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Captain Nathanial Wickham

Captain Nathanial Wickham

Male 1787 - 1844  (57 years)

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  • Name Nathanial Wickham  [1
    Title Captain 
    Born 16 Sep 1787  Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Oct 1844  Stoddard County, New Madrid, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Wickham Cemetery had grave marker that says he is buried in Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The following is referenced from Frankie Daniel Sellas' The Home Folk which was in 1985. I am always reluctant not to give credit for information that I have acquired though I used so many sources, Mrs. Sellas' book has been instrumental in my research. Many passages have been paraphrased through out the book and I have attempted to make note at each. But this section which involves my great great great grandmother and grandfather, Mary (Polly) Thompson and Nathaniel Wickham I have taken the liberty to quote verbatim from her book. I hope that she would approve and understand what a precious gift she left for her cousins.

      From The Home Folk, by Frankie Daniel Sellas, as seen on page five of her book written in 1985.

      A dark haired Nathaniel (Nat) Wickham of Yellow Creek, Montgomery County married delicately fair, red-haired Mary Thompson also of Yellow Creek. Their children were John Thompson, James, Julian Jane, Elizabeth, James Nathaniel, Samuel Goodson, Mary Louise and Robert Lewis. James and Mary Louise died as infants, and most likely Nathaniel did too.

      We find Captain Wickham's Company in Montgomery County Court records 1816-18. Captains were appointed for districts of the county. They reported taxable property, compiled census reports, and other designated duties. Tax reports listed white and black polls, town lots, stud horses, and acres of land.

      Stewart County Court Minutes

      TSLA Archives, Stewart Co. Roll 38, Minutes Vol. 1, Nov. 1819 - May 1821

      Note: page numbers included by transcriber - original pages not numbered

      161 - Monday, 1 May 1820 Court: justices Nathan Ross, John Davidson, William Curl, David Hogan, Robert Walker, Benjamin Kelly, Robert Lowry, John Turner

      - Court appoints Thomas W. Lewis overseer of the road from Bowling Green to Palmyra, up to the county line, with James Milam, Nathaniel Wickham & David Irwin’s hands to work under him

      The 1820 Census - Stewart County, Tennessee - He is found with Wife and children. 1 male under 10 ( John Thompson Wickham) 1 male 26 to 45 (Nathaniel Wickham), 2 females under 10 (Juian Jane Wickham and Elizabeth E. Wickham) 1 female 26 to 45 ( Mary Polly Thompson Wickham)
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      The 1830 Census - Montgomery County, Tennessee - Not stated page 56. He is found with Wife and Children - l male under 5, 1 male 5- 10 years old, 1 male 16-20, and 1 male 40 to 50. Also, 1 female 5 to 10 years old, 1 female 10 to 15 years old, and 1 female 30 to 40 years old. 7 persons in the household

      In 1840 Census - Stoddard County Missouri, page 25, Nathaniel next door to son in law Thomas Nesbitt who marries Julian Jane Wickham. B. 1817. In Nathaniel's household there is 1 male 10 to 15 years old (Robert Lewis Wickham B. 1828) 1 male 15 to 20 years old (Samuel Goodson Wickham B. 1823) 1 male 50 to 60 years old (Nathaniel Wickham B. 1787) 1 female 40 to 50 years old (Mary Polly Thompson Wickham B. 1790-1800)

      In 1834 he purchase a tract of land, with log house that contained 100 acres. This was to be our home place, a mile and a half from Palmyra, in Montgomery County. He was granted 4,780 acres of land that includes the home place. Uncle Tanner described the grant as "He entered from the mouth of Goldenhorn Creek to East Fork Creek".

      We find him owning land in Stewart, Dickson and Montgomery Counties, frequently buying and selling. We believe he was a land speculator. This may account for his being in Missouri where he contracted malaria and died in 1844. (He did not move his family from Tennessee). Missouri and Arkansas lands were set apart for military warrants to Tennessee veterans of the War of 1812. He had likely bought warrants for grants of land in Missouri, where the town of New Madrid now stands. At Grandma Elizabeth's death (widow of Nat's son, Robert L.) in 1920 she owned 385 acres of home place land.

      From "The history of the Catholic Church in Montgomery County" we see that Nathaniel and John Wickham were members. In the 1830's, Polly Wickham is attending Palmyra Methodist.

      Polly Thompson Wickham was a woman of staunch character. After her husband's death she managed her household of five children with solid sense. She and her sons planted the apple orchard from "slips", - seeds sprouted and transplanted, since there were no nurseries to buy from at that time.

      Once a young John Thompson brought a keg of whiskey and put it in the cellar. His mother took an axe and knocked out the bung. She ruled with a firm hand. She sold land to educate her children. Grandfather Robert had great respect for his mother.

      She took orphaned and half-orphaned children as her own. Once there was an Indian girl among her fair brood, when the area was sparsely settled and both Indians and homesteaders were on the scene.

      Across the road from the Wickham Cemetery there lies a two-story log cabin that was constructed in the 1790's by Abner Swift. In 1834 Nathaniel Wickham purchased from Abraham Baggett 100 acres and this house. The cabin remains intact,, incorporated into the house built around it. The large portion of the two-story house is made from yellow poplar trees that grew on the place and were cut and sawed at the spot.

      On July 24, 1835 Nathaniel Wickham filed Entry No. 398 fro 4,780 acres of land, adjoining the home place. Grant no. 18399 was recorded December 23, 1846 in Grant Book No. 21, Page 431. Later, parcels of this land would be sold and/or inherited by his heirs.

      In the Wickham Cemetery there are five generations as well as hired hands that lived, worked and died amongst us. Currently in 2002, Rita Wickham Johnson lives in the home place, daughter of E.T. Wickham. E. T. Wickham being the brother to Robert Lewis Wickham, my great grandfather.

      In the Wickham Cemetary a Homemade Monument made by E. T. Wickham in memory of the R.L. Wickham Family

      In Memory of the Ancestors
      of the R.L. Wickham Family
      Buried in Unknown Graves
      and outside this Cemetery
      Harvie Wickham came from
      England to America Oct. 1787
      Buried John Nolen Cemetery
      East Fork of Yellow Creek
      Nathanial Wickham buried in
      Missouri Wife Mary Thompson
      Bill Marsh buried New Madrid
      Missouri Wife Sally Spicer

      1840 Census
      Stoddard Co., Mo
      Heads of Household

      Wicham, Nathaniel
      Neasbitt, Thomas

      Probate Records
      Stoddard County, Missouri
      Vol. A 1847-1852
      Page 16, July 6, 1847

      Estate of Nathaniel Wickham, deceased --- Final Settlement
      Elijah Hill administrator of said Estate comes and presents his Final Settlement of his administration of said Estate and is charged with the sum of Sixty Three
      pg. 17
      dollars Ninety Two cents and is credited by the ... Fifty dollars Seventy cents per voucher ... 11 inclusive which leaves a balance in the ... Twenty Two cents, ordered that said administrator discharged from further Annual Settlements

      Probate Records
      Stoddard County, Missouri
      Vol. A 1847-1852
      Page 98 July 5, 1848

      Estate of Nathaniel Wickham, deceased
      Elijah Hill administrator of s... Estate comes and it appearing that on his Fin... Settlement there was a balance remaining in his... hands of the sum of Thirteen dollars Twenty T... cents whereupon said administrator presents and... several vouchers amounting in all to the sum of ... Twenty dollars and Three for which amount he is now here credited, which leaves a balance due ... said administrator of the sum of Six dollars Eighty One cents.
    Person ID I34  Archangel
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2021 

    Father Harvie Wickham,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Unmarked grave in James Nolan Cementary???? not sure of location may be on Russell Road! Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Thompson,   b. Between 1790 and 1795,   d. Aft 1860, Montgomery Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 31 Mar 1814  On a Monday Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Information provided by Family bible
    Children 
     1. Dr. John Thompson Wickham,   b. 6 Jan 1815, Yellow Creek Area, Montgomery County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1898, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     2. James Wickham,   b. 23 Sep 1816, Yellow Creek Area, Montgomery Co. Tn. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1816, Yellow Creek Area, Montgomery Co. Tn. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     3. Julian Jane Wickham,   b. 2 Oct 1817, Montgomery Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1879, Calloway, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
     4. Elizabeth E. Wickham,   b. 28 Jan 1820, Montgomery Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1862, Montgomery Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
     5. James Nathaniel Wickham,   b. 6 Jun 1821, Montgomery Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Montgomery Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Samuel Goodson Wickham,   b. 2 Mar 1823, Kentucky as shown in 1870 Census Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1904, Palmyra, Montgomery County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     7. Mary Louisa Wickham,   b. 8 Feb 1825, Yellow Creek Area, Montgomery County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1827, Yellow Creek Area, Montgomery County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [natural]
     8. Robert Lewis Wickham,   b. 26 Jun 1828, North Carolina, as shown in 1860 Census Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1892, Palmyra, Montgomery County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F39  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Sale of Home Place
    Sale of Home Place
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  • Sources 
    1. [S140] 1830 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1830; Census Place: Montgomery, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 179; Page: 56; Family History Library Film: 0024537.
      Record for Nathl Wickham