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Sorting out Levi Milledge/Millage
Posted by: Jacob Johnston (ID *****9048) Date: July 30, 2009 at 13:46:09
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I think all researchers that are descended through Levi and Abigail Milledge (or feel they are) need to have a discussion to straighten out all the info we have.

I'm going to work to put together all the info that I can find to sort out this Milledge family but would like some help.

I need to know ALL of the children that we think he had. I'm under the impression that he had 11 children based on the 1830 census. Who are they?

I'll post something eventually, but any questions that you have brought up yourself in looking into the Milledge family and also listing the children you believe he had would be helpful to me so I know who to look at.

* Edit* Here is some preliminary data I've put together:

1820 U.S. Census – Luzerne County, Pennsylvania – 5 members in household. Males – 1 (16 to 26), 2 (0 to 10). Females – 1 (26 to 45), 1 (to 10)

1830 U.S. Census - Falls Twp., Muskingum County, Ohio - 14 members in household. Males – 1 (40 to 50), 1 (10 to 15), 3 (5 to 10), 2 (under 5). Females – 1 (40 to 50), 1 (30 to 40), 2 (10 to 15), 1 (5 to 10), 2 (under 5).

1840 U.S. Census – Rush Twp., Champaign Couny, Ohio – 7 members in household. Males – 1 (40 to 50), 1 (20 to 30), 1 (15 to 20), 1 (10 to 15). Females – 1 (40 to 50), 2 (10 to 15).

1850 U.S. Census – District 29, Lee County, Iowa
 Levi Millage- Age: 60 Birthplace: New Jersey Occupation: Farmer
 Abigail Millage – Age: 60 Birthplace: New York

Analysis of birth dates from each census record:

1820: Probably Levi – (16 to 26 male) Birth timeframe: 1794 to 1804.

Probably Abigail – (26 to 45 female) Birth timeframe: 1775 to 1794.

Children: 2 males (0 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1810 to 1820
1 female (0 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1810 to 1820

1830: Probably Levi – (40 to 50 male) Birth timeframe: 1780 to 1790.

Probably Abigail – (40 to 50 female) Birth timeframe: 1780 to 1790.

Another adult living with them? – (30 to 40 female) Birth timeframe: 1790 to 1800.

Children: 1 male (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1815 to 1820.
3 males (5 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1820 to 1825
2 males (under 5) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830.
2 females (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1815 to 1820.
1`female (5 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1820 to 1825.
2 females (under 5) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830.

1840: Probably Levi – (40 to 50 male) Birth timeframe: 1790 to 1800.

Probably Abigail – (40 to 50 female) Birth timeframe: 1790 to 1800.

Children: 1 male (20 to 30) Birth timeframe: 1810 to 1820.
1 male (15 to 20) Birth timeframe: 1820 to 1825.
1 male (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830.
2 females (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830.

Much of this analysis can only be based on assumption. Often times the head of the household is the oldest male or female (obviously the female if the husband had died) and as such I assumed that the oldest two counted were Levi and Abigail. It seems very likely that it was a safe assumption due to the info given by them on the 1850 census.

The 1820 census is the first census that Levi can be found as head of household. This means that in 1810 he was living with his father and I believe that to be one of the Luzerne County Milledges (Humphrey? James?). This of course means that Levi and Abigail were married sometime between 1810 and 1820, and most likely was before 1815. On this census they have 3 children (2 boys, 1 girl) that were born between 1810 and 1820. I assume that since they are under 10 that they will be living in the household on the next census…

In the 1830 census the family has moved to Muskingum Co., Ohio. In this census we see Levi and Abigail both were born between 1780 and 1790. This fits with the 1850 census where they give their ages as 60 (born about 1790). There is a female living with them that was born between 1790 and 1800. There is no way of knowing who this is, but it is most likely not a child of theirs (perhaps a sister to Levi or Abigail or maybe even just a friend of the family). In the last census there were 3 children; in this one there are 11 (assuming that they are all Levi and Abigail’s children – again, it is possible that they aren’t. In fact, maybe the adult living with them is a widow and had a child or two she already had). For this analysis we will assume all 11 belong to Levi and Abigail, meaning they had 8 children between 1820 and 1830. This fits, because as we look above and count up the children whose birth timeframes occur between 1820 and 1830 there are indeed 8.

By 1840 the family had moved to Champaign Co., Ohio. It appears that Levi and Abigail had no more children between 1830 and 1840. There are only 5 children living with them at this time, with only 1 of them over the age of 20. The two females were born between 1825 and 1830. They correspond with the two females that had the same birth timeframe in the 1830 census. The other three females in the 1830 census are no longer in the household (either they got married or moved out to work as a housekeeper in another house or died). The male side is a little different. In 1840 there is only one male born from 1825 to 1830, while in the 1830 there were two. In 1840 there is only 1 male born from 1820 to 1825, while in 1830 there were three. There was 1 male born from 1810 to 1820 in 1840, which corresponds with the 1 male born 1815 to 1820 in the 1830 census. What happened to three males that went missing between 1830 and 1840? The one with the birthdate of between 1825 and 1830 probably wouldn’t have been old enough to move out and/or marry, so it is possible he died. The two that are missing that were born from 1820 to 1825 could have possible gotten married and moved out if there were born closer to 1820.

I am going to go through the census records of all of the children that have been said to belong to Levi and Abigail to try and match them up with the children in these census records:

The possible children of Levi and Abigail Milledge:

Sidney Milledge - Birthdates given: (abt 1812, abt 1814, abt 1815, Jan 1815)
1840 U.S. Census – Rush Twp., Champaign County, Ohio – 4 members in household. Males – 1 (20 to 30), 1 (Under 5). Females – 1 (20 to 30), 1 (Under 5).
1850 Census – Champaign County, Ohio
 Sidney Milledge – Age: 38 Birthplace: Pennsylvania
1860 Census – Champaign County, Ohio
 Sidney Milledge – Age: 46 Birthplace: Pennsylvania
1870 Census – Champaign County ,Ohio
 Sidney Milledge – Age: 55 Birthplace: Pennsylvania
1880 Census – Champaign County, Ohio
 Sidney Milledge – Age: 66 Birthplace: PA Father’s Birthplace: PA Mother’s: PA
1900 Census – Logan County, Ohio
 Sidney Milledge – Age: 85 (Jan 1815 is stated birthdate) Birthplace: OH Father’s Birthplace: OH Mother’s Birthplace: OH

Levi Milledge Jr. (1825, 1826)
1850 Census – District 29, Lee County, Iowa
 Levi Millage – Age: 24 Birthplace: Ohio Occupation: Farmer (Living with parents)
1870 Census – Linn County, Kansas
 Levi Milledge – Age: 44 Birthplace: Ohio
1880 Census – Linn County, Kansas
 Levi Milledge – Age: 55 Birthplace: Ohio Father’s Bp: NJ

Benjamin Milledge – (1820 – 1823 – 1824)
1850 Census – District 29, Lee County, Iowa
 Benjamin Millage – Age: 27 Birthplace: Ohio Occupation: Farmer
1870 Census – Linn County, Kansas
 Benjamin Milledge – Age: 50 Birthplace: Ohio
1880 Census – Mahaska County, Iowa
 Benjamin Milledge – Age: 56 Birthplace: Ohio Father’s Bp: PA Mother’s Bp: PA


Otis Milledge (1815 – 1819 –1822 - 1825 – Jul 1827)
1850 Census – Champaign County, Ohio
 Otis Milledge – Age: 28 Birthplace: PA
1860 Census – Mahaska County, Iowa
 Otis Milledge – Age: 41 Birthplace: PA
1870 Census – Mahaska County, Iowa
 Otis Milledge – Age: 55 Birthplace: PA
1880 Census – Mahaska County, Iowa
 Otis Milledge – Age: 55 Birthplace: PA
1900 Census – Marion County, Iowa
 Otis Milledge – Age: 83 (July 1827) Birthplace: Ohio Father’s Bp: PA Mother’s Bp: PA

Zeba Milledge (1815)
1860 Census – Dakota County, Nebraska
 Zeba Millage – Age: 45 Birthplace: PA

Sarah Ann Milledge Moody – (m. Joseph Moody) (1821, 1822, 1823)
1850 Census – Green County, Wisconsin
 Sarah Moody – Age: 29 Birthplace: Ohio
1860 Census – Richland County, Wisconsin
 Sarah Moody – Age: 37 Birthplace: Ohio
1870 Census – Richland County, Wisconsin
 Sarah Moody – Age: 48 Birthplace: Ohio
1880 Census – Richland County, Wisconsin
 Sarah Moody – Age: 58 Birthplace: Ohio Father’s Bp: Holland Mother’s Bp: NJ
1900 Census – Richland County, Wisconsin
 Sarah Moody – Age: 78 (Feb 1822) Birth: Ohio Father’s Bp: Holland Mother’s: NJ


Elizabeth Ann Milledge Hull – (m. Marcus (Marquis) Hull – 1842) (1827, 1828)
1850 Census – District 29, Lee County, Iowa
 Elizabeth Hull – Age: 23 Birthplace: Ohio
1870 Census – Phelps County, Missouri
 Elizabeth Hull – Age: 43 Birthplace: Ohio
1880 Census – Miller County, Missouri
 Elizabeth Hull – Age: 52 Birthplace: Ohio Father’s Bp: PA Mother’s Bp: PA

Angeline Milledge Pangburn – (m. James Pangburn – 1841) (1824)
1850 Census – District 29, Lee County, Iowa
 Angeline Pangburn – Age: 26 Birthplace: Ohio

Phoebe Milledge Holton – (m. Samuel Holton – February 27, 1834) (1828)
1880 Census – Fresno, California
 Phoebe Holton – Age: 52 Birthplace: Indiana Father’s Bp: NJ Mother’s Bp: PA


Plugging them in:

Using the above census information on the following children I can come to the conclusion of an approximate birth date for each of the possible children. Some children have a very narrow range of possible birth years due to census records, such as Sidney (1814 or 1815) and Elizabeth (1827 or 1828) however some have a very wide range such as Otis (1815, 1819, 1822, 1825, 1827). Some of these children I could only find one census record of so I only have one date to go by (If anyone has seen other records on them please let me know). Also I would like to make known that at this point it is purely from census records that I derive this information. If anyone has an obituary or any other record that gives a specific birth date to any of these possible children, please let me know.
If we go by these birth dates and try to plug in children to the census records from 1820 to 1840, this is what it looks like (children with a larger range of birth years will have the year I used shown:

In the 1820 census:
Children: 2 males (0 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1810 to 1820 (Sidney, Zeba, or Benjamin-1820)
1 female (0 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1810 to 1820 (?)

1830 Census:
Children: 1 male (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1815 to 1820. (Sidney or Zeba)
3 males (5 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1820 to 1825 (Benjamin-1820 and Otis – 1822 or 1825)
2 males (under 5) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830. (Levi)
2 females (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1815 to 1820. (?)
1`female (5 to 10) Birth timeframe: 1820 to 1825. (Angeline or Sarah)
2 females (under 5) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830. (Phoebe, Elizabeth)

1840 Census:
Children: 1 male (20 to 30) Birth timeframe: 1810 to 1820. (Zeba or Benjamin – 1820)
1 male (15 to 20) Birth timeframe: 1820 to 1825. (Otis – 1822 or 1825)
1 male (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830. (Levi)
2 females (10 to 15) Birth timeframe: 1825 to 1830. (Phoebe, Elizabeth)

Conclusion: In the 1820 Census, Sidney, Zeba, and Benjamin (if he was born in 1820) can all fit in the category of the two males aged 0 to 10. The enumeration for the census began on the first Monday of August in 1820 and continued for an entire year, so Benjamin could be the second one on this census if he was born at the right time in 1820. This also means that only either Sidney or Zeba was the second child, as they were both shown from census records to be born around 1814 or 1815 (In the 1830 Census there is only one child shown to be born between 1815 and 1820 so only one of these two can fit since we know neither one of them died before 1830). I so far have no female child that fits in the timeframe of being born between 1810 and 1820.

In the 1830 Census, as discussed above, only either Sidney or Zeba can fit as there was one male born between 1815 and 1820 in the census record. There were three males born between 1820 and 1825, and Benjamin being born in 1820 could fit this, as well as Otis if he was born in either 1822 or 1825 as indicated by a couple census records. Levi would be one of the two males that were under 5 being born in either 1825 or 1826 (as such he could also be one of the third male that was born between 1820 and 1825. This leaves two male children unaccounted for. (Could Zeba actually have a later birth year? I need more info!!!) There were two females born between 1815 and 1820 and I have no one that fits that. In the 1820 census there was only one listed as being born between 1815 and 1820. Perhaps a daughter was born in 1820 not long after the census was taken in Luzerne County? There was one female born between 1820 and 1825, and either Angeline or Sarah could fit this. There were two females born between 1825 and 1830, which both Phoebe and Elizabeth fit into.

1840: Pretty straight forward if you’ve been following along. Again, assuming Benjamin was born in 1820, he would fit as the one male born from 1810 and 1820. Using Otis being born in 1822 or 1825 gives us the one male born between 1820 and 1825. Levi fits as the one male born between 1825 and 1830. Sidney by this time had moved out and was living next to Levi and can be found in the 1840 census.

I need help sorting through this! Again, if you have any records that help shed any light on this please share here, or send me an e-mail. My first thoughts going through this is that out of the above possible children, Zeba Milledge/Millage and Sarah Ann Milledge (Moody) are the ones that do not fit well. No doubt they are perhaps related to the family in some way, but I am leaning to think that they are not children. I also don’t think that these two Milledges that I did not list above are children of Levi and Abigail:

Charles Milledge (m- Suzanna Smothers) – According to the 1850 census he was born in Pennsylvania in about 1803. He may belong to Humphrey Milledge? Perhaps he is a younger brother of Levi? Either way, I do not believe he is a child of Levi and Abigail.

Catherine Milledge (m- Jonathan Jones) – In many census records she gives her birthplace as New Jersey (Levi claimed to be born in New Jersey on the 1850 census). Also, from the census records, she was born in about 1805 or 1806, or in 1808 according to her obituary in 1892 which stated she was 84. This does not fit with the family we see in 1830, where Levi has two daughters born between 1815 and 1820.

These two are children I have seen attached to Levi and I just can’t agree with it. Again, I would love to see more documentation on all of these possibilities if it shows



This looks a lot cleaner at points in the word file I wrote it in (at least I think it does). If anyone wants me to e-mail me to them contact me. Also anyone can relay info to me they think I should see in regards to this.

jakerees@live.com


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