Friday, April 11, 2008


Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Milligan
The East Liverpool Tribune


Venerable Clergyman Died Early Saturday Morning at His Home in Waynesburg

The Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Milligan, father of Messrs. Frank W. and Thomas V. Milligan, proprietors of the Milligan Hardware Co., died at 1:30 Saturday morning (Jan. 6, 1906) at his home in Waynesburg, Ohio. His death came as a surprise, as he had not been sick and retired in apparent good health Friday night, and it was not known that he was suffering from heart trouble until an hour before his death.

The remains were brought to East Liverpool on the 12:10 train today and taken to the residence of F. W. Milligan, corner of Fifth and College streets, where the funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The services will be in charge of the Rev. E. M. McMillin, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Reed, of Steubenville. The interment which will be made in Riverview cemetery, will be private. The sons and sons-in-law of the deceased will act as pallbearers.

The deceased was a son of Thomas S. and Martha (Vincent) Milligan, and was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, May 15, 1829. He graduated from Jefferson college in 1846, and after teaching school for a number of years studied for the ministry and was ordained in 1861 by the presbytery of Steubenville. Rev. Milligan’s first pastorate was at Waynesburg, and after twelve years of service there he accepted a call to Steubenville, where he remained four years. He then came to East Liverpool as pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and was here twelve years, during which time the congregation grew rapidly and the church was in a flourishing condition. Leaving here he filled charges at Jeannette and Freeport, Pa., Oak Ridge, Ohio, and finally answered a call to his first pulpit at Waynesburg.

Rev. Dr. Milligan was a man of unusual attainments, an earnest and able preacher. In 1849 he was united in marriage to Ellen, daughter of the Rev. John Swaney, D. D., who died in 1892. In 1904 he married Miss Elizabeth Rinehart, who, with the following children by his first marriage, survive: Mrs. Laura J. Robertson, of Pittsburg; Mrs. Mary A. McHenry, of Washington, Pa..; John S., of Steubenville, and Frank W. and Thomas V. Milligan, of this city.

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