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George Washington Hickerson
and Sarah Woolsey
Pedegree chart for Hickerson, Woolsey, Luster families
Hickerson p.79 ,
McInturff p.97, and
Woolsey p.100 Families
Fayette Facts 2 Page 86 and 91
Fayette Facts 3 Page 91 to 99
Fayette Facts 4 Page 99 to 100 the end of this booklet
For Abraham/ Hickerson family information from:
Rosann Sent me the Fayette Facts booklet I copied all that applies to our relatives below:
Names in Bold
are direct line
"Fayette Facts": copy of this booklet in possesion of June Jorgensen
Fayette County Genealogical Society-Vandalia, Illinois 62471. ISSN 0737-1012
Our information starts on these pages:
FAYETTES FIRST FAMILIES
One family which can justly be called of Fayettes County's first families is the Hickerson family. William Loving Hickerson was elected a captain in the militia in the second election held in the County. Although most of the very early families are very difficult to trace unless they remained here, and then there are often scanty if any records, we have a very good record of this family. The following people furnished the material for this sketch: Morris Miles, member, address 149 W, 200 N, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103, who is a descendant of the Hickerson family through a daughter who married a Miles; Mrs. W. E. Cullum 612 La Cadena, Vallejo, Calif. 94590, a descendant of the son who went to California, Raymond Kringer of St. Louis, who wrote a book on the McInturff and Hickerson families; and Wilford W. Whitaker, Jr, 310 North, 850 East, American Fork, Utah, 84003, whose ancestor George Washington Hickerson, made the trip to Utah when the Mormon people fled from Nauvoo and then returned and took his sister and her small children to Utah.
Mr. Whitaker sent this explanation of two pages of names, practically all of Fayette Co. people who were "put into the temple" by G. W. Hickerson, his wife Sarah (Woolsey) Hickerson, and his sister, Katherine (Hickerson) Miles Woolsey. He writes, "Here are two pages of St. George, Utah Temple Records. On of the tenets of the Mormon Faith is that everyone must be baptized, and, if not while living, it can be done after one passes away by interested individuals or family members. This can only be done in dedicated temples, so the interest in Temples by the Mormons.
The first Temple in the West was the St. George, Utah, Temple. So for three or four weeks in the winter of 1878-79 (St. George is quite warm in winter) George W. Hickerson, his wife, Sarah Woolsey Hickerson, and his sister Catherine Hickerson Miles Woolsey did the Temple work for their deceased friends and relatives. These two pages are a partial list of their "work." I though you would be interested as most are Fayette Co. names. I'm sure there are at least two more pages, but will have to go back to the original records.
"I noticed that the baptisms were performed 17 Jan., 1872, so I assume they were performed in Salt Lake City in the Endowment House, which had been especially erected for certain ordinances until a temple could be erected. Morris Miles could probably tell you more about that.
The following were all baptized 17 Jan., 1872 and endowed in the temple between 18 Dec., 1878 and 9 Jan., 1879. We shall give first the name of the person baptized, all from Fayette Co. except two or three, the person called the heir or proxy, and the relationship.
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(William Loving Hickerson is father of George W. Hickerson)
- William Loving Hickerson by George W. Hickerson. Father
- Melinda Luster, by Katherine H. Woolsey. Mother
- Archabald Luster, by George W. Hickerson. Grandfather
- Mary Woolsey, by Sarah W. Hickerson. Sister
- Malinda Luster by Katherine H. Woolsey Grandmother
- David Luster, by George W. Hickerson. Uncle
- Nancy Howell by Sarah W. Hickerson. Friend
- Polly King by Katherine H. Woolsey. Aunt
- Henry Luster by George W. Hickerson. Uncle
- Delilah Carman by Katherine H. Woolsey. Aunt
- Elizabeth Roarch by Sarah W. Hickerson, Niece in law?
- Josiah Luster by George W. Hickerson. Uncle
- Elizabeth Woolsey by Sarah W. Hickerson. Sister
- Mrs. Josiah Luster by Katherine H. Woolsey. Aunt in law
- John Hickerson by George W. Hickerson. Uncle
- Nancy Hickerson by Sarah W. Hickerson. Relative in law
- Nancy Terrix by Katherine H. Woolsey Cousin
- Asa Oglesby by George W. Hickerson Uncle in law
- Polly Luster by Sarah W. Hickerson Relative
- Cathern Luster by Katherine H. Woolsey Relative
- Wesley McInturff by George W. Hickerson half-brother
- Mahala Hickerson by Katherine H. Woolsey Sister
- Selina Howard by Sarah W. Hickerson. Friend
- Henry Ginger by George W. Hickerson Uncle in law
- Jesse West, by George W. Hickerson. Uncle in law
- Mary Conner, by Sarah W. Hickerson. Friend
- Lucretia Hickerson by Katherine H. Woolsey Relative
- Junks Kemp, by George W. Hickerson. Uncle in law
- Maria McInturff, Katherine H. Woolsey Niece
The second group repeats many of the above names, which we shall not repeat, but there are many additions. These were all done by George Washington Hickerson, not all give the relationship. Mr. Whittaker has added a number of comments and dates.
- David Luster and Polly King were on the first list. They were m in Fayette Co. 20 Jan., 1822
- Henry Luster and his second wife Elizabeth Roarch were m in Fayette Co. 7 July 1821
- 3. Josiah Luster and wife Mary Luckey m in Carter Co., Tenn. 28 June 1806
- Henry Ginger (Henry, Jr.) And Nancy Tetrix, his wife, were cousins of George Washington Hickerson
- Asa Oglesby and Catherine Luster, his wife, were uncle-in-law and aunt.
- David Lyons and Polly Luster (This would be the same, both daughters of Archibald Luster)
- Willson McInturff and Mahaly Hickerson (Willson McInturff was a half-brother of George Washington Hickerson on his mother's side. Willson's wife was Mahala Hickerson, who was a half-sister of George Washington Hickerson on his father's side)
- Westley McInturff and Cidinia Howard, half-brother and sister-in-law (The clerk who wrote the down must have misunderstood the name. Wesley McInturff was a nephew of George Washington Hickerson. Wesley m Matilda Lunard, a widow, maiden name Whittenmeyer. Ed)
- Nathaniel Corley and Matilda Hickerson. Uncle in law? (Should be brother in law)
- Henry Ginger and Cheny Luster, Uncle in law
- Josiah Ginger, Archibald Ginger, Milas Ginger (Ed. note: these were all sons of Henry Ginger and Chana Luster. All lived Fayette Co.)
- Elijah Luster and Polly Pernati, cousin? (m 5 Apr., 1831 Fayette Co.)(Ed note: Marriage register says Fermatun, but that is not right either.)
- Jesse West and Elizabeth Hickerson Uncle in law (m 12 Apr. 1818 Smith Co. Tenn.)
- Jenks Kemp and Lucretia Hickerson, same
- John M. Evans and Mariah McInturf. Niece
- Adam Smith and Nancy Howell. Friend
- Samuel Houston and Jane Evans (These would have been friends. m 21 May, 1822)
- John Evans and Nancy Bunyard, same (m 25 Aug., 1818 in Washington Co., Va.)
- John Haley and Nancy Ledbetter, same
- David Smith same
- Daniel Watkins and Celia, his wife
- Mary Woolsey, Sister of Sarah W. Hickerson (md Thomas Whitson)
- Elizabeth Woolsey, Sister of Sarah W. Hickerson (md John B. Henninger, d young)
- Mary Evans and Martha Evans (These were daughters of John Evans and his second wife Sarah Williams. Both d as young women, unmarried)
- Cynthia Reeves (m Aiken Evans in Fayette Co., 5 Apr., 1838
- Isabel Reeves (m George W. Diamond in Fayette Co. 7 Aug., 1832)
- Eunice Carson (m Alexander Buchanan, Ed.)
- Mary Conner, friend
- Polly Watkins, Anna Watkins,
- Malinda Ginger, Margaret Ginger, and Betsey Ann Ginger
- Sarah Luster, Malinda Oglesby
- Hanna Oglesby, Sarah Oglesby
- Malinda Yarbrough, Grandmother
- Susan Ryal
- Raford B. Reeves and Lydia Ann Spiker (Raford b 28 Nov., 1820 d 26 Feb., 1872, Lydia Ann b 14 Aug., 1825 d 27 Feb., 1873 m 23 July, 1844 in Fayette Co.)
- Susannah Hickerson (daughter of George married Smith)
- Sarah Catherine Hickerson (daughter of George married Firth)
Mr. Whitaker has sent to the editor a great deal of material on this family. We have had to abstract it to carry the family down in a straight line. We shall make reference to the sources he used. This material will be put into the Evans Library, where it will be available to anyone interested, and where we can refer to it.
The name Hickerson is apparently a corruption of the name Higginson, meaning son of Hick (Richard). Very early in Virginia the name was pronounced Higgerson and soon was spelled that way. In Will Book M, p 358 of Stafford Co., Va., there is a will for a John Higgerson of Overwarton Parish, made 1 Feb., 1742/3, proved in course 10 May, 1843 by the widow Elizabeth. John and Elizabeth had three children:
The above Thomas Higgerson died 21 Feb., 1755 at John Waters' in Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Va. His widow was Sarah, m ca 1742, possibly maiden name Elwood. The Thomas Hickerson who lived in Fauquier and then in Franklin Cos. in Virginia is thought to have been his son, no documentary proof found as yet.
In 1768 Thomas Hickerson lived in Fauquier Co., Va. There he leased land from Lord Fairfax. as long as he lived, or as long as his wife Mary lived, or for so long as his son John Hickerson lived. Thomas Hickerson and wife Mary appear in 1779 in Franklin Co., Va. where he obtained a land grant or patent for 342 acres on Mountain Creek on Pig River. He also appears on the 1786 Virginia tax list. No will for Thomas Hickerson has been found. It is known that John Hickerson was his son from the land grant in Fauquier Co. Mr. Whitaker has developed the following list of seven children from the Franklin & Fauquier Co. records.
- John Higgerson
- Hannah Whaley
- Thomas Higgerson b ca 1722, under age when the will was made.
Capt. John Hickerson b ca 1755 d between 5 Jan. and 7 July, 1791 in Summer Co. Tenn. (part now Smith Co.) while on a raiding party against the Indians, on Smith Fork, a branch of Caney Creek, south of the Cumberland River.
The John Hickerson above was the father of William Loving Hickerson, who came to Fayette County before 1818. John Hickerson was a soldier in the American Revolution. In the "Illinois Papers" in the Virginia State Archives there are three records of payments to John Hickerson, also spelled Higason, for service in the Kentucky militia. The first record is payment from May 1 to May 15, 1781 as a private in Capt. Robert Barnet's Company, Col. John Logan, which served "on the frontiers". Second payment was for service was as a sgt. in "a Ranging party of Militia drawn into actual service under the command of Thos. Montgomery, from Feb. 28, 1782 until April 1 of the same year. The third was from Sept. 22 to Oct. 20 1782 "for actual service guarding saltworks". The captain then was Samuel Kirkham. He apparently received some land for these services. At the Lincoln County Court 16 Jan., 1782, five men said that they could not pay the state price for land, and each was given a grant, not to exceed 400 acres.
In 1786 John Hickerson was an ensign in the militia in Sumner Co., Tenn. He did not live in what is now Sumner Co. but in what is Trousdale County on the Ky. border, on Goose Creek. 30 Aug., 1784 he applied for a North Carolina land grant (probably where he was already living, on Goose Creek). This was a purchase grant, not for military service. The land was granted 27, 1793 to his heirs. They paid ten pounds for each 100 acres, so the 640 acre tract was not cheap. On 5 Jan. 1791 John Hickerson was on a jury in Sumner Co. 7 July, 1791 the widow Patsy was appointed administrator of his estate, then in Jan, 1793 was appointed guardian of the heirs, all minors. John Hickerson and Patsy Loving had 4 children who survived the father:
- Capt. John Hickerson m Patsy Loving, date and place not known.
See the sketch of the Loving family following this.
- William Hickerson, born ca 1767, was in Smith Co., Tenn.
- Henry Hickerson b ca 1768 was in Sumner Co., Tenn. tax list
- "Young man Hickerson" born about 1770, killed by Indians in Sumner Co., Tenn. 2 Aug., 1787, along with some of the Halls
- Nancy Hickerson b ca 1771, m in Franklin Co., Va. Lewis Potter, 13 Aug., 1786
- Daniel Hickerson b ca 1772 m in Franklin Co., Va Sally Lane, 4 May, 1790
- Joseph Hickerson b ca 1774 d between 29 Mar. & 24 Apr., 1815 in Fauquier Co., Va. m (1) Clark ca ___ (2) Elizabeth James, 23 June, 1806 in Fauquier Co.
After the death of John Hickerson, the widow Patsy (Loving) Hickerson remarried to a widower, Matthew Harper, Sr. and had three more children. Patsy was alive in 1850 aged 84 living in Smith Co. Tenn. Living with a child of her second family. See LOVING family following this for the second family.
William Loving, John, and Isaac B. Hickerson all served in the War of 1812 under Gen. Coffe and Gen. Andrew Jackson. Tecumseh and the Prophet were stirring up the Southern Indians against the Americans. When Fort Mims in Alabama was distroyed and all the inhavitants, ca 250, were massacred. Gov. Blount of Tenn. sent out a call for 3,500 volunteers. The three Hickerson Brothers rode to Nashville and all enlisted for 3 months 24 Sept., 1813. They were assigned to Co. H, Regt. of Cavelry and Mounted Gunmen, Tenn. Volunteers, commanded by Col. John Coffee and Col. John Allcorn. 8 Oct., 1813 all were transferred to Co. H of Capt. Evans' Co. of Spies. Wm. L. became a Sgt. and his brothers corporals. 26 Dec., 1813 he was transferred to Cap. Samuel Allen's Co., under Col. Wm. Y. Higgins, Tenn. Mounted Gunmen, from which he was discharged 1 Feb., 1814. He re-enlisted the same day in Capt. Wm. Russell's company of Mounted Spies, discharged 4 April. When Andrew Jackson was preparing for the New Orleans campaign, Wm. L. Hickerson enlisted again 13 Nov., 1814, but he was discharged two days later because of the disabilities he had from former campaigns. He was in five major battles against the Creeks including Talladaga and Horshoe Bend.
Wm. L. Hickerson was in Illinois before 1816, had a daughter born in Johnson Co. that year, then in 1818 was in Bond Co. census (actually living in Fayette Co.) went to Ky, in 1822, stayed for a time and returned to Fayette Co. before 1830. Before 1840 he had gone to Franklin Co., Ark. and married for the third time. In 1854 he got the wanderlust again and went to San Bernadino, Calif. leaving his family behind. He had only a few years to enjoy his last move.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM LOVING HICKERSON
- William Loving Hickerson b 18 June, 1784 in Tenn. d 24 Aug., 1860 in San Bernadino. Calif. He was married three times and had three families
There is no proof of the name of his first wife. Mr. Kringen thinks that she may have been named Jackson.
He m (2) in Tenn. ca 1811 Malinda (Luster) McInturff, who had divorced her first husband Emanuel McInturff, and later divorced Wm. L. Hickerson. There is no record in the Vandalia courthouse, because at that time, divorces were granted by the state legislature.
m (3) probably in Franklin Co., Ark. before 1830 Amelia Reeves.
He was a soldier in the War of 1812.
- John Hickerson b ca 1786 was in the 1820 census of Smith Co., Tenn. with three boys, probably sons. There has been no further record of him found.
- Isaac B. Hickerson b ca 1788 was in the 1820 census of Smith Co. (made from Sumner) then in the 1830 census of Shelby Co. Tenn. where he died before 1849. He left a will. His children were:
- Margaret b 1810-20 m 6 Jan. 1828 Allen N. C. Smith. She died before 20 Aug., 1847, left a daughter Martha.
- Moses b 1810-1820 d before 1850 m Jane C. Johnson 12 July 1838. She appeared in the 1850 Fayette Co. census with 6 children:
By 1860 they were gone. Mr. Whitaker thinks that they may have gone to Jackson Co. from some entries he found in the census records.
- James Newton b ca 1838
- Amanda, 1838
- John 1840
- Sarah 1843
- William 1845
- Susan 1849
- Martha b 1810-20 m 8 Jan., 1836 in Shelby Co. Tenn. Thomas Dalby
- Tabitha Hickerson b ca 1790. Nothing has been found on her.
his first wife name unknown
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM LOVING HICKERSON
- Matilda b ca 1806 in Smith Co., Tenn. m Nathaniel Corley. Marriage record is not in Fayette Co. possibly in the years they went to Ky. She was in Lawrence Co., Ark in 1830 and 1840 censuses Lawrence Co., Ark. d there before 1841.
- Mahala b 1 May, 1807 in Smith Co., Tenn. d 18 Dec., 1845 in Fayette Co. m possibly in Ky. Wilson McInturff. Her first child was born in 1825, when she was 16.
and MALINDA (LUSTER) McINTURFF
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM LOVING HICKERSON
- Andrew Jackson Hickerson b 21 June, 1812 on Hickerson's Branch of Goose Creek, Smith Co., Tenn. d 7 June, 1899 at his ranch in the Indian Valley, near Greenville, Plumas Co., Calif. m 23 Mar., 1837 in Co. Margaret Shirley.
- George Washington Hickerson 13 Dec., 1813 Smith Co., Tenn. d 17 Aug., 1884 at Kanosh, Millard Co., Utah m 28 July, 1838 in Fayette Co. to Sarah (Woolsey) Stevans. She had been previously married in Randolph Co., but her husband died six weeks after the wedding.
- Catherine Luketis Hickerson b 3 Feb., 1817 in Johnson Co., Ill. The family moved north to Bond Co. soon afterward. She d 2 Apr., 1896 at Kanosh, Webber Co., Utah. She m (2) in Utah ......Woolsey
and AMELIA REEVES
Amelia d 1854 at Ozark, Franklin Co., Ark.
Both George Washington and Andrew J. Hickerson served in the Black Hawk War, marching to Northern Illinois. Andrew Jackson was 2nd Corporal in Capt. Samuel Houston's Company. Spy Battalion, 3rd Brigade, enrolled 7 June 1832, mustared out 16 Aug., 1832. George Washington Hickerson was a private in Capt. John Demant's Company of the Odd Battalion of Spies, Whitesides' Brigade, enrolled Apr. 20, 1832 mustered out at the mouth of the Fox River, near Ottawa, Ill. 28 May, 1832.
Beginning ca 1866 George W. Hickerson wrote out an account of his life. The two brothers were as restless as their father had been. "......in the winter of 1834 I went Boating down the Ohio and Mississippi to Orleans. Here I saw the first railcar, came back again in the spring of 1834 and stopped about home. In 1835 was Elected Major of the Malitia in Fayette county..."
In the spring of 1834 the brothers went West, their destination not stated. A.J. Hickerson wrote this about their trip. I remember very well, when we had to swim the river. It was then called Kansas River. Sometimes now called in some Geographs Little Arkansas River lying between Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Gibson. In the spring of 1833 which we were guarding the paymaster from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Gibson and Wash was taken Sick with cold on his lungs. Soon after leaving him with a cough. We also had to Swim other rivers and cross on rafts, and I was wet and exposed a great deal, though not in a severe weather as at the time Wash was Sick... I was seventy eight years old the 21 of last June and my general health is very poor... A. J. Hickerson.
George Washington H. became a Mormon quite early. In the history of his life he wrote the story of how his conversion came about. In 1832 while here I passed through Jackson County, Missouri where I first saw the Latter Day Saints I was struck with great admiration in consequence of popular rumer which was always unfavorable...
Levi Stawart of Fayette County was early converted to the Mormon cause. He gave his neighbor John Doyle Lee the Book of Mormon. Together the two families went to the Mormon settlements in Missouri and settled at a place called Ambrosia. There John Doyle Lee and his wife Aggatha (Woolsey) Lee were baptized. G. W. Hickerson wrote as follows, dated Early spring, 1839, "...The saints being driven from Colwell county and from all parts of Missouri to Illinois and being in a scatered and helpless condition yet many were sent on missions to the various parts of the world. Brs. John d. Lee and Levi Stewart being also sent they came down through Illinois and left their families with their friends. John D. Lee's wife and mine being sisters he left his family with me this was early in the spring of 1839, left some books with his wife among the rest the vols of warning which I read occasionally and must confess notwithstanding my pregidise I was a little concerned about the matter and in the summer I had a singular dream.
"It appreard that one of my neighbours Joseph Bow's and myself was sitting in my own house. It was a cabin and an angel came down, made an opening through the top of the house near the southeast corner. The impression came with him to use so he did not have to tell us he was an angel for we knew it and he proclaimed this singular sentence:
- Thomas Manley b 1841 d 26 Nov., 1917 m Sarah Elizabeth ......
- Mallory Storm Hickerson b ca 1843 d 23 June, 1856 at Ozark, Franklin Co., Ark.
"THE HEAVEN CHURCH BELL IS RINGING"
I being somewhat concerned was anxious to know more about it and asked "Is it ringing for us?" At this moment my wife shook me and I awoke which ended the dream and the interpretation is like this:
Fall, 1839. In the fall Br. Steward returned from his mission and appointed a meeting at my house. He stood before a window which threw the light just as it appeared when the angel came and when I thought of my dream I looked for my neighbor Mr. Bow's and there he set at my right hand just as he was when the angel appeared. You may judge my feeling was easier felt that described and from that time to this I have believed mormonism, yet notwithstanding my belief I stood out against it for over a year. The idea of loosing my good name my friends and popularity was more than I could bear. Time passed away and 1840 rolled on."
John Doyle Lee and George W. Hickerson at one time had a store in Vandalia and were engaged in gathering up produce and taking it to St. Louis to sell. In 1841 or 42 George W. Hickerson took his family to Nauvoo. When the troubles erupted there, they fled across the river and then went on to Utah.
Both brothers went to California in the gold rush. Mr. Whitaker sent a part of the census of Eldorado Co., Calif. This was taken 15 and 16 of January, 1851. 8 May, 1851 George W. Hickerson wrote to his wife Sarah in South Weber (near Ogden) Utah, from Louisville, Greenwood Valley, Eldorado Co., Calif. He said that he was in moderate health, tho not rugged, ...very puny... low and weak.
Six of us engaged in trading and making a garden, buying and selling goods and provisions at very small profits...times are very dull.. it has been a most warn and dry and pleasant winter... William (Woolsey) has gone to the new mines.
The six engaged in gardening (from the census) Andrew J. Hickerson, George W. Hickerson, Jeremiah F. Evans, William Whittle, Samuel Runiard and Wm. Walsey. corrections...(William Woolsey, younger brother of George W. Hickerson's Wife Sarah Woolsey). Samuel Runiard could be only Samuel Bunyard, who was a cousin of Jeremiah Evans.
Andrew Jackson returned to Fayette County to his farm, as did Samuel Bunyard. In 1859 Andrew J. Hickerson took his entire family, including two married children to the Indian Valley in Plumas County, California, where he lived on his ranch for the rest of his days. The Evans brothers were already there in the Indian Valley.
page 86CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL CORLEY
and MATILDA HICKERSON
lived in Lawrence Co., Ark.
CHILDREN OF ANDREW JACKSON HICKERSON
- Simeon Corley
- William L. Corley b ca 1829 in Ark. Wife was Mary ....
- Wiley Benton Corley b ca 1832 in Ark. Wife was Melinda ....
and MARGARET HOOVER SHIRLEY
She was born 3 Dec., 1813 in Carther County, E. Tenn. d 22 Dec., 1893 at Greenville, Plumas Co., California. The children were all born in Fayette County, a few miles from Vandalia.
...........end of this note..........
- Susan Jane b 1 Feb., 1838 d 1924 at Taylorsville, Plumas Co., Calif. m 1856 in Vandalia to Richard Thompson b 16 Nov., 1835 in Yorkshire, England, and d 1907 at Taylorsville. His father was also Richard Thompson, an early settler in Seminary Twp.
- Finis W. L. D. E. b 2 January, 1840 m in Vandalia Julia Snider b 3 Apr., 1842 was the daughter of Henry Snyder who came to Vandalia from Germany with the Ernst Colony in 1820. The initials in Finis' name could only stand for William Lee Davidson Ewing. Finis was not the only boy in Feyette County who was named W. L. D. Ewing, a Vandalia resident who was governor once for ten days.
- Lydia Elizabeth b 30 Nov., 1841 d 1925 at Greenville, Calif. m at the Hickerson Ranch 22 Nov., 1861. George Augustus Lee b Ill. d 1883 at Pioche City, Calif. If the editor is not completely mistaken, George A. Lee was born in Vandalia in the early 1820's. He was the youngest child of Lemuel Lee, one of the five Lee Brothers who built a big mill on the Kaskaskia River about 1821. In 1849 or early 1850 Lemuel Lee with his son George A. and two young men named Tuttle started for California. On the way Lemuel Lee died of cholera at age 64 and was buried along the Platte River. The Lee Brothers came from near Auburn, Cayuga Ca., New York, were sons of William Lee, a Revolutionary soldier, and Sarah Newland. After the father died, the mother came to Illinois with her sons, died in Vandalia in 1840.
- Mahala Ann b 25 Jan., 1844 d 1925 at Greenville, Calif. m in Greenville, in 1862 Joseph Peck. They were farmers around Greenville.
- Harriet Charlotte Hickerson b 19 July, 1846 d 1925 at Los Angeles m in Greenville, 28 Feb., 1868 Henry T. Firmstone b 29 Apr., 1832 d 1900 at San Francisco.
- John Akins Hickerson b 21 Dec., 1848 d 1923 at San Jose, Calif. m in Greenville 28 Feb., 1873 Roxanne Scott b 1853 in a covered wagon in Wyoming Terr. d 1922 at San Jose, Calif.
- Mary Illinois b 12 Jan., 1853 d 22 Sept., 1854
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