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John Milton

Male 1740 - 1817  (77 years)


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  • Name John Milton  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1740  Halifax, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Military Between 7 Jan 1776 and 15 Jul 1782  Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Residence Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 17 Oct 1817  Milton Plantation, Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 8
    Person ID I2047  tng Genealogy

    Father John Milton,   d. UNKNOWN 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Frances Morgan (Mary) Farr,   d. UNKNOWN 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Elizabeth Spencer,   b. 1761, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1835, Padam Arum Plantation, Burke, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1780  Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1780  South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
    +1. Homer Virgil Milton,   b. 1781, Milton Plantation, Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1822, Milton Plantation, Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
     2. Lucius Zuintus Cincinnatus Milton,   b. 1785, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Augustus Caesar Adolphus Gustavus Milton,   b. 1790, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1791, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     4. Fabius Maximus Milton,   b. 1791, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1813, Padam Arum Plantation, Burke, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)  [natural]
     5. Mary Ann Armstrong Milton,   b. 1794, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1811 and 1888  (Age 17 years)  [natural]
    +6. Anna Maria Milton,   b. 1800, Padam Arum Plantation, Burke, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1885, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     7. Julius Caesar Milton,   b. 1801, Padam Arum Plantation, Burke, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1801, Padam Arum Plantation, Burke, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F684  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1740 - Halifax, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Between 7 Jan 1776 and 15 Jul 1782 - Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1780 - Richmond, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1780 - South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Oct 1817 - Milton Plantation, Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • [Meltona.FTW]

      [james_s_mills_jr 2.ged]

      John Milton, born in 1756 in Halifax County, North Carolina - died in1817 in Burke County, Georgia, is sometimes confused with John J. Melton, born about 1740 in Hanover County, Virginia - died around April 1795 in Hanover/Fluvanna County, Virginia. John Milton married Hannah Elizabeth Spencer in 1780. John Melton married Elizabeth Wade in 1762/1763. John Melton descends from Thomas Melton, born about 1570 in England; John Milton descends from John Milton, born 1564 in England. Thomas Melton & John Milton were brothers, sons of Richard Milton, born 1536 in England.

      John Milton's mother could have been Mary Pharr, Mary Farr, or Mary Farrar. Any of these three women could have been married (or given birth) to John Milton; John Melton; Jonathan Melton, Jr.; or Robert Melton. Sources can be found which provide for all of these possible scenarios. After reviewing all available information, I've concluded that John Milton was the son of Frances Morgan (Mary) Farr (1737-1756) and John Milton (1735- ). It appears Mary died either in childbirth or soon after John was born. There is actually another possible Mary Farr in this line. Frances Morgan (Mary) was born to Richard Farr and Hannah Green in 1737. Her aunt, Richard's sister, was also named "Mary Farr" and was born in 1708. I believe that Mary Farr was the mother of the 1735 John and the 1695 John Milton was his father. Since the 1695 John Milton supposedly came to America in 1730 and married soon after, obviously, 1737 Frances Morgan (Mary) Farr could not have been his wife. Compounding even more the confusion, some sources give 1756 as the dates of death for both the 1708 & 1737 Mary Farrs!

      From "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans", Johnson, Rossiter, ed., Boston, MA, The Biographical Society, 1904: "Milton, John, soldier, was born in Halifax county, N.C. He joined the Revolutionary army as an ensign in the 1st Georgia regiment, Jan. 7, 1776; was promoted 1st lieutenant; and was taken prisoner at Fort Howe, Georgia, in February, 1777, with Lieut. William Caldwell, on the surrender of that place, held as a hostage, and imprisoned in the castle at St. Augustine, Florida, until November, 1777. He was promoted captain, Sept. 15, 1777, and on his release returned to the army and served until the end of the war, retiring Sept. 15, 1782. He was secretary of the state of Georgia in 1777, 1781-83 and 1789, and on Dec. 6, 1778, at the approach of the British, removed the public records to Perrysburg by order of the governor. He engaged in planting after the war, and received the two votes of the Georgia electors for first President of the United States in 1789. He was a charter member of the (Georgia) Society of the Cincinnati. He was also one of the first mayors of Augusta, Georgia. John married Hannah E. Spencer, and of their children, Gen. Homer Virgil Milton (q.v.), was an officer in the war of 1812."

      From "Historical Register Of Officers Of The Continental Army": "Milton, John (Ga). Ensign 1st Georgia, 7th January, 1776; 1st Lieutenant, November 1776; taken prisoner at Fort Howe, 8th February, 1777; Captain 15th September, 1777; Aide-de Camp to General Lincoln in 1780, and to General Marion in 1781; retired 15th July, 1782. (Died 1803.)" After the war ended, John Milton became a charter member of the Society of Cincinnati and served as the first secretary for the Georgia Society.

      An interesting account appears in a Milledgeville newspaper on May 5, 1828: "The following is a correct list of the Officers of the Georgia line, during the Revolutionary War, who were, or are still, entitled to Military Land Warrants, under the Act of Congress. The lands are, it is believed, situated in Ohio, and are valuable. This list is published for the information of such officers as are still alive, and for the benefit of the heirs of those who are deceased." It lists among the names of 48 officers: Milton, John -- Captain. Warrant # 323 for 300 acres was issued for his Revolutionary War service. Records from his Bounty Land Pension File at the National Archives include a letter written by Milton Dec. 29, 1806, to Gov. Milledge about the land due him for his Revolutionary service. GA Land Lottery-1827; Jefferson Co., Georgia He acquired No. 23, Section 5 in Carroll, Georgia, No. 29, Dt. 16, Sec. 5.

      Milton County, Georgia was created on December 18, 1857 from parts of Cherokee, Forsyth, and Cobb counties. It was named for John Milton, Georgia's first secretary of state. During the American Revolution, Milton traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, and New Bern, North Carolina before moving to Maryland with the official records of the state while Georgia was occupied by the English. Milton County merged with Fulton County on January 1, 1932.

      Old Milton County State Historical Marker - Located at the Alpharetta City Hall (built on the site of the old Milton County Courthouse) in Alpharetta, Georgia

      OLD MILTON COUNTY

      This was the Courthouse of Milton County at the time it was merged with Fulton County Jan. 1, 1932. When the County was created by Act of the Legislature Dec. 18, 1857, it was named for Homer V. Milton, General in the War of 1812, though some claim the name was for his ancestor John Milton, first Secretary of State of Georgia. Among the first County Officers were: Sheriff James C. Mitchell; Clerk of Superior Court Joseph W. Johnston; Clerk of Inferior Court John L. Moore; Ordinary Oliver P. Skelton; Tax Receiver Barnabas B. Johnson; Tax Collector John K.C. Shirley; Treasurer John P. Reaves; Coroner H.W. Paris and Surveyor William Young.

      060-25A GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1955

  • Sources 
    1. [S157] james_s_mills_jr 2.ged.
      Date of Import: 12 Dec 2004

    2. [S180] Meltona.FTW.
      Date of Import: 13 Dec 2004

    3. [S434] U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;).
      Record for John Milton
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    4. [S433] Johnson, Rossiter, The Twentieth Century Biograpical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Volume VII.
      John Milton 1740-1804

    5. [S434] U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;).
      John Milton
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    6. [S434] U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;).
      John Milton
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    7. [S435] Milton, John, Letter to John Milledge, 29 Dec 1806.
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    8. [S435] Milton, John, Letter to John Milledge, 29 Dec 1806.
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