April 28, 2005

Planning a visit to The Maritimes

As part of an extended tour of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, we are most looking forward to saying hello to our cousins attending the Hickman family reunion this summer in lovely Dorchester, New Brunswick, Canada!

The reunion will take place at the original Joseph Hickman House, a home that has continuously remained in the Hickman family since Joseph built it in 1834.

Cousin Judy Hickman Morison writes:

"....an old photo of the house taken by Albert Hickman and was accessed through the archives in Fredericton. There are no barns on the property now - in it's heyday it was said to be an experimental farm. It was build by my great great grandfather Joseph Hickman (1821-1889) and run following his death by John Howard Hickman..."

Joseph Hickman is our Ellen M. "Nellie" (Davison) Howell's grandfather. Our Hickman cousins, some living in the home today, and with whom I am now regularly corresponding, all descend from Nellie's mother's (Alma Minora (Hickman) Davison's) younger brother by 3 years, John Howard Hickman (1858 - 1921).

To visualize click here

It is particularly interesting to be re-connected with the Hickman branch of the family. The lack of contact and knowledge from our end was likely due to a series of events that started with the untimely death of Nellies mother, Alma Hickman, at age 29, when Nellie was only 4 years old and living in Bridgewater, NS - 180 miles from her relatives in New Brunswick.

Plans for our trip "up north" are now underway!

Posted by jhowell at April 28, 2005 10:41 AM