Born September 12, 1836
|Since starting out in life on his own account Shelton Hickman has made for himself a substantial place in the world and through investment in farm lands has accumulated a competence that now enables him to live retired in a comfortable home in Alburnett. He was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, September 12, 1836, a son of Joseph and Mary (Bunting) Hickman, both of whom were natives of Virginia, whence they removed to Jones County, Iowa, in 1852. The father first established a home for himself and family on a farm of three hundred and fifty acres, which he cultivated until 1872. In that year he disposed of his land and invested in another tract of one hundred and twenty acres, likewise situated in Jones County. He placed splendid improvements on each tract and operated the latter until his death in 1885. The mother survived him for only a short time, her death occurring June 19, 1887. In their family were nine children, as follows: W. H.; Shelton, of this review; Kimble, who died May 23, 1882; Sarah Ann, who departed this life October 24, 1879; Demarcus L.; Hulda J., who died in May 1908; George W.; John; and Lucy E., who died July 15, 1860.
(Tells of land purchases in Iowa 1861+, also city property in Roff, OK.)
Mr. Hickman was married December 22, 1859, the lady of his choice being Miss Chloe Ross, a daughter of Jonathan B. and Elizabeth A. (Kinney) Ross, both natives of Herkimer County, New York, from which state they came to Iowa in 1855. They established their home on a farm on Bowens Prairie in Jones County, the father being engaged in farming. He built the second cheese factory in Iowa, operating the same for a number of years, when he abandoned that business and for four years conducted a creamery in the same building. He then retired from business, having acquired a good competence. He departed this life August 13, 1886, while his wife had died many years before, her death occurring July 25, 1864. In their family were fourteen children, as follows: Abigail, who died December 23, 1905; Jeremiah K., who died in 1906; Chloe A.; John B.; Oliver A.; Martha E.; Isabel M.; James D., who died September 1, 1850; Oliver B., who died in February 1908; Mary C., who departed this life in December 1884; Julia I., who died July 13, 1860; Ellen A.; Alfred E.; and Fred J., whose death occurred in July 1905.
Unto Mr. And Mrs. Hickman have been born six children, namely: Anna M., the wife of William J. Greer, of Marion, Iowa; John M., who died October 6, 1907, leaving a widow and three children; Clara B., the wife of T. P. Gowan, a resident of Montgomery, Iowa; Marcus F., who lives in Marion Township, Linn County; Laura C., the wife of Elbert Gilmore, also a resident of Marion Township; and Sarah E., the wife of Harry Newell, of Marion Township. All the children have been well educated. Clara is a graduate of the Cedar Falls Normal and holds a state teachers certificate, while the others are graduates of the high school of Monticello (Iowa).
(Tells his politics, public offices held, religion, character.)
Source: History of Linn County, Iowa, 1911, page 515-516.
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