|Everingham Family History Public Record Reprint
excerpt from; Genealogical and Personal Memorial
of Mercer County, New Jersey pg. 511
amply evidenced by the high position he occupies in the McKinley Memorial Hospital in Trenton--that of president of the medical staff and chief surgeon. He is a member of the New Jersey State Medical Society, the National Medical Society, the Hahnemann Alumni Association, and is local examiner for the State Life Insurance Company. He is active in National Guard affairs, and is captain of Company A, Second Regiment.
Dr. McCullough married, October 6, 1897, Mariana E. Ely, a daughter of Holmes D. and Mathilda (Parker) Ely, and of this union were born two children: Lillian E., August 15, 1899; and John H., Jr., March 13, 1904.
WILLIAM SYKES, a successful market gardener of Trenton, was born in Hamilton township, near the city of Trenton, January 2, 1847, and is a son of John Sykes, who was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1820, and came to America in 1842. John Sykes was one of a family of two sons and five daughters, whose father died when John was a small boy, and being obliged to assist in the support of the family, he received very little school education. At an early age he learned the trade of a weaver and worked in the mills of his native town, assisting his mother in the support of the family until 1842, when he came to America. Landing at New York, and failing to find work there, he walked to Trenton, a distance of sixty-four miles, having heard of a woolen mill located there operated by a Mr. Fisher. He found employment in the mill and remained there some time, and a little later went with the same party to Fisherville, Pennsylvania, where he was employed for a time, and then returned to Trenton. He now decided to engage in market gardening, and purchasing five acres of land of Samuel Simonds, he began raising vegetables, small fruits and berries for the Trenton market. He later purchased an additional tract of nine and a half acres of George Anderson and devoted his attention to this branch of agriculture during the remainder of his life, assisted materially during the later years by his son William. John Sykes died in 1886.
He married, soon after his arrival in New Jersey, Achsah Johnson, who died February, 1861, leaving six children, as follows: 1. Mary, married Furmen Everingham, and removed to Glenwood, Iowa, where she has two children, Phany and Furman. 2. William, a further account of whom follows. 3. George, married Mary Goldie and has one son, John, who married Julia Howard. 4. Sarah, married Henry Wharton and has two children, Mary and William, the latter married to a Miss Hughes. 5. Annie, married Alexis Cook, and has two sons, John and Elmer. 6. John, married Emma West, and had three children: Alvin, Arthur, who died at the age of twelve years, and Clifford.
William Sykes, eldest son of John and Achsah (Johnson) Sykes, was born in Hamilton township, January 2, 1847. He assisted his father in the conduct of the truck farm, and acquired his education at the public schools. He remained at home until his marriage, and then took charge of the Mellick farm of sixty acres, which he conducted for two years, and then removed to the William Anderson farm, where he lived for two years. He then removed to Henderson county, New Jersey, where he operated a fine farm of one hundred and forty acres for several years. Returning to Trenton he took charge of the Thomas Allen farm of nineteen acres, and devoted his attention to market gardening for the next eight years. In 1884 he returned to his father's truck farm and assisted his now aged parent in its conduct until the death of the latter in 1886, and has since operated it for himself, producing all kinds of vegetables and small fruits, which are disposed of at wholesale in the Trenton and other markets.
Mr. Sykes has always taken an interest in local politics, giving his allegiance to the Republican party. He has filled the following local offices: School director or trustee two years, district clerk three years, commissioner of appeals six years, and has served for three years on the township committee. He and his family are members of the Baptist church.
Mr. Sykes has been twice married. By his first wife, Lydia Mellick, daughter of John and Elizabeth Mellick, of Hamilton township, he had two children, William J., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work, and Mary Elizabeth, wife of William Hughes. He married (second) Jessie Wilkinson, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Wilkinson, of Hamilton township, by whom he has one child, Florence, born in 1889.
WILLIAM J. SYKES, a leading produce merchant of Trenton, New Jersey, was born in that city, a son of William and Lydia (Mellick)
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