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Jesse B. Sikes (b. February 17, 1818, d. November 11, 1892)Jesse B. Sikes was born February 17, 1818 in Perquimans County, North Carolina1253, and died November 11, 1892 in Vermillion County, Indiana1254.He married Catherine Rogerson on December 26, 1836 in Hertford, Perquimans County, NC1255.
Notes for Jesse B. Sikes:
He signed his name Sikes so I'm using that spelling.Some of his children spelled it Sykes.
Jesse Sikes is truly the most unusual ancestor I have.His death (killed and eaten by hogs!) certainly sets him apart but his life was also fascinating.He fathered 23 children (a record for my ancestors) by 4 different women.The first 3 he married after the previous wife had died--nothing unusual about that.However he started having children by the stepdaughter (Elizabeth Petty) of this third wife (Mary Ann Bish).According to census records they all lived together in 1 household.I have found a record of incest charges being levelled against Jesse in Vermillion Co. IN.He was acquitted of the charges.At the time his stepdaughter was pregnant with his child and they were not married.We will never know the whole story of this family.
Perquimans Co. marriage bonds:Sykes, Jesse-Catherine Rogerson 10 Dec, 1836; Frederick Brothers, bondsman; John Wood witness.
1840 Perquimans Co.NC census
1 male under 5
1 male between 20 and 30
1 female under 5
1 female between 15 and 20
1860 Wayne Co. IN census
Emanuel Snyder 22-farmer b. Pa.
Mary 21-b. NC (Jesse's daughter)
Joseph Sikes 22-day laborer, b. NC
Jesse Sikes-42-farmer-b. NC
Mary 27- b. OH
Margaret 16 b. IN
Martha 14 b. IN
Arme 12 (female) b. IN
James 8 b. IN
Sarah 6 b. IN
John 5 b. IN
Matilda 4 b. IN
Annual 2 b. IN
Eli 3/12ths b. IN
Elias 3/12ths b. IN
Elizabeth Petty 11 b. IN
1870 Wayne Co. census
Jesse Sykes-53-farmer-b. NC
Mary A. 41-b. OH
John 16 b. IN
Matilda 13 b. IN
Annel 11 b. IN
Eli 10 b. IN
Elias 10 b. IN
Clarra 7 b. IN
George 5 b. IN
1880 Vermillion County, IN census
Jesse Sikes 62 Farmer b. NC father b. NC mother b. NC
Mary A. 48 b. IN
Eli 20 b. IN
Elias 20 b IN
Sarah 18 b. IN
George 14 b. IN
Eliz. Petty, 36, not married,, b. IN
Chas. Petty 19 laborer
Ella Petty 14 lives with grandfather
Ada Petty 10 lives with grandfather
Louie Petty 6 lives with grandfather
Frank Petty 5 lives with grandfather
Bertie Petty (Male) 12 lives with grandfather
Pension Application 23 July 1890
Vermillion Co. IN-Jesse Sykes, 73 of Newport, Vermillion Co. IN declares he was the father of William Sykes who enlisted at Washington (Greensfork) Wayne Co. IN July 1860, Co. B 19 Reg IN Infantry Vol.and that he died on the 25 of March 1865 from the effects of exposure while a prisoner of war.The injury incurred at rebel prison pens.The son left neither widow or children.The defendant was married to said mother on the 24 of Dec. 1836 at Hartford,NC. and that she d. Mar 28, 1848 at Washington, Wayne Co. IN.
Obit.-Vermillion Co. IN-HORRIBLE-AN OLD CITIZEN DEVOURED BY HOGS-
A Ghastly and Sickening Sight.Uncle Jesse Sykes, an old farmer and respected citizen of this township, residing about 3 miles west of town, met a most horrible death near 5:00 on last Friday evening, Nov. 11, 1892.Mr. Sykes was subject to epileptic fits, but had not had any attacks since last spring.On that evening, between 4 and 5:00, he went out to the hog lot, containing about 1 acre of ground, to feed his fattening hogs, about 25 in number.He stayed longer than usual, and as supper was waiting him, his step-daughter went out to see what detained him so long.The feed lot is located 100 yards from the residence.When she arrived there a horrible sight met her view.15 or 20 hogs were feeding upon his lifeless remains.He had fed the hogs and started to return to his residence when he fell in an epileptic fit, and before he could recover the hogs had partly devoured him.The daughter ran to the house and gave the alarm.The hogs were clubbed off and the most ghastly sight ever seen was witnessed by the family.The hogs had torn the flesh from his thighs, eaten off 1 of his ears, his privates, and were devouring his entrails.He was conveyed to the house and a neighbor notified to go for Coroner Brindley, who held an inquest that night rendering a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
The deceased was b. in NC on the 17th of Feb. 1818 and, had he lived until the 17th of next Feb. would have been 75 years of age.He leaves a wife and a number of children to mourn his sad death.The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Brown, a minister of the U.B. church, at the Thomas cemetery on Sunday last, Nov. 13, 1892, after which he remains were placed in the silent grave to await the morning of the resurrection, when the earth and sea shall give up their dead.
To their many friends who assisted them so kindly in their sad bereavement, Mrs. Sykes and the children tender their most sincere thanks.
Vermillion Co. IN Circuit Court.Indictment for incest against Jesse Sykes;February 1874.Jesse Sykes died have unlawful sexual intercourse with his step daughter, Elizabeth Petty, he the said Jesse Sykes did and then knowing the said Elizabeth Petty to be his step daughter.
He was apparently acquitted of the charge.
Vermillion Co. IN death certificate says he died in fit and torn up by hogs-Nov. 11, 1892.
His death memorial says he d. Nov. 11, 1892 age 74 yrs., 8 mos. 25 days.
More About Jesse B. Sikes:
Burial: Unknown, Thomas Cemetery, Vermillion County, IN.1256
Cause of death: Died in fit and torn up by hogs.1257
More About Jesse B. Sikes and Catherine Rogerson:
Marriage: December 26, 1836, Hertford, Perquimans County, NC.1259
Children of Jesse B. Sikes and Catherine Rogerson are:
- +Margaret Sikes, b. February 10, 1844, Wayne County, Indiana1260, d. September 11, 1912, Randolph County, Indiana1261.