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Phila Malissa Godfrey Dikeman
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1867
Ingham County
Michigan, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1949
North Platte
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA

Dau.of Emmons J.& Syena Godfrey
Wife of Benjamin A.Dikeman

Phila Malissa Dikeman, born Godfrey, was born in the Fall of 1867, November 14, to Emmons Joseph and Syena Godfrey. Malissa had an older brother and sister, and a younger brother Philo.

Phila's father, Emmons, was a farmhand and an inventor, with a number of patents. He was also an infantryman in the Civil War (Ohio). His brother Russell, Phila's uncle, was killed at Gettsyburg.

Phila's mother, Syena, was a full blooded Indian. Phila was one-half American Indian.

In 1880, at age 15, Phila and her mother were living as boarders at a school where Syena was teaching, in Livingston, Illinois. Phila's father was farming in Cozad, Nebraska at this time.

In the Spring of 1883, March 31, Phila married Benjamin Aranson Dikeman. She was 15 years old. The wedding took place in Congdon (NKA Eddyville), Nebraska.

The couple acquired large land and cattle holdings on the Birdwood table, an area north of the North Platte River Valley, north of Sutherland and Hershey in Lincoln County, Nebraska. At one time, the Dikeman's owned over ten sections of land.

In late summer of 1885, Phila lost her younger brother Philo, to typhoid. Phila was 18 at the time of his passing.

Benjamin and Phila had six children, two boys and four girls: Emery Malcolm (1884-1924), Hattie Pauline (1886-1962), named for Benjamin's sister Hattie, who died at age 4, Jessie Evelyn (Melvin) (1889-1979), Maggie Syena (Hoatson) (1891-1978), Benjamin Philo (1893-1973), named after Phila's younger brother Philo, who died of typhoid at the age of 15, and Alice Phila (1903-2003).

Husband Benjamin passed away in 1917, just two days after Christmas, from a longstanding illness. Phila was age 50. In the summer of 1924, eldest son Emery passed away. Phila moved off of the ranch and into town, where she resided with relatives.

Phila was a reknowned midwife, and delivered many babies in Sutherland. She lived in a nice home north of the school, on the east side of Walnut Street.

She passed away on the verge of Spring, 18 March, 1949, leaving children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and scores of friends.

Phila is put to rest in Riverview Cemetery, Sutherland, Lincoln County, Nebraska, beside her beloved husband, Benjamin.

Family links: 
  Emmons Joseph Godfrey (1836 - 1913)
  Syena Godfrey Godfrey (1847 - 1907)
  Benjamin Aranson Dikeman (1861 - 1917)
  Emery M. Dikeman (1884 - 1924)*
  Hattie Pauline Dikeman Johnson (1886 - 1962)*
  Jessie E. Dikeman Melvin (1888 - 1979)*
  Maggie S. Dikeman Hoatson (1891 - 1978)*
  Benjamin Philo Dikeman (1893 - 1973)*
  Alice Phila Dikeman Widner (1903 - 2003)*
  Philo R. Godfrey (____ - 1885)*
  Phila Malissa Godfrey Dikeman (1867 - 1949)
*Calculated relationship
Sutherland Riverview Cemetery
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA
Maintained by: CONNIE FYFE
Originally Created by: David Goltry
Record added: Jul 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55330125
Phila Malissa <i>Godfrey</i> Dikeman
Added by: Karin Lange
Phila Malissa <i>Godfrey</i> Dikeman
Added by: Karin Lange
Phila Malissa <i>Godfrey</i> Dikeman
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Grndma Dikeman. Have heard fond memories of you.
 Added: Aug. 26, 2012

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