BICKERS FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY, INC.
Fort Walton Beach, FloridaLucyle Bickers Middleton, President
[NOTE: Republished here with permission of Mrs. Middleton - JHM 2/26/2006]
NEWSLETTER #5 MAY 1995
1. Mark your calendar for the Bickers Reunion at Holbrook, KY, at noon the 2d Sunday in August. Anyone of Bickers blood or family encouraged to come, have lunch on the grounds of the White Chapel Methodist church, get acquainted with some wonderful folks, visit the cemetery, and share genealogy. Pot luck lunch on the grounds. We go to grocery stores in Williamstown. Bring a folding chair or help carry a pew from the church. Suggestions: take-out chicken, sandwich makings, soda, chips, fruit, candy, etc, but don't overload. Bring your camera.
Holbrook is on Hwy 22 between Williamstown on Interstate 75 and Owenton on Hwy 71. Motel facilities in nearby Williamstown (between Cincinnati and Lexington.) The reunion is at White Chapel Methodist Church on White Chapel Road. Daniel always puts a sign at the intersection of White Chapel Road on Hwy 22. There are no 'strangers' at this gathering, it is like coming home. We always book at the Days Inn at Williamstown about a month early. The first year we got the last vacancy due to the recreational aspects of the area. There is a Howard Johnson on the opposite side, and a new motel at the next intersection north. From these motels, it is an easy ride to the reunion site.
2. 1Memorial Day, April 26
On Sunday, April 26, a unique observance of Memorial Day was given on board the City of Chattanooga, at sea, before the two hundred members of the Georgia Press Association on their way from Savannah to New York. Instead of a special address, a part of the program was the reading of a series of sonnets written by D.G. Bickers associate editor of the Savannah Morning News, and so well known for his poetic contributions to that and other journals of the South, a number of which have been reproduced in the Veteran. The occasion itself was most unusual -- at sea, on Sunday, at high noon, out of the State, and almost on the border of the South and North line off coast. The thought running through these little poems is the building of monuments, and some are most appropriate for reproduction here.
3. Milestones of The Race - D.G. Bickers
Memorials have marked the onward way
Since early times; the concrete emblem fair
Of man's remembrance -- they are here and there:
To men, to women, to some shining day
Of victory, to hopes in dead decay,
To armies, peoples, virtues -- everywhere
Are signposts, milestones, markers plain or rare --
To epochs, eras -- long the white array!
And lest his son perchance should once forget
The God he visioned, clear or dimly, man
An altar monument of stone has set
From which to draft his simple worship plan,
And so leave something when he needs must go,
His steady progress onward there to show!
4. 2The Newer Plan - By D.G. Bickers
Grant us, O God of peace, thine aid
Through days of our rebuilding now,
That when the peace shall have been made
The world to use it may know how.
Help us to build on justice first,
And right that shall be ever fair
To weak and strong, the best, the worst,
All classes, nations, here and there.
Help us to reconstruct our plan
Upon unselfish pattern, so
That nation, government, or man
May live to serve and thus to grow.
#1: Please ask your local newspaper to run a notice on the family reunion before August
#2: If anyone can find the below-referenced biographies, please copy contents and send to me. I will gladly cover the costs immediately.
6. Library Reference:
3 Bickers Family - England
Misc. Genealogical et Herald.
2d Ser 1886-94
4 see index ea:v. E67.56
7. About libraries, soundex, census, etc: Census information- when a family being enumerated was not at home and the enumerator did not want or expect to make a return trip to interview the family, the information was obtained from neighbors. Many marriages occurred between neighbors in the earlier years. Beginning 1880, soundex microfilm rolls (by state) replaced the printed census index with information such as census microfilm identification data, head of family, each member of the household, relationship, ages (but not year of birth), places of birth, present residence. When I have an age for an individual on a Census, I estimate the birth date from the previous year [example: 1920 census, I figure from 1919] for the simple reason I do not know the month of the birth. A lot of researchers would use 1920 as the year for subtracting the age for an estimated year of birth. 1910 gave the Month and the year. We went to the Atlanta branch of the Federal Archives to get as many state Soundex references as possible, but you have to make an appointment and can only have 3 hours on a microfilm reader. The Archives have all state whereas most libraries carry only their state. Mobile has an extremely good inventory of microfilmed census, but they have only 8 readers of varying ages. Their genealogical library is across the street from their main library. Mobile is 100 miles from here. Memphis has an incredibly good genealogical section of their library - I could spend months there. Houston spent several million updating their genealogy library. Waco has an exceptionally good library. The book section of the Alabama Archives is exceptional, but their census inventory is not as good as Mobile. Tallahassee is not too bad. Little Rock Arkansas is difficult to research in - they use a card file and you have to request the book, etc. Cobb County, GA, public library is quite good. Valparaiso, FL, about 15 miles from my home, is building a very good genealogical library. They have a professional genealogist working at the library and when she needed more space, she told the city council that the space for the children's section was quite small and if they moved the genealogical books into an unused room (which was much larger), they could give the children better space for their reading tables. Since the request was based on children's needs, they agreed. This library, however, charges $35.00 annual membership fee to use their genealogical library. The Fort Walton Beach library has minimal genealogical material and recently raised their non-resident and senior citizen rates. I could probably continue to 'go in' without fees, but have long since fully researched their books. Next to nothing in the way of census film. Libraries, however, can get a 'loan' of film and books on request.
8. Reference the March 3d Newsletter
The 1920 Soundex listing for John David Bickers - this must have been a case where neighbors gave the details to the enumerator - I have not yet gone to a library to run the microfilm on the census for this particular family.
b.1872 4John D. Bickers, white male, 47, b. GA [generation (V)
b.1878 Lillie F. Bickers, white female, wife, 41, b. GA
b.1901 Frank Bickers, white male, son, 19, b. GA
1903-1928 Joseph [Webster] Bickers, white male, son, 16, b. GA
b.1906 Harvey Bickers, white male, son, 13, b. GA
b.1909 Ernest Bickers, white male, son, 10, b. GA
Mary Phelps Bickers (Mrs John N.) of Metairie, LA, has been kind enough to send the following amplifications and corrections:
Lillie F. Bickers is Lillian Fletcher Bustin Bickers
William Thomas Bickers (VI) 1895-1980
John Laurence Bickers (VI) was born 1898
Benjamin Frank[lin] Bickers (VI) was born in 1901
Joseph Webster Bickers (VI) 1903-1928
Harvie Estes Bickers (VI) was born 1906
9. Dr. Donald Sims Bickers (VII) of Atlanta sent the following Article with photograph, source unknown, author: Vonn Pennington
'Most any time of the day, any day of the week, you can find Willie T. Bickers in his old wooden store that is located four miles west of White Plains on the Veazy-Greensboro Road and about 12 miles from Greensboro.
If you need sugar, nails, soap or candy he's got it for you on those wooden shelves that line the walls on each side of the store. But you're probably more interested in looking at his huge rock and Indian relic collection that fill the old showcases and counter tops also in the store.
"I have a little over 600 different pieces in my collection," Mr. Willie, as many call him, said the other day. "People from all over come to see my Indian rocks," he said.
Mr. Willie, who was born in 1895, said he moved from Putnam County with his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bickers, to Greene County near the area where his store is now when he was about five years old.
The oldest of five boys, Mr. Willie helped his father farm until about 1926. "I never did go to school too much," he said.
Mr. Willie said that when he was about six years old, he went to the home of an old Confederate soldier for schooling. "We all sat in chairs around the fireplace," he said, "and that old soldier would sit where he could see all of us."
"He would have us learn lessons out of books and then recite them to him," Mr. Willie said.
Mr. Willie said that later he attended a little school about a mile from where the store is now that taught to the ninth grade.
"That school building was used for a church building, too" he said.
Mr. Willie said that when he was 14 years old, he joined the Centennial Christian Church, the church he still goes to today.
This same church is where Mr. Willie met Pearl Martin, who had moved to his area in 1911 from Jackson County. The two got married in 1916.
Mr. Willie recalled the picnics they used to go to. "We used to go to Flat Rock for a big picnic every Easter," he said. "There would be several hundred people there."
Mr. Willie said there weren't many cars when he was growing up. "It would take about three hours to get to Greensboro," he said, "because we went by horse and buggy."
He said that he bought his first car in 1918. "It was a second-hand Willis Knight Overland for $600," he said.
1918 was a lucky year for Mr. Willie. "That was the year the Armistice that ended World War I was signed," Mr. Willie said, "and it was signed only about three days before I was supposed to go in to serve!"
Mr. Willie said that in 1926 he rented a store that is located where his store is now. He said that business went well. "It was a general store. I carried things like hardware, food and work clothing."
In 1931, though, the store was struck by lightning. Mr. Willie said that "neighbors from all around begged me to build the store back."
McDowell Grocery Company wrote me a letter," he said, "and told me that they would stock me back up and I could pay them when I wanted to."
I bought the land and some rough lumber," Mr. Willie said, "and the neighbors all pitched in and helped build the store. The ladies would come and fix supper for us all. In just 30 days it was built back," he said.
Mr. Willie said he and his wife lived in the house next to the store, "I farmed, too, he said. "I grew some cotton, corn, oats and wheat. I carried the cotton to a warehouse in Greensboro and I sold the rest for feed.
"My wife tended the store while I was in the fields," he said.
It was the farming that got him interested in arrowheads and such, Mr. Willie said. "I started turning things up with my plow," he said. He collected these arrowheads, grinding stones and whatever at his store and has kept them there ever since.
In one of Mr. Willie's showcases there are some Indian bones and teeth, and pottery. "I know they're Indian bones," he said, "because I found pottery with designs on it near by."
"The skeletons were buried with their heads toward the west and their feet to the east," he said. "I knew they had been Indian women because there were beads around their necks. If they had been men they would have worn arrowheads or something like that."
Mr. Willie said that many have tried to buy some or all the collection which he refuses to part with. "Duke University came trying to buy my Indian rocks," he said, "and Emory University wanted me to donate them. I was not about to donate nor sell them!"
Rocks and arrowheads are not all that Mr. Willie has collected at his store. In the middle of the wooden plank floor (by the way, the whole store, even the ceiling, is of wood planks) is an old wood burner stove.
Mr. Willie said that he had bought it in the late 1920's for the old Fairview school." It cost $14.50," he said. "And freight on it was 53 cents from Atlanta to Greensboro."
"I moved it to my store when I bought out the school and land some years later from the school board when the schools consolidated," he said.
In one of the showcases is the sword that belonged to Mr. Willie's old Confederate soldier school teacher.
Mr. Willie still has the first scales he ever started business with, and he has a collection of petrified wood.
He also has an old gourd ladle he is especially proud of. "I used to drink from it when I was a boy," Mr. Willie said.
On the walls hang a few mounted deer heads, "I killed one," he said, "and my granddaughters killed the others."
Mr. Willie's store means a lot to him, especially these days. "I live out yonder by myself and it gets lonesome," he said. "I enjoy company and I have company here at the store all the time."
"People come in here all the time looking at them old Indian things."
10. 5Willie Bickers, 13 Nov 1895-Nov 1980; issued/GA; last zip & pmt zip/30678 White Plains, Greene Co, Georgia.
11. James Franklin Bickers (VI), son of Zachary Taylor Bickers (V) & Margaret/Marguerite France __ (b. MS-d. TN), grandson of Benjamin R. (IV) & Martha Woodard Bickers (b. VA-d. TN), great-grandson of Benjamin Carty (III) & Joanna Martin Bickers, 2-great grandson of Nicholas (II) & Jane Carty Bickers (Revolutionary war soldier, b/d VA), 3-great-grandson of Robert (I) & Elizabeth Bickers (VA)
caption under photo [source not noted]
James Franklin Bickers [VI]--Lawyer. Born in Shelby County, Tenn. January 1884 [census says Jan 1881]. Educated in county schools and Union University, Jackson, Tenn. Teacher 1901-1903. Journalist 1904-1906. Received degree Cumberland University 1907-1908. Admitted Memphis Bar, 1908. Lived in New Mexico 05 Feb 1913 to 05 Dec 1913. Resumed Memphis practice 1914. Past Dictator Moose Lodge, Albuquerque, N. Mexico. 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner and Scottish Rite.
12. Time-tattered newspaper articles discovered in 1949 among the personal effects of E.T. Bickers, concerning his uncle, James F. Bickers. Note: 3 dots [ ... ] represent missing printed text
St. Petersburg, FL, Tues 29 Apr 1929 [left border missing]
headline: Bickers to Leave Without Telling on His Abductors
sub-head: Gang Still at Large as Flogged Lawyer Keeps Silence; He May Be Held Against Will, Is Rumor
... rating his intention of leaving St. Petersburg and...Florida before Wednesday, the deadline set for his departure by five gunmen who kidnaped and whipped him Sunday...Attorney J.F. Bickers rested in Mound Park Hospital Monday...still declined to give any clue as to the identity of his assailants.
...Attorney is still incommunicado...refusing to admit anyone to...with the exception of his partner, W.G. Ramseur, his...police guard, Todd Tucker...few newspapermen.
...that an attempt would be...hold Bickers as a material witness could not be confirmed last...It was pointed out that...kidnaping constituted a...and that the robbery of the...was another felony, and that...the law he might be detained...against his assailants, especially in view of the fact that he...announced his intention of per...leaving the state.
DAVIS TO VISIT HIM
Deputy Prosecutor Clair Davis...night that he planned to...Bickers early this morning in...to learn something upon which he could predicate prosecution...five gunmen. He said his decision to hold Bickers as a witness...him to go would...[text missing]
[column, text not readable, regarding Reward
COUNTY SENATOR WILL CONFER WITH GOVERNOR CARLTON TODAY
[continued from page one]
BICKERS PLANS DEPARTURE: MAY BE HELD HERE
Gang still at large As Flogged Lawyer Keeps Silence at Hospital
...appropriate $500 as a reward for the capture and conviction of the abductors. Similar action was expected to be taken by the county commissioners, but due to the press of business on the citrus fly question it was not taken up. County commissioners may act later.
WILL LEAVE SILENTLY
Bickers would not name the day or hour for his departure, he wishing to leave the city without being detected by any spies or any of the gang which Sunday boldly kidnapped him from in front of his Tangerine Avenue home.
That members of the gang or their local cohorts are watching the Mound Park Hospital where Bickers is confined suffering the effects of his injuries, is the belief of police. An order for guards on the hospital grounds to be more vigilant was issued late Monday night by Chief R.H. Noel.
Little progress towards the apprehension of Bickers' Assailants was made Monday, police and the sheriff's office being unable to function without some clue from the attorney. Bickers has constantly refused to divulge any information, even any little bit that might have the remotest connection with the case.
"It's closed and I'm leaving before Wednesday," was his only answer Monday to queries of all, including law enforcement officers.
Bickers said Monday that he had been misquoted in regard to published stories saying that a leader of Tampa's underworld had called on him one night preceding the Sunday attack.
"I never said a leader of Tampa's underworld came to see me or to warn me," he declared.
WOULD HIRE GUNMEN
One reliable business man who gained admittance to Bickers' ward Monday made a proposition in which he asked Bickers to stay in St. Petersburg.
"If you'll stay and fight this gang," he said, "I know a liquor trafficker who will hire enough gunmen for me to match the forces of any gang. We'll hire to shadow you a gunman for every gunman any other gang has."
Bickers said he declined the offer.
Mrs. Bickers, who has been at her husband's bedside since he appeared at Mound Park Hospital about 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, will leave with her husband, she going to Hendersonville, N.C.
Bickers' business has been turned over to Ramseur, his partner. The flogged attorney Sunday said he was through with law practice forever and he was strong in his reiteration of this statement Monday.
Where Bickers was flogged and by whom was as much of a mystery Monday as it was Sunday when he came to the hospital, severely lacerated and cut about the lower portion of the back. He declined to talk. Officers searched in likely places and ran down possible clues, but to no avail.
SIGHT TWO CARS
Airplanes, chartered by Mayor John N. Brown Sunday to search for the attorney and his abductors, reported seeing cars surrounded by...group of men at two places but...time these were...nothing could be...A...owned by Beard and Rifley instead of Bob...as previously...[remainder of text missing.]
Friday, 03 May 1929
BICKERS STOPPED AT JACKSONVILLE ON WAY OUT
Told Deputies Who Accompanied Him That He Intended To See Gov. Carlton
James F. Bickers, local attorney, kidnapped, flogged and ordered out of St. Petersburg by five unknown armed men, Sunday afternoon, was taken to Jacksonville after he suddenly left the Mound Park Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
After he left that city he intended going to Tallahassee to call on Gov Doyle E. Carlton, according to Henry Belcher, former deputy sheriff, who with Roy Mears, also a former deputy, took the lawyer out of the country by automobile.
What Bickers intended to tell the governor, the former deputy said, he did not reveal to them. Neither did he make any statement that would throw any light on motives or identities of his five assailants of Sunday afternoon.
An Associated Press reply to an inquiry from The Independent, received early this afternoon, said that the governor's offices advises that Bickers has not been there as yet.
Belcher recounting the trip to a reporter this morning, said that the party stopped overnight en route to Jacksonville, arriving at the latter city Wednesday morning.
MET MR. MCCONNELL
Bickers went to a hotel there, and before Belcher and Mears left, Belcher said, Rev. Dr. Lincoln McConnell, formerly pastor of the First Baptist Church here, now in Jacksonville, called on Bickers at his hotel. His call was short. What was said at the meeting Belcher did not reveal, nor did he state whether he was present when the two men met.
Bickers was attorney for a deacon of the First Baptist Church in the injunction suit to close the dog track here, about two months ago, and Dr. McConnell, then connected with the First Baptist Church here, was vitally interested in the case.
The former deputies and the lawyer did not stop on the highway at the point that Bickers was taken from the car into the woods, where he was flogged. The lawyer apparently had no desire to stop, and Belcher did not reveal whether Bickers was even able to recognize the exact place where he had been taken from the car into the woods.
Information previously obtained from his rescuers, who brought him back to the hospital here, was to the effect that Bickers had been able to get a glimpse of the scenery along the way, because the bandage over his eyes had crawled up on one side, permitting a rather limited view from beneath it.
Asked if the party stopped overnight en route to Jacksonville, Belcher said that they did. He declined however to say where they stopped. He added that they experienced automobile trouble en route back here.
BICKERS REFUSED TO TALK
Belcher said that Bickers refused during the entire trip to make any statement as to his future plans, or where he was going. He had said after the whipping that he was through with the law forever.
"He said he was going to Tallahassee to see the governor" said Belcher, "but whether he left for the state capitol, we do not know. We returned and did not know where he went after we had left him in Jacksonville. He did not reveal to us his reason for calling on the governor. We never received from him the slightest intimation as to where he intended going or to the reasons for the beating given him, and his leaving the state."
Police today were continuing to investigate the Bickers case, but apparently no nearer a solution to the mystery than the day they started the case.
...Bickers upon the stand.
Belcher said that part of the route covered by himself and Mears on the trip north, was over much of the same highway as that taken by the captors of Bickers on the preceding Sunday. He said that Bickers lay in the rear seat of the car, apparently to keep out of sight, and also because of the injuries received when he was beaten.
He said that during the trip north, along the road between the county seat and New Port Richey, Bickers recognized numerous landmarks that he had seen from beneath the bandages that covered his eyes, while in the car of his captors.
13. 6BICKERS, KIDNAPPED ATTORNEY, TESTIFIES BEFORE GRAND JURY:
PROMISES TO TELL ALL TONIGHT
To Address Mass Meeting at the Tabernacle
James F. Bickers, lawyer, kidnapped two weeks ago by five armed men, will tell St. Petersburg and the country the...of the whole case tonight at...o'clock at the public mass meeting scheduled for the Baptist tabernacle, his friend Rev. Dr. Lincoln McConnell, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, formerly...this city, said in an interview...Independent representatives today.
The Jacksonville pastor, who just before leaving his pastorate here, was associated with Bickers in a...to close the local dog track, during his long interview, warned...men not to start anything at the meeting tonight and added ..."all facts of importance in the case are now on file in the proper place."
"There will be 10 men against every one of their men, "said Dr. McConnell in warning that he expected to have plenty of guards about the tabernacle.
Briefly, according to Dr. McConnell, who is here to arrange for the shipment of his household goods to Jacksonville, Bickers is going to tell what the armed gang did to him, why they did it, and shy he has since acted as he has.
"Personally," said Dr. McConnell, " I think the whole thing dates back to the time that I employed Bickers as attorney in the suit to close the dog races here."
NO ADMISSION CHARGE
"The meeting tonight will be free," said Dr. McConnell, no admission will be charged. The pastor said he did not know of any plans to take up a collection, as yet.
"The purpose of the meeting," declared Dr. McConnell, who said he...it, is "to put Florida right again in the eyes of the world." The kidnapping and flogging of the lawyer, according to Dr. McConnel, has wrought...harm to the state of Florida and the city of St. Petersburg.
Asked if he intended...McConnell said he..."going to introduce him"...[text missing]
[continued from page 1]
The pastor characterized the situation here as being one of "wheels within wheels," and then went on to say that he hoped no one would be foolish enough to think that they might "prevent any further investigation of this matter by any foolish act."
"I might say here," he declared, "that everything known in connection with this case, is on file in the right place."
McCONNELL NOT THREATENED
Dr. McConnell was asked if reports were true that he also had been threatened before he left the city recently. He said that the reports were untrue, although he had received numerous anonymous letters before he left.
"But nothing that I took seriously, " he said.
The pastor was seated in the study of his former parsonage here, as furniture movers took the goods out of his house to be sent by truck to Jacksonville where he is now located.
"Will Bickers name the persons responsible for his recent flogging?" he was asked.
Dr. McConnell said he didn't know.
"But I know he has some affidavits that will be read to show the people here what conditions are."
"It's peculiar to me that the people here don't know more about Bickers," he continued. Dr. McConnell told of Bickers' record as a fighting prosecuting attorney in Memphis, where he ousted the police chief and the city commission.
Bickers went through strenuous and fierce battles in that city, the pastor indicated.
"These are peanut folks the way things are played here," he said.
He denied rumors that Bickers had been run out of Memphis. He said that Bickers left there on two different occasions to save the life of his wife, who had a serious case of tuberculosis. She finally succumbed to the disease he said, and later Bickers came to Florida.
DARROW WANTED HIM
Upon his first return, said McConnell, Bickers was again made prosecuting attorney, despite the fact that he had resigned to leave for the southwest. Then his wife became ill again and he had to leave for Denver with her.
"Why, Clarence Darrow wanted Bickers to associate himself with him when he was here," declared McConnell..
The pastor was asked if reports that Bickers intends taking up evangelistic work are true.
Dr. McConnell said he didn't know. He said that long before "this thing happened," Bickers had often expressed the hope that he would leave the law business. He wanted out of it. He told me his mother didn't want him to become a lawyer in the first place. He expressed a desire for some other field of work, and looked forward to that day."
McConnell denied reports that he and Bickers planned to enter the evangelistic field.
"I have all I can do as pastor of the biggest Baptist churches in the state," he said.
"People don't realize the...of crime in this state," continued McConnell.
RIGID RULES LAID DOWN BY POLICE AND FIRE CHIEFS
AISLES TO BE KEPT CLEAR AND SMOKING PROHIBITED AT THE BAPTIST TABERNACLE
Rigid rules for public observance have been laid down by police and firemen, for those who attend the Bickers meeting tonight, Police Chief R.H. Woel, and Fire Chief J.T. McNulty, announced today. Officers and firemen are to be detailed to the Baptist tabernacle in large numbers with strict orders to enforce the rule.
Here's the fire department rules. No one will be allowed to stand in any place in the building. All aisles must be kept open. Only those who find regular tabernacle seats will be allowed within the building.
No portable seats will be allowed to be brought inside.
Smoking is absolutely prohibited.
Police rules are:
No one will be permitted to loiter on the outside of the building, or to look through the windows. When every seat is taken the public will be told to move on. No one will be allowed on the roof. Crowds or gatherings outside the tabernacle will be dispersed.
Police and fire orders have been made as a precaution against any possible disturbance, although police are not anticipating any trouble.
During the forenoon a group of city officials, including the Mayor John N. Brown, City Attorney Raney H. Martin, Assistant City Attorney Carroll R...[text missing]
SPENDS HOUR AND A HALF WITH JURYMEN
Clearwater, May 14 - (Independent Clearwater Bureau) -- James F. Bickers, St. Petersburg lawyer, kidnapped and flogged two weeks ago, went before the county grand jury this morning.
The lawyer, who has been in hiding, because of threats made if he ever talked, after the five armed men had taken him in their car and beaten him in a lonely section of the county north of New Port Richey, entered the grand jury room at 10:00 this morning. At 11:45 o'clock, he left the room where the secret investigating body has been conducting its investigation into the Bickers and other cases for more than a week.
Bickers left the grand jury room smiling, and greeted the Independent Clearwater correspondent upon emerging. He had no statement to make, except that his plans to address the St. Petersburg mass meeting tonight, would be carried through as announced by his friend, Rev. Dr. Lincoln McConnell.
As soon as Bickers left the grand jury session, W. Henry Belcher, former deputy sheriff, who has been acting as Bickers' bodyguard, accompanied him to the office of Charles M. Durrance, Duval county state's attorney, who has been sent to the county by Gov. Carlton, to aid in the investigation of the confidence men, and, supposedly, the Bickers' case.
Where Bickers had been previous to his arrival today in Pinellas county, remained a secret. Dr. McConnell was reported...[text missing]
14. 7Letter from H.A. Bickers, "Mercer, Tennessee, May 14, 1940,
Mr. J.E. Bickers, Westfield, New Jersey.
My father, William Henry Bickers, the son of Robert Bickers, was a descendant of the Virginia Bickers. I do not know how close up. There is a lawyer at Memphis, TN, Hon. J.F. Bickers, related to us. I was reared at Ripley, TN. My father died 1937. My brothers, Robert T., Ben A., Jesse H., and Oscar live at Ripley, TN. I am married, have a daughter in college, two sons 18 and 15. I am college and seminary trained and ordained Baptist preacher.
Yours, H.A. Bickers" [ Horace A. Bickers (VI) TN-LA]
"The author was unable to get any further information from Rev. H.A. Bickers or from his brothers now living at Ripley, TN."
15. From the Memphis Room, Genealogy Section, Memphis Public Library, 1994 - Newspaper article, with photo, 13 Sep 1952
Headline: JIM BICKERS' COMEBACK --
'DYING,' THEY TOLD HIM
Now He's Resuming Law Practice
At 71-A Controversial Figure
By Alfred C. Anderson, Press-Scimitar Staff Writer
"Jim Bickers, the lawyer who struck a lasting blow against police use of the third degree to get confessions, once again will practice criminal law in Memphis as counsel for the defendant.
He's the lawyer who would not say 'quit' -- and thus won the famous Ashcraft murder case on a 'not guilty verdict the fourth time it was tried. The first three times the juries convicted.
Bickers says that four-year legal battle broke his health. Doctors ordered him to quit, told him he would soon die. That was five years ago and for those five years it indeed appeared that he had quit.
Today, Bickers charged into The Press-Scimitar city room, 71 years old but with all the fire of the old days. He's opening his office on the fourth floor of Commerce Title Building Monday.
He's al ready rented again his apartment at the Adler Hotel, and as for quitting: "Quit, hell--it was just another stratagem!" For five years Bickers has been still as a mouse.
Hidden away on Kentucky Lake farm, 12 miles out of Paris, Tenn.--just Mr. Bickers and 86 acres of grass-loving cattle. That's been the deal for the five years. Cooking his own meals. Bed rest, bed rest, bed rest.
Bickers was so bad off when he went there he had to be hoisted from the car. Now, he says, doctors have pronounced him fit again. "Too many men give up when they say 'heart trouble,'" Mr. Bickers said today. "It's just one more battle to be won."
Bickers has been one of the city's most colorful lawyers, off and on for 43 years. The Ashcraft convictions in the '40s--for life, for 99 years and for 50 years--were all reversed on appeal, and the defendants finally freed.
Twice, these cases went to the U.S. Supreme Court before they were bounced back. Grilling a man for 36 hours to get a confession is not fair, the highest court ruled.
The colorful, stormy Bickers has been the focal point of numerous other famous cases, including two ouster suits which he brought against city officials. In a civic battle in Florida, his foes flogged him almost to death, and he still bears the scars. He defended one of the Ford Motor Co. bandits in the famous Memphis hold-up in the '20s, and was the defense lawyer in a long, long string of murder trials, including the John Hudson and Amelia Sisk cases and the paratrooper case at Holly Springs."
16. 8Bennie Bickers (VII), 12 Dec 1906-14 Feb 1967; issued/TX; [died/Dallas, TX]
17. Caption under photo in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 18 May 1951
Mrs. J.C. Crain takes her turn at the first skeet shooting class for women as the coach, Bennie Bickers, and two other members look on approvingly ...
18. 9Bennie Bickers made it up the hard way. He came up on the streets of Dallas in the good old days when The Times Herald and other Dallas newspapers sold daily for a penny.
Bennie sold a lot of papers because he commanded the best 'corners' in the city. You see, Bennie was handy with his bare fists. In his youth he fought almost daily to keep his 'command post', or a spot where he could sell penny papers like hot cakes.
Bennie didn't lose many fights, if any. He was a good athlete, a competitor. But he couldn't shake his last foe, cancer, and died Tuesday in a Dallas hospital.
Preacher Hayes, a Times Herald pressman and Dallas labor leader, has many fond memories of Bennie. Preacher grew up with Bickers, attended the same South Dallas school, sold papers with him and played baseball with him.
"Bennie could have been a great baseball player," Hayes recalled. "We had a Times Herald team way back there and played nearly every Sunday during the summer in towns around Dallas like Elam, Duncanville, DeSoto, and others.
" I remember Bennie hit a home run one day off Gene Moore, Jr., who later pitched for Dallas in the Texas league and in the majors.
"Les Mallon played on the same team with Bennie, like the old Hillpot Bicycle nine that won a city junior championship. Mallon did go to the big leagues, playing with Philadelphia and Boston in the National League.
"What kept Bennie out of the majors was the fact that he lost part of his shoulder accidently while hunting in the Trinity River bottoms."
The shoulder injury might also have prevented Bennie from becoming a professional boxing champion.
In the old days before boxing was legalized in Texas and Larry Meinert held his "smokers" -- actually boxing matches at an upstairs spot on San Jacinto--Bennie acted as a second for Harry Ryan, who along with Mickey Riley, rated at the best boxers around. Harry Ryan actually was and is Dee Abohosh, who is in the employ of the Times Herald.
When boxing became legalized in the state, Bennie rated as the best of the Dallas referees. He worked in the Lew Jenkins era here.
Bennie grew closed to the late Ben Whitaker, a thoroughbred owner who had such good horses as Requested and My Request. Bennie never forgot his old newspaper friends. He'd let them know when Whitaker sent out a horse he thought could win. Some made 'killings' on a first starter like Carolyn A, a filly named for Eddie Arcaro's daughter.
Bennie must have had a few winners, too. He purchased the University Club, one that jumped with the late, late crowd.
Bennie's eyes were not blurred, however. He took up skeet shooting. It wasn't long before he was shattering all the clay pigeons that he 'pulled' out of the trap house. He was three times a member of the national championship five man skeet team.
Bennie was fearless. He would let his good friend, Phil Harris, drive a golf ball off a tee he held in his mouth. Bennie literally battled his way off the Dallas streets to become good friends with the greats of the athletic world and show biz. He gave a championship performance.
19. Caption under undated photo - ads underneath are for Lewiston, Idaho:
SHOOTERS BOARD BOAT -- Shooters of two types--photographers and hunters--boarded the Jane Marie yesterday for a trip to Johnson Bar to shoot partridges. Left to right were E. Russell Short of Moscow, Phil Harris of Hollywood, Calif., and Benny Bickers of Dallas, Texas. Harris is here to film an outdoor show for American Sportsman, an American Broadcasting Co. production, and Bickers is the national skeet shooting champion. They will be in this area through Friday. Hells Canyon Excursions, Inc., has the contract for their travel here.
20. Obituary: Bennie Bickers, 5928 Dublin, Apt 2110. Survived by wife, Mrs. Lucille Bickers; sons Bennie Jr., and Mickey Bickers; three grandchildren, all of Dallas. Services, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sparkman's Ross Avenue Chapel, the Rev. J. Robert Maceo, officiating. Pallbearers: Phil Harris, Al Meadows, W.O. Bankston, John (Preacher) Hays, Henry Klepak, Cecil Simmons, Mickie Mantle, Jack Less. Honorary pallbearers: Dave Lutzer, Major A. Riddle, Joe E. Lewis, Bob Hayes, Tony Zoppi, Blackie Sherrod, Dudley Ramsden, Roland Pell, Harry Rosenthal, Ted Hinton, Bob Thompson. Interment, Grove Hill. If desired, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Sparkman's Ross Avenue, 2115 Ross Avenue, R18-2187.
21. 10Nancy Bickers married William Lyen 28 Jun 1832; Joel Bickers, surety, issued 25 Jun 1832.
11Nancy Bickers married William Lyon 25 Jun 1832. Bo: Joel Bickers. Bf: Consented in person.
note: Bo=bond, Bf = Bride's father
22. 12Abstracted from article on Ezekiel Wm. Lyen: Nancy Bickers (IV), granddaughter of Joel Bickers (III)
Nancy Bickers, daughter of Joel Bickers, of Mercer County, Kentucky, born 1818-died 1880, married William Lyen (twin of Ezekiel Lyen), son of Ezekiel William Lyen. Children of William Lyen & Nancy M. Bickers (IV) were: Ezekiel W., James T., Martha J. ( James), Almira (Birdwhistell), John A.T., Joel [H.], Philip B., and Annie ( Kennedy).
The following article would be about the son of William Lyen & Nancy Bickers (IV), as they were married in 1832, and Ezekiel William Lyen (V) was born in 1833. The children of Ezekiel William Lyen (V) & Susan F. Bell would be Cara B. Lyen (VI) and Mattie L. Lyen (VI).
The Article: Ezekiel William Lyen was born 22 Sep 1833 in the NW portion of Mercer County, Kentucky, where he grew to manhood and, in 1873, located on the Lexington Pike, 3 miles East of Harrodsburg, where he thence resided. In 1862 he enlisted in Company H., 2d Kentucky Confederate Cavalry and was shortly thereafter promoted to a lieutenancy. He was captured in Anderson County and remained a prisoner of war until near the close of the contest. His father, William Lyen, was born in Mercer County in 1809 and was reared a farmer. He died in 1885. He was the son of Ezekiel Lyen, Sr., a native of Virginia, who died in Mercer County in 1839, aged about 80 years. His children were Stephen, John, David, twins, William and Ezekiel, Susan, Polly (Cawhorn) and Betsy (Conyer). Ezekiel W. Lyen was first married in 1856, to Miss Susan F., daughter of Henry and Jane ( Burrus) Bell of Mercer County, born 1836-died 1861; children: Cara B. and Mattie L. He was next married 03 Feb 1808, to Miss Sue N., dau of John and Sallie Holman of Mercer County, born 1843; no issue. Mr. Lyen, a farmer, owned 150 acres of very p roductive land, a part of the old Captain Chaplaine homestead. In politics, Mr. Lyen was a Democrat.
23. 1910 Soundex, Anderson Co, KY
b.1877 13John W. [Walker] Bickers, white male, 32, b. KY [VI]
b.1874 Mattie B. Bickers, white female, wife, 35, b. KY [Mattie B. Taylor]
26 Mar1901-Apr 1985 Robert L. Bickers, white male, son, 9, b. KY [VII]
1920 Soundex, Anderson Co, KY
b. ca 1877 14John N. [W.] Bickers, white male, 42, b. KY [John W. Bickers (VI)]
b. ca 1876 Mattie Bickers, white female, 44, b. KY
24. 1901-1985 **see below Robert L. Bickers, white male, son, 19, b. KY [See Joel’s family]
Nancy M. Aubrey, lodger, 19, b. KY
May Skaggs, lodger, 8
ca1840 Tom O. Middleton, lodger, 79
1995 researcher's note: my husband's name is James W. Middleton!
25. 15Robert [L.] Bickers, 26 Mar 1901-Apr 1985; issued/KY; last zip/40342 Lawrenceburg, KY
26. 1860 & 1870 census, McLean, KY
b. ca 1826 16Joel W. Bickers, white male, 33, Lawyer, b. KY [IV]
b.1826 17Joel W. Bickers, wh male, 44, b. KY, married, Lawyer, RE Worth $600, Pers Worth $2,500;
b. ca 1844 Sallie C. [ Welsh] Bickers, white female, wife, 26, b.KY, keeping house
b. ca 1861 Annie D. Bickers, white female, dau, 9, b. KY
b. ca 1866 Bettie J. Bickers, white female, dau, 4, b. KY
Anny Bradley, black female, 45, b.TN, cook
b. ca1838 Joel H. Lyon [Lyen (V)], white male, 21, b. KY, clerk in retail store [nephew]
27. 18Willis Green, one of the most influential men of his section, several terms in the U.S. Congress, having successfully opposed Governor Helm, William T. Willis, and Senator Thomas McCrarey, placed his nephew, Lafeyette Green, as a student of law in the office of Joel W. Bickers, of Rumsey, where he read for two years. Lafayette Green became one of the largest farmers of his section, being the owner of land in Breckinridge and Grayson Counties, Kentucky, and in Arkansas to the amount of 6,000 acres, a saw and grist mill, and one of the largest stores in the county. He was a Democrat and represented his district in the Senate, and his county for one year in the State Legislature.
28. 19And to the long list of persons named below, the Author returns his thanks for information concerning their counties or ancestors, for maps of the counties, for data for biographical sketches and other matters, for incidents connected with the history of the state, etc., etc., viz:
...Colonel Joel W. Bickers of McLean county... John H. Collins, Allen Co... Richard P. Collins, Barren Co... Joseph M. Collins, Grant Co...
29. Joel W. Bickers. P.H. Welch, Administrator, P233. J.W. Bickers, deceased 25 Aug 1875, McLean Co., KY. R.F. Livers, Adm App, P325, 16 Jan 1878, McLean Co Adm Bk 1867-1880.
30. 20John H. Bigger married Harriet K. Bullock
31. 21Honorable Joseph M. Bigger, lawyer, one of the ablest jurists of Kentucky was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, on 22 September 1824. He received rudimentary education in the common schools of Barren and Warren Counties, KY. In 1846 he entered the office of Judge E.I. Bullock of Hickman, Kentucky, and pursued his legal studies until his admission to the Bar in 1847. He was in practice in Ballard County from 1847 until 1853 and moved to Paducah. His legal record was successful. In 1858 he was elected Judge of the Equity and Criminal Court, First Judicial District of Kentucky, comprising 15 counties. The court was abolished three years later as a result of the Civil War. In 1866 he was elected to the Kentucky State Senate, to fill an unexpired term, after which he declined re-election. In 1877 he was elected to a seat in the lower house of the state legislature, and re-elected in 1879 and was made Speaker of the House. Judge Bigger was of commanding appearance, of true culture, and a highly moral and social character. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and served as Deputy Grand Master for the State of Kentucky. He was a member of high standing in the Masonic fraternity and an official member of the Christian Church. He was a Whig.
Judge J.M. Bigger: James D. White commenced the study of law with Judge Bigger at Blandville, Kentucky, and admitted to the Bar in 1852. In 1857, White was elected County Attorney for one term; in 1869, elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and re-elected for a term of six years; one of the Hancock & English electors in 1880; a delegate to the Democratic Convention at Chicago in 1884; ranked among the best legal talent in the Purchase; a possessor of two farms and two residence lots in Blandville...
32. 2221st Presidential Election, 1869.--Ulysses S. Grant, of Illinois, for President, and Schuyler Colfax, of Indiana for Vice-President, received 3,012,833 votes at the November election, 1868, or 52.71 per cent of the vote cast...Three States --Virginia, Mississippi, and Texas, not having been "re-constructed"-- were not allowed to vote. In the Electoral College, the vote of Georgia, 7 (which had been cast for Seymour and Blair), was ruled out and rejected. Of the remainder, 214 votes were cast for Grant and Colfax, electing them...vis: Kentucky 11...The Kentucky Electors were:
1. J.M. Bigger
2. Robert Mallory [the Bickers in Virginia intermarried with the Mallory family]
33. 23 Fannie Biggers, born to John H. and Harriet K. (Bullock) Bigger, who were born in Virginia of English descent. Maternal Grandparents: Edward & Hannah (Clark) Bullock, among first setters of Kentucky. Her father was a colonel of a regiment in War of 1812. She went to Purchase with her Brother, Judge J.M. Bigger, of Paducah in the Fall of 1848 and settled in Blandville. On 07 August 1840, she married P.A. Stratton, a merchant. Children of the marriage: John R., Harriet A. Vancoths, and Mary P. Stratton. Mr. Stratton died 18 December 1854. On 22 February 1857, Fannie Stratton married G.W. Mantle, a leading citizen of Ballard County, Kentucky, born 10 August 1832 in Monroe County, Ohio, the second of six children born to William & Ella (Cox) Mantle, natives of Maryland and Ohio. His father died when he was 12 and, at age 16, commenced the carpenter's trade. He went to Purchase in 1846 and settled in Ballard County. On coming of age, he inherited $100 from his mother's estate, which he judiciously and carefully operated with until he succeeded in amassing a handsome property consisting of three farms of about 820 acres of good land, hotel property, and several houses and lots in Blandville. Children of the Mantles: Edward B., Joseph B., Lizzie K., George, and Ninna F. Mantle. Mrs Mantle is an amiable and affectionate parent, a member of the Christian Church, and Order of Rebecca (Masonic); Mr. Mantle is an Odd Fellow and a Democrat.
34. Note: Apparent error in text: 24"The Bickers of Virginia spring from a Scotch ancestor, Nicholas Bickers..." [In Virginia, Robert Bickers of Orange County, origin unknown, is recognized as head of the family in the history written by Joseph Edward Bickers. A deed identifies Nicholas as the son of Robert Bickers.]
For the following article: Robert Bickers (1) & Elizabeth; William Bickers (II) & Petty Margaret Pines; John Bickers (III) & Nancy Landrum; James Bickers (IV) & Catherine Crump; William Andrew Bickers (V) & Ann Elizabeth Aylor; Roger Aylor Bickers (VI) & Mary Wilkins Coons; John Travers Bickers (VI) & Mrs. Martha Hill Duncan Shotwell; Travers Duncan Bickers (VII) & Margaret Yowell.
Roger Aylor Bickers, son of Dr. William Andrew Bickers and grandson of James and Catherine [Crump] Bickers. Dr. Wm Andrew Bickers, born Culpeper County, Virginia, 1836, died 1905. He prepared for the practice of medicine at the University of Virginia, receiving his M.D. degree class of 1859. During the War, 1861-65, served as assistant surgeon in the Confederate Army, attached to General Longstreet's division, also serving under command of 'Stonewall' Jackson. After the war he resumed private practice, locating in Madison County, Virginia, later in Culpeper County, where he practiced with success for many years. He was a skillful physician, a high-minded Christian gentleman, possessing qualities that endeared him to those whom he treated professionally and to those who knew him as a friend, neighbor and citizen. Dr. Bickers married Ann Elizabeth Aylor, born Madison County, Virginia, 1848, died 1910, daughter of James Parker Aylor; nine children: James P.; Mary D., deceased; Catherine C., [Crump] deceased; Roger A., of whom further; William A.; Weir M., deceased; Lillian R.; Annie E.; John N.
A brother of R. Bickers, John Travers Bickers, a Virginia farmer, also served in the Confederate army, now deceased, married a widow, Martha Hill (Duncan) Shotwell, and had a son, Travers Duncan Bickers.
Roger Aylor Bickers, son of Dr. William Andrew Bickers (V) and Ann Elizabeth Aylor, was born in Madison County, Virginia, 25 September 1878; preparatory education, public and private schools; special collegiate preparation at Locust Dale Academy. He did not at once enter college, but until 1906 was engaged in farming. In the fall of 1906 he entered the law school of the University of Virginia, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1908 and at once began the practice of his profession, locating first at Charlottesville, Virginia, but in 1909 moving to Culpeper, Virginia, where he is well established and successfully conducting a general law practice in all State and Federal courts of the district. He is held in high esteem as one of the rising young men of the Virginia Bar. In politics he is an independent Democrat, broad-minded and liberal, in both political and religious thought. A member of the Masonic order, Fairfax Lodge No. 43, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; clubs are the Catalpa of Culpeper and the Colonnade of Charlottesville, Virginia. He married Mary Wilkins Coons 24 May 1911 (born Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter of Frank A. and Martha Jane (Erskine) Coons.
35. 25Roger Bickers [VI] 41, b. VA (next line is Mary, age 31, b. MO) enum with Rosalyn C. Voss as boarder
36. Reflections: Many families don't talk to children about the extended family or about grandparents, uncles, cousins, etc. They also should record major illnesses and causes of death. Both my grandfather Bickers, Constable, and my Grandfather Grant, Deputy Constable, died before I was born. In 1932 (the year my great-grandfather Z.T. died, age 84) my mother died of septicemia due to incomplete abortion. I was 4 and my sisters 8 & 12. My husband's mother died of same cause. My mother's deathbed request was that my grandmother raise us. Daddy stayed with her until I was 14, even though he remarried. Muddie, we called her, loved my mother like a daughter. Again, from the information on Mother's death certificate, they moved to Dallas when my oldest sister was age 2. My other grandmother, Mattie Maybelle Grant, whom we called 'Mamie', had moved to Hillsborough, TX, and Muddie would take us there to visit and Mamie would come stay with us. I was named after Aunt Eloise, who died at 6 months of age, and my mother's middle name - so I am Eloise Lucyle Bickers (VIII). Daddy, I understand, did give in to my grandmother to name me Eloise, but insisted I be called Lucyle. My husband reasons that he did not want to be constantly reminded of his deceased sister. The name 'Lucyle', in varying forms, was a Bickers name for generations. My dad became a pilot in WW-I and joined again at WW-II. He made a rough sketch of the family tree and noted that granddad died in 1915 (would be the same age as my son now is 41). My grandmother, with 3 small children, moved to Dallas and established a small hotel or rooming house - she moved it 3 times, always on the same street just off downtown Dallas. One of my sister's employers, a hotel, said that Muddie had owned the corner that the hotel was built on, which is now owned by AT&T. We will have to research this. She remarried, (Carl Wolforth) but 'Daddy Wolf', a really great step-granddad, died in 1936. My grandmother didn't try a third time. By 1925, my Uncle Ferrell and my Aunt Marguerite were dead. By 1949, my dad was dead of cancer. She outlived uncle Bennie, who also died of cancer, but died in 1954 at age 75, of cancer. Uncle Bennie died in 1967. My grandmother did say, one time, that the day she and granddad married, they had an argument and one sat on the back steps and the other on the front step - not talking to each other! She told me he died of Bright's Disease. Doing the 1880 Bates census, I learned my grandmother had family which she had never talked about. I have the flyleaf left of the family bible she gave to me - showing that her father and mother gave it to her in 1904 in Plainview, Texas. No one knows where she and granddad met, but the Bates were also from Tennessee. She never told us about her father - I find by the census that he was a widower by 1910 and living with them where granddad was a Constable - Munday, TX. Elyhu Bates was a veteran of the Civil War and is buried in Munday. He died in 1920 at the age of 82, the year my oldest sister was born - but my grandmother never talked about him and didn't say that he was a Baptist preacher. My great-grandfather was Zachary Taylor Bickers (VI), but nobody told us about him or that two girls in our families had been named after my great-grandmother.
37. I have just been entering the birth and death certificates for some of our family - each time you look at a source, you can read something you really missed before. For instance: The death certificates for 2 uncles and both my grandmothers gave the length of time they had lived in the city where they died. Now, both lost husbands in the early 1900s, but I have not been able to locate birth or death certificates. My dad made a notation as to grandfather Benjamin Haywood Bicker's death as 1915 - the length of time living in Dallas on 3 death certificates computes back to 1915, so she moved the family to Dallas from Munday, TX, shortly after he died. My maternal grandfather, R. Mitch Grant, disappears off the census rolls in Paris, Lamar County, TX, after 1900. We used to visit my maternal grandmother in Hillsboro, TX. I just entered her death certificate - she had lived in Hillsboro since 1903; hence, grandfather Grant died between 1900 and 1903.
38. Records: If you have these mysteries in your family because information was not written down in a bible, etc, or not discussed in detail, you might try death certificates. Not all the death certificates called for the same information, though. Also, get copies of family birth certificates now, if you have done already done so. I entered the Army on a certificate I got through the Dallas School District. Several years ago, my husband sent for mine so we could get passports. Surprise! I was an unnamed baby and because I had given the family bible, with the family records in it to my daughter-in-law, (who lost it) I had to write my sister in Dallas for an affidavit. When I was in Austin at the Archives, I learned she, too, was unnamed - and she didn't know it! My birth certificate had my mother's name misspelled, and only had initials for my dad. I had a corrected certificate issued. My mother's name was altered by some clerk on her death certificate - Evans was crossed out and 'Eva L' inserted, so the cemetery records have her listed as 'Eva Bickers'. You could tell by reading the certificates that only my dad knew family details. Uncle Bennie didn't know his mother's maiden name for her death certificate.
39. We sort of thought all the other Bickers in the U.S. had died off - there were actually other Bickers families in Dallas - but we didn't know of them. According to the history by Joseph Edward Bickers, they were from the Georgia branch. Daddy went looking for family in the 1930s - he went to Virginia and to Tennessee. Granddad evidently was the only one to leave home - in his teens. He had many brothers, so we have close family in Memphis. Daddy (Elyhu Taylor Bickers (VII)) died young, age 50, and I still miss him. Finding the small history after he died was like receiving a legacy to continue the search for family. Daddy had a great sense of humor and never met a stranger. Uncle Bennie, the black-haired member of the family was the quiet one, and I did so love him. They were so different. His sons were opposites in appearance and personality. The quiet Bickers are quiet - not wimpy - they pick and choose very carefully as to whom they talk or with whom they make friends. I understand some are actually very sweet-natured. But the friendly Bickers are also ‘choosy. - we may be able to start and hold a conversation for a very long time anywhere, with anybody, but we don't take them home. It seems if someone starts getting too close, we back off. Family is different, of course. The Bickers are very strong-willed - be they male or female. Bickers females are very 'determined' - my husband understands me better now that he is learning about the Bickers.
40. What I am trying to say is - when you see the name Bickers, realize you are related in some degree. I have found some on the census that came in from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, but I will bet you they are not too distantly related with Robert of Orange, Virginia. Also, what I am saying is that you should talk to your young ones about your family and the history of both sides of your family and record your family statistics, even and most especially if there has been a divorce. It is almost criminal not to let children know their roots. Everyone needs to know their roots and that the way they are, the way they think, and the way they do things is genetic. Knowing is understanding, and that makes family life and marriage a lot easier. Think about it!
41. I have learned that during the time of colonization, England had a law that allowed only one given name, so you will see double given names beginning with the third generation in America. Also, there was generally a naming pattern: First son after his paternal grandfather, second son after his maternal grandfather, third son after his father. Pretty much the same with female children. The names link the families. Younger sons named after maternal and paternal cousins. It was used in my father's generation - but nobody told my generation. Had granddad lived, I suppose we'd have eventually found out. I learned it by research. Daddy was the oldest - he got a name from each grandfather - Elyhu Bates and Zachary Taylor Bickers = Elyhu Taylor Bickers, and he insisted on being called E.T. Uncle Ferrell - now, we don't know where the Ferrell came from, but his middle name was Bates = Ferrell Bates Bickers. Uncle Bennie - was named after granddad, but not Jr. = Benjamin Haywood Bickers. Granddad was called Ben and he was the second son of Z.T. Bickers. My oldest sister got names from both grandmothers = Margaret Frances Maybelle Bickers. My sister Bettye Sue's name is not as easy to figure out. There have been Elizabeths and Susans in all generations of Bickers - grandmother Bates initials were D.E. and the census shows her as Dora. Was it Dorothy Elizabeth or Dorothy Eloise? If only someone had told us. I named my son 'Richard' because I liked the name. I named my daughter 'Misty Lucyle' because I saw the name 'Misty' in a magazine (a child model named Misty Brown) and the Lucyle is my middle name and my mother’s middle name.
42. How did you name your children? How did you get your name? Talk to your children and grandchildren about their roots.
43. I have an extensive address list, by state, both residential and business. If you would like a copy of part or all, please ask.
10Kentucky Genealogy & Biography, Vol V; Reprinted from Kentucky: A History of the State, by Battle-Perrin-Kniffin; Cook, Mercer County, KY, Records, Vol 2; Cook Publications, 2218 Winberg Ave, Evansville, IN 47712; © 1988
15©1996 Broderbund Software, Inc., Broderbund Banner Blue Div, CD110, SS Death Index:U.S. 1937-1995, (state where card issued, birth & death dates, last residence zip, zip where death benefit paid); 1994; © Automated Archives, Inc.
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