George F. Hickman (1820-?) & Lamira Clift (1825-1878)

George F. Hickman and Lamira Clift are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

George F. Hickman was born about 1820 in Mason County, Kentucky, and I’m trying to figure out who his parents are.

Lamira Clift was born January 16, 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 is listed on a Slave Schedule as having the following slaves: 1 female age 38; 1 male age 16; 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 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 on November 26, 1878 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri.

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 Hickman – Mary was born August 28, 1852 in Mason County, Kentucky. I have no record of her after the 1870 US Census when she was 17.

Charles Hickman – Charles was born November 27, 1858 in Mason County, Kentucky.  I have no record of him after the 1870 US Census when he was 12.

Abner Clift Hickman – Abner is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John H. Hickman – John was born October 25, 1859 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, 1861 in Mason County, Kentucky. He married Maude Long. He died on August 14, 1952 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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

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

Abner Clift Hickman was born January 7, 1864 in Mays Lick (Mason County), Kentucky. His parents are George F. Hickman and Lamira Clift.

Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan was born on March 25, 1864 in Missouri. According to her Missouri Death Certificate, her parents are William Morgan and Mary Smith and they were both born in Kentucky. Later on the US Census, Mollie reported that her father was from Tennessee and her mother from Missouri. I haven’t been able to find them, so I don’t have record of Mollie until her marriage to Abner.

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 1880 US Census, Abner was 23 and farmed with his widowed father George, age 60, and brothers John, age 21, and Joseph, age 12.

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.

SHOWALTER Minnie HICKMAN George SHOWALTER David HICKMAN Edna Geneva Clift black and whiteGeorge Fletcher Hickman – George is Todd’s great grandfather. Read more about him here.

(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.