|Born||July 11, 1771|
|Died||February 2, 1843|
|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.
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.
The rural hamlet of "Milliken's Corner" was first settled in 1798 by William Dumont. Norman Milliken settled in the area around 1807.
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. They also built a hotel and livery stables. 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. 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. 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. The hamlet became a postal village in 1858 and was called Milliken after Norman Millken.
The community of Milliken, Ontario, Milliken Mills in Markham, and Milliken Mills High-school were named after Norman Milliken. The Milliken name is also associated with the Township of Markham. The name surname "Millikin" is likely derived from the double diminutive of 'mael-oc-an' meaning "the little bald or shaved one." The city remained a rural community until the 1980s. In the 1980s urbanization had developed in the area and farming stopped.
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