As other Hickman pages make reference to it, you may be interested to read the will of Edwin Hickman, great-grandfather to our Edwin Temple Hickman (click here to see a chart showing the relationship). Apparently the most important luxuries of life these Hickmans enjoyed was land, a feather bed, and a good slave. In that respect, in over 200 years, Hickmans haven't changed.
Extracts from the Will of Edwin Hickman of Albermarle County, Va.
Dated 4 February 1758, proved 1769.
In the name of God, Amen. Edwin Hickman of Fredericksville Parish in Albermarle Co., being sick and weak but perfectly senses and memory do make this my last Will and testament in manner and form following, viz.
I bequeath to my soul to God my creator, Insurer and in certain hopes of a joyful resurrection through the merits of mediation of Jesus Christ my redeemer and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors, hereafter named:
After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid I give and bequeath to my dear and well-beloved wife Ellionar Hickman two-thirds of all my lands. A negro woman named Dinah and her future increase and a child's part of the rest of my estate Real and personal, except some legacies left after her decease to be equally divided among all my children barring her of any of their rights, titles . . . .
I give and bequeath to my son James Hickman one-third part of a tract of land 1250 acres lying and being on the Little Fork of Rappahanock River in Culpeper County, the Plantation whereon he now lives being a part and a Negro boy named Ben to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my son Edwin Hickman one-third part of a tract of land of 1250 acres lying and being on the Little Fork of Rappahannock River in Culpeper County, the Plantation he now lives and a negro boy named Charles to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my son Richard Hickman the remaining third part of a tract of land of 1250 acres lying in the Little Fork of Rappahannock, Culpeper Co. and a Negro girl and her increase and a feather bed to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my son William Hickman four hundred and 10 acres of land being the upper part of a tract of 810 acres being the upper part of a 820 acres the quarter Plantation being part and a Negro girl named Matilder and her increase to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my son Thomas Hickman the remainder part of the aforesaid tract and a Negro boy named David and a feather bed to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna now wife of Benjamin Holladay a negro girl named Abby and her increase to her and her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Lettice Hickman now wife to Benjamin Isbell a Negro girl named Alice and her increase to her and her heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Hickman a Negro girl named Grace and her increase and a feather bed to her and her heirs forever.
I give the last of my estate both real and personal to be equally divided among all my children without appraisement. Lastly I nominate and appoint my loving wife Ellioner Hickman and my son Richard Hickman and my son Thomas Hickman executors of this my last Will and testament as witness my hand and seal this 4 Feb. 1758.
Signed, Edwin Hickman
Codice: My wish and desire is that whereas all those mentioned above is deceased and absent to nominate my son James Hickman, Edwin Hickman and William Hickman executors of this my last Will and testament. Witness my hand this 10th day of Oct. 1765.
Whereas my son Richard Hickman is dead my will and desire is that my son-in-law Joseph Smith may have the tract of land left to my son Richard Hickman in my Will.
Witness my hand and seal 30th day June 1769, Will Proved November, 1769.
--Hope A. Hilton, Edwin and Elender Webber Hickman:
Some Progenitors and Descendents. Early Pioneers of
Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Utah,
3rd Edition, 1978, pp. 20-22.
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