THOMAS WELDON MILLIGAN

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 THOMAS WELDON MILLIGAN, for a few years a merchant at Worthington, Armstrong county, was born in Clearfield township, Butler Co., Pa., April 1, 1877, son of Samuel and Eliza J. (Shay) Milligan.

             John Milligan, his grandfather, a native of Butler county, Pa., was for many years a resident of West Franklin township, this county, where he died.  His wife, Nancy, was a daughter of William and Mary (Nicholson) Minteer, natives of Ireland, of Scotch-Irish parentage, who were pioneers in what is now West Franklin township.  John Milligan and his wife were the parents of seven children who grew to maturity: John, a soldier in the Civil war, who died while in the Union service; Samuel; William; James; Thomas; Ellis, and Maggie.

             Samuel Milligan, son of John and father of Thomas W., was born on the old homestead in Clearfield township, Butler Co., Pa., and still lives there, engaged in farming.  His children who grew to maturity were John A., deceased; James H.; Thomas W.; Mamie A., wife of George Ross, and Leslie Parks, deceased.

             Thomas Shay, maternal grandfather of Thomas W. Milligan, was born in Clearfield county, Pa..  By trade he was a tailor, and followed this calling for many years.  He was a pioneer of West Franklin township, and later in life moved to Rimersburg, Clarion Co., Pa., where he died.  His wife was Mary Hood.

             Thomas W. Milligan was reared on the old homestead in Butler county, Pa., and there attended school and learned the carpenter´┐Żs trade, which he followed for ten years in Oakmont and Worthington.  In April, 1910, he embarked in the general merchandise business in the latter place, and successfully continued it until his removal to Pittsburgh.

             On Sept. 10, 1901, Mr. Milligan was married to Mary Jane, daughter of Abraham and Cinderella (Claypoole) Swigart, of Worthington .  Mr. and Mrs. Milligan have three children:  Thomas W., Jr., Bessie Agnes, and Ralph Q.  Mr. Milligan belongs to the M. E. Church.  He is a member of the Verona (Pa.) Lodge, No. 306, and of the I. O. of A. at Worthington.  In politics he is a Republican.  Mrs. Milligan is a member of the German Baptist Church.

Source: Page 856-857, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed May 2002 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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