G. T. (Gideon Tibbetts) Ridlon.

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

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Online LibraryG. T. (Gideon Tibbetts) RidlonHistory of the families Millingas and Millanges of Saxony and Normandy, comprising genealogies and biographies of their posterity surnamed Milliken, Millikin, Millikan, Millican, Milligan, Mulliken and Mullikin, A. D. 800-A. D. 1907; containing names of thirty thousand persons, with copious notes on → online text (page 65 of 109)
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he then lived, and a young horse named " Snip." This land was to remain
undivided and an equal share held by son " Charlie." Quintin !Milliken made
his will July 3, 1816, and as his wife was not mentioned, she was probably
deceased. He d. Aug. 10, 1816. He and his wife were buried on the plan-
tation near the house, and their graves, only marked by rude, un inscribed
stones, are now surrounded by a growth of large trees. An old Bible con-
taining the family record was destroyed many years ago by fire. His children
were named Jesse, Charles, Spencer, Sarah, Mahala and Jenny. See 3d

5. Jenny Milliken- (1), only daughter of Charles* (1), b. in Virginia, was m.
to Stew.\rt. Her father in his will (which see) gave her " twelve pounds
current money." She had two (perhaps more) children named as follows :

I. Quintin Stewart, to whom his grandfather, in his will. May 12,
1785, gave "a negro girl named Evie.'^

n. Rachel Stewart, to whom her grandfather, in his will, May 12,
1785, gave " a cow and calf."

Will of Quintin Milliken.

In the name of God Amen, I Quintin ^Milliken in the county of Chatham
and State of North Carolina, being of sound and perfect mind and memory.
Blessed be God, do this third day of July in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand eight hundred and sixteen make and publish this my last will and


testament in manner and form Following ; that is to say, first I bequeath unto
my son Jesse IMilliken one half of the tract of land whereon I now live to be
equally divided by my executors when my son Charley Milliken comes of the
age of twenty-one years. Also I give unto iiiy son Jesse jNIilliken one bed
and furniture and one negro man by the name of Ben, and a two-year old
filly. My will further is that my son Jesse Milliken live on the plantation
until my son Charles Milliken comes of age and are both to live togather. I
then give unto my daughter Sarah Richardson (N. B. Charley is to have two
}-ears schooling) one negro woman by the name of Phillis, and a bed and
furniture (with) a horse, bridle and saddle to be valued at one hundred
dollars. I then give unto my son Spensor Milliken one negro boy by the
name of Alike and fifty dollars in money. I then give vmto my daughter
Mahala Milliken one negro by the name of Hampton and one bed and
furniture. I then give unto my daughter Jinney Milliken one negro boy by
the name of Gray and a bed and furniture. I then, give unto Frances
Foushee ten shillings to be paid her by my executors. After all my just
debts are paid The ballance of my things remaining to be sold and divided
among Jesse Milliken, Spencer Milliken, Jennie Milliken, Mahala Milliken
and Charles Alilliken, and I hereby make and ordain my wortliy friend
George Linniher (?) and my son Jesse Milliken executors of this my last will
and testament, In witness whereof I, the said Quintin Millikin have set my
hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, sealed and published
and delivered by the sade Quintin Milliken the testator as his last will and
testament in the presence of us, ' [Seal]


BuFORD Petty Jr.

Codicil. The growing crops and the plantation whereon I now live I
wish appropriated to the use of my children Jesse Milliken, IMahala Milliken,
Jenney IMilliken and Charles IMilliken also my farming utensils, household
and kitchen furniture reserved for the use of the above named children until
my son Charles becomes of age, then to be equally divided between the four
children. The sale of some property will be indispensible to defray my just
debts and the payment of some legacys in the above will, and for this purpose
I wish sold at auction as soon after my decease as may be proper such of my
stock or other personal property as my executors may think can be spared.

Frank Hill. Quintin Milliken.

Joseph Foushee.

The Milliken Homestead.

There were 170 acres in the tract of land owned by Quintin Milliken,
originally, but he increased his territory until he owned 750 acres. He built
his log-house near a spring about one-fourth of a mile from the present resi-
dence of his grandson on the same plantation. The old stable was on a
small stream that issued from the spring.

After the death of Quintin his son Jesse built anew house nearer the public
road ; this was destroyed by fire. Another house was erected where the present
garden is cultivated, and in excavating for the foundation of an arbor, John R.
Milliken, the present proprietor, found the old cellar. This third plantation
hf)use was built of hewed logs but afterwards weather-boarded and enlarged.
The present proprietor has added a second story, and again enlarged the


house upon the ground, and added to its architectural appearance by two
piazzas. A cliininey at each end is provided witli fireplaces above and below
stairs. The old kitchen was detaciied and some distance from the dwelling,
as was customary on all plantations during slave days, and the food cooked
there was carried to the dining-room by the servants. 'I'his building and the
old smoke-house still remain. The kitchen is built of hewed timber, is ei<:hteen
by twenty feet on the ground, and has a chimney at one end in which there
is a fireplace eight feet wide and five feet in height. The building is now
used for a wash-house. The barns and stables were built a considerable
distance from the house for fear of fire.

There are two remarkable trees in front of the mansion. One, a white oak,
is twenty-one feet in circumference, and has branches that extend seventy feet
at right angles from its trunk. The other, a walnut, has two hearts. A negro
named '' Ben" planted this. He found two small, tender saplings and twisted
them spirally ; they grew, united their trunks, and to-day the large, handsome
tree shows no indication of its original forms.

The buildings are beautifully situated on the public road, thirty-five miles
from Raleigh, the state capital, and from Pittsboro, the county seat, three

Jesse Milliken held forty slaves, the most of them purchased, or raised on
his plantation. They occupied seven cabins near the dwelling ; these were
small, cheaply built log-houses, with large fireplaces, and very warm and

The following documents speak for themselves, and may be of interest to
readers in the North who were born since the emancipation of the slaves.

" Know all men by these presents that I Charles Milliken of the County of
Chatham and state of Northcaroline have for and in consideration of the sum
of one hundred and fifty dollars to me in hand paid by Jesse Milliken of the
county and state aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby fully acknowledge
myself satisfied and paid, — Bargained, sold and delivered unto the said Jesse
Afilliken all my wright, title, interest and claim unto a Negro Woman by the
name of Phillis, & Co, & Co. in witness of which I have herewith set my
hand and seal this 22nd day of October A. D. 1825.

Test. S. Moore. Charles Milliken. [Seal]

St.\te of North Carolina, Chatham County.

Sept. 28, A. D. 1838. Be it known that for the consideration of the sum of
Twelve Hundred and Twenty-five Dollars, to me in hand paid, the receipt of
which is hereby acknowledged — That I, Isaac Petty of the county and state
aforesaid, have this day bargained sold and delivered unto Jesse Milliken of
the county and state aforesaid, the following negroes to wit — A negro woman
by the name of Hannah about thirty-seven years of age, and three of her
children, namely, Tony, about eight years of age ; Bob, about five years of age,
and Giniiey, about three years of age — The title to the abovenamed slaves,
Hannah, Tony, Bob, and Ginney, I hereby warrant and defend to the said
Jesse -Milliken against the lawful claims of all persons whatsoever — In wit-
ness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day above written.

Witness, N. A. Steuman. Is.vac Petty. [Seal]


^birb 6ciuration.


1. John Milliken^ (1), eldest son of Robert- (2), b. in Orange Co., N. C, was
mentioned in his father's will as the legatee of fifty acres of land. He studied
survej'ing when a young man, and going to Kentucky with others of the family
found emplo}-ment under the State government, and was rewarded by a grant
of land in Louisiana, where he cleared a large and valuable plantation, which
was called '' Milliken's Bend," it being on a loop of the Mississippi River.
He owned many slaves, and acquired wealth. This locality became widely
known during the Civil War in consequence of a battle fought there, and is
now historic. The stately Milliken mansion was burned down and many
valuable family documents destroyed. John Milliken m. the widow of Dr.
Elliott, nee Devereux, by whom he had one daughter, named Mary -Jane, who
became the wife of Dr. I. P. Parker, about the year 1828, and she had two
sons, who are now the representatives of this Milliken family. INIr. Milliken
was a man of great determination and singleness of purpose ; calculating,
sagacious, energetic and successful in his agricultural and commercial ven-
tures. The date of his death has not been found, the Parkers having
declined to communicate information.

2. Dr. Jesse Milliken^ (1), second son of Robert- (2), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
and raised his family there. His wife was Annie West, a daughter of Wil-
liam West, of an old Virginian family. About the year 181 7 he removed to
Calloway Co., Ky., and in 1825 purchased a farm in Simpson Co., where he
established a permanent home. He was for many years a well-known and
popular practising physician in Calloway and Simpson Counties, often
riding twenty and thirty miles on horseback, carrying his medicines in saddle-
bags, to visit his patients, and absent from home days and nights. He was a
typical doctor of the old school, who was invested with all the pluck so vividly
represented by Ian Maclaren in William MacClure the old Scottish practi-
tioner. Dr. ^lilliken was a man of strong convictions, and was very out-
spoken in his intercourse with his fellow-men. He d. at his home in Simpson
Co., Ky., in 1834, and his widow d. in 1848. They were interred on the farm.
For children's names, see 4th generation.

3. William Milliken^ (1), third son of Robert^ (2), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
July 4, 1792 ; m. Nancy Ramsey, who was b. in Chatham Co., N. C, Nov.
14, 1795. ^^ settled in Paducah, Ky., about 1817, where he owned arid
carried on a plantation. He w-as killed by a vicious horse when ploughing —
date unknown — and left a large family for his wife, who was a woman of
great energ}', prudence, and good judgment, to care for; and she acquitted
herself of her responsibility with true heroism and faithfulness. She was tall,
with black hair and eyes, and stamped many mental and physical character-
istics upon her children. She d. Aug. 10, 1877. There were nine children.
See 4th generation.

4. Charles Milliken'' (2), fourth son of Robert^ (2), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
was mentioned in his father's will and received only five shillings. Find no
record of this man in land documents. Hon. Charles W. Milliken, of Frank-
lin, Ky., says his uncle of this name d. in Jackson Co., Mo., but diligent
search and newspaper inquiry have been fruitless of results. There are


Millikens in and about Kansas City, Mo., who may be his descendants.
They have not replied to in(|iiiries addressed to thcni. One Charles Milliken
is a passenger conductor.

5. Robert Milliken^ (2), fifth son of Robert^ (2), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
was mentioned in his father's will of date Sept. 29. 1S13, in which he was given
one-half of the plantation and one-half of the mill after his mother's decease.
He m.. May 5. 1809, Christi.\n Turner. Was one of the executors of his
father's will. Some members of this family believe that this man remained on
the homestead and d. issueless.

6. Harbison Milliken^ (1), youngest son of Robert- (2), b. in ( )range Co., \. C,
was a legatee under his father's will to one hundred dollars to be paid by his
brother Robert. No other information.


1. James Milliken'' (2), eldest son of George^ (1), b. in 1779, eighteen
months before the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. He m. Ki.sik
West, daughter of William West, and sister of Ann West, wife of Dr. Jesse
Milliken, in 1805, about the time of the removal of the family to Kentucky.
He settled about five miles west of Franklin, in Simpson Co. The house on
his plantation was built of timber, but afterwards weather-boarded and better
finished; it was large and roomy, and built more for comfort and convenience
than for any external beauty. The mansion was surrounded by a spacious
lawn, whereon were groves of fine old forest trees. Some locust trees had
been planted near the dwelling because of their flowers and fragrance. This
plantation was situated on the "Springfield road " between Franklin. Ky., and
the Tennessee state line. The land was nearly level and very productive.
The slave quarters were nearly one hundred yards back of the mansion.

Mr. Milliken is described as a small man with very kind and gentle man-
ners, who was loved and venerated by all of his neighbors. He was a very
devout Christian man, but not the kind "so straight they leaned backward."
He had a kind word and genuine smile and handshake for all. Was espe-
cially fond of children, and his great kindliness is remembered by his de-
scendants. He d. Mar. 6, 1863, aged 84.

Mrs. Milliken was a tall, dignified old lady with strongly marked face; a
woman of great firmness of character with a high sense of right and wrong,
but was kind and charitable to her neighbors. She was the true pioneer wife,
and mother of the class that made the history of a state. There were four
children that lived to maturity, of whom with fourth generation.

2. William Milliken^ (2), second son of George- (1), b. in Orange or Guilford
Co., N. C, in Apr., 1785 ; m. Aug. 10, 1808, Poixv West, his first cousin, and
settled in the southern part of Simpson Co., Ky.. on Spring Creek and near
the Sulphur Springs meeting-house, say eight miles from Franklin. Ky. His
plantation consisted of about 500 acres, and was one of the best in Southern
Kentucky. His mansion was of brick, large and imposing. He owned about
25 slaves. Mr. Milliken was six feet two inches in height, large, rawboned,
and of great muscular strength. He was a leading citizen in Simpson County,
and his character above reproach. His companion was of dark complexion.
She was b. Dec. 28, 1791, and d. Mar. 6, 185 1. He d. on the farm where he
first settled, Dec. 7, 1847, aged 62 years and 9 months. Eleven children, of
whom with fourth generation.


3. Leonard Hugh Milliken^ (1), third son of George- (1), b. near Guilford Court
House, Guilford Co., N.C., about 1793, settled in Callo\vayCo.,Ky.,in 1830. He
Avas a volunteer under Gen. Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. His
plantation in Kentucky was disposed of in 1836, and with his family he removed
to an exposed frontier in Texas. Diligent research by correspondence, advertising
in newspapers, and examination of the public records, has failed to disclose
the dwelling-place of the descendants of this Hugh Milliken. He evidently
discarded his first name, as it does not appear on record in any entry
found. The following was procured from the Land Commissioner at
Austin, Tex.

" There was an unconditional headright certificate issued to Hugh Millikin
for 640 acres of land by the Board of Land Commissioners of Sabine Co.,
Tex., in 1841 by virtue of his conditional certificate issued by the same board
in 1838, and the same located in two surveys in Sabine County, but neither
have been patented account of errors in field notes. There are also transfers
on file of said certificate from Henry Millikin to Charles Peck, executed in
Sabine County in 1840, and from Charles Peck to Will Hinckley, also executed
in Sabine County in 1841. The title to said land has therefore passed from
Hugh Millikin.

" An unconditional certificate was also issued to Hugh Millikin by the Board
of Land Commissioners of Houston County for 1280 acres of land in 1848,
by virtue of his conditional issued by the Board of Red River County in 1838,
and located in Rusk County, and was patented to Hugh Millikin, Oct. 19,
1849, and there are no transfers of this certificate on file in this office, and as
far as disclosed by the records here still remains in Hugh Millikin ; and to
ascertain if the land has been conveyed since the patent issued, you will have
to consult the records of Rusk Co., at Henderson, Texas, or if you will com-
municate with Hon. R. M. Love, Comptroller at this place, he would doubt-
less advise you by whom the taxes on said land are paid, and in that way you
might trace the owner or claimant. There were evidently two persons by the
name of Hugh Millikin, the one receiving the 1280 acres being a married man,
or head of a family, and the other a single man, as two headright certificates
could not have been issued to the same person. Whether you can connect
this man with Leonard Hugh Millikin, will be a matter to be determined out-
side of this department. I w^ould suggest also that you examine the records
of Sabine, Red River, and Houston Counties for information that might lead to
further identification of said parties."

At Henderson, Tex., the following record of transfer was found :

" From the state of Texas to Hugh Milliken, 1 280 acres of land ; from Hugh
Milliken and wife to A. C. Whately, 1280 acres of land; from A. C. Whately
to Henry A. Reynolds, 1280 acres of land; and from Henry A. Reynolds to
B. C. Oberthier, 1280 acres of land."

Hugh Milliken was married and had a large family, some of his children
grown to maturity before his removal to Texas, but the maiden name of his
wife is not remembered. His relatives in Kentucky say that he died about
two years after his settlement in Texas. They also report that his sons were
men of prominence. There was another Hugh Milliken (or Millican) whose
name appears in the Texas archives, and the two were often confounded.
All that is known of this man, just mentioned, will be found in another section
of this book.


The foUowinj:; \ery unsatisfactory and meagre record is all we could find
relating' to the children t)f Hu^di Milliken.

1. Mahai.a Mii.LiKKN. his dau^diter, was m. to Samuel Wrighi-, and lived
in Texas. I ki husband was killed and his body burned in his house
by Indians; but she esca]K'd throui^di a back window, and carryinjj her
babe made her way through the wilderness twenty miles to her father's
home. V>. C. Oberthier, Esq., of Henderson, Tex., says Mahalay's
daughter was m. to McDonald, and was an aunt to his wife.
II. ('iK.oKGK Mil. LI KEN, SOU of Hugh, b. in Kentucky, removed with the

famil)- to Texas.
HI. Henry Milliken, son of Hugh, b. in Kentucky, went to Texas, and
transferred his father's land certificate to Charles Peck in 1S40.

4. Amos Milllken^ (1), fourth son of George- (1), was b. near Guilford Court
House, X. C. Mar. 10, 1795. and was nine years of age when his parents
moved to Simpson Co., Ky. He m. Elizabeth Townsend (b. Mar. 11,
1796: d. Jan. 17, 1875) in Logan Co., Ky., July 27, 1815, and settled on
lands bequeathed by his father in his will of date 181 2. He sold out and
removed to Henry Co., Tenn., in 1818. His new land — a tract consisting
of 200 acres — was on the head waters of the north fork of the Obion River,
some seven miles north of Paris. At this time there were but few white
families livin<r in that re£:ion. Some old, deserted wiijwams remained to
mark the homes and hunting-ground of the red man. His land cost him 12^
cents per acre. While clearing his farm, the family subsisted largely upon
the game and fish which abounded in the forest and streams. Venison and
wild turkeys could be had at any time when wanted. Black bears carried ofif
the pigs, and Amos brought them down with his rifle and supplied his table
from their flesh. The virgin soil produced a variety of berries, and the family
often feasted on strawberries and wild honey. Some panthers and wolves
could be heard by night in the surrounding forests.

The Milliken home was typical of the frontier, and nearly everything for
family use was produced on the faruL Wool and cotton were raised and
made into cloth for family wear. Hides were tanned and worked into har-
ness and footwear. Much ingenuity and skill was exhibited by the members
of the household in the manufacture of the home-made wares. By industry,
frugality, and judicious management, Mr. JNIilliken became a prosperous
farmer. He was self-reliant and capable of turning his hand to almost any
mechanical work. He introduced and operated the first threshing mill in that
country. Previously all grain was beaten out with the flail. His threshing
machine was described as of "Groundhog " style and crudely constructed, but it
was practical, and the precursor of something better. He also built a saw-
mill on the stream running by the plantation which had one of the first circu-
lar saws ever used in Henry County.

Mr. Milliken d. Nov. 21, 1856, near Spring Hill, Henry Co., Tenn., and
his widow lived with her son George for nearly twenty years, dying in 1875.
She was possessed of a remarkable memory, and in advanced life entertained
her grandchildren with stories of early life in Kentucky, and homemaking in
Tennessee. There were many caves and subterranean streams in Simpson
County. At one time the pet goose fell into the well and disappeared. It
was given up for lost, but a few hours later emerged from a " sink hole "' at
the back of the farm and came waddling home. Handkerchiefs and other


light articles dropped into another well would be found in a large spring
nearly a mile away. She told of the excitement that prevailed and how
worried the inhabitants were about their early Kentucky home, when houses
were violently shaken and crockery rattled on the dresser ; when chimneys
cracked and fell by the trembling of the earth : and with the slow mediums of com-
munication it was a long time before they heard that the cause of the phe-
nomena was the sinking of a considerable tract in Obion Co., Tenn., by which
Reelfoot Lake was formed.

The country where the Milliken family settled was not only the hunting-
ground of Indians, but once the home of the mound builders. There were
two circular elevations on the plantation extending to twenty-five feet in height
above the level of the adjacent land. Upon the top of one mound was a
level plateau of sufficient area for a dwelling and small yard occupied by a
white family. From near the base of the larger mound are two deep ditches
or artificial ravines leading to the Little Obion nearby. Some interesting
pieces of ancient pottery and flint implements were found in the Milliken fields,
and one article was sold to an Eastern museum for a good sum. Life on the
plantation was peaceful and pleasant until the beginning of the Civil War.
The home was well supplied with the popular magazines and current news-
papers. Children were entertained by ghost stories told by the old black
" mammy " in the slave quarters, while their elders beguiled the evening hours
around the hearthstone with tales and legends of "ye olden time '" in Carolina
and Kentucky. Long before Amos Milliken's death, the forests had been
hewed down, and the country he found a wilderness was populous and flour-
ishing. Churches and schools had been built, manufactures introduced, mer-
chandising established, and the advantages of culture and wealth were enjoyed
by many.

The ]Millikens were in favor of maintaining the solidarity of the LTnion,
but when by act of the Legislature Tennessee seceded, they went with the
majority and fought with valor in the Confederate army.

Amos and Elizabeth Milliken had two sons, of whom with fourth genera-

5. George Milliken^ (2), youngest son of George- (1), was b. in Logan Co.,
Ky. He went to Henry Co., Tenn., when a young man and m. Sarah
Martin. Here he erected a tanyard and established himself in business.
He removed to Wadesboro, Calloway Co., Ky., in 1833-4, and established the
tanning business there. This was then the county seat and gave promise of

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 65 of 109)