The Lykins Family History
Posted by Bobby G. Lykins Jr.
Retrieved June 27, 2003
From Free Pages Genealogy at Rootsweb
There were two known and proven brothers who were both born in Varmland, Sweden. They arrived in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area between 1650 and 1655. According to Dr. Peter Craig, Historian and Author of The Census of the Swedes on the Delaware, the first records of the brothers was in 1671. This is when we are assuming that our family first started making this country their home. This record showed Peter Lycon working for Armegot Printz on his plantation in the New Sweden Colony. Also in 1671, Michael Lycon secured a land patent at Shackamxon. Peter later shared the plantation with his brother Michael.
Although the parents of these two brothers are not positively known, it is strongly believed that Nils Andersson was their father. Their mother is not known. She may have died on the journey to this country.
Nils Andersson was a miller, who arrived in New Sweden on The Eagle in 1654. He resided in Fort Christina, when he made purchase from the company store. These purchases were began on June 17, 1654 and the last one was made on August 8, 1655—shortly before the colony was conquered by the Dutch.
Later, Peter Nilsson (Lycon) obtained land in Philadelphia County (at present Frankford) for the purpose of building a mill. He built the mill, but it was soon taken over by the Quakers. It was known for years as the Swedes Mill though. If Peter Nilsson Lycon knew the milling trade, he most likely learned it from his father.
The family name itself comes from a small village called Lyckan, in Gunnarskog Parish, Varmland, Sweden. The meaning of the name is “A Clearing in the Woods” or “A Glen.” Some of the most common spellings are as follows: Lykins, Lykens, Likins, Lycan, Lykings, and Laicans.
Anders Laicans married Anna Jonson and they had two children: Christina Ly and Peter. Peter Laicons married Bridgett in 1734. Then had ten children! Eleanor, Jacob, Hanse, Andrew, Charles, Henry, William and three unknowns. Their son William Lykins was born in 1766 in Berks County Pennsylvania. William married Margaret Ritter and they had fourteen children, one of which was Peter Lykins. Peter married Winnie Williams….
I was able to trace my Grandfather Dwight Lee Lykins’s ancestry to these two brothers (Anders and Hanse Laicans) from a listing I had for a Peter Lykins born in 1800. He married Winnie Williams. They had Peter Monroe Lykins who married Emma Jane Reed. They had a son named Robert Lee Lykins, who was born March 9, 1906 and died December 18, 1968. Robert married Bernice Gertrude Britton and they had a son named Dwight Lee Lykins on June 2, 1932. Dwight Lee Lykins married Betty Morjanna Hoak and they had two children together: Janalee Lykins and Steven Ray Lykins.
Dwight and Betty divorced and Dwight remarried Hazel Price. They had two children together: Lawrence “Larry” Lykins and William “Bill” Douglas Lykins. Dwight also had a child with Sara Collins, whom he did not marry, named Ronald Lee Lykins. Dwight Lee Lykins died December 18, 1962.
Janalee Lykins married John Gilkison and they had one child together, me! I am Cari Lynn Gilkison and I was born June 27, 1976. I married Jason Paul Vaughn, a fellow Swede, in 2000 and we had two children together. Anastasia Taylor Vaughn was born September 17, 2003 and Sebastian Ulysses Vaughn was born November 6, 2007.
Steven Ray Lykins married Jeanne Sanders and they had three children together: Alecia Jeane Lykins, Steven Dwight Lykins, and Tyler Joseph Lykins. Steve and Jeanne later divorced and both remarried, but did not have children with their second spouses. Alecia Jeane Lykins married Steven Goulet and they had two children together: Vincent and Lucas Lykins. Steven Dwight Lykins married Marta and they had a son together: Joseph Dwight Lykins. Tyler Joseph Lykins has a son Noah Lykins.
Lawrence or Larry Lykins married Barbara and they had one son Dwight Lykins.