The following document might not seem so unusual. A group of neighbors petitioning the county commission to build a road to make transportation easier. However, some of those neighbors included some members of the Hickman family, and the petition provides us with examples of their signatures. In addition to Edwin Temple Hickman, the document was signed by his sons William Adams, James Barton, and Josiah Harvey Hickman. Another signer was George Burckhardt, who being an attorney probably also wrote it, and whose daughter Bernetta eloped with Bill Hickman, causing a major rift in the family that didn't heal for many years. It is not known if the road was constructed, or if it was the same road down which Bill and Bernetta later traveled on their way to Nauvoo after having become Mormons.