Hi Deborah, Sorry to take so long to respond to your questions as my computer was having some problems and crashed.It seems that there were at least 3 or 4 heads of households to go to Jerseyville area about the same time from New Jersey.My husband descends from both Isaac and Abraham.I was told of a Renier Van Sickle who also went there, and he doesn't seem to connect to these two, Isaac and Abraham, who I believe to be brothers.
Reynier (whatever the spelling variation) is a name that ties into Ferdinandus as far as him naming his sons.I believe the Reynier who went to Canada was of Ferd's line.The Peter you mention is not easily tied to the line from which Isaac and Abraham descend as I can't find a place where he would fit in.
Peter b. 1814 is in my estimation, also not of the family that Isaac and Abraham come from, though there are Peter's in those lines, this one does not match for dates or descendants.It is my guess that Reynier and Peter, born 1814 is of the line of Ferdinandus, but I have no proof, onlythat I can't find where these two fit in.
I think maybe that the families in New Jersey, knew each other between Ferd's group and Zacharias Sickels group and they may have been friends, though not related and set out for Canada as UEL's about the same time.Possibly they served in the Kings army from New Jersey, and when things became difficult for them, they left New Jersey and headed for Canada.Often, people of a community served together in the militia or whatever unit was from the area.That may be why they ended up around Jerseyville.I believe that Peter's father settled in the Welland area first before going to Jerseyville, where Peter was born.
There is a cluster of Van Sickles in the Deckerville, Michigan area.I have not been able to place them, but according to their historian, they seem to have come from the London area before crossing the St. Clair River.These may be from the line of Peter or Renier.
The Van Sickles from the Jerseyville, Lynden, Ancaster areas seem to get all mixed up into all the families and with duplicate given names, it is difficult to keep all straight. I was reviewing Abraham's line which was done by Helen Johnson and at the time I got that from her, we all thought there was only a Ferdinandus.I started finding Van Sickles married into Van Sickles and wanted to know the connections and I found that descendants from Abraham's line married descendants from Isaac's line.then I hit a break as Isaac had a son with name of Lambert.I also was aware of a Lamb ert a couple generations previous in New Jersey.By working on these two Lambert's, I was able to figure out that Isaac was from that line and named his son after his father, Lambert.Abraham seemed also to be of this family.
My husband's grandfather insisted that there were two Van Sickle groups that came to Jerseyville.I am wondering if two groups could mean 4 men, two from each family, Ferd's line and Zach's line.This is a big mystery, but I believe the more we work together and put our bits and pieces together, we will solve it someday.
Again, sorry to take so long to get back to you as in this time I had reformatted my computer twice, and then set up a complete separate computer to replace what I had, so it has taken more time than I like to respond.