If you're researching the Dykeman family,
Brian Ballard can help
Cliff and I loved to look at all the different tombstones in the cemetery. One of our favourites stood on the crest of the hill. This tall monument was topped with a dove. To us it seemed this bird had perched there and had been turned to stone.
We really were not very good at figuring out big words but we tried. Since ‘ph' sounded like an ‘f', we concluded that Phebe was "feebee'. The next word was a name we had never seen before - ‘Dykeman.' Cliff was a lot better at decoding than I was so he figured it was ‘Dike - man.'
From Social Studies, we had learned about the dikes in Holland and the story of the little boy who had saved the village with his quick thinking. Dutch people wore wooden shoes but we had never heard of anyone in our community wearing them. This Dutch name on a tombstone was a real puzzle to us.
In later years I learned that Phoebe Dykeman was married to William Titus, one of the Titus brothers who had come from Jemseg. Phebe and William lived in the house on the hill, behind the Baptist Church.
I thought little more of this Dykeman name until a chance meeting with a man who spends his lunch hours reading microfilm at the Saint John Free Public Library. Brian Ballard told me the Dykemans were of Dutch origin. They had settled in New Amsterdam (Manhattan Island, where a Dykeman Museum is now located). For a time they lived in Tarrytown and Philipsborough, New York.
Garrett Dykeman was a descendant from Jan Dyckman and was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church in Tarrytown. On March 04, 1766, he married Eunice Ann Hatfield at White Plains, NY. During the Revolutionary War, he served with the Westchester Militia in the British Forces and was taken prisoner. He and his wife and family came with the Loyalists of the fall fleet of 1783 with Company 52 aboard the Neptune. He was granted a lot in Carleton but soon went upriver to settle in Waterborough, Queens County accompanied by children: Jacob; Gilbert; Moses; Joseph; Eunice Ann and Rebecca. Although he died on June 19, 1813 and is buried at Gagetown the Dykeman named has lived on.
Brian Ballard has compiled more than three hundred pages of information on this Dykeman family. He willingly admits that his research has benefitted greatly from the generosity of others researching the family. Therefore he wishes to pass on his information to those who are interested in this Dykeman Family and their descendants. If you contact him at email@example.com he will e-mail you without charge his three hundred pages of information on the Dykemans.
Brian does not belief in keeping his research material under a bushel basket but prefers to let it fly through cyberspace to others.
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