Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nancy Hickman Obituary

Mrs. Adam R. Hickman
The East Liverpool Tribune
Died on June 19,1902

Mrs. Nancy Hickman, wife of the late Adam R. Hickman, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph T. Smith, at 10:30 Thursday night. Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Sunday afternoon, at three o’clock, form the home of her daughter, where she died.
Mrs. Hickman was for many years a resident of Calcutta and was visiting her daughter at the time of her death. She was seventy-two years of age and leaves six children, three boys and three girls.

Mrs. Adam R. Hickman’s Funeral
The funeral of this well known lady was very generally attended Sunday afternoon, by many of her neighbors from Calcutta and St. Clair township, and her friends from this city. The large and elegant home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph T. Smith, near Riverview cemetery, was not near large enough to hold the people. The house was overflowed with sorrowing friends, and the surrounding lawns and grounds were filled with people who came to see this lady who held such a warm place in their hearts. All her children and grandchildren were present except the family of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Swan, of Canton, China. The children present were Val. Q. Hickman, of Pittsburg; Mrs. J. T. Smith and J. C. Hickman, of this city; E. N. Hickman, of Calcutta, and Mrs. J. A. McIntosh, of Cannon’s Mills.
The services were conducted by these ministers, Rev. Swan, for many years pastor of the congregation of which Mrs. Hickman was a member – the Long Run Presbyterian church, Rev. Snyder, the present pastor of the same congregation, and Rev. Clark Crawford, of the First M. E. church, this city. Dr. Swan’s remarks were most comforting and interesting. He told of the Christian character of deceased; spoke of the cross she undertook to carry when she gave up her daughter, who marred his own son, to go with him as a helpmate and missionary to far away China, and how uncomplainingly she bore this burthen, so heavy on a mother’s heart. When he pictured the going of the buggy out the lane the last time, bearing away this sweet daughter which she knew she would never see again on earth, there was not a tearless eye within the sound of hearing his words in all the home where the mother last lay asleep. He told how she gathered together her broken heartstrings, and took up again the work of her life in her desolated home, telling how her comfort come from the knowledge that all was well that her Lord and Master willed.. Dr. Swan called attention to the kind of a Christian home over which she was queen, and pointed to the way she had guided all the little footsteps, not only of her own children, but all her grandchildren, until every one was safely sheltered under the wings of some Christian church as members. He only wished there were more such mothers, and more such children to comfort others mothers.
Rev. P. W. Snyder, the new pastor of the Long Run church, followed with well chosen words of consolation and Scripture application to her well spent seventy-two years of life.
Dr. Crawford offered a touching prayer, in which he told of Mrs. Hickman’s great Christian faith, gathered from conversations during her last illness, from which time only his acquaintance dated.
Mrs. Hickman’s maiden name was Nancy Creighton. She was a sister of Mrs. Sarah Frederick, of this city, and a daughter of Thomas Creighton, an old pioneer of St. Clair township. She was born and raised within sight of the home, on the Hickman farm, where she lived so many years, one mile north-east of Calcutta. Here she was married in 1851 to Adam R. Hickman, oldest son of Nicholas Hickman, of Liverpool township, after which they moved to Van Wert county, this state, and went to housekeeping, where most of the children were born. Her husband sold his farm there about the close of the war, and brought the family back to this neighborhood, where he purchased the farm on which he died about five years ago.
After the services the remains were carried across the way to the lovely Riverview cemetery, where they were placed to rest beside her beloved husband.

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