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George Picken (1804 - 1875)

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George Picken
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 May 2018 | Last significant change: 19 May 2018
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Categories: Scottish Immigrants to Illinois | Jane, sailed July 1839 | Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



George was born in 1804 in Scotland. He was the son of Archibald Picken and Mary Greenlees.

He married Jane Brown in Scotland in 1829. They had 13 children.

In July of 1839 they boarded the passenger ship "Jane" at Greenhock, Scotland and came to the United States. They traveled on to Illinois where they were one of the founding families of the Scottish settlement in Argylle, Illinois. [1]

He passed away in 1875.


From FindAGrave:

Belvidere Standard, Tuesday, November 23, 1895

In Caledonia, Boone Co., Ills , Nov. 20, 1875, Mr. GEORGE PICKEN, aged 69 years. The deceased was a native of Argyleshire, Scotland.

He emigrated to America about 35 years ago, and settled in Caledonia, where he has ever since resided. He was well known and highly respected, both in Boone and Winnebago counties. He raised a very respectable family of four sons and eight daughters. All of them live in the neighborhood, and had the pleasure of hearing their father's last words of comfort to them.

The funeral, which took place on Monday last, was largely attended, the services being conducted by Rev. Dr. Ely, pastor of the Willow Creek Church, assisted by Rev. T. C. Easton, of Belvidere. Both of the reverend gentlemen spoke highly of the life of stern honesty and strict integrity lived by deceased. He was a consistent member of the church for upwards of half a century. He will be regretted by many, even outside of his own family circle.


  1. Year: 1839; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 039; Line: 46; List Number: 523
    Name: Geo Picken
    Arrival date: 25 Jul 1839
    Birth Date: abt 1807
    Age: 32
    Gender: Male
    Port of Departure: Greenock, Scotland
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Jane


1850 US Census

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), George Picken, Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, United States; citing family 38, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Name: George Pecken (George Picken)
Age: 44
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1850: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, USA
George Pecken 44
Jane Pecken 38
Elizabeth Pecken 19
Mary Pecken 17
Junett Pecken 15
Charles Pecken 11
Martha Pecken 9
Jane Pecken 7
Archbald Pecken 5
George Pecken 3
Elen Pecken 2
John A Pecken 0
Mary Pecken 60

1870 US Census

Year: 1870; Census Place: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois; Roll: M593_189; Page: 412A; Family History Library Film: 545688

Name: George Picken
Age in 1870: 64
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1870: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois
Occupation: Farmer
George Picken 64
Jane Picken 62
Archibald Picken 25
John Picken 19
Margaret Picken 16
Sarah Picken 14

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