James Picken

James Picken (1802 - 1888)

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James Picken
Born in Kildavie, Parish Of Southend, Argyleshire, Scotlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married about in Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 13 Jul 2017 | Last significant change: 14 May 2018
12:34: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Primary Photo for James Picken. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Scottish Immigrants to Illinois | Marion, sailed August, 1839 | 1860 US Census, Winnebago, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



James was born in 1802 in Southend, Scotland. [1] He married Elizabeth Howie in 1833. [2]

They had three children:

Janet 1833–1893
Ellen (Harold) 1835–1903
Alexander 1838–1894

Tragic Voyage to America

In 1839 they all boarded the ship "Marion" for the voyage to America.

Elizabeth died on route and was buried at sea.

The trip was "stormy" and apparently nearly went down several times. The ship landed Aug 26, 1839. It took the families 35 days to travel from New York to Chicago by rail, and boat. From Chicago, the travelers proceeded by wagon to Rockford, IL. [3]

New Life in America

"James Picken had his share of troubles on leaving Scotland with the Giffins on July 4, 1839. His wife died on the ocean and was buried at sea, leaving the husband with three young children" They stayed in Ohio for a year, then came to the Scottish Settlement at Argyll. [4]

James married Mary Reid about 1847. They had three children:

Hugh R. 1848–1888
Mary (Patton) 1850-1934
Margaret (Andrew) 1851-1919

James passed away in 1888.


  1. Original data: Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
    Name: James Pickan
    Gender: Male
    Baptism Date: 20 Dec 1802
    Baptism Place: , Southend, Argyll, Scotland
    Father: Alexander Pickan
    FHL Film Number: 1041076
    Reference ID: - 2:16BJFLM
  2. James Pickan, Marriage Date: 23 Jan 1833, Marriage Place: Southend,Argyll,Scotland. Spouse: Elisabeth Huie. FHL Film Number: 1041076
  3. "This information comes from a letter written by William Giffen, son of Andrew. William married Margaret Harvey, daughter of William Harvey who came to Argyle in 1841." Ralston's Ancestors Ship's List
  4. Daniel Harvey, The Argyle Settlement in History and Story, pg 35.


1850 US Census

Year: 1850; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M432_134; Page: 381A; Image: 172

James Picken 45
Mary Picken 32
Jennette Picken 16
Ellen Picken 14
Alexander Picken 12
Hugh R Picken 3
Mary Picken 2

1860 US Census

Year: 1860; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M653_240; Page: 559; Family History Library Film: 803240

James Picken 57
Mary Picken 51
Jenett Picken 24
Ellen Picken 23
Alexander Picken 21
Hugh Picken 12
Mary Picken 10
Margaret Picken 8
William McDonald 25 (son of Alexander)

1880 US Census

Year: 1880; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: 261; Page: 55D; Enumeration District: 220

James Picken 77
Mary Picken 70
Alexander Picken 42

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Monument to James and Mary


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