The data we have been able to obtain of Edward Sikes is of exceeding brevity;
but his early residence and identification with the early history of Mason
county, scatters his name on many pages of this book. His home, quiet life,
unostentatious manners, and the surroundings of his early Mason county home,
will make it long to be remembered by residents of that county.
Edward Sikes was born in Maine, and removed to the State of New York when six
years old, and from there to Ohio when at the age of fourteen. In 1820 he
married Miss Jemima Virgin, moved to Illinois in 1837, settled in Mason county,
where he remained until his death, in 1855. His sole occupation was that of
farming, which he made a success. He was frequently called on to serve his
neighbors in the capacity of Justice of the peace. It was at his house the first
school was taught in the eastern part of Mason county, by his daughter Mary, now
Mrs. S.D. Swing, of Mason City. The other daughter, Sarah M. widow of Abram
Swing, is also a resident of Mason city.
These families have been ever prominently identified with Mason county’s
Contributed by: Jeanie Lowe