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FAMILY HISTORY: WICKHAM
This genealogy of Frederick Wickham is an excerpt from the transcription of a handwritten notebook entitled: Family History: Wickham, Benedict, Preston & Deaver, that I discovered in my grandmother’s papers. The family history in this notebook was the work of two women, Agnes Caroline Wickham and her daughter, Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton (my grandmother), who separately researched and made entries in it over a period of seventy years. Agnes Wickham wrote roughly half of the entries in the notebook from 1909 to 1915. In 1915, she gave handwritten copies of her work to each of her five children: Eleanor, William, Lucy, David and Harriott. Harriott continued her mother’s work off and on for the next sixty years, adding entries as late as 1977.
UPDATE AS OF 7/5/09: Since I first published this page, it has been brought to my attention by Mr. Joseph Wickham that the first Wickham ancestor of Frederick Wickham to settle in America was not Israel Thomas Wickham of Rhode Island, but Thomas Wickham who settled in Connecticut around 1648. Samuel, who is listed in this genealogy as Israel Thomas Wickham’s son, was actually the son of Thomas Wickahm. Agnes Wickham made this mistake when she first researched the Wickham line. Her daughters later caught the error, but did not correct her text. Please see Mr. Wickham’s website FAQs About the Family of Thomas Wickham (1624-1688) for more information about Thomas Wickham and his descendants. I am grateful to him for pointing out the error in this genealogy.
Wickham of Hoisington
The family is supposed to be descended from one John Wycomb of Bristol, who represented the city in Parliament in 1346. Several of its members, who spell the name Wicomb, Wickham, and Wykeham, filled the office of Sheriff of Bristol and Theobald Wickham was high sheriff of Somerset in 1393.
— Wickham married Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Thomas Silver, who in 1453 purchased of Sir Theobold, George House Lands in Hoisington & South Chester, which had belonged to Thomas Frayin who held them of William De New March, or De Nova. Mercata, as written in the original deed still extant, & to whose ancestor they were granted by William the Conqueror.
Crest: A Bull’s head, sable, barbed or
Helmet. A Knight’s helmet of steel, full-faced.
Motto: “Manners Make the Man” – “Hominem Mores Fingen”
Arma: Argent, a chevron sabel, three roses, gules,
Seat: North Hill House – Thome.
“Records of Colony of Rhode Island”
Israel Thomas emigrated from England and landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1662. He died 1687 and was buried at Hampton Long Island – tombstone still stands. (1)
1. Samuel born June 16, 1664.
2. Samuel, son of Israel was born June 16, 1664, died about 1712. Married Barbary Holden, June 4, 1691. Barbara Holden, daughter of Randall & Frances (Dungren) Holden, was born July 2, 1668; died 1707. (1) He was of Warwick, King’s Town, Rhode Island. On May 27, 1700 was made commander of a trained band. Deputy from Warwick to General Assembly, 1701, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10. In 1702 gave 2 shillings toward building the Quaker meeting house at Niashopany. Clerk of Assembly 1703, 9, 10. On March 23, 1708, he sold at Kingstown to Israel Arnold of Pasotuset, homestead, mansion house, and Farm at Norwich for 113 pounds. May 17, 1710, he, with 17 others, bought 7,000 acres of public land. Inventory of his goods taken about 1712: featherbed, 3 flock beds, 20 oz. Plate pewter, warming pan, Negro woman, hourglass & goods at Newport. (2)
1. Sarah, born March 9, 1692. Married Fowler
2. Samuel, born September 2, 1693. Married (1) Collins (2) Goldring; died February 23, 1758.
3. John, born June 26, 1695; died June 20, 1729.
4. Gideon, born January 22, 1696 or 7.
5. Mary, born July 15, 1698. Married Cougdon.
6. Thomas, born July 30, 1700. Married Hannah Brewer
7. Capt. Benjamin, born November 17, 1701; Married (1) Natmaugh (2) Mary Gudner; died September 10,
8. Charles, born December 6, 1703; Married Rebecca Brewry; died September 6, 1787.
10. Barbara; married John Cottrell.
3. Thomas, born July 30th, 1700; married Hannah Brewer, March 23, 1725; died September 19, 1777. (1) He was a shopkeeper 1735; admitted as freeman in 1742. One of original members of Newport Artillery Company, 1747. Made member of Redwood library in its incorporation. He, with Samuel Wickham, offered to raise a company of militia – granted in 1742. In 1748, was Deputy and bore the title of Captain in May 1755. March 18, 1772 made a will which was proved August 5, 1782. All real estate to be sold at Newport and proceeds divided equally between sons, Thomas, Samuel, and Charles. To wife Hannah, Negro woman Bess; to wife and daughters, the rest of personal property. Inventory amounted to 86 pounds, 5 shillings, 2 d. He and wife buried in Trinity Churchyard, Newport. (3)
1. John, born September 26, 1728
2. Thomas, born May 30, 1730
3. Samuel, born May 13, 1734
4. Thomas, born April 5, 1736
5. Sarah, born October 4, 1737
6. Mary, born July 2, 1739
7. Samuel, born February 28, 1742
8. Rebecca, born April 29, 1743
9. Charles, born May 1745
10. Hannah, born December 22, 1746
11. Charles, born April 22, 1748
12. Ann, born October 7, 1749
4. Thomas, born April 5, 1736; married Elizabeth Wanton, December 22, 1762; died, March 21, 1817. (1) Admitted as freeman 1759. In 1778 was paid 30 pounds for a whale boat by the state. About 1881, when thrown into jail because of sympathy for England, his father-in-law was Colonial Governor for King, he presented to the assembly a petition praying to be released from prison, and payment of 5,000
silver dollars, to be restored to full citizenship. Assembly gave him freedom of Newport upon payment of 500 silver dollars and bonds for his good behavior during the war. January 1782, he prayed for permission to go to New York in interest of his distressed family. Assembly allowed this, if in return he agreed to procure copies of accounts from books of Joseph and William Wanton at New York, as committee may request, and if Joseph and William Wanton do not allow him to examine books, and make copies of same, the Assembly will take estate which they now permit Mrs. Sarah Wanton, widow of late Joseph Wanton, Esq., to enjoy for her comfort and the education of her children. (4) In 1784 a petition was presented for restoration of a house and land, etc. to Thomas Wickham, his wife Elizabeth & other heirs of Joseph Wanton, and a committee was appointed to look into matter (report not given). In 1791 Thomas Wickham with others of Trinity Church, Newport, petition Assembly to allow them to have a lottery, the proceeds to make much needed repairs on church.
1. Thomas, born November 7, 1763.
2. Mary Winthrop, born May 22, 1772
3. Elizabeth, born November 2, 1773
4. Catherine, born January 23, 1775
5. John, born April 2, 1785
6. William, born July 7, 1778 – served in U.S. Navy, March 1798.
7. Ann, born April 2, 1785 – Died at Godus Point, N.Y
8. Thomas, born April 2, 1785 – Married Katherine Rutger. This must be “Aunt Katie” in Angelica’s poem about the house.
All above were natives of Newport, R.I.
5. William, born July 7, 1778; married Catherine Christian, (daughter of Frederick & Elizabeth Hodgkinson Christian) March 24, 1803; died at Sodus point, New York, May 1875. He went to sea when 13 years old – sailed all over the world and at 21 was Captain of a ship. The old spy glass was his, and the scratch on one of the lenses was made by a passenger when on a trip home from Russia. Frank Wickham told me that William had a chance (even signed up) to go on the ill-fated Astor expedition (as 1st Mate, I think), but Catherine objected so strenuously that he gave it up. The ship reached Oregon, but all on board were killed there, presumably by Indians. Abandoning the sea, he went into business in New York with his brother Thomas as an importing merchant. They had a shipping business in New York after 1803. Their ships sailed to the West Indies and one was lost on a return voyage. In 1807, when President Jefferson put the Embargo on U.S. shipping out of U.S. ports, they had a ship loaded, ready to sail. Being in hard circumstances, they took a chance, sent the ship out and it was caught and confiscated with its cargo. This ruined them. William then went to wilderness shore of Lake Ontario and built a cabin, moving his family up there about 1812 (the year his son, my grandfather, Fredrick was born in New York City). William had fishing boats and nets there. The British raided from Canada, burning his cabin, boats, and nets. The U.S. Government reimbursed all settlers who swore they stayed to defend their property, but William refused to lie (as others did), so had no relief, until, in later years, Congress granted to him and his descendants the right to fish in Lake Ontario forever, regardless of season. William & Katherine buried in the woods during the raid their silver, including, I think, a tea set given by Queen Anne to William’s ancestor for service to the Queen with their ships out of Rhode Island (Queen Anne’s War). (5)
William Wickham married Catherine Christian in 1803. She lived in Philadelphia. Her father, Frederick Christian had married Elizabeth Hodgkinson. (6) Elizabeth’s father, or grandfather, John Hodgkinson, according to family legend, was originally John Erskine, Earl of Mar, who took part in the Jacobite insurrections in Scotland in early 1700’s, was in the conspiracy to restore the old Stuart “pretender” to the throne, was captured, escaped to Ireland (where he changed his name to Hodgkinson) then to America. (See Webster Biographical Dictionary).
“There was a young man in Philadelphia who was attentive to me, and while I couldn’t say I loved him, I thought more of him than of any other young man I knew. One day he invited me to go horse back riding and I felt that day he was going to ask me to marry him, and I had made up my mind to accept him. Just as I came downstairs in my riding habit, my brother came into the house with a young man whom he introduced to me as Captain Wickham. I knew right then I was going to refuse the other young man that afternoon, and I did. Later your grandfather asked me and we have been lovers ever since.” Told by Katherine Christian + Wickham (daughter of Frederick & Elizabeth * Hodgkinson Christian) to Sara Wickham of Huron, Erie County, Ohio. (They were married in Christ Church, Philadelphia).
+ The Christians were Flemish people who had settled in Philadelphia.
* Elizabeth Hodgkinson was a granddaughter of Lord Erakeyre,
Earl of Man, who (about 1816) lost his title because of his part in the attempt to put the Stuart “Pretender” back on the throne. He fled to Ireland and changed his name to Hodgkinson.
1. Elizabeth Wanton, born December 22, 1803; married Alden S. Baker; died February 4, 1892.
2. John William, born 1806, died 1893?; married (1) Marial (2) Sarah (3) Elizabeth Van Ransellaer; died 1893. Father of Schuyler Wickham. Cousin Schuyler, of Huron, Ohio. My father took me (not quite three years old) to visit them. Uncle John was very old, long white hair – sat by the window & looked sadly down the river (which was back of their house). Handsome man.
3. Thomas, born 1808; married (1) Proseus, (2) Frances Shipley.
4. Samuel Christian, born 1810 (died young)
5. Frederick, born March 11, 1812; married Lucy Preston (my grandparents).
6. Samuel Christian, born 1819 (died)
7. Samuel Christian, born 1824; married Gertrude Van Ransellaer. My “Aunt Gertie” Van Rensellaer Wickham had summer house in Huron, Ohio (very interesting old lady).
6. Frederick, born March 11, 1812; married Lucy Preston, June 15, 1835 at Norwalk, Ohio; died January 12, 1901; buried at Norwalk. (7) In early life a sailor on the Great Lakes, but gave it up at request of his wife. At time of marriage was captain of a schooner, DeWitt Clinton, owned by himself and brother John. Baptized as infant in St. John’s Episcopal Church in New York City. Brought up at Sodus, New York. Came to work in Norwalk, Ohio in store of Wickham, Alling & Christian (relatives). Returned to sailing. Last trip he left his boat at Perrysburg, Ohio in December 1834, 5 or before, and walked most of way to Norwalk; there went to work in office of Norwalk Reflector, belonging to his father-in-law. He later became owner and editor of the paper. Having lived in early life in the wilderness of western New York, he had no education, could not read nor write until grown up. He then acquired an education and was one of best known editors of Northern Ohio for more than 50 years. Was Associate Judge of Court of Common Pleas in Huron County, Ohio, Mayor of Norwalk – member of State Senate during Civil War. (8) Soon after coming to Norwalk, he was very homesick, walking with an acquaintance, he passed a yard where a girl was picking flowers. He was introduced and was given a flower. He later says his homesickness vanished immediately. The girl was Lucy Preston, later his wife. His son recalls that he spoke of that incident to his wife the day before her death. (9) Their home was the large white house with two-story vine covered porch, on the north side of West Main Street, Norwalk, just east of the library. Said to have been a wedding present to Lucy from her brother. Now the Firelands Museum (the house was moved around the corner to Case Avenue. Several of the Wickham Brothers had a shipping business – owned a number of Lake Erie sailing ships – Also sold nets & other things to the fishing boatmen. The Twine House at Huron, beside the river, was one of their warehouses. Their ships went up into Lake Superior, etc. – Their ships were built up the Huron River, near Milan.
1. Charles Preston, born 1836; married Emily Wildman.
2. Catherine Esther, born 1838; married Thomas Christian, son of William & Rachel Christian, who died 1861; she died 1902.
3. William Samuel, born 1840; married Jeannette Adams; died 1911.
4. John Thomas, born 1842; died 1844.
5. Frederick Christian, born 1842; married SusanAdams; died 1912.
6. Mary Elizabeth, born January 23, 1845; married General Romaine Kellogg; died 1938(?).
7. Sara Louise, born 1846; died October 31, 1916.
8. Lucy Preston, born 1848; married Andrew J. Minard; died December 19, 1919.
9. Albert Wanton, born 1850; married Adelle Merry.
10. Caroline Lovell, born August 21, 1852; married James E. Gibbs.
11. Emma Winthrop, born March 2, 1854; Married W.H. Peters (Divorced); died July 1950.
12. Jessie French, born 1856; married Charles L. Merry; died 1909.
13. Frank Dudley Erskine, born April 29, 1860; married Agnes Benedict, St. Paul’s Church, Norwalk, Ohio, October 14, 1886.
(Fredrick’s children all natives of Norwalk, Ohio, and all but 3, 6, 8, 9 & 12 made Norwalk their residence).
(1) History of Western Reserve, p. 1689, by Upton
(2) History of Western Reserve
(3) Records of Rhode Island
(4) Records of Rhode Island; History of Western Reserve.
(5) Told by Frank Wickham, who had it from his father.
(6) See Webster’s Biographical Dictionary, page 488.
(7) History of the Western Reserve, p. 1688-9-90).
(8) History of Western Reserve
(9) Told by Frank Wickham
NOTE: Agnes and Harriott cited their sources in the margins of original notebook. I included these citations as footnotes, attempting to keep them as close as possible to where they appear in the original notebook.
I would appreciate critiques and corrections of this genealogy. Please comment below. Thank you.
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