In the last few weeks some new information surfaced on the Hickman branch of the Howell line that has it's North American origins in New Brunswick, Canada. (click on the link above to see the relationships between Hickman and Howell)
Annie's grandfather, John Hickman was born in Londonderry, Ireland and came to New Brunswick on a sailing ship in 1817. The ship arrived in Halifax, NS and he settled in Dorchester, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, which borders western Nova Scotia at the northern tip of the Bay of Fundy.
Annies father, Joseph Hickman, also lived in Dorchester and was a shipbuilder. Apparently several members of this Hickman family were involved in shipbuilding and also owned ships. The Keillor house museum web says: " At one point, fleets owned by the Chapman, Hickman, and Palmer families were known on the seven seas."
So...if I were to make a guess (and this is purely a guess!!) the connection between the Hickman family and the Davison family may have started as a business relationship between Edward Doran Davison Sr. (1819-1894) and Joseph Hickman (1821-1889). The Nova Scotia lumberman who shipped all over the world, and his New Brunswick neighbor who built wooden ships that plied the seven seas.
Thanks to some research and an email from a kind reader of this blog we now have the answer to the "John Howell bottle" mystery previously mentioned in the comments dated July 4-6, 2004.
An article in the newsletter of "The Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association" (see: http://ah.bfn.org/h/stockyd/jab/) explains as follows:
"As we continued to go deeper we hit groundwater which required that we don our barn boots and rubber gloves. On the bottom of the privy amidst the trash were floorboards that went in a vertical and horizontal pattern. Wedged under these boards were bottles. I pulled out a John Howell squat soda and turned to hand it to my son, Jacob, while in the privy next to me Monte was handing over the exact same bottle. Howell was in business in Buffalo from 1841 until his death in 1888. He began as a employee of Burr & Waters, started his own company with a gentlemen by the name of Smith and began his own business sometime after the Civil War. He was recognized throughout the country as a leader among the makers of pop soda water and mineral waters. His firm then continued under the auspices of his sons."
I am not aware of any family connection to this John Howell!