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Subject: Hickmans in Southwest PA.
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 1997 00:10:26 -0400 (EDT)
I've researched all the Hickman families of southwest PA. in the late 1700's
and early 1800's. Following is a summary of my findings, in hopes it may
help other Hickman researchers. If any of these families are yours, I'll
gladly share all that I have.
HICKMAN FAMILIES IN SOUTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA
Robert Hickman's ancestors are unknown at this time. William Riley Hickman,
Robert's great-grandson, told his daughter Willa that "his father's ancestors
on the Hickman side came from England to Long Island before the Revolutionary
War; there were four brothers who came and settled there, and from there
scattered southward, one to Kentucky, one to Pennsylvania, one to Maryland,
and one to Virginia." I have been unable to verify this family remembrance.
The only clue to Robert Hickman's origin is the 1880 Federal Census, which
asked each person for the birthplace of their parents. In 1880, Robert's
children still living, Abraham and Cassander, both reported that their father
was born in New Jersey.
My research has revealed the following Hickman families living in southwest
Pennsylvania, prior to 1800.
A Samuel Hickman lived adjacent to the land of Peter Livengood (Robert
Hickman's father-in-law) according to four different land surveys in 1786 and
1787. A subsequent deed transfer in 1800 also refers to Samuel Hickman as an
adjacent resident. In a 1826 deed transfer, the adjacent land is recorded as
"land of late Nannie Hickman." The land where Samuel Hickman lived is now in
Jefferson Twp, Greene County. A land warrant was obtained by Silas Estel for
this land on September 17, 1788. I have yet to find a connection between the
Estel and Hickman families.
These land deeds are the only reference found of Samuel Hickman in
Washington or Greene Counties. He is not listed in any of the annual tax
lists or census of that area.
A Samuel Hickman appears in the 1785 tax list of Georges
Township, Fayette County, PA. A Samuel Hickman appears on the February and
May 1780 tax lists of Chesterfield Twp., Burlington County, New Jersey and
the 1774 tax list of New Hanover, Burlington County, New Jersey.
There are records of the births of four unnamed children of the Samuel
Hickman of Burlington County: sons born July 26, 1766, December 27, 1770 and
"3rd of the week of April 7, 1773", and a daughter born August 28, 1768.
There is a good possibility that the Samuel Hickman of New Jersey is the
same one, who migrated to Greene County, via Fayette County. It should be
noted that Robert Hickman and William Hickman both named one of their sons
(Sources: Land Surveys Book A58 page 294 and Book A74 page 268, Harrisburg,
PA.; Land Patents Book P11 page 396, Harrisburg, PA.; Greene County Patent
Book P Vol.53 page 285. Greene County Recorded Deed Vol.? page 478 (12 Nov
1800), and Vol.8 page 260; Fayette County tax list, Pennsylvania Archives
Records Vol II Third Series page 561; New Jersey Rateables, genealogy
Magazine of New Jersey Vol.36-41; Burlington County Births; Quaker
Physician records, New Jersey Historical Society Vol.3, page 113.)
William Hickman was born about 1765 and was in present day Greene County,
PA., by the time of the 1790 Washington County tax list and the 1790 Federal
Census. He married Margaret Stewart and died in 1817 in Franklin Twp, Greene
William was about the same generation and appeared in Greene County about
the same time as Robert Hickman, indicating that they may have brothers.
Dorothy Hennan, Past President Emeritus of the Cornerstone Genealogy Society
and a descendant of William Hickman, has researched his ancestry without
success. In the 1880 census four children of William gave different
responses to the birthplace of their father: Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Germany, and no information given.
William and Margaret Hickman's children:
Elizabeth, born ca. 1790, married Isaac Conley
William, born 1791, married Mary Greene
Mary, married William Baily
Margaret, married John Price
Samuel, married Malinda
Rebecca, married Thomas Longstreth
Daniel, born ca. 1800, married Martha A.
Martha, married Samuel Stewart
Sarah, married Peter Fry
Patience, married John Rutter
Lewis, born ca. 1811, married Francis
(Sources: Greene County Will Book 1, file #303 page 181 and file #267 page
162; 1790,1810, and 1880 Census; Hennen's Choice, by Dorothy T. Hennen.)
Abraham Hickman was born about 1765-75. In 1807, when Robert Hickman sold
land, the deed described the land as "upon which Abraham lately lived." He
appears in the Greene County tax lists from 1808 until his death in 1823/24,
living in Cumberland, Franklin and Center Townships. His wife was Rachel
Everingham. They had at least three sons and 2 daughters.
Abraham, born ca. 1803, married Margaret Shields.
[possibly a son of Abraham, based upon a 1829 civil suit, by "Abraham
Hickman (of Abraham)".]
Bowen or "Boen", born ca. 1811, married Grace Flick
[possibly a son of Abraham, based upon Center Twp. tax records.]
(Sources: 1810 Census. Greene County Deed, Vol 2, p.266 1/2, March 26,
1807; Greene County Appearance Book 9 (1829-30), page 104, dated Aug. 11,
1829; Greene County Orphan Court Records; Greene County Tax Records.)
Charles Hickman received a Virginia land grant in present day Fayette
County, PA., in 1773. He was probably born prior to 1752. There are numerous
tax, court, and land records which all placed Charles in present day Menallen
and German Townships, Fayette County from 1772 until 1803, when he probably
died. He was appointed administrator of several estates. His occupation is
first listed as carpenter and later as physician. He is reported to be the
first physician of the village of New Salem.
Charles served in the Revolutionary War. A descent lineage in the D.A.R.
states that Charles emigrated from Holland.
Probable children, not proven:
Abraham (see following description)
Jonathan (see following description)
Solomon (see following description)
Elizabeth, born ca. 1760, married Solomon Miller
Catherine, born ca. 1762/4, married Charles Wait
Rebecca, died 1801-8 married David Arnold
(Sources: 1772 VA. land certificate; 1773 Springfield Twp, Bedford County
tax list; 1775 VA. Court records; Fayette County tax lists 1785, 1787-1803;
PA. land warrant and patent May 8, 1794; Fayette County Orphan Court records;
Rev.War Rolls, Depreciation for services up to Jan 1, 1781; Daughter of the
American Revolution lineages #3307, #33047, #83550, #100095 and #120108.)
Abraham was a son of Charles Hickman based upon a D.A.R. Descendant lineage.
He was also a witness to his father's land deed in 1781 and a vendue clerk
for an estate that his father administrated in 1779. Abraham was born before
1760, as he was listed in the Washington County tax lists of 1781. He
married Magdalena Grable. He spent his entire adult life in Fallowfield Twp,
Washington County, PA., dying there in 1841.
Children of Abraham:
Salome/Sarah, married James Faulk
Rebecca, married George Hemming
Jonathan, never married
Mary, married Joseph Fleming
(Sources: Petitions for a new state 1776-1880; 1781 Tax, PA. Archives, 3rd
Series, vol.22; PA. Land Patent P-12-19, Sept 13, 1787; 1800,1810,1820,1840
Census; Washington County Orphan Court records 1840-5 and August 1855;
Fayette Co. Land Records Jan. 9, 1781; Western Pa. Gen. Quarterly, Vol 7,
No.1 (Aug 1980) pp.32-33.)
Jonathan was probably a son of Charles Hickman. He married Elizabeth
Dempsey. He lived in Fayette County and later moved to Jefferson County,
Children of Jonathan and Elizabeth:
(Sources: Fayette County Orphan Court Record, Vol.1, March term 1804;
Fayette Co. tax lists; Jefferson County Will Book 2, p.57.)
Solomon was a son of Charles Hickman based upon History of Fayette County,
PA., by Franklin Ellis. Solomon was born Nov. 10, 1770 and first appears in
the Fayette County tax records 1802. In the 1798 Federal Direct Tax List, he
was living on the land of his father, in a one of the best houses in the
area: 26x26 feet two story framed dwelling with 12 windows and 196 lights.
Solomon married Elizabeth McCombs June 4, 1795. Elizabeth was born in
Delaware Aug. 11, 1771 and died Dec 22, 1870. They moved to Jefferson Twp,
Greene County, PA., by 1820. Solomon died June 9, 1845. They are both
buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene Co, PA.
Children of Solomon and Elizabeth:
Ann, married Elis McClelland
Elizabeth, born 1803, married Thomas Hughes
Sarah, married Hixenbaugh and Bradley
Experience, born 1815, married Mathias Hunnel and Sharp.
Eliza, born 1810, married James Walton
Mary, born 1801, married Charles Rex
Joseph, born 1796, died young
Solomon, born 1808, married Eliza Cary
Archibald, married Barbara Cyphers
(Sources: History of Fayette County, PA., by Franklin Ellis, p.658;
Hennan's Choice by Dorothy Hennan; 1800-1840 Census; Greene County Will,
proved July 1, 1845, Vol.2 p.216,494; Fayette County tax records; 1798
Federal Direct Tax, Union Twp, Fayette County, List "A"; Tenmile Country, by
Ezekiel Hickman was one of the earliest settlers of present day Fayette
County, PA., as early as 1768. He was the son of Joshua Hickman (1690-1755)
of Frederick County, MD. Ezekiel was born about 1725 and died in 1779. He
married Elizabeth Trammel and was a Captain in the Revolutionary War.
Children of Ezekiel and Elizabeth Hickman:
Francis, Rev. War, buried in St. Louis, MO.
Lewis, born ca. 1756, married Sidney Mason
Joshua, born 1766, married Josinah Van Meter
Ann, married Van Sweringen
(Sources: The Melleck and Hickman Families, Vol.1, by Franklin Miller, Jr.;
1767 Loudoun County, VA. Court records; 1773 Tyrone Twp, Bedford Co, Tax
Roll; Fayette County, PA. tax lists; 1784 Westmoreland County Will Book 1,
p.16.; History of Henry Co, IN., by Bowen, pp. 546-7.)
Jacob Hickman was born in the Shenandoah Valley, near Winchester, VA. He
married Elsie Way in Chester County, PA., and moved to Fayette County, near
New Geneva. Some of his children later moved to Greene County, PA.
Children of Jacob and Elsie Hickman:
Hiram, born 1800-10, died 1845
Jacob, born 1812
Nancy, married Combs
Rev. William Way, born 1823
(Sources: Fayette County, by John W. Jordan; Greene County tax records;
Greene County Cemetery Records.)
Nicholas was born in Germany about 1728 and immigrated about 1750. His two
sons, Adam and Peter, came to the Chartiers Valley in Allegheny and
Washington Counties, as early as 1772, and were listed in the Cecil Twp.,
Washington County, PA, tax list of 1781.
Children of Nicholas:
Adam, migrated to Columbiana Co, Ohio, in 1797
Peter, (see following description)
(Source: History of Allegheny County, p.414)
Peter, son of Nicholas Hickman lived in the southern portion of Allegheny
County, PA. He married Abigail Fawcett.
Children of Peter and Abigail:
Joseph, born 1797
John, born 1799
Benjamin, born 1801
Daniel, born 1803
Stewart, born 1805, married Nancy Alexander
Moses, born 1807
Elizabeth, born 1809, married Thomas Espy
Ann, born 1814, married Jacob Jordan
Abigail, born 1816, married Robert Hopper
Nicholas, lunatic, died by 1825
(Sources: History of Allegheny County, p.414; County Estate Records.)
George Hickman is listed in the 1800, 1801, and 1802 tax lists of Greene
Twp, Greene County, PA. He was single at that time and his occupation was a
tanner. He may have been passing through Greene County, as there is no other
record of him in Greene County.
Nathaniel Hickman is listed in the 1808 and 1809 tax lists of Whiteley Twp,
Greene County, PA. He may have been passing through Greene County, as there
is no other record of him in Greene County.
Hermonius is listed in the 1800 Census of Washington Twp, Fayette County,
aged 26-45, with eight other members of the
household. No further information is known.