MARVIN E. MILLIKIN, attorney-at-law, residing in Earlville, Madison County, and holding a fine position among his professional brethren, is a native of Otsego County, his birth having taken place at Burlington. His grandfather, William Millikin, was born on the wave-washed coast of Block Island, where, in common with the natives of the isle, he first began earning his living as a fisherman. Finding this a precarious business, he determined to leave the sea, and seek some new occupation. Turning his face westward, he journeyed on until he reached Burlington, where he secured a tract of wild timber land, from which after years of toil he cleared a farm. Being a sturdy, industrious man, frugal in his ways, possessing good management, and blessed with a capable wife, he prospered well, and accumulated a goodly sum of money. To him and his wife were born seven children--Benjamin, Hannah, Polly, Rebecca, Elector, John L., and Philinda.
John L., father of our subject, was a native of Burlington, born in March, 1821. His boyhood and youth were spent on his father's farm, where he became familiar with agriculture in all its branches, but did not decide to adopt farming as his life occupation. When a young man, he began to deal in real estate in a small way, and, meeting with good success, enlarged his operations until be became one oŁ the most extensive dealers in realty in the county, and is now one of the largest land-holders in Central New York. In early life he married a most estimable woman, Rowella Rowland, who was born in Sherburne, Chenango County, being a daughter of Eli Rowland. While yet a comparatively young woman, with many years of usefulness and happiness before her, she was called to her heavenly home, her death occurring in 1878.
To Mr. and Mrs. Millikin was born one child only, Marvin, the subject of our sketch. Much attention was paid to his early education; and, after leaving the public schools of his native town, he attended the seminary at Whitestown. At the early age of seventeen years he began the duties of a teacher, and while still engaged in that profession commenced the study of law. Mr. Millikin afterward entered the office of Delos Atkyns, a prominent lawyer of Sherburne, and was admitted to the bar in May, 1867. He continued practising in that village until 1870, when he removed to Camden in Oneida County, remaining there a period of five years. In 1892, seeing a fine opening for one of his profession, he came to Earlville, where he is meeting with a success that fully justified his expectations. He is already in possession of a good practice, and is held in high esteem professionally and socially.
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