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Peter Dikeman
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28 posts
Aug 23, 2011
9:07 AM
Anyone aware of a Peter Dikeman living in the Tampico or Yorktown area in the early 1880's?
29 posts
Aug 23, 2011
12:02 PM
About 1880, my great grandfather, Alexander Thompson's guardianship was awarded to Peter Dikeman in Kane Co., Illinois. I have no other information on Peter other than his name. It is believed Alexander came to Tampico during that period. I'm still trying to make a connection on how Alexander came to live in Tampico. There is a connection to Yorktown, too.
764 posts
Aug 23, 2011
6:53 PM
"Taylor" - There is an Alex Thompson, age 13, boarding with a John Factley family. Alex is a farm laborer, born in Scotland. The Factley family is a neighbor to Peter Dickman (sp.is different than your name). Peter is from Prussia. Wife is Anna. This is on the 1880 census:
Illinois > Kane > Burlington > District 80 > 13
Do you think this could be your people?
30 posts
Aug 24, 2011
4:21 PM
Yes, it is possible. The age is right. He was either 13 or 14 years old. When Alex's father died his mother appeared to have placed her children with other families. It has been challenging trying to find them all. As far as the spelling of Dikeman I have found anything goes so if it is close it may be him. Alexander apparently was placed in a Poor House as the court order reads... In the matter of the Application of Charles Lovell, Overseer of the Poor to bind as an apprentice Alexander Thompson to Peter Dikeman. This was in March or April, year is unclear 187?. His mother, Henrietta applied to get his guardianship back in May 1880. This was all in Kane County.

I am beginning to think that it was probably Alexander's uncle, William McLean, that brought Alex to Tampico. There are several items on the Message Board that mentions a William McLean or McClain. His wife, Maggie, is buried in the TMC. Alexander is buried there as well as his brother James. James lived on a farm in the Yorktown area and their sister Nettie Quinn and her husband owned the Red Dot Cabins for a time. I don't know what happened to William McLean. He apparently left the area.

There is a lot of misinformation about Alexander. One obit states he came to Tampico at the age of 14. According to his children's birth records the family lived in Tampico sometime after 1888 through 1915. Being a farm laborer he could have lived there off and on before 1888 going wherever there was a job.

Thanks for the info. I will take a look at the census record.

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