Polly Hastings Milliken,
Wife of James Milliken
earlier years, Polly was a common nickname for Mary. There
were two women with the name "(Mary) Polly Hastings" in
TN at about the same time.
One was the daughter of John
T. Hastings, who was born in Buncombe County, NC and later
moved to middle TN.
This "Polly" married Thomas Thomas and was mentioned in
her father's 1830 Franklin County, TN will as
"daughter." Her sister,
who married John Ault, was also mentioned in this will (see will
transcription in the John T. Hastings section of this
Hastings family page).
According to Knox County,
TN marriage records, the other (Mary) "Polly" Hastings
married James Milliken in Knox County on September 4, 1805.
They were buried in the Ridge Cemetery in Shelby County,
Illinois. The tombstone markings were transcribed and can be
found in Inscriptions of Shelby County, IL Cemeteries, Volume
III, as recorded 1971-1972 by Edward H. Boedecker (published
January 1973). This volume can be found at the Shelby
County (Illinois) Historical Society.
Clark visited this cemetery on February 10, 1999. At
that time, Mary's stone had fallen
flat on the ground but was still readable. Mary's stone read:
wife of James Miliken
Died Jan. 20, 1849
Aged 67 yrs
James' stone was unreadable
in 1999 and had been broken. But according to the Boedecker
1971-1972 transcription, his stone once read:
Died Sept. 20, 1836
Aged 45 yrs
put Mary's birth year at 1782 and James' birth year at 1791. According to Mary
E. Fouts, a petition from the May 1849 term of the Shelby County,
IL Court referred to the time of James' death as having been in
"the month of May, 1830."
We have no documents
that link this Mary "Polly" Milliken with the Daniel
Haston / Hastings family. However, the time (September 4,
1804) and place (Knox County, TN) of her marriage to James Milliken
do seem to indicate that they may have been in the same county in east TN at
the same time. Daniel was known to have been in Knox County as
late as October 7, 1801. Perhaps he was there for a few more
years, because July 22, 1806 is the earliest that we know
that he was in White County. We have no documentation to specify the
exact year that Daniel left Knox County, however we do know that
Daniel's son David remained in Knox County until late in 1806 or early
1807 (later than his father, Daniel).
letter* remaining in the Knoxville Post Office for John Millikin
was sent to him in "care of Samuel Cowen"
(Cowan). This Samuel Cowan was the man who
Joseph Haston in the 1800-1802 Knox County, TN "timothy
lot" case. Samuel Cowan owned land adjacent to the
land that Daniel Haston was renting from John and Jane Wood in
the period around 1800. Perhaps John Millikin lived
on the Cowan land (which would explain why a letter was
addressed to him in care of Samuel Cowan) adjacent to Daniel
Haston and perhaps Mary "Polly" Hastings
was the the daughter of Daniel Haston (Hastings) and she married
the son of neighbor John Millikin (Milliken), who was James Milliken.
John Miliken appeared eight names down from Danl. Haston on the
1787 Washington County NC/TN tax list with 239 acres.
So, apparently John Milliken and Daniel Haston were neighbors in
Washington County in 1787.
(Page 211 of the Early
East Tennessee Taxpayers by Pollyanna Creekmore)
*Source: November 14 & 21, 1796 issues of the
Knoxville (TN) Gazette.
there was a James Millikin, Sr. and a James Millikin, Jr. in
Knox County, TN in 1795.
Source: James Millikin & James Millikin, Jr. vs. John
Hill, Docket 325/237 of Knox Co, TN Court of Pleas & Quarterly
Sessions (documents dated from September 1795 through January
researchers believe that this Polly Hastings Milliken was the
daughter of Henry C. Hastings of Orange County, NC, John T.
Hastings' brother. But, this Henry C. Hastings married Mary
Cates in Orange County, NC on February 15, 1790. This was
eight years after (Mary) "Polly's" birth. Also,
there is no proof that Henry C. Hastings ever lived in east
TN. He was on the Orange County, NC census (as per
Ancestry.com) for the years 1800 and 1810. Shortly thereafter,
he moved to Bedford County in middle TN.
There was a
James Milligan on the 1820 census of Bedford County, TN, but he was
over 45 and Polly's husband was 35 at the time. (According to
a Deane Porch transcript of the Bedford Co, TN 1820 census, the
census numbers for this James Milligan household were:
A William Pruet (possibly the
husband of Sarah Roddy, daughter of James & Mary McComesky Roddy)
sold 110 acres of land to Elisha Millikan in Jefferson Co, TN on
October 26, 1822. Was there any
McComesky-Roddy-Haston-Millican connection between the families of
these two men? The oldest child of James & Mary Millican could
only have been about 16 years old in 1822, so Elisha would not have
been their son. And Joyce Kerr says that
this man would not have been related
to the James Millican who married Mary/Polly Hastings.
Source: Pages 227-228 of Jefferson Co, TN Deed Book I
Joseph Haston, with help from Dennis
Towmey, sold James Roddy's Guilford County, NC estate settlement
land to a
Samuel Millican (Millikan) in 1802. This Samuel Millicans
was probably one of the Quaker Millicans of that area.