Jacob Milligan - American Patriot - 1747 - 1796
CAPTAIN JACOB MILLIGAN, CHARLESTON, SOUTH
Jacob Milligan was born about 1747. He
Bennett, daughter of
Bennett and Margaret
Swinton, in March
1774 at the
Hayne residence in
Charleston (SCH /Vol ll, page 103). Margaret
was born November 8, 1759 in St Helena's
Parish, Beaufort, SC, and died November 23,
1786 (Charleston Morning Post and Daily
Advertiser; detailed in handwritten notes
included in the Milligan/Frazer vertical
file at the South Carolina Historical
Society). During the last year of her life,
she became the unfortunate victim of a
poisoning attack. While it did not
take her life, it may have led to her early
demise later in the year. (see article at
The brother of
Gen. Francis Marion (aka The Swamp Fox)
, Benjamin Marion, married Esther Simons,
who was the first cousin (once removed) of
Margaret Bennett Milligan - Jacob Milligan's
Jacob Milligan and Margaret Bennett
had 3 children:
1) Anne Caroline Milligan, who married Isaac
Johnston May 27, 1793.
2) Mary Milligan, who married Isaac Parker
3) William Milligan who married Catherine
McKenzie about 1806.
Margaret Bennett Milligan died 1786,
probably from the poisoning attack.
After Jacob's wife Margaret died, he
went to London and in 1787 married Mary,
daughter of Peter Milligan of The Isle of
Wight. Peter is originally from the Colvend,
Kirkbean area. Jacob apparently spent some
time in London as Mary died there in 1793.
Jacob's second marriage was to Mary
Brinewood Milligan in 1787, at St Margaret Patten,
London, England (Pallot's Marriage Index;
England, 1780-1837 - Ancestry.com, on-line).
She was possibly a cousin to Jacob.
12-24-1787 Marriage notice (2nd marraige)
original record reads:
"Brinewood Mary W + Both ST(?) M
Jacob Milligan W
41 Lic 1787"
We do have record of a letter sent by Jacob
Milligan to President George Washington
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."
Mary Brinewood Milligan died December 17,
1793 in England (Charleston Gazett - Friday
December 20, 1793, "Tuesday last, died in
England, Mrs. Mary Milligan, wife of Mr.
Milligan of his place". - Vol 22, p. 24 -
from vertical file/Fraser/Milligan provided
the Charleston Historical Society).
Jacob's third marriage was to Sarah Shaw
June 11, 1795, in Charleston, South Carolina
(South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral
Research, Vol 5, #3 - 1675-1858). They
opened a baking business in Charleston.
Jacob died before 1797; Sarah remarried
January 28, 1797, at St. Phillips,
Charleston, SC, one George Manson.
1-30-1797 News clipping
There has been a lot of
confusion concerning a Margaret Milligan
whose obituary appeared in
a Charleston, South Carolina newspaper:
August 5, 1820: "Friends and acquaintances
of Mrs Margaret Millegan and particularly
members of the Presbyterian church are
requested to attend her funeral from her
late residence in Mazyckborough tomorrow
morning at 7:00 AM previously without
further invitation". It has been assumed
that this newpaper article is detailing the
funeral arrangements of Margaret Bennett
Milligan, first wife of Captain Jacob
This is an erroneous assumption. The
Margaret Milligan who died in 1820 was the
widow of one
Joseph Milligan, who may very well have been
connected to Jacob Milligan.
Joseph Milligan left a will, signed February
18, 1809, proved September 22, 1809, in
he names his wife Margaret Milligan as
He also leaves her the "House No 73 in King
Street and Lot of Land where I now
Children named are: Rachel, Elizabeth, Mary
Byers, Jane, Joseph and Margaret, and
Ellison. (Historical Commission, Wills - Vol
31, page 252; this information was found in
the "Bells and Allied Families pages 62-67"
Genealogy.com - on-line.
The Family Baking Business,
Late in Life
After the death of Jacob, Mrs
Sarah Milligan continued the family baking