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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Wilmot who was an innholder in Boston. He had issue two children as follows:

j Elizabeth Alger, b. 1669, and was baptized at the First Church in

Charlestown, Mass., in 1687; she was then living with Nathaniel Adams,

her uncle. She was married to John Milliken of Boston, and, on her

father's death, coming into possession of a large share of the Alger estate

at Dunstan, they removed to that plantation in 17 19. She was the only

person living at Dunstan before the first Indian war who ever returned.

See Milliken history for more particulars.

II. John Alger, b. 16 — , was lost in the expedition against Canada in 1690.

He mav have had some premonition of his fate as he made his will, —

recorded in 17 16 in the Middlesex Registry of Deeds — before leaving

home. This instrument reads as follows:


"I John Alger, formerly of Weymouth, now Resident in Charlestown, in
New England, Carpenter, being bound out into ye Countries service with Sir
William Phipps, against ye Indians and French, and not knowing how it may
please the Lord to deal with me as to ye giving or taking away of my natural
life — These may certify to whom it may concern, That in case I should die or
be killed in ye Service, I do make my dearly beloved and only sister Elizabeth
Alger, my heiress, and hereby do give and bequeath unto her whatsoever shall be
due to me for my wages or my said Service during my life. Also I do fully,
freely and clearly give and bequeath unto her and her heirs forever all my right,
title and interest that I now have, in any Housing, Lands or Tenements in any
part of New England forever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this fourth day of April, Anno Domini 1 690. Anno Regis et Reginae
Guillemi et Mairae

Signed, Sealed, & Co. in John Alger.

presence of — [Seal]

Hannah Adams,

Samuel Phipps.

2. Andrew Alger (2), son of Andrew^ (1), was killed by the Indians Sept. 21,
1689, at Falmouth, while lighting under Col. Church. His wife's name does not
appear, nor do we know his place of residence. He had one child,

I. Dorcas Alger, who was the wife of Matthew Collins, to whom m.
Oct. 24, 1706, and had: Mo/ZAew, b. Sept. 8, 1707; /o^/a/j, b. Oct. 9, 1711;
Dorcas, b. May 20, 17 13.

3. Matthew Alger (1), third son of Andrew^ (1), married Martha Carver,
widow of Robert Carver, of Boston. He was master of a transport in the expe-
dition against Canada in 1690, in which he contracted a ship fever, and died soon
after his return. The deposition of John Boden of date 1730, says: "The said
Matthew Alger went master of a vessel, as Transport to ye fleet under ye com-
mand of Sir Wm. Phipps K. T. to Canaday, and was visited with a fleet fever,
or sickness, whereof he died soon after his return, who was the last surviving
male of the aforesaid Algers." He had two daughters, named as follows:

I. Mary Alger, b. Jan. 9, 1680, in Boston, Mass.
II. Hannah Alger, b. May 22, 1686, in Boston, Mass.

4. Elizabeth Alger (2), eldest daughter of Andrew^ (1), was the wife of John
Palmer. They resided at Dunstan previous to the Indian troubles. Palmer
had purchased 50 acres of land of the Algers July 15, 1662, and the line then
established may still be traced. In 1680 they removed to Boston, where he spent
the remainder of his days. Forty-two years after the death of her father, Eliza-
beth Palmer sold to John Milliken Jr., all that tract of land beginning where the
river doth part — "and every other the land of my late husband lying in the
County of York." She had two children named as follows:

I. Abigail Palmer, b. Feb. 6, 1685, in Boston, Mass.
II. Arimnel Palmer, b. Mar. 4, 1687, in Boston, Mass.

5. Joanna Alger (1), second daughter of Andrew^ (1), was twice married. First
to Elias Oakman of Boston. They resided "on the branch of the river that
leads up to the falls, and scpperates Dunstan from Blue Poynt." Her second
husband was John Mills of Boston. Fifty-two years after the death of her
father she gave deed to John Milliken Jr., and Samuel Milliken, as follows: "I


Joanna "Mills of Boston, coheir of Andrew Alger, quit claim to a tract of land
commonly called Dunstan." Issue:

I. Klias Oakman, b. Apr. 21, 1680.
II. 'J'homasin Mills, b. Oct. j;o, 1686.

III. Jonathan Mills, b. May 3, i68g.

IV. John Mills, b. Feb. 22, 1600 I , .


V. James Mills, b. Feb. 22, 1690 )

6. Agnes Alger^ (1), youngest daughter of Andrew* (1), was the wife of John
AsHTON and died between 1670 and 1680.*

Algers in Boston.

John Alger (blacksmith), of Boston, and Sarah his wife had issue:

1. Samukl, b. Sept. 28, 1684.

2. Hannah, b. July 4, 1686.

3. Mary, b. Apr. 19, 1688.

4. Hannah, b. Dec. 10, 1690.

5. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 4, 1691.

Having traced the history and genealogy of the Alger family until il became
linked to that of the Millikens, we shall now proceed to follow the movements of
the heirs to the estate, and present some detached references to the lands before,
and subser|ucnt to, their possession by the Millikens.

Willis assumed that the Algers came from Dunster, in Somersetshire, while
Arthur M. Alger Esq., of Boston, believed they were from Dunstan, in the countv
of Norfolk, as families of this name had long dwelt there. At any rate, they
named their lands in Scarborough. Dunst.a.n, and in all prol)ability for their
English home.

About the year 1760 there was a fire at Dunstan which burned the sawmills.
As the present site of Dunstan is nearly a mile from any water-power, this state-
ment seems inconsistent, but when we know that the most busy place on the Alger
lands was at the sawmill built by Watts about 1635, and in active operation for
more than a .century save when interrupted by Indian wars, we shall see that
Dunstan of an early day, when the Algers applied this name, was near the well-
known Seavey's bridge. About that place on the western side of the stream
and on cither side of the road, there are old apple trees and cellars which remain
to mark the localities of the early settlers' homesteads. Here is the cellar of the
house where Rufus King was born, and near at hand the spring that supplied the
family with water. Rambling along from this place toward Dunstan Landing, one
may find other evidences of early habitations. Near a bend in the river was the
"Ryefield," so-called, where one of the earhest settlers of Dunstan lived. Fur-
ther on was Dunstan Landing, from which sailed more shipping before the Revo-
lution than from Portland or Falmouth. Jacob Millikcn, the centenarian, de-
clared on his one hundredth birthday, that he had seen lumber piled on both

* There was e\-idently one or more links of relationship between the Algers and the Edge-
comb family in Scarborough. The wife of Nicholas Edgecomb was a W'Umot and probably
of the same family as Mary, daughter of Nicholas Wilmot, the Boston innholder, who was the
wife of John Alger. Then we find Mar\' Edgecomb the second wife of John Ashton who
removed to Marbtehead, Mass., at the lime of the Indian war. She had been married to
George Page of Biddeford, in 1664. Was her second husband identical with the John Ashton
who married Agnes .Alger? It will be seen that the .Algers removed to Marblchead also. Nich-
olas and Mary Wilmot of Bo.ston had issue: Mary, b. May 5, 1650; Abit^ail, b. Oct. 2, 1655;
Elizabeth, b. Sept. 26, 1657, and Hannah, b. Feb. 10, 1659.


sides of the road leading from Dunstan Corner to the Landing, one half mile,
awaiting shipment.

On the Southgate farm are the rapids known in the early days as "Alger's
Falls," and below them the Algers resided. Whether they attempted to build a
mill there is uncertain, but Col. Westbrook used this water-power after the Indian
wars. Further up the stream, near the King burying ground, there are small
falls where Benjamin Blackman had a mill as early as 1680. The remains of an
old dam, and an ancient cellar, mark the spot where the pioneers sat down. Some
distance north from this last mentioned locality are cellars excavated very early
in the settlement of Dunstan, but by whom we do not know. Easterly, along
the line of an old fence and in the thick woods, there are apple trees and other
evidences of human habitations. These were on the improved highway cutting
oflf several miles from the old Sylvanus Scott route which had long been the
only way leading around the head of the marshes eastward.

The stream that formed the southern boundary of Dunstan in the Algers time,
was early known as Foxwell's brook, and on this a sawmill was Ijuilt at a very
early day. The existence of this adjunct of a pioneer settlement might have
been doubted had not the proprietor. Watts, been presented for carrying "bards"
on the Sabbath. This evidence is made stronger by a clause in Rigby's deed
to Watts of date 1648, viz: — "one hundred acres adjoining his house which he
hath occupied for 15 years past to be distinguished by the meets and bounds
herein expressed and from the 'water Lakes' and edge of the bank to the north-
ward of the house into the field that is between Richard Foxwells & Watts." Also
by a deed from Watts to Ralph Allison dated loth Apr. 1673, in which he conveyed
one half of the mill, and when Watts died said Allison was to possess the whole.

This mill was situated where the present road to W'est Scarborough crosses
that stream. Here were natural advantages for a mill. There was a ledge on
one side and a projecting point of upland reaching nearly to it on the opposite
side; thus making it an inexpensive task to fill the chasm with a dam. The mill-
pond would extend far back into the timber lands and afford a convenient water-
way for conveying logs to the mill. Below, the tide water made transportation
seaward easy. Watts described his mill as being situated in the village we
call Cothell.

The following relating to the settlement of a dispute concerning the northern
and northwestern boundary of Dunstan, speaks for itself:

" The Deposition of Jeremiah Moulton testifyeth and saith that about the year
1719 by ye request of Mr. John Milliken Jun., I went with him to renew his
bounds at a place called Dunstan, in Scarborough, by virtue of an Indian deed,
and accordingly we began sixty rods above the falls, Mr. Nathan Knight being
our Pilot, and one of the chainmen, and from thence we went N. E. and said
line came near a bridge called Phillip's bridge and we came to the river that
goeth near Joslins Hill, where it was pretty wide; it not being at the head of said
river. The next day after we had done, old Mr. Milliken came home from the
westward and inquired what we had done. I accordingly told him; he made
answer and said, we had not done right, for we should have gone sixty rods
above the upper falls, and would have me run it over again, but my business
called me home, and I could not go again, and further saith that there was no-
body lived there then but Mr. Milliken, and Col. Westbrook with his people a
masting. Sworn by the deponent in Superior Court at York, May ye 14th,
1 73 1." Old Mr. MiUiken was correct.


The deed from the Alters to Jolin Palmer of date July 15, 1662, is sij^nificant
in fixing upon the location of the Alger homesteads. In all the jjlans of iJunstan
this lot has been clearly marked out, and in fact its original lines are the bounds
of lots in Dunstan to-day. The late Horatio Height, who had given the sub-
ject much study, says: "And here we are comi)elled to dilTer from Southgate
with regard to the dwelling-place of the Algers. Joanna Puncheon in her depo-
sition, says: * Arthur dwelled on the northermost side of a stream and Andrew on
the southermost side. Next to Andrew lay the land of his son John and next to
John lay the land belonging to John Palmer.' Any one who consults the plan of
the 'Palmer Lot,' so-called, may see that the place where Southgate locates the
Algers is near the middle of said lot, and it is not reasonable to suppose that
they sold the very land on which they had established their homes. Ancl because
of what Joanna Puncheon testified concerning the location of Arthur Alger's
house, and because the old house creek that was their highway runs close to the
upland above the Turnpike; because of relics that have been found there, because
it was in sight of the Garrison on the 'neck,' and because of the evidences of other
foundations in the vicinity, we may conclude that Southgate was in error and
Joanna Puncheon correct."

On coming from Boston to Dunstan after so long a time had elapsed, the heirs
of the Algers found several persons in possession of parcels of the estate, and to
agree with them, or to eject them, was the first important business to attend to.
The disputes that arose resulted in litigation which brought to the court records
the depositions from which much of this sketch has been compiled. Notwith-
standing the able counsel employed, and money expended, in an attempt to de-
stroy the validity of their claim, the heirs were as secure with their old Indian
"declaration" as they would have been with a charter bearing the royal seal.

John Bodex in his deposition, says: "When at Dunstan in 1729, I noticed
where the said Algers and their children's habitations were, and cornfields and
pastures, and the land was grown up to large trees and looked hke a wilderness."
He also says the Algers were persons of note and of good character.

The occupants of the mill on Blackman's Falls, on the return of the heirs
of Dunstan, stoutly contested their right to this mill privilege but were not success-
ful. Elliott \'aughan laid claim to part of Dunstan in 1733, but was defeated
in litigation. The Alger heirs proved that Andrew and Arthur, under their Indian
title, held undisputed possession of their lands until interrupted by the Indians
in 1675, '1"*^ tl'^^t when peace was established the heirs returned to their estate.

Places in England Named Dunstan.
(i) Dunstan, a village and a parish in Lincolnshire, on a branch of the river
Witham, near Duns Dyke, 8 miles S. E. by S. from Lincoln.

(2) Dunstan, a parish in Norfolk, on the river Sare, \\ miles N. E. from Swains-
thorpe Station, 4 miles S. from Norwich.

(3) Dunstan, a hamlet and a township in Embleton parish, Northumberland,

2 miles S. E. of Embleton, 6^ N. E. of Alnwick.

(4) Dunstan, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Penkridge parish, Staf-

fordshire, near the Stafford and Worcester Canal, 2^ miles N. by E. of

(5) Dunstan, a village and ecclesiastical parish in the north of Durham, near the

river Tyne, 2 miles W. S. W. of Gateshead.

(6) Dunstan, a hamlet and parish, 2 miles N. E. from Chesterfield, North




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This is the most numerous of all branches of the Milliken families in America,
and we must presently begin their genealogy by introducing a transcript from
the early church records of Boston. The surname was there spelled as any
broad-spoken Scotchman or ScotchTrishman would have pronounced it, " Mul-
liken" and "Mulligen," but we have not found a single instance where one of
this branch of the family used that orthography; they have universally spelled
their names "Milliken" or "Millikin." There are abundant reasons for be-
lieving that the famihes designated "Mullikens of Bradford, Mass.," were from
the same stock, but for some cause now unknown they adopted another form of
spelling the name. The family tradition makes their first New England an-
cestors come from Scotland, and in this instance the tradition is supported by
the public records. Several members of the family were members of the Scots
Charitable Society, a fraternal and benevolent organization founded in 1651, and
still in existence. John Milliken was an important member of this society from
1685 to 1 7 19, when he removed to Scarborough. Hugh Milliken, father of John,
was a member of this association as earlv as 1681, and continued as long as he
resided in Boston, or until his death. Thomas Milhken, a brother of John Milli-
ken Jr., was a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Boston. This was another
organization composed principally, if not wholly, of Scotchmen and persons of
Scotch blood.

Three families of Millikens appear in Boston contemporaneously. We have
nodocumentary evidence to show what relationship, if any, existed among them;
but there are records to prove their residence in Boston at the same time, and an
intimate association of interest. They evidently attended upon divine service at
the same church, and the record of their children's births and baptisms are found
in the Brattle Street church registers. The Rev. William Cooper, pastor of the
First Church in Boston, afterwards the Brattle Street Church, made record in his
interleaved almanac of the baptism of two children of the first John IVIilliken
and of admitting to full communion, "since the earthquake," of three members
of the Milliken family. We therefore assume that they could have adopted the
language of the Psalmist: "We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the
house of God in company."

While we have traced the descendants of John Milliken son of Hugh, and those
of Robert Mulliken the reputed brother of Hugh, the posterity of Thomas and
Elizabeth Milliken, and of Robert Milliken son of Hugh and Ellison, have not
been found. Thomas and Elizabeth had a son Thomas born in Boston, Apr.
27, 1692, From this date we do not find any record of that family. They may
have disappeared from Boston. Robert Milliken, son of Hugh and EUison, b.
Aug. 9, 1681, may have gone South, as there are traditions of such an ancestor in
a Southern family. The following records were copied from the Brattle Street
church registers of Boston, and from a journal written on interleaves of the pas-
tor's almanac:

1. Robert Mulliken, son of Robert and wife Rebecca, was b. Dec. 9, 1688,

2. John Mulliken, son of Robert and wife Rebecca, was b. July 26, 1690.


3. Mary \IuLi.iKKM,daun;htcr of R()l)crt and wife Rebecca, wash. Sept. 26, 1 692.

4. Thomas Mullike.v, sonof TliomasaiKl wife Elizabeth, wasb. Ajjr. 27, 1692.

5. Robert Mulliken, son of Hugh and wife Kleanor (or EUison), was b.
Aug. 9, 1 68 1.

Feb. 17, 1723, John MiUiken was baptised.
Apr. 25, 1725, Sarah MiUiken was bai)tised.

Apr., 1728, Nathaniel MiUiken, Abigail Millikcn, and Eliza MiUiken, ad-
mitted to full communion since the earthquake.

Hugh Mill liken may be properly designated the first known ancestor of the
family called the " Algcr-Millikens," so early settled in Dunstan, now Scarbor-
ough, Me. His name appears as a member of the Scots Charitable Society in
Boston in 1681, and we reasonably assume that he was a Scotchman. The record
of his wife's name is not distinctly legible, and has been written Eleanor and
Ellison. Was not her maiden name Eleanor Allison ? It is singular that no record
of the death of Hugh and his wife has been found. He may have removed from
Boston. The family tradition makes Dea. Nathaniel MiUiken of Scarborough,
author of the statement that Hugh of Boston was his grandfather, and one of the
deacon's daughters, married to a Benjamin MiUiken, and who lived in her father's
house, named a son Hugh, in honor of her great-grandfather.

It has been assumed that Hugh MuUiken of Boston was a " titled gentleman, "
from the fact that a coat-of-arms was early found in the Scarborough family and
has been handed down as an heirloom from generation to generation by the de-
scendants of the first kno\vn possessor. A venerable member of the family who
was b. in 1843, informed me in 1895, that when a lad he could lie in his bed
and see this coat-of-arms as it hung enframed upon the wall beside the picture of
Lady Helen ^larr, who was some relation to the MiUiken family.

Capt. Isaac T. MiUiken of San Francisco, Cal., was a master mariner in early
life and made voyages to Scotland. Being much interested in the history of his
family he is said to have instituted investigations there which resulted in the dis-
co\'ery of the name of a Sir Hugh MilUken who participated in taking some
strongly fortified castle, and was knighted, and granted a coat-of-arms in which
were depicted three castles in commemoration of his gallant achievement. This
may be true, but when Capt. MiUiken assumes that Hugh of Boston was identical
with the bra\e knight he is in error. I have his written and unqualified assump-
tion that John MiUiken who m. Elizabeth Alger was a son of Sir Hugh MiUiken,
Kt. To others whose letters were placed at my disposal, Capt. Isaac T. MiUiken
has written the same statement. In a letter from the Lyon-at-Arms, the highest
authority on heraldry in Scotland, he has assured me that he knows nothing of
this Sir Hugh MiUiken and his coat-of-arms. This should be conclusive, for if
such had been granted to any titled Scotchman a record of the transaction would
be found at the Lyon oftice.

■ After a persistent search nothing more than has been stated in this connection
has been discovered concerning Hugh and Eleanor (or Ellison) MiUiken who
appeared in Boston. They may have died there without a record of such event
being found at this late day. Some mousing searcher more familiar with the old
documents may find something that will throw Hght upon their subsequent history.

John MiUiken^ (1), reputed son of Hugh MiUiken^ (1), of Boston, was prob-
ably b. in Scotland, as no record of such event has been found in New England.


He m. Elizabeth Alger, a daughter of John and Mary Wilmot Alger of Bos-
ton, who was b. 1669 and baptized in 1687, at the first church in Charlestown,
where she was living with her uncle, Nathaniel Adams. No record of this
marriage has been found. They resided many years in Boston, and their children
were b. there. In old documents he was styled "John Milhken house car-
penter." After the death of his father-in-law, John Alger, he possessed, in his
wife's right, an extensive land-estate at Dunstan, in Scarborough, Me., and his
name appears there as early as 1719.* In the year 1720, he and his son of the
same name were present at the reorganization of the town government, when he
was chosen for one of the selectmen. He was in Boston betimes as late as 1732.
I have the copy of an account of his with the firm of Henderson & Hewes, of
date 1743 and 1754, in which there was a balance due them of ;^43, 4, 8 odd, Old
Tenor, and stated as ;^5, 15,3 odd, Lawfull money. For this amount he gave his
note for six months. As the charges w-ere for builders' hardware, he may have
been erecting his farmhouse at Dunstan during that time. Mr. Milliken seems
to have had broad ideas of farming, and carried on his agricultural schemes on
a scale of considerable magnitude for the times. In a letter written by him in
1746, he says: "I have cleared a great deal of land; have made several miles of
fence; this year have I planted as much land as three bushels of corn would
plant, sowed as much as seven bushels of peas would sow, and as much as thir-
teen bushels of oats and barley would sow." John MiUiken died in 1749 and
must have been 85 years of age. His widow died Feb. 9, 1754, aged 85 years.
It has been assumed that only four of his sons were Hving at the time of settle-
ment in Scarborough. After producing the family record as found in Boston,
we shall proceed with the genealogy by dividing the pedigree into four parts, head-
ing each with the name of one of the four sons of John Milhken who settled at


1. John Milliken, b. Dec. 27, 1691, of whom more hereafter.

2. Thomas Milliken, b. Apr. 27, 1693, ^^ whom no other information.

3. James Milliken, b. Sept. 4, 1694; m. Priscilla Norton, daughter of
Benjamin and Hannah Norton of Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard), Oct.
25, 1 7 18. He purchased a house-lot in Edgartown of Thomas Martain,
Apr. 20, 1726, with house thereon. His widow sold this to Matthew
Norton in 1728. His subsequent history is unknown. The name was
not perpetuated at the Vineyard. He was probably a sailor and may
have been lost at sea.

4. JosiAH Milliken, b. Nov. 25, 1696, of whom no other record.

5. Benjamin Milliken, b. Apr. i, 1699, who was st3'led "marriner. "

6. "Samuel Milliken, b. Sept. 21, 1701, of whom more hereafter.

7. Joseph Milliken, bapt. Feb. 20, 1704, of whom no other record.

8. Edward Milliken, bapt. July 6, 1706, of whom more presently.

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