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This page gives us a place to share a large variety of items which we hope will be of interest to Sikes and Sykes researchers everywhere. It will contain notes from correspondence that do not necessarily fit in with queries or biographies, miscellaneous tidbits found in unusual places, information on strays -- folks found in places rather than where we think of as "home" for them, and trivia or miscellaneous data -- really odd or unusual items pertaining to our fore bearers.
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My name is Mary Cloutier, and I serve as a missionary in Libreville, Gabon, Africa. I'm researching early Presbyterian missionary to this area, one of whom is a Sikes. Here is the information I found on her tombstone, which she shares with her husband and unnamed infant.
Rev. Rollin Porter / born Lysander NY / 30 years old / died July 1852 / Nancy Ann Sikes / his wife / born Somers CT USA / 26 years old / died July 1852
They were ABCFM missionaries in Gaboon, Africa 1851-52. The mission lists the husband as Rollins Porter; the tombstone reads Rollin Porter. They were likely married in 1850 or 1851. So far, I've found no additional information on them. The ABCFM mission was Congregationalist/Presbyterian/Dutch Reformed.
From Linda Meroe Whitson
A Name Endures
When Meroe Redfield (1803 - 1888) married William Johnson Sikes (1799-1872) in Watertown, Jefferson County, NY in 1826, she contributed an unusual given name that has persisted nearly 180 years in our part of the Sikes family. One of their eleven children was a daughter whose name was either Meroe Almira or Almira Meroe. She never married. My great-grandfather, George Preston Sikes (1856-1957) was William and Meroe's grandson and a nephew to Meroe Almira. He lived with them in Watertown until he married Jennie Lawrence there in 1878. George and Jennie named their second daughter Edna Meroe (1888-1951). She was born in Denver, Colorado, about six weeks before her great-grandmother, Meroe (Redfield) Sikes died.
From Brendan Donovan
Some old maps indicate lands on a highland between two rivers (Stony and the Muddy); a location near Rev. Eliots "Meeting House" on a road called Mapleton in the early days of Robbery MA. 'Wheelock' college is adjacent.
From Delena M Levine
My first Sikes that I know of was my grandfather. His name was Guy Edward Sikes. He was born in 1910 or 1911. Grandma says 1911, because he was ten years older than her. He was born in or around Gallop, New Mexico. He was one of eleven children.
Places named Sikes or Sykes - - -
Sykes Family Cemetery - Lincoln County, NE
Description: Sec 4, Twp 11, Rng 33 Wallace Precinct
Directions: From Wallace, 7.5 miles North, 4 miles East, 1/2 mile North
Here are some Sikes or Sykes Postcards (click on the images to see a larger view)
Association member, Janet Cabral, shares this.
While visiting Sisters, Oregon, a charming touristy town NW of Bend, OR in the lake/volcanic area, I saw a store, "Sykes Seafood" with an attractive sign of a cowboy riding a big fish. I told the owner, a friendly young man, that I was of Sykes heritage. He replied, 'My grandfather's best friend had the surname Sykes. The friend's family had come from back East. So, to honor the grandfather's best friend, my father gave me the first name of Sykes." The store owner, Sykes Mitchell, gave me this lovely cobalt blue mug which I will pass down to my family. When you go to Sisters, OR, an enchanting town with a western ambiance, look for it."
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