Suffield Historical Society

Family history of Victory Sikes

 

 

++++++++++++    FIRST  GENERATION    ++++++++++++

 

 

1              Victory Sikes 

 

                b. 3 Mar 1648/49, Springfield, MA; d. 25 Apr 1708, Suffield, CT; son of Richard Sikes & Phoebe nln; m. (1) 29 Jan 1672/73, Springfield, MA, Elizabeth Burt; dau. of Jonathan Burt & Elizabeth Lobdell; b. 29 Dec 1652, Springfield, MA; d. 29 Sep 1683, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Jonathan Sikes, b. 16 Dec 1673, Springfield, MA; d. Aug 1674, Springfield, MA.

    2‑2       Jonathan Sikes, b. 17 Jul 1675, Springfield, MA; m. Mary Lane.

       3       Elizur Sikes, b. 11 Dec 1677, Springfield, MA; d. 18 Dec 1677, Springfield, MA.

       4       Abel Sikes, b. 24 Feb 1678/79, Springfield, MA; d. 14 Mar 1678/79, Springfield, MA.

    3‑5       Samuel Sikes, b. 3 Mar 1679/80, Springfield, MA; m. Mehitable Hanchett.

       6       Benjamin Sikes, b. 16 Oct 1682, Suffield, CT; d. 4 Nov 1682, Suffield, CT.

       7       Ebeneser Sikes, b. 24 Sep 1683, Suffield, CT; d. 14 Jan 1783/84, Suffield, CT.

 

                m. (2) 16 Jul 1684, Suffield, CT, Elizabeth Granger; dau. of Launcelot Granger & Joanna Adams; b. 13 Mar 1662, Newbury, MA; d. 20 Mar 1691/92, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       8       John Sikes, b. 18 May 1685, Suffield, CT; d. 25 Apr 1687, Suffield, CT.

       9       Victory Sikes, b. 9 Nov 1686, Suffield, CT; d. 4 Dec 1686, Suffield, CT.

    4‑10     Victory Sikes, b. 5 Sep 1689, Suffield, CT; m. Mary King.

       11     John Sikes, b. Suffield, CT; d. 19 Apr 1690, Suffield, CT.

 

                m. (3) 22 Dec 1692, Suffield, CT, Mary Pritchard; dau. of William Pritchard & Hannah nln; b. ca. 1652, Ipswich, MA; d. 6 Jun 1722, Suffield, CT.

 

                On 20 Aug 1672, Victory and his brother Nathaniel were granted land, 30 acres on the northerly side of their father's land in Springfield, MA at Cowseek Brook with the condition they would not bother passage over their land in the times of the flood of the Old River.

 

                On 4 Aug 1679, Victory Sikes and several other made a motion at a town meeting to have the town give them some land for a sawmill.  Victory's first five children were born in Springfield, MA.  On 10 Aug 1680 Victory was granted 50 acres of land in Suffield (part of Massachusetts until 1748).  For running Boundaries between Springfield and Suffield in 1681, Victory was paid 3 shillings.  This doesn't seem like much.  Perhaps this explains why Suffield boundaries took so long to straighten out.  He moved his family to Suffield in 1682.  Victory was a carpenter by trade (all Suffield land grantees had to have a trade).  With his brother Increase, he contracted to build a barn 52 by 24 feet, for Major Pynchon in Springfield, MA

 

                The land grant in Suffield was 50 acres located on Springfield road which was changed to Crooked Lane and is now Mapleton Avenue.  Dr. George Dimmock (Ref. 10) said that Victory lived on the north corner of North Street and Mapleton Avenue.  Victory's first wife Elizabeth died during child birth shortly after moving to Suffield in 1683.  Victory remarried 16 Jul 1684 to Elizabeth Granger.  He had four more children by his second wife.  Of his 11 children only three survived him.  Jonathan, Samuel and Victory.  In these days they were eager to carry on the family names.  Victory was no exception.  He had two Jonathan's, two John's, and two Victory's.  There is a possible problem with the second John.  There is only one birth date recorded in the Suffield v.r., but two death deaths, John son of Victory & Elizabeth d. 28 Apr 1687 & 19 Apr 1690, hardly enough time for the second John to be born between the two Victory's.

 

                He held many town offices in Suffield: Sealer of the Weights and Measures, Constable, and even read the service in the old church.  Victory in 1691 took James King to court because King had some clapboards that Victory had made from a tree he had cut down on the Common.  King had brought the clapboards back when he found out who the owner was.  The Judge found the clapboards to be Victory's but didn't fine King because King had thought the clapboards to be from his land.

 

                As Constable, Victory had the job on 5 Apr 1697 to take William Peirce of Suffield, CT from court in Springfield to Suffield and to keep him in custody until he paid a 15 shillings fine and received a whipping on the naked body with eight stripes.  Four as punishment for his profaning the Sabbath day and four stripes for his said theft.

 

                Victory's second wife Elizabeth died 20 Mar 1691/2.  He remarried a third time to the widow Judah (Pritchard) Trumble.  He died 25 Apr 1708, age 59.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 110, 114, 177

 

 

++++++++++++    SECOND  GENERATION    ++++++++++++

 

 

2              Jonathan Sikes

 

                b. 17 Jul 1675, Springfield, MA; d. 25 Sep 1710, Suffield, CT; son of Victory Sikes & Elizabeth Burt; m. 11 Dec 1707, Suffield, CT, MAry Lane; dau. of Samuel Lane & Sarah Dickinson; b. 7 May 1684, Suffield, CT; d. 20 Mar 1756, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

    5‑1       Jonathan Sikes, b. 24 Oct 1708, Suffield, CT; m. Mary Adams.

    6‑2       Posthumous Sikes, b. 19 May 1711, Suffield, CT; m. Rachel Adams.

 

                Jonathan Sikes & Mary Lane m. int. Feb 1706/7.

 

                His son Posthumous was born 7 months after his death.  Widow Mary (Lane) Sikes married Daniel Adams Dec 24, 1712, they had: Zebulon, Gideon, Mary, Stephen, Elizabeth, & Daniel Adams.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 110

 

 

3              Samuel Sikes 

 

                b. 3 Mar 1679/80, Springfield, MA; d. 25 Oct 1747, Suffield, CT; son of Victory Sikes & Elizabeth Burt; m. 24 Nov 1709, Suffield, CT, Mehitable Hanchett; dau. of John Hanchett & Esther Pritchett; b. 22 Jan 1686/87, Suffield, CT; d. 12 Feb 1739/40, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

    7‑1       Elizabeth Sikes, b. 14 Dec 1710, Suffield, CT; m. Jonathan Dewey.

    8‑2       Victory Sikes, b. Mar 1711/12, Suffield, CT; m. Jemima Barker.

       3       Mehitable Sikes, b. 17 Jun 1714, Suffield, CT; d. 18 Aug 1714, Suffield, CT.

    9‑4       Deliverance Sikes, bp. 16 Feb 1717/18, Suffield, CT; m. Moses Rising.

   10‑5      Mehitable Sikes, b. 2 Dec 1719, Suffield, CT; m. Moses Adams.

       6       Mercy Sikes, b. 31 Jul 1723, Suffield, CT; d. 26 Aug 1726, Suffield, CT.

 

                Samuel Sykes was a farmer.  He had moved to Suffield, in about 1682 with his father.  He also carried on a saw mill business.  The mill was in use until about 1860 ‑ the descendants of Victory owning and carrying it on.  The dam connected with the mill was carried away during the great "freshet" of 1858.

 

                Church records: Mehitable bp 27 Jul 1714, Samuel & Mehitable  church members 28 Mar 1721, & Mercy bp 4 Aug 1723.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 110, 158

 

 

4              Victory Sikes 

 

                b. 5 Sep 1689, Suffield, CT; d. 12 Sep 1749, Suffield, CT; son of Victory Sikes & Elizabeth Granger; m. 8 Nov 1711, Suffield, CT, MAry King; dau. of James King & Elizabeth Fuller; b. 30 Apr 1692, Suffield, CT; d. 8 May 1769, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

   11‑1      Elizabeth Sikes, b. 23 Mar 1712, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Thomas Norton; m. (2) Thomas Palmer.

       2       Mary Sikes, b. 14 Sep 1714, Suffield, CT; d. 9 Aug 1715, Suffield, CT.

   12‑3      Mary Sikes, bp. 9 Sep 1716, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Zaccheus Hanchett; m. (2) Samuel Granger.

       4       Samuel Sikes, b. 17 Jul 1718, Suffield, CT; d. 7 Jun 1732, Suffield, CT.

       5       Agnes Sikes, b. 24 Nov 1720, Suffield, CT; d. 1 Jan 1721/22, Suffield, CT.

       6       Victory Sikes, b. 20 May 1722, Suffield, CT; d. 1 Jun 1732, Suffield, CT.

   13‑7      Agnes Sikes, b. 13 Mar 1723/24, Suffield, CT; m. Samuel Towsley.

   14‑8      Titus Sikes, b. 15 Jun 1726, Suffield, CT; m. Rhoda Miller.

       9       Sylvanus Sikes, b. 7 Oct 1728, Suffield, CT.

       10     Mercy Sikes, b. 2 Mar 1731, Suffield, CT.

   15‑11    Hannah Sikes, b. 22 Apr 1734, Suffield, CT; m. Billy Munger.

 

                Suffield church records: Samuel bp 17 Aug 1718, Mercy bp 14 Jul 1722, and widow wife of Victory listed as church member 30 Oct 1726.

 

                Widow Mary (King) Sikes married John Harmon.  They settled in the western part of Suffield, CT.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 29, 110

 

 

++++++++++++    THIRD  GENERATION    ++++++++++++

 

 

5              Jonathan Sikes

 

                b. 24 Oct 1708, Suffield, CT; d. Suffield, CT; son of Jonathan Sikes & Mary Lane; m. 1 Jan 1735/36, Suffield, CT, MAry Adams; dau. of Jacob Adams & Mercy Gillet; b. 17 Feb 1716/17, Suffield, CT; d. 18 Mar 1758, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Jonathan Sikes, b. 24 Mar 1737, Suffield, CT; d. 14 Oct 1741, Suffield, CT.

   16‑2      Lot Sikes, b. 10 Aug 1739, Suffield, CT; m. Jemima Sikes.

   17‑3      Mary Sikes, b. 17 Jul 1743, Suffield, CT; m. Enos Lane Jr.

   18‑4      Jonathan Sikes Jr., b. 2 Mar 1745/46, Suffield, CT; m. Sarah Lane.

   19‑5      Paul Sikes, b. 1 Dec 1748, Suffield, CT; m. Margaret Ferry.

   20‑6      John Sykes, b. 25 Aug 1753, Suffield, CT; m. Lucy Harvey.

   21‑7      David Sikes, b. 9 Jan 1756, Suffield, CT; m. Lucy Sikes.

 

                Jonathan was a farmer in the northeast part of Suffield.

 

                Jonathan Sikes & Mary Adams m. int. 3 Jan 1733/4.  Church records: Jonathan church member 27 Feb 1736/7, & Jonathan  bp 27 Mar 1737.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 126

 

 

6              Posthumous Sikes

 

                b. 19 May 1711, Suffield, CT; d. 16 Mar 1756, Suffield, CT, ae. 44 yrs.; bur. Old Center cem., Suffield, CT; son of Jonathan Sikes & Mary Lane; m. 8 Dec 1743, Suffield, CT, Rachel Adams; dau. of Jacob Adams & Mercy Gillet; b. 4 Sep 1725, Suffield, CT; d. 1 Oct 1809, Suffield, CT, ae. 84 yrs.

                Children:

   22‑1      Amos Sikes, b. 17 Oct 1744, Suffield, CT; m. Agnes Austin.

   23‑2      Stephen Sikes, b. 12 Oct 1746, Suffield, CT; m. Anna Bacon.

   24‑3      Shadrack Sikes, b. 21 Jun 1750, Suffield, CT.

   25‑4      Gideon Sikes, b. 28 May 1753, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Silence Granger; m. (2) Keziah Cooper; m. (3) Mercy Leonard.

 

                Posthumous was a farmer in Suffield.  The house that he build in 1743 on Mapleton Avenue still stands in Suffield today, (1999).  Widow Rachel (Adams) Sikes remarried Jonathan Hopkins, 27 Jul  1758 in Suffield, CT.

 

                Church records: Posthumous bp 20 May 1711, Posthumous full church member 28 Oct 1744.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 110, 126, 203

 

 

7              Elizabeth Sikes 

 

                b. 14 Dec 1710, Suffield, CT; d. 1784; dau. of Samuel Sikes & Mehitable Hanchett; m. 24 Feb 1731/32, Suffield, CT, Jonathan Dewey; son of Samuel Dewey & Sarah Weller; b. 3 Jun 1708, Westfield, MA; d. 1759.

                Children:

       1       Jonathan Dewey, b. 21 Oct 1732, Suffield, CT; m. Lydia Cooper.

       2       Samuel Dewey, b. 3 Aug 1734, Suffield, CT.

       3       Elizabeth Dewey, b. 29 Oct 1736, Suffield, CT; d. 17 Nov 1768, Suffield, CT.

       4       Sarah Dewey, b. 4 Oct 1739, Suffield, CT; m. Shadrach Terry.

       5       Pelatiah Dewey, b. 24 Jul 1744, Suffield, CT; m. Sarah Norton.

       6       Huldah Dewey, b. 25 Aug 1746, Suffield, CT.

       7       Rhoda Dewey, b. 22 Feb 1748/49, Suffield, CT.

       8       Oliver Dewey, b. 11 Jan 1750, Suffield, CT.

 

                Elizabeth Sikes daughter of Samuel and Jonathan Dewey m. int. 4 Feb 1731/2, Suffield v.r.  The Loomis (Ref. 12) has the children born in Suffield, George Dimmock has them being born in Sheffield, MA.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 189

 

 

8              Victory Sikes   

 

                b. Mar 1711/12, Suffield, CT; d. 13 Dec 1793, Suffield, CT, ae. 83 yrs.; bur. Old Center cem., Suffield, CT; son of Samuel Sikes & Mehitable Hanchett; m. 1 Jun 1749, Suffield, CT, Jemima Barker; dau. of Oliver Barker & Mary Bodurtha; b. 18 Jun 1720, Springfield, MA; d. 1 Oct 1807, Bernardston, MA, ae. 87 yrs.

                Children:

   26‑1      Jemima Sikes, b. 29 May 1750, Suffield, CT; m. Lot Sikes.

   27‑2      Samuel Sikes, b. 13 Oct 1751, Suffield, CT; m. Eunice Hopkins.

       3       Victory Sikes, b. 31 Jul 1753, Suffield, CT; d. 18 Nov 1754, Suffield, CT.

   28‑4      Mehitable Sikes, b. 23 Jan 1755, Suffield, CT; m. Elijah Woolworth.

   29‑5      Mercy Sikes, b. 22 May 1757, Suffield, CT; m. Bildad Fowler.

   30‑6      Victory Sikes Jr., b. 19 Oct 1758, Suffield, CT; m. Lucy Burbank.

   31‑7      Mary Sikes, b. 13 Aug 1760, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Joel Kent; m. (2) Seth Kent; m. (3) Levi Hayden.

   32‑8      Lucy Sikes, b. 30 Dec 1761, Suffield, CT; m. David Sikes.

   33‑9      Eleanor Sikes, b. 16 Jul 1769, Suffield, CT; m. William Ferry.

 

                Jemima Barker married 1st Thomas Copley 22 Dec 1742.  He was "drowned in ye greate River" (Connecticut), 15 Apr 1744, leaving one son Thomas, b. 28 Dec 1743.

 

                g.s.  In Memory of / Mr. Victory Sikes / who departed this / life Dec 13 1793 / in the 83d year / of his age. / Tis but one youth and short that / mortals have / And one old age dissolves our / feeble frame / But there's a heavenly art to / elude the Grave / The art of hope and faith in / Jesus name.   Victory died at Suffield, 13 Dec 1793 ae 81 yrs, g.s.‑ says in his 83 year.

 

                Jemima died at Bernardston, MA, at the home of her son Samuel, 1 Oct 1807, ae 87 yrs.

 

                Church records: Victory bp 30 Mar 1711/2; Victory Sikes and Jemima Copley married 1 Jun 1749, Victory bp 28 Oct 1753.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 110

 

 

9              Deliverance Sikes

 

                bp. 16 Feb 1717/18, Suffield, CT; d. Jun 1797, Suffield, CT; dau. of Samuel Sikes & Mehitable Hanchett; m. 6 Apr 1742, Suffield, CT, Moses Rising; son of John Rising & Mary McLaflin; b. 25 Aug 1713, Suffield, CT; d. 7 Jul 1778, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Phoebe Rising, b. 12 Feb 1742/43, Suffield, CT.

       2       Lucy Rising, b. 3 Mar 1743/44, Suffield, CT; m. Thomas Austin.

       3       Mary Rising, b. 19 Feb 1747/48, Suffield, CT.

       4       Ruth Rising, b. 29 Nov 1751, Suffield, CT; m. Nathaniel Austin.

       5       Russell Rising, bp. 2 Mar 1755, Suffield, CT; m. Hulda Allen.

       6       Deliverance Rising, bp. 20 Mar 1757, Suffield, CT; m. Aaron Pratt.

 

                Moses Rising and Deliverance Sikes marriage intention 12 Mar 1742.  Moses married first Mary Warner.  They had no children.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 18, 86

 

 

10            Mehitable Sikes 

 

                b. 2 Dec 1719, Suffield, CT; d. 27 Apr 1813, Suffield, CT, ae. 93 yrs.; dau. of Samuel Sikes & Mehitable Hanchett; m. 30 Oct 1746, Suffield, CT, Moses Adams; son of John Adams & Abigail Rowe; b. 8 Jan 1723, Suffield, CT; d. 18 Oct 1809, Suffield, CT, ae. 87 yrs.

                Children:

       1       Seth Adams, b. 15 Feb 1747, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Elizabeth Lane; m. (2) nfn Fairman; m. (3) Lydia Taylor.

       2       Tryphena Adams, b. 7 Nov 1748, Suffield, CT; m. John Lane.

       3       John Adams, b. 22 Oct 1750, Suffield, CT; m. Abigail nln.

       4       Abigail Adams, b. 29 Jan 1753, Suffield, CT; m. Charles Granger.

       5       Moses Adams, b. 27 Dec 1754, Suffield, CT; m. Roxanna Kent.

       6       Lucy Adams, b. 22 Jan 1757, Suffield, CT; m. Charles Lane.

       7       Thaddeus Adams, b. 10 May 1759, Suffield, CT; m. Polly Plumb.

       8       Jonathan Adams, b. 7 Feb 1762, Suffield, CT; m. Eunice Allen.

 

                Seth, Triphema, and John were baptized 7 Oct 1750; Abigail, 4 Feb 1753; Moses, 16 Feb 1755; Lucy, 18 May 1787; Thaddeus 15 Jul 1759; Jonathan, 9 May 1762.  All were baptized by Dr. Ebenezer Gay.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 10, 11, 12, 110, 126

 

 

11            Elizabeth Sikes 

 

                b. 23 Mar 1712, Suffield, CT; d. 23 Jan 1794, Suffield, CT; dau. of Victory Sikes & Mary King; m. (1) 28 Apr 1737, Suffield, CT, Thomas Norton; son of George Norton & Hannah Younglove; b. 16 Nov 1708, Suffield, CT; d. 1756, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Hannah Norton, b. 18 Jun 1739, Suffield, CT; m. Roger Barton.

       2       Elizabeth Norton, b. 6 Apr 1744, Suffield, CT.

       3       Thomas Norton, b. 17 Sep 1745, Suffield, CT; m. Submit Towsley.

       4       Simeon Norton, b. 19 Jun 1748, Suffield, CT; m. Mary Adams.

 

                m. (2) prob. Suffield, CT, Thomas Palmer; son of Timothy Palmer & Abigail Allen; b. 24 Sep 1707, Suffield, CT.

 

                Thomas Norton & Elizabeth Sikes m. int. 26 Mar 1737.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 8, 9, 12, 29, 110

 

 

12            Mary Sikes      

 

                bp. 9 Sep 1716, Suffield, CT; d. bef Mar 1777, Suffield, CT; dau. of Victory Sikes & Mary King; m. (1) 19 Apr 1738, Suffield, CT, Zaccheus Hanchett; son of John Hanchett & Lydia Hayward; b. 30 Apr 1719, Suffield, CT; d. bef 20 Nov 1758, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Zaccheus Hanchett, b. 5 Sep 1738, Suffield, CT; m. Chole Purchase.

       2       Abiel Hanchett, b. 15 Jun 1740, Suffield, CT; m. Daniel Curtis.

       3       Mary Hanchett, b. 13 Dec 1742, Suffield, CT; m. John Landon.

       4       Sylvanus Hanchett, b. 24 Mar 1745, Suffield, CT; m. Sarah Stoddard.

       5       Eunice Hanchett, b. 25 Aug 1747, Suffield, CT; m. Elias Harmon.

       6       Beulah Hanchett, b. 19 Nov 1749, Suffield, CT; m. Oliver Granger.

       7       Seth Hanchett, b. 3 Dec 1751, Suffield, CT.

       8       Joseph Hanchett, b. 16 Jan 1753, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Mary Sprague; m. (2) Hannah (Bryan) Wood.

       9       Huldah Hanchett, b. 3 Jan 1755, Suffield, CT; m. Ebenezer Sheldon.

       10     Sibble Hanchett, b. 4 Jan 1758, Suffield, CT; m. Theodore King.

 

                m. (2) Suffield, CT, Samuel Granger; son of Samuel Granger & Ester Hanchett; b. 13 Aug 1702, Suffield, CT; d. 6 Mar 1790, Suffield, CT.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 9, 10, 12, 29, 110, 158

 

 

13            Agnes Sikes     

 

                b. 13 Mar 1723/24, Suffield, CT; dau. of Victory Sikes & Mary King; m. 24 Jan 1742/43, Suffield, CT, Samuel Towsley; son of John Towsley & Thankful Bronson; b. 26 Sep 1722, Suffield, CT.

                Children:

       1       Samuel Towsley, b. 25 Dec 1744, Salisbury, CT; m. Anna Peck.

       2       Joanna Towsley, b. 24 Aug 1746, Suffield, CT.

       3       Abiah Towsley, b. 24 Jul 1748, Salisbury, CT; m. Stephen MacIntire.

       4       Victory Sikes Towsley, b. 14 Nov 1751, Salisbury, CT; m. (1) Anna Benton; m. (2) Desire Grannis.

       5       Silvanus Towsley, b. 17 Jul 1752, Salisbury, CT; d. 5 Mar 1754, Salisbury, CT.

       6       Silvanus Towsley, b. 16 Jul 1754, Salisbury, CT.

       7       Lot Towsley, b. 5 Mar 1756, Salisbury, CT.

       8       Job Towsley, b. 25 Mar 1757, Salisbury, CT; d. 4 Jun 1764, Salisbury, CT.

       9       Annis Towsley, b. 16 Mar 1760, Salisbury, CT.

       10     Ariel Towsley, b. 25 Mar 1762, Salisbury, CT; d. 4 Jun 1762, Salisbury, CT.

       11     Ariel Towsley, b. 30 Aug 1764, Salisbury, CT.

       12     Charles Towsley, b. 25 Oct 1767, Salisbury, CT.

 

                Agnes Sikes bp. 24 May 1724, Suffield church records.  Towsley has been spelled Tousley in some records.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 9, 10, 12, 29, 91, 110

 

 

14            Titus Sikes     

 

                b. 15 Jun 1726, Suffield, CT; d. 7 Jan 1811, Dorset, VT; bur. Maple Hill cem., Dorset, VT; son of Victory Sikes & Mary King; m. 16 Jun 1748, Suffield, CT, Rhoda Miller; dau. of Jonathan Miller & Abigail Noble; b. 3 Oct 1729, Springfield, MA; d. 28 Jun 1791, Dorset, VT, ae. 63 yrs.; bur. Maple Hill cem., Dorset, VT.

                Children:

   34‑1      Sylvanus Sykes, b. 1 Feb 1748/49, Suffield, CT; m. Mary Roe.

   35‑2      Rhoda Sikes, b. 1750, Suffield, CT; m. Isaac Pomeroy.

   36‑3      Lucy Sykes, b. ca. 1752, Suffield, CT; m. John Kent.

   37‑4      Titus Sikes Jr., b. 4 Feb 1754, Suffield, CT; m. Abigail Baxter.

   38‑5      Ashbel Sykes, b. 24 Feb 1756, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Esther Sheldon; m. (2) Eunice Bingham.

       6       Ezra Sykes, b. 21 Jan 1758, Suffield, CT; d. 30 Jan 1758, Suffield, CT.

                 Twins

   39‑7      Jacob Sykes, b. 21 Jan 1758, Suffield, CT; m. (1) Michael Kent; m. (2) Sally (Hurlbut) Stevens.

       8       Israel Sykes, b. 30 Jan 1759, Suffield, CT; d. 30 Jan 1759, Suffield, CT.

   40‑9      Abigail Sykes, b. 30 Jan 1760, Suffield, CT; m. Daniel Kent.

       10     Martha Sykes, b. 7 Mar 1762, Suffield, CT; d. 8 Mar 1762, Suffield, CT.

                 Twins

   41‑11    Mary Sykes, b. 7 Mar 1762, Suffield, CT.

   42‑12    Israel Sykes, b. 28 May 1764, Suffield, CT; m. Anna Sheldon.

   43‑13    Victory Sykes, b. 27 Jan 1766, Suffield, CT; m. Rhoda Farwell.

   44‑14    Love Sykes, b. 27 Aug 1768, Suffield, CT; m. (1) James Underhill; m. (2) Capt. Towsley.

   45‑15    Eunice Sykes, b. 6 Nov 1770, Suffield, CT; m. Eleazer Russell.

   46‑16    Huldah Sykes, b. 15 Apr 1773, Suffield, CT; m. Martin Kent.

 

                Titus Sikes and family moved to Vermont.  Instead of settling as close together as possible, as the Farwell brothers did, the Sykes's scattered over the valley and adjoining towns as far apart as possible, as if to occupy the whole valley.  After two or three generations, in 1856, there were said to be more names of Sykes on the Grand List of Dorset than any other family.  There were at least ten farms owned and operated by Sykes's in 1861, based on a 1869 map of Dorset with 13 Sykes names.

 

                The first Sykes to relocate was Titus, Jr., who settled at the upper end of West Hill Road, probably in 1772, a year before Cephas Kent established his tavern at the foot of the same road.  The two families came from Suffield, and were already connected by the marriage of Cephas's son, John to Titus's sister Lucy.  In the end four Kent's married four Sykes's, from Titus's family.  The Sheldons, another old Dorset family, also came from Suffield.

 

                Titus's oldest son was Sylvanus, who settled on a Dorset farm, which in 1964 was the home of Mrs. Frank L. Dillon.  Ashbel settled in Rupert, VT, just up the valley from Dorset.  Jacob in Pawlet, VT, also just up the valley.  Israel, eventually, up the East Road where Mrs. Matthew P. Gaffney lives.  Victory, eventually moved across the street where Mr. & Mrs. Leon Edgerton now lives, as of 1964.

 

                The father of the six sons, Titus Sykes Sr., came up from Connecticut before the Revolution with some of his children, 16 in all, including two sets of twins.  Two sons died as a young children.  He later returned to Connecticut but finally came back to Dorset, settled, and died there in 1811.  He acquired a large farm on the East Road, now Route 30, about a mile out from the village and judging from a fascinating old document signed by him in 1789, built two houses there.  According to the deed; his gift to his son, Israel, half of his extensive property and what he called "the old dwelling house" and to another son, Victory, the other half of his property, and what he called "the new house", where he was living.  That "old dwelling house", old in 1789, where Israel Sykes, his children and his grandchildren lived, is now Mrs. Gaffney's home.  The "new house", new in 1789, is the present Leon Edgerton house, (1964).  For many years, all through the 1800s, the road North from the village was known as the Sykes neighborhood, as the South end of West Road was the Kent neighborhood.  Titus Sykes's will, one of the precious records in the Dorset Town Office, begins:  "Titus to Israel: I, Titus Sykes of Dorset, for consideration of the love and goodwill and affection, which I, the said Titus Sykes, bear my son Israel Sykes ..... freely give, grant and assign unto him ..."  Similarly worded is the section devoted to his son, Victory.

 

                Titus Sykes after his removal to Vermont still loved the "land of steady habits" and longed to see it, and frequently visited his native town, but as his years increased, the journey became too great and tiresome for his declining strength.  His sons, now and then visited his and their birthplace.  On one occasion, as the two of them were about to start on their journey, they went to bid their aged Father, a good‑bye, and asked "What shell we bring from old Connecticut," he replied, "Bring some of the good old Connecticut dirt to cover these Dorset rocks with."

 

                This is one of the family lines that started to spell there name with a 'y' instead of a 'i'.  The graves of Titus and Rhoda are next to each other in the Maple Hill, Cemetery.  Rhoda, who died in 1791, has on her grave stone "Wife of Titus Sikes", Titus who died in 1811, has "Titus Sykes";  There are several other examples of the Sikes spelling in the Dorset Cemetery, Titus Sikes Jr. d. 1832, Mary (Roe) Sikes wife of Sylvanus Sykes d. 1832 & Eleanor Sikes d. 1798, but most of this branch of the family preferred "Sykes".

 

                Four of the six sons of Titus served in the Revolutionary War: Sylvanus, Titus Jr., Ashbel, and Jacob.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 2, 8, 12, 29, 44, 45, 46, 53, 58, 84

 

 

15            Hannah Sikes    

 

                b. 22 Apr 1734, Suffield, CT; dau. of Victory Sikes & Mary King; m. 15 Apr 1752, Salisbury, CT, Billy Munger; son of Joseph Munger & Miriam Pond; b. 18 Jul 1727, Guilford, CT.

                Children:

       1       Meriam Munger, b. 15 Apr 1753, Salisbury, CT; m. Samuel Law.

       2       Billy Munger Jr., b. 16 Dec 1754, Salisbury, CT; m. Deborah Acley.

       3       Hannah Munger, b. 28 Jun 1757, Salisbury, CT.

       4       Mary Munger, b. 29 Oct 1759, Salisbury, CT; d. Salisbury, CT.

       5       Mary Munger, b. 8 Feb 1762, Salisbury, CT.

       6       Silvanus Munger, b. 3 Jul 1764, Salisbury, CT.

       7       Salome Munger, b. 15 Oct 1766, Salisbury, CT; m. John Ketcham.

       8       Lucy Munger, b. 4 Feb 1769, Salisbury, CT.

 

                The Rev. Jonathan Lee married Bille Munger and Hanna Sikes both of Salisbury, 15 Apr 1752.

 

                Reference Documents: 1, 11, 91