I was delighted that Skeets grand niece via Eliza Hickman and daughter, Louise Hickman Dillon, responded in the comments section and seemed eager to learn more about the family.
Joseph M. Hickman, born 1868, married Lida Cramer, the daughter of Joseph Bareford and Eliza Johnson Cramer, born 1867. The marriage took place on March 1, 1891 in the Methodist Church parsonage adjacent to the church on Route 9 in New Gretna.
Joseph and Lida Hickman raised their children in Saint Paul's Methodist Church as evidenced by the following listing of names and birth dates on page 116 of the Baptism Section of the New Gretna Methodist Record Book.
Joseph and Lida eventually built a house on Allentown Road, now North Maple Avenue, and raised a large family. The small rise on Allentown Road where the Hickman house sits was called Hickman's Hill by the old timers.
March 1, 2014 photo by Pete Stemmer
The 1910 Bass River Township census lists the the Joseph and Lida Hickman family as living on Allentown Road with nine children.
Lida passed away in February, 1929 at age 62.
Captain Joe's daughter, Elizabeth Hickman Schutte (See Hickman Child #7 below), and her husband, George, held a gala 70th birthday party as reported in the in March 3, 1938 edition of the Tuckerton Beacon. Many family members and New Gretna friends of Captain Joe attended.
Contrary to a typographical error in his obituary, Captain Joe was placed to rest in the family plot in the West section of Miller Cemetery in New Gretna where he is resting beside his wife, Lida.
Some information and photos that I have collected about Joseph and Lida Hickman's children are found below.
1. Stella Richardson Hickman was born November 4, 1891.
She married, sometime between 1910 and 1916, Charles H. Pendleton who lived with his parents, Charles and Eva Pendleton, in 1910, on Allentown Road in New Gretna, just up the road from the Joseph Hickman homestead. Charles, Sr. and Eva are listed as being born in Connecticut. Charles H. is listed as being born in Iowa.
By the 1920 census, Charles H. and Stella were renting a residence on Toms River Road in Jackson, N.J. They had a 6 year old son, Charles F., and a 3 year old daughter, Elinor M.
By the 1940 Federal Census, Stella, noted as divorced and listed as the Head of the Household, was living in Lakewood with her two children, Eleanor, age 23, and Fred, age 26, and listed as Charles F. in the 1920 census.
Stella stayed in contact with her father, Joe Hickman, and the rest of her Hickman family by making many visits to the New Gretna family homestead throughout the years.
Unfortunately, I have no definitive information regarding Stella's death, except the following Social Security death record which seems likely to be Stella Hickman Pendleton as her name, parents, and her birth year match the New Jersey Birth Record listed above. Her place of burial is unknown.
2. George Orville Hickman - born August 15, 1894, died 1925.
Following is Orville's World War I Draft Card, issued June 5, 1917, which lists him as single and living in New Gretna and self employed as a bayman.
Orville married, in West Creek, Theora Lillian McAnney, daughter of John V. and Sophie Ford McAnney.
He worked for the Atlantic City Electric Company and was killed in a tragic accident when sawing a tree limb which touched a live wire.
Orville and Theora had a son George Richard Hickman, known as Richie by the family.
After Orville's death in 1925, Theora married at West Creek on September 5, 1926, Richard G. Cramer, son of Charles and Laura Elberson Cramer.
3. Joseph Aubrey Hickman - born April 6, 1897. Married Della Loveland McAnney, daughter of Reuben A. and Mary Eliza Mathis Loveland.
Following is a copy of Aubrey's World War I draft card which shows his first name as Joseph. He was living on Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City and employed by Edward L. Bader at the time of the card's issue on June 5, 1918.
Aubrey passed away on October 16, 1959.
4. Walter Hickman, born March 24,1898.
I don't know much about Walter. A brief mention, in the February 17, 1938 edition of the Tuckerton Beacon, of Walter and his wife and daughter, of Rahway, NJ, visiting his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Schutte, indicates that Walter had previously moved out of New Gretna.
A look at the 1930 Federal Census finds Walter living on West Lake Street in Rahway, NJ with his wife, Martha Schutte, and 5 year old daughter, Dorothy.
Walter's widowed mother-in-law, Sophie Schutte, is living in the household. She is also the mother of George Schutte who married Walter's sister, Elizabeth (See Hickman Child #7 below).
The 1920 Federal Census confirms that Martha and George Schutte were siblings. We see their widowed mother, Sophie, raising her two children at their residence on Armstrong Avenue in Jersey City. Little did they know, at that time, that they would marry into the same New Gretna Hickman family.
5. Gerald Willetts "Skeets" Hickman - born September 23, 1900 and married Leola Stackhouse, daughter of Edmund B. and Cora J. Stackhouse. Leola was a school teacher in New Gretna for many years.
Gerald and Leola had two daughters, Lora, born October 27, 1934 who married a McDowell, and Louise, born December 29, 1945, who married a Dillon. Louise responded with a Blog comment (see above). Hopefully, she can tell us more about her childhood and present family.
Lora Jean Hickman celebrated her 5th birthday on November, 1939, with a party given in her honor by her parents.
Skeets was active in many civic organization, including the New Gretna Fire Company where he served as a Fire Captain.
Gerald was also a member of the Bass River Defense Council and involved in a door to door drive to collect aluminum for the country's war effort. The drives slogan was "Give Till It Hurts Hitler."
(l-r) Doug Lambert, Sr.; Eugene "Booter" Mathis; "Skeets" Hickman;
Walter Loveland; Norman G. Mathis; Charles Kauflin; Russell Adams;
Zeb Mathis; George Cramer; and Stanley Wiseman.
I was interested to find the following want add posted by Gerald in the November 1, 1945 edition of the Tuckerton Beacon. As Sherlock Holmes was fond of saying, "I believe something is a foot!"
Gerald and Leona Hickman had a new baby girl and Lora Jean had a new baby sister. The name of the new addition to the Hickman's South Maple Avenue household was not mentioned; however, I have a pretty good idea who the new addition to the family was. I'll give you a hint. I believe she wrote the February 24, 2014 Blog comment found near the beginning of this Blog posting.
About a month prior to the start of the 1946 school year new mom, Leola, placed an ad in the August 1, 1946 edition of the Tuckerton Beacon for help in caring for the new baby. When it came to being a career woman, Leola was ahead of her times.
Gerald passed away at the Bridgeton, NJ home of his daughter, Louise Dillon on January 4, 1974.
March 1, 2014 photo by Pete Stemmer
Leola passed away in 1991 and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Waretown NJ in the Stackhouse plot beside her parents.
6. Nettie Hickman - born October 26, 1902, died October 8, 1917 from diphtheria.
7. Elizabeth "Lib" Hickman - born 1905 , died May 19, 1991, married on March 29, 1925 at New Gretna, George F. Schutte, son of Herman and Sophie Kulze Shutte of Jersey City, NJ. They lived in the old Hickman house on Allentown Road.
George and Lib Schutte had a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Mae, born 1922. Betty married David Hilliard Kalm, son of Otto and Monica Walker Kalm, at the New Gretna Presbyterian Church on September 17, 1950. They had a son, David.
I remember a story Betty told me about being struck by lighting when a little girl. She laughingly said, "Now I know why I'm so ditsy sometimes." I later found a 1938 Tuckerton Beacon article that confirmed her story.
Betty passed away on August 5, 2006.
Elizabeth Hickman "Lib" Schutte, passed away on May 18, 1991.
Betty and her mother are buried in the Schutte family plot in the West section of Miller Cemetery in New Gretna.
George Schutte, "Lib's" husband and Betty's father, is also buried in the Schutte plot in the West section of Miller Cemetery.
8. Pauline Hickman - born 1907.
Pauline married Thomas Savarese. They had a son, Robert, and a daughter, Jeanette. The 1940 census lists the family as living on Howard Street in Philadelphia.
Pauline enjoyed her visits back to the Hickman homestead from her home in Laffette Hill, Pa.
Pauline passed away in 1994 at the age of 87. Unfortunately, the obituary is not dated.
The Lemuel and Eliza Maxwell Family lived on New York Bouvelard, now Rt. 9, in Bass River Township in 1930.
Lemuel's passed away on April 14, 1964 and is buried in West Creek. Sometime after his passing, Eliza married Elton Mathis, born September 30, 1901, the son of Benjamin W. and Mary Berry Mathis. Elton died January 23, 1981.
Eliza passed away on August 19, 1995 at the age of 85.