Updated October 2020.
George F. Hickman and Lamira Clift are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.
George F. Hickman was born about 1820 in Mason County, Kentucky. I believe his parents are Elias Hickman and Sarah Marshall.
Lamira Clift was born about 1825 in Mason County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Abner Clift and Mary Robinson. Read about them here.
On the 1850 US Census, George was 27 and lived in Mason County, Kentucky with the family of Charles Humphreys. George was the farm overseer for the family. Lamira was 23 and lived with her widowed mother and siblings in Mason County.
George and Lamira were married on August 12, 1851 in Mason County, Kentucky.
On the 1860 US Census, George was 40 and Lamira was 35. Lamira’s mother Mary Clift, age 70, lived with the family. George and Lamira had 4 children: Mary, age 7; Charles, age 6; Abner, age 4; John, age 2. Mary Clift was listed on a Slave Schedule as having the following enslaved people: 1 female age 38; 1 male age 10; 1 female age 8; 1 male age 4; 1 male age 2.
The Hickmans are said to have lost everything in the Civil War. Their slaves (actually the slaves owned by George’s mother-in-law Mary Robinson Clift) were set free, and the family moved to Holt County, Missouri after 1867 when their youngest son Joseph was born. Todd’s dad Lanny remembers his mother Edna Hickman Gray telling about her grandfather, George & Lamira’s son Abner, saying that before they set out for Missouri one of their slaves took his little pair of boots and gave them to her son. According to the Slave Schedule for 1860, there was a 4 year old male slave in the household, and Abner was 4 years old too.
On the 1870 US Census, George was 50 and Lamira was 45. They lived in Union, Holt County, Missouri. They had 5 children: Mary, age 17; Abner, age 14; John, age 12; Anna, age 10; Joseph, age 3. George was working as a laborer.
Lamira died prior to the 1880 US Census. Some list November 26, 1878 specifically.
On the 1880 US Census, George was 60 and widowed. He had 3 children at home: Abner, age 23; John, age 21; Joseph, age 12. George was farming.
George died sometime after the 1880 US Census.
The children of George F. Hickman & Lamira Clift:
Mary Clift Hickman – Mary was born August 28, 1852 in Mason County, Kentucky. She married William Henry Jarvis in 1880, and they had 6 children. They moved from Holt County to Buchanan County, and after 1910 moved to California. She died November 27, 1918 in Los Angeles, California.
Charles Hickman – Charles was born about 1854 in Mason County, Kentucky. In 1870 there was a Charles Hickman living alone and working as a farm hand in Little River, Jackson County, Arkansas. I can’t find any records of him after that.
Abner Clift Hickman – Abner is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.
John H. Hickman – John was born October 25, 1858 in Mason County, Kentucky. His Missouri Death Certificate lists him as single and working as a cook at a hotel. He died April 3, 1933 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Anna Hickman – Anna was born about 1860 in Mason County, Kentucky. I don’t have record of her after the 1870 US Census when she was 10.
Joseph Clark Hickman – Joseph was born on August 31, 1867 in Mason County, Kentucky. He married Maude Long and they had 3 children. He died on August 14, 1952 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.