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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9. Nathaniel Milliken, bapt. Apr. 24, 1709, of whom more hereafter.
10. Elizabeth Milliken, bapt. Dec. 16, 17 11, m. to Jonathan Furness.

* John Milliken was a prominent member of the Scots Charitable Society in Boston,
from Nov., 1685, to Dec, 1717, when he became interested in the estate at Dunstan, in Scar-
borough, Me., where he spent much of his time until his fmal settlement there.


£>l)c yostcritn of '^lahn |Hillil;cn.

(JLhuL) C)cnciatiou.

John Milliken^ (2), son of John'- (1), and Kliziibeth Alger, wash, in Boston,
Mass., Dec. 27, 1691; was m. Jan. i, 1718, to Sarah Burnett, by whom three
children. He m., second, Sept. 3, 1728, Rebecca Thomas, who d. in Scarbor-
ough, Me., Apr. 25, 1760. He was a saddler by trade, and carried on his busi-
ness in Boston for many years "at the corner going down Wentworth's Wharf."
There is recorded in the SutTolk County registers, in Boston, a conveyance by
John Milliken, saddler, and Elizabeth McCarty, widow, of an estate in Dedham,
consisting of 20 acres, for the consideration of 20 pounds lawful money, of date
Aug. 18, 1 7 18. This property came to John Milliken and Elizabeth McCarty
by inheritance — from whom ? He li\cd in the town of Scarborough about
forty years and d. during the Revolution, Sept. 8, 1779, aged 87 years. He
purchased the right of his aunt, Elizabeth Palmer, to the Alger estate known in
the Plans of Dunstan as "The Palmer Lot," May 19, 1727. Jointly with his
brother, "Benjamin Milliken, marriner," he purchased, June 21, 1727, the right
of his great-aunt, Jane Davis, widow of Andrew Alger Jr., and daughter of Dor-
cas Alger Collins. The same year, in company with his brother, Samuel Milli-
ken, he purchased the right of his great-aunt, Joanna Alger Mills, ^\'hen the
title to the Alger estate was established, this John owned one-half of the original
grant and the "Palmer Lot" containing fifty acres. Although owning so large
a territorial estate in the East, he continued his residence in Boston until after
1744, when he located near Dunstan Landing. His house stood on the westerly
side of the road, and the cellar was tilled up by Mr. Noah Pillsbury, who planted
an orchard there, in 1873. The spring from which the family procured water
was, not long ago, in use. The subjoined letter shows that one man was under
obligation to this John Milliken.

"Situate, May ye 26, 1740.

Mr. Milliken. Your good opinion of me in the first place seems to Ingage a
great deal of gratitude from me to you had it but lasted it would Certainly have
Dobled my Ingagement so yt I Believe I should hardly Ever made satisfaction
for it so long as I had been in this world had it pleased God to continue me to
the age of Methusaler & Co. John Daggett."

Elizabeth Milliken^ (1), only daughter of John^ (1), and Elizabeth Alger, b.
in Boston, baptized there Dec. 16, 1711, was m. to Jon.athan Eurness, Sept. 16,
173 1, and lived in Boston, Mass., where her husband was an accountant for
Henderson & Hewes. He was an e.xpert with the goosequill, and his writing
is as beautiful as engraved text. She d. Dec. 15, 1743- He d. Apr. 4, 1745. \\ ill
dated Mar. 26, 1745. Bequeathed £^0 to Brother Benjamin and ;^5o to Mary
Milliken, then living with him. These had issue as follows:

I. John Furness, b. Sept. 3, 1733; d. May 24, 1810. He m. Anna Hurd?
and had issue.

n. JiMiMA Furness, was the wife of William Henshaw.

in. Elizabeth Furness, was the wife of Edward Church.

IV. Mary Furness, d. Dec. 28, 1744.
V. Jonathan Furness, b. May 23, 1742.


Jt"'ourtb 6ciuration.


1. Mary Milliken^ (1), daughter of John^ (2), b. in Boston, Aug. ii, 1719; was
m. Nov. 9, 1745, to Benjamin Furness, brother of Jonathan Furness, who m.
her aunt, EUzabeth MilUken. He was connected with the settlement of the John
Milliken estate in Scarborough, Me., in 1782, and his name appears as attorney
for his children in the "Milliken Covenant" of 1792. But Httle is known of his
history. He probably resided in Boston, as his children were christened in Trinity
church there. A "minute" of papers belonging to John MiUiken delivered to
him of date 1792 is in my possession. There were three children, named as
follows :

I. John Furness, b. July 5, 1747.

II. Benjamin Furness, b. Dec. 18, 1748, "merchant" in Boston, 1781.
ni. Mary Furness, mentioned in the "Milliken Covenant."

2. John Milliken* (3), eldest son of John^ (2), and Sarah Burnett, b. in Boston,
Mass., Aug. 27, 1721, d. there when a child.

3. John Milliken* (4), second son of John^ (2), and Sarah Burnett, b. in Boston,
Mass., Feb. 17, 1723; was m. to Eleanor (Libby) Sallis, widow of Benjamin
SaUis of Beach Point, Scarborough, Me., Aug. 6, 1761. He d. in 1766, and his
widow found it necessary to soHcit aid from her father-in-law, as the following
letter will show. He had three children, of whom more with 5th generation.

" Honored Sir: — I ask the favor of you for liberty to enclose and improve the
piece of land on that side of the Road where I live in order to raise some corn
and roots, and hay for my Cow, towards support of myself and children, and
pray you will sign your name to this paper by way of consent to my request,
that I may not be disturbed therein or prevented by others. Your granting my
request in behalf of myself and your grand-children will much oblige your Daugh-
ter-in-Law, Eleanor Millikeist.

To Mr. John Milliken. (Signed) John Milliken."

4. Thomas Milliken* (2), third son of John^ (2), and Sarah Burnett, b. in Boston,
May 31, 1724; m. Sarah Thompson of Boston, Nov. 4, 1752, by whom five
children. She d. in 1774. We have no proof to show that he ever came to
Scarborough with his father's family. He was engaged in merchandising in
Boston at the outbreak of the Revolution, and had a large brick house and store
combined, as was then a custom with merchants who did a small business; this
was located " only a few doors from Mountfort's Corner at the foot of North
Square." Like some others of the Milliken family, Thomas was an ardent Roy-
alist, and being the owner of a tract of land and part of a saw-mill, where the
city of Ellsworth now stands, he left his younger children in care of his eldest
daughter, Abigail, then but recently m. to a Frenchman named David Vallette,
who was at sea, and joined his kinsman, Benjamin Milliken, with whom he
was associated in business, in Maine. Dr. Snow, in his valualjle History of Bos-
ton, writing of those troublesome days during the Revolution, says:

"The solemnity of these sad times was heightened by the occurrence of a fire,
on Wednesday, Aug. loth. It broke out, between 10 and 11 p.m., in a large
brick dwelling-house belonging to Mr. Milliken and Mrs. Campbell, in Fish
Street, five or six doors north of Mountfort's Corner, at the foot of North Square.
The lower part of the house was in flames before the distressed tenants were

THJ-: posTER/ry or joiix mii.ijken. id

aijprised of it. Several escaped out of the windows, some naked and much
burnt, and five others ])erishe(l in the flames, three women and two children.
The house was entirely consumed, witli ])art of a bakehouse. The inhaliitaiits
speedily assemblinij;, with their usual dexterous management, haj)])ilv put a
stop to the further ])rogress of the llames. Earl Percy politely offered the services
of some sokliers who could be depended upon, but was informecl that the regu-
lation of the town rendered their assistance unnecessary."

The following , written by a lady 80 years of age, a granddaughter of
Thomas Milliken, speaks for itself:

" Mr. Milliken, a Scotchman by birth and a warm Royalist, was considered
a Tory, and as he owned a farm and part of a mill at the eastward he determined
to leave Boston. Previous to his departure he let a part of his house to a Mrs.
Murphey, the wife of Captain ^furphey, then at sea; and in the care of Mrs.
Vallette, his poor lame daughter with a broken back, he left her two little sisters.
Mrs. \'allette was then twenty years old and had been m. two or three weeks;
her husband was at sea.

" Captain ^^urphey arrived home on the loth of August, 1774. and his wife
in\ited some friends to supper in the evening. The supper was cooked in a room
where there had been no fire for many years, if ever, and there was probably a
fault in the chimney. Mrs. Vallette had some of her acquaintance to drink tea
and pass the evening, which detained her up later than usual. She had retired
to her cliamber, was undressed, and sat by the side of her bed taking olT lier
stockings when she heard the cry of 'Fire!' immediately under her window.
'Get up, get up, your house is in flames!' Raising her eyes she saw the light
bursting into her chamber, and catching the arm of her little sister, who lay
sleeping, she dragged her to the door, opened it, and found the stairs on fire.
Still holding on to her sister, who was hardly yet awake, with presence of mind
she shut the door and made for the window, where the crowd outside were hold-
ing up beds and screaming, 'Jump, jump!' After pushing and almost throw-
ing her l^ewildered sister from the window, she stepped back and took from a
chair a dress to wrap around her, as she was only in her night clothes, but it
caught in the hinge of the window shutter and was left behind. \\'hen Mrs.
\'allette jumped from the window, she fell into the arms of a colored man who
had formerly lived with her father, and struck with such weight upon his stom-
ach that he never recovered from the blow. Mrs. Murphey, when she saw the
flames coming into her room, was partly undressed, and her husband liad only
taken otT his coat. As the stairs were winding, and he was unacquainted with
the house, she immediately took his arm and led him to the bottom of the stairs;
then returning for her children, perished with them in the flames. Mrs. Mur-
phey was seen coming to the window with a child in her arms, when a bed was
held up, and the cry was, 'Tlirow your child, if you cannot come yourself!' but
from that moment she was seen no more. Two elderly ladies, members of her
family, likewise perished in the flames. One of these, named Gill, was aunt to
a gentleman who was afterwards governor or lieutenant-governor of Massachu-
setts. The name of the other old lady was King. Fanny Clark, a faithful
domestic who had lived in Mr. Milliken's family many years, was badly burned,
but escaped with her life. James Milliken, the only brother of Mrs. X'allette
(at home), had been to wait on some of his sister's company home. When he
heard the alarm of fire, he was at the head of what was then called Seven Star
Lane, which is now Summer Street. He ran at once toward home, and on


reaching the house found it almost wholly consumed. He could get no tidings
of his sisters. Spme said all the inmates in the house were burned up; others,
that a small woman had been seen to jump out of the window and was nearly if
not quite killed. The young man, accompanied by some of his friends, searched
the streets in a state of almost utter distraction, and when informed before morn-
ing that his sisters were safe refused to believe it. They had found shelter with
a family named Holland.

" The scene of the ruins the following morning, as described to the writer by
an eye-witness, was heart-rending. When James Milliken came to the ruins and
saw Mrs. Vallette with one of his little sisters, he screamed aloud, crying out,
*\\Tiere, where is Polly?' forgetting that the child was on a visit from home.
'Safe, safe, dear brother; she is away and has saved her clothes,' replied his
sister. He still went around in a state of httle less than distraction, saying,
' Sister, yesterday we had a horiie ; to-day we have none ; no mother, father away,
and our country ruined.' In this way he raved on, until a gentleman, in whose
store, on Long Wharf, he was an apprentice, came through the crowd, and taking
him by the arm forced him into a carriage with his sisters and took them to his
house, where kind and soothing attention and care brought James to himself
again; not, however, until the youngest child was brought into his presence.

" Every article of clothing and furniture in a few short hours had been swept
away; silver melted to dross; valuable papers and the records of family concern,
so highly prized by succeeding generations, together with old-fashioned brocade
silks, left by grandmothers and great-grandmothers, were all gone; yet Mrs. Val-
lette was heard to say, in after-days, that when looking over this utter desolation
nothing affected her so much as seeing the cage of a favorite parrot her husband
had brought her, the first voyage he went to sea, kicking about the ruins. The
husband of Mrs. Vallette had amply provided for her during his absence, so that
she could draw a sufficiency, not only for herself, but her poor, desolate sisters.
— "James Milliken, though only nineteen years old, was a zealous patriot, and
had already performed many small services for his country. He was well known
to Messrs. Dennie, Molineux, Procter, and other gentlemen who had been deeply
engaged in the Revolutionary movement. Every possible attention was paid to
the young man and much sympathy felt for his sisters. As Boston was in such a
troubled state, they were advised to go to reside in Lexington, where they had
friends, with which advice they immediately complied.

" In April, 1775, Mrs. Vallette and her friend, Mrs. Reed, were sitting in the
evening at their home at Lexington over a few dying embers, with their infants
in their arms. The clock had struck eleven. Guns had been heard through the
day. The firing had ceased, and they sat talking of the perils of the times when
Mrs. Reed said,"' Hark, I hear footsteps!' — 'It is only the rusthng of the trees,'
said Mrs. Vallette, 'and we will not be needlessly alarmed,' pressing at the same
time her infant closer to her heart, as if fearful it might be wrested from her, and
trying to assume a courage which she did not feel. At that moment a gentle rap
at the door was heard. 'Who is there?' asked Mrs. Reed, in tremulous tones.
'Friends,' replied a low voice, speaking through the small hole where the cord
had been drawn in to prevent the lifting of the latch outside, for few had locks
and keys in those simi)le times. They immediately opened the door, and three
men entered in profound silence, each muffled in a long cloak. 'Do not be
alarmed, ladies,' .said one, in the same low tone of voice; ' we are friends to our
country and are pursued by the enemy; we have hid in the woods through the


day, and have come to seek your bounty and a shelter for the night.' — 'And
these you should have wilh all my heart,' said Mrs. Keed, whose countenance
brightened up when she found that instead of the dreaded enemy her guests were
thosedistinguishcd patriots, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, anfl Paul Revere;' but,'
she continued, 'you would not be safe here a moment. Why, the Red-coats are
prowling around us in every direction; they were here only soterday, eating all
my pies, and bread and cheese; and because they could not find enough at my
neighbor's to satisfy their hunger, they must needs rij) open their beds, and leave
their cider running out. O sir, these are dreadful times!' — 'They are indeed,
madam,' said Mr. Hancock. ' But, gentlemen,' he said, turning to his com-
panions, ' what shall we do, for it is certain we are not safe here?' They looked
at each other but did not speak. 'Have you any neighbors,' asked Mr. Han-
cock, 'where we might iind safety for the night?' — 'Xone e.xcept my father,'
replied Mrs. Reed, 'who lives five miles off, on the main road. It would be
dangerous for you to go by the road, and you would not find your way through
the woods, and we have neither man nor boy to guide you; they have all gone
to fight the Red-coats.' — ' Will you sta}' alone and nurse my baby,' asked Mrs.
Vallette of her friend, 'while I go and show the gentlemen the way?' She an-
swered, ' I will do so, though it is sad to be alone in such dangerous times, liut
you must not go; you arc not able; you are lame, and never walked a mile at once
in your life; you must not think of going on this wet night.' Mrs. \'allette made
no reply. She knew there was not a moment to be lost, so laying her infant in
the arms of her friend, she wrapped her riding-hood around her and desired the
gentlemen to follow her. ^^'hen they saw this deformed little woman, not more
than four feet high, prepared to walk a distance of over three miles, they looked
at each other in mute astonishment, but not a word was spoken, for the case was
desperate. ^Slrs. Vallette taking the offered arm of INIr. Hancock, they went
forward, the other two gentlemen bringing up the rear. The rain, which had
fallen for some days previous, had so swelled the brooks that the gentlemen were
obliged at times to lift Mrs. Vallette over them. Thus wading and walking,
they reached the farmhouse about 3 o'clock in the morning. No sooner had
they aroused the family and made known who they were and what they wanted,
than every individual was up and in motion; and even the dog tried to show them
by his gestures that they should find protection. A blazing fire soon shone forth,
and a plentiful repast was provided; and notwithstanding the gloominess of the
times, a degree of cheerfulness and even humor pervaded the little companv.
At early dawn a carriage was prepared to convey Mrs. Vallette home to her
infant. Mr. Hancock politely lifted her into the carriage and said, ' Madam, our
first meeting has been in troublesome times. God only knows when these scenes
will end, but should we survive the struggle, and you should ever need a friend,
think of me.'

" About two months from this event the battle of Bunker Hill was fought.
There James Milliken fell mortally wounded, was taken prisoner, and, with sev-
eral others, was thrown into a cart and conveyed to the jail, which then stood in
Prison Lane, now Court Street. Here he lingered, destitute of care and atten-
tion, and even the necessaries of life, until he went down to an early grave, at
the age of twenty, and was soon forgotten amidst the horrors of war. Se\"eral
gentlemen went to the prison, wishing to see him, but were not permitted."

Thomas Milliken had made his way, accompanied by his son Joseph, to
Union River, now Ellsworth, Me. The loss of his house, store, and goods, nearly


ruined him financially. The mills and lands owned in company with his cousin,
Benjamin Milliken, were confiscated and he was left a poor man and a refugee.
He probably went with other Royalists into New Brunswick until after the Revo-
lution closed. He married his second wife, Mary McKenney of Frankfort,
Me., in 1777, by whom he had six children, probably born in Surry, now Ells-
worth. AMiile these children were still young, their father died. The widow
was m. to Joseph Carr of Frankfort, by whom she had six children. See 5th

5. Sarah Milliken* (1), second daughter of John^ (2), and Sarah Burnett, b.
Apr. 29, 1725, was said to have married to one of the Scarborough Carlls and
become the ancestress of all of this name in the State; but no record of such union
has been found, and I doubt. She was m. Sept. 18, 1746, to Joseph Hodgdon,
who was administrator of her father's estate. These had a son whose posterity
lived in Saco.

/ifib feneration.


I. John Milliken'^ (5), eldest son of John* (4), b. in Scarborough, Me., 1760; m.
Christian.a. Mitchell of North Yarmouth. He entered the army during the
Revolution and served until the war closed. He was a tanner by trade, resided
in Yarmouth more than twenty years, and built several vessels which he freighted
to the West Indies. He acquired considerable wealth by navigation, but three
or more of his vessels were taken by the French, and his heirs were interested in
the spoliation claims, so many years before Congress. He removed to Belfast, Me.,
in 1802, where he built a store, tavern, and the finest mansion-house then in the
town. From Belfast he removed to Montville, Me., where he owned a tannery
and a large farm. He d. there Dec. 24, 1848, aged 87, and his wife, b. 1764, d.
Aug. 8, 1854, aged 90. Ten children of whom with 6th generation.

The Spoliation Claims.
John Milliken owned shares in five vessels which were seized by the French.
There were schooners "Union," "Sally," and "Susanna," the brig "Neptune,"
and the sloop "Jane." Hon. Seth L. Milliken introduced a bill in the House of
Representatives for the claims to be adjudicated by the U. S. Court of Claims;
this passed the House and Senate and was approved by President McKinley.
The Court of Claims reported favorably to Congress on one vessel in which Mr.
MiUiken owned one-half, namely, the schooner "Union," and half of the cargo.
An appropriation was made by Congress to pay this claim, and $1,833.50 was
awarded to Hon. Seth L. MiUiken as "administrator de bonis non" of his grand-
father's will. But he d. before the final approval of the act; and at the request
of other relatives principally interested in the "will," Noel Byron Milhken, a
brother of the Congressman, was appointed administrator, and to him after many
delays the money was paid. He made payments to about 40 heirs and devisees.
After further investigation it was found that one of the vessels named had been
paid for while John Milliken was living. Another, the brig "Neptune," was
claimed by other parties, w'ho were adjudged owners and the money awarded
them. In the other two cases the attorney said: "No papers but the petitions
have been filed, and no claims are filed by other parties for losses on the same
vessels. I can find no record of any papers on file which would go to prove the
losses on these vessels, and I am unable to see, therefore, that anything further
can be done about these claims."

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2. Benjamin Milliken'^ (2), second son of John^ (4), b. in Sairl;orou^li, >re.,
1764; m., 1st, lu.i/ABETU liAiiUKiDGK, by whom he had ten children. Shed, in
North Yarmouth, Me., in 1807, and was there interred. He m., second (pub-
lished Mar. 25, 1809), Mrs. Lydia, widow of Jeremiah Bean of Montville, Me.,
bv whom two children. He was a farmer, tanner, and currier, li\in<f in Iku k-
tield village, where he d. Sei)t. 20, 1818. His widow became the wife of John
Dillingham of North Auburn, but was buried by the remains of Mr. Milliken in
Buckfield. See 6th generation.

3. Josiali Milliken'' (2), third son of John"* (4), b. in 1766, was living in Scarbor-
ough, Me., where he was b., when the Milliken Covenant was made in 1792,
and was afterwards lost at sea. He was probably named for Josiah MiUiken,
son of John and Eleanor, of Boston.


I. Abigail Milliken^ (1), eldest daughter of Thomas* (2), b. in Boston, Mass.
Jan., 1753; was m. in May, 1774, to D.waD Vallette of Boston, whose trade
was that of ship-cooper. He was of Huguenot descent. They were attendants
of Christ's Church, in the tower of which Paul Revere hung his lantern during
the Revolution. David Vallette d. in 1788. He served in the Revolution during
several enlistments. His wife survived until Jan. 23, 1798, when she d. of con-
sumption, aged 45 years, as recorded in Christ's Church register. She took out
papers of administration. Her children, as far as known, were named as follows:
I. David Vallette, bapt. Feb. 2, 1779, d. in childhood.
II. Nabby Vallette, bapt. Feb. 2, 1779, m. Benjamin Warren of Rox-
bury, Mass., July 3, 1801, and had issue, a son being Rev. Henry
\'allette Warren.

III, Peter V.\llette, bapt. Aug. 3, 1783 (b. in May), m. Harriet A. Smith
Bronsdon, dau. of Bant and Deborah (Jackson) Bronsdon of Boston,
and had nine children. He learned the coach-trimmer's trade, and
commenced business for himself on Boston Common Street, but in 1814
removed with his family to Cincinnati, O., then only a hamlet, where he
estabhshed himself in the business of manufacturing vehicles and coach-
trimming. He and wife were charter members of the First Baj)tist
Church, and he a deacon until his death. Their descendants are nu-
merous throughout the West, and are intelligent and respected.

IV. Mar\' Milliken Vallette, youngest child of David and Abigail, was
b. in 1787. She was a woman of unusual mental qualities, being a
teacher in the early schools of Boston. She wrote and published books

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