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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growth, but another town was chosen and Wadesboro decayed. He sold out
and in 1839 migrated with his family to Red River Co., Tex. He received a
" headright " grant of land comprising 1280 acres; the quantity offered to
induce settlement. Texas was then a Republic. The journey of 600 miles
was made with horses and required a moiith. They went via Memphis,
Tenn., Little Rock, Ark., and the Indian Territory, camping on the road.
Supplies and household goods were carried. They were constantly in danger
from Indians and wild animals but reached their destination in safety. Mr.
Milliken did not long hold his headright-grant, but sold out and built a tan-
yard on Pecan Bayou, five miles north of Clarksburg, the county seat, where
he owned 500 acres of land.

The family submitted to the deprivations and hardships incident to pioneer
life in a new country. They lived in a log cabin. Family supplies were




mostly procured by hunting. The woods and prairies then abounded with
large game such as bufTaloes and deers. Wild honey was plentiful. Corn
was ground in handmills or pounded into hominy ; sometimes parched. The
men wore buckskin breeches and coonskin caps. \\'c)men dressed correspond-
ingly plain. Luxuries were unknown.

Mr. Milliken d. in 1843. and was buried in the family graveyard of a
neighboring cotton planter named George IJagby. Mis family, consisting of
the widow and five children, returned to their relatives in Henry Co., Tenn.
See 4th generation for names of descendents.

6. Polly E. Milliken-' (1), eldest daughter of George^ (1), was b. in Guilford
Co., N. C, June 29, 1796, and went with her parents to Logan Co., Ky., in
1804-5. She was m. to Es.jlU Ore.ndorfk, May 18, 181 5. He was b. near
Sharpsburg, Md., Jan. 17, 1790. moved to Shepardstown, Va., 1797, to Logan
Co., Ky., 1805, and to Tazewell Co., 111., in 1837. She d. in Feb., 1872. He
d. ^Lay 8, 1877. These had a family of twelve children, and their descendants
are a host. A family reunion has been organized, and a history of the Amer-
ican family of Orendorff is in progress. They are of Dutch extraction.

I. William L. Orendorff, b. May 4, 1816; d. Aug. 15, 1825.
II. Benjamin F. Orendorff, b. May 31, 1819; m. Nov. 12, 1846,
Lucinda Ogden, b. Mar. 30, 1823, d. Sept. 27, 1883. He resides in
Delaware, 111.

III. Orphelia Orendorff, b. Aug. 6, 1821; m. Mar. 12, 1846, James A.
Sherman, b. 1820, d. July 13, 1893. She d. Oct. i, 1899, leaving

IV. George W. C. Orendorff, b. Sept. 5, 1823; m. Jan. 2, 1850, Mary
Ann Albright, b. Oct. 12, i860, d. Oct. 12, i860. He m. 2d, Mary
G. Herrington, who lives in Normal, 111. He d. July 27, 1890,
leaving issue by both wives.

v. Mary Ann Orendorff, b. Aug. 5, 1825; m. Dec, 1851, W'illiam
MiLNER, b. Mar. 30, 1823, d. Sept. 27, 1889. She d. July 5, 1870,
leaving issue.
VI. Francis M. Orendorff, b. Oct. 14, 1827; d. Apr. 7, 1852.
vii. Barbara Orendorff, b. Sept. 19, 1829; m. Lyman A. Vaughn, b.
May 24, 1830. She d. Oct. 7, 1864, leaving issue. He lives in
Providence, R. I.
viii. Noah Orendorff. b. June 4, 1831 : d. Dec. 15, 1856.
IX. Susan Orendorff, b. Aug. 8, 1833 ; m. Sept. 20, 1854, William

Vaughan and lives at Highland Centre, la., with issue.
X. Enoch T. Orendorff, b. Aug. 21, 1835; m. July 3, 1858, Helen
Brennaman, b. Mar. 21, 1836, and lives in Whiting, la., with issue.

XI. \'an Orendorff, b. Feb. 17, 1839, li^^s in Delaware, 111., unm.

XII. Levi Orendorff, b. Jan. 27, 1844; m. Nov. 21, 1872, Nancy
Brawner, and lives in Delaware, 111., with issue.

7. Elizabeth Milliken^ (1), daughter of George^ (1), was living in 181 2 and
was mentioned in her father's will of that date. She probably d. single.

8. Agness Milliken^ (1), youngest daughter of George- (1), was b. in Logan
Co., Ky., 1S09 ; m. Samuel B. Crewdson Cwho was b. in ^'irginia, 1800, and
d. 1833) Dec, 1824. She was of fair complexion with blue eyes: tall, but not
robust. She d. in 1839. Children:


I. ^VILLIA^r N. Crewdson, b. Feb. i, 1826, lived with his grandfather,
Geo. Milliken, in Red River Co., Tex., when young. ■ Served in the
Mexican War. Now Uving in Auburn, Ky. '' A professional man."
II. James Crewdson, b. 1828, dec.

III. Samuel Crewdson, b. 1832, was a Captain in the Confederate army,
and d. near the close of the war.
9. Spencer Milliken^ (3), son of George^ (1), was d. when his father's will
was made in 1812.


1. James Milliken^ (3), eldest son of James^ (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C, re-
ceived 100 acres of land there by his father's will in 1806. He m. Aug. 11,
1803, Onev Hudson, and is said to have d. on his plantation without issue.

2. Jesse Milliken^ (2), second son of James^ (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
was mentioned as executor of his father's will in 1806. He is supposed to
have settled on Stone's River in Tennessee, where he raised his family; but he
spent considerable time in Texas, to which state his son had removed. On his
third trip to that state he carried his wife on horseback. He purchased land near
Huntsville, Tex., and lived there for a few years, but his sons visited him and
induced him to return to Tennessee, where he probably d. His children, as
far as known, were named /t^//;/, Albert, Austin, Creed, Mary and Cynthia.

3. Elias Milliken^ (1), third son of James- (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C, was
given by his father's will 250 acres of land in 1806. He removed to the south
side of the Tennessee River in the western section of the state of that name,
where he and his maiden sister lived for many years. He was not m.

4. George F. Milliken^ (3), fourth son of James- (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
in 1803; m. Susan Cate, daughter of John Cate, and removed to Coffee Co.,
Tenn., in 1821-2, and settled on a farm fifteen miles from Manchester. His
wife d. in 185 1, "or thereabouts," and he went to Arkansas and m. again, but
the name of his 2d wife is not known. He d. in March, 1S71. By his first
wife he had seven children, five sons and two daughters ; by his second wife
a son and a daughter. See 4th generation.

5. Nancy Milliken^ (1), daughter of James^ (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
lived with her brother Elias in the western part of Tennessee, unm.

6. Polly Milliken' (2), daughter of James^ (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C, was
m. to William Harris. She had a sister, name unknown, m. to Dickson.


I. Jesse Milliken' (3), eldest son of Quintin- (1), b. in Chatham Co., N. C,
Mar. 4, 1793; m. Jan. 28, 1846, Mahala Rowe, b. Sept. 2, 1816, and d. Aug.
31, 1879. He d. July 7, 1887. In his will of date July 3, 1816, his father
gave him one-half of the homestead plantation, which was to be equally divided
with his brother " Charlie " by his executors when that lad became of age. He
also becjueathed to son Jesse one bed and furniture, a negro named " Ben,"
and a two-year-old " filly." He was one of the executors of his father's will.
He was a man of medium height and weighed 180 lbs. Hair and complexion
dark, eyes blue. He was of a quiet, easy disposition, and lived in peace with
his fellow-men. He was a planter and slaveholder until the sweep of
a Lincoln's pen emancipated the "people of color," He and his wife were



Spencer Millikeir' (4), son of Ouintin- (1), b. in Orange Co., N,C. ; m.
ELiZABErn Ramsey, daughter of John Ramsey, who was b. in Chatham Co.,
N.C., near Ramsey's Mills, and lived in Paducah, Ky., where he d. in middle
life. His widow was m. a second time, but her husband's name is not
known. She was five years older than her sister Nancy, lived to be eighty-
five and received her "second sight." She was a woman of inflexible will,
full of energy, industrious and thrifty. Issue :

1. Mahala Milliken, m. Charles Gillon.

2. Polly Milliken, m. Edwin Gillon.

3. Elena Milliken, m. a Mr. McElurah ; second Mr. Gray.

4. Nancy Milliken, m. William Pryor.

5. Elizabeth Milliken, m. Studle Medbery.

6. Josephine Milliken, m. Isaac Keller.

7. Phoebe Milliken, m. a Mr. Niblet.

Several of the seven sisters, now all dead, had issue, and Ammie Keller
is living in Paducah, Ky. A Dr. Niblet d. in Galveston, Tex.


near the house in a plul of ground once used as a j^ardeii. 'I'liere were five
children. See 4th generation.

2. Spencer Milliken^ (4), second son of Quintin- (1), b. in Chatham Co., N.C.,
was mentioned in his father's will in 1816. and was j^iven a negro boy named
'' Mike " and lifty dollars in money, lie removed to Paducah, McCracken Co.,
Ky., when a young man, m. and had issue; but someone who was acquainted
said his children and posterity were all dead. His brother Jesse frequently
visited him.

3. Sarah Milliken' (1), daughter of Quintin- (1), 1). in Chatham Co., N. C,

was m. to RicHAKDSON before her father made his will in 18 16. She

received as her portion a bed and furniture, a negro woman named " Phillis,"
and a horse and saddle to be valued at one hundred dollars. This family left
their native state many years ago, and are lost to their kindred.

4. Maliala Milliken^ (2), daughter of Quintin^ (1), b. in Chatham Co., X. C,
received by her father's will a bed and furniture, and a negro man named
" Hampton." No other information.

5. Charles Milliken^ (3), youngest son of Quintin- (1), b. in Chatham Co.,
N. C, was " under age " in 18 16 when his father made his will. Half of the
plantation was given him ; he was to have two years' schooling, and was to
live with his brother Jesse. He was of a roving, speculative temperament, left
home when young, and was not afterwards heard from. He may ha\'e left de-

6. Jenney Milliken^ (1), youngest daughter of Quintin- (1), b. in Chatham Co.,
N. C, received by her father's will one bed and (its) furniture, and a negro
boy named "Gray." No other data.

Jfourtlj 6 duration.


1. Robert Franklin Milliken^ (3), eldest son of Jesse^ (1), b. in Simpson Co.,
Ky., Feb. 18, 18 11, and when two years of age was carried to Paducah,
McCracken Co., thence back to Simpson Co., thence to Paris, Tenn., thence
back to Simpson Co., Ky. At the age of 18 he went to Missouri where Kansas
City now stands, thence to Illinois where Chicago now stands, and back to
Simpson Co., Ky., where he remained during the residue of his days. He
m. Oct. 21, 1839, Eliza Thompson Hale, by whom he had nine children.
He d. Dec. 31, 1889.

2. Harbison Milliken^ (2), second son of Jesse^ (1), b. in Simpson Co., Ky. ;
d. there when a young man, unm.

3. Narcissa Milliken-* (1), daughter of Jesse^ (1), b. in Simpson Co.. Ky. ; was
m. to John Brewer and removed to Tennessee where she d. leaving four
children, viz. : — James, Nnirissa, Babe, and Ruhard.

4. Mary Milliken^ (1), second daughter of Jesse^ (1), b. in Simpson Co.. Ky. ;
d. at the age of 18 years, unm.

5. Caroline Milliken' (1\ third daughter of Jesse^ (1), b. in Simpson Co.. Ky.;
was m. to James Buntin and moved to Texas where he d. leaving four chil-
dren, viz. : — Joseph, Charles, Aniee and Robert.

6. Hon. Charles W. Milliken^ (4), third son of Jesse^ (1), b. in Calloway Co..


Ky., Aug. 15, 1827, and was carried by his parents to Simpson Co. before he
was ten years of age. His father having died when he was but a lad, and
being left motherless when away at school, the family was broken up and the
three youngest children were homeless. When eighteen he persuaded his
mother to let him go to Franklin, Ky., where he remained in school one year.
He then entered Wirt Academy, a rural institution in Sumner Co., Tenn'., and
was graduated after a three years' course. He returned to Franklin and studied
law with Beverly L. Clark, and has practised his profession down to date.
He m. Sally Rayster, Feb. 11, 1852, and she is still living, in perfect

He was County Attorney without soliciting the ofifice several years up to
1862, when by act of the Legislature the courts were suspended, and he re-
signed. In 1867 he was elected Commonwealth Attorney to represent the
State's interest in the Fourth Judicial District. This election was to till out
an unexpired term of one year, and in 1868 he was elected for a full term of
six years to the same office. He resigned in 1872, to become a candidate for
Congress and was elected. In 1874 he was again elected and served in the
43d and 44th Congresses. He refused to be a candidate in 1876, and has
never since sought for any political preferment. In a communication written
in the winter of 1902, Mr. Milliken said: "Though nearly 75 years of age I
can run as fast for a short distance and jump as far as at any time in my life.
My voice is strong and clear, and I do a practice in my profession equal to
any man at our bar."

Of this "grand old man " of Franklin, Ky., a citizen writes, " He does not
look a day older than he did twenty-five years ago ; he is vigorous and active,
and anything in appearance but an old man."

He was well-informed respecting the early history of his family, and furnished
much of the data concerning the first generations incorporated into this work.

His acquaintance is wide, and he holds the high esteem of numerous fellow-
citizens. A Presbyterian in his church relations, he believes there are sincere
Christians in all denominations. He has one son, of whom with fifth gen-

7. Dr. James H. Milliken^ (4), fourth son of Jesse^ (1), b. in Calloway Co.,
Ky., Mar. 10, 1831, and was twice m. His first wife was Mittie Sarver of
Tennessee ; his second wife was Belle Durham of Central Kentucky. He grad-
uated from medical institutions in Kentucky. He studied medicine at Cumber-
land University, Tenn., and has engaged in the active practice of his profession
in Franklin, Simpson Co., Ky., for many years. He represents the mental
and physical characteristics of this branch of the family ; is a man of strong
convictions, conservative and forceful. There are two children. See 4th

8. Melvina Milliken^ (1), youngest daughter of Jesse^ (1), d. in infancy.


I. John Milliken* (2), eldest son of William^ (1), b. in Orange Co., N. C,
Sept. 20, 1815 ; m. Harriet Louisa Hood of Culpeper, Va., where she was
b. Aug. 6, 182 1. He was at one time doing business at Evansville, Ind.,
where some of his children were b. He subsequently read law with Col. J. B.
Husbands of Paducah, Ky., and was admitted to the bar. He was in practice
and was county judge for a number of terms, and at the time of his death was




known as Judge Milliken, He was virtually a self-made man. At the begin-
ning of the Civil War he joined the Confederacy and entered the army as major
of a battalion. His family were residing at Mayfield, Ky., while he was in
camp a few miles south of that town. He came to his home occasionally, and
while on a visit was assassinated Nov. i8, 1861, by a political enemy. His
widow d. at l'aduc;iii, Ky.. in jul\-, 1871. There were six children. See 5th

2. Sanuiel Ramsey Milliken^ (1), second son of William'' (1), b. in Paducah,
McCracken Co., Ky., June 30, 1817 ; m. Miss M.\rv Horn; second, .\nnik
Henrietta Campbell and lived for many years at his place of nativity.
He w-as owner of three mail lines and steam packets on the Mississippi,
Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. He removed to Texas in i860, stopping
near Manstield, Kllis Co., now Johnson Co., but hnally settled at Thorp .Springs,
in Hood Co., Tex. He carried numerous slaves with him. He d. June 28,
1886. His eldest son wrote as follows :

" My father was one of the most forceful characters I ever knew. He was
not only honest and truthful himself, but thought it was his bounden duty to make
others the same. This naturally made him many enemies. He despised and
denounced shams on all occasions. He was a great money maker in his
prime, but entirely too free-hearted with his friends and those who gained his
confidence. He moved to Texas in i860 for his health, enlisted in the Con-
federate service the next year. Was chosen Captain of his company, but
refused to serve, as he claimed that he believed others would make better
officers. He never offered for office, though he never resided in a county
where he did not wield a powerful influence for good. To illustrate how he
was respected for justice and honor, I shall narrate the statement made me
some years ago, by Mr. Bledsoe, an able lawyer of Cleburne, Texas. My
father did not speak to him. He had a case in the court of my father's
county, and my father w^as on the jury, but in going to the jury box he re-
marked to a juror that it was not worth his while to go up there, as his name
would be scratched. Mr. Bledsoe overheard it, but to my father's surprise he
was selected. Mr. Bledsoe said that his client was a stranger in the county,
but had a just cause of action, while the other party was most influential, and
had many friends ; that he wanted a controlling spirit on the jury, one who
would do right regardless of the parties ; that he made his principal argument
to my father, and the result was just as he expected, a verdict in his favor.
One of the most laudatory, and yet truthful, obituaries I ever read, was that of my
father, written by a gentleman whom he did not speak to for ten years previ-
ous to his death. The traits of character which I have just mentioned, were
so strongly marked, that all admired him for them. But it was in his home
life, and by the constituents of that home, where he was really understood and
loved. Stern to rule, but O how just ! He was a born disciplinaire. Often
have I seen children visiting our home, obey him with pleasure, who ran
rough shod over their own parents.

By two wives he had six children named as follows :
\. Edmonia ^Fillikkn'', b. in Paducah, Ky., was m. to Andrew J. Brown
and lives in Dallas, Tex. She has written : " My grandmother's Bible
is in my possession ; however, it is not the first record of my grand-
father's family, and is very incomplete. I do not know what became
of the first records. Grandmother had the care of me the first eight


years of my life, then we were separated for ten years, my father bring-
ing me to Texas in i860. My father took me to visit grandmother
afterwards, with the understanding that I should prevail on her to return
with us to Texas, and we left Paducah, Ky., Sept. 8, 1870- Uncle
Erastus Alilliken came in November of the same year. Grandmother
and I were very devotedly attached to each other. I have her picture
and likenesses of her five sons." ^Irs. Brown visited her uncle Erastus
Milliken at Pleasant Point, Tex., interviewed him, and took notes for
this work, but she says : " Our house was burned Mar. 11, 1894, and
he died the 20th of April following. As I had too many other cares
on my mind I dropped the whole thing." She did not reply to subse-
quent inquiries.
II. William N. Milliken^, b. in 1857, at Paducah, Ky., d. at Dallas,
Tex., in 1885.

III. Robert Campbell Milliken^ b. in Johnson Co., Tex., Jan. 14, 1861,
is a lawyer by profession, and was at one time engaged in legal prac-
tice at Dallas, Tex., but is now in the life-insurance business, located
at Birmingham, Ala., where he is serving as mayor. The most of the
time during the last ten years, he has filled the position of Pacific Coast
Supervisor and Southern Inspector for one of the eastern companies.
He is truthful, frank, puts on no airs for politeness' sake, pays his debts,
and claims what is justly due him.

IV. Nannie M. Milliken', b. in Johnson Co., Tex., Nov. 2, 1862 ; was m.
to S. B. Lancaster of Granbury, Tex.

'v. Dr. Samuel Edwin Milliken-^, b. in Johnson Co., Tex., Dec. 2, 1866,
is a distinguished surgeon at Dallas, Tex. He attended the Add-Rann
College at Thorp Spring, Tex., and graduated at the University of
Louisville, Ky., Mar. i, 1887. He received a certificate for being one
among ten standing highest in the graduating class of eighty-six stu-
dents. Of the two hospital appointments, he was made resident at
Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, where he remained one year ;
thence removed to N. Y. City in Mar., 1888. He was assistant physi-
cian to the N. Y. City Asylum for the Insane ; house surgeon at the
Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled for one year ; assistant sur-
geon afterwards to the same hospital. He was chief of Dr. John A.
Wyeth's clinic, and lecturer on surgery at the New York Polyclinic
School and Hospital for three years. He was also editor '' La Revista
Medico-Quirurgica," which was the Spanish organ of the Pan-American
Medical Congress. He resided in New York for nine years and
achieved considerable success. He has written many articles on surgi-
cal subjects, and invented a hammock apparatus for applying the plaster
of paris jacket in spinal diseases. He has remarkable mathematical
knack, having finished calculus in his sixteenth year. He must know
the reason of every thing he does.
VI. Manik Milliken'', b. in Johnson Co., Tex., Aug. 28, 1869; is now
Mrs. Griffin of Chichaska, I. T.

3. William Milliken^ (2), third son of William^ (1), b, in Paducah, Ky. ; m.

July 6, 1854, Miss Piikbe J. Goiilson. He lived in Paducah and d. there

Oct. 9, 1856. His widow d. at the home of his brother Harbinson, Dec. 29,




4. Spencer Milliken' (3), fourth son of William^ (1), b. in Paducah, Ky., d.
during the Civil War, unni.

5. Harbinson Milliken' (3), fifth son of W'iiliain' (1), b. in Paducah, Ky., Jan.
30, 1824; ni. Ki.i/AHKTH A. (loHi.soN of McCracken Co., Ky., Jan. 13, 1848.
He was a planter and, later, railroad contractor. Complexion, florid ; hair,
auburn ; eyes, blue ; height, six feet and one inch ; weight, igo to 212 pounds.
His plantation was three and a half miles from Paducah, Ky., on the Paducah
and Mayficld road. He d. Feb. 21, 1857, and his widow m. again in 1862,
and settled near Fort Worth, Tex. There were three sons. See 5th genera-

6. Clinton Milliken^ (1), sixth son of William^ (1), h. in Padiicah, Ky.. d.
dining the Civil War unm.

7. Erastus G. Milliken' (1), seventh son of William' (Ij, b. in Paducah, Ky.,
1830; m. and in Nov., 1870, removed to Texas. In 1894 he was living at
Pleasant Point, in Johnson County, but died April 20th of that year. He did
not leave any children. From a letter written by a neighbor I learned that his
estate was sold by his widow in 1895, and that she had married again and
gone West. He wrote me in 1894, that Charles Milliken died in Missouri,
and that he had three sons, John, Quintin and Joseph, all of whom emigrated
to Oregon, where the latter acquired wealth.

8. Ulysses Milliken* (1), a son of W^illiam' (1), was b. in Paducah, Ky.,
Feb. I, 183 1 ; m. Mary Amanda McClure, daughter of Alexander and Ariel
(Webb) McClure, of Woodfords, Ky. She was b. in Missouri, Feb. 22, 1834-
He began running on a steamboat on the Mississippi River when only sixteen
years of age and eventually became a pilot ; this profession he followed
through life. At the breaking out of the Civil War he entered the Confederate
service in the navy, and a price was set on his head, dead or alive. At the
time he joined the navy he was living at Paducah ; then his family removed to
St. Louis, 2kIo., where they remained until his death in 187 1. He was serving
as pilot on a gunboat that was blown up on Lake Bourne, and the only one out
of four whose life was saved. He floated for hours before he was picked up.
Being a P'ree Mason he revealed signal of the order to those who captured
him. and he was humanely treated. He then joined his family completely
broken down in health, being so seriously scalded that he was blind for
several months. He then took the oath of allegiance. At another time he was
on a gunboat captured b)- the Federal navy, and jumped overboard and swam
across the river while bullets were falling around him. He reached the
shore, tramped twenty miles in his wet clothing, and went into a land battle
without breaking his fast. He was a brave and fearless man in the hour of
danger, but irentle and tender-hearted when at ease. He was about six feet
two inches in stature, slender, and had dark hair and eyes. Mrs. Milliken
was of medium height, and stout ; has gray eyes, black hair, and fair, fresh

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