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The Regarde Bien

Issue No. 17

The Millikins of Six Mile Water Valley

The Six Mile Water in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, begins it’s course in the upper reaches of Ballynure, and makes it’s way westward towards Lough Neagh, passing through an open valley which contains the town of Ballyclare and villages of Ballynure, Ballyeaston, Doagh, Parkgate and Templepatrick. From about 1603 onwards, a growing number of Scots and English began to settle in the valley, mainly on the newly acquired estates of Sir Arthur Chichester of Carrickfergus, Sir John Clothworthy of Antrim and Sir Humphrey Norton of Templepatrick. The latter sold his small estate to Captain Henry Upton in 1628. Barely two years earlier, Josias Welsh, an eminent Scottish preacher and son of John Welsh, minister of Ayr, founded the Presbyterian Church of Templepatrick. By 1630, the muster roll of Henry Upton's estate reveals the name of one of the first Millikin settlers “William Moligan”, a British tenant in or near Templepatrick[1]. It is very likely this man was the father of "Gilbert Millikin", a tenant in the Grange of Ballyrobert then part of the parish of Templepatrick. In the 1669 Hearth Tax Roll, Gilbert Millikin paid two-shillings levied for one hearth in his house.

In 1669, the Grange of Ballyrobert was part of the old manor of Ballylinney, originally granted to Sir Arthur Chichester, first earl of Donegal. The principal tenants listed are: “Simon Biggam, Allex. Browne, John Browne, Robert Carrs, Hugh Chambed, Andrew Harper, Constable, Widow Jumphry, Robert Jelewels, Thomas Kimin, John Lough, senior, John Lough, junior, Widow McCadam (1666, Quintin McAdam, Ballylinney Parish), William McEldodey, Thomas McElwry, Gilbert Millikin, Edmond Murphy, John Murphy, Neale Murphy, Thomas Still, Hugh Wallace and John Wason, a weaver”, all paid two-shillings tax levied for one hearth[2]. It is worth remarking that the McCadam family originate from the Carsphairn district of Kirkcudbright, where the lairds of Blackmyre owned the small estate of Holm of Dalquhairn. Later, Ballyrobert was included in the civil parish of Ballylinney, where at least two Millikin families emerge in the 19th century. Prior to the formation of Ballylinney Presbyterian Church in 1836, the Presbyterians of the district would have attended one of several Meeting Houses, namely, Donegare, Carnmoney, Ballyclare, Ballyeaston or Ballynure. Carnmoney is one of the few Presbyterian Churches in Ireland to hold early testimonials[3].

Testimonial received from:

October 30, 1709
Mary Mulligan (Tanghy, subscribed by Mr. Mulligan dated Feb. 8, 1709).

May 26, 1713
Jas. Miliken (Mr. Wilson, Ballyclare, May 26, 1713).

Testimonials given to:

February 2, 1719
Mary Miliken left us at ye date hereof.

April 24. 1719
Mary Miliken, alias Gray, left us at alsaints last.

The 1669 Hearth Tax Rolls also record the names of John Millikin, senior, and John Millikin, junior, tenants in Donegore and John Millikin in Rathbeg, townlands located in the parish of Donegore, and John Millikin in Rathmore, John Millikin and Widow Milikin both in Dunadry, townlands in the parish of Nilteen Grange. The parishes of Donegore and Nilteen Grange are located on the north side of the Six Mile Water, along the main highway that runs between the towns of Ballyclare and Antrim. The parish of Donegore itself was part of the old manor of Moylinney, which belonged to Sir Arthur Chichester, first Earl of Donegal. In 1669, the names of 31 heads of household appear in the townland of Donegore and nearly all, appear to have been of Scottish origin. They include the surnames, Adair, Anderson, Blair, Crawford, Douglas, Gordon, Henderson, Kilchrist, Murray and Wallace. Most, if not all the Millikins appear to have been sub-tenants of Captain James Adair of Donegore, styled “Titulado”, a term used to denote a person of standing, usually a nobleman, baronet, gentleman, esquire or military officer. Capt. Adair was scion of the old family of Adair of Kinhilt in Wigtownhire. In the townland of Dunadry, the principal landholder or titulado was Lt. Francis Shaw believed to be related to the Shaws of Greenock in Renfrewshire.

The Hearth Tax Rolls of 1666-69 point to a nucleus of Millikins living within the Rathbeg, Donegore, Rathmore and Dunadry area. See Map – 1669 Hearth Tax Rolls for the distribution of Millikin and Mulligan hearths in Co. Antrim. Unfortunately, there are no surviving muster rolls for the estate of Sir Arthur Chichester, earl of Donegal, c.1630. However, after the outbreak of the Irish Rebellion in 1641, Sir Arthur, raised a Regiment of Foot and a Troop of Horse. Rolls survive for both his regiment and troop of horse and date from the year 1642. Robert, Gilbert, James and John Mulligan are listed in the troop of horse commanded by Major Edmond Matthew of Belfast, Roger and Hugh Mulligan appear in the company of foot lead by Capt. Edward Matthew. All these men appear to have been drawn from either Belfast or areas located near Belfast, e.g. Dunmurray. I wonder if perhaps there might be a connection between the Donegore-Dunadry families and Robert Mulligan aka Millikin of Belfast and his four brothers, Roger, James, John and Gilbert! Perhaps, in time, DNA testing will either prove or disprove a most recent common ancestor. One Donegore descendent has already provided a DNA result; we now wait to see if someone else from the Belfast-Dromore branch will also take part in the Milligan/Milliken DNA Project.
1. Muster Roll of the Province of Ulster c.1630-36, Add. 4770, Milles Collection, Vol. XVII.
2. Charlton, S. T.: Heads and Hearths: Hearth Money Rolls for County Antrim 1666-69, p. 42-43.
3. Carnmoney Presbyterian Church (PRONI Mic. 1P/37; T.1013)

The Millikins of Donegore

In his Genealogical manuscript, Gustave Anjou reproduced an extract of the last will and testament of “John Milliken” of Donegore, published on 14th August 1721. It is given as follows: “to his wife Jean, one half of the crops on ground and one half of farm; ... my children [not named] personal property; ... mother Elizabeth Wolleigh, and brother James Muliken one half of farm”. He then appointed his brothers “Andrew and James Milikin” his sole executors. His will was made probate at the Diocese Court of Connor on 8th September 1721 and an inventory of his goods made on 7th October 1721. The inventory indicated his estate was valued to the sum of £18. 10s. 8d, and that a payment was due to “Wm. Mulekain £0.0.10”[1]. It can be inferred from John’s will that his children were not yet of legal age in 1721, suggesting he died relatively young, perhaps as a man aged between his mid thirties and forties. As his mother was still alive in 1721, chronological dating points to Elizabeth Wolleigh being the husband of John Milliken, junior, in 1669.

It is very likely Wm. Mulekain is the same “William Milligan” of the parish of Donegore, who married Agnes Watt of the parish of Antrim on 8th May 1678 at First Antrim Presbyterian Church. Neither the will of John Milliken or the Antrim church register indicates where William resided in the parish, but it seem not improbable that he was a younger son of John Milliken senior of Donegore. Two families of the name Watt appear in the parishes of Antrim and Donegore in the 1669 Hearth Tax Rolls: respectively, Gilbert Watt of Dunsilly, a neighbour of James Mulligan of Dunsilly, and Thomas Watt of Ballysavage. Interestingly, we find mention of a “John Welley” in the 1666 Hearth Tax Roll for the parish of Doagh[2]. The name Welley can be taken to be a corruption of the surname Wooley. Again, in this instance, it is not improbable John Welley could have been the father of Elizabeth Wooleigh, and that they lived in or near the village of Doagh or the town of Ballyclare, where a "James Miliken" lived in 1713.

By the mid 1700s, we find several Millikens, also spelt as Mulligan, living in the Donegore-Nilteen area. There is mention of “John Mulligan” an elder from First Donegore Presbyterian Church, who attended the General Synod of Ulster on 16th June 1741. He is the same John Mulligan, born near Donegore, who was licensed at Templepatrick Presbyterian Church in 1740, ordained minister of Mountnorris Presbyterian Church in County Armagh on 5th May 1742 and died 4th January 1776, after nearly 34 years of service as minister of Mountnorris[3]. It is very possible this man was the son of “James Mulligan of Dunegore” whose will was made probate at the Consistorial Court of Connor in 1753[4]. In 1755, the same Court granted a bond of administration to the executors of “James Milligan of Donegore”. Unfortunately, both the will and bond of administration were burned in the fire of that destroyed the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922.

Samuel Millikin born c.1810 and died on Nov. 13, 1882 in Tobergill aged 72 years. He leased a farm extending to 24 acres 3 roods 30 perches in Tobergill from Robert S. Agnew and married Catherine Drummond about 1840; and they had:

  1. Joseph Drummond Millikin b. March 21, and bapt. First Donegore P.C. on April 14, 1843. He married Eliza Jamison and by this marriage had:

    1. Margaret Jane Millikin, b. July 21, 1876 in Tobergill.
    2. Agnes Millikin, b. March 22, 1878 in Tobergill.
    3. John Millikin, b. Jan. 18, 1880 in Tobergill.
    4. Catherine Millikin, b. April 15, 1882, in Tobergill and died on May 17, 1882.
    5. Catherine Millikin, b. June 11, 1883, in Tobergill.

  2. Nathaniel Millikin b. Aug. 29, and bapt. First Donegore P.C. on Sept. 16, 1844. He m. Jane Jamison in 1871 and by this marriage had three known children:

    1. Male child b. March 21, 1871 in Tobergill.
    2. Catherine Millikin b. Nov. 30, 1872 in Ballymacarret, Belfast.
    3. Nathaniel Millikin b. Jan. 5, 1875, in Ballymacarret, Belfast.

  3. Robert Millikin b. Nov. 20, 1845, and bapt. First Donegore P.C. on Jan. 11, 1846. He was a carpenter and died unmarried in Tobergill on May 17, 1869 aged 23 years.

  4. Samuel Millikin b. May 24, 1847, and bapt. First Donegore on July 23, 1847 and died in Tobergill on Dec. 27, 1923 aged 76 years. He married Rose Todd in 1875; she died July 5, 1895 aged 48 years and by her marriage had:

    1. Robert Milliken b. Dec. 27, 1875 in Tobergill.
    2. John Milliken b. Sept. 8, 1877 in Tobergill and d. Oct. 10, 1903 aged 25 years.
    3. Samuel Milliken b. May 29, 1879 in Tobergill.
    4. Nathaniel Milliken b. June 23, 1881 in Tobergill.
    5. Catherine Milliken b. Feb. 23, 1883 in Tobergill and d. Feb. 2, 1905 aged 21 years.
    6. Martha Ann Milliken b. June 6, 1884 in Tobergill and d. July 15, 1950 aged 66 years.
    7. Agnes Milliken b. March 19, 1886 in Tobergill and d. Jan. 1, 1906 aged 19 years.
    8. Joseph Drummond Milliken b. March 1, 1888 in Tobergill and d. on Dec. 28, 1957 aged 78 years in Browndod. He married Isabella Rankine and by this marriage had six children: Joseph Drummond, Janet Drummond, William Robert, Elizabeth, Margaret Drummond and Sarah Drummond Millikin.

  5. Agnes Millikin b. Jan. 1,1850 and bapt. First Donegore on Feb. 18, 1850.

The earliest baptismal and marriage registers for Donegore First Presbyterian Churchdate from 1806. I have extracted the earliest entries relating the Surname and also those for Kilbride Presbyterian Church, which was erected into a congregation in 1848. Several other families appear in these registers and include, John Millikin of Belfast, whose daughter, Sophia Millikin, was baptised at First Donegore Presbyterian Church in 1834. The Millikins of Tobergill evidently had links with Belfast.

1 Anjou, Gustav: Genealogy of the Bodine Family of Philadelphia (compiled 1906-7), p. 40-41.
2. Connor Will Index held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
3. Fasti of the Irish Presbyterian Church 1613-1840, no. 637.

The Millikins of Ballyclare

There are no Millikins listed either in the 1666 or 1669 Hearth Tax Roll for the town of Ballyclare, which at that time was nothing more than a little hamlet in the Grange of Doagh. By the middle of the 18th century, however, Ballyclare had become one of the principal market towns in the valley and had it’s own Presbyterian Meetinghouse. In the records of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, we find a testimonial by Mr. Wilson, minister of Ballyclare Presbyterian Church, for James Millikin a member there in 1713. He married Helen McHago from Carnmoney on 26th May 1713. The Rev. Thomas Wilson, a licentiate of the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy in Fife, was ordained at Ballyclare as assistant to Mr. Thomas Tuft on February 27, 1711. After Mr Tuft's death in 1713, Mr. Wilson became his successor and was minister of the congregation until 1757.

In his book on the Millikens, Milligans, etc of North America, the Rev. G. T. Ridlon cites the history of one particular family who traced their ancestry to Samuel Millikin said to have first “settled” in Ballyclare early in the 18th century, suggesting he settled in the first decade of this century [1]. This is certainly supported by contemporary evidence principally with James Millikin and Helen McHago. This Samuel had a son called William and he in turn had a son called Samuel Millikin (1789-1871) of Ballyclare. Ridlon's pedigree is given below:

Samuel MILLIKIN was the first to settle in Ballyclare early in the 18th century. His son:-
  1. William Millikin had son:-
  2. Samuel Millikin, whose son:-
  3. James Millikin, whose sons:-

    1. Samuel Millikin of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Ireland.
    2. James Millikin of Belfast Banking Co.
    3. Robert Millikin of Hurstville, Australia, b. at Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, December 3, 1854; m. Mary Agnes Black on February 26, 1881. She died November 1, 1891. They had, James, William, Mary and Catherine. He married secondly, in Hurstville, on December 6, 1893, Elizabeth Corr, and had three further children; Robert, Samuel and Alice.

In 1775, we find the names of James, Samuel, John and Samuel ‘Moulligan’ subscribed to a petition compiled by the Presbyterians of the “town and vicinity of Ballyclare” calling for the abolition of the Penal Laws [2]. By then, Ballyclare 'Old Presbyterian Church' belonged to the Non-Subscribing branch of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and was one of the original seventeen churches that was excluded from the Synod of Ulster and formed into the Non-Subscribing Presbytery of Antrim in 1726. This movement had strong sympathetic ties with the United Irishmen and many of its congregations took part in the 1798 Irish Rebellion. In the 1700s, the Millikens appear to have lived and farmed land in the townlands of Ballygallagh and Bruslee near Ballyclare, where they gave their name to Mullikin Hill.

Ballyclare Town and District

Lendrick's Map of County Antrim 1780

Taylor & Skinner's Road Survey Map of Ireland 1777

Map of Bruslee Townland Survyed in 1793

Interestingly, we find mention of a John Millikin in an article published in the Belfast News Letter in 1791. This article was published at a time when the Ballyclare linen market was buoyant. In 1832, the surveyor of the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for the district could remark, that ‘until about 40 years ago, Ballyclare possessed a good linen market’ [3].

At a Meeting of the Manufactures of Brown Linen who attend the principal Yarn Markets of the County of Antrim, held at Ballyclare on 21st September 1791, it was unanimously resolved:

  1. That we will support the County inspector in the execution of their office as far as our abilities will allow.
  2. That we will not buy, nor cause to be bought for us, any Yarn in any markets or fairs we attend, before the hour of eight o’clock in the morning.
  3. That we have so long felt the inconvenience, and seen the impropriety of buying Yarn before eight o’clock, that we engage to pay our just proportion of One Guinea to any person who inform on and prosecute to conviction, any offender against the above legal reformation.
  4. The Country People, and such as bring Yarn for sale to the Markets and Fairs, are hereby acquainted, that they need not expect their Yarn to be bought before said hour; and the Sellers of Yarn are further to take notice, that all Yarn sold before eight o’clock is forfeited by law.”

    This document was signed by the following linen manufacturers.
Wm. Gore
Wm. Neil
Wm. Galt
Anthony Hunter
James Jamison
Hugh Wiley
Robert Kirkwood
W. McCammon
Sam. MacKay
Hugh Cameron
John Scott
Robert Gilliland
John Alexander
James Wilson
Robert Lennon
Wm. Gardner
Paul Douglas
Hugh McQuiston
John McCrumb
Wm. Clugston
Alex. McNeilly
James Renfew
Wm. Wiley
John Millikin
Wm. Boyd
C. Patterson
Sam. Thompson
David Ferguson
Wm. Craig
John Buchannan
Thomas Dallars
Alex. Hay
This John Millikin seems to be the same John Millikin of Ballyclare, whose daughter Sarah married James McQuitty of Ballyclare in 1838: they were married at Ballynure Presbyterian Church. According to her marriage entry, Sarah’s mother was called Clementine. If the case, John, may have been the brother or cousin of James Millikin, a farmer in the townland of Ballygallagh, which lies in the parish of Ballylinney near Ballyclare. The biographical notes relating to James Millikin of Ballygallagh are detailed more fully under the section headed Millikins of Ballyboley. However, it is interesting note, at this stage, the follow reference to James, a notice of sale, published in the Belfast News Letter in 1793:

3-6 December 1793
To be let, from the first November last, for twenty one years, and one life, the following farms in the townland of Ballygallagh, now in the possession of the under named tenants, viz. David Craig, Robert Gilliland, Nathaniel Lawther, William Crymble, James Milliken, Robert Wilson, Hugh Clugston, and Thomas Wallace; together with the house and farm, and the field called the Horse Park, formerly occupied by David Boyd, Esq. Proposal (post paid) will be received by Francis Shaw, Esq. until the first day of January next when the tenants will be declared.
Carrickfergus, 4th December 1793

It seems very likely that this James Millikin and the James of 1775 are two different men, if indeed, the latter is the same man, who married Helen McHago in 1713. Certainly, both James and John appear to have been contemporises of William, son of the first Samuel Millikin said to have settled in Ballyclare. If the identity of James Millikin presents a problem, the identity of William, father of Samuel (1789-1871), is even more problematic. Two Millikin men bearing the name William are known to have lived in the vicinity of Ballyclare, and both were born within tens years each of other. The first, William Millikin of Lisnalinchy, which also lies in the parish of Ballylinney, was born c.1763, twenty-six years before Samuel’s birth. If this William had married twice (but there is no evidence to support this), and Samuel was the son of the first unnamed spouse, the likelihood Samuel was the son of William Millikin of Lisnalinchy seems in theory very probable. The second, William Millikin of Rashee, which lies north of Ballyclare, was born c.1773, only 16 years before Samuel’s birth in 1789, making him the father of Samuel less likely.

Samuel Millikin (1789-1871) of Ballyclare married Catherine Beggs sometime before 1818. He was a founding member of Ballylinney Presbyterian Church in 1836, and appears on the earliest list of members. The New Meetinghouse was formally opened on 11th September 1836 by the Rev. Henry Cooke of May Street Presbyterian Church in Belfast. The earliest membership list of 1836 gives the names of three Millikins:

  1. Samuel Milliken (of Ballyclare) No. 105 on list.
  2. Jane Milliken (of Bruslee) Mo. 150 on list.
  3. William Milliken (of Lisnalinchy) No. 159 on list [4].

Samuel became a post master and finally a shopkeeper by the time of his wife’s death in 1876. His farm, believed to be at Ballygallagh comprised approximately 8 acres 3 roods 40 perches of land and was leased from the John Wilson. By 1862, Samuel’s son, James, held the property, whilst Samuel occupied a house located on the Doagh road in Ballyclare. Samuel died on 22nd February 1871 at the age of 82 years and is buried with his wife, Catherine Beggs, at the
Old Ballylinney Graveyard, where a headstone stands erected to their memory. According to their headstone, Catherine died on 21st March 1876 aged 84 years, whilst the Registrar’s entry gives 20th June 1876 aged 85 years. Similarly, Samuel’s headstone gives a different date; 25th February 1871 aged 83 years. I have followed the Registrar’s entries rather than the headstone inscription. They appear to have had at least five children:

  1. Margaret Millikin eldest daughter of Samuel, m. William Millikin of Doagh on Dec. 18, 1841 at Ballylinney Presbyterian Church.

  2. John Millikin b. about 1818. He was employed as a master shoemaker and for many years owned a shoe shop on the Main Street in Ballyclare. According to his marriage entries, he was the son of Samuel Millikin, farmer. He married first Mary Miskimmon, thought to have been the daughter of James Miskimmon of Ballygallagh, and secondly Jane Todd of Ballyclare, daughter of Thomas Todd, weaver, at Kilbride Church of Ireland on 17 March, 1858. She died Feb. 10, 1895 aged 55 years. John died May 17, 1906 aged 88 years.

      By First wife Mary Miskimmon:
    1. James Millikin b. Jan. 17, 1839.
    2. Jannet Millikin b. Mar. 13, and bapt. Feb. 27, 1842.
    3. Samuel Millikin b. Oct. 13, and bapt. Nov. 26, 1843.
    4. Agnes Millikin b. Feb. 14, and bapt. Mar. 29, 1846.
    5. Ellen Millikin b. Mar. 23, and bapt. May 7, 1848.
    6. Catherine Millikin b. June 20, and bapt. Sept. 1, 1850.
    7. Eliza Jane Millikin b. Sept. 21, and bapt. Nov. 7, 1852.
    8. Eliza Jane Millikin b. Jan. 8, and bapt. Apr. 1, 1855.

      By Second wife Jane Todd:
    9. William Millikin b. about 1863, living in Ballyclare in 1906.
    10. Thomas Millikin b. July 8, 1865.
    11. Margaret Millikin b. June 3, 1867, d. Dec. 28, 1869 aged 2 years.
    12. Robert Millikin b. about 1870, d. Dec. 4, 1874 aged 4 years.
    13. Margaret Millikin b. Dec. 20, 1872, m. James Moore of Ballyclare on 30 July 1896.
    14. Mary Millikin b. April 2, 1875.
    15. Robert Millikin b. Mar. 7, 1878.
    16. Joseph Millikin b. May 12, 1881.

  3. Jannet Millikin m. Thomas McKinley of Doagh, a flax dripper and son of David McKinley, mill manager, on July 4, 1849, at Ballylinney P. C. The McKinleys later emigrated to North America.

  4. James Millikin b. 1826, m. Mary Ann Cameron daughter of Robert Cameron of Ballyclare, on Mar. 11, 1852 at Ballyclare Old Presbyterian Church. He is described in various documents as either being a car driver or postmaster. He died June 25, 1891 aged 65 years; she died Dec. 21, 1915 aged 91 years. Both were buried in Old Ballylinny Graveyard.

    1. Robert b. Dec. 3, 1854 in Ballyclare. He is described as a coal merchant. He married first Mary Agnes Black on Feb. 26, 1881, and secondly in Hurstville, Australia, Elizabeth Corr on Dec. 6, 1893. His first wife died on died Nov. 1, 1891. He had Mary, James, William, and Christine by his first wife and Robert, Samuel and Alice by his second wife.
    2. Mary b. Dec. 22, 1856 and bap. Jan. 18, 1858 in Ballyclare.
    3. Catherine b. Jan. 22, 1859 and bap. Mar. 6, 1859.
    4. Elizabeth b. 1862 in Ballyclare, died Jan. 1920 aged 58 years.
    5. Samuel b. 1864 in Ballyclare, m. Hessie Gilmour Smyth and had several children. He died May 25, 1926 aged 62 years; his spouse died Jan. 7, 1943 aged 76 years.
    6. Jane b. Feb. 23, 1866 in Ballyclare.
    7. Unnamed daughter b. Jan. 1, 1868 in Ballyclare.
    8. James b. Feb. 24, 1870 in Ballyclare, moved to Belfast where he worked in a Bank.

  5. Catherine Millikin b. 1830, m. James Boyd of Largy, a blacksmith and son of Thomas Boyd, blacksmith on May 30, 1849 at Ballylinney P. C. Catherine and James Boyd later emigrated to North America.

  6. William Millikin b. 1833, m. Jane Coutler of Ballyclare, the daughter of William Coulter, farmer, Aug. 14, 1873 at Ballylinney P. C. William is described as being a carman at the time of his marriage, but later as [coal] merchant. He died Aug. 30, 1897 aged 64 years, and followed by his wife who died Oct. 22, 1897 aged 62 years.
In his book, Ballyclare Presbyterian Church: A Story of 125 years, Robert Grange notes that James and William Millikin were both prominent figures in Ballyclare and among the first to succeed from the Old Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing Church) situated on the Main street to form a new congregation within the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1856. The congregation is called Ballyclare Presbyterian Church. Furthermore, he says the brothers ran stagecoaches to and from Belfast and also owned a considerable number of jaunting cars for the shorter local journeys [5]. James lived in premises on the Main street, where according to Griffith’s valuation he occupied a house, yard and garden which in all covered an area of six acres in 1862. His yard lay besides the entry leading to McConnell’s property at the rear, where he and his brother kept their horses and vehicles. William lived in a cottage at the corner of Templepatrick road and Rockery road, now the Hillhead road [6]. Rockery road, so called because of the large Rockery at the top of the hill, was at one time the direct road to Belfast.

1. Ridlon, G. T.: History of the Families Millingas and Millanges, comprising Genealogies and Biographies of their posterity surnamed Milliken, Millikin, Millican, Milligan, Mulliken and Mullikin (1907), p. 806.
2. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: Ref. T..808/15307.
3. Day. A. & McWilliams. P.: Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Parishes of County Antrim (Antrim town and Ballyclare), Vol. 29, p.65.
4. Sherrand, Stanley: Ballylinney Presbyterian Church, A Story of 150 Years, p. 16-17.
5. Grange, Robert T.: Ballyclare Presbyterian Church, A Story of 125 Years, p. 26.
6. Armstrong, Robert: Through the Ages to Newtownabbey, p. 150.

The Millikins of Lisnalinchy

William Millikin (1763-1841) of Lisnalinchy, the first known head of this family, has already been mentioned above. He married Janet Margaret Campbell on 30th August 1795 at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church and from this period onwards, appears to have become a communicant of this church. It is unfortunate, that none of the baptismal entries relating to William’s children give his place of residence, and that the earliest direct reference only dates from 1826, when the Tithe Applotment Book of Carnmoney notes he leased a farm containing 29 acres 2 roods 34 perches of land in the townland of Lisnalinchy. As already mentioned, he was born c.1763, twenty-six years before the birth of Samuel Millikin of Ballyclare, raising the expectation that William may have been Samuel’s father, if he had married twice and Janet Campbell was his second wife. William is certainly known to have been a contemporary of Samuel Millikin (1777-1851) of Bruslee, which also lies in the parish of Ballylinney, suggesting these men could either have been brothers or cousins. It is difficult to draw any definite conclusion, but the extant evidence certainly points to these families sharing a common link as they all had strong links, in some shape or form, with the district of Ballylinney near Ballyclare.

Part of the townland of Ballygallagh (No. 1) is now included in the town of Ballyclare. The townlands of Bruslee (No. 2) and Lisnalinchy (no. 7) are located on the outlying district. Now compare this with the standard ordinance map below:

At the formation of Ballylinney Presbyterian Church in 1836, William transferred to this Congregation and remained a member until his death in 1841. He was one of the original men who arranged to bring the sand used for the building the New Meetinghouse from Doagh in 1834 and is the same man paid £4. 3. 4. for repairing the 50 perchs of road from Belfast to Ballymena, between Doagh and the King' Bog in the townland of Ballyearl in 1839 [1]. William died on 19th October 1841 at the age of 78 years, giving him an approximate birth date of 1763. His will, destroyed in 1922, was made probate in 1842. By his marriage to Janet Campbell, he had at least six children:
  1. Dorothy Millikin bapt. May 9, 1796 at Carnmoney P.C.; married April 1831 at her father’s residence, John Love of Ballycor in the parish of Ballyeaston, and by this marriage had at least:

    1. William Love bapt. 01.07.1832.
    2. Margaret Love bapt. 31.08.1835.

  2. Female child bapt. March 4, 1797 at Carnmoney P. C. In the register, her name is left blank. It isn’t clear whom this daughter may have been, assuming of course she lived to adulthood.

  3. Hannah Millikin bapt. August 3, 1800; married John Hunter of Whitepark on February 16, 1833 at First Donegore Presbyterian Church, and by this marriage had at least:

    1. Mary Hunter, b at Ballycor, bapt. on 11.01.1834.
    2. Samuel Hunter b. at Ballycor, bapt. on 01.02.1836.
    3. Margaret Ann Hunter b. Ballycor, bapt. on 28.04.1838.
    4. James Hunter b. Doagh, bapt. on 11.05.1840.
    5. Hannah Hunter b. Doagh, bapt. on 27.03.1842.
    6. Jane Hunter b. Doagh, bapt. on 08.03.1845.

  4. John Millikin bapt. on September 26, 1802. He may be the same John Milliken styled of the Liberties of Carrickfergus in his sister Hannah’s marriage entry of 1833.

  5. Jean Millikin born c.1803, married on Friday April 19, 1822 to John McNeill of Kenbally near Broughshane. She died on August 9, 1884 aged 80 years. She had the following children:

    1. William McNeill, born 1824
    2. John McNeill born 1826
    3. Archibald McNeill born 1829.
    4. Arthur McNeill born 1831.
    5. Robert McNeill born 1833.
    6. Campbell McNeill born 1835.
    7. Margaret McNeill born 1838.
    8. James McNeill born 1840.

  6. Robert Millikin bapt. on August 11, 1805. [Family details still to be completed].

1. Sherrand, Stanley: Ballylinney Presbyterian Church, A Story of 150 Years, p. 15.

The Millikins of Bruslee

Samuel Milliken (1777-1851) is the first known head of this family. He acquired a farm in the townland of Bruslee, which lies in the parish of Ballylinney next to Lisnalinchy, from the Marquis of Donegal, George Augustus Chichester, extending to 9 acres 2 roods 25 perches, some time before 1806. On 5th March 1806, the Marquis granted Samuel another leasehold for 3 acres, 3 roods, 7 perches in Bruslee [1]. This property had lately been the tenure of Henry C. Ellis, Esq. of Carrickfergus, but “now in the possession” of Samuel Milliken of Bruslee, farmer. By a deed of assignment made in the year 1817, he sold this part to William Ferguson of Bruslee, farmer, for the sum of £220, which he was to hold during the residue term of 31 years computed from 1st Nov 1805 subject to the yearly rent of 16s. In the same year, Samuel purchased a second farm in Ballyboley Mountain from John Wilson of Ballyboley.

Millikin – Ferguson
A Memorial of Indenture and Assignment dated 9th August 1817, between Samuel Millikin of Bruslee in the parish of Ballylinney farmer and William Ferguson of Bruslee farmer reciting that Samuel Millikin for and in consideration of the sum of £220 did grant unto the said William Ferguson a portion of land containing 3 acres 3 roods and 7 perches in the townland of Bruslee. To hold during the residue term of 61 years commencing and to be computed from 1st Nov 1805 subject to the yearly rent of 16 shillings. The deed was witnessed by John McClenaghan weaver and John Dundee farmers both of Bruslee. The said Memorial was witnessed by John Dundee and Philip Maquire of Belfast, register 29th August 1817.

Wilson to Millikin
A Memorial of Indented Deed of Conveyance bearing the date 15th August 1817 reciting that John Wilson of Ballyboley in the parish of Ballycor farmer in consideration of £90 paid to him in hand by Samuel Milliken of Bruslee in the parish of Ballylinney farmer and thereby sold, alienated, assigned and transferred to the said Samuel Milliken as then in his actual possession by virtue of a lease of a year therein from the said John Wilson. And the Samuel Milliken took possession of All that piece and parcel of land containing 9 acres three roods 18 perches bound on the north by Ballyboley Mountain on the south by Samuel Hills premises on the east by John Wilson’s holdings on the west by premises in possession of Thomas Wilson. And which said lands and premises the said John Wilson together with that piece of grazing below the road bound on the south by Samuel Heverans premises on the east by Samuel Hills and on the west by Thomas Wilson and also the hay of the a Cairn field adjoining the said premises together with grazing on the Ballyboley Mountain at the option of the said Samuel Millikin with building etc. He can build and erect on the said premise or any part thereof but reserving to Thomas Wilson a road fourteen feet wide along a ditch passing through the Stack yard Park or low field. Samuel is to hold the said land for and during the nature lives of His Royal Highness George Prince Regent, Frederick Bishop of Onsaburgh and Prince William Henry, first, second and third sons of his Majesty King George the Third. Witnessed by Francis McLaughlin, clerk, and Samuel Robert Griffith both of Belfast. Signed by John Wilson.

Samuel Millikin was still in possession of his farm at Bruslee in 1826, when the Carnmoney Tithe Applotment shows he occupied a smallholding of 9 acres 2 roods 25 perches. At the taking of Griffith’s valuation in 1862, Samuel’s son, “William Milliken”, was in possession of the farm, leased from the Marquis of Donegal, though, he had evidently died or given the farm up by 1869, when his younger brother, John Milliken, was occupier. Samuel died in 1851 aged 74 years and was buried at the
Old Ballylinney Graveyard where a headstone stands erected to his memory by his daughter Jannet Milliken. His wife Jane died on 3rd April 1868 aged 83 years, giving her an approximate birth date of 1785. Only the names of five of their children are known, though, there were probably others:

  1. Jannet Milliken b. about 1796, d. Jan. 26, 1880 at Bruslee, a spinster, aged 84 years. She erected a headstone to the memory of her parents, brother William, his wife (unnamed) and family in Old Ballylinney Graveyard.

  2. William Milliken b. about 1800 inherited his father’s farm in Bruslee and is listed in Griffith’s valuation of 1862; his farm consisted of 9 acres, 2 roods, 25 perches. He married Margaret Thompson, daughter of James & Sarah Thompson of Ballynure, on 24th May 1842 at Ballynure Presbyterian Church. Both he and his wife were buried in Old Ballylinney Graveyard. They had one known child:

    1. John Milliken born January 23, 1846 at Carntall.

  3. John Milliken b. about 1807, d. Dec. 29, 1886 at Bruslee. He lived at Ballycor for a time and after his brother’s death took over the Bruslee farm. His wife’s name is unknown.

    1. Samuel Milliken bapt. Sept. 12, 1830, at Second Ballyeaston P.C., nothing more known.
    2. William Milliken bapt. Nov. 11, 1832, at Second Ballyeaston P.C.; died at Doagh a widower, on May 20, 1870, aged 34 years (age appears wrong); death witnessed by his sister Eliza Milliken of Bruslee.
    3. Elizabeth (Eliza) Milliken bapt. April 17, 1834; died May 18, 1910, a spinster, aged 73 years.
    4. James Stewart Milliken bapt. June 24, 1838; nothing more known.
    5. John Milliken b. about 1848 in Bruslee, m. Janet Simms of Bruslee, daughter of James Simms, weaver, at Ballylinney P.C. on July 2, 1869. He d. Feb. 13, 1924 aged 76 years in Bruslee. Janet died Nov. 30 1935 at 87 years (age given seems wrong). They had the following:

      1. James Milliken b. Jan. 1, in Bruslee, and bapt. Feb. 2, 1870.
      2. John Milliken b. May 10, 1871 in Grahamstown, a mill worker in 1896, m. Isabel Arthur of Lee Ballyclare, daughter of James Arthur, labourer, at Ballylinney P.C. on 31 July 1896.
      3. Ellen Milliken b. Feb. 19, in Grahamstown, and bapt. Apr. 6, 1873.
      4. William Milliken b. June 9, 1875 in Bruslee, and bapt. July 25 1875.
      5. Sarah Milliken Jane b. June 22, in Bruslee, and bapt. July 28, 1878.
      6. Agnes Milliken b. Mar. 20, in Bruslee, and bapt. May 15, 1881; d. Feb. 7, 1896 aged 14 years in Bruslee.
      7. Mary Ann Milliken b. Jan. 26, in Bruslee, and bapt. Mar. 4, 1883.
      8. Margaret Milliken b. Oct. 6, 1884, in Bruslee.
      9. Thomas Lorimer Milliken b. July 24, 1886 in Bruslee.
      10. Samuel Milliken b. June 29, in Bruslee, and bapt. Aug. 8, 1888.
      11. Elizabeth Milliken b. Aug. 8, 1891 in Bruslee.

    6. Sarah Jane Milliken b. about 1849 in Bruslee. Is styled “needle woman” at the time of her death on April 17, 1868 at the age 19 years.

  4. Eliza Milliken b. 1810, died May 6, 1866 aged 56 years, a spinster, in Bruslee. Her brother John Milliken was the registrar’s informant.

1. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, D.509/1608 (lease).

The Millikins of Braidstown, Lisnalinchy

Braidstown Farm lies in the townland of Lisnalinchy, and may have been the original farm once occupied by William Millikin (c.1763-1841) of Lisnalinchy. Several other Millikins appear in this townland in the mid 1800s, namely, William and Mary Ann Millikin of Lisnalinchy and William and Jane Millikin of Braidstown. It is quite possible the first William is the same William of c.1763, who perhaps married again. The District Registry of Ballycare records of the death of Mary Millikin, almost certainly Mary Ann Rowney, who married a William Millikin on 4th July 1831. She died on 28th January 1869 aged 84 years at Lisnalinchy, and is styled a farmer’s widow. The second, William Millikin is style of Braidstown and was baptised on 7th August 1808 at Carnmoney; he died 4th January 1885 in Valley Falls, Jefferson Co. Kansas, USA. He married Jane Hutchinson born July 1812 in Templepatrick, Co. Antrim. This couple had seven known children:

  1. Mary Jane Milliken, bapt. October 11, 1838 at Carnmoney P. C., Co. Antrim; died November 11, 1860 in Jefferson Co., Kansas; married Josephus Henry Cowan, born 22nd March 1833 in Crawford or Mercer Co., Pennsylvania; died March 9, 1913 in Douglas Co, Oklahoma.

  2. Robert Milliken b. February 19, 1841 at Bairdstown, Lisnalinchy; bapt. March 21, 1841 at Carnmoney P. C.; died April 19, 1922 in Valley Falls, Jefferson Co., Kansas; married Elizabeth Frances Snider born 29th August 1850 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio; died January 3, 1934, in Valley Falls, Jefferson Co. Kansas. They had:

    1. Nellie M. Milliken b. January 29, 1874 in Valley Falls, Jefferson Co. Kansas; died 25th August 1954 in McLouth, Kansas; married George Harman born November 14, 1867 in Leasburg, Missouri; died February 22, 1939 in Valley Falls, Jefferson Co. Kansas. Had a son:

      1. Walt Neibarger b. December 14, 1897; died 29th July 1991.

    2. William Milliken b. February 12, 1876 in Valley Falls, Jefferson Co., Kansas; died December 29, 1918 in San Diego, California; married Bessie?

  3. Sarah Milliken b. May 20, 1843 at Bairdstown, Lisnalinchy; bapt. June 11, 1843 at Ballylinney P. C.

  4. William John Milliken b. October 13, 1845 at Bairdstown, Lisnalinchy; died in 1891.

  5. Alexander Hutchinson Milliken b. November 19, 1847 at Bairdstown, Lisnalinchy; died about 1880.

  6. Elizabeth Ann Milliken b. September 1849 in Kentucky; died March 26, 1925; married John W. Frazier, born 1846 in Indiana.

    1. Ellen Frazier born December 1876.
    2. Lenora Frazier born July 1878.
    3. Rosa Frazier born 1880.
    4. Pearl Frazier born May 1886.
    5. William D. Frazier born December 1887.

  7. George Samuel Milliken b. August 10, 1854 in Warrensberg, Indiana; d: February 28, 1931 in Ogden, Weber, Utah; married Margaret Ann Gilbert b. August 3, 1863 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; d: March 9, 1945 in Los Angeles, California.

    1. William George Milliken b. May 16, 1884 in Corinne, Box Elder, Utah; d: December 27, 1961 in Los Angeles, California; married Inger Karoline Nielsen b. November 19, 1885 in Krogstrup, Fred, Denmark; d. May 31, 1961 in Los Angeles, California.

      1. Margaret Madeline Milliken b: April 8, 1904 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; d: April 30, 1968.
      2. William George Milliken Jr. b. October 29, 1905 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; d: Unknown
      3. Mary Emily Milliken b. March 26, 1907 in Lyman, Fremont, Idaho; d: Unknown in?; married Alex Ross.
      4. Alta Cecilia Milliken b. October 12, 1908 in Lyman, Fremont, Idaho; d: Unknown.
      5. Jesse Lavell Milliken b: December 23, 1910 in San Louis Obispo, San Louis Obispo Co, California; d: January 1979 in Carlsbad, San Diego, California; Florance.
      6. Cassie Eliza Milliken b. December 10, 1912 in Edendale, Los Angeles Co, California; d: April 14, 1913.
      7. James Ambrose Milliken b: June 26, 1916 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; d: March 31, 1945.
      8. Adney Morris Milliken b: March 27, 1918 in Ogden, Weber, Utah; d: May 1981 in Los Angeles, California; married Virgina.
      9. Betty May Milliken b. August 27, 1920 in Ogden, Weber, Utah; d: Unknown; married Ernest Elbert Jones.
      10. Ruth Eva Milliken b. August 25, 1922 in Ogden, Weber, Utah; d: July 12, 1997 in?; married Steve Koterski b. Unknown in ? d: Unknown in?.
      11. Robert Ralph Milliken b.: August 25, 1925 in Los Angeles, Calif.; married Joanne Kirkwood b. July 24, 1931 in Los Angeles, Calif.
      12. Vernal Clarence Milliken b: July 30, 1927 in Highland Park, Los Angeles Co., California; married Patricia Lee Clifton b. June 24, 1929 in Southgate, California.

    2. Katherine (Cassie) Eliza Milliken born April 1886 in Corinne, Box Elder, Utah; died January 17, 1969 in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho; married Samuel Melvin Cook born December 25, 1883 in Cedar Fort, Utah; died Unknown.

      1. George Franklin Cook b. February 25, 1908 in Lyman, Fremont, Idaho; 1st wife Viola Andrus; 2nd Wife of George Franklin Cook:
      2. Harold Jessie Cook b. April 18, 1910 in Lyman, Fremont, Idaho; d: March 9, 1929
      3. Ralph Melvin Cook b. November 29, 1912 in Thornton, Fremont, Idaho; d: June 7, 1945

The Millikins of Rashee and Ballynashee

The townlands of Rashee and Ballynashee are both located in the parish of Rashee north of Ballyclare and were home to two other Millikin families. The head of the first family is traced to William Millikin (b.1773) in Rashee. The second family was headed by George Millikin in Ballynashee, ancestor of my good friend Donald Milligan of Seattle, USA, and editor of this News Letter. Both these families were members of First Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church, and several references relating to them have survived in church registers.

George Millikin, b. near Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, is believed to have been a son of Samuel Millikin, member of the United Irishmen, who was killed by Government troops at Dunegore Hill in 1798. He married 1st Mary McClelland daughter of Nathaniel McClelland of Ballynashee, on August 2, 1815, at Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church. In 1818, he and his wife lived in Ballynashee, where their only known child was born:

    Mary Millikin, bapt. February 18, 1818, at Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church.

George and Mary, his wife, and Mary, his daughter, emigrated to North America in 1818, where they first appear in the State of New York with Mary’s brother Nathaniel McClelland.

    A Memorial of Indenture of Conveyance dated July 28, 1819, between Nathaniel McCleland of ...... in the State of New York, North America, Robert McCleland, George Milliken, Mary Milliken alias McCleland and Margaret McCleland of Ballynashee joint heirs of the legacy of the late Nath. McCleland of the one part and John White of Ballynahsee of the other part, reciting that the parties for and in consideration of £200 did grant and assign to John White the farm and land within the townland of Ballynashee containing 11 acres 3 roods 10 perches, as granted in a lease dated August 1, 1803 by the Most Noble George Augustus Marquis of Donegal unto the late Nathaniel McCleland for the term of 61 years from the 1st day November with the yearly rent of £2.4.8. The Deed of Conveyance and Memorial were witnessed by Robert Wilson farmer of Hillhead and Robert McCleland farmer of Ballynashee both of county of Antrim. Registered in Belfast October 9, 1819.
    [Registry of Deeds, 745/130/507065]

After the death of his first wife, George Millikin married Mary “Polly” Pastors on April 30, 1827 in Jefferson Co, Ohio State. She was born 1807 and daughter of Francis Pastors and Anastasia Maria Beall of Montgomery Co., Ohio. They had four sons and six daughters, of which three of the sons and four daughters survive into adulthood, including Samuel (hereafter), Sarah (b. 1834), Ellen (b. 1838) and George (b. c.1840. m. Mary Jane Smith, c.1868). George died on July 30, 1891 in Jefferson Co, having changed his name from Millikin to Milligan.

    Ohio State Census of 1860:

    Jefferson County
    George Milligan, age 65, born Ireland (ca 1795).
    Polly Milligan, age 52 (born ca 1808).
    Sarah Milligan, age 26 (born ca 1834).
    Ann C. Milligan, age 4 (born ca 1856).
    Ellen Brown, age 22 (born ca 1838).
    Thomas Brown, age 24 (born ca 1836).
    Sarah Brown, age 2 (born ca 1858).
    Oella Brown, 3/12 (born ca 1860).

Children of George Millikin and Polly Pastors:

  1. Samuel Milligan son of George and Polly Milligan, b. October 3, 1829, in Short Creek, Jefferson Co, Ohio, USA. He married Mary Allender daughter of Robert and Margaret Allender on July 1853. He attended the common schools of Jefferson Co, and at the age of eighteen years entered the butcher trade at Warrenton, Ohio. He then moved from Warrenton to Martin's Ferry, where he entered the meat business, but subsequently was engaged in boating on the Ohio River. He continued in this occupation until 1853, when he returned to Martin's Ferry and again embarked in the meat business. His marriage to Mary Allender took place in July, 1853, shortly after his return to this city. The couple had five sons and seven daughters.
  2. Sarah Milligan, b. 1834. Nothing more.
  3. Ellen Milligan, b. 1838. Nothing more.
  4. George Milligan, b. January 4, 1837, in Warrenton, Jefferson Co, Ohio. He married Mary Jane Smith on December 9, 1855, in Martins Ferry, Belmont Co. Ohio. Mary was born February 14, 1837, in Pease Township, Belmont Co., and daughter of James Smith and Nancy Norman of Belmont Co. George died on February 6, 1915, and Mary on October 31, 1917, at Mount Pleasant.

      Child of George Milligan and Mary Smith:

    1. Clyde Mitchell Milligan, b. April 30, 1873 in Mount Pleasant; m. Katherine Hoel in Seattle, Washington State, on November 22, 1916. She was born on July 27, 1899, and daughter of Ira Daniel Sankey Hoel and Laura Bell Thompson of Dayton, Ohio. Clyde died in Pittsburgh on July 2, 1957, and Katherine died in Whittier, California, on December 14, 1986.

      Child of Clyde Milligan and Katherine Hoel:

    2. Donald Clyde Michael Milligan (Haynes), b. November 15, 1919, in Seattle: m. Alice Lucille Shea in Spokane, Washington State, on October 17, 1942. Alice was born on May 11, 1923, in Libby, Montana, and daughter of John Daniel Shea and Sarah Ann Nugent of Park Rapids, Minnesota. They had two sons (Donald).

Donald Clyde Milligan

The Millikins of Ballyboley

In 1827, Samuel Millikin son of James and Agnes Millikin of Ballygallagh acquired a farm extending to 17 acres 3 roods 36 perches from the Marquis of Donegal. A copy of the original by which he obtained the lease has survived and is to be found in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin. An extract of the Memorial of Deed is given below:

Marquis of Donegal to Milligan
A Memorial of Indenture of Lease dated 25th September 1827, between the Most Honourable George Augustus, Marquis of Donegal, on the one part, and Samuel Milligan of Ballyboley farmer of the other part, whereby the George Augustus, Marquis of Donegal did demise, grant, set to farm unto the said Samuel Milligan All that farm or tenement being part of townland of Ballynaboley otherwise Ballyboley containing 17 acres 3 roods 36 perches then in the possession of the said Samuel Milligan and his under tenants being part and parcel of the 41 acres 3 rood and 32 perches of the said townland demised to the late John Wilson as therein mentioned together with houses, edifices and buildings etc. To hold by the said Samuel Milligan his heirs and assignees for and during the life and lives of the Right Honourable Arthur Chichester commonly called Lord Arthur Chichester, The Right Honourable Hamilton Francis Chichester commonly called Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester and the Right Honourable John Ludford Chichester commonly called Lord John Ludford Chichester, at a yearly rent £3. Witnessed by Joseph McCartney of Belfast, Esq. Attorney at Law and John McConnell his clerk. Signed by he Marquis of Donegal.

The Ballycor Tithe Applotment Book of 1833 notes that “Samuel Milliken” paid a rent of £6 for land in the townland of Ballyboley. By the 1862, his son “James Milliken” occupied a farm extending to 25 acres, 3 roods 10 perches, indicating the origin farm acquired his father had been enlarged. Until fairly recently, this farm was still known as Millikenstown on the Ordinance Survey Map, a copy of which is given below:

Samuel Millikin married Mary Park, daughter of John and Mary Park of Ballynure on 5th May 1831 at Ballynure Presbyterian Church. Although, styled of Ballyeaston in his marriage entry, this is probably a reference to Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church, which he attended. Samuel died some time before 1862. His wife Mary died on 24th June 1885 aged 87 years, and is styled widow of Samuel Milliken in the Ballynure Registry of Deaths, which records the informant was James Milliken of Ballyboley, her son. Samuel had at least two sons, and one daughter:

  1. James Millikin bapt. April 29, 1832 at Ballyeaston First P.C. He inherited his father’s farm and is listed in Griffith’s Valuation of 1862 as a leassee of the Marquis of Donegal. His farm extended to 25 acres 3 roods 15 perches of land with house and outbuildings.
  2. John Millikin bapt. Mary 27, 1834 at Ballyeaston First P.C.
  3. Mary Kirk Millikin bapt. January 18, 1837 at Ballynure Presbyterian Church.

The Millikins of Ballynure

Tradition has it, that some of the Millikins of Six Mile Water valley took part in the 1798 Rebellion and fought at Donegore Hill, where at least one Millikin is believed to have died as a result of wounds, namely, Samuel Millikin, Don Milligan’s known ancestor. It is very possible, Thomas Millikin of Ballynure was also a United Irishman and friend of William McClelland of Portmuch, Islandmagee, and Robert Major of Belfast (he became a fugitive), both veterans of 1798. Thomas is known to have reared an illegitimate child, a girl, whose parentage remains obscure. Some years after the Rebellion, in or about 1837, John McCammon, one of the Islandmagee pilots who chartered a Prussian ship into Belfast, alleged the captain of the vessel disclosed to him that he was Robert Major, and asked particularly after the well-being of the child reared by Thomas [1]. Very little is know about the Millikins of Ballynure, except for the few isolated references to them in the Ballynure Church registers, and reference to the “death of Miss Isabella Milliken of Ballynure” on 11th January 1846, in the Belfast News Letter.

1. Stewart, A.T. Q.: The Summer Soldiers: The 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and Down (1995), p. 166.

My birth father Thomas Henry Milliken

I was born in Ontario Canada, 1930, and moved to Montreal when I was 9 years. I was told that I was adopted when I was about 14 years old. This was a subject that my adoptive Mother did not wish to discuss in any detail, and as I was in a happy environment, I did not press the subject. My adoptive parents died many years ago, and even though I was aware that my adoption papers were ‘in the drawer’, I was not particularly interested in further investigation.

Many times I had heard guests discussing ‘Parent Finders’ on local radio talk shows, and on several occasions had taken a note of their phone number with the intention of following up on it - someday. One day, I came across the phone number, called, a recording advised the details of the next local Parent Finders meeting, I went, and the rest is history. That was on Nov. 21,1998 - I was given the address, contact, forms to be completed, etc. for the Province of Ontario - Children’s Aid Society (CAS) - I completed the forms, and attached copies of the forms that I had ‘in the drawer’ and mailed all to the CAS.

On January 6,1999 (6 weeks), I received a letter from the CAS stating that they had "important information.....would I please phone them." I phoned, and was told, "your brother is looking for you". WOW here I was, 68 years old, had an idyllic upbringing as an only child, married with 2 grown children - to find out now that I had a Brother ! Days later I received a report detailing what had transpired up to the time of our adoption, complete with the name of mother and father (confusing and several variations of name spelling).

Mother had died in hospital, giving birth to my Brother. Father was unable to raise children 0-2 years old. (My father was described as being "plausible but unreliable), the CAS reported that they had contacted relatives in Ireland, Scotland, and a sister in South Africa; the relatives figured that we were Father’s problem. Hence we were adopted out, separately.

My Brother and I met, then we had a ‘mini clan gathering’ and many get-togethers and have been keeping in touch on a monthly basis. All has gone well. Because all the foregoing was so easy and simple, we then decided that we would push on and delve more deeply into our family forefathers / history. Having some suspicions about our parents’ marital status, we then contacted the Ontario records dept., and again were pleasantly surprised to get a copy of their marriage certificate, on which is recorded their parents’ names and nationalities. As this was written in their handwriting, we have generally accepted the names and spellings that were recorded. (There is still a discrepancy here)

We then started roaming the web, contacting various Milliken sites, and received an email from G.O. (a name on the Regarde Bien list.). We had an exchange of correspondence; it appears that a copy was being sent to A. Milliken, as one day I received an email from Alan naming our father, G’father, GG’father, and aunts, uncles, etc. This of course was a godsend of information and we were going to leave it at that, and go on with our lives. But, at this point we had been hooked, and the casual searching has now become a quest. We have made several requests to the ORG and the GRO asking for Birth certificates for both our parents, hoping to confirm information that we have received, but kept getting back "no records available" or, once received a copy pertaining to another Henry M. (albeit in the same area)

During one of our get-togethers, my Brother and I met at the National Archives in Ottawa, and while there, were able to locate and copy both parents’ boat arrivals/ immigration postings -dating back to 1927-1929, from which we learned that our Father had been born in Bangor, Ireland. Armed with this new bit of information, our recent inquiry to the ORG- Dublin resulted in successfully receiving a copy of Father’s birth certificate. (Thomas Henry Shepherd Milliken)

This was the cog that we were looking for, and we will gladly let it fall into the matrix that has been constructed by others (Alan & Don) and revel in our ancestors all the way back to ...Adam?

The lesson to be learned, keep digging, don’t give up, I find that each kernel of information acquired refuels the desire to learn more. Mother was born Sallie McCallum Hodgson - 1905 - Liverpool. We have hit a blank wall here. We have her father and mothers’ names, and a sister, Miss M. Hodgson whom we have traced to Benoni Hospital in Boksburg South Africa - a nurse - 1932 - and the search continues....

Peter Bowman Montreal (nee Charles Thomas Milliken 1930)

Both Don and I would like to thank Peter for submitting this article and also the additional information provided on Edward Milliken of Holywood near Belfast.


This song celebrates the Cork Militia. Over hundred militia men were killed at Oulart Hill, County Wexford, on 27 May 1798 by the insurgents and there's a story that the Corkmen were crying for mercy in Irish, which ironically the rebels couldn't understand.

Now de war, dearest Nancy, is ended
And de peace is come over from France
So our gallant Cork City Militia
Back again to head-quarters advance
No longer a beating dose rebels
We'll now be a beating de bull
And taste dose genteel recreations
Dat are found in de groves of de Pool

Right fol didder rol didder rol, didder rol, right fol didder rol dae

Wid our band out before us in order
We played coming into de town
We up'd wid de ould 'Boyne Water'
Not forgetting, too, 'Croppies lie down'
Bekase you might read in the newses
'Twas we made dose rebels so cool'
Who all thought, like Turks or like Jewses,
To murther de boys of de Pool

Richard Alfred Milliken (1767-1815)

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