Biography of John Milliken
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

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
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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