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Rev. John W. Sykes

Rev. John W. Sykes

Male 1859 - 1934  (~ 74 years)

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  • Name John W. Sykes  [1, 2, 3
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born Jul 1859  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Jan 1934  Corpus Christi, Nueces Cnty, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 26 Jan 1934  Rose Hill Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, Nueces Cnty, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I349  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2015 

    Family 1 Mary E. Augusta Snouffer,   b. 9 May 1857,   d. 7 Feb 1900  (Age 42 years) 
    Married Y  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Children 
     1. Archibald B. Sykes,   b. 27 Aug 1890,   d. 7 Feb 1905  (Age 14 years)
     2. Eleanor J. Sykes,   b. Aug 1885,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jessie N. Unknown,   b. Abt 1869, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1903  [10, 11
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F4677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census records John W Sykes, 40, born Jul 1859 in Virginia, living with two Ohio-born children, Nellie, 14, b. Aug 1885, and Cecil J., 10, b. May 1890; and an "ass't", Charles H. Powell. The census further notes that John was a widower, his father was born in England and his mother in Virginia. His occupation is listed as "Dean of Episcopal Ch." 1900 U.S. Census, Topeka, Shawnee Cnty, KS (T 623, Roll 500, stamped p. 45).
    • James L. King (ed), History of Shawnee County, Kansas ...., pp. 199-200 (Richmond & Arnold Co., Chicago, IL: 1905):
      "A mission of the Protestant Episcopal Church was begun by Rev. Charles Callaway in 1857, resulting in the organization of Grace Episcopal Church, September 9, 1860, with Rev. Mr. Callaway as rector.... From 1864 to the present time the church has had the following rectors and deans: ***[10 named persons], John W. Sykes, and James P. deBeavers Kaye, the last named being the present dean. *** "
      See: https://archive.org/stream/historyofshawnee00king
    • In 1910 the census shows "J W" Sykes, 50, born in VA, living with his wife Jessie, 31, born in KY. It states that this marriage was John's second and Jessie's first, and that she had no children. John was employed as a minister for the "Episcopal Church." 1910 U.S. Census, Palestine, Anderson Cnty, TX (T 624, Roll 1527, stamped p. 72B).
    • T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY, p. 1323 (1910), state: "Mary A. [Snouffer], deceased, married to the Rev. John W. Sykes, of Texas."
    • In 1920 the census lists John W. Sykes, 59, born in VA, living with his wife Jessie N., 42, born in Kentucky. John was employed as a "Clergyman." 1920 U.S. Census, Corpus Christi, Nueces Cnty, TX ( T 625, Roll 1838, stamped p. 47B).

      The 1930 census shows John W. Sykes, 68, born in VA, living with his wife Jessie N., 58, born in KY. The census reports that they were married when John was 44 and Jessie was 34. John was working as an "Episcopal Rector." 1930 U.S. Census, Corpus Christi, Nueces Cnty, TX (T 626, Roll 2381, stamped p. 81B).
    • The "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976" database lists John W. Sykes, born 18 Jul 1856 in VA, and died 25 Jan 1934 in Corpus Christi, Nueces Cnty, TX. His Texas Death Certificate (# 4084; 12 Feb 1934) indicates that he was a "clergyman" born 18 Jul 1856 [sic] in Virginia and died 25 Jan 1934 in Corpus Christi, TX from pneumonia. It states that his parents were Matthew Sykes and Mary Godwin. It further states that he was buried in "Rose Hill" on 26 Jan 1934. The "informant" providing this data was his wife, "Mrs. Jessie Sykes."

      Note that although the Death Certificate states he was born 18 Jul 1856, I think that the birth date stated in the 1900 census -- Jul 1859 -- is more likely correct. According to the 1930 census, John and Jessie were married when he was 44 and she was 34. If one "does the math" and assumes John was born in 1856, then he would have married Jessie in 1900. It is possible, of course, that the marriage occurred then, but his first wife died in 1900, and I find it difficult to believe that he would have remarried so soon after her death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] Frederick Cnty History|, T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, (L.R. Titsworth & Co., Hagerstown, MD : 1910), p.1323.

    2. [S174] Death Certificate|, Death Certificate, Texas Death Cert. # 4084 (12 Feb 1934).

    3. [S359] KS Census 1900, Shawnee|, Kansas, Shawnee Cnty, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 500, p. 45).

    4. [S53] Myers, Margaret E.|, Margaret E. Myers, "Report to Wm. N. Snouffer" : 26 Feb 1986, (Margaret E. Myers, 317 East 3d St, Frederick MD 21701).

    5. [S30] Carrollton Manor|, William Jarboe Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, (Marken & Bielfeld, Inc., Frederick, MD : 1928), p.174.

    6. [S59] Snouffer, Helen|, Helen Snouffer Brooks, "Letter to Dr. Edward S. Snouffer" (5 Sep 1989), (Helen Snouffer Brooks).

    7. [S56] Names in Stone|, Jacob Mehrling Holdcraft, NAMES IN STONE, (Ann Arbor, MI : 1966), p. 1132.

    8. [S31] Thomas, G.L.|, George Leicester Thomas, GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, (G.L.Thomas, Adamstown, MD : 1956), p. 91.

    9. [S51] Tombstone - WCS |, Cemetery Memorial Stone , (Personal Inspection by Wm. C. Snouffer), Oct. 2006.

    10. [S342] TX Census 1910, Anderson|, Texas, Anderson Cnty, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T624, Roll 1527, p. 72B).

    11. [S495] TX Census 1930, Nueces|, Texas, Nueces County, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 2381, p. 81B).