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George W. Hickman,

formerly of Posey Township, was born in Maryland, in 1807. He was a son of Abel Hickman, who came to this county with his family in 1819, and settled north of Patriot. He resided in this township till his death in 1879, having removed to the "bottoms" in 1846. He married Rosana Merit, daughter of Archibald Merit, and reared seven children, all of whom are still living: Joshua M., Mary J., Sarah M., Ann E., James A., Eliza M. and Silas W. In his early years the father did some flat-boating, but gave it up in 1846, and confined himself to the farm exclusively. He died in 1879; his wife died August 19, 1853. Mr. Hickman was a member of the I.O.O.F., and a good farmer, owning 245 acres of land. His son, James A. Hickman, born in this county in 1840, has always engaged in farming. In 1862 he married Martha J. Wigal, daughter of Jacob and Sarah R. (Douglass) Wigal, old residents of the county. Their two children are Albert S. and Jessie J. Mr. Hickman is president of the Switzerland and Ohio County Agricultural society, and takes quite an interest in the same; member of the official board for seven years. Has 165 acres of good bottom land, and is otherwise well provided for.