JOHN MILLIKEN, one of the thorough going and most successful business men of East Franklin township and western
Armstrong county, is a son of Andrew and Margaret (Wiley) Milliken, and was born in East Franklin townsip, Armstrong
county, Pennsylvania, July 12, 1853. He is descended from the Nilliken family that has been long resident in the
north of Ireland. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Milliken, came from the "Emerald Isle" to the United
States during the latter part of the last century. He first settled in Erie county, but soon came to East Franklin
township, where he purchased a farm of two hundred acres, and followed farming until his death. His son Andrew
Milliken (father), was born in Erie county in 1809, and died at his home, in this township, in 1880. He came with
his father to East Franklin township when but a mere child. After attaining to the years of manhood he entered
upon a most remarkable and wonderfully successful business career as a farmer and stock dealer. Although starting
with a small capital, yet in fifty years he had amassed an estate worth nearly one hundred thousand dollars. He
was a presbyterian and a democrat, and filled acceptably several of his township's offices. Generous and kind to
to the poor, his character was above the taint of suspicion. He married Margaret Wiley, who was a member of the
Presbyterian church, and passed away in 1885, when in the seventy first year of her age.
John Milliken was reared on the farm and obtained his education in the common schools. At fourteen years of age
he engaged at Adrian in the general mercantile business, in which he continued for three and one half years. At
the end of that time he commenced buying and selling stock on a large scale, and has been dealing more or less
in stock ever since, although not so extensively as he did during the first ten years after engaging in the stock
business. In 1885 he purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty five acres, which is wellimproved, and
but a half mile distant from Adrian.
On October 20, 1885, Mr. Milliken married Belle Thompson, daughter of Archie Thompson, of Canada. Two children
have blessed this union: Andrew and Roscoe.
John Milliken has always been an earnest democrat, has filled several township offices and is never lacking in
support of his party and its measures. Mr. Milliken is probably as well acquainted with everything relating to
stock busiuess as any man in the county, and his excellent judgment of weights and measures contributes no little
to his success in cattle dealing.
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
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Armstrong County Pennsylvania Biographies
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