ISAAC MOTOR BICKMORE
The name, Bickmore, is undoubtedly of English Origin, and is spelled in the early records of this country, Bigmore and Beckmore. The name is found in Sussex and Essex Counties in England, and is the name of a street in London.
Alexander de Bykmore was elected Archbishop of Dublin in 1310. Sir Thomas de Bykemore was of Kent in 1300. Many of the Bickmores of England and also of early America, were sea-faring people. John Bickmore of St. Dustans was a mariner in 1638. Some of the Bickmores who lived in Massachusetts and Maine owned their own ships and sailed the sea.
The first Bickmore that we can find record of in America, was the immigrant, Thomas Bickmore or Bigmore, Fether Seller, proved to be in New England in 1635, aged 34.
We know little about Thomas’ son Samuel or his grandson, Samuel Jr., but George, son of Samuel Jr. married Elizabeth Andrews, April 2, 1730. Their son John was born at Milton, Maine 25 March 1731. John moved to Meduncook, later to be called Friendship, Maine.
David, son of John, was born 18 December 1768 at Friendship, Maine. He married Margaret Dickey and they became the parents of Isaac Motor Bickmore who was the first Bickmore to join the L.D.S. Church and come west.
Isaac Motor Bickmore was born at Friendship, Maine 6 January 1798 and came to Brown County, Illinois, when a young man. He married Martha Harvell in 1828. They became the parents of seven children:
John Jackson Bickmore
Mary Jane Bickmore Abbott
Isaac Danford Bickmore
Mary Ann Bickmore Hardy
Elizabeth Bickmore Gunnell
David Newman Bickmore
Daniel Marion Bickmore (died in infancy)
They had moved from Springfield, Illinois, to Desmoins, Polk, Iowa, in 1848 but moved again to a farm near Indian Creek, Pottawattami, Iowa and lived there for about four years. Isaac joined the Church of Latter Day Saints a few years after they were married but it wasn’t until twelve years later that his wife Martha embraced the gospel and joined the church. It was while living at Indian Creek.
(It was also about this time that their seventh son, Daniel died when about 2 years old (1849). This was also just after the time of all the persecutions of the Mormons when the Saints had been driven from place to place and finally forced to leave Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1847.)
Isaac Motor Bickmore and his wife decided to take their family west to Utah where they could worship as they pleased, so they sold their home and one of the farms they owned. The money they received for the sale of their property was stashed in the house when a mob came and set fire to their home and their belongings. The mob found the money and stole it. They were forced to move into the house of a neighbor until they could sell their other farms. (How fortunate that they had other property to sell.)
They joined the company of Latter Day Saints under the leadership of Captain John B. Walker and started for the long trek across the plains not knowing the hardships and trials that would await them. They had hardly left on their journey when an epidemic of Black Cholera broke out among the Saints and Isaac Motor Bickmore and his mother Margaret Dixon* Bickmore were afflicted with the dreadful disease. They died within hours of each other 6 July 1852 and were both buried in the same grave at Loop Fork, Nebraska.
Isaac’s wife, Martha Harvell with the help of her son-in law, Jacob Abbott and her children, except for John who turned back, continued to journey to Utah.
Info taken from book by Lowell J. Parkinson “Isaac Motor Bickmore and Martha Harville Family History (inserts from Lola Butcher, great great granddaughter of Isaac and Martha)
Written by Lowell J. Parkinson (inserts by Lola Butcher)
Submitted to Daughters of the Utah Pioneers by Lola D. Butcher, PO Box 1769, Overton Nevada 89040
Name: Isaac Motor Bickmore
Birth Date: 06 June 1797
Birth Place: Friend Ship, Lincoln, Maine
Parent1: David Bickmore
Parent2: Martha Dick or Dickey Bickmore
Spouse: Martha Harvel (or Harville)
Marriage Date: 01 March 1829
Marriage Place: Morgan County, Illinois
Departure Date: July 1852
Departure Place: Kanesville Iowa
Travel Company: John D. Walker Company, (Wife) Martha Harvel Bickmore (Children) John Jackson Bickmore, Martha Jane Bickmore, Isaac Danford Bickmore, Mary Ann Bickmore, Sara Eliz. Bickmore, David Newman Bickmore, Daniel Marion Bickmore
Party: John D Walker Co.
Trail: Mormon Trail
Arrival Date: Died on trail
Death Date: 06 July 1852
Death Place: Loops Ford Platte River
Burial Place: Loops Ford Nebraska
Sources: Bickmore Family History Morgan County Marriages (GS 977, 3463 Vam)
Sub Name: Dora McArthur Harris
Sub Date: 01 March 1991
Son and Mother die on same day
Isaac and Martha Harvel Bickmore immigrated to Utah in 1852 with the Company of John B Walker. An epidemic of cholera broke out in the company and Isaac and his mother, Maria Dixon Bickmore died the same day on 6 July 1852 and were buried in a common grave at Loop Fork, Platte River. The family continued their journey to Utah and settled at Mill Creek in September 1852. They moved to Grantsville, Utah, in September 1854. Sarah Elizabeth married Francis Wilson Gunnell on 4 April 1859 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they moved to Wellsville. They were the parents of six children.
found on ancestry.com
Isaac Motor Bickmore came to Madison County, Illinois. He married Martha Harville about 1828. Isaac and Martha had seven children: 1. John Jackson, born 1829; 2. Martha Jane, born January 24, 1832; 3. *Isaac Danford, born September 24, 1837; 4. Mary Ann, born February 1, 1840; 5. Sarah Elizabeth, born May 31, 1842; 6. David Newman, born August 1, 1844; 7. Daniel Marion, born March 10, 1847.
Isaac Danford married Ellen Oldham. Isaac was a Civil War soldier. John Bickmore, son of John, was a Revolutionary soldier. Joined January 1776 in Captain Fuller's Company. Served until January. Discharged for "sickness." Allowed pension April 28, 1818.
Taken from Book of Remembrance in possession of Beth Schow Stagge.
Isaac Motor Bickmore
Family History of Isaac Motor Bickmore and Martha Harville
Written, edited and compiled by Lowell J. Parkinson November 16, 1982. Copyright 1982
Dedication - This book is dedicated to my special childhood friend and high school companion, Clair N. Fitch, a third great-grandson of Isaac and Martha Bickmore. Clair, thank-you for the good times and special memories.
A special dedication to Lettie Bickmore, 97 years young, a grand-daughter-in-law of Isaac Motor Bickmore, for possessing the desire and taking the initiative to chronicle the history of her husdand's ancestors.
A special thanks to Wilma Hall, a third great grand-daughter of Isaac and Martha Bickmore, for typing this history book and for helping with the research.
(V) George, younger son of George and Elizabeth Bickmore, was born in Milton, June 6, and there baptized June 10, 1732. he removed with his father's family, probably in early boyhood, to Friendship, Maine, and no further account is given.
(VI) Samuel, son (probably) of George, of Friendship, Main, was born July 10, 1772, and died May 23, 1838, in the town of St. George, to which place his parents had removed from some of the neighboring islands after leaving Friendship. He married February 9, 1796, Mary Barter, who was born December 8, 18773 (sic), and died October 8, 1856, age 82 years, 10 months. In the family bible, the marriage of Samuel and Mary Barter is recorded Beckmore though the descendants use "i" instead of "e." They had seven children, Samule, born November 10, 1797; Roger, born May 2, 1800, died June 17, 1812; Nancy, born October 4, 1802, died July 1, 1854, married January 5, 1833 to Samuel Richards (children: Mary Jane Richards, born October 28, 1833, married March 14, 1853, to Luther A. Pitcher; John H. B. Richards, born October 9, 1835; Charles S. W. Richards, born April 19, 1838; Sylvanus G. S. Richards, born March 3, 1843); George, born April 16, 1805, died October 12, 1838; Henry, born May 17, 1808; John, born December 29, 1811, (further mention of John appears below); Oliver, born September 14, 1815, died May 4, 1827.
(VII) William Henry, son of Henry and Nancy (Barter) Bickmore, was born at St. George, May 17, 1808. he married Nancy Barter, a cousin, born on Isle au Haut. He was a ship owner and Captain of St. George. Their children were: Sarah Ellen; William Henry; Theresa; Ellis and Charles.
(VIII) William Henry, son of Henry and Nancy (Barter) Bickmore, was born in St. George, Maine, September 10, 1838. Like his father he was a ship owner and captain. He married November 1, 1865, Margaret A., daughter of Richard and Mary Ogie Martin, who was born in St. George, Maine, August 17, 1843. Their children were: Mary Emma Bickmore, born August 10, 1876, and Albert Henry. The daughter is now the wife of Fredrick F. Tefft, residing at Mount Vernon, New York.
(IX) Albert Henry, only son of William Henry and Margaret A. (Martin) Bickmore, was born at St. George, Maine, October 8, 1868. He married at Camden, Maine, October 2, 1901, Myrtle L., daughter of Thomas D. and Dora (Bragg) French, who was born November 21, 1871. He was a student at Camden High School and Colby College, graduating A.B. in 1893 and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Upsilon fraternities. Not long after graduation, he came to New York City and engaged in the banking business. He is now at the head of the firm of A. H. Bickmore & Company, private bankers at 30 Pine Street, New York. He is a member of the following clubs: Union League, St. Nicholas, Lawyers, Graduates, City, Indian Harbor Yacht, Atlantic Yacht, and the Cumberland, of Portland, Maine. He is also director in numerous corporations. Children of Albert Henry and Myrtle: Albert Henry, Jr., born in New York City, October 20, 1904; Jesse O., April 4, 1906. They are the tenth generation from the immigrant "Thos. Bigmore, dwelling in New England." 1635.
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