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Subject: Re: John D. Dykes married to Nancy Caroline Brock
Date: 24 Jul 2006 22:22:24 -0600

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It is my opinion that your John D. DYKES was the son of Stephen B. DYKES and Smitha Jane FLOWERS and not the son of Thomas G[olleher?] DYKES and Zilpha Delilah HOWELL. Stephen was Thomas' younger brother by about 5 years. They were children of Daniel DYKES and Elizabeth GOLLIHER who were married in 10 Mar 1810 in Livingston Co., KY which is right on the border with Illinois (separated by the river). Daniel and Elizabeth are found on the 1810 census of Livingston Co., IL on the same page with her father and brothers and (if memory serves) his father, also named Stephen DYKES. Daniel and Elizabeth were still alive in 1860 in Franklin Co., AL.

"John D. DYKES" was aged 1 1/2 on the 1850 census. However, his first cousin John C. DYKES, son of Thomas and Zilpha, was not born until about 1851 or 1852 and is given as aged 8 in 1860 census and not given in 1850. Thomas G. DYKES (undoubtedly, but no proof, named for his maternal grandfather Thomas GOLLIHER) was in Chickasaw Co., MS in 1850 while brother Stephen was in Marion Co., AL. Both brothers were in Itawamba Co., MS in 1860 where Stephen again was in 1870.

Thomas' widow Zilpha and son John C. were in Marion Co., AL in 1870. John was 17 and listed as going to school. In 1880 Zilpha is on the census page following John and Nancy C. DYKES (your John D. and Nancy BROCK). Whereabouts of John C. DYKES are unknown.

In 1882 Zilpha applied for a mother's pension for her son Thomas L. DYKES who died in prison during the Civil War (Union side). Many northern Alabamans fought for the Union. The pension was pronounced abandoned and closed out in 1887 due to inactivity for 3 years, probably because she had died. Her son, John C. DYKES [this is how his name appeared in the pension] stated in an affadavit in 1882 that he was 30. Your John is consistently given as 10, 20, and 30 on the 1860-1880 censuses, albeit as 1 1/2 in 1850. A John D. DYKES born Jun 1850 is living in Pontotoc Co., MS in 1900 with wife of 27 years named Catherine.

Both Stephen B. and Thomas G. DYKES were blacksmiths; although Thomas G. is also referred to as Dr. DYKES in the above pension application.

I have some information on the FLOWERS, a little on the GOLLIHERs and quite a bit on the DYKES ancestry and would be happy to share with anyone interested in the line.

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