History of Jefferson
Dykeman Family, from Loson A. Dykeman, Worcester, N. Y.
I do not know that I can give any information concerning the Moresville Church more than a number of others, though at one time I occasionally attended the church. At one time it was about as strong a rural church as was anywhere around. It was made up of the Vaughns, Propers, Whites, Bradleys, Weidemans, Clays, Bargers, all strong sturdy characters. There was the George Dyckman family, who were members there, some of whom are living now. Perhaps Miss Elizabeth Dyckman, of Cobleskill, could help out with more complete history not only of that church but also that family of Dyckmans, I have never been able to find any relationship between them and the ones I descended from.
My grandfather, Joseph Dikeman, and wife came from Connecticut to Jefferson about 1825. He was born at Danbury, Conn., Dec. 14, 1796; was married at Canaan, Pa., Oct. 12, 1820, to Abigil Frisbee, who was born at Branford, CT., Nov. 12, 1803. Their family consisted of four children, the first living only about five years. The second, Samantha Dikeman (Seeley), was born at Danbury Jan. 8, 1824. The third was Silas W. Dikeman, born at Jefferson Mar. 12, 1826. The fourth, Sally Ann Dikeman (Ferris).
Silas W. Dikeman, my father, was married at Cobleskill, N. Y., to Hannah L. Borst Dec. 4, 1848. Their family consisted of three boys and one girl, who was the oldest, Lewellen Estelle (Picket); Vileski Ferdinand Dikeman; Leslie Le Roy Dikemen, who died when a young man; and Loson A. Dikeman (myself). I have one son, Charles Lee Dikeman, and he has one son, Carl P. Dikeman.
When I went to school I was registered as Loson A. Dykeman. When finding that the name was originally Mann, and that to designate the
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difference between people who worked on the Dykes of Holland and those working upon the upland the ones working on or living on the Dykes were called the Dyke Manns, then finally came to be called Dykeman , considering this way of spelling it to be right., I have always since written my name that way as do my descendants. Tradition says three brothers came to this country and when they parted it was agreed that one would spell his name as Dykeman, another Dikeman and the other Dyckman. Then later, coming in touch with their descendants they would know from which brother they were descended.
Peter R. Dykeman, so far as I know , was born in Jefferson or near there, possibly Blenheim, and always lived there. The other Dyckmans are all related to him. I was personally acquainted with this family, consisting of the following, not knowing their ages : George, Harmon, Charles, Lawyer, and several girls that I did not know.
My father is the S. W. that lived in the north end of the town, (lot of the Strassburg Patent). He built and carried on a foundry and machine shop, making plows, churning machines, waterwheels , sawmills, and doing general repair work. This burned up about fifty years ago and now there is nothing to show anything of the kind ever existed except some of the wall that made the dam to furnish power for the shop.
I have been away from Jefferson so long that when I was there last year at their Old Home Day celebration there were few people I knew.
I have given a history as I know it from a family record. I think Joseph Dikeman had a brother who went by the name of Major Dikeman, He lived at Danbury, Conn., but is dead now. Would like to get in touch with some of the descendants of this branch.
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History of Danbury, Conn. pg. 243
"About 1815 Starr Ferry moved to the town from Brookfield, having decided to settle near his wife's old home. He purchased of Sandy Mc Lane, on Stony Hill, a little house and erected a hat shop on the east side of his farm. Feeling that his location was not adapted to his energies, in 1820 he sold his farm to Major Dikeman, who converted the shop into a dwelling."
From Elizabeth Dyckman, Cobleskill, N. Y.
My grandfather, Michael Dyckman, probably born in Schoharie County, N. Y., married Prudence Becker. I can not give dates as I have no family record. Michael Dyckman's family consisted of eight children, namely - George Albert, Harmon, Charles, Stephen Lawyer, Elizabeth ( Mrs. Marchley), Kate (Mrs. Sandford), Mary (Mrs. Handy), and Helen ( Mrs. Peck). All passed away some years ago.
George Albert Dyckman , my father, married Sarah Tyler at Jefferson in 1860. Their family consisted of one son, George M. and five daughters, namely - Elizabeth, Alice (Mrs. Hicks), Anna (Mrs. Warner)- (Mrs. Wayman ), Edith ( Mrs. Traux), and Edna (Mrs. Denny)-(Mrs. Dorn). Elizabeth, myself, Edith Truax, and Edna Dorn are still living.My grandfather , Michael, had three brothers that I used to hear about. No doubt the family was larger. Peter Richard, married Polly Young. Their family consisted of three daughters (Peter may have had other children ) - Mary ( Mrs. Blodget), Frances (Mrs. Curran) and Jennie Dyckman. I think Raymond Dyckman, Mary's son, is still living. He was living on Long Island, N. Y.
My great grandfather was Jacob Dyckman. That is all I know about him.
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Information about the Moresville Church is not extensive. The church has been closed several years. Nearly all of the old members are dead. I can add a few names of the people who used to attend that church - a Loson Dyckman gave the names of most of the families. To that list I will add
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Peter R. Dyckman
Dyckman, Peter 1824-1914 , Vol. Union Army, Co. B., 91st. Regt., N. Y. Vol. Inf.
Dyckman, Polly. his wife, 1832-1890, Evergreen Cemetery
Jefferson Courier Feb. 5, 1914 "Died: Hon. Peter R. Dyckman, Jan. 31 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Oakley, in Harpersfield. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian Church Feb. 3, conducted by Rev. E. Stanley Chedister, burial in Evergreen Cemetery. He was born in the town of Schoharie Aug. 24, 1824, his parents of Columbia County of German and Holland stock. His parents were poor and his rise in life was the result of his own ambition and efforts. He came to Jefferson a boy of 13 in 1837 to help his brother in the shoe making business at Hickok Hi11s, now West Jefferson. For a time he traveled about the country selling "yankee notions", etc.. This was at the time of the Anti-Rent war, and he could tell thrilling experiences of that conflict.
At the age of 20 he entered the primary department of the Jefferson Academy and there and in district schools he prepared so that in 1847 Stephen J. Tyler , the town superintendent of schools, gave him a license to teach. For 30 years he taught winter terms and at other times at carpenter work, which he followed for 40 years.
June 19, 1849, he married Polly M. Young, daughter of the late Edward Young. Five children were born to them, two of whom died in early childhood, and one in early manhood. One daughter became the wife of Eugene Curran and died in Cayuga County in 1907. The other daughter, Mrs. Hiram Blodget, died three years ago at her home in this town. In l853 he was elected town superintendent of schools, took the federal census in 1860 and 1900, member of Assembly in l869, enlisted Sept. 1, 1864 , in Co. B. 9lst. Regt., N. Y. Vo1unteers, his first assignment being at Fort Mc Henry. He and his wife joined the Presbyterian church May 2, 1853, in which he was an active worker and an elder.
Polly M. (Young) Dyckman was described as a sweet and lovely woman.
Jacob and Hannah parents of Peter R. Dyckman, were buried in the Old Village Cemetery, but as in many other comes in the town, no markers have been found. As remembered their other children were:
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Peter Richard Dyckman
Eliza was after Michael. She married Peter Henness and had several children. Hattie and Oscar lived. Hattie married a Bowls and went to Oneonta to live. She died there and was returned to Jefferson for the funeral, and buried in the Old Cemetery where Jacob, Hannah and Peter's first born Edward are buried. She died about 1904. Among their children were Agnes and Fred.
Mr. Dyckman built Eliza their home and gave it to her to take care of their parents but the mother Hannah lived with Peter until she died before the Civil War. The house was near the fork of the road near the Hartwell farm.
Mr. Dyckman volunteered Oct. 2, 1864, $33.33 first and second installments of bounty, was detailed as carpenter at Fort Mc Henry and in navy depot, discharged near Washington June 1865. For injuries and disabilities, attorney James Tanner of Washington, received pension, April 1899 $8, May $12, June 1907 $20, March 1913 $22.50
In addition to his official appointments and duties he was alert and active in various ways looking to the general welfare. An example of these was compiling a sketch of the activities of the Presbyterian Church in condensed form from the details of the original records, to which were attached alphabetical lists of the members with the dates of their admissions, dismissals and deaths. His address July 4, 1876, in its original form with considerable changes and omissions as printed, contained many items which would have become of great value if the sources from which they were obtained had been destroyed.
It is remembered that he said he was named "after Poor Richard," but would talk little about his people. "He was very proud and aristocratic ..... and because he was born in a log cabin felt it too plebeian and resented the fact that his people were so very poor, for he felt he was discriminated against at school among the well-to-do Dutch children..... His mother could read only Dutch." Was this the traditional status of the Dyckman ancestry or a lower level to which his branch of the family had fallen ?
Bolton's History of Westchester County, Vol.1. pg. l78-179: (1881)
New York in the Revolution,
Page 5 of the Dykeman Family Site (Town of Jefferson, Schoharie) includes the following statement:
"Jennie, (Dykeman) b. 1864 died Feb. 1888. Gifted musician and teacher."
My problem with that statement is this:
My grandmother Jennie Davis married William E. Ralph in Binghamton, NY Aug 2, 1888. I have her handwritten list show guests at the wedding, including Mr. and Mrs. Edward Young and Jennie Dykeman of Jefferson. Jennie Dykeman gave the couple a cabinet photo.
I know that Jennie Dykeman was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Mary Ann) Young. My research has yet to prove that Mary Ann was the sister of Nelly Molly Beard. I realize that 'inferential apprehension' is not valid in genealogy but it gives me a starting point.
Nelly Molly Beard married a first cousin, William S. Beard/Baird and are included in the 1850 US Census for Blenheim. I have letters addressed to the Beards in Binghamton, Broome, NY from Harriet Young, another daughter of the Young's. She calls them Aunt and Uncle. There are records in Wm S. Beard diaries stating that Nellie Molly is 'visiting again' with the Youngs in Jefferson. And there are times recorded of the Youngs making visits to Binghamton.
The February 1888 of Jennie Dykeman is another puzzler.
Ralph D. Smith (March 2003)
I neglected to state that Jennie Davis (Ralph) was the granddaughter of
William S. and Nellie Beard/Baird. I say Beard/Baird because his diaries
have his signature as 'Beard'.
The 1880 Census shows 'Baird' as does other references.
Have a postcard from the referenced Hattie Young to Jennie Davis addressed
Hattie is an aunt of Jennie Dykeman.
Ralph D. Smith (March 2003)
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