James Picken

James Picken (1824 - 1901)

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James Picken
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Winnebago, Illinois, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Mar 2018 | Last significant change: 13 Dec 2018
05:31: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for James Picken (1824-1901). [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Campbeltown, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | 1860 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | 1900 US Census, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois | Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rockford, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



James Picken was born in 1824 in Argyll, Scotland, the son of David Picken and Marion Huie. [1]

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

After coming to the United States he farmed and became part of the Scottish Settlement at Argyle.

James married Jane Montgomery in 1857 in Winnebago County, Illinois. [2]

They farmed in Harlem Township. When James retired from farming he moved to Rockford.

James died in 1901. [3]

He and his wife Jane are buried at the Scottish Cemetery in Caledonia, Illinois.


Marion 1858–1880
Jane 1860–1863
Elizabeth (Colville) 1863–1939
Margaret (LeMarie) 1865–1929
Alice (Stewart) 1869–1954
Annie Janet (Langwill) 1872-1938


From FindAGrave:

Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Saturday, April 6, 1901


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 [1888], 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.

James farmed in Harlem, Illinois

1860 US Census

Harlem Township, Illinois [4]

James Picken, 1860.
Name: James Picken
Age: 36
Birth Place: Scotland
Home in 1860: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois
Occupation: Farmer
  • James Picken 36
  • Jane Picken 33
  • Marion Picken 3
  • Marion H Picken 65
  • Archibald Dallas 33

1870 US Census

Harlem Township, Illinois [5]

  • James Picken 47
  • Jane Picken 40
  • Marian Picken 13
  • Elisabeth Picken 8
  • Maggie Picken 5
  • Alice Picken 9/12 months

1880 US Census

Harlem Township, Illinois [6]

  • James Picken 56
  • Jennie Picken 49
  • Elizabeth Picken 17
  • Maggie Picken 15
  • Allis Picken 10
  • Annie Picken 8

1900 US Census

Rockford, Illinois [7]

Name: James Picken
Age: 76
Birth Date: Mar 1824
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Rockford Ward 1, Winnebago, Illinois
Street: North Third Street
Occupation: Landlord
  • James Picken 76
  • Jane M Picken 35
  • Alice M Picken 30


  1. ScotlandsPeople
    Date: 28/03/1824
    Parish: Southend
  2. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9L-NM5Z : 14 October 2017), James Picken and Jane Montgomery, 10 Jan 1857; citing Winnebago, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,914,041.
  3. Ancestry.com Winnebago County, Illinois, Deaths, Original data: Winnebago County Clerk, comp. Winnebago County Clerk Genealogy Records. Winnebago, IL: Winnebago County Clerk, 2008. Ancestry Record 5397 #2605
    Name: James Picken
    Death Date: 5 Apr 1901
  4. “United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXHP-4B2 : 13 December 2017)
  5. “United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6W1-BXZ : 12 April 2016), James Picken, Illinois, United States; citing p. 10, family 75, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.
  6. “United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX2S-TQP : 14 August 2017), James Picken, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 220, sheet 56A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0261; FHL microfilm 1,254,261.
  7. “United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSCH-Y5H : accessed 10 August 2018), James Picken, Rockford Township Rockford city Ward 1, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 130, sheet 9A, family 227, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,355.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53435019 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 July 2018), memorial page for James Picken (26 Mar 1824–6 Apr 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53435019, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

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