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Articles of Genealogical and Historical Interest

in the
Records of the Pike Family Association

Constitution of the Association 1904, page 21

By-laws of the Association 1906, page 14

Origin of the name Pike 1912, page 32

Some English Pykes 1906, page 34; 1914, page 23

Sir Richard Fyke and his arms 1904, page 55 ; 1906, page 34

Sketch of

John Pike of Newbury 1906, page 37

Captain John Pike of Newbury, and New

Jersey 1906, page 38; 1912, page 28

Major Robert Pike 1902, page 33

Col. Zebulon Pike 1908, page 15 ; 1912, page 29

Gen. Zebulon Montgomery Pike

1902, page 60; 1906, page 26

Edwin B. Pike 1908, page 22

Dr. Clifford L. Pike 1908, page 24

Mrs. Sarah Sturdevant 1910, page 16

Some descendants of

George Pike of Marblehead 1902, page 46

Hugh Pike of Newbury 1904, page 88

James Pike of Charlestown and Reading 1904, page 63

John Pike of Newbury and New Jersey 1906, page 37

Philip Pike of Kittery 1902, page 48

Robert Pike of Providence 1902, page 45

Robert Pike of Salisbury 1900-1, page 7

Samuel Pike of Falmouth, Maine 1902, page 49

William Pike of Connecticut.. ..1902, page 46; 1904, page 61
Some Pikes of Nova Scotia 1904, page 98


AUGUST 15, 1900, the following notice, was sent to the
many members of the Pike Family in America: —
The Reunion of the Pike Family will be held at
Salisbury, Mass., Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11 and
12, 1900.

All persons of this great name or descended therefrom,
and all interested in commemorating the life and deeds of
that "Great English Commoner," the "Worshipful Maj.
Robert Pike," of Salisbury, are respectfully requested to
be present.

Accommodations can be had at Hotel Gushing, Salisbury
Beach, for meals or lodging, providing due notice is given
the undersigned in advance. Please give notice through
your local papers and notify your relatives.


C. L. PIKE, Saco, Maine.

Pursuant to the above call, upon the said Tuesday and
Wednesday, Sept. 11th and 12th, 1900, at Hotel Gushing,
Salisbury Beach, Mass., was held the first grand reunion
of the great famil}^ of Pike and their descendents in

Over 2,000 of the above circular letters of invitation to
this reunion had been sent out over the continent wher-
ever the name had been found, by Dr. Clifford L. Pike of
Saco, Me., who with the Hon. Edwin B. Pike of Pike's
Station, N. H., and others had conceived and carried this
idea to its final completion.

A committee had been chosen in behalf of the family and
its friends, to look after the interests of the reunion. This

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committee consisted of John Broadhead Pike as chairman,
John Q. Evans, Secretary, and Trne B. Pike, Dr.
Jacob F. Spalding, Fred G. Brown, Ann- Pike Brown;
Miss Hattie Pike of East Boston, Mrs. Lizzie C. Pike,
Derry, N. H., Capt. John F. Pike, Worcester, Mrs. Annie
Pike vSnow, NewbnrN'port and Mrs. Mary Lewis to whose
uniting efforts the success of the occasion was largely due.
A Brass Band of sixteen pieces had been provided; the
Postoflfice closed by an order from Washington, D. C;
reduced fares on all electric roads; the homes of all the old
settlers had been looked up and the Hon. Wm. H. Moody,
Congressman from the Sixth Congressional District of
Massachusetts, had been invited to speak to us in honor of
the occasion and every comfort and convenience was pro-
vided by the manager of Hotel Cushing.

The meeting was called together in the spacious hall at
Hotel Cushing at 2 p. m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, by the secre-
tary of the local committee and Hon. Joseph Trevitt Pike
of New York City was called upon to act as temporary
chairman and Dr. Clifford L. Pike of Saco, Me., to act as
temporary secretary of the meeting.

Upon motion of Walter N. Pike of Floral Park, N. Y.,
it was voted that the chairman appoint a committee consist-
ing of five members at the meeting to act with the tempor-
ary chairman and secretary, to draft l^y-Laws for the asso-
ciation and to put in nomination its various ofhcers.

The chairman a])pointed the following to act upon that
committee, Walter N. Pike of Floral Park. N. Y., Rev.
Dr. Ezra B. Pike of East Brentwood, N. PL, Hon. John
Q. Evans and True B. Pike of Salisbury and Gordon B.
Pike of New York City.

The meeting was then adjourned to meet at four o'clock
if possible.

At the appointed time the meeting was again called to
order and the following By-Laws were submitted:

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Article I.
This Association shall be called the Pike Family Asso-

Article II.
Membership: Any person may become a member of this
Association of the name of Pike or a lineal descendent
therefrom, of English ancestor of that name and paj^ment

of fifty cents.

Article III.
Dues: The dues each year shall be twenty -five cents.

Article IV.
Meetings: Meetings shall be held every two j'ears at
such place and time, the Executive committee may deter-

Article V.

Officers: Shall consist of (l) President, (2) Twelve

Vice-Presidents, (3) Secretary, who shall also act as

Treasurer, (4) Executive Committee which shall consist of

the President, First Vice-President, Secretary and four


Article VI.

Duties: Duties shall be such as usually attach to officers

in similar organizations.

Article VII.
Money: Shall be expended for necessary incidental
expenses of the Association and any surplus may be used
in Genealogical and Historical research under the direction
of the Executive Committee.

Article VIII.
Amendments: These By-Laws may be amended at any
meeting of the Association by a majority vote of the mem-
bers present.

The officers put in nomination were: For President,
Edwin B. Pike of Pike's Station, N. H. ; For First Vice-
President, Joseph T. Pike, 4.i Exchange Place, New York

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City; For Secretary, who shall also act as Treasurer, Dr.
Clifford L. Pike of Saco, Me. ; For Executive Committee,
the President, First Vice-President, Secretary and Walter
N. Pike of Floral Park, N. Y. ; Rev. Dr. Ezra B. Pike of
East Brentwood, N. H. ; John Q. Evans, Salisbury, Mass. ;
Gordon B. Pike, 111 5th Avenue, New York City. The
eleven other \'ice- Presidents were recommended to be
nominated from the floor.

Upon motion the report of the Committee was accepted
and the Submitted By-Laws were adopted by the Associa-
tion, and Edwin B. Pike of Pike's Station was elected
President; Joseph T. Pike of 43 Exchange Place, New
York City was elected First Vice-President; Dr Clifford L-
Pike of Saco, Me., was elected Secretary, who shall also
act as Treasurer. The Executive Committee elected were:
The President Edwin B. Pike of Pike's Station, N. H. ;
First Vice-President Joseph T. Pike, 43 Exchange Place,
New York City. ; the Secretary Dr. Clifford L- Pike of Saco,
Me. ; Walter N. Pike of Floral Park, N. Y. ; Rev. Dr. Ezra
B. Pike of East Brentwood, N. H. : John Q. Evans of
Salisbury, Mass., and Gordon B. Pike, 111 5th Avenue,
New York City.

The eleven Vice-Presidents elected by nomination from
the floor were: Hon. Eeroy F. Pike of Cornish, Me.;
Miss Ida Mae Pike of Aberdeen, S. D. ; Mrs. Susannah
French, 1789 Hon. Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs.
Annie C. Snow of Newburyport, Mass. ; Miss Helen A.
Pike, 38 Green Street, Newburyport, Mass. ; Mrs. Harriet
Pike White, 349 Garden Avenue, Mt. Vernon, N. Y. ;
Robert H. Pike, Union, N. H. ; Rev. Cornelius Pike, 60
Sycamore Street, New Bedford, Mass.; Miss* Lillian Pike,
Coast Survey, Washington, 1) C. ; Rev. Mrs. Mary Kath-
erine Pike Heald of San Raphael, N. M. : and .Mrs. Emma
Pike Huswell of Salisbury, Mass.

It was voted, after some discussion, to hold the meeting
and exercises of the Association vSept. 12, within the hall

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at Hotel Cashing the prooram to commence at ten o'clock,
a. m., then voted to adjourn to that time and place.

September 12, 1900.

At the appointed time and place the meeting was called
to order by the President and it was voted to have a meet-
ing of the Association some time during next year at Hotel
Gushing, Salisbury Beach. The time being left to the
Executive Committee.

Suitable remarks was then made by the President and
the program was called.


Piano Solo, Miss Agnes Pike, Newburyport, Mass.

Address of Welcome, Rep. John Q. A. Pettengill, Salisbury, Mass.
Vocal Selection, Mrs. F. A. Hardy, West Derry, N. H.

The Pike Family of Salisbury, Hon. John Q. Evans, Salisbury, Mass.
Vocal Selection, Mrs. Cora F. Pike, Saco, Me.

Original Poem, Mrs. Helen Walton Ross, Ipswich, Mass,

The Future of the Pike Family,

Rev. Dr. Ezra B. Pike, E. Brentwood, N. H.
Vocal Selection, Rep. John Q. A. Pettengill, Salisbury, Mass.

Address, Congressman Hon. Wm. H. Moody, Haverhill, Mass.

America, The Pike Family Association.

At the conclusion of the exercises the meeting of the
Association was adjourned.


Mr. Chairman: — You may somewhat wonder at my
being selected to speak to you of the "Pike Family" of
Salisbury" being not closely related to them, but as of the
eighth generation from Major Robert Pike whose daughter
Elizabeth married William Carr and also b}- a second line
from Israel the sister of the Major's, who married Henry
True; I consider myself as in good and regular standing in
this reunion.

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As a resident of the town of Salisbury I join with others
in extending a welcome to each and all of you to the old
town of your honored ancestors. A town which has for
260 years been the home of the family and from whence
have gone out many representatives who have honored the
name of Pike. Nevertheless we have within our town
many representatives of the name and our voting list shows
no less than 30 names out of our 400 voters.

When John Pike and his five children landed in this
countr}^ in 1635 and took up their residence on the banks
of the Parker river in Newbury they found awaiting them
the task of subduing the wilderness.

Such men as John Pike and his two stalwart sons, John
and Robert must have been a valuable addition to the little
settlement and have found ample scope for all of their

Of John we know little beyond the names of his family.
That he came in the "James" from Southampton and while
called "Laborer from Langford" "this may have been but
a deception to conceal a more noted person from tyrannical

The probabilities are that John Pike was a man of liberal
education and much natural ability not only from his hav-
ing two sons, who ranked so high in later years in the his-
tor}' of this colony and that of the New Jersey, but from
some evidence of John's ])ersonal abilit}'. The court
records show that he acted as attorney in two cases and
successfully in each occasion.

He seems to have made his home in his last years with
his son, Robert in Salisbury where he died in 1654, leaving
property to the amount of /,230, comprising nearly ^,15 in
clothing. His Jio))ie and land at Newbury and land at the
new town (vSalisbury. ) llis will made two days before his
death gave his estate to his sons and jili) to each of his
three daughters, Dorothy, Ann and Israel.

John, the elder son, continued to live in Newburv until

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about 1670 when he moved to Woodbridge, N. J., where
he became the leading man of the community. Its presi-
dent and the ancestor of that branch of the familj^ One
of his sons Joseph continued to live in Salisbury and Hav-
erhill for some 5'ears.

When the town of Salisbury' was settled in 1638 we find
the younger son Robert then a young man of 22, one of the
60 odd pioneers who crossed the Merrimac to dispute with
the red man and the wolf the possession of the soil. In the
choice of a house lot fortune seems to have favored him
with two acres in the corner of the way to Hampton and
waj' to the great neck (now the beach road.) This land
being now in possession of Mr. D. M. Deal. Here he
built his home and where was born to him a family of three
sons and four daughters, who reached mature years. To-
gether with others of the "commoners" he received allot-
ments of land in all of the divisions, the chief of which
were his pasture now the home of the Pikes on the old
ferry road, 100 acres at Batt's hill and a large division at
Amesbury. This land he mostly disposed of by deed of
gift to his children during his life leaving onl}^ a moderate
estate at his death. His home and lot of three acres he
gave to his grandson Robert, son of Robert, the year prior
to his decease, who later sold it to his father-in-law,
William Hook, Jr., and moved to Exeter. To his younger
son Moses he deeded his pasture where he later settled and
which has been in the famih" to this day.

Of Robert Pike's public services I shall have little to say
leaving to others more competent the task of eulogizing
one so eminently entitled thereto.

He early took a prominent position in the militia being a
Lieutenant at 32, captain at 37 and Major when 41 3'ears
of age. During King Philip's war, he was in command of
all the forces of Norfolk Co., Mass., and those located in
the State of Maine. As early as 1650 he was what would
now be called a trial justice and in 1672 an associate judge

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of the courts of Norfolk Co. In political life a member of
the General Court when 32 and of the Governor's Council
from 1682 to 1696, when having reached the ay^e of SO
years he retired to the private life of the farm.

In local affairs a selectman from 1661 to 1677 and on
many responsible committees. Of his public services his
denunciation of the General Court for enacting a law to
forbid any but ordained ministers from preaching and for
which he brought down upon his head the viols of their
wrath. This and his defense of the witches so far as to
question the value of testimony given against them were
events in his life which were far-reaching and the right of
petition as well as the right of honest and impartial trial
have been legacies left by him for which the whole country
3'ea the world itself can do homage to his memory.

It has been said that he was a man of much strength and
of a robust constitution. Tradition states that on the
voyage to this country he asked the captain for an increase
of rations. When questioned as to his need of more food
by a display of strength he took a large iron bar and bent
it into a U form. This so surprised the captain that his
request was granted.

Again his trips to Boston when 80 years of age on horse-
back a two day's ride shows that a rugged physique must
have been given him. The last ten years of his life was
passed in the ciuiet of his town, where he died Dec. 12,
1706, at the age of ninety-one.

His son Jolin in his Journal says his father was very
temperate in eating and drinking. Buried in the old yard
on the Beach road no stone now marks his resting-place.

There is in the rooms of the Massachusetts Historical
Society a painting which has been copied and thought by
some to l)e that of Major Robert Pike. It is however more
probable that of Dr. Robert, son of Rev. John Pike of

Of his children, vSarah married Wymond, son of Thomas

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Bradbury and for her second husband, John Stockman.
She lived near the present residence of Dr. Spaulding. A
son, Wymond Bradbury, married Maria, the daughter of
Rev. John Cotton of Plymouth and the sister of the wife of
Rev. James Allen, the third minister of Salisbury, and
were ancestors of Theophilus Bradbury of Newbury port, a
noted judge and representative to Congress.

Pardon a slight digression but I wish to speak a few
words of Thomas Bradbury, the co-worker and relative of
Major Pike. The first town clerk of the town holding the
office for some fifty-four years, a selectman, captain of
militia, the first school teacher of the town, a man of
thorough education, he wrote most of the legal papers all
of which testify to his excellent penmanship and thorough
education. His wife in her old age accused of witchcraft,
was released, (in large part) through the efforts of her old
friend and neighbor. Major Robert Pike. Another
daughter, Dorothy married Joshua Pierce and for her sec-
ond husband, John Light, while Elizabeth married William
Carr, son of George, the noted shipbuilder and ferryman.

Of his sons, John married Sarah, daughter of Rev. Joshua
Moody. He preached at Dover and Hampton. A leading
minister of the times using no notes. Of his eight children
one Robert was a physician of some note.

The second son made his home with his father and died
in 1690, leaving a son Robert, who received the homestead
of his grandfather.

The third son, Moses, ancestor of the Pikes of Salisbury
received of his father a large tract of land on the ferry
road. Here he built his house and here his dcscendents
have lived to the present day. His wife was Susanna,
daughter of Timothy Worcester and grand -daughter of
Rev. William, the first minister of Salisbury and a man of
great learning and piety.

Of his eight children, two sons settled out of town,
Timothy at Newbury where a son, Timothy moved to

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Maine and his son William resided in Calais. The father
of James Shepherd Pike, the famous war correspondent of
the New York Tribune and another of the "New Puritan."
A brother, Frederick, was one of Maine's most able lawyers,
Representative to Cong-ress, who gave man}^ thousand
dollars to the erection of the public library' of that cit}^

The 3'oungest son, Joseph, settled in Kensington, his
son Joseph moved to Maine and was the ancestor of Dr.
Clifford L. Pike to whom we are all under obligations for
the success of this meeting.

Of his other two sons, who stayed in town, Elias was a
captain in the militia and selectman for eleven terms. He
married Joanna, daughter of Rev. James Allen, and had two
sons, Moses, who was ancestor of the branch of the family
represented by the Pikes now living on the ferry road and
among his descendents are Rev. James Pike, a noted
clergyman in the Methodsst church, was graduated at
Wesley en University and a presiding -elder for several
terms, Representative to Congress for two terms and
Colonel of the 16th N. H. Volunteers. A brother, Moses
K., was of the board of selectmen and emigrated to Minne-
sota. His son, James Frederick, is now one of the leading
lawyers of Seattle, Washington.

The remaining son, John, probably lived on the home-
stead of his father and had five sons. Jacob and Elias are
the ancestors of the Rings Island branch of the family,
while Capt. James probably inherited a portion of the
property of his father. He had twelve children, six sons
and six daughters. The oldest, John, married Mary Pet-
tengill and had sons, James, John, Nicholas and Joseph.
Another son, Silas, lived on the road to the l^each and had
sons, John, William, Josiah, Israel, Joseph and Charles.

The Pike Family of Salisbury have been given largely to
agricultural pursuits and I find no records of their being
engaged in manufacturing and only to a small extent in the
wav of trade.

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The strong robust constitution seems to have come down
through all the generations and is today perceived in the
members of the familJ^ Man^^ stories are in existence of
the ability to labor by certain members of the family, one
of them mowing a three acre field before breakfast and then
hurrying home to get ready to do a day's work or of work-
ing all day unloading a cargo from a vessel at Newbury -
port coming home and mowing a five acre piece of marsh,
during the night and at work unloading the vessel the
following day.

Again the Pikes have married well and in their veins
courses the blood of Worcester and Allen, leading ministers
of Salisbur3^ Bradbury of whom I have spoken, of Rev.
John Cotton of Plymouth, of the Moodys, Stevens,
Frenches, Hooks, Smiths, Batons, Pettengills and others
of the most substantial families of the town.

As a result of the mingling of such blood has been pro-
duced a famil}^ who have been a credit to our town. In
most cases of some means, if not absolutely well to do
citizens, of high moral character.

During the more than two and a half centuries which
have elapsed since the family was first established in the
town many and vast have been the changes which have
taken place on every hand. From the horseback ride of
two days to Boston to that of the time by steam to only a
single hour might serve as an illustration of the march of
progress, or as the few farmers who came to the beach for
their salt hay as compared to this beautiful village by the
sea with its spacious hotels and electric communications.
Of Major Robert Pike's brave defense of the nearby towns
from attack by the Indians to the present time when we all
dwell in absolute peace and safety.

Mr. Chairman ray time has expired and I close with my
best wishes for a prosperous session, a pleasant visit to an
old town and grand old beach and that when you go from
us 5^ou may retain pleasant memories of this visit and the

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wish to continue to hold \'Oiir re -unions here in future



No standard hold our peaceful days,
To weigh the great man's meed of praise.
To him, and such as with him came,
For love and truth, and not for fame
We cannot render honor due.
We caniu)t feel the ills they knew,
The watchful nights, the toilsome days
The hungry waiting for the maize.

Have we been forced to guard our own
Our wives or children and hearthstone
From dreaded beasts that prowl at night
And the fierce red man's savage might?

He never must his guard forego
Although the corn might need the hoe.
Though all the store of winter's wood
A waiting giant oak tree stood,
He, who must bear his heavy sack
Of grain to mill upon his back,
Through forests pathless, wild and dark
And echoing with the grey wolf's liark.
No grocer came with book in hand,
Anticipating each demand;
No meat in heavy piled-up cart
l<'or him to choose the choicest part.

iris daughters seven though fair, I ween

In silk attire were ne\er seen.

The little hand-loom's busy toil

Must furnish them with wardrobes, all.

The rude brick oven, grim and black

Held place within the chimney stack.

And yawned each week, with mouth wide-sjjread,

To swallow pans of coarse, brown ])read.

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Which hurrying girls must mix and knead,
Then hie them back, their wheels to tread.

When, with his bo3's he came at noon

In answer to the sounding horn

Did he not long to rest, I trow

Beneath the spicy balsam bough.

While August suns were fiercely hot,

And rustling corn was tasseled out.

To dream of English lanes so cool.

The hedge-rows white, the dimpling pool

He loved in early childhood days?

The red-cheeked boys who shared his plays?

Ah, no such bed of ease for him, —

But work, and watch, and battle grim.

Arm! Arm! the word passed swiftly on.

The call for men to march and join

In one strong band, to check the wroth

And barbarous Pequods, from the north!

No stately highway led him on

From village into village borne;

No fiery locomotive screamed

A summons as he sleeping dreamed ;

No trolley halted at his door.

To bear him straight to Boston shore.

There to embark on craft that flew.

Swift as the wind the water through.

But painful walk in oozy slime

That to the knee rose many a time,

Or tangled undergrowth of thorn,

Or snaky fen, or goblin's torn.

Above the narrowness of creed;

Down to our ears has come his deed.

That bade the tithing man beware

To use the lash, but rather spare

The weeping woman of renown

Who walked a culprit through the town.

Would I could paint him for you now.

Just as he lived so long ago.

Three hundred years and fifty more,

But, as I mentioned once before;

We have no standard in these days.

To weigh the great man's meed of praise.

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Voted to adjourn, to meet again at Hotel Cusliin,^, Salis-
Iniry Beach, some time dnrin<^ the early part of the sum-
mer season of 1901, at such time as shall be fixed by the

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