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 in Winnebago, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Jul 2017
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Categories: Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Marion, sailed August, 1839 | 1860 US Census, Harlem Township, 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

James came to the US from Scotland in 1839 on the Marion

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 was an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, Illinois

"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.


Rockford Morning Star August 19, 1888

James Picken, one of the oldest residents of Argyle, died suddenly Friday afternoon. He left his house immediately after dinner and was subsequently found dead in the road. He was 85 years old and was widely respected. [5]


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTJS-MHZ : 10 February 2018), James Pickan, ; citing Southend, Argyllshire, Scotland, reference - 2:16BJFLM, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  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.
  5. Geneology Bank

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53435000 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 01 August 2018), memorial page for James Picken (1803–17 Aug 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53435000, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .
  • Unsourced family tree handed down to Stewart Wallace.

1850 US Census

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M85H-WWB : 12 April 2016), James Picken, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 73, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

James Picken M 45 Scotland
Mary Picken F 32 Scotland
Jennette Picken F 16 Scotland
Ellen Picken F 14 Scotland
Alexander Picken M 12 Scotland
Hugh R Picken M 3 Illinois
Mary Picken F 2 Illinois

1860 US Census

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXHP-4B8 : 13 December 2017), James Picken, 1860.

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)

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