Tuesday, August 7, 2012


[Ancestral Link: Mary Elizabeth Bickmore (Schow), daughter of Isaac Danford Bickmore, son of Isaac Motor Bickmore, son of David Bickmore.]

Knox County, Maine
The Bickmores were among the first settlers in this town, being there by 1750 from Massachusetts. There has been controversy as to the identity of the mother. There is a Cushing, Maine record of the marriage of a David Bickmore to Margaret Dickey August 3 1793. However, the name is Martha Dixon on all early L.D.S. church records, and it is always Martha or Patsy (nickname for Martha) in Census reports and land grant records. It is possible that Margaret Dicke and Martha Dixon were the same person.

The David Bickmore family left Maine, probably from Kennebeck County, some time after March 1815. Their oldest child Anna was married to Daniel Pettingill 27 December 1818 in Madison County, Illinois, opposite St. Louis in the Great American Bottom. The family was not listed in the special State Census of 1818. David apparently had died before the taking of the Federal 1820 Census, in which his wife was listed as head of the household. During childhood play, William M Bickmore lost one eye playing Indians with bow and arrows, as can be noticed when viewing his picture.
found on ancestry.com


In 1800 David Bigmore and family were enumerated in Medoncook Plantation, Lincoln, Maine. In 1810 David Bickmore and family were enumerated in Beaverhill, Kennebec, Maine. It is interesting to note that a land patent warrant of 160 acres in Calhoun County, Illinois was acquired by John Bickmore, Jr. (David's brother b. 1758 d. 1832). Issued 15 Dec 1817. Land Office: Illinois. By authority of the ScripWarrant Act of 6 May 1812. It appears that John never did go to Illinois. Calhoun County was created in 1825 from Pike County. On 24 Dec 1818 Anna Bickmore, daughter of David, and Daniel Pettengill were married in Madison County, Illinois. In 1820 Martha Bickmore was enumerated as head of the family in Madison County, Illinois. The 1820 census lists one male age 45 and up. In 1830 Census Patsy Bickmore was enumerated as head of the family in Morgan County, Illinois. The 1840 Census with David Bickman (could be Bickmore) listed as head of household was enumerated in Winchester, Scott, Illinois. The oldest male is listed as between the ages of 50 and 60 which is too young for David. __________________ John Beckmore "of Medumcook in the county of Lincoln" sold land to David Beckmore "of a place called Swans Island in the county of Hancock" in Medumcook, Lincoln, Maine on 4 Apr 1798 & in the 22nd year of independency. Witnessed by John Beckmore Jun'r, and Sedate Beckmore on 20 May 1800. Rec'd 13 Jan 1802. The United States Direct Tax of 1798 lists: David Bigmore, Medumcook (Friendship) Maine, was taxed $70 for 70 acres. Deed of John Bickmore Sr. to Solomon Bickmore describes the property as running along side that of David Bickmore. Medumcook, Lincoln, Maine. 20 May 1800. David Bickmore and Martha, his wife, sold land to Samuel Wotton in Medumcook, Lincoln, Maine. 11 Oct 1805. Recorded 12 Nov 1805. __________________ "David Bickmore and son, Samuel, worked for Jonah and Robert Crosby in Albion from July to March 1815." --Mrs. Ruby Crosby Bickmore Wiggin from information found in a Day Book loaned to Ruby by one of the Crosby Family. ___________________ See Notes for Margaret Dickey or Dicke. It is possible that David married twice. It is unknown when his first wife Margaret Dickey died, except that it was before 11 Oct 1805 (per 1805 land deed). The children born after 11 Oct 1805 would certainly be the children of David and Martha Dixon. Cyrus Eaton, Annals of Warren, Second Edition, p 535-536, 11 Aug 1877 lists: "Dickey, John...md. Nancy Patten...Their children...5, Margaret, b. 1758; r. and d.W." See Sources for more information on these entries. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Jan 1936, Vol 90 p 90 lists: "David Bickemore [Bickmore] of Meduncook and Margaret Dicks of Thomaston md 3 Aug 1793." Cushing, Maine Marriage Records copied by Judge Frank R. Miller. Ruth J. Aiken, Records of Lower St. George and Cushing 1605-1897, Driftwood Farm, Cushing, Maine, 1987, p 7 lists "Aug. 3, 1793 intention of marriage for David Bickemore of Meduncook and Margaret Dicks of Thomaston." __________________ From "A History of Swan's Island, Maine" by H.W. Small, M.D, p. 23-24. "James Swan, of Dorchester, appointed Joseph Prince resident on Swan's Island, formerly Burntcoat (this is the first time that the phrase Swan's island was used), with power of attorney to see and convey to David Smith, Joshua Grindle and Moses Staples one hundred acres of land each; to John Rich, William Davis, DAVID BICKMORE, Isaac Sawyer, and ____Knowlton thirty acres each, all to be taken on the Great Island; and to Samuel Emerson 60 acres on ......... To be theirs on the following conditions only: They shall live on said land seven years, counting from their actual settlement, with their stock and families; shall pay all the taxes.....; they shall cut no more wood or timber than to make good and farmerlike improvements; shall pay the expense of surveying; each shall lay out such roads through his land as the agent shall direct, and keep it in repair seven years. ....If the conditions are not complied with, the land that may be improved by settlers will go back to said Swan. "Swan had as a confidential agent a man named Joseph Prince.....He came here soon after the purchase of the islands and superintended Swan's business during the early days of their settlement.....The church and school-house were never built, as Swan, soon after his purchase here, failed in business and left this country before it could be carried into effect, and those into whose hands the property fell did not choose to fulfill Swan's agreement." __________________ From http://www.swansisland.com/history.html: "Swans Island history is closely associated with the romantic figure of its namesake, James Swan. It is one of a number of islands off Mount Desert Island known as the Burntcoat group. Swan bought the group in 1784. "On Swans Island, James Swan established saw mills and built a colonial mansion for himself. Lumbering was the island's major industry; fishing was second. Some of Swans's reckless ventures left him broke and forced him to leave the country. He traveled to France where he amassed another fortune and returned to America. But on one of his many trips to France he was arrested for a debt he claimed not to owe. Rather than pay it he spent 22 years in prison until Louis Phillipe ascended to the throne in France and freed all debtors. Swan died shortly after his release." _________________ From "Burnt Coat or Swan's Island" published by Bangor Historical Magazine, III (1887-1888) page 22-23. "Oct. 28, 1790, James Swan, late of Boston, by his attorneys Henry Jackson and Benjamin Hichborn, of Boston, sold the same purchase to Joseph Prince (Hancock Registry, Vol. I. pages 28.29) "resident on Burnt Coat Island for L300. Prince to convey to David Smith, Joshua Grindle and Moses Staples, 100 acres each; to John Rich, William Davis, David Bickmore, Isaac Sawyer and ____Knowlton, 30 acres each on Great Island, called Burnt Coat, or any other islands, and to any other Fishermen 10 acres each. "June 29, 1795. Joseph Prince and wife Joanna, sold the same purchase (Hancock Registry, Vol. III, page 258) to Henry Jackson, of Boston for L300. Sept. 28, 1796, Henry Jackson sold same purchase to James Swan. "Oct. 3, 1812, "James Swan of Boston, at present residing in Paris" mortaged the same property to Michael O'Nalley, O'Meally or Omealy, of Baltimore, as security for the payment of certain debts due or to be due O'Mally. This mortgage was executed at Paris at the Greffe of the prison of St. Pelagie, where Swan was then imprisoned and acknowledged before David Bailey Warden, U.S. Consul at Paris, Oct. 3 1812. It is recorded in Hancock County Registry of Deeds........ ...."As to the mortgage of Swan to O'Mally I am inclined to the opinion that it was given to a friend to protect the property from other debtors or claimants. ....It is said that "Ex-governor Edward Kent, was employed by O'Mally or his assignees, to bring suits against the settlers to recover possession of the islands, and then he prosecuted these suits for several years. Some of the settlers paid something rather than contend, while others absolutely refused to pay. In the end Governor Kent could not find his clients and returned the money to the islanders." It is more than probable that the heirs of Swan took this method to get something out of the Islands, but finding the matter was likely to be hotly contested gave up the contest. It is quite idle to suppose that Governor Kent did not know his clients." ___________________ Note: On Swan's Island, Prince the agent had long given up and returned to Massachusetts. After the group of islands had been mortgaged by Swan, given up, bought back ; no one seemed to know who owned anything. It is not clear when this condition was responsible for David Bickmore's return to Friendship or whether David ever gained clear title, after seven year's settlement, to his land. If he did not, this would explain why there is no record of it in Hancock County.--"The Maine Islands" by Dorothy Simpson. 1960, and "Maine Place Names" by Ava Harriet Chadbourne, 1957. ___________________ RECORD: 1. Transcribed & Edited by Melville Bradford Cook, Maine. Records of Meduncook Plantation and Friendship,Maine--1762-1899, Published by Shore Village Historical Society, Rockland, Maine. 1985. Printed by Courier-Gazette, Inc., Rockland, Maine, Page 3, FHL Call Number 974.153/F1 H2c . Gives Birth of David Bickmore. 2. Cemetery Records: Tenants Harbor Cemetery. 3. Family Records and Research of Esther Clark (now deceased). 755 Cleveland, Woodland, California 95695. Part of the research team of V.C.Rasmussen, Merle Belnap and others. Received 1968 from Mrs. C.A. Douds (Jessie Pettingill, great granddau. of Oliver Pettingill and Anna Bickmore: Short account in handwriting of one of Mrs. Douds' aunts, probably Mrs. Emma (Pettingill) Tulley Petrie, now in Caseyville Nursing Home, Illinois, at advanced age in 90's "Anna Bickmore Pettingill, wife of Daniel Pettingill-age at death 72. Her brothers, (no dates given for any) PHILIP died young; GEORGE died in Mill Tract (?) (the ? is Mrs. Douds'); THOMAS died near Rock Island (presume in Illinois); SAM became a Mormon, went with the Mormons from Nauvoo. 4. Land Deeds and Grants. John Beckmore to David Beckmore. Lincoln County. State of Maine. Vol 48 page 207. Book 10 page 111. Medumcook. 4 Apr 1798 & in the 22nd year of independency. Witnesses John Beckmore Jun'r, Sedate Beckmore. Rec'd 13 Jan 1802. 5. Land Deeds and Grants. David and Martha, his wife, Bickmore to Samuel Wotton. Lincoln County. State of Maine. Vol 58 Page 68. Book 12 page 31.11 Oct 1805. Medumcook. Rec.d 12 Nov 1805. 6. Bickmore Family Research Team. Researchers who contributed to and managed research of John and Anna Bickmore family and descendants: Vauna Louise Crane Rasmussen, Merle Crane Belnap, Esther Frances Bickmore, Cyril Stanford Allen, Charlotte Viola Mills Heninger, Jacqueline Allen Hyden, UT. Documents, letters and family histories in possession of Bonnie K. Taylor. Information transcribed by Bonnie K. Taylor, Salem, 807 Hazeltine, S.E., Salem OR 97306. This group contributed to " Ancestors and Descendants of Walter Covey" compiled by Mary Lancaster Quist, "History and Descendants of Jacob Scott -- John Scott 1782-1996" edited by Edith Colburn Scott, and A Genealogy of the Comish Family of the Isle of Man, Great Britain compiled by Verla Allen Comish Harris, Jacqueline Allen Hyden, Anna Allen Poppleton, and Floren Stocks Preece. The publications include many descendants of David Bickmore. Some compiling by Kathleen Belnap of Utah. 7. 1800 Medoncook Plantation, Lincoln, Maine, Page 537. David Bigmore head of family 2 male under age 10 1 male age 26-44 1 female under age 10 1 female age 26-44. 8. 1810 Census Beaverhill, Kennebec, Maine, Page 770. David Bickmore head of family 3 males under 10 3 males 10 thru 15 1 male 26 thru 44 2 females under 10 1 female 10 thru 15 1 female 26 thru 44. 9. H.W. Small, M.D, A History of Swan's Island, Maine, Ellsworth, Maine : Hancock County Publishing Company, 1898, page 23-25, Davis County Library, FHL Call Number 974.145/S3 H2s. 10. Juanita Leavitt Pulsipher, History of Sarah Sturtevant Leavitt, http://www.sanremolv.com/~wmpl/H_Sarah%20Sturtevant.htm. "History of Sarah Studevant Leavitt (Copied From Her History by Juanita Leavitt Pulsipher, June, 1919.) [Stamped November 4, 1948 by the Genealogical Society of Utah; written in pen from Luella Abbott Leavitt; cataloged at P.B.A. #49, and stamped by The Genealogical Society of Utah with a number 36933 - Lyman De Platt] "I have copied this history exactly as it was written by the hand of Sarah Studevant Leavitt in her record book. The original was very old, yellow and torn, and much of the writings dim; but I was able to decipher it. I have made no effort to revise it in any way, except to put in an occasional punctuation mark or correct an error in spelling. I hope that it may find a place in the hearts and homes of her descendants; that they may profit by her experiences." Juanita L. Pulsipher.". 11. Bangor Historical Magazine III (1887-1888). Burnt Coat or Swan's Island, page 22-23. 12. Family Records of Ruby Crosby Bickmore Wiggins of Clinton, Maine. Letters written to VCR in 1965. 13. Land Deeds and Grants, G.S. #3011 F Me L 10 pt 34 vol 60 p 31-32. John Bickmore to Solomon Bickmore. Lincoln County. State of Maine. Vol 60 p 31. Book 12 p 31. Meduncook. 20 May 1800. Witnesses James Malcom, John Bickmore, Jr. Property running alongside that of David Bickmore. 
Found on FamilySearch.org (contributed by taytay 19 June 2014

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