Thursday, August 9, 2012


[Ancestral Link: Mary Elizabeth Bickmore (Schow), daughter of Isaac Danford Bickmore, son of 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
Gender: male
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.
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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 Converted to digital by Faye Richman 2012 Life History of Martha Harville Bickmore Parkinson Martha Harville Bickmore Parkinson was born 4 June 1808 in Kainey, North Carolina; a daughter of Squire James Harville and Mary Monette. Martha lived with her parents in North Carolina until she was full grown. Her father was a rich plantation owner with many slaves. Martha’s mother was a very good cook and housekeeper. She said that no girl was ready to get married until she had learned all the phases of housekeeping and also outside work. So when Martha was ready for marriage, she was well trained in managing a household and providing for a husband and family. Martha and her parents and siblings left North Carolina and moved to Brown County, Illinois. There she met and fell in love with a man by the name of Isaac Motor Bickmore. She and Isaac were married sometime around the year 1828. Her husband, Isaac Motor Bickmore, was born 6 June 1798 in Medum Cook later to be renamed Friendship, Knox, Maine. Isaac Motor Bickmore’s parents settled in Brown County, Illinois, at the same time his wife’s parents settled there. A few years after they were married, Isaac joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). Twelve years later Martha embraced the gospel and joined the Church. Martha’s parents owned a large farm where they grew Maple trees. They extracted sugar maple from the trees and this harvest would take many weeks, so the family would camp near their groves and make the maple sugar and syrup. The Harvilles would keep so many pounds for each member of the family for the year. They also gathered pecan hazel nuts for the winter. Martha and Isaac were the parents of seven children: John Jackson, Martha Jane, Isaac Danford, Mary Ann, Sarah Elizabeth, David Newman, and Daniel Marion. In 1848 Martha and Isaac sold their farm in Springfield, Illinois, and moved to Desmoins, Polk, Iowa, but not being satisfied with their home, they again moved and relocated on a farm near Indian Creek, Pottawattami, Iowa, where they lived for about 4-years. It was while living at Indian Creek that Martha joined the Mormon Church. On account of bitter feelings that existed between the saints and the gentiles, the members were advised to dispose of their homes and immigrate to Utah where they could worship according to the dictates of their hearts and conscience without interruption. Listening to the advice of the church leaders, they sold their home and one of the farms which they owned. The money they had received for the sale of the house and farm was stashed in the house when the mob came and set fire to their home and belongings. The mob found the money and stole it. Martha and Isaac were compelled to move into the home of a neighbor until they could sell their other farms. In the year 1852, 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 of America for the Utah Territory. While crossing the plains an epidemic of “Black Cholera” broke out among the saints and Isaac Bickmore and his mother, Margaret Dixon Bickmore, were afflicted with the dreaded disease. They both succumbed and died a few hours apart on 6 July 1852. They were both buried in the same grave at Loop Fork, Nebraska. Isaac’s brothers and their families were in the same wagon train. It was at the time of the “Gold Rush” in California and those families went on to California. When Isaac and Martha left Iowa, some of their brothers and sisters’ families started with them for Utah but became discouraged and turned back. Martha’s eldest son, John Jackson Bickmore, was one who turned back and she never saw him again. Martha had left Iowa with several wagons full of her earthly possessions; with the help and aid of her son-in-law, Jacob Abbott, and her children and friends she was able to continue the journey on to Utah with the absence of her beloved husband Isaac. Martha and her family, consisting of son, Isaac Danford and David Newman and daughters, Martha Jane Bickmore Abbott, Mary Ann, and Sarah Elizabeth, she was able to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley in September of 1852. Martha and her family settled in Mill Creek outside of Salt Lake for the first 2-years. In 1854, accompanied by families and friends who had braved the hardships of the plains from Iowa to Utah, the Bickmores moved once again to the place they helped colonize called Grantsville in Tooele County, Utah. On the first morning of their arrival in Grantsville the Indians were so hostile that the pioneers were forced to build a fort and live in it for the first few years. They had only been in Grantsville 6-week when Martha’s close friend, Mary Haslam Parkinson, was shot and killed by the Indians. Mary H. Parkinson was the first white woman buried in the Grantsville Cemetery. After Mary’s death, Martha began dating her friend’s widower, Timothy Parkinson, Sr. They were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on Martha’s forty-eighth birthday – 4 June 1856. Timothy had two teen age sons, Timothy Jr., and Henry fielding living with him and Martha had two teen age children, Sarah Elizabeth and David Newman, living at home with her. The marriage brought the two families together under one common roof. Martha and Timothy were enticed by Captain Peter Maughan to go and help colonize Cache Valley 89-miles to the north and east of Grantsville. They left with their families in the fall of 1857, with the exception of Martha’s eldest daughter, Martha Jane, and her husband, Jacob Abbott. Timothy left behind his eldest son, Charles Graham, and the greave of his second wife, Mary Nuttal Haslam Parkinson. Martha and Timothy were only in Cache Valley a short time when they, along with the rest of the pioneers received a directive from Brigham Young telling them to disperse from Cache Valley. They again pulled up stakes and broke camp and headed back south for Salt Lake. In the fall of 1859, Martha and Timothy once again headed north to Cache Valley. But this time a fort had been erected and named Maughan’s Fort in honor of Peter Maughan. Timothy and Martha pooled their money and purchased a farm 1-mile north of the Maughan’s Fort. Martha was a very shrewd business woman and soon she and Timothy owned and operated a large dairy farm with many milk cows, pigs, and chickens. Timothy built large corrals and made their home and farm look very impressive. Martha built a log house with a big one-log room. She and Timothy later built a large house with two big rooms downstairs and two big ones upstairs and that house had wooden shingles on it. They later built a wooden frame home in 1865 at 112 North 200 East in what is now know as Wellsville, Utah. At this writing, 10 October 1982, that home is still standing. Martha and Timothy were very generous with their money and time. They adopted a young boy who they named Henry Parkinson. No information is available as to what happened to him. Martha and Timothy donated part of a parcel of their fame to be used as the Wellsville Cemetery. The North half of that cemetery was situated on their farm. Martha and Timothy were the first farmers in Utah to raise white pure-bred pigs from France, and they were the first farmers to practice the method of summer fallowing on the Wellsville bench dry farms. Martha made cheese and butter which she proudly stamped with a large letter “P.” Her business became so prosperous that she hired a young girl to help her with the business. That girl was Jane Leishman Greer. Jane would later marry Martha’s stepson, Timothy Fielding Parkinson. Martha was very energetic and efficient and could excel in all kinds of work. She could card, spin, and weave cloth as well as color it. She had a loom and wove many clothes, after which she would make and color dresses for her granddaughters. She could do all kinds of knotting such as stockings, mitten, and gloves. She derived great joy in knotting things for her grandchildren. Martha bought herself nice corsets and the other pioneer women had to wear homemade ones, made from bones that some of the weavers made. Martha’s granddaughter, Martha Bickmore Thomas, as a little girl, used to peek under the curtains to Martha’s bedroom to look at the pretty things because Martha owned things so uncommon to the other pioneer women. Martha wore pretty dresses and pretty underskirts. Martha and a woman by the name of Jane Allan Leishman were the only two mid-wives in Wellsville. Martha was an excellent practical nurse. At the time she first came to Wellsville there was an absence of any doctors in the entire Cache Valley. Martha learned her knowledge of mid-wifery from her sister friend, Jane Allan Leishman. Jane was a doctor in Scotland. Martha spent many long and cold nights helping the sick or injured. She helped a Dr. Ormsby when he came into the valley. Martha was responsible for the births of hundreds of babies. According to Martha, “the night was never too cold or stormy for her to go when anyone was sick and need her help.” In Martha’s day the only transportation was a wagon, so she simplified her mode of transportation and purchased a black horse and rode it to the homes of the sick. Martha was a kind, generous woman who was hospitable to friends and foe alike. Her home was always open to all. Many of the babies she helped bring into this world were named in her honor. With the hundreds of babies she delivered into this world and the sick people she nursed and took care of, she never charged for her services. The grateful people would give her produce or whatever they could spare from the pantry. Martha had a talent for extracting dyes from the berries and weeds that grew in Cache Valley and use them for dyeing cloth or used for medicines. Martha died on 26 Oct 1883 at the age of seventy-five. She was buried on land she and Timothy had farmed and once owned. She was laid to rest in the Wellsville Cemetery. Her widower, Timothy Parkinson, outlived Martha by 8-years. He died 10 Oct 1891 at the age of eight-five, and he was buried next Martha in the Wellsville Cemetery. Martha and Timothy were married for 27-years. Martha entered into polygamy with Timothy when he took a fourth wife, Rebecca Shaw Wood Green, on 4 Oct 1869. Timothy’s marriage to Rebecca only lasted 7-years. Timothy Parkinson and Martha Harville Bickmore’s graves went unmarked for 90-years, up to 10 Oct 1981, when the graves were located and the Parkinson and Bickmore families erected a memorial to Timothy and Martha, making a final tribute to two very courageous and sacrificing pioneers. Sources: This history was compiled and written by Lowell J. Parkinson, a great great step-grandson of Martha Harville Bickmore Parkinson. Information for this history was taken from the personal histories of Martha Bickmore Thomas, Mary Ann Bickmore Hardy, Sarah Elizabeth Bickmore Gunnell, and from a tape recording by Rachel Marietta Parkinson Parker.
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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.


The name, undoubtedly of English origin, is spelled in the early records of this country: Bigmore and Beckmore.  Through incidents of correspondence and travel about twenty-five years ago, an interesting interview was brought about between Professor A. S. Bickmore of New York City and Reverend Dr. W. F. Bickmore of Kidderminister, County of Gloucester, England, which revealed the fact that a large number bearing this name in England have become prominent as clergymen in the Episcopal Church.  Several of the sons of the family in Kidderminister were graduates of Oxford; a nephew of Reverend Bickmore was a fellow of New College in that University.

The name is also known in Sussex and Essex counties and is also the name of a street in London.  The late H. G. Somerby, in a communication to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol. II, p. 399, gave the following item:  "1635 - Thomas Bigmore aged thirty-four, dwelling in New England, Fether Seller, to pass to Amsterdam on his affairs."  This is the earliest record of the Bickmore family in America, and the name being uncommon there seems to be no doubt of the connection of the above Thomas with the Massachusetts line, though the records reveal nothing of the two generations between the dates.  Possibly they were engaged with traffic with foreign counties, which would make it more difficult to trace them.  It is quite evident from the dates that follow that two generations are lacking.  (We have them.  See Family Record.)
(I) Thomas, immigrant ancestor, was presumably born in England, in 1601, and as proved, was living in New England in 1635, "aged 34."

(IV) George Bickmore, probably great grandson of Thomas, the Immigrant, was recorded in Milton, Massachusetts, and probably was born as early as 1700.  The church register of Milton shows that he "owned the covenant July 13, 1729," and was baptized on that date.  He was evidently married at that time or before, as the following baptisms are recorded: "John, son of George Bickmore, April 4, 1730" and George, son of George Bickmore, June 10, 1732."  The birth of this George is elsewhere given: "George, son of George and Elizabeth, "June 6, 1733," which is the only record discovered of his wife.  It is known that a few year after, he removed from Milton to Friendship, near the St. George River, Maine.  In the list of setters there appeared the names of "John Bigmore" and George Bigmore" as located at Madoncook (now Friendship), which confirms the family tradition that "The ancestors lived at Friendship, on the coast of Maine.  Old residents of that place have pointed out the remains of an old cellar said to be that of the house of the first Bickmore that came from Massachusetts.  It is now stated that George senior lived there with his sons, but it is probable that he did not live long after.  History states that in 1635 there were but two families living on the St. George River (whose names are not given) and there is a long silence in the records until the next entry. It is not impossible that the immigrant, "Thomas Bigmore, Fether Seller," was located in this spot, and that fact drew his descendants to that locality.  About 1717 a strong, capacious fort was built on the east bank of St. George River and a block house erected a short distance from the fort.  The large area between was enclosed by palisades and afforded ample accommodations for a garrison of two hundred and fifty men.  In the frequent trouble with the Indians during many years, this fort and block house was the only place of refuge for settlers for many miles around.  It is stated that "in the war of 1755 nearly all of the families of Friendship moved within the garrison." The list of settlers referred to above was prepared, it is supposed, by Captain John North some years before his death in 1763, and it is probably that the Bickmore family located here many years prior to this date.
(V) John, eldest son of George and Elizabeth Bickmore, was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and was baptized April 4, 1730.  There is no record to show when or where he married, and the only fact learned is the he removed early from Milton with is father to the coast of Maine to present town of Friendship.

(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.

Bickmore HistoryView on FamilySearch BICKMORE HISTORY The name Bickmore, is undoubtedly of English origin, and is spelled in the early records of the 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 Bykmore was of Kent, 1300. Many of the Bickmores of England and also of early America, were sea-faring people. John Bickmore of St. Dunstana was a mariner in 1638. Some of the Bickmores who lived in Massachusetts and Main owned their own ships and sailed the seas. The first Bickmore that we can find record of in America, was Thomas Bickmore or Bigmore, proved to be in New England in 1635, age 34, this is the fifth great-grandfather of David Newman Bickmore. We know little about his son Samuel or his grand-son Samuel Jr., but George, son of Samuel Jr. married Elizabeth Andrews, April 2, 1730. Their son John was born at Milton, Maine, March 25, 1731. John moved to Meduncook, later Friendship, Maine. David, son of John, was born December 18, 1768, at Friendship Maine. He married Margaret Dickey and they became the parents of Issac Motor Bickmore who was the first Bickmore to join the L.D.S. Church. Issac Motor Bickmore was born at Friendship, Maine, January 6, 1798 and came to Brown County Illinois when a young man. He married Martha Harvli in 1824. They became the parents of: John Jackson Bickmore, Mary Jane Bickmore Abbott, Issac Danford Bickmore, Mary Ann Bickmore Hardy, Elizabeth Bickmore Cunnell, David Newman Bickmore, Daniel Marion Bickmore (died in infancy). Issac and his wife Martha joined the church and started with their family to Utah. He and his mother were stricken with cholera and died the same day July 6, 1852, and were buried by the roadside, in Illinois. Martha and most of her family came on. Some of the party turned back, including John Jackson, and some went on to California. She and four of her children settled in Wellsville where she married Timothy Parkinson. David Newman and Issac Danford later made homes in Paradise. David Newman Bickmore and Elizabeth McArthur were married January 12, 1865. They moved to Paradise in 1877. They were the parents of: Martha Elizabeth Bickmore Shipley, born Feb. 19, 1867, died Nov. 1890; David McArthur Bickmore, born July 8, 1868, died Nov. 27, 1890; James Issac Bickmore, born Aug. 15, 1868, died Nov. 27, 1890; John McArthur Bickmore, born Feb. 23, 1871, died April 10, 1871; Florinda Bickmore Peterson born July 29, 1872; Danford McArthur Bickmore, born Jan. 2, 1875, died 11 Aug. 1962; Elizabeth Dickson Bickmore, born Dec. 18, 1876, died Nov. 1877; William McArthur Bickmore, born Oct. 12, 1878, died Nov. 1962; Ellery McArthur Bickmore, born Aug. 19, 1880, died Feb 16, 1951; David Newman Bickmore, died Oct. 9, 1881, at Paradise, Utah; Elizabeth McArthur Bickmore, died Sept. 21, ---- at Paradise, Utah. This sheet was prepared for the David Newman Bickmore reunion Aug. 10, 1960, by Lettie Critchlow Bickmore.


Mary Bickmore Hardy was born February 1, 1840, in Brown County, Springfield, Illinois, the fourth child in a family of seven.

Her father, Isaac Bickmore, was born in New Bedford, Maine, about the year, 1798.  He emigrated to Illinois in early manhood and soon after married Martha Harvel, who had emigrated from North Carolina, her native state, a few years previous.  They settled on a farm and were in comfortable circumstances when Mary Ann was born.  Eight years later, they sold their home in Illinois and moved to Des Moines County, Iowa; but not being satisfied with their home there, they again moved and located on a farm in Pottawattamie County, where they resided for about three years.  Here Mrs. Bickmore was converted and became a member of the Mormon Church or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of which her husband had been a member twelve years.

On account of bitter feelings that existed toward the Saints, the members were advised to dispose of their homes and emigrate to Utah where they could worship according to the dictates of their conscience without interruption.  According to advice they sold their home or one of the farms which they owned and had the money in the house when the mob burned their house and stole the money, and they were compelled to move to the home of a friend until they could dispose of their other farm.  In the year 1852, they joined a company of Latter-day saint emigrants under the leadership of Captain John B. Walker and started for Utah.

While on their way across the plains an epidemic in the form of Black cholera broke out among the emigrants and of those who were afflicted were Mr. Bickmore and his mother, who died the same day and were buried at Loop Fork on the Platte River.  The remaining members of the family continued their journey on to Utah where they arrived in September 1852.  They settled in Mill Creek, Salt Lake County.  In the fall of 1854, accompanied by families and friends who had braved the hardships of the plains from Iowa to Utah, the family again left their home, founded and named Grantsville in Tooele County.  Among this company were Dan Burbanks, John D. Walker, Benjamin Bear, Harrison Sever, and Dr. Pope.

In the first morning to this place the Indians were so bad they were compelled to build and live in a fort a number of years.  While here Mary Ann Bickmore Hardy, who was then a young girl of about fourteen years, spent some of the happiest years of her life, and it was here that she attended school and passed from that school with the highest honors.  From there they moved to Cache Valley where they lived three years.  Then they moved to Hooper where they helped pioneer Hooper, being one of the first settlers there.  Here Mrs. Hardy worked in the Relief society, being a teacher and director, which position she held until she moved to Little Basin, Idaho, where she served as President of the Primary for about twelve years.  She was always willing and ready to help those in need.  No one who needed help was turned away from her door,  She lived to a good old age and was the mother of twelve children eleven of whom grew to man and womanhood.  She died on November 17, 1917, one year after the death of her husband.

Her gentle presence filled a home with comfort and delight,
That radiated from her soul like soft celestial light.
It fall around us like a glow of sunshine from above,
And filler our heart with solace true, from a sweet transcendental love.

Her magic kiss dispelled the cares that crowded thick and fast:
Lo 'ere we new it unawares, our sorrows all had passed,
A word, a trick, the deed was wrought, she healed a bleeding heart:
Those sad-n-ing things were all forgot,  So wondrous was her art.

She realized her noblest call in toiling for her own;
A benediction fell on all within her hallowed home, she moved about,
Her gentle voice, like music's softest strain, went out to make a
World rejoince, a infinite refrain.

Ah, greater love hath none than this, for every life she gave,
Her own put on the rack, serenely faced the grave,
Her cup of sorrow oft ran o'er, the days filled up with cares,
She lived to bless the lives she bore, with love and tears and prayers.
              Campt (V) Hooper, Utah

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  1. My name is John Bickmore and my Dad has done a lot of family history. I know several of these names from what he has told me. He is still working on getting our history back as far as he can. I would be happy to give him your email address and you could share information. Let me know.

  2. Hi All

    I would love to connect with Bickmore genealogists! I'm trying to get farther back than Thomas (born around 1601). Where did he come from? Is he connected with the medieval "de Bikenor" line of Gloucestershire and the Archbishop of Dublin? Where did he settle? Can't find much, if anything, other than the one reference to him as "fether-seller passing to Amsterdam to conduct his affairs" in 1635. Is this the Netherlands or "New Amsterdam"? Lots of questions! Thanks very much!

  3. Isaac Motor Bickmore is my 4th GG Grandfather,which makes Martha Harville my 4th gg grandmother :) Nice to meet you all!

  4. For George Bickmore and Elizabeth Andrews:
    Spouse & Children
    Elizabeth Andrews
    Elizabeth Andrews
    John Bickmore
    John Bickmore 1731–1778
    Thankful Bickmore 1733–1764
    Mary Bickmore 1736–1808
    Elizabeth Bickmore 1736–1759
    Martha Bickmore 1737–1764
    Grace Bickmore
    Charity Bickmore

  5. Richard married Christabel Utley this is the information that I have back to this Richard Bickmore.
    Richard Bickmore (1570 - 1668)
    11th great-grandfather
    Thomas Bickmore Bigmore (1601 - 1672)
    son of Richard Bickmore
    Samuel Bickmore (1638 - 1672)
    son of Thomas Bickmore Bigmore
    Samuel Bickmore Jr (1669 - 1710)
    son of Samuel Bickmore
    George Bickmore (1705 - 1774)
    son of Samuel Bickmore Jr
    John Bickmore (1731 - 1778)
    son of George Bickmore
    David Bickmore (1768 - 1853)
    son of John Bickmore
    Isaac Motor Bickmore (1797 - 1852)
    son of David Bickmore
    John Jackson Bickmore (1829 - 1912)
    son of Isaac Motor Bickmore
    Joseph W Bickmore (1864 - 1917)
    son of John Jackson Bickmore
    Myrtle B Bickmore (1893 - 1956)
    daughter of Joseph W Bickmore
    Floyd Mason Scott Sr (1915 - 1992)
    son of Myrtle B Bickmore
    William Marion Scott (1941 - )
    son of Floyd Mason Scott Sr
    Maryrose Scott

  6. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

    Name Richard Bickmore
    Burial Date 29 Mar 1668
    Parish St Giles, Cripplegate
    County London
    Borough City of London
    Record Type Burial
    Register Type Parish Register

  7. Not likely Christabel was his mother she was married to a Wadsworth and they had a son the same year the information is just not there.