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Sikes was born 9 Feb 1790 in
Suffield, CT and was the son of Victory Sikes and Lucy Burbank.
Alfred Sikes was born and lived on a farm on the State Line, bounded by
the Connecticut River on the East and the Highway on the West.
His father Victory had initially passed on this farm to Alfred's older
brother Alexander, but when both Alexander and his wife died at a young
age, Alfred became the next
owner of the farm. He was married to Abigail Stebbins, the
daughter of John Stebbins and Sarah Ball, on 15 Jul 1816 in Suffield,
CT by Rev. Ebenezer
Gay. They had nine children.
of Alfred's farm extended over the State
Line into Agawam, Massachusetts. His dwelling house stood a few
rods south of the State Line. His farm was known as Indian Spring
farm, as many Indian relics were found upon it. Alfred was
a substantial citizen of the town and was a man of decided
It was related of him, that when a survey for the NY, NH and Hartford
was taken running through his farm, he was bitterly opposed to it, as
some others in the town. His reason was that if a RR was built
his farm, it would injure the sale of his horses, as he was interested
the raising of horses. The RR was built on the east side of the
river, and not through his west side farm. [Interesting that
highway follows the railroad as it runs up on the west side of the
river, from Hartford, crosses over before reaching Suffield and then
the east side of the river up to Springfield. How very different
Suffield would have been, had the freeway cut through town along the
side of the river.] Alfred lived to see the market price for
served as a volunteer for a time in the War
of 1812 - 1815. He received the title of Captain of the Suffield
Infantry. He was at New London to protect the city against the
invasion by the British. Capt. Alfred Sikes had a nickname,
"Captain Ramrod". He had a dream that his company were in a sham
battle and some one failed to draw out the ram rod, so he was shot with
it. He stayed away from
training that time and this was the reason he did so.
his last days, his son Chester ran the
farm. One day, after Chester had given the cows some grain,
Alfred went along
and scooped up some and put it back in the bin. Hans Boyce,
in law to Chester, saw him and grabbed a handful and threw it over the
Captain and said, "You old walking corpse, you would have died long
ago, if you
hadn't been afraid of the funeral expenses."
Capt. Alfred Sikes died 10 Nov 1869 in Suffield of congestion of the lungs. He is buried in the Old Center Cemetery behind the Congregational Church in Suffield, next to his wife Abigail. She died 12 Apr 1865 "of paralysis". Today the Indian Spring Farm buildings no longer exist. Major electrical power lines run across the property.
Sources of information: 1) Sykes family history compiled by Clara Ruth Sykes and acquired by William G. Sykes; 2) Richard Sikes and His Descendants by Arthur M. Sikes, Jr.
Laraine Clark. [3rd great grand daughter of Alfred and Abigail (Stebbins) Sikes] clarkRN@msn.com