Bits and Pieces

Updated 18 April 2008


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.

    When I was born, my parents named me Linda Meroe to honor Edna Meroe, my father's mother.  When my daughter was born, I chose Meroe as her middle name to again honor Edna Meroe.  My grandmother had always lived next door to my family and lavished her attention on me.

    My daughter and I have researched the name "Meroe" looking for its origin.  All we've found is the ancient city (now archaeological ruins) of Meroe located south of Egypt in what is now the Sudan.  It was a center of the Meroitic culture.  We suspect Meroe became a given name during one of the periods prior to 1803 when Egyptian culture was in vogue.  The first name Meroe appears only 32 times in the Social Security Death Index.  I've never met anyone outside our family with the name.  Have you?


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.

    The river course leads to the Charles River, a salt water dockage for sailing ships. 'Old Mill Dam Road' has a man made canal now buried under it ('Brookline Avenue Conduit'), which was a bargeway to carry fresh water to ships at anchor in the Charles Basin from the river holding pond which we believe is a Sikes/Craft fresh water mill site of the mid 1600s. Similar, but earlier than the Stony R. mill site in marshes nearby.

    We think the early settlers operated a cooperage, box making, blacksmith shop, ice house, fish dry stages, salt works, herring weirs, ropewalks and a toll road at and around this site.

    Would like to know the significance of, and more about Mapleton, here and in the old country if any there be.


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. 
He was married twice first to Dorothy Praster and his second marriage was to Nelly (not sure of her last name yet). He had a total of five children. Their names are  Ronald Edward,  Orville,  Roger,  Emily, and  Donald Roy.

     According to both wives some of his family were involved in a cattle war there in New Mexico. And also according to them anyone with the last name Sikes were not allowed in Gallop after sundown.  His family moved to California when he was young. I have found out some of his siblings names and will verify who they were soon, with the help of his second wife (my second grandmother).


Places named Sikes or Sykes  - - -

Sykes Family Cemetery - Lincoln County, NE
Founded: 1901
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)


Farm in England
Text on card says,
"Sykes Trough"

Business Ad

Cargo Ship - The Great Lakes



Street Scene
Medford, Ontario




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."




Please vist this web site to see a list of  people
who are researching our Surname in England.


http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/YKSlist/YKSSua-Syl.htm






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