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  • Name John Hickman  [2
    Birth Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    FamilySearch ID LTJQ-KC1 
    FamilySearch URL 
    Death Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5009  Main
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2020 

     1. Rosanna Hickman   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. John Hickman,   b. 1786, County Derry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Sep 1856 (Age 70 years)
    Family ID F1976  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - - Londonderry, Ireland Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Battle of Waterloo
    Battle of Waterloo
    John Hickman and five of his brothers enlisted in the British army. His brothers were all killed in this famous battle..

  • Notes 
    • From Alllen I. Jack's Biographical review pages 181-182:

      "John Hickman, Sr. ... 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." 

      From the web site of The Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick:

      "Allen Jack’s Biographical Review, pages 181-182 states that John Hickman Sr. was born in Holland and came to County Derry, Ireland. He and five brothers enlisted in the British Army. All of his brothers were killed at Waterloo. John Sr. settled in Derry to care for his aged parents. "

      JSH notes:

      The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815 was Napoleon Bonaparte's last battle. The Hickmans were probably part of the Anglo-Allied Army under Wellington which consisted of 106,000 men from British, Dutch/Belgian, and minor German states - There were 15,000 casualties from this force - of which we are to assume include the 5 Hickman brothers to John. [4]
    • (Research):Charles Hickman shows a sister Rosanna Hickman m. George Robinson, residence 1821 Miramichi, NB.

      Notre Dame Bay Region - Twillingate Sun and Northern Weekly Advertiser January 
      May 31, 1884 (local news) - The schooner Rosana Hickman, of Grand Bank, arrived there from the Banks on the 12th inst., wth 250 quintals fish after a three week trip; reports the fish fairly plentiful on the southern side of the Grand Bank.


      Mentions of Sir John Hickman in "The Mayflower Pilgrims: Roots of Puritan....."by David Beale.

      "Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England (due E of Manchester) - A small market town on the banks of the River Trent. Gainsborough Old Hall stands in the centre of the town and is a magnificent example of a medieval manor house.  It was here that Sir William Hickman allowed John Smyth and the separatist congregation to worship in peace after they were outlawed in 1604.  Visitors can see room settings of 1607 and an exhibition devoted to the Mayflower Pilgrims"

      "In 1602 John Smyth was dismissed by his employer the Bishop of Lincoln and moved to Gainsborough, where his group of 60 or 70 Separatists were allowed to worship secretly in Gainsborough Old Hall by its owner Sir William Hickman. As Richard Clyfton was forced to resign his position in the Church of England in 1604, the number of Separatists grew. In late 1606 a second Separatist church was founded at Scrooby Manor."

      "In Gainsborough, William Hickman was under pressure from the Bishop of Lincoln for encouraging the Separatists, whilst at Scrooby the activities of William Brewster were being scrutinised by the Archbishop of York. The decision was made to escape to Holland and join the other Separatists there.
      Lacking the necessary permits, John Smyth and at least 40 of his Gainsborough congregation left for Holland in the winter of 1607/8. After their journey from Gainsborough docks to Amsterdam they joined the 300 or so other exiles. The Scrooby congregation,who had hired a ship from Boston, were betrayed by the captain, but after a spell in prison eventually joined the group in 1608."

      For photos of Pilgrim related sites in Holland today:


      If John's son b. 1786 then John Sr. say at least 20 yrs old when his son was b. So John Sr. b. cir 1766 - and was 49 in 1815 when he and his bros went to Waterloo.  If he had John Sr. when he was 30 yrs old, he was b. 1756 and was 59 during Waterloo. 

      Chalmers Biographical Dictionary Volume 17 pp. 456-7, has a Henry Hickman, native of Worcestershire, England, educated at Cambridge, removed to Oxford in 1647. removed to Holland, then removed to Sturbridge, then back to Holland and preached in the English Church at Leyden, Holland, where he died in 1692. He wrote several treatises in defense of the "non-conformists", which souds a lot like he wrote in support of the separatists and Pilgrims that were in Leyden before him and that left on the Mayflower - Perhaps an ancestor to John Hickman b. Holland? If he was 70 when he died then b. 1620 - the same year the Mayflower landed in the New World.

      Derry Genealogy Centre (fee) -

      Derry Births & Baptism's search (fee):

      He does not appear on the Irish Freeholders Records database

      "Freeholders' records are lists of people entitled to vote, or of people who voted, at elections. A freeholder was a man who owned his land outright (in fee) or who held it by lease which could be for one or more lives (for example, his own life or for the lives of other people named in the lease). From 1727 to 1793 only Protestants with a freehold worth at least 40 shillings a year were legally permitted to vote. Between 1793 and 1829 both Protestants and Catholics with 40 shilling freeholds could vote, but in 1829 the franchise level was increased to 10 pounds, so 40 shilling freeholders were no longer allowed to vote. This last measure increased the influence of landlords by effectively confining membership of Parliament to the propertied or monied classes."

      No idea if this relates but from Ships of the 18th Century Royal Navy "FIREBRAND,8. fireship (1694 Limehouse. Wrecked 1707) 1695 Capt. John HICKMAN, appointed commander on 14 February. He was appointed to the HAWKE fireship in 1700. " and then "HAWKE,8, fireship (1690 Wapping. Used as foundation 1712)
      1693 Capt. John ANDERSON, 24 February 1693,one of the vessels sent to the West Indies under Sir Francis WHEELER.1696 Capt. Richard BROWN, Capt. John HICKMAN, died 1707. "

      More ideas - this time from

      We know that there are Hickmans in both England and Germany. My grandfather always said that our American Hickmans came from England.

      Unfortunately, Hickman is one of the lines for which I have not traced back across the Atlantic.

      But, I am intrigued by this fascinating e-mail message from my new cyber friend in England, Mark Ward-Pointing, who is also a Hickman descendant, through his maternal line. His e-mail address is . Here is a quote from his intriguing 16 March 2002 e-mail message:

      Hickman is not a common surname beyond the area known as the Black Country, where it seems to originate. The Black Country is historically the birthplace of the industrial revolution and has a character of its own. It is located in the West Midlands in central England, to the west of Birmingham, and takes its name from the smoky, grimy atmosphere created by the many small factories and foundries which were sited there in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

      The Black Country is really a collection of large and small towns which became one large industrial area - Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, West Bromwich, Tipton, Quarry Bank, Gornal and Halesowen being the main towns. I know that my Hickman family came from Wolverhampton. If you wanted to trace ancestors back to England, this would be the likeliest place to find them.

      Unfortunately your ancestors would have migrated to America before public records of births, marriages and deaths began here (1836), but they would probably be in church records somewhere. Does your family have links with what we call non-conformist churches - Wesleyans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists etc.? Many Black Country people did. My Hickman family however were Catholics! [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S1129] Irish Canadian Cultural Association, (,

    3. [S1161] I. Allen Jack, QC, DCL, Allen Jack - Biographical Rev. NB, (Published 1900 by the Boston Biographical Review Publishing Company, 15 Court Square, Boston, MA 1900), p. 181 - 182.

    4. [S1161] I. Allen Jack, QC, DCL, Allen Jack - Biographical Rev. NB, (Published 1900 by the Boston Biographical Review Publishing Company, 15 Court Square, Boston, MA 1900), p. 181-182.

    5. [S1168] Alexander Chalmers, F.S.A., Chalmers Biographical Dictionary, (London 1814 (reprint by AMS Press, Inc. New York, N.Y.)), Vol 17 - p. 456-457 Henry Hickman of Leyden Holland.