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 86 of 109)
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'■^ T e n If ., Nov. 12, 1789; m. Sept. 22, 1809, Elizabeth Russell, daughter of
John and Eleanor Russell, who was b. in Tennessee, Aug. 10, 1793, and d.
May 5, 1854. He was carried by his parents to Lost Creek, Tenn., in 1795,
and when he grew to manhood settled on a farm a few miles west of Morris-
town, Hamblen county, where he remained until 1838, and where his chil-
dren were born ; he then removed by wagon to Henry Co., Ind. 1 1 is aged
parents died at his home while living in Tennessee and were buried near
Morristown. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and a man of
kindly and generous impulses whose benevolence was almost boundless.
He was very decided and courageous and manifested great strength of
character. When his older brother, David and his wife, became aged and
incapable of longer gaining support — they were childless — he went to Ten-
nessee, brought them to his home in Indiana, provided for them the remain-
der of their days and gave them a Christian burial. Alexander lived to the
great age of 93 years and d. Aug. 1880, in Henry Co., Ind. During his
last days he became feeble-minded and did not know the members of his
own family. He had issue thirteen children of whom wilii 4th generation.

9. William Millikan^' (3), seventh son of William- (2), b. in Guilford Co.,
X. C, Nov. 12, 1789, was twin to Alexander. He was carried to Tennessee
in 1795 ' "^- Rlbecca Elmore and settled first in the neighborhood of his
father's home, but later went to Ohio — so says his nephew, John Howell of
Tennessee — where he is supposed to have raised a family. From an exten-
sive correspondence I have found no reliable information concerning this
man or of his family. One nephew is quite sure that he settled in Indiana,
but relatives in that state have no knowledge of his living there. L^nwil-
lingly I must leave his history for others to investigate.

10. Samuel Millikan' ( 2), eighth son of William'- (2), b. in Guilford Co.,
N. C, Feb. 29. 1792; m. Feb. 23, 1817, Clarissa S. Keen', and settled near
Morristown. He subsequently followed his brother Eli to Ohio and lived
some time in \\'ilmington county. He finally removed to Chester Township,
Wells Co., Ind., where he built a water sawmill on the Salamona river about


1849. He also had a shop in which he worked as a blacksmith. He owned
a good farm, and farming was his principal occupation. His wife, b. x\ug.
ID, 1796, d. June 13, 1850. He m. for second wife, Oct. 14, 1850, Martha
Tatk. He d. on his farm Jan. 29, 1873, aged 80 years and 11 months.
Samuel Millikan served for many years as a justice of the peace, and was a
man of upright character and commanding influence in his community. They
were buried in the'Fwibell cemetery one-half mile north of Montpelier, Ind.
There were eight children, all by first wife, of whom with 4th generation.

11. George Millikan'' (l), ninth son of William- (2), b. near Panther Springs,
Hamblen Co., Tenn., June 24, 1794; m. Jan. 18, 1821, Elizabeth Coffman,
who was b. in Hamblen Co., Tenn., Oct. 29, 1795, being the daughter of
Andrew and Elizabeth Coffman, who lived three miles north of Morristown
in Grainger, now Hamblen county. Mr. Millikan was a blacksmith and
farmer, and lived on a section of his father's land. He d. there Aug. 19,
1864, aged 70 years. They were buried in Economy cemetery. Their chil-
dren were ten in number. See 4th generation.

12. Hannah Millikan^ (2), third daughter of William- (2), b. in Hamblen
Co., Tenn., Aug. 26, 1796; m. William Canady and removed to Indiana at
the time of the migration of her brother to that state, and was living near
Newcastle in a comfortable home when visited by John Howell of Tennessee,
in 1865. Mrs. Ezekiel Cast of Ohio, also remembers Mrs. Canady as she
saw her when visiting relatives in Indiana many years ago. She was de-
scribed as a tall woman and of a fair complexion. Several children.

13. Eleanor Millikan^ (1), fourth daughter of William- (2), b. near Panther
Springs, Hamblen Co., Tenn., March 27, 1800; m. Sept. 12, 1820, Jesse
Howell, son of Caleb and Precilla Howell, natives of North Carolina, b.
Feb. 22, 1799, and d. Feb. 24, 1871. She d. March 25, 1875. Her place
of residence was four miles west of Morristown, Tenn., in the Newmarket
Valley. Her son, John S. Howell, writes of the farm on which his parents
lived : " It was then a barren country destitute of water and without much
timber ; we now have plenty of cisterns of good water, and ponds for our
stock. The land is good and rather level. A railroad now runs through
the farm." Eleanor was tall and had fair hair and complexion. Her chil-
dren were named as follows : Hannah, Afifna, Amanda, Caroline, William,
Eleanor and John S. They have not found a family record.


1. Jane Millikan' (l), eldest daughter of Benjamin- (l),b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C, Apr. 6, 1778; m. Ellebe and d. leaving Benjamin and Polly.

2. Mary Millikair (2), second daughter of Benjamin' (1), b. in Randolph
Co., N, C., Nov. 13, 1779^ m. James Wade who left her and was not after-
wards heard from. She had one daughter who was m. to Calvin Bulla
who d. in 1862, and his wife in 1902, aged 82 years. They had a family of
eight children and numerous descendants are scattered through the south
and west. Mrs. Wade d. in 1839-40. A thoroughly good woman.

3. Tamar Millikan' ( l), third daughter of Benjamin- (1), b. in Randolph
Co., N. C, May 8, 1782; m. Joseph Owens and removed to Indiana, re-
siding in Park county.


4. William Millikan' (4), (.-U lest son ol iienjumin- (1), h. in Kantlolph Co.,
N. ("., Au<,^ 7, 17S4 : in. and icnioved to the west. lie was not mentioned
in ills lather's will.

5. Absolom Millikan'' ^), .second son of lienjamin- (1), b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C"., Aug. 4, 1786; in. and removed tf) Indiana, living in i'angier, I'ark
Co., when last heard from.

6. Samuel Millikan' (3). Ihird son of Henjamin- (l), h. in Randolph Co.,
N. C, Jan. 28, 1789: m. .Sai.i.v Ci.akk, b. Nov. 3, i8oo, and settled on that
part of the homesteail inherited from his father. He was fond of hunting
foxes and kept a tine pack of hounds which were carefully trained for the
chase. His old friend, Joseph Davidson, also kept hounds and the two men
hunted much in company. \\'hen they wished to communicate with each
other they sent letters tied to their dog's tails. They often spent the nights
out-of-doors. He d. l-'eb. 17, 1870; his wife d. (Jet. 23, 1869. These had
eight children of whom with 4th generation.

7. Jonathan Millikan'' (2), fourth son of Benjamin- (1), b. in Randolph
Co., N. C, June 12, 1791 ; m. first, Sibitha Lowder, b. Oct. 26, 1786, by
whom he had issue eight children; second, to Pxizahkth liRDWv of (Guil-
ford Co., N. C, b. July 3, 1812, and d. April 14, 1858. Mr. Millikan was a
pioneer in Indiana, having removed in 1816, traveling with his wife and
two children all the way with a single horse and wagon. Two of his broth-
ers and a sister went to Indiana and settled the same vear. The red soil
farms in Randolph Co., N. C, had become worn out and unprotluctive, and
finding good land at a moderate price in Indiana, many families " pulled up
stakes" and migrated. When he reached his destination he had but twenty-
five cents left, and bought with it a Dutch oven for the bread-baking. His
family domiciled in a shanty built on " forks " until he built a log house.
All of the floorings were split with an ax or handsaw. Grain was carried to
mill on horseback by blazed trees. Ten acres of land were cleared in winter
for cultivation the following summer. In the year 1845, he built a two-
storied timber house, which was weather-boarded and ceiled, four miles from
the Wabash river. On the north was the road from Howard to Annapolis;
on the east was the Montezuma and Covington road ; and near, the town
of Sylvania. Nearly all who composed the community were Quakers, and
a meeting house was soon built for worship. Peace and harmony prevailed.
Jonathan Millikan d. Feb. 10, 1885, aged 92 years. There were fifteen
children by two wives of whom with 4th generation.

8. Benjamin Millikan^ (2), fifth son of Benjamin- (1), b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C., Jan. I, 1795; m. Sally Williams, b. May 24, 1806, and d. Feb. 14,
1884. He settled on the Millikan homestead, divided between him and his
brother Samuel. He d. in early life June 18, 1836. They were buried in
Marlborough (Quaker churchyard where so many of their kindred rest. He
was one of the administrator's of his father's estate in 1834. Seven chil-
dren. See 4th generation.

9. Abigail Millikan' (1), third daughter of Benjamin- (l), b. in Randolph
Co., N. C, Nov. 14, 1798; m. Jacob Commons, 1820; removed to Indiana
with her brothers in i8i6, and lived about one mile south of Tangier in
Park Co. When her mother was 83 years of age Abigail went to North


Carolina and carried her to her own home in Indiana. Jacob Commons d.
Nov. 24, 1875, aged 79 years. She d. Nov. 19, 1879. Children:

I. Joel Commons, b. Oct. 4, 1822 ; d. Nov. 10, 1895, at Tangier, Ind.

He. m. Nov. 21, 1847, Piety Grimes.
II. Louisa Commons, b. July 24, 1827 ; m. Alanson Church, 1846, in

Tangier, Ind., and d. July 10, 1893, in California. She had a son,

Jacob C/iiirc/i, living in Tangier, Ind.

10. Andrew Millikan'^(l), sixth son of Benjamin- (l), b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C, June 27, 1801 ; m. Nancy Ranseur, b. Nov. 19, 1794, and d. May
19, 1843. He also removed to Indiana and settled in Thorntown, Boone
Co. He d. March 24, 1872. Both were buried at Sylvania, Ind. He had
two sons and one daughter. See 4th generation.

11. Rebecca Millikan^ (1), foHrth' daughter of Benjamin- (1), b. in Ran-
dolph Co., N. C, July 4, 1806; ran away to m. Cobert or (Colbert) WiN-
NiNGHAM against her father's wishes, and was said to have lived in Ten-
nesee. Her father willed her one dollar and one "red pied heifer." She
had children of whom nothing known. The Winninghams were a Quaker
family from Pennsylvania. Sometimes spelled " Wickersham."


1. Elizabeth Millikan'* (l), eldest daughter of Samuel- (1), b. in Randolph
Co., N. C, Apr. 8, 1769; m. at the Marlborough Quaker meeting house,
Nov. 6, 1788, William Woodward, son of Abraham and Hannah Woodward.

2. Jane Millikan'^ (2), second daughter of Samuel- (l),b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C, March 23, 1771 ; was m. at Marlborough Quaker meeting house,*
Nov. 6, 1788, to Jesse Hockett, son of Jesse and Ruth Hockett, and cousin
to Mahlon Hockett.

3. William Millikan'' (5), eldest son of Samuel'-^ (l), b. in Randolph Co.,

N. C, Apr. I, 1773; m. Hannah and removed to Ohio* with his

brothers John and Jesse about 1803-4. An old letter found amongst Mil-
likan family papers in North Carolina, throws some light upon his situation,
and as others related are mentioned, it shall be subjoined.

*The witnesses to the marriages of Elizabeth and Jane were IJenjamin Millikan,
William Millikan, Samuel Millikan and Ann Millikan, the two last being parents.

NcjTE. — That these three brothers (John, Jesse and William) were still connected with
the Society of Friends when they left North Carolina, is shown by the fact that they were
granted certificates of removal l)y the Springfield Monthly Meeting. Weeks' " Southern
Quakers and Slavery " shows that between 1S04 and 1810, one or more Millikans were lib-
erated to go to the Miami Monthly Meeting, in Warren county, Ohio; between 1803 and
1832, to go to other meetings in Ohio ; and a Millikin, between 181 1 and 1832, to go to the
White Water Monthly Meeting, in Wayne County, Indiana. This book does not give
exact dates, nor given names; but since Albert Peele writes us that it was William Milli-
kan who was liberated to go to the Miami M. M., it follows of necessity that he was the
one first above named, the second was his brother Jesse, or John, or both, and the last
their mother.

It is more than doubtful if any of these three brothers ever presented his certificate
of removal to any Monthly Meeting, or ever identified himself in any way with the Quak-
ers after leaving North Carolina. Their going west with the great tide of (Quaker migra-
tion from North Carolina, which began in 1800, was doubtless due to the spirit of adven-
ture in youijg men, and to their desire to better their condition, rather than to any more
sentimental considerations.


"|iil\ 11, iSiy. 1 lonored parents.
I now have an opportunity of Informing yon that we are all well except
myself; this pain in mv l)reast still continues. We received thy letter which
informetl us of thy helpless situation which was alfecting to hear. I'hy let-
ter informed us that the rest of the family were well. I would wish to come
to see you this Faul but it will not be convenient as I expect to move onto
the West Fork of White river this faul. Malon Hoor<ratt and Richard Wil-
liams was with us a few days ago. I was at their meetings four days * *
then they went on toward the state of Ohio. I have purchased sixteen hun-
dred acres of land ; some of it cost S4. per acre, and some cost $3 per acre
and some cost two dollars per acre, hut I am some in debt for it though I
hope to pay for it before it is forfeited. We are well satistied with our move
to this country. We have had anotiier son born last month and we call his
name William. Crops generally look well. I want you to write to us every

So we subscribe ourselves your son and daughter

William \ Hannah Millikan.
'1\) Samuel Millikan senior.

John Millikan of Crown Point, Ind., writes: "In the fall of i860, while
on my way from Laporte to New Albany via the Xew Albany iV Salem R. R.,
a gentleman informed me as we pas.sed through Bedford, Lawrence Co.,
Ind., that a certain fine dwelling house he pointed out to me was once the
home of my uncle William Millikan. I am not certain about it, but I think
the gentleman's name was Hockett, and he was a relative."

A long and careful search through correspondence supplemented by
several inquiries published in the Indiana newspapers has failed to tind the
descendants of this Millikan. That he had children we know from his own
letter, but all may have died.

4. John Millikan^ (1), second son of Samuel- (1), b. in Randolph Co., N.
C., -Vug. 18, 1775 ; m. Dec. 19, 1805, Mary Wyatt, b. in the state of New
York in 1787, daughter of Nathaniel and Ann Wyatt*, and descended from
an old and distinguished family in Virginia. Her father served for five
years as an officer in the Revolution. John Millikan removed to Ohio as

*\Vv.vri' F"amily. Nathaniel Wyatt and his wife Ann Brundige were natives of Xew
York City, or the suburbs thereof, and removed to the West about the year 1802. They
tarried awhile at Harper's I'"erry, \'a., and then moved onward to Ross Co., ()., where John
.Millikan became acquainted with and m. his wife. William Brundige and his wife .\nnie,
and their sons Thomas, Nathaniel and John, resided in Ross Co., O., near the Wyatts.
Nathaniel Wyatt, purchased an e.\tensive tract of land in Delaware Co.,0., adjoining the
Wyandotte Indians country, and the whole contingent (with the exception of the family
of Thomas Brundige), including John Millikan's family, removed to that locality, pur-
chased land and built houses. When the war of 1812 broke out, two blockhouses were
built upon the Wyatt land, one on each side of his residence, surrounded l)y stockades;
and this frontier post was named " Fort Morro," and Lieut. John Millikan commanded a
military company there, lieing a practical surveyor he was detailed to lay out military
roads through the wilderness, then infested with savages, to [.ake Erie and Detroit. He
died of "cold plague " in March, 1S14, at Chillicothe, O., where he was guarding I'.ritish
prisoners, and before his son John was born ; this son and his brother William were cared
for iu the home of their grandfather NN'yatt until his d. in the fall of 1S24. Mrs. Wyatt d.
six -years later. The widow of John .Millikan, b. in New York in 1787, m. for second
husband Hi KA Wii.cox, and d. in Delaware Co., ()., in 1842. From John Afillil-ttn 0/
Cro7o/i roiiit, Ind., aged gj years.

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early as 1800-1, with his brothers Jesse and William, and sat down in Dela-
ware county. lie served in the war of 181 2 with rank of Lieutenant of
Cavalry. The following statement was found in the family bible of his
daughter, Mrs. Ann Wyatt Blackmore : " Lieutenant John Millikan died
March 27, 18 14, at Chillicothe, Ohio, while in command of the Guards over
British prisoners taken by Major Croghan at Fort Stephenson." At the
time of his removal from North Carolina he received a certificate from the
Springfield Monthly Meeting, as was customary with Quakers, but it is not
known that these credential commendatory were presented to any Monthly
Meeting in Ohio, or that he ever identified himself with any society of Friends
after leaving his early home, although he was considered to be a " birthright
member." An old letter of date Feb. 2, 1801, and headed " North West
Territory, Ross County," contains so much of interest relative to the cost
of lands and pioneer life in the then far west that it will be subjoined.

" Honored Father and Mother, after the love and affection I owe to you
I inform you that I am well and 1 hope this may find you likewise. When
I wrote to you last I expected to have been the Bearer of the next Letter
myself, but my Concerns will not admit to leave home in the Winter Season
and in the Summer I must tend my crops so that it seems a difficult Job
for me to come to see you, though you are seldom out of my mind long at a
time and I hope you will not quite forget me though I would not have you
be under any concern for me.

I wrote to you last Summer concerning the selling of the Congress Land
which is to be next May and the prices of our county's produce which is
nearly the same now as it was then, and I need not write any discription of
the Country but it is far before your Black Jack Ridges and I expect Bill
has found it out before now. All the truth is we have not got land of our
own but we feed ourselves with the hope of getting some. There is Military
Land of the best quality for sale on the waters of Muskingum, I think on
reasonable terms. Some at nine shillings per acre six years credit clear of
Interest, payable in any kind of good property. Four Thousand Acres in
one track including the most Beautiful Plain called the Bowling Green and
it contains a grate deal of first rate bottom at four and sixpence per acre
(but) this must be a good part paid in money. These are undoubted rights.
If thee has any notion of ever coming to our Country again thee would do
well to be here the first of next May. We look upon these to be good chances
of getting Land. It is fifty miles from here and not very far from the head
of Hawkin in a fine Healthy Country furnished with good Springs and Ex-
cellent Mill Seats.

The mare that I brought out died in a few days after Bill left the Ohio,
and the colt in a short time after. My hogs and cattle I have yet this Fall.
I sold Four Thousand Five hundred Weight of Pork. I have about one
hundred head of hogs now ; they keep fat winters and Summers. We could
get but two dollars per hundred for pork * * * for there is no money amongst
us. I intend to drive my hogs to Fort Detroit in a year or two ; it is better
than two hundred miles, but I can get five dollars per hundred by giving
good weight.

It is a great satisfaction to me when I Receive a Letter from any of you
and I hope you will not miss any opportunity, So I must bid you Farewell.


My love to all my ISrothers aiul Sisters and aii\ who (liink iiil- wtjrthy of
iiKjuiring for.

John Millikan.

1 was down in Kentucky about two weeks aj^o to see Nathaniel Harlow.
He is well antl li\ing at Colonel Rankins. 11 is people need not be con-
cerned about him, he is doing very well, is under very good credit and is
respected by every Hody. Perhaps we may both come in ne.xt summer; if
one does the other will. He told me if I had a chance to inform them that
he was well and received their Letters. Remember his Love to them, and
to Bill Millikan and Hannah, and to tell them he had not forgot the Sasa-
fras Cabbin and tiie lUiffalo Skin." There were five children. See 4th

Mary W'yatt Millikan was m. secondly to a Hira \\'ii,C(jx, by whom she
had two children, a son and daughter, Clara, who became the wife of Mr.
Drake and had issue. She d. in Delaware Co., O., date unknown, and Mr.

Wilcox m. again.

5. Sarah Millikair' (3), third daughter of Samuel- ( 1), b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C., Dec. 18, 1777 ; m. by Quaker ceremony at Springfield ^Ionthly
Meeting, Dec. 18, 1795, Mahlon Hockett, son of Joseph and Phebe Hock-
ett of Guilford Co., N. C. It has been said that this family removed to
Indiana, but the record of their children's births were found in the Spring-
field Quaker registers, their names as follows :

I. Phebe Hockett, b. Aug. 6, 1796.
II. Samuel Hockett, b. Dec. 28, 1797.
III. John Hockett, b. April 22, 1800.
i\'. Jacob Hockett, b. Nov. 25, 1802.

v. Jesse Hockett, b. April 13, 1805 ; m. Nov. 23, 1825 to Axx Car-
ter, daughter of Samuel and Ruth Carter of Springfield, N. C, and
had issue.
VI. Mahlon Hockett, b. May 27, 1808.
vii, Anna Hockett, b. Sept. 28, 18 11.

vin. Joseph Hockett, b. Dec. 22, 1813; m. Elizabeth Piggott, dau. of

Jeremiah and Hannah Piggott, Aug. 12, 1840. Moved to Indiana.

IX. ZiMRi Hockett, b. Nov. 9, 1816; m. Sept. 17, 1840, Susanna S.

Kendall, and is now (1903) living at Wabash, Wabash Co., Ind.

He is a Quaker and uses the language of his church. Eight children.

X. Benjamin Hockett, b. Aug. 3, 182 1.

6. Samuel Millikan-* (4), third son of SamueP (1), b. in Randolph Co., N. C,
June 6, 1780; m. Feb. 18 17, Martha Coltrain, and succeeded to the
homestead. He was one of the executors of his father's will. As a legatee

TuK CuLTKAiN Family.— William Coltrain's father was a Scotchman who came
early to North Carolina, but disappeared and was never afterwards heard from. William's
wife was a Miss \\'orthington, and they had a son Jacob Coltrain who married a Miss
Frazer and William Coltrain who married Mary Davis, whose daughter Alice Coltrain is
now living with J. W. Davis at Clenola, N. C. Jesse Coltrain who owns the mill on Deep
river is a son of Daniel Coltrain who was a son of William. Some of the families of this
name were Quakers, but more are now Methodists. They are a respectable people. Some
were slaveholders.

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he received all the live stock, the farming tools, and half of the household
Sfoods. To him was committed the care of his mother, and at the end of
her widowhood he was to possess her share of the estate. This Samuel
seems to have been a Quaker preacher as it is recorded in the records in
the vaults of (niilford college, Guilford Co., N. C, that he was "liberated"
by the Springfield Monthly Meeting to travel west and east with a Quaker
preacher named Nathan Hunt. The latter went, but there are no reasons
for believing that Samuel Millikan did. He d. on the old farm, Feb. 14,
1868. His wife d. Sept. 13, 1868. They had ten children of whom with
4th generation.

7. Benjamin Millikan'' (3), fourth son of Samuel- (1), b. in Randolph Co.,
N. C, Feb. 21, 1783; m. Margaret Bales, daughter of Jesse and Susanna
Bales, and resided in his native place during his whole life, — with exception
of extended visits in Indiana. He was rightly named "Emancipator Ben."
He was an ardent Abolitionist and very active in his efforts to assist the
slaves in gaining their liberty. He assumed many personal risks and showed
great contempt of danger, and his life was often threatened, but a Kind
Providence watched over him and he thwarted all the attempts of his
enemies to do him bodily harm. He was a bold and fearless leader in the'
anti-slavery movement in North Carolina ; a man of warm heart and noble
soul, a true friend of the oppressed. His name will long be venerated by
every lover of liberty where he was known, and held sacred by the families
of the poor slaves whom he was instrumental in helping from bondage to

Note. — Asenath II. Owen of Ano, Hendricks Co., Ind., in a letter dated May 23, 1S99,
writes: " I remember of hearing Uncle Benjamin tell a strange bit of family history when

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