Name: Aaron Milleman
Given Name: Aaron
Birth: ABT 1680
Christening: 15 Feb 1681 St. Paul without the Walls, Canterbury, Kent, England
Death: 5 Aug 1740 in South Kingston, Washington, RI
The first record of Aaron Milleman in this country is in 1701, when his name appeared on a petition signed by several Rhode Island residents. He next appeared in 1718, along with John Milleman, on an assembly roll. In 1720, Aaron Milleman of Newport, tailor, was sued for debt by John Langford, merchant. Aaron Milliman was listed on the South Kingstown tax lists in 1730 for 4 shillings, indicating that he owned property at that time.
Change Date: 8 Oct 2013 at 12:48:05
In 1728, Aaron Milleman, "taylor", purchased 15 acres of land from his father-in-law Joseph Case II, and in 1735, Aaron sold back the land and dwelling for 150 pounds to Joseph. Since Aaron sold his property four years before he died, he may have been ill or incapable of earning a living. In his will of 1739, Joseph left 1/7 of his property (after Elizabeth's dower rights) to his daughter Ann Milleman, with the provision that it was to remain in the hands of the executor for her three children. He left the house and land of Aaron Millemon to his three sons. There is no probate for Aaron indexed in the South Kingstown records. Following Aaron's death in 1740, the Case brothers sued the estate of Aaron Milleman, perhaps because Ann and her family were still living on the property. Subsequent to this, Ann and her children moved to Richmond, Rhode Island. They didn't do well there, either, since in 1753 they were "warned out" of Richmond. This was a practice in early New England, where each town was obliged to care for its own poor, and people who were liable to become a charge on the public had to return to their own towns, which were bound to care for them. However, Ann and her daughter Abigail were probably still in Richmond the following year when Abigail married William Bentley.
The will of Elizabeth Case, dated Aug. 1775, widow of Joseph and mother of Ann, is a gold mine of genealogical information. In it she mentions all her children, grandchildren, and some great-grandchildren, all identified as to their parents. Among the many bequests, she gave her granddaughter Abigail Bentley, wife of William Bentley, five dollars; Elizabeth Browning, wife of Isaac, five dollars and the large oval table and one iron pott, "the same she has used constantly"; and to each of my great-granddaughters, children of Ann Tanner, late deceased, two dollars and one half a dollar to each of them. She also mentioned her "grandson" John Milliman, who was probably raised in the Case family after the death of his parents, John Milliman and Anna Bryant.
A search for possible origins of the Milleman family centered in England since the majority of the residents of Rhode Island came from that country. There has been a tradition among the Milleman descendants, however, that the family originated in Holland. A possible explanation lies in the family of Aaron Milleman of Canterbury, Kent, England. A search of the records in that vicinity revealed that Aaron Millemans and Joane Holmes were married there at St. Mildred's Church on January 12, 1670. The marriage license states that Aaron was a hollandweaver, bachelor, age 20, "whose parents did dwell in Flanders, and have been dead some years, and he is come to dwell in these parts, and liveth of himself and is under no man's government". His signature appeared to be "Adraen Meulmans". Aaron and Joane had several children, among them a son John bp. 30 Oct 1675, and a son Aaron, bp. 15 Feb 1681, both at St. Paul's Church Without the Walls. This Aaron Milleman married at All Saints on Aug 8, 1703 to Jane Mathews. They had two daughters, Jane and Anne. An Aaron Milleman was apprenticed in Canterbury in 1702 to John Young, tailor. In 1727, Aaron Milleman of Canterbury took William Savage as a tailor's apprentice. It is unlikely that this was the Aaron Milleman who married Jane Mathews since usually men are apprenticed when much younger than marriageable age. While it is unlikely that the Aaron Milleman who took an apprentice in 1727 was the one who was in New England at least by 1720, they were probably closely related.
An abstract of title found in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives gives more information about the family of Aaron Milleman and Jane Mathews. In 1704, Jane's uncle Richard Anslow bequeathed three messuages in the borough of Longport in the Parish of St. Paul near and without the walls of Canterbury. They went to his sister Ann Mathews and then to her daughter Jane Milleman. Title was given to Aaron Milleman. In 1726 Ann's will left the property to her "loving granddaughters" Anne Milleman and Jane Milleman, the daughters of her daughter Jane Milleman. They were under 21 at the time. By 1737 the girls were both married, Anne to Samuel Lepine, another Flemishman, and Jane to John Nolloth. In 1777 they wished to sell the property but the title still resided with Aaron Milleman. Apparently he had not been heard from for a period of years, and it was unknown whether he was living or dead. This suggests that after Jane died, he went to America, leaving his daughters with their grandmother, and they were not informed when he died in 1740.
A cursory look at the IGI for Belgium revealed that there was a Meulmans family in Moerbeke, Flanders, who used the name Adraenus. The name Meulmann is relatively common even today in Belgium.
Ann4 Case (Joseph 3,2 William1) descended from William Case, who was received as a freeman in Providence, Rhode Island in 1655.
Source: Vital Records of Rhode Island, Vol. V. by Arnold.
South Kingstown, RI, Tax Lists, 1730-1799, p. 11.
Guardianship Records for Aaron's minor children.
Town records of Richmond, RI.
South Kingstown Land Evidence.
Canterbury Marriage Licenses.
Role of the Freeman, Canterbury.
Parish Records of St. Mildred, All Saints, and St. Paul, Canterbury.
Rhode Island Genealogical Register, July 1980, "Diary of Jeffrey Watson".
Abstract of Mr. Samuel Lepine's Title to four messuages in Longport, 1777, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Dcb D/C/C/16/1
England Births and Christenings on familysearch.org. Has christening in 1680.
Father: Aaron Milleman b: ABT 1650
Mother: Joane Holmes b: ABT 1648
Jane Mathews c: 14 Jan 1686
8 Aug 1703
in All Saints, Canterbury, Kent, England
- Anne Milleman
- Jane Milleman
Ann Case b: 18 Jan 1704 in , , RI
23 May 1728
in Kingston, Washington, RI
- Abigail Milleman b: ABT 1730
- Elizabeth Milliman
- Ann Milliman