Project: Miliken

In ancient Scotland, Millikan was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Wigtown, a former royal burgh in the Machars of Galloway in the south west of Scotland. Millikan has been spelled Milligan, Millicen, Millicken, Milliken, Milligan and many more. Some of the Millikan family moved to Ireland. Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists.

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