Melville Milliken and children, Scarborough, 1891

Contributed by Scarborough Historical Society & Museum


Melville Milliken of Scarborough, a Civil War veteran, is show surrounded by his children, standing from left, Calista, Eloise, Oliver, and Edna; and seated, from left, Carl and Emmeline. Civil War veteran Melville Ira Milliken served as a sergeant in the 12th Maine Infantry Regiment, Company C.

Milliken was born on September 29, 1837 to Ira and Ruth Googins Milliken in Scarborough. He enlisted as a corporal in Co. C of the 12th Maine on November 11, 1861, when he was 24 years old and single. After serving his three-year enlistment, he re-enlisted on March 5, 1864, receiving a bounty of $200. He was then stationed in Savannah, Georgia, as provost marshal for the next five years.

In 1871, Milliken married a retired school teacher, Martha A. Pillsbury. The 1880 U.S. census indicates Melville Milliken was a farmer in Scarborough. His wife, Martha, was born in Scarborough in 1843. She died, March 14, 1887 of pneumonia one month after giving birth to her seventh child.

The 1920 census shows Millikin living with his son's family in Scarborough. He died the next year on December 11, 1921 at the age of 84.

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  • Title: Melville Milliken and children, Scarborough, 1891
  • Creation Date: 1891
  • Subject Date: 1891
  • Location: Scarborough, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 10.16 cm x 15.24 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Scarborough Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 156, Scarborough, ME 04070-0156
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