John Lewis Hickman

John Lewis Hickman, Jr.
1833 - 1913


Section 4. The subject of this sketch was born in Boone County, Missouri October 29, 1833.  David M. Hickman, his father, was a native of Virginia, but early moved to Kentucky with his parents and located in Bourbon County, near Paris, where he grew to manhood. He married Miss Cornelia Bryan, who was born while her mother was in a fort near Lexington, Kentucky, when attacked by Indians. Her father served in the war of manhood. He married Miss Cornelia Bryan, who was born while her mother was in a fort near Lexington, Kentucky, when attacked by Indians.  Her father served in the war of 1812, and commanded a company at the battle of Fort Meigs, and was wounded.  David M. Hickman was one of the prominent men of Bourbon County, and politically was identified with the old Wig party, serving as sheriff of that county.  He came to Missouri in 1823, and filled several important positions in Boone County, and was a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1844. He served as a member of the legislature from Boone County for several terms. He died there in 1850. John L. Hickman spent his youth on his fathers farm and at school. He graduated at the State University in 1853, and attended the law department of Harvard University, where he graduated in 1855.  After completing his collegiate course he became engaged in the stock business and farming in his native county.  In the spring of 1878, he moved to Bates County, and settled on his present farm (Poplar Heights Farm). He has 1600 acres of land, all under fence, with good improvements.  There are 1,100 acres in pasture, mostly timothy.  His large residence (this is the main house at Poplar Heights Farm) is located on the high rolling prairie overlooking the surrounding country, and he has a commodious barn, ice house and outbuildings, and a young orchard. He is extensively interested in the stock business, and has some thoroughbred short-horn cattle, and is one of the leading dealers of Bates County. Mr. Hickman was married in Cooper County, in November, 1858, to Miss Mary Walker, a daughter of Judge A. S. Walker (and she is the sister of John R. Walker), of that county.  She is a native of the state, and is a lady of refinement and culture. She was educated at Boonville. Mr. And Mrs. Hickman have three children:  Walker, Cornelia, and Mary. They have lost one, John L. who died in Boone County in 1877.

    The History of Cass and Bates Counties Missouri; published by National Historical Company, St. Joseph, Missouri 1883; Page 1266

We have found genealogy family tree for him going back through Virginia to England,. An interesting note is - back several generations on Hickmanís line to the McClanahan/Strother branch, This line also descends through a sibling and eventually ends with Brian Phillips, Executive Director of the Jones-Seelinger Johannes Family Foundation that operate Poplar Heights Farm.

Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri










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