Biography of Joseph Milligan
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JOSEPH MILLIGAN.
For many years Joseph Milligan was connected with railroading but he subsequently turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and is now living upon his farm in Juniata township. He was born in Creton, Scotland, on the 4th of September, 1831, in a house which his grandfather erected and in which, fifteen years later, the birth of his father, John Milligan, occurred. The latter passed his entire life in Scotland and followed the stonecutter's trade. He married Miss Jane Dowell, also a lifelong resident of that country, and they became the parents of ten children, of whom our subject is the eldest and all of whom are living in the United States with the exception of the youngest brother. He returned to Scotland after residing in this country for a year and now lives in the old home.

Joseph Milligan received his education in the common schools and after putting aside his textbooks worked in a garden and nursery and subsequently in a stone quarry. In 1852, when twenty one years of age, he emigrated to the United States, crossing the Atlantic on a sailing vessel which was twenty one days en route. He landed at New York city, where he remained for a few months but at the end of that time removed to Chicago. A short time later he went to Joliet, Illinois, and for fifteen years was a resident of Will county. While there he engaged chiefly in railroad work but after removing to Kankakee county turned his attention to farming. In 1878 he removed to Nebraska and took up his residence in Juniata township, Adams county. He devoted three years to farming and during that time lived in a sod house, which fact is indicative of the pioneer conditions that prevailed. At the end of that time he again turned his attention to railroading and removed to the section house and in 1883 was made section foreman, a position which he filled satisfactorily for thirteen years. At the end of that time he resumed farming and is still living upon his place on section 5, Juniata township. He owns eighty acres of good land, which is well improved, and derives a gratifying financial return from the farm. Since his sons have started out in life for themselves he has rented his farm as he has reached the advanced age of eighty four years and is living in honorable retirement.

Mr. Milligan was married, in Joliet, Illinois, in 1864, to Miss Martha Ellen Parson, who was born in Indiana, and they have become the parents of seven children, namely: Martha, the wife of Clinton Meeeham, of Grand Island; Rose, deceased; Libby, who married Grant Ruby, who is farming near our subject; Clara, the wife of Theodore Signer, who resides a half mile south of Juniata; William Otto, a railroad engineer residing at Alberton, Montana; Edward, who is living in North Dakota; and John, who was a ticket agent at Marion, Iowa, and was accidentally killed there.

Mr. Milligan has supported the republican party for years but when he deems that the interests of the community can be best served by voting independently he does not hesitate to do so. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, which he aided in organizing and the work of which they have always furthered to the extent of their ability. His life has conformed to high standards and has been filled with efficient and useful labor.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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