Richard SIKES is my immigrant ancestor in this lineage. The Sikes/Sykes Families Association was formed by some of Richard's descendants in 1992 for the benefit of all persons interested in this family surname. If you would like more information about the Association (membership, publications, reunions, associated family names, queries and more), please visit our web site.
Richard was born c 1618 in Staffordshire, England and immigrated to Massachusetts around 1636. He lived for a time in Roxbury, but eventually settled in Longmeadow and Springfield. Richard farmed, and served his community as a Selectman. While his marriage date has not been determined, we know his wife was Phebe ______. Many people believe she was the daughter of Bartholomew and Elizabeth Green, but careful study has shown that to be incorrect. We are still seeking documented information of Phebe's parentage and siblings. She died sometime after 26 Sep 1676 and Richard died 16 Mar 1676, Springfield, MA. Richard's and Phebe's family is found in the Congregational Church where they were all active members.
We find mention of Richard Sikes in the following:
Genealogies of Connecticut Families From the new England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume III published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1983 -- page 610"Genealogy of Lieut. Abel Wright, of Springfield, Mass.** Springfield newspaper article 20 Aug 1970:
by Rev. Stephen Wright of Glen's Falls, N.Y.
Although the town had been settled in 1636, it was still in its infancy when our Abel appeared on the stage, to claim a place among his fellow men. I give two or three extracts from the town records of Springfield, which I made in November, 1863, that read as follows: "Jan.2, 1655,--There is granted to Abell Wright, a home lot containing three acres in the land next ye Round Hill." And Feb. 13, 1656, again: "It is granted to Abell Wright an amount of Twenty (20) acres which had formerly Come into the hand of Rowland Thomas, lying in ye great plain over ye great river, called Chickuppy plain, provided he continues five years in town." And it seems in the sequel that he came to stay, as he did for seventy years.
"Again says the record: "March 13, 1660,-- There is granted to Thomas Bancroft, Abell Wright, John Lumbard and Richard Sikes, a parcel of land lying on the west side of ye great river over against ye long meadow below George Colton's, which land hereby granted, lyeth between two brooks, and it is to run westward from ye river to a hill about 40 rods westward;--Thos. Bancroft to lie next to the Southernmost brook, Abell Wright next toward the north, John Lumbard next to him, and Richard Sikes next to him:-- They four sharing thereof equally in three-score acres of land, if there be so much there;--or if there be not so much they are to divide the piece equally amongst them, lying as above expressed." --See Record of Deeds, vol. i. p. 203. Various other grants of land, to the number of sixteen in all, from 1655 to 1695, as well as several to his sons Joseph and Abel, Jr., are on the town records also. In those primitive times the farming was on a smaller scale than we see now, and hence the few acres allotted to each settler in these grants."Richard Sikes was the little village's (Springfield, MA). first bell ringer. . . . became a freeman here in 1640. However, neither that status nor his assignment to ring the meeting house bell could protect him from court punishment when he was caught smoking in a hay cock. Springfield's first settlers were prudently afraid of fire.Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 compiled by Frank R. Holmes, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD 1964. Page ccxxxiiSYKES, Richard, freeman, Dorchester, Mass., 1640."Richard Sikes and his Descendants, the First Seven Generations by Arthur M. Sikes, Jr., Suffield, CT;
Children of Richard and Phebe were:
Rebecca SYKES was born 06 Dec 1640, in Roxbury, MA and baptized 16 Mar 1641 in Dorchester, MA. She married 15 Jan 1662, in Springfield, MA to Nathaniel BURT, born in 1636 in Springfield (son of Henry BURT and Eulalia MARCHE). Nathaniel died 29 Sep 1720, Longmeadow, MA and Rebecca also died there on 28 Jan 1712. Springfield Families by Thomas B. Warren - copied 1935
Experience SYKES was born 05 Nov 1642 in Springfield, MA and died there on 07 Jun 1648 at age 6.
Increase SYKES was born 06 Aug 1644, Springfield, MA, worked as a Carpenter and Farmer, married 22 Mar 1671 in Springfield, MA to Abigail FOWLER, b. 01 Mar 1647, Windsor, CT, (daughter of Ambrose FOWLER and Jane ALVORD). Abigail died 19 Jun 1733 in Springfield, MA and Increase died there 24 Mar 1712. Springfield Families by Thomas B. Warren - copied 1935
* Springfield newspaper article 20 Aug 1970: Increase Sikes had the interesting job
of meeting house doorkeeper to prevent anybody from sneaking out before the final blessing.
Nathaniel SYKES was born 30 Oct 1646 in Springfield, MA. He married 03 Feb 1681 in Springfield to Hannah B(R)AGG, who was born 08 Jul 1658 also in Springfield (daughter of John BAGG and Hannah BURT). She died 13 May 1710 in Springfield and Nathaniel died there on 15 Sep 1687.
Springfield Families by Thomas B. Warren - copied 1935
Victory SYKES was born 03 Mar 1650 in Springfield, MA, was a carpenter and a member of the Congregational Church.
Victory was married first on 29 Jan 1673, in Springfield to Elizabeth BURT, born there 29 Dec 1652 (daughter of Jonathan BURT and Elizabeth LOBDELL). Elizabeth died 29 Sep 1683 in Suffield, Hartford, CT, just 5 days after the birth of her seventh child.
Elizabeth GRANGER, b. 13 Mar 1662, Newberry, MA, (daughter of Launcelot GRANGER and Joanna ADAMS) was Victory's second wife. They were married 16 Jul 1684, in Suffield, and she gave birth to four sons before her death on 20 Mar 1692 in Suffield. (More on this line will follow later.)
Victory's third wife was Mary PRITCHARD, also known as: Judah (PRITCHARD) Trumble (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William PRITCHARD). Mary died 29 Apr 1708 in Suffield, just 4 days after Victory's death there on 25 Apr 1708.
A genealogy of Richard and Phebe Sikes is planned for later this year and will be posted on the Association Web Pages. I will continue to post information from my branch here as time permits.
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