Norman Milliken

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Norman Milliken
BornJuly 11, 1771
DiedFebruary 2, 1843
Spouse(s)Susannah Walton
Parent(s)Benjamin Milliken, Phebe Milliken

Norman Milliken (July 11, 1771 Trenton, Maine – February 2, 1843 Ontario, Canada) was a loyalist, farmer, lumber mill owner and hotel/tavern keeper in York County, Ontario. The community of Milliken Mills in Markham, Ontario is named after him.


Early life[edit]

Norman Milliken was one of 7 children born to Benjamin and Phebe Milliken. He moved to Bocabec, New Brunswick with his father American Loyalist Benjamin Milliken in 1782-1791 after the American War of Independence. In 1803, he left Bocabec and moved to Pennsylvania. He returned to Bocabec in 1805, and then moved to York, Upper Canada and began milling.[1]

He married Susannah Walton in Bocebec, New Brunswick, Canada. In 1794, his son, Benjamin Milliken II was born in New Brunswick.[2] He had twelve children.[1]

Milliken's Corner[edit]

The rural hamlet of "Milliken's Corner" was first settled in 1798 by William Dumont. Norman Milliken settled in the area around 1807.[3]

In 1807, he founded a small hamlet in Markham, Ontario. Norman, along with two of his brothers established a lumbering business with a contract that supplied the Royal Navy with ship's planking and lumber.[3] They also built a hotel and livery stables.[4] For mill work, he used what was known as "German Mills" and also rented a flour mill on the west side of Yonge Street for milling lumber.[5] Milliken built and operated the first lumber mill in the Township of Markham at German Mills, Ontario to control the drinking habits of the lumbermen.[1][6] His daughter Charlotte ran the hotel for her father. He subsequently purchased a share in a lumber mill located at Markham Village.

In 1814 Norman Milliken received the deed for 200 acres of land at lot 1, concession 5, Markham Township which was the location of Milliken Corners. The rural hamlet of Milliken's Corners eventually consisted of Milliken's Corners Methodist Church, a post office which was established 1858 (northeast corner of Old Kennedy Road and Steeles), a hotel and a general store.[3][6][7][8][9][10] The hamlet became a postal village in 1858 and was called Milliken after Norman Millken.[11][12]


The community of Milliken, Ontario, Milliken Mills in Markham, and Milliken Mills High-school were named after Norman Milliken.[13][12][14][13] The Milliken name is also associated with the Township of Markham.[15][16] The name surname "Millikin" is likely derived from the double diminutive of 'mael-oc-an' meaning "the little bald or shaved one."[17] The city remained a rural community until the 1980s. In the 1980s urbanization had developed in the area and farming stopped.[14][18][19][20]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Calgary, University of; Laval, Université. "Our Roots - Page view". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  3. ^ a b c "Archaeological Assessmen" (PDF). R.J. Burnside & Associates Ltd. January 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Milliken Public School > History". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  5. ^ "History of Toronto and County of York, Ontario:Biographical Notices", 1885, p. 299 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b Filey, Mike (1 June 1999). "Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide". Dundurn. Retrieved 18 August 2017 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Milliken's Corners Methodist Church – Scarboro Township, York County". fadedgenes. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  8. ^ "Ontario Rural Routes". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  9. ^ School, Milliken Public. "Milliken Public School > History".
  10. ^ PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF Sanilac County. 1884. p. 346.
  11. ^ Rayburn, Alan (1997). Place Names of Ontario. University of Toronto Press. p. 221. ISBN 9780802072078.
  12. ^ a b "Living, Working, and Playing in Markham, Ontario". 2017-03-30. Archived from the original on 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-08-18.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ a b "Report entitled Northwest Scarborough Local Immigration Partnership Strategy" (PDF). Northwest Scarborough Local Immigration Partnership. March 15, 2011. p. 9.
  14. ^ a b "Principal's Message". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  15. ^ "Toronto Neighbourhood Guide - Neighbourhoods". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  16. ^ "Wayback Machine". 2015-11-17. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  17. ^ "Scottish Place Names - Toronto, Ontario, Canada". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  18. ^ Barbara Myrvold (1997). ""The People of Scarborough - A History"" (PDF). City of Scarborough Public Library Board. p. 38.
  19. ^ "Old Scarboro' in the News; From the Markham Economist, ['Agincourt,' 16 March 1882 (cont'd.)]," Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments 5, no. 4 (November 1981): 13.
  20. ^ "Milliken diversity-rich community -". 13 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2017.