After coming to the United States he farmed and became part of the Scottish Settlement at Argyle.
Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Saturday, April 6, 1901
NATIVE OF SCOTLAND DIES AT AGE OF 76
Passing of James Picken at His Home on North Third Street James Picken of 618 North Third street, passed away at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after but three days illness. Mr. Picken had been ailing for some time, but his condition was not alarming until Tuesday, when it became necessary for him to take to his bed, from which time he continued to fail until the end came, old age being the cause of death.
James Picken was born in Campbelltown, Scotland, March 26, 1854. He lived in that vicinity until 1847, when he came direct to his country and at once settled on a farm which he owned in the Scotch settlement at the time of his death. In 1857 Mr. Picken was united in marriage to Miss Jane Montgomery, and immediately after marriage settled on a farm in Argyle. Mrs. Picken died in 1883 , since which time decedent has been living with his daughter. Six children were born to the couple, four of whom are now surviving, Mrs. Elizabeth Colville, Miss Margaret Picken, Miss Alice Picken of this city, and Mrs. Anna Langwell of Sodus, N.Y. Mrs. James Greenlee of the Scotch settlement is the only survivor of the old Picken family.
Four years ago Mr. Picken purchased a lot on North Third street, on which he erected a house, and in which he has since resided. The decedent was a member of the Willow Creek church in Argyle since 1854. Since removing to this city he has attended the Westminster Presbyterian church.
The funeral services will be held from his late residence on North Third street at nine o'clock Monday morning.. Rev. W.T. Wilcox will officiate. At 10:10 the body will be taken to Argyle over the C. & N. W. road, where services will be held at Willow Creek church at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. I. Alexander. The burial will take place in the Argyle cemetery.
"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXHP-4B2 : 13 December 2017), James Picken, 1860.
Year: 1870; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M593_294; Page: 290B; Family History Library Film: 545793
Year: 1880; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: 261; Page: 56A; Enumeration District: 220
Year: 1900; Census Place: Rockford Ward 1, Winnebago, Illinois; Page: 9; Enumeration District: 0130
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