Abner Clift Hickman (1864-1933) & Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan (1864-1918)

Updated October 2020.

Abner & Mollie are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandfather George Fletcher Hickman.

Abner Clift Hickman was born in 1856 in Mays Lick (Mason County), Kentucky. His parents are George F. Hickman and Lamira Clift. Read more about them here.

Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan was born on March 25, 1864 in Missouri. Her parents were William Greenup Morgan and Mary Sarah Smith. Read more about them here.

On the 1860 US Census, Abner’s family lived in Mason County, Kentucky. He was 4, his father George was 40, and his mother Lamira was 35. He had three siblings: Mary, age 7; Charles, age 6; John, age 2. Lamira’s mother Mary, age 70, was also living in the home.

On the 1870 US Census, Abner’s family had moved to Holt County, Missouri. He was 14, his father George was 50, and his mother Lamira was 45. Siblings in the house were Mary, age 17; John, age 12; Anna, age 10; and Joseph, age 3.  George’s occupation was laborer.

On the 1870 US Census, Mollie was 6, and she lived in DeKalb County, Missouri with her mother Mary, age 34, two sisters Nancy, age 11, and Sarah, age 9, and her uncle John Smith, age 38.

On the 1880 US Census, Abner was 23 and farmed in Benton, Holt County, Missouri with his widowed father George, age 60, and brothers John, age 21, and Joseph, age 12.

On the 1880 US Census, Mollie 16, and she lived in Craig, Holt County, Missouri with her mother Mary, age 47, her sister Sarah, age 19, Sarah’s husband Henry Dunigan, age 23, and their infant son Charles.

Abner and Mollie were married on June 21, 1881

On the 1900 US Census, Abner, age 44, and Mollie, age 36, had been married for 18 years and had 3 children. Letha was 15, George was 12, and Laura was 9. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1910 US Census, Abner was 53 and Mollie was 46. Daughter Laura, age 19, lived at home.

Mollie died on November 27, 1918 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1920 US Census, Abner was 62 and widowed. He was still farming in Holt County, Missouri. Living with him was son George, age 31, his wife Minnie, age 27, and their children Geneva, age 9; Clift, age 8; and Edna, age 7.

On the 1930 US Census, Abner was 74 and lived in Douglas County, Colorado, with daughter Letha, age 45; her husband Carlos Gelvin, age 46; and their children Avis, age 19; and Frank, age 13; plus Carlos’ widowed mother Callie Gelvin, age 70.

Abner died on March 23, 1933 in Douglas County, Colorado. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Abner Clift Hickman & Mary G. Morgan:

Letha Hickman – Letha was born on July 8, 1885 in Tarkio, Missouri. She married Carlos Arthur Gelvin. They had 4 children. Carlos farmed, and then owned a gas station. Letha died on January 24, 1950 in Richland, Washington. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

George Fletcher Hickman – George is Todd’s great grandfather. Read more about him here.

SHOWALTER Minnie HICKMAN George SHOWALTER David HICKMAN Edna Geneva Clift black and white

(Photo: Back row, left to right, Minnie Alice Showalter, Abner Clift Hickman, George Fletcher Hickman. Front row, left to right, Edna Louise Hickman, Geneva Mae Hickman, David Clift Hickman. Taken in Mound City, Missouri around 1919.)

Laura F. Hickman – Laura was born on March 25, 1891 in Holt County, Missouri. She didn’t marry. She died of typhoid on January 12, 1912 in Holt County. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Calling Card – Mrs. Gertrude Hickman, Skidmore Missouri 1916

HICKMAN Gertrude

Postmarked: 23 December 1916, Skidmore MO
Addressed to: Mr & Mrs Alex Gray, Craig Missouri

Gertrude Galloway Hickman (1871-1965) was married to Elias Hickman (1864-1911). She later married Charles Lester Williams. She was born in 1871 and died in 1965.

I haven’t found how Elias Hickman fits into the family tree, but suspect he fits somewhere in our Hickman line. In Gone Home published by the Holt County Historical Society, page 173 notes:
Elias – July 16, 1864 – 1911 son of Richard P. & Rebecca Hickman
and later notes:
Silas Hickman d. Aug. 26, 1911 aged 47y at Skidmore, Mo

A Missouri death certificate shows Elias Elvis Hickman, married to Gertrude Hickman, with birth and death dates matching information in Gone Home, died of tuberculosis.

In Gone Home Vol. II published by the Holt County Historical Society, page 79 notes:
“The little baby girl born to Elias Hickman Nov. 17, 1896 died.” (Craig Leader, Nov. 20, 1896)

My father-in-law Lanny Gray would very much like to break through the Hickman brick wall, and I hope to work on it more soon. Here’s what I have (mostly unsourced) of our Hickman line, which starts with Lanny’s mother:

Edna Louise Hickman Gray (1913 Holt MO-2000 Nodaway MO)
daughter of
George Fletcher Hickman (1888-1929 both in Holt MO) married 1910 Holt MO to Minnie Alice Showalter (1891-1965)
son of
Abner Clift Hickman (1856 Mason KY – 1933 Douglas CO), married Mollie G. Morgan (1865-1918)
son of
George F Hickman (born about 1820 in KY – death unknown), married 1851 Mason KY to Lamira Clift (1825-1878)

In Gone Home page 173 notes:
Almira CLIFT – b. Mason Co., KY. Jan. 16, 1825 – d. Nov. 26, 1878 at her home 3 miles southest of Craig, Mo. She was the wife of G. F. Hickman. (Craig Enterprise – Dec. 5, 1878 – BSNA)

I’d love to hear from anyone with information on George F. Hickman. I have copies of both Gone Home and Gone Home Vol. II so if you’d like me to look something up for you, please contact me.