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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29, 1877, Mary E. Martin of Allerton, la. Resided in Corydon until
June, 1893, ^hsJ^ removed to Canon City, Col., where they reside.

IV. Mary Elizabeth Boyle, b. July 14, 1852, at Carmichael's, Pa.; was m.
Nov. II, 1869, to Albert P. Selley. She d. Nov. 23, 1S74. at Cory-
don, la.

2. Dolly Millikin^ (2), second daughter of William^ (2), b. in Washington Co..
Pa., Sept. 22, 1816; was m. Aug. 25, 1842, to John McFarland, son of Jame>
and Amanala (Cook) McFarland, b. Oct. 13, 1804; d. Feb. 18, 1878. Dolly
d. at ^[organtown, \'a.. Jan. 11, 1850, and was buried there. Children named
as follows:

I. Samuel McF.arland, b. Aug. 21, 1843; ^^- Jub' i^^- iS44-


II. JoAXXA McFarland, b. Aug. i8, 1845. Single.

III. James ^NIcFarland, b. Oct. 15, 1847; "i. ^liss Tillie Steel, and lives
at Topeka, Kan.

3. Joan M. Millikin^ (2), third daughter of William^ (2), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Feb. 22, 1819; was m. to Hir.am Smith of Carmichael's, Pa., where she
lived and died. Children's names unknown.

4. James H. Millikin'' (9), eldest son of Wilham^ (2), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Jan. 8, 1821; d. July 17, 1825, aged four years.

5. Mary Millikin^ (4), fourth daughter of William^ (2), b. in \\'ashington Co.,
Pa., Dec. 9, 1823; was m. to John Moore; hved and d. Apr. 8, 1863, at Rice's
Landing, Greene Co., Pa. Buried at Pleasant Hill on Ten Alile in Washington
Co., Pa^.

6. Martha Jane Millikin* (3), fifth daughter of William^ (2), b. in Washington
Co., Pa., Aug. 16, 1826; was m. Sept. 27, 1853, to Maj. John J. Cree. She
d. at Moravia, la.

7. William S. Millikin* (4), second son of Wilham^ (2), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Mar. 25, 1829; m. Aug. 24, 1854, Sar.\h E. Mach^an. He was buried at
Danville, 111.

8. Abel Millikin' (2), third son of William^ (2), b. in Washington Co., Pa., Jan.

8. 1832. He was not m. Died at Sidney, la.

9. Dr. John C. Millikin^ (5), fourth son of Wilham^ (2), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Mar. 15, 1834; m. June 18, 1863, Elizabeth Evans, daughter of Caleb
Evans. He taught school near Ten Mile, Washington Co., Pa., from 1847 to
1853; attended a medical college in West Virginia four years (1857), practised
medicine at Rice's Landing till 1861; moved to Ten Mile, Washington Co., Pa.,
where he practised his profession till 1874, when he removed to Fairfield, la.,
practising there until his death, Jan. 3, 1893. His wife and two sons survive
him, she hving with her son in Fairfield, la.

10. Joel B. Millikin^ (2), fifth son of WilHam S.' (2), b. on Ten Mile, Washing-
ton Co., Pa., P'eb. 23, 1827; removed to Iowa Apr. i, 1869; m. Sarah Jones,
daughter of Milton Jones, May 30, 1870; she b. in Indiana, June, 1848, and d.
of consumption in Corydon, la., Aug. 15, 1889; buried there. To this union
was b. July 27, 1872, Dora MiUikin, who was m. in 1902, to Charles Brewer,
and lives on a farm near Mercer, IVIercer Co., Mo. Mr. Millikin survives.
He is a painter and paper hanger by trade. Served in the Union Army during
the Civil War.


1. Samuel MiUikin^ (5), eldest son of Robert^ (5), b. in now Hamilton, O., in
1817; m. Oct. 7, 1841, Maria Halstead, who d. Dec. 14, 1868, and he m.,
2d, a Mrs. Johnson, who d. and he m., 3d, Ann Shay. By first wife, four

2. Hon. Thomas Millikin^ (3), second son of Robert^ (5), b. in the village of
Rossville, now Hamilton, O., in a small log house; m. Nov. 4, 1841, Mary B.
Van Hook, daughter of WiUiam Van Hook, b. in 1824, and d. Jan. 13, 1894,
after a married life of more than fifty-two years. Their wedding ceremony
was performed in one of the offices of the Ohio Penitentiary, the bride's father
being the warden at that time, but they went home with a "coach-and-four."

Thomas Millikin began his classical studies in 1832 with Rev. Joseph C.




Montfort, an eminent divine and educator, and entered Miami University
in 1834, from which he graduated in July, 183S, In the fall of that year
he began the study of law with Judge Elijah Vance. He was admitted to
the bar in 1840, and rode on horseback to Columbus to pass his examina-
tion and secure his diploma. He immediately entered upon practice, and
three years later was appointed prosecuting attorney and served for one year.
After this he declined to hold any public office, and for a period of more
than sixty years was uninterruptedly engaged in the practice of his pro-

In 1874, he was tendered a commission as judge of the Supreme Court
of Ohio, but the honor was declined.

He was a close student and possessed a profound knowledge of law.
For a long term of years he was employed as counsel in every important
case in the county. He was equally qualified to handle criminal cases as
for those of a civil and constitutional character. He was especially able in
will cases and established a wide reputation by the victories he won in
court ; and the reports of the Supreme Court of Ohio are full of cases in
which he was engaged, and carry the impress of his masterful legal ability.
He was a forceful and convincing pleader before the court and jury, shrewd
and caustic in cross-examination, and adroit in keeping important testimony
at the front. Born and educated during the pioneer period of Butler Co.,
Thomas Millikin was a great reader of the chronicles of early events in the
history of the county and state, and this, with his experience of observation,
made it a delight to listen to him.

He was often called to deliver public addresses on various topics. On
the anniversary — the one hundredth — celebration of the Declaration of In-
dependence, July 4, 1876, he delivered an eloquent oration, and also at the
Centennial Celebration in 1890, of building of Fort Hamilton, on which
occasion he was president of the committee of arrangements. When the
corner-stone of the court house at Hamilton was laid in 1885, he was the
orator of the day.

He was largely interested in the formation of the Hamilton Gas Light
and Coke Company, and also of the Hamilton and Lindenwald Electric
Transit Company, of which he was president. He had been the attorney
for the C. H. & D. R. R. Company, and also attorney for the Big Four Rail-
road Company.

Ever kind and indulgent to his family and devotedly fond of his home
life, honorable in all his dealings, respected for his ability and his courage,
allied to no creed, but profound in his religious faith, Mr. Millikin retired
from the active arena of life with the blessings and the tears of all who knew
and honored him. He d. Nov. 10, 1899, and was interred by the side of
his wife in Greenwood Cemetery. There were seven children, of whom 5th

3. Elizabeth Millikin^ (2), daughter of Robert* (5), b. in Hamilton, O. ; was
m. to William Elliott.

4. James B. Millikin' (10), third son of RobertV(5), b. Jan. 15, 1825
(adopted) ; m. Ellkn Emeret, eldest daughter of Gardner W. and Ellen
E. Ware of Montpelier, Vt., and d. at Hamilton, O., July i, 1890. He was
a lawyer by profession. Had a family.



1. Joseph Millikin'' (l), eldest son of Andrew^ (1), b. and lives at Ver-
milion Co., 111.

2. Robert Millikin^ (6), second son of Andrew^ (1), m. and left one son,

3. Caroline Millikin^ (2), daughter of Andrew^ (1), was m. to Gillispie.


1. Dr. Samuel Millikin^ (6), eldest son of AbeP (l), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Apr. 27, 1823; d. Nov. 18, 1856. After finishing his collegiate edu-
cation, he read medicine and graduated in a medical college in Cincinnati,
O. He located at Hamilton, O., and had an extensive practice. He was
offered and- accepted a professorship in the medical college from which he
graduated, but his health failed and he d. before occupying the chair, unm.

2. Sarah Millikin^ (3), eldest daughter of AbeP (1), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Feb. 19, 1825 ; was m. Oct. 12, 1848, to Noah C. McFarland, a lawyer
in Hamilton, O. They removed to Topeka, Ks., where he continued his
law practice and acted as Circuit Judge. In President Garfield's adminis-
tration he was Commissioner of the General Land Office. Two children as
follows :

I. Anna McFarland, b. in Hamilton, O. ; was m. to Wallace Mc-
Grath, a merchant of Topeka, Ks., and had one child, To7n. Mother
and child dec.
n. James Millikin McFarland, b. in Hamilton, O., graduated at Ox-
ford and resides in Topeka, Ks. He is a man of literary tastes and
a writer of some note. He probably owns the largest private library
in the state ; it contains over 6,000 volumes of carefully selected
books. Three children, all dec.

3. James Millikin'* (11), second son of AbeP (1), b. in Washington Co., Pa.,
Aug. 2, 1827 ; m. Jan. i, 1857, Anna B. Aston, daughter of Rev. Samuel
M. Aston, and resides at Decatur, 111. No issue. He was raised on a farm.
His education was acquired in the common schools and by two years of
study in Washington College. In the fall of 1850 he went to Illinois and
first made his home in Danville. He commenced dealing in livestock and
was very successful. His father knowing of his good judgment assisted
him financially.

In 1855 he began to invest extensively in government land, entering
large tracts in Illinois and Iowa. Such investments were judiciously made
and proved very profitable. Several thousand acres were bought at one
dollar an acre and sold at a handsome advance in price.

In 1857 he went to Decatur, 111., then a village of a few hundred people.
He still had large investments in land and stock, and the next three years
were spent in disposing of the stock and in realizing on some of the lands.

In i860 the need of another bank became apparent in Decatur, and a
number of business men suggested to Mr. Millikin that he was the man to
establish one. Being inexperienced in banking business, he had not con-
templated embarking in such a venture but after due consideration he de-
cided that there was a good opening and established himself in banking
under the firm name of "J. Millikin tV Co."













He has since given his entire time to this business. For. the first few
years the growth of the house was small, but since 1870 the business rapidly
increased. For a quarter of a century it has been one of the most sub-
stantial and important banking institutions in the state. At this time,
Ian., 1903, its deposits amount to more than $3,000,000, while the total de-
posits of all the national banks in Decatur is only $4,450,000. In 1S97 the
bank was incorporated as a national bank, the full name being the " Milli-
kin National Hank."

Some of the most important manufacturing and industrial enterprises in
Decatur owe their existence and prosperity to the encouragement and support
given them by Mr. Millikin. lie has been interested linancially in some
of the most profitable industrial undertakings in the city, and still holds large
shares in two or three of them. He has always been ready to lend his aid
for anything that promised to promote the interests of the town, and has
been public-spirited and generous where the general welfare was concerned.

He is a man of strong convictions, has a mind of unusual clearness, and
can see much farther into the future than most business men. feeing a good
judge of human nature, he seldom makes a mistake in dealing with men.
Few have been as uniformly successful as he has in all business undertakings.

James Millikin was brought up to believe the doctrines of the Whig
party. When that went out of existence, he became a Republican, and has
since been a staunch supporter of that organization.

About ten years ago Mr. Millikin gave a society of Decatur women en-
gaged in charitable work a large frame building as a home for children and
old ladies. An organization for the management of this home was formed
under the name of "The Anna B. Millikin Home," the name being that of
Mr. Millikin's wife, and was selected by the ladies establishing the institu-
tion as a mark of respect for one who had taken an active interest in the
welfare of the classes for whom this home was founded. The name was chosen
without any suggestion from the donor of the building or his wife and was
quite a surprise. After using this home for about ten years it became nec-
essary to secure a much larger structure, and Mr. Millikin told the Board of
Directors in charge that if they would raise $10,000 for a new building,
he w'ould give that amount and a site. The requisite sum was secured among
citizens of Decatur, an equal amount given by James Millikin, and a new
home was erected on three acres of land donated by him as promised. The
$20,000 failed to complete the building and he gave $5,000 more, and gives
$700 annually towards its support.

In 1895 Mr. Millikin erected a business building that will for centuries
stand as a monument to his enterprise and success, it being one of the land-
marks and the most important structure in Decatur. It was first planned
for a banking house of "J. Millikin & Co.," an institution that took the
main part of the first floor. On the other six floors are hundreds of offices.
This magnificent and imposing structure is of stone and terra-cotta. The
interior is of the most substantial finish, including marble, terra-cotta, and

For many years it was generelly known in Decatur that Mr. Millikin
thought of lending his aid in the establishment of a school in that town.
He owned a tract of sixteen acres of beautiful forest land on the borders of
the city that had been used as a public park, known as "Oakland," but as


the town grew beyond the 20,000 mark it became too small for that purpose.
Mr. Millikin had said years ago that he would like to see a college estab-
lished in the park, and in May 1900, he stated that if the citizens of Decatur
would give $100,000 toward such an institution he would give $200,000 and
Oakland Park.

This offer was received with enthusiasm, but before the work of raising
by popular subscription the $100,000 was well under way, the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church was included in the offer with the understanding that
it should also raise $100,000 and that the school should be under their in-
direct government.

In September and October of 1900, the final arrangements for estab-
lishing the school were made, the citizens of Decatur raising $100,000, the
Cumberland Presbyterians of three synods, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, a
like amount, and Mr. Millikin turning over $200,000. The three synods
named organized a college commission, and that commission organized the
new school by naming the Board of Control, most of the members residents
of Decatur. The College Commission also combined with the school a
Cumberland Presbyterian School at Lincoln, 111. This had existed for
many years under the name of "Lincoln University." Mr. Millikin had
during 1900 given that institution $50,000 on condition that its friends
raise $25,000 ; this they secured. The new establishment at Decatur was
known as "The James Millikin University," the name being selected by the
Board of Control without any suggestion from its principal patron. The
institution included two branches, Lincoln College and Decatur College.
The main office of the University is at Decatur. The University now has
over 700 students, and since its opening Mr. Millikin has contributed from
$20,000 to $30,000 a year as it has been needed, and as long as it is con-
ducted as a non-sectarian institution, largely industrial, he will probably
continue that amount or more indefinitely.

The years igoi and 1902 were devoted to planning and erecting several
buildings in Oakland Park, the site of the new school, and Sept. 1903, was
fixed as a date for the opening of Decatur College. The dedication by
President Roosevelt.

James Millikin has for many years had one of the handsomest residences
in the state of Illinois. The house is of brick and stone, large, beautiful in
design and elegantly furnished. It is remarkable for the lovely grounds
with which it is surrounded. The mansion is situated near the centre of a
six-acre tract of land in the best residential section of the city. The grounds
have been improved with good taste and are maintained with scrupulous
care. During the last few years Mr. Millikin's wealth has increased rapidly.
See his portrait ; also views of his residence, "the Anna B. Millikin Home,"
and of "the James Millikin University."

4. Anna Millikin'* (4), second daughter of Abel'^ (I), b. in Washington Co.,
Pa., Sept. 12, 1829 ; was m. Apr. 13, 1852, to William Braden and d. Dec.
17, 1856, leaving a daughter.

I. Elizabeth Braden, who m. Dr. O. J. R. Hanna of Jackson, Mich.,
and has Anna, William, and Richard.

5. Nancy V. Millikin-* (2), third daughter of AbeP (1), b. in Washington
Co., Pa., Apr. 5, 1834, and d. Sept. 5, 1854, unm. She was a graduate at
Washington Female Seminary, Pa.


f\{\\\ UHMicr;ition.


1. Daniel Millikin' (5). eklest son of Stephen' (1), b. in Ihiniilton, ( ).,
Mar. 13, 1S24; d. July 14, 1864, without issue.

2. Margaret MillikiiV (1), only daughter of Stephen* (1), b. in Hamilton,
O., Sept. 23, 1S26; was ni. and had eight children. She d. Jan. i }. 1S79.

3. Joseph Mllllkin' (3), second son of Stephen' (1), b. Sept. 23, 1.S29: m.
and had issue.


4. Mary Frances Millikin'' (5), second daughter of Stephen* (1), b. in Ham-
ilton, O., July 15, 1834; was m. to Joseph Burnes of Montezuma, Ind., and
d. Jan. 14, 1879. Her husband was owner of terra cotta and tire-brick
works. She had children named Mary, Hottic, Eihoard, Belle, Joseph, and

5. Stephen Lintet Millikin' (2), third son of Stephen* (1), b. in Hamilton,
O., July I, 1S37 ; m. Oct. ig, 1857, Julia Beach, in New \'ork, and d. in
Andersonville Prison, Georgia, June 1864. Two children named as follows :

I. Edwin B. Millikin, b. Feb. 22, 1861 ; in Denver, Col.
11. Stephen I). Millikin, b. Sept. i, 1863; d. Nov. 7, 1864.

6. Alice Tamer Millikin' (1), third daughter of Stephen* (1), b. in Ham-
ilton, O., Apr. 16, 1839; was m. (^ct. 15, i860, to Isaac Potter, son of
Judge John R. Potter and wife Mary Worth. Two children, Harry O.
Potter and Mark Potter.


7. Harrison Miner Millikin'^ (1), fourth son of Stephen^ (1), b. in Uana, Ind.,
Apr. 17, 1841 ; d. Oct. i, 1842.

8. Winfield Scott IVIillikin'' (1). fifth son of Steplien^ (1). b. in Dana, Ind.,
Apr. 8. 1844; ni Miir. 10, 1866. Caromnk E. Jenk-.s, and had issue four chil-
dren, named as follows :

I. Porter Millikin", b. Dec. 15, 1867; niarried.
II. H.\RRY MiLLiKiN*, b. Apr. 22, 1870; deceased.

III. Kdo.vr p. Mii.likin^, b. July. 1873.

IV. Bertik C. MILI,lKI^-^ b. Dec, 1879.

9. Harriet Cornelia Millikin'' (1). fourth daughter of Stephen^ (1), b. in Dana,
Ind., Mar. 10. 1846; was m. Jan. 27, 1891, to Nathaniel Thompson, son of
David and Lucinda ((^ffoot) Thompson. No issue (1894).

10. Thomas Corwin Millikin'^ (5), sixth son of Stephen^ (1), b. in Dana, Ind.,
May 4, 1849: d. at Dana, Ind., July 29, 1849.

11. Melvin Porter Millikin'^ (1), seventh son of Stephen^ (1), b. in Dana, Ind.,
Apr. 15, 185 1 : d. at Dana, Ind., May 17, 1853.

12. Otho William Millikin^ (2), eighth son of Stephen^ (1), b. in Dana, Ind.,
May 14. 1859: m. Sept. 10, 1888, Winnie Johnson of Eugene, 111., daughter
of Edward and Louisa (Bailey) Johnson. One child, Carrie T., b. Sept., 1889.


1 . Joseph H. Millikin-^ (4), eldest son of John^ (3), b. July 5, i§32 ; d. Oct. 3,
1838, at Hamilton, O.

2. Col. Minor M. Millikin'' (1), second son of John^ (3), b. July 9, 1834; m.
Sept. 2, 1855, Mary INIollvneaux, and d. Dec. 31, 1862. at the battle of
Stone River. He attended the public schools of Hamilton, O., and then
entered !Miami College, Indiana, where he remained two years. In 1852 he
went to Miami University, where he was a marked man — not on account of
his scholarship, though he stood well — but on account of his individuality.
To quote W'hitelaw Reid in his " Ohio in the War " : " Nothing could exceed
his personal independence, his uniform regard for the feelings of others, his
peremptory requirement that under all circumstances, in all places, from all
persons, a similar regard should be extended to his own. Professor or presi-
dent might infringe upon them, but never without an instant and indignant
protest, who proceeded upon the simple basis that he was a gentleman, and no
college official could be more." He was the athlete of tlie college, and there
are traditions of his skill as a boxer and fencer. It is said that he would " put
on the gloves "' with five or six men at a time, when in the old gymnasium at
Hamilton. At one time he undertook to teach some soldiers the use of the
broadsword, and wTote home that he usually had his own way in this exercise,
but that there was one big, awkward fellow who kept him pretty bus)- ; this
was none other than James A. Garfield, afterwards President of the United

Oxford, the seat of Miami University, had and still has some female semi-
naries, and the president and teachers of these institutions, if made of the
proper stuff, led anxious lives during the school session because of the young
men's pranks. In some way Elinor Millikin incurred the wTath of one of the
presidents. He was the "honor orator"' of his society at the winter exhibi-
tion. This president, with many young ladies of the school, was in attend-


ance at the exercises. The orator of the evening, seeing an opportunity for
sweet revenge, left his announced oration, and took for his subject the pre-
vailing system of female education, and for an hour made "courteous fun"
of the president's methods.

He graduated in 1854 and went to Harvard Law School, where he took
an active part in stirring debates before the Law School Congress on the
slavery question. An attempt was made by Southern students to break up
the school, acting much as Southern Senators do in Congress. Two students
led the opposition to this attempt, one being George W. Smalley, son-in-law
to Wendell Phillips, and the other Minor M. Millikin.

After leaving Harvard, he entered the law otifice of Thomas Corwin. A
year later he was married and started on a bridal tour in Europe, which lasted
a twelvemonth. After his return he bought the Hamilton Intelligeiicer, the
Republican paper for Butler County, and was its editor for two years ; then
sold and retired to his farm.

The civil war now came on, and he enlisted in the cavalry. As the gov-
ernment could not furnish horses in time to get the company off to West Vir-
ginia, he advanced funds for the purchase of twenty-four. After a campaign
of three months he was indorsed by his commander as the best cavalry officer
in that department, a recommendation which aided him in securing the ap-
pointment of major of the ist Ohio Cavalry. When the colonel of this com-
mand resigned. Major ]Millikin was promoted to fill the vacancy; an action
which excited such jealousy that he was ordered before a board of regular
officers for examination, to prove if the charges of incompetency could be
sustained. He passed the examination and received the highest compliments
of his examiners.

In the battle of Stone River he ordered a charge with the expectation of
being supported by the infantry, but the little band of cavalry found itself cut
off from retreat and surrounded by a superior force. While engaged in a hand-
to-hand fight he was shot in the neck and almost instantly killed. His.remains
were recovered and brought back to Hamilton. In his will he expressed a
wish that he should be buried without pomp ; that a slab of native stone, over
which wild vines might grow, should mark his resting-place ; and then he
added, " Let it be forgotten that I am there."

Prof. David Swing of Chicago, who was intimately acquainted with him,
said at the time of his death : " The soul of Minor Millikin was of the intense
school. What he was, he was thoroughly ; whom he liked, he liked deeply ;
whom he disliked, he disliked cordially. . . . His mind was many-sided. To
the taste for literature he added a love for the practical in ordinary life. He

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