, 1793; was m. Dec. 16, 1816, to Sarah
Gray, daughter of Thomas Gray, of WheeUng, Va. By request of his brother
Daniel he came from Pennsylvania to Ohio to "study physic" in 1813, and in
181 7 was licensed to practice. He was for many years settled at Rossville,
now the first ward of the city of Hamilton. "Dr. Bob" was a far better busi-
ness man than his brother Daniel; gave close attention to liis practice and ac-
quired a good estate for those days. While engaged in his profession he kept
a drug-store, was post-master at Rossville, embarked in merchandising, and
filled the vacancy caused by the defaulting county treasurer. He was also
brigadier-general of the state mihtia, a trustee of Miami University, and mem-
ber of the Ohio Legislature. He m. for his second wife. Miss An>^ Eliza
Yeomans. His death occurred June 28, i860. For names of children see 4th

9. Andrew Millikin^ (1), seventh son of James- (2), was b. on Tenmile Creek,
Washington Co., Pa., Apr. 4, 1796; m. Adaline Hunter, daughter of Joseph
Hunter of Butler Co., O., in 1822, and d. of Asiatic cholera on his farm at Pleas-
ant Run, O., in 1833. He had removed from Pennsylvania to Hamilton, O.,
in 1 820-1. Was a clothier by trade, but followed various pursuits. Three
children, of whom more with 4th generation.

10. Abel Millikin^ (1), eighth son of James'- (2), was b. on Tenmile Creek,
Washington Co., Pa., Nov. 28, 1799; m. Mar. 27, 1822, Nancy Vandyke, and


remained on the old homestead in his native state, and was a successful farmer,
beini:; at one time rated as the richest man in tlie comity, hut he was not worth
much more than $20,000. Like others of the family he handled thousands of
cattle and other livestock. He fmally sold out and followed his brothers to
Ohio. He d. Apr. 6, 1865. There were five children, of whom with 4th genera-


1. Stephen Millikin' (1), eldest son of DanieP (1), b. in Washington Co., Pa.,
Jan. 3, 1803, removed to Hamilton. O., in 1807. He m. Apr. 17, 1823, Eleanor
M. EwixG, who d. Jan. 2, 1832, and he m., 2d, July 4, 1833, Catherine Tuley,
b. in New Jersey, July 20, 1813, who d. Jan. 21, 1888. He lived in \'ermilion
Co., Ind., where he d. Oct., 1876. Children's names with 5th generation.

2. Maj. John M. Millikin'' (3), second son of DanieP (1), b. in Washington
Co., Pa., Oct. 14, 1804, and came to Hamilton, O., with his father. May 7, 1807.
He m. Sept. 6, 1831, Mary Hough, only daughter of Joseph and Jane (Hun-
ter) Hough. After being instructed by Dr. Proudiit of Hamilton, he returned
to his birthplace in 1824, and entered Washington College. He subsequently
studied law with Jesse Corwin of Hamilton, and on Sept. 5, 1827, was admitted
to the bar by the Supreme Court of Ohio. He formed a partnership with a
lawyer who afterwards became go\ernor of the state. This relation was dis-
solved in 1844, and Mr. Millikin retired to his farm three miles east of Hamil-
ton to recruit his health.

He did not return to legal practice, but became much interested in agricul-
ture, contributing many able papers to the farm journals. For many years
his farm was a model one where he kept improved stock. In 1846 he was a
member of the State Board of Equalization. He became a member of the
State Board of Agriculture in 1856, and was twice re-elected, being president
of the Board one year. In i860 he was appointed a trustee of Miami Univer-
sity, and served in that capacity until his death. In 1873 he was named by
the Secretary of the Interior as one of the commissioners to make a treaty with
the Creek Indians for rehnquishing a part of their territory to the Seminoles,
and for this purpose he visited the Indian Territory. He served as state treas-
urer in 1876 and 1877. Was renominated in 1878, but defeated by the Demo-
crats. The remaining years of his useful life he passed on his farm. At the
time of his death he was the oldest professional man in his county. Those
who were competent to judge of his talents beUeved he would have been a very
able lawyer had he continued in practice. One who knew him well has said:
" He represented the noblest type of the high-toned, dignified gentleman. As
an orator he had few equals. In 1S52 he stood before the old Court House in
Hamilton and delivered the address of welcome to Major-General W'infield
Scott, who paid a visit to the town at that time. This address was one of the
most eloquent ever listened to in Hamilton, and the personal appearance of the
orator was superb."

He was a man of fine presence, being six feet in height, of 250 pounds
weight, industrious and aggressive in debate; but a partiality for rural life proved
too strong for him and he hied away to the fields. He d. Apr. 9, 1884. There
were six children, of whom with 5th generation.

3. Anna Millikin^ (1), eldest daughter of DanieP (1), b, in Washington Co.,
Pa., Sept. 6, 1806; d. a child.


4. Thomas B. Millikin* (1), third sou of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O., May
8, 1S08; m. Nov. 10, 1831, Miss Catherine Hough, daughter of John and
Frances (Luckey) Hough. She d. and he m., 2d, Caroline Tabscott. He
resided in lUinois, where he d. June 6, 1873. Three children. See 5th gen-

5. James H. Millikin^ (4), fourth son of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O., May
8, 1808 (twin to Thomas), and d. Jan. 2, 1809.

5. Anna Millikin* (2), second daughter of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O.,
Mar. 5, 1811; was m. to Americus Symmes, and d. Jan. 5, 1839.

7. Joan M. Millikin^ (1), third daughter of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O.,
May 10, 1813; was m. Dec. 6, 1832, to Robert Kennedy, eldest son of Samuel
and Jane (Richardson) Kennedy. She was a widow in 1895, hving in Hamil-
ton, O. ' •

8. Mary Millikin* (3), fourth daughter of DanieP (1), b. in Hamilton, O.,
Aug. 22, 1815; was m. Oct. 19, 1838, to David D. Conover, son of Isaac and
Ehzabeth (Deardorff) Conover, of Dayton, O. She d. Aug. 11, 1844, leaving

9. Daniel Millikin^ (2), fifth son of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O., Apr. 17,
1818; m. Feb. 21, 1843, Sarah J. Osborn, daughter of Cyrus and Mariah
(Woodrough) Osborn, in Cincinnati, O. He was for many }-ears a dry goods
merchant of Bethany, O., but later purchased a farm near Hamilton and fol-
lowed agricultural pursuits until his death, Oct. 22, 1855. Seven children, of
whom wdth 5th generation.

10. Jane Millikin^ (1), fifth daughter of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O., Sept.
22, 1819; was m. x\pr. 25, 1843. to O. P. Line, and d. Sept. 13, 1883, leaving

It. James Millikin^ (5), sixth son of DanieP (1), b. in Hamihon, O., July 8,
1822; d. Jan. 24, 1843.

12. Otho William Millikin* (1), seventh son of DanieP (1), b. in Hamilton, O.,
Jan. 22, 1826; m. Jan. 11, 1854, Lida Schenck, daughter of Aaron and Maria
(Wood) Schenck, of German descent, and resides on a farm south of Hamilton,
where he is engaged in agriculture and shipping moulding-sand. In early life
he was a student of medicine, but found it uncongenial with his tastes and
abandoned it. He says: "My father, Dr. Daniel Milhkin, was anxious for me
to study medicine, and to gratify his wishes I attended a course of lectures at the

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 52 of 109)