Neills Laickan (1666-1721)

Nils Lycon died at ‘Pour Island’ on December 4, 1721 at the age of 55, survived by his wife and six daughters.*

On January 12, 1691. ‘Nicholas Nellson’ asked the Board of Property to replace his meadow north of Philadelphia because it was being drowned by a new mill. Otherwise, however, he was known as Nils Lycon (by its many spellings), the eldest son of Peter Nilsson Lycon. He lived on a tract adjoining Shackamaxon known as ‘Poor Island,’ granted to his father in 1680, surveyed in 1683, and conveyed to him before his father’s death.

By his wife Maria Gästenberg he had nine known children, three of whom were born by the date of this census-probably John, Peter and Christina. Source: The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware by Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig, p. 47-48.

*Subsequent children: Gertrude (b.c. 1693), Maria (c. 1695), Anna (c. 1697), Elisabeth (c. 1699), Brita (c. 1701) and Susannah (c. 1703). Both sons and the daughter Gertrude of Neeles Laicon were not named in the will of December 3, 1721, proved January 17, 1721/2.

Conservation Assessment

Inscription:

Here
Lieth ye body
of Neills
Laickan
who died Dec

4th
1721
Aged 55
years

– Reverse –

Job ye 14:5
Seeing his days are
Determined the Number
of his Months are with
Thee thou hast appointed
His bounds that he
Cannot Pass.

Type of Marker: Headstone and footstone
Material: Soap stone
Issues: Biogrowth
Recommended Treatment: Resetting

Evaluation
Historic Integrity: Intact
Structural Integrity: Excellent
Material Integrity: Excellent
Legible Inscription: Excellent
Lean Direction: Front
Lean Degree: 5-15 degrees

Marker Details
Inventory Number: 11
Historic Number: 376
Ledger Book Number: 50
Cemetery Section: 2
Orientation: West
Marker Height/Length (in): 30
Marker Width (in): 18
Marker Thickness/Depth (in): 3
Footstone Height (in): 16
Footstone Width (in): 12
Footstone Thickness (in): 2

Written by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.