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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many of the pioneers were educated, but all were fond of reading and were
well informed. They have not taken kindly to the pen.

William Millikan, whose parents names and place of nativity are unknown,
tradition says came with .several members of his father's family from the
north of Ireland and settled in Chester countv, Pennsvlvania. He was
probably born as early as 1720. The name of a William Millikan appears
on the Ta.N-list of Chester county from 1739 to 1758, being "crossed olT "
the latter year. A lease of land and buildings passed from John Ikithngton
of West Bradford, Chester county, to \\'illiam Millikan, March 6, 1749.
From the records of the Orphan's Court in the same county we learn that a
William Millikan had married Hannah Rowan, daughter of William and
Klizabeth Rowan of New Garden township; this was of date June 19, 1759.
William Millikan was a Quaker, lived among Quakers in Chester county,

NoTK — William Millikan of Miami Co., K.s., about the year 1848, assisted in driving a
herd of cattle over the mountains from Ohio to Philadelphia, and when passing through
Lancaster, I'a., he met a .Millikin from Washington Co., Pa., and discussed with him family
tradition. On returning home William's mother told him that his grandfather (meaning
ing his great-grandfather probably) had come over from Ireland with a brother both of
whom first settled in Pennsylvania; but they were separated and William Millikan re-
moved to North Carolina. There may be truth in this tradition, for we know that'l'homas
and James Millikin, brothers, who settled in Westmoreland and Juniata Co*- Pi t.-
moved from Chester Co., Pa.


Pennsylvania, and when the great Quaker migration to the south was in full
tide he joined the host and removed to Rowan, now Randolph county,
North Carolina.

Many letters written by William Millikan to old friends in Chester Co.,
Pennsylvania, have been found, and abstracts will be published. We know
that the following documents contains the names of that William Millikan
who removed to North Carolina, and their character shows that he was a
man of some prominence.

August 29th 1755.
Taken for Security of Rent The goods of Roderick Lewes Pr John Buffington.

Viz 2 pots, one pair of Tongues, pot Rax and pot hanger, a Toaster, 4
Juggs and 4 Bottles, 14 Trinchers, 2 Earthern Dishes and Earthern Bason,
an Earthern Quart and Coffee pot, 3 Cups and Saucers with Sundry other
Cups and Spoons, 3 Chairs, one tub and Cask, a Chest and wheels, with all
the Bedding, a fry pan and ax, a weeding hoe with all the Stack of hay with
all ye pasture and all Every the other things Thereunto belonging, and one
Table and old Reel.

( Signed | Wm. Millikan.
( Signed \ Thomas Showard.

Reed of John Buffington April ye 21st, 1758, ye Sum

5s in full of all accompts. Either by Bond Bill or Book accompt, & in full of

all accts whatsoever, I say received ^ me.

(Signed) Wm. Millikan.

North Carolina, Rowan County,

These are to Certify To you that Since Abraham Woodward hath Come
to Live in our parts that he hath behaved himself Orderly. And we think
more and more so. He perceiving more of the Nobility and Substance of
his Education and profession and as Such We Reccommend him.
Sepr the 24th 1764

John Mills Wm Millikan

William Thombrough
John Frazier
James Davis

New Marlborough June the loth 1765
ffrd Humphry Marshall these With my kind Love to thee and thy spouse
and to Let thee know We are all well, times and Circomstances Much as

As to the pine Cones if any Comes to Perfection I shall I Believe take
Care to send some Or buy Other Seed or plant that I Can procure. As to
the Carolina pines I remain at a Loss about it yet,-there is a flower that
Resembles the (Warding pink but I am Doubtfull Whether it is the Right.

There is nothing meterial to Transmit to thee at this time Only we had
the Smarter Winter By far than any 1 have seen tho' Very Little Snow or
Rain But Cold tho any Willing person might Work Out Any fair Day Moder-
ately but on the 23rd of March in the Morning it began to snow and snowed
all Day But the 24th it Was all gone, it Was Very Cold Some Days before
and after the snow.


It is a fine Country for poor people tliat Are Iiulu;,trious Fxcept the New
I'lorada Provinces Draws peojile that Way this will he a pojjiilar pr(»vince
Believe. Pray Remember My Love to thy lather and mother- I think Abra-
haoi Woodward seems to move along Very Orderly and Industriously So
Shall Conclude Desireing thy Welltare in Sincerity William Millikan

I hope anything that Comes to hand that is Material you will be So
good as to Inform me Kspecially Respecting a Change in the Government
or anything that may occur.

My Son Came Home the 2 2d of May he Desires To be Remembered to
you as also to your father and mother. I am highly plea.sed With your
kind and friendly Reception of the Boy Whilst Among you all and shall be
glad to have it in my power to Make a GreatfuU Return According to my

(Addressed) To Humphry Marshall

Kennet Chester County

I Meant Bradford

These Wm. Millikan

Respected frd James Marshall I am sorry I cannot at this time answer
My Ingagements to thee but 1 am in good hopes that this fall I shall be
able to send More Agreeable, pray be Patient a Little Longer. I assure
thee it is a great trouble to me that it is not yet Satisfied. But you May
Depend Upon My Sincerity.

I am at this time Just Recovering out of a Smart tit of the Ague And
feavour Or Ells I should have tryd to have got the Money Or part to have
Sent by Abraham Woodward.

So With My kind Love to thee I Remain thy Sincere
Sepr the 24th 1765 Wellwisher Wm Millikan

Pray Remember Me to Humphrey had I Been Able I should have
Wrote to him farewell.

Potter Buffington is Among Us and Well and Working away At his trade.

The Parish of St Luke and County of Rowan
March the 21st 1767
Much abused friend James Marshall these with My kind love to thee
And to Inform thee that When I moved the affair to Peter Buffing he fell in
A Grivous passion at L^s both Admireing thou should Mention Such A
thing as the Non-payment of the seven pounds which lys between Us for
Mathe had paid it. But he had often paid Debts twice Over .\nd U'ent on
at a Griveous Rate. I desired him As he had brought in no receipt let us
Joyn and make Up the Money. No he Would not pay one farthing of it
tho' he said he had the Mony in his pocket And Dared me to Sue him. But
I am Afraid he will Be brought to a better Yet I do not Care to say Much
About him tho I am get weary of him Already I Cannot .See that he makes
any progress towards a reformation — I have had his Cash Note for the seven
pounds ten shillings And Am realy Afraid I shall have to sue him Upon a
Line or two from thee As he Desired Me to suspend the AlTair A Little


While. I would take . it kind of thee to ask the Bearer hereof As he was
present and heard Peters plea Which was in my opinion Very weak.

His Reason is Vastly Declined. I have Desired the young man Robert
Bratton to Inform himself by thee particularly of the Afaire All I Desire
At present is that thou May not be Angry At me to Soon will thou hear All
the story from Bratton thou shall not Be a Loser by me (tho it be yet Un-
paid) I had the Mony to have Sent by Joseph Miller but Fetter Begged to
have it prolonged

from one Who Desires thy Wellfare Both here and hereafter

Wm Millikan
P.S. Peter says there is ten times
As much in his Brother Johns
hand as his property as Would
pay thee. As the Settlement had
Not Been Made By the Sheriffe
he Concludes is the Cause Why thou Complains.

Rowan County August the 13th 1767
ffrd James Marshall I Shall be Short at this time Just to let you know that
I have put your Affair in the Attorneys hand and hope to be Able to give
You a fuller Account next time of Writting As for Peter this Last Week he
promised to bring me three or four pound in Pensylvany Mony for I had
Determined to Sue him but Hannah Came and turned My Mind into soft-
ness So my kind Love to all And remain your Real friend

Will Millikan
Excuse Me at this time and hope to
Give You More Satisfaction another


Respected frd James Marshall these are to Inform thee respecting Moor
that I Ingaged a Very Smart Attorney who informed me that he Expected
to recover the note but he was doubtful of the account I am afraid Moor
is Moor. Still he produced a receipt from thy wife whereby he Insists he
made satisfaction in Wheat. His attorney by what I Can find is Very Asidious
in the Cause. My attorney he is now appointed one of the Judges of the
Superiour Courts but notwithstanding he tells me he has Given the affair in
Charge to a Very honest attorney of the Inferior Courts Whom he Relives
will be Very true to the Cause You May Depend Upon My best Efforts.

You have Given Zachariah Stanley an Order for the Mony I Owe to you
Which was Very Well But Could not be free to Discharge It until I Got
Clear of this affair of Moors I hope thou will not think it Unreasonable.

A great part of Our Province is in A kind of Tumult at this time Con-
ceiveing themselves agrieved by Oppressive Laws restraints and heavy
Taxes to Many perticular Cases to Enter into now tho' I Determine to Keep
Clear Yet Conclude there is Cause of resentment And Complaint.

So Conclude With my kind Love to thee and thine in perticular and All
friends in General and remain thy real fr'd And Well Vv'isher May the i8th
1768 Wm Millikan

N. B. Pete Buffington's family are Well he is gone to work at Cross


Creek about one hundred Miles from Home he has sold his place Which I
do not Like nor poor hanah Neither. The Hoys is good W'orkinfj Hoys and
I hope will ilo well Abraham Woodward is well So adue My friend
(Addressed) To

James Marshall

In Chester ( 'ounty
pr favour Hrailford Township

jno Rice.

North Carolina Rowan County Aprill the 25th 1764.
ffrd James Marshall these are to Inform thee that I can not send thee the
money now for the compass but 1 expect I shall 15efore long last year I
sold John Rich in Notingham a piece of land and he Expected to IJeen
out last fall but the noise of the Indian War made him Decline but as soon
as he comes Which for any thing I know he may now be on the Road and
thou May Depend Upon my care in Justly Dischargeing my contract and
promise to thee about the time 1 got the Instrument the Office Was Shut
and has not yet Been Opened, I mean the Death of the Karl of Cranville
who was proprietor of one Eighth part of the province and in his part I
live Which has made Surveying Very Dull.

Vour Cousin Abraham is well and has Got on to a new place and I am
in hopes will Do prety well so I shall conclude Expecting to write soon
again and Remain you well Wisher

Wm Millikan

Be so kind to Remember Me to my good old friends and Neighbors fare-

James Marshall Action in debt

agt Jury impaneled and Sworn find a

Patrick Moore Verdict for the Defendant

Costs 16

To wit Docketing Entering Attr filing Declaration cS:c 14

To Motion and Order for four continuances at each 16

To Entering the Defendants plea and Joyning Issue 10

To Imixinnaling and Swareing Jury and Recording their Verdict. 10

To Making Up a record of the Suit 6

To Execution Docketing &c 5

£ 3- I-

J or Cleark's fee on Apell & Summons 7- 6

;^ 3- S- 6

Novemr 28 1768 reed The above Costs of James Marshall! by the hands of
William Millikan Amounting to the Sum of Three pounds Eight Shil

Fr Nash, CI
March the loth 1769 then reed Twenty Two Shills & Six pence being the
tax fees due to me as attr for the deffen in the Above Suit Reed of William
Millikan Edwd Fanning

The same time reed of Willm Millikan Forty five Shills as my. fee on the
Above suit As Attr For the plaintife Ricd Henderson



A true Coppy of What I have pd As above I Solemnly Declare To one Far-
thing. And I Spent Nigh Fortv Shills Besides Wm Millikan
$ ^ " 8 " 6

£ 6 " i6 "

List of Taxables fr(

1739. William Millikin,

1740. William Milligan,
John Millikin,

1747. William Millickin,

1749. William Millikan,

1750. William Millican,
Richard Millicken,

1753. William Millikan,
Moses Melican,
James Melican,

1754. William Millikin,
James Melican,
James Millican,
Moses Millican

1756. William Milliken
Moses Milliken,

1757. William Millikan
Moses Millikan,
Patrick Millikan,

1758. William Milliken,
Moses Milliken,

1760. Moses Milliken,

1762. Moses Millican,

1763. George Millican
Moses Millakin,
John Millikan,

iM THE Records of

Chester County, Pa.,

ire missing for some


^^'est Bradford twp.



IT n married,

West Cain,




East Bradford,


" Bradford


West Nottingham,



" Bradford,


" Nantmel,





West Bradford,


East Nantmel,





u a


" Bradford,


" Nantmel,


East Marlborough,


West Nantmel,


a a

1 0/0.


East Marlborough,


(crossed off).

West Nantmel,


West Nantmel,


(crossed off).

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West Nantmel,


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From The Records of the Orphans' Court of Chester County Pa.

June 19, 1759.
" Upon the petition of the widow and children of William Rowan, late
" of the township of New Garden, deceased, who died Intestate, it is by this
"court considered that John Allen, John Hvrford, Joseph Dixon, William
" Richards, Jeremiah Starr jun and Morris Thomas shall go to all and Sin-
"gular the Messuages, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments whereof the
"said Intestate died seized and having due respect to the true value thereof
"shall part and divide the same in manner following, to wit : one third part
"thereof for Elizabeth the said Intestate's widow ; two tenth parts of the
" surplusage for William, the Intestate's eldest son ; one tenth part thereof
"for the said Intestate's daughter Mary the wife of Benjamin Hartley; one


"Other tenth part thereof for the said Intestate's daughter Rebecca ; one other
"tenth part thereof for the said Intestate's dau<^hter Anne; one other tenth
"part thereof fur the saiil Intestate's son Joshua; <Mie either tenth part
"thereof for the said Intestate's dau<;hter Hannah the wife of William Mul-
" lican ; one other tenth part thereof for the said Intestate's daufijhter Sarah ;
"one other tenth part thereof for the said Intestate's son James, and the
"remaining tenth part thereof for the said Intestate's son Moses; and how
"they shall make the division aforesaid thc-y siiall make known to next court
"under their hands and seals."

After his settlement in Rowan Co., N. ("., \\'illi;ini Millikan was called
to till positions of trust commensurate with his abilities. We kncnv he was
justly held in high esteem for his estimable character. Through his friend,
Jas. Marshall of Chester Co., Pa., he had purchased instruments and ex-
pected to have renumerative employment under Karl Granville who claimed
to own one-eighth of the Province, as surveyor. At the organization of
Randolph county, which was composed of parts of Rowan and Guilford
counties, March 8, 1779, William Millikan was chosen as one of the Justices
for holding Courts; and at the same time was elected as Register of Deeds.
He also served as Clerk of Courts for his county. The tradition in the
family calls him " a lawyer " and has some foundation in the fact of his doing
considerable business as acting agent or attorney.

The land upon which William Millikan lived as a "Squatter" for many
years was part of the territory claimed by Earl Granville, but his right was
disputed, a controversy respecting the validity of his title arose, there was
a resort to arms, the war of the Revolution ensued, the cause was determined
and all issues turned in favor of the Colonists ; then all lands remaining
unsold became a part of the public domain and was subject to entry.

After the Revolution, Nov. 2, 1784, William Millikan secured a land
grant comprising four hundred acres on Back Creek. This became his farm
and is still in possession of his descendants. Two years previously his
house was burned by fories and the following abstract from a character
sketch of Col. David Fanning written by Rev. E. W. Caruthers, will be of
interest to the Millikan family:

"On Sunday, March 10, 1782, Fanning went to the house of \\'illiam
Millikan Esq., who lived on Back Creek, about two miles from Johnsonville,
on the old cross road. As Millikan was away (It is said that he was driv-
ing his cows home and discovered Fanning in time to hide) from home
they burned his buildings and destroyed evervthing they could. While the
house was on hre, Mrs. Jane Millikan carried out a favorite feather bed, but
they carried it back and threw it on the fire. When the bed began to burn,
they twisted a stick into the feathers and scattered them over the house.
When the blazing feathers, as they flew in every direction through the room,
caught in a bundle of yarn which was hanging on the wail, they taunted
Mrs. Millikan and said : " ' Look at your yarn old woman.' " When leaving
Millikan's they compelled his son, Benjamin, to go along and pilot them to
the house of Col. John Collier * * * *. Fanning came up after night. Col-
lier was asleep, but ?efore he lay down he put a young man out as sentinel
on a pile of rails a few rods from the door. Fanning made (Ben) Millikan
answer that they were friends."


There is a tradition that Col. Fanning took Benjamin Millikan and an-
other young man out to hang them, and that while they were stringing the
other up to the branch of a tree, Benjamin managed to escape. There are
men now living (1903) who remember having seen the stump of the tree on
which the young man was hung.

During the Revolution William Millikan was living on the west side of
the " Plank road," south of Newmarket, but after the burning of his house
he took up his abode with his son Samuel. He was a zealous Quaker, an
advocate of liberty, and took an active part in civil affairs of the county.
He enjoyed in an eminent degree the esteem and confidence of the public.

William Millikan m. Jane White who was probably a daughter of Alex-
ander White of Chester Co., Pa. As he did not make a will the time of his
death is unknown, but he was not living in 1805. There were no less than
seven children named as follows :

1. William Millikan'-, m. Eleanor Smith, Aug. 10, 1765.

2. Samuel Millikan-, m. Ann Baldwin, June 10, 1767.

3. Alexander Millikan'-, removed to Georgia.

4. Binjamln Millikan-, m. Rebecca Rush, May 4, 1776.

5. Sarah Millikan'-, m. John Mills, Jan. 28, 17^8., 'Ifc / /i^^ ^ - '^^^

6. Mary Millikan-, m. Robert Brittan, Jan. 6, 1768.

7. Hannah Millikan'-, m. Enos Blair, May 10, 1775.

.Scronb 6cncratioit.


I. Samuel Millikan'- (l), eldest son of William^ (1), b. in Chester Co., Pa.,
Dec. II, 1742, was carried by his parents "when a small boy" to Rowan,
now Randolph Co., N. C. lie was m. according to the Quaker forms, 6th
mo. 10, 1767, to Ann Baldwin, daughter of William and Elizabeth Baldwin ;
so say the records of the New Garden (N. C. ) monthly meeting.

From a certificate given by the monthly meeting held at New Garden,
Rowan county, Province of North Carolina, 29th day of 9th month, 1764,

Thk Baldwin Family.— This is an English surname The ancestors of this family are
said to have removed from Pennsylvania to Virginia. They first settled, as (Quakers, at
the Hopewell monthly meeting, near Winchester, in Frederick county. According to
Weeks' " Southern Quakers and Slavery," a Baldwin was \\x^ first Quaker to settle in
North Carolina; he located at Cane Creek monthly meeting in the southwestern part of
Alamance county, having emigrated from Hopewell, Virginia, between 1751 and 1754.
Stephen Macy, a son-in-law of Baldwin's has said (some thirty years ago) : " Some man
settled east of Guilford (N.C.) five miles and thought he was farther west than any other
man, but went out hunting one afternoon, and heard a bell and went to it and found it on
a cow ; so he followed the cow and she led him to this Baldwin's cabin which was west of
his own clearing. The farm is now owned by Mr. Albeit Peele. Some of the Baldwin's
remained at Hopewell, and the Quaker records there show that a certificate of removal
was granted to one of the name between 1824 and 1828, to go to the Whitewater, Indiana
monthly meeting. Although the Baldwins were Quakers, a brother of Ann Baldwin's
served in the Revolutionary army, having evidently been a " Fr e Quaker." The ofiicial
Register of Officers of the Continental army does not show an^ one of this name from
S^orth Carolina, but does show two from Virginia — Surgeon Corn* lius Baldwin and Ensign
"rancis Baldwin. The Revolutionary soldier may have lieen Jesse Baldwin, Ann's


we learn that this Sannu'l Millikan returneil td Pennsylvania that year and
was "clear of any marria>;e ciij,^\f;emenl." lie- ret ei veil a ( crtilii ate fr<»m
the monthly meelinj^ at Hradfortl, Chester county, I'ennylvania, ulh day ot
the 4th month 1765, addressed to " Friends of New (larden monthly meet-
ing, North Carolina," and at that time returned to his southern home. This
also stated that so far as known "after neetlful inquiry mule" he was free
from any " marrege Ingaigements." In a letter by his father dateil New
Marlborough, North Carolina, June 10, 1765, and addressed Humphrey Mar-
shall of Hradforil, Pennsylvania, he says, "My son came home the 22d of
May. He desires to be remembered to you as also to your father and mother.
1 am highlly pleased with your kind and friendly reception of the boy whilst
among you all, and shall be glad to have it in my power to make a grateful
return according to my station."

On Nov. 2, 1784, Samuel Millikan received a grant of land consisting
of 554 acres on the waters of Little Uwarrie river in Randolph county.
North Carolina, and record of the same may be found in the Book of Claims
No. 18, page 229, at Raleigh, N. C. He seems to have first .settled near
the Marlborough meeting house, a short distance from the pre.sent town of
.Ashborough. By his will he devised to his son William two hundred acres of
land known by the name of the " Old Place whereon I once lived near the
Marlborough .Meeting House." At a later date he had moved to a farm
near the Springiield Meeting House, then in Randolph, now in Ouilford
county, close to the line and not far from High Point. His name frequently
occurs in the Quaker records (now stored in the vaults of (iuilford Col-
lege) in connection with the Springfield monthly meeting, and as a business
man. Some of his descendants assume to say his business was the manu-
facture pf wagons, agricultural impleinents and edged tools, his shop being
at Guilford Court House village. No mention of a plant of this kind is made
in his will, but it does indicate that he was quite e.xtensively engaged in
farming. He must have been a man of considerable means as evidenced by
letters from his sons in Ohio, and his will made the i8th day, the 2d month,
1817, and now on file at .\shborough, N. C. Besides the bequest to his .son
William already mentioned, he made disposition of his estate as follows :
"To the heirs of my son John (deceased) one hundred acres of land in the
state of Ohio on Whetstone Creek, the waters of the Sciota ; also one hun-
dred dollars in money to be equally divided among them when the young-
est should reach the age of 21." "To my son Benjamin 60 acres of land
known as the Pine Tract adjoining the lands of Joshua Holliday, he having
already received a title to 200 acres as part of his share." "To my son
Jesse the notes held on Kleazer Reals (testators son-in-law) for a tract of

brother, who was a superior man and a credit to his family. William Mullikan of Wash-
ington Court House, Ohio, now 9S years of age, (1903) has seen him and conversed with
him. A long letter from this Jesse Baldwin, dated " North West Territory, Ross County,
May the 21st, iSoo," addressed ♦o his parents, William Baldwin, Cuilford County, .\otth

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 84 of 109)