Biography of George W. Dikeman & Wife
Rutland County, Vt. Biographies





DIKEMAN, GEORGE W. AND WIFE. Mr. Dikeman's grandfather, Frederick Dikeman, was a soldier of the Revolution, and a native of Redding, Fairfield county, Connecticut. He removed early to Ballston, N. Y., where on the 18th of March, 1788, was born Perry Dikeman, the father of the subject of this sketch. In 1796 Frederick Dikeman came to Hubhardton and settled on the farm now owned by M. M. Dykeman. He was four times married and had by his first wife, Mabel Couch, the following children : Lydia, born August 8, 1781; Sarah, born December 14, 1784; Perry, born, as before stated, March 18, 1788; Briah, born March 5, 1790, and Azor, born January 20, 1794. In the spring of 1816 Perry Dikeman came on to the farm now owned by M. M. Dikeman, and, in 1847, bought the place now owned by George W. Dikeman, upon which he remained until his death, August 14, 1871. He held many town offices and represented the town in the Legislature in 1851 and 1852. The maiden name of his wife was Zilpha Morehouse.

George W. Dikeman was born on the 5th of January, 1815, at a distance of less than a mile from his present home, on the farm now owned by D. J. Flagg. He afterward, while a child, lived on the farm now owned by his brother, M. M. Dikeman, and came to his present farm with his father. For years before his father's death he had the active management of this farm, which contained two hundred and fifty acres of choice land, capable of growing all kinds of produce. Mr. Dikeman's education was received at the district schools of his native town. By virtue of his natural acquisitiveness and industry, he has come to be one of the wealthiest men in town. He has been a stockholder in the First National Bank of Fairhaven, and for a number of years has been, and is now, one of its directors. He also owns stock in nearly all the banks and banking companies of Rutland, and was for years a stockholder in the old Rutland National Bank. He was unfortunate enough a few years ago to be in the numerous company who lost by the failure of the old Poultney bank, being about $5,000 out of pocket by reason thereof.

Although he has preferred the quiet industry of home life to the anxieties and meagre emoluments of public office, he has been compelled, at various times, to accept town offices. He was chosen selectman two terms during the war, and two terms in succession since then, has served two years as constable and collector, several years as superintendent of schools, and some time as justice of the peace, beside declining other offices which have been repeatedly proffered him.

Mrs. George W. Dikeman was born in Whiting, Addison county, on the 17th of July, 1823, and became the wife of Mr. Dikeman on the 5th of January, 1841. Her maiden name was Nancy Maria Walker. Her father, Timothy M. Walker, was a shoemaker in Whiting, and came to Hubbardton in 1837, taking up his residence upon the farm recently owned by Arnold Manchester. He was the grandson of Gideon Walker, whose career forms an interesting paragraph in the history of Whiting. He was born in Whiting on February 24, 1801, and after conducting successfully the business of farming and shoe making until he had just passed his prime; he died in Hubhardton on the loth of January, 1855. His wife, Nancy Moulton, was born in Orwell, Vt., on the loth day of February, 1802, and still lives with Mrs. Dikeman. Her father, Ephraim Moulton, from Brimfield, Mass., was an early farmer in Orwell. Her mother was Matilda Lyon, a relative of Matthew Lyon, of Fairhaven. Mrs. Dikenian, besides attending faithfully to all the duties of her household, has for many years taken active interest in the affairs of the Congregational Church of Hubhardton, of which she is a member and regular attendant. To those who take delight in reflecting upon the hardy virtues engendered by the quiet and seclusion of the farm, the spectacle of husband and wife sharing the ills and blessings of the world for near a half century is touching and sublime.

From:
History of Rutland County, Vermont
Edited by: H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1886


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