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 May 19,1777

SC Gazette

8-9-1783


Charleston Directory


3-31-1790

City Gazette


1793 Announcement of Jacob Milligan as Harbor Master


1787 Lawsuit Concerning Jacob's Father Dr. John Milligan's Estate


1786 Attack against Mrs. Milligan

 

From Land Grants in SC - c. 1986 Congaree Publ. POB 11874 Columbia, SC 29211...
Cap't Jacob Milligan on Oct 15, 1784 granted 450 acres, 96 District, South of Saluda River on Big Beaver Dam Creek, Branch of Toogolo River.


Submitted By Cynthia Porcher... In a letter of Capt. Jacob Milligan to Gen. [Francis] Marion, Georgetown, October 31st, 1782, he says:
"Sir.--I have this moment been favored with your Excellency's letter of 28th, instant, in consequence of which have made a seizure of a schooner from Mr. Lockwood, in Charlestown, deeply laden with tobacco, rice, etc., which was discharged from the sloop I mentioned to your Excellency I had seized before, and which I then cleared upon seeing a passport signed by the Governor," etc., etc.      

 

 

 

 Captain Jacob Milligan - American Patriot - 1747 - 1796

Due to the research efforts of several Milligan cousins, and websites that provide actual newspaper articles and clippings from the 1700's, we have been able to find these tidbits that show us a bit of the life of our ancestors.  Enjoy!


 

 

1777 - Jacobs ship encounters a British Frigate and engages battle.    

 


From Chick Cornell ... Typed from the Miscellaneous Records Vol. EEE page 455-456 found in the South Carolina State Archives by James Thomas Bunkley

State of South Carolina City of Charleston
Before me Peter Freman one of the Justices assigned to keep the peace in the said State personally appeared Capt. Jacob Milligan a native of the City of New York, who being duly sworn on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God deponeth and saith that in the year One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty two he was personally acquainted with a certain Michael Samuel DeBruhl who then lived in a house situated at the corner of New and beaver Streets in the said City of New York and followed the Engraving and Gold Chasing business, that he was also acquainted with his wife Margaret DeBruhl and with three of their sons and two of their daughters vis. Godard DeBruhl the Eldest Edward Cornwalis DeBruhl the Second and Michael Samuel DeBruhl the Third son. Phillippa Margaret DeBruhl and Juliana Charlotte DeBruhl his two daughters, that this Deponent went to a school then kept in the said City by a W. Giles with the three Sons of the said DeBruhl aforenamed two of which vis. the said Edward Cornwalis and Michael Samuel are now present at the taking of this disposition. This Deponent further declares that he was in the Town of Newbern in the state of North Carolina in the year One thousand Seven hundred Seventy two, that he there saw the said Michael Samuel DeBruhl the Elder, who then resided in the said Town, that the said DeBruhl did recommend him this Deponent to the Honerable Ancient Society of Free Masons thus established as worthy of being a member thereof by which recommendation Deponent was admitted a member. This Deponent also declares that the said Michael Samuel DeBruhl the Elder departed this life in the said Town of Newbern in the year One thousand Seven Hundred Seventy three to his certain knowledge.________
Jacob Milligan
Signed and sworn to this 19th day of June 1794. Peter Freman, J.P.


 "RECORDS OF THE REGIMENTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA LINE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
January 16, 1780

The Evidences attending The Court (word or two obliterated) proceeded to the Examination of Captain Jacob Milligan (several words obliterated) about to quit the Vessel he looked to see (word or two obliterated) could bring (two or three words obliterated) the wounded when he discovered Lieut. Fraser below, without the Crescent on his Cap but that he did not see him in the Action on (undecipherable word) as he recollects.

Jno. Milligan says that in the heat of the Action he saw Lt. Fraser below, with the Crescent out of his Cap.

Wm-Bishop says that Capt Milligan at the Commencemt. of the Action had Ordered the Hold to be open for the reception of the wounded when he observed Mr. Fraser go down-&that he never saw him again on Deck--

Qu When you saw him on Deck did he appear possest of himself-
An-He did not appear disconcerted & went leisurely down the Hold-but never returned again
on Deck while he was on board
Capt M. again called-Qu-Did you not say that Lt. Fraser desired to know when on board if
you intended to fight in yr. uniform
An-Yes. He did ask me & my answer was I would & if killed should be in them-Capt M.
being asked if Mr. Fraser appeard Calm tho Confused-He answered he though he did
Lt. Fraser produced on his defence The Depositions of Jno Davis-Tho. Jones Richard Martin
Mariners- see the Depositions-adding that he did not at any time go down into the Hold but
remained on Deck & that he assisted one of the wounded near his Station
----------------is of the opinion that Lieutenant Fraser is a subject for a General
Court Martial."
(Pages 35 and 36)


1785 Announcement for shipping - State Gazette of SC


THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

W.W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, Editors; Philander D. Chase and Beverly H. Runge, Associate Editors
Beverly S. Kirsch and Debra B. Kessler, Assistant Editors

PRESIDENTIAL SERIES
4
September 1789-January 1790
Dorothy Twohig, Editor

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF VIRGINIA
Charlottesville and London

Page 250 October 1789

FROM JACOB MILLIGAN

Charleston (S.C.) 27 Oct. 1789. "Mrs. Milligan has taken the liberty to Send to Your Ladie a Preasent of A Baskett of the Fillagree
Work of her Own Make which She begs Mrs Washington's acceptence of."

ALS, DLC:GW
Jacob Milligan was commissioned a third lieutenant on an armed South Carolina naval ship in 1775 and by December 1776 was serving on board a privateer (Clark, Naval Documents, 3:136, 7:467). He also served as harbor- master of Charleston and in 1793 as assistant to the federal marshal of South Carolina. His second wife, Mary Milligan, died in 1793.

PRESIDENTIAL SERIES 6
July-November 1790
Mark A. Mastromarino, Editor

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF VIRGINIA
Charlottesville and London
Pages 101-102

......5. Jacob Milligan (Mulligan) was an officer of South Carolina marines who, with his men in June 1776, boarded a burning British vessel abandoned by its crew during an attack on Charleston, fired its guns at the retreating enemy, and made off with its anchor, colors, sails, and stores before it exploded. The privateer he later commanded was captured off the coast of georgia in 1788. He was exchanged but captured again by the British while commanding the Savannah River galley "Lee". Milligan did not receive command of a revenue cutter but did obtain the post of harbormaster at Charleston and also was made assistant to south Carolina federal Marshal Isaac Huger in 1793 (Milligan to GW, 27 Oct. 1789, source note, and 8 Aug. 1791, DLC:GW; Claghorn, "Naval Officers of the American Revolution, 215


                          

Runaway Slave Notice - by Dr. John Milligan of NY - NY Gazette 1759


FROM: Dr. Johnson's "Traditions and Reminiscences"
Charleston, S. C. 1851 pp 114-116
(As provided by Betty B. Vail - Continental Chapter, D.A.R.
Plainfield, NJ
October 19, 1967)

"The Gallies proved to be very useful in guarding the coast of the inland trade, at that time, constantly going on. One of them was that commanded by Jacob Milligan, a very brave, active man, who kept a watchful eye over the enemy. During the interval between the arrival of Sir Peter Parker's fleet, and their attack on Fort Moultrie, an active partisan warfare was kept up by the flotilla commanded by Whipple, Tufts, Milligan and others. Some firing from them took place almost every day; while passing the inlets, they found opportunities of attacking a transport of steamship of that fleet, either in the calm or at anchor, and several were captured. On the morning after the battle of Fort Moultrie, the gallies, or rather their boats under the command of Milligan, aided by volunteers, among whom were Capt. William Hall and Capt. George Cross, boarded the Actaeon frigate while she lay grounded on the shoal where Fort Sumter now stands. The crew of the frigate, seeing the movement, set fire to her and escaped in their boats. Our flotilla took the flo?? and bell and other moveables. Capt. Milligan then turned the guns of the frigate against the other British vessels, fired on them, and left the guns loaded and pointed, so as to be discharged against them when the fire approaching should ignite the powder. Milligan left the service and took command of a privateer, with which he cruised very successfully in the West Indies. He captured many British vessels, took them into
Spanish ports, but from the want of responsibility in Spanish agents at that time, or from some other cause, he did not appear to have profited very much by his adventures.

Milligan was captured in the schooner "Margery" his privateer, on the 21st of May 1778, by the ship "Levant" of 28 guns, when off the coast of Georgia. He lost everything that he was worth, but thought that he got off very well in not being confined in the British prison ship. Capt. Martin of the "Levant" treated him very civilly and put him on shore at Bloody Point on parole. As soon as Milligan could be exchanged, he again went privateering, but returned to Charleston a little before the siege, and was again put in command of one of the State armed vessels. While in command of this vessel, a suitable quantity of powder was delivered to him for her stores and use when occasion should arise. Milligan stored this powder in the arch under the west portico of the Exchange Bldg, and converted in into a magazine. ??? was stipulated in the surrender (of Charleston) that all the arms and ammunition in the garrison should be delivered to the British authorities; but this did not set well on Milligan's stomach, and instead of doing so, he took out the doors and frames of his magazine and boarded up the open spaces so that the changes could not be discovered. When the Americans re-took the city, Milligan went to look for his powder, it appeared to be just as he left it but had become damp from the dampness of the closed vault and was totally ruined. Milligan, however, consoled himself by saying that the devil might have it rather than the British. Milligan was made Harbor Master after the Revolution and continued in office, I believe, until the end of his life


NY Gazette   12-23-1763 Ad for Shoes - John Milligan

 

Documentary History of the American Revolution

Jacob Milligan's Letter to George Washington 1789

8-9-1783


1785 SC State Gazette Announcement of the opening of the Intelligence Office in Charleston SC


1794 Petition of the House of Representatives requesting a pension for Jacob Milligan


Property sale in NY


From SC Archives...
Date: 1784/09/24
Description: MILLIGAN, JACOB, PLAT FOR 640 ACRES ON BRANCH OF CONOROSE CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY THOMAS LEWIS.
Names Indexed: MILLIGAN, JACOB/LEWIS, THOMAS/
Locations:  NINETY SIX DISTRICT /CONEROSS CREEK/KEOWEE RIVER/LITTLE BEAVERDAM CREEK/TUGALOO RIVER
Another...
Date: 1786
Description: SARRAZIN, JONATHAN, DANIEL BOURDEAUX, JOSEPH ATKINSON ANDAND JAMES NEILSON VS JACOB MILLIGAN AND JOHN CUMINE, OTHERWISE CALLED JACOB MILLIGAN AND CO., JUDGMENT ROLL.
Names Indexed: SARRAZIN,

JONATHAN/

BOURDEAUX, DANIEL/ATKINSON, JOSEPH/NEILSON, JAMES//MILLIGAN, JACOB/CUMINE, JOHN/JACOB MILLIGAN AND CO./
Another...
Date: 1786/02/16
Description: MILLIGAN, JACOB, PETITION LISTING HIS SERVICE AS NAVAL OFFICER DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND REQUESTING THE POSITION OF EITHER HARBOUR MASTER OR KEEPER OF THE LIGHT HOUSE. (9 FRAMES)
Names Indexed: MILLIGAN, JACOB/STONE, BENJAMIN/LINCOLN, BENJAMIN/LAURENS, HENRY/RUTLEDGE, JOHN/ANTHONY, CAPT./MILLIGAN, JOHN/

Locations: /
Type: PETITION/
Topics: SULLIVANS ISLAND, BATTLE OF/PUBLIC OFFICIALS, MINOR
ANOTHER:
Series: S213003 Volume - 002Q Page - 00493 ignore - 00
Date: 1786/05/02
Description: MILLIGAN, JACOB TO JOSEPH ATKINSON, BILL OF SALE FOR A SLAVE NAMED FRANCES WITH HER FEMALE CHILD.
ANOTHER:
Date: 1788/10/16
Description: COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE PETITION OF JACOB MILLIGAN WHO REQUESTED COMPENSATION FOR HIS SERVICE AS NAVAL CAPTAIN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. (2 FRAMES)
Names Indexed: MILLIGAN, JACOB/GALLION, COMMODORE/
Locations: /
Type: REPORT OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE/

 

 


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