George Picken

George Picken (1806 - 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: 14 Jan 2019
17:27: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography and Birth Date for George Picken (1806-1875). [Thank Joelle for this]
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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 an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, 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.

George farmed in Caledonia, Illinois

1850 US Census

Caledonia, Illinois [3]

Name: George Picken
Age: 44
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1850: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois, USA
  • George Picken M 44 Scotland
  • Jane Picken F 38 Scotland
  • Elizabeth Picken F 19 Scotland
  • Mary Picken F 17 Scotland
  • Janett Picken F 15 Scotland
  • Charles Picken M 11 Scotland
  • Martha Picken F 9 Illinois
  • Jane Picken F 7 Illinois
  • Archibald Picken M 5 Illinois
  • George Picken M 3 Illinois
  • Elena Picken F 2 Illinois
  • John A Picken M 0 Illinois
  • Mary Picken F 60 Scotland

1870 US Census

Caledonia, Illlinois[4]

Name: George Picken
Age in 1870: 64
Home in 1870: Caledonia, Boone, Illinois
Occupation: Farmer
  • George Piken M 64 Scotland
  • Jane Piken F 62 Scotland
  • Archibald Piken M 25 Illinois
  • John Piken M 19 Illinois
  • Margaret Piken F 16 Illinois
  • Sarah Piken F 14 Illinois
  • John Wilson M 18 England


  1. ScotlandsPeople
  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 .
  3. "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.).
  4. "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.

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) .

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