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Biographical Review, Province of New Brunswick



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  • Title Biographical Review, Province of New Brunswick 
    Short Title Allen Jack - Biographical Rev. NB 
    Author I. Allen Jack, QC, DCL 
    Publisher Published 1900 by the Boston Biographical Review Publishing Company, 15 Court Square, Boston, MA 1900 
    Source ID S1161 
    Text A list of names included in the volume is on the New Brunswick GenWeb here: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cannb/NB_Index_Jack3.htm

    Bob Hickman transcribed pages 181-182 as follows:

    "William Hickman, for many years one of the most energetic and enterprising business men of Dorchester, NB, is now living retired from active pursuits, although much of his leisure time is occupied in attending to his private interests.  He was born September 12, 1823, in Dorchester, a son of John Hickman, Jr. an early settler of this section of Westmorland County. 

    John Hickman, Sr., his paternal grandfather, was born and brought up in Holland, and while yet a lad received a military training.  Emigrating from there to Ireland in early mature life, he settled in Derry, from which place he and five of his brothers enlisted in the British army.  His brothers were all killed at the famous battle of Waterloo, after which he returned to his home in Derry, where he devoted himself to the care of his aged parents, and spent the remainder of his life. 

    John Hickman, Jr., son of John, Sr., was born in the north of Ireland, and there grew to man's estate.  Soon after his marriage with Mary Campbell, a bonnie Scotch lassie, he left the Emerald Isle, and coming to the British-American Provinces, located first at Halifax, NS but soon moved to Dorchester NB, which he made his permanent residence.  After working at the shoemaker's trade for a few years, he opened a hotel and this he conducted with great success until his retirement from business, about six years prior to his death, which occurred when he was seventy years old.  He was a Liberal in politics and a citizen of worth.  His widow survived him, attaining a venerable age.  Of their nine children three are now living; namely, William, the special subject of this sketch; Mary Jane; and Susan.

    William Hickman was educated in the public schools of Dorchester.  For about four years during his youth and early manhood he followed the sea.  He subsequently embarked in the hotel business in Dorchester, and also engaged to a considerable extent in ship building.  The latter industry proved so engrossing that Mr. Hickman disposed of his hotel, in order that he might give his whole time to commercial and manufacturing pursuits.  He built four ships at Lower Hillsboro and twenty-five barques and ships on Dorchester Island.  For several years he was the leading spirit in the development of the shipping trade, which was then at its height in this part of the country, and not only built ships, but stocked them and sent them to foreign ports.  He established an extensive domestic and foreign trade, which he continued for some time.  He was also interest in various town enterprises until his retirement from active pursuits in 1889.  Fraternally, he was a Mason, belonging to the Dorchester Lodge, F & AM. 

    Mr. Hickman has been four times married.  His present wife was formerly Miss Harriet Cochrane of Dorchester.  His only child, Charles S Hickman, is the son of his third wife, whose maiden name was Margaret Furnes." 
    Linked to Mary Campbell
    Margaret Furnes
    John Hickman
    John Hickman
    William Hickman
    Family: William Hickman / Margaret Furnes 

  •  Notes 
    • The cover page reads:

      Biographical Review - This volume contains Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of the Province of New Brunswick under the Editorial Supervision of I Allen Jack, QC, DCL - "Biography is the most universally pleasant, universally profitable, of all reading." - Carlyle.  At the bottom of the cover it reads Boston - Biographical Review Publishing Company - 15 Court Square - 1900.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Bob Hickman  
      To: jhowell@jhowell.com
      Cc: Charlie Hickman   ; Judy Morison  
      Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10:09 PM
      Subject: Have you actually see the document ...

      Biographical Review  by I Allen Jack, which is used a reference in NB Archives.  I was on the web site tonight and remembered that many years ago Sylvia Yeoman, at that time a local historian/resident/Keillor House creator, allowed me to photocopy - to the best of my ability - the Hickman portion of this huge book she had in her possession.  I just located my copy.  I can have a copy of it available this summer but rather than wait I thought I would share with you what I have.....