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.

George Fletcher Hickman (1888-1929) & Minnie Alice Showalter (1891-1965)

George Fletcher Hickman & Minnie Alice Showalter are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandmother Edna Louis Hickman.

HICKMAN George SHOWALTER Minnie(Photo: Minnie Showalter & George Fletcher Hickman.)

George Fletcher Hickman was born November 3, 1887 in Mound City, Missouri. His parents are Abner Clift Hickman and Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan. I wrote about them here.

Minnie Alice Showalter was born August 21, 1891 in Craig Missouri. Her parents are David Showalter and Edee May Baker. I wrote about them here.

On the 1900 US Census, the Showalter family was farming in Holt County, Missouri. Minnie was 8, her father David was 50 and widowed. Brother Joseph was 19, Edee M. was 15. Also living in the house was Harry Barrickman, age 22, a farm hand.  The Hickman family was also farming in Holt County, Missouri. George was 12. His father Abner was 44 and his mother Mollie was 36. They had been married for 16 years, and Mollie had given birth to 3 children, all living.  His sister Letha was 16 and his sister Laura was 9.

SHOWALTER Minnie center LAWRENCE Hattie left black and whiteGeorge & Minnie were married on February 16, 1910 in Craig, Missouri.

(Photo: Minnie Alice Showalter in the center, Hattie Lawrence on the left, and we don’t know who is on the right.)

On the 1910 US Census, George was 23 and Minnie was 18. They were farmers in Holt County, Missouri. That year daughter Geneva Mae was born.

In 1912, their son David Clift was born. In 1913, their daughter Edna Louise was born.

In 1917, George filled out a WWI draft registration card. It indicates that he was tall and slender with gray eyes and dark brown hair. He was a clerk who was “not able to work at present.”

On the 1920 US Census, George and Minnie and their 3 children lived with George’s father Abner Hickman. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Abner was 62, George was 31, and Minnie was 27. Their children were Geneva, age 9; Clift, age 8; and Edna (Todd’s grandmother), age 7.

Daughter Georgia Grace was born in 1924.

George died on September 10, 1929 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SHOWALTER Minnie SCRUTCHFIELD Tom black and whiteOn the 1930 US Census, Minnie was 38 and widowed, farming in Holt County, Missouri. Geneva was 19, Clift was 18, Edna was 16, and Georgia was 5.

On the 1940 US Census, Minnie was 48. Her children Georgia, age 15, and Clift, age 28 & widowed, lived in the home, along with granddaughter Shirley, age 1.. Clift was farming.

Minnie married Thomas C. Scrutchfield on April 24, 1944 in Jackson County, Missouri. They divorced in less than a year.

(Photo: Minnie Alice Showalter & Thomas Scrutchfield.)

Minnie died November 7, 1965. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of George Fletcher Hickman and Minnie Alice Showalter:

HICKMAN Geneva HICKMAN Clift HICKMAN Georgia black and white(Photo: Geneva Hickman, Clift Hickman and Georgia Hickman.)

Geneva Mae Hickman – Geneva was born November 28, 1910 in Craig, Missouri. She married Donald Davis Gray and they had 3 children. (Her sister Edna Louis married Don’s brother Ralph Richard.) She died on November 5, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

HICKMAN Clift and Ilah anniversaryDavid Clift Hickman – David was born March 11, 1912 in Mound City, Missouri. He married Mabel Hollander and she died giving birth to their second child on November 1, 1939. He married Illah Mae Lutterloh on June 12, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They had 8 children. David died on January 19, 1995 in Muskegon County, Michigan.

(Photo: David Clift Hickman & Illah Mae Lutterloh.)

Edna Louis Hickman – Edna is Todd’s grandmother. You can read more about her here.

HICKMAN Georgia VOKITS John black and white
Georgia Grace Hickman
– Georgia was born on August 25, 1924 in Mound City, Missouri. She married John Vokits and they had many children, but I don’t have specifics. John served in World War II and lost a leg. She died on October 12, 1981 in Muskegon County, Michigan. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: Georgia Grace Hickman & John Vokits.)

Ralph Richard Gray (1911-2007) & Edna Louise Hickman (1913-2000)

Now it’s time for me to record Todd’s family tree. I hope to add interesting biographical information to all of the Gray and Reece family information after talking to Todd’s parents at Thanksgiving this year. But for now . . .

Let’s start with Todd’s paternal grandparents, who spent most of their lives as farmers in Northwest Missouri.

Ralph Richard Gray was born February 28, 1911 in Craig, Missouri. He was the 6th of 10 children. His parents are Franklin Edgar Gray and Maude Amy Davis. Read more about them here.

Edna Louise Hickman was born June 6, 1913 in Mound City, Missouri. She was the 3rd of 4 children. Her parents are George Fletcher Hickman and Minnie Alice Showalter. Read more about them here.

On the 1920 US Census, Ralph was 8 and lived with his parents and siblings on a farm in Holt County, Missouri. Edna was 7 and lived with her parents, siblings and grandfather on a farm in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1930 US Census, Ralph was 19 and lived with his parents and siblings on a farm in Holt County, Missouri. Edna lived on a farm with her widowed mother and siblings in Holt County, Missouri.

Ralph and Edna were married on August 10, 1932 in Atchison County, Missouri. Grandma Edna told me that her interest in Ralph had been piqued after an afternoon of sledding with a group of friends, which included him.

On the 1940 US Census, Ralph and Edna were married and lived in Atchison County, Missouri. They were living with Tom Westfall as hired hands, and had a 4 year old son, Todd’s father. Ralph was a laborer on the farm and Edna was a laundress.

They had two more children.

Edna died on January 26, 2000 in Maryville, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Ralph died on October 27, 2007 in Mound City, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.


Their children:

A son, Todd’s father, living

Barry Richard Gray – Barry was born on December 2, 1941 in Holt County, Missouri. He married and had 3 children. He had a long career with State Farm Insurance, He died on January 22, 2007 in Clay County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

A daughter, living

(Photo: Barry Richard Gray, senior in high school.)

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.