George Picken

George Picken (1804 - 1875)

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George Picken
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
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: 29 Sep 2018
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Jane, sailed July 1839 | Argyle, Illinois | 1850 US Census, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Charter Member, Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



George was born in 1804 in Scotland. He was the son of Archibald Picken and Mary Greenlees. [1]

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. [2]

He passed away in 1875.


Elizabeth (Ralston) 1830–1897
Mary (Brown) 1833–1880
Archibald 1836-1841
Charles 1838–1921
Martha (Ralston) 1840–1924
Jane (Brown) 1842–1904
Archibald 1844–1909
George 1846–1925
Mary Ellen (McDonald) 1848–1920
John A. 1850–1914
Margaret 1852 - 1936
Sarah (McEachran) 1855–1933


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. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Picken, 03 Aug 1804; citing , Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland, reference - 2:15FZ431, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,068,241.
  2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Geo Picken, 1838; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53435348 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 16 August 2018), memorial page for George Picken (20 Nov 1804–20 Nov 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53435348, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

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

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), George Piken, Illinois, United States; citing p. 29, family 219, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,688.

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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