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Richard Sikes & Phoebe ?
The Sikes families here are descendants of Richard and Phebe Sikes.
Wife: Phebe/Phoebe ___ Shown as Phebe Greene in several places, but in Richard Sikes and His Descendants, the First Seven Generations, Arthur Sikes explains why that is incorrect and offers two other possibilities, Phoebe Pierce and Phebe/Phoebe Cooley.
Richard's Birthdate ?
Richard was born sometime prior to 1619 in England. He came to America sometime before 1639 and probably lived in Dorchester. Early records show he spelled his name "Sykes"; Records from Springfield show it spelled "Sikes". He became a freeman in Cambridge, Mass. on 13 May 1640. In 1641 he moved to help William Pynchon establish the town of Springfield in the wilderness, along the "Great (Connecticut) River". (Springfield is now the fourth largest town in New England.)
Richard was elected to the first group of Selectmen in 1644. From 1650 - 1654 he was on the Board of Townsmen. While he held many offices, he also was also a carpenter and a farmer.
Eleanor L. (Cooley) Rue states: "His house was burned by the Indians at the sack of Springfield, 5 October 1675. This difficult period probably contributed to the death of Richard Sikes in March the next year."
Richard's Birthplace ?
He quotes "Hendrick - Sykes and Allied Families", by M Elizabeth Browning, where it says:
"The line of descent of Richard is probably though James (?-1577), eldest son of William, from Leek, Staffordshire southwest of Sheffield.However, we know there are mistakes (e.g. Richard's wife's last name) in this document.
See Lineage of Calif. Immigrants on main Sikes page.
According to Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, and historian George Redmods in Program 1, "There's Only One Mr. Sykes" of the BBC Radio Special "Surnames, Genes and Genealogy":
"The majority of present-day Sykeses can trace their origins back to a family living in Slaithwaite, just outside Huddersfield, in the fifteenth century, or, Bryan Sykes contends, further back to 1280 when William del Sykes held land nine miles east in Flockton."
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