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Richard BICKHAM of New Jersey

Richard BICKHAM is first "found" in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1698. He then settled in Evesham Township, and later moved to Gloucester County, New Jersey.  He was married to Jane, surname unknown. She may have been a second wife and not the mother of the listed children.

  1.  Richard BICKHAM was born probably about 1668 and died after 20 July 1732.1  Other names for Richard were Richard BICKAM 2, Richard BICKHAM , Weaver 3, 4, and Richard BICKHAM, Yeoman. 1 

             Recorded events in his life were: 

•At the Court of Quarter Sessions, in Burlington, New Jersey, on 9 May 16985, Richard Bickam [no h] was a member of the Traverse Jury. 

•He purchased land &/or property from John Hudson & Henry Burr, on 2 June 1698, in Burlington, New Jersey.6 "Lott of land & dwelling house was by ye sd Richard Bickham late purchased of John Hudson & Henry Burr (Executors of ye last Will & Testament of Mary Hudson ye late widow of Robt Hudson late of Burlington aforesd deceased) by virtue of Indenture of bargain & sale bearing date ye second Day of June anno 1698 . . ." 

•Richard was a weaver “of or near” Burlington, New Jersey, on 8 June 1699.3 

•Abstract of deed from Richard Bickham, 8 June 1699, Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey.7 "Richard Bickham of near Burlington, weaver, and George Gleave of Burlington Co., wheelwright, to Paul Engle of Germantown, Penna: cordwainer, for a house and lot in Burlington, 1/2 acre 10 perches, on the Westside of the street from Delaware R. past the house of Widow Myers to London Bridge, a corner lot, 9 perches 7 f. each on Broad and the other street; bo't by said Bickham of John Hudson and Henry Burr, executors of Mary Hudson, late widow of Robert Hudson of Burlington, dec'd." 

•He sold land &/or property to Paul Engle, on 8 June 1699, in Burlington, New Jersey.6, 8 George Gleave was also one of the sellers. "Richard Bickham of or near Burlington . . . weaver & George Gleave of ye County of Burlington . . . wheelwright . . . and Paul Engle of German Town in ye Province of Pennsylvania Cordwainer . . . all that dwelling house & Lott of land in Burlington aforesaid containing half an acre & about Ten perches lying & being on ye west side of ye street that leads from Delaware River by ye house of widow Myers towards London bridge & fronting upon Broad street on ye South being a corner Lott laid out in a square being nine perches & ten feet on every side . . ."  Witnesses were Benjamin Wheat, Henry Grubb, Thomas Rook, Justice. 

•At the Court of Quarter Sessions, in Burlington, New Jersey, on 20 February 1700,9 "The Governour and Court called the several Constables of the Severall Towns to enquire of them what they had done in pursuance of their Several Warrants directed to them to Convene the Inhabitants of their Several Townships about chuseing their Assessors and Collectors about rayseing the Provincial and County Tax. John Pain Constable of Wellingborough made answer that he called the Meeting they Mett but chose no Assessors or Collectors but he said Constable was willing to choose and pay And so were Thomas Eves  John Scott, John Hudson  Thomas Harding and Richard Bickham." 

•Will abstract of Martin Scott,10 yeoman, of Evesham, in Burlington County. Martin's will was written 19 June 1702. He named his brother John Scott as his principal heir, with legacies to brothers-in-law Thomas Lambert and Edward Lucas, sister Elizabeth Scott, cousin John Lambert, and friend Richard Bickham. "My Estate." Executors were brother John Scott, Thomas Lambert and John Lambert. Witnesses were Joshua Wright and Alce Bingham. This will was proved November 3, 1702. 

•He was mentioned in the will of Martin Scott, on 19 June 1702, in Evesham, Burlington County, New Jersey.11 "In the name of god amen I Martain Scott of Eversham in the County of Burlington being sick of body but of perfect memory Do make this my last will and testament. I give to my brother in law Thomas Lambert L70, I give to my brother in law Edward [smudged] L70, I give to my sister Elizabeth [smudged] L70, I give to my friend Richard Bickham L30, I give to my couzon John Lambert L20, and the rest of my estate I give to my brother John Scott whome I make Executor together with my brother Thomas Lambert and Couzon John Lambert of this my last will and testament whome I empower to sell and despose of all my lands goods and chattels."  This will was witnessed by Joshua Wright and Alec Bingham. 

•He purchased land &/or property from Nathaniel Pain, on 20 November 1706, in Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.12 "Two hundred Acres of Land Situate Lying and being in the Township of Evesham which the said Richard Bickham purchased of Nathaniel Pain . . . the Twentieth Day of November in the Yeare of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Six . . . " 

•Richard was a weaver in Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, on 8 January 1706.12 

•He sold land &/or property to Robert Braddock , on 8 January 1707, in Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.12, 13 "Richard Bickham late of the Township Evesham . . . Weaver . . . Robert Braddock of the Township of Waterford in the County of Gloucester . . . " Witnesses were Isaac Belongs, John Wills, and Elizabeth Evens. This deed was confirmed 12 October 1734 by witness John Willis. 

•Will Abstract of of George Smith,14 of George Smith, yeoman, of Evesham in Burlington County. George wrote his will 14 July 1714 and named his wife Jane as sole heiress and executrix of his real and personal estate. There were legacies to his brothers "James Smith of St. Martin's, Aldergate, London, chandler" and "Joseph Smith of Gressethorp, Co. of Nottingham, England, showmaker," and to his "sister Elizabeth, wife of Timothy Garland of Mansfield, Nottingham Co." Other legacies were to "Jonathan Eldrige, John Walker, senior, John Shivers, Thomas Shackle, James Smith of Evesham, Edward Clements, Timothy Hancock, Josiah Appleton's children, James Bingham's children, Richard Appleton's children, Samuel Smith's children, Richard Cumeling, John Inskip's children, Richard Bickham, William Evens, Thomas Evens, Thomas Smith junior (the last two made assistants to executrix), Francis Austin and Henry Ballinger for the poor Quakers of Evesham Meeting." Witnesses to the will were Sarah Briggs, John Briggs, and John Kay. The will was proved 9 August 1714. 

•He Purchased Land &/or Property from Robert Huchason or Hodgson, on 5 October 1714, in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.15, 16 "Robert Huchason & Sarah his wife by their Deed of Conveyance bearing date ye Fifth day of October annog Dom (1714) for the Considerations therein mentioned did Grant & Convey ye above sd land unto Richard Bickham . . . " and "Robert Hodgson & Sarah his wife by their Deed of Conveyance bearing date the Fifth day of October annog Dom 1714 for the Consideration therein mentioned did Grant & Convey the above sd Land unto Richd Bickham . . ." 

•The inventory of Samuel Territt17 was appraised by Daniel Leeds, Richard Eayre and Richard Bickham, on 6 December 1714, in Burlington, New Jersey. Total value of the estate was L32.1.6.

  Samuel Territt a "smith" of Burlington, had written his will 24 November 1714. Nicholas Martinaux was the sole heir and executor of Samuel's real and personal estate. Witnesses to the will were Richard Allison, William Cole, and Samuel Bustill. The will was proved 3 January 1714/15. 

•The inventory of James Smith18 was made by Joshua Lord and Richard Bickham, on 23 March 1727, in Gloucester County. The value of the personal estate was L93.3.3, including a servant lad valued at L12.

  James Smith was a weaver, and had written his will 10 February 1726/27. He named his wife Jane, and daughter Ruth who was under the age of 18. "Personable" estate in New Jersey and Maryland was to be gathered by his father John Smith. The large Bible was left to his daughter Ruth. If the wife should remarry and not treat the daughter well, John Cooper and John Wood were to take charge of her and her share of the estate. James' wife was named sole executrix. Witnesses to the will were William Winton, John Hutcheson, and James Lord. The will was proved 26 February. 

•He sold land &/or property to Martin Bickham, on 31 January 1732, in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.15, 19 "Whereas the said Richard Bickham by his Deed of Conveyance bearing date the Thirty first day of January annog Dom (1732) for the Consideration Therein mentioned did Grant & Convey unto Martin Bickham . . ." 

•He sold land &/or property to William Preston, on 20 July 1732, in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.1 The property was sold by Richard Bickham, yeoman, and his wife, Jane. William Preston was a mariner of Philadelphia. The property sold was three lots that were part of 20 acres. The lease and release was "delivered" in the presence of J. Backhouse, J. Mather, and William Mather.  The deed was recorded 1 September 1732. 

Assumption: Richard Bickham deeded property to his son Martin Bickham 31 November 1732. Then on 20 July 1732, Richard and his wife Jane deeded property to William Preston of Philadelphia. This deed was recorded 1 September 1732. Son Richard Bickham is called "junior" in records found up to and including 29 January 1732. In the next record found, dated 12 March 1734, he is not called "junior." The deed from Richard Bickham to Robert Braddock was "confirmed" 12 October 1734 by one of the witnesses.  It is thought that Richard Bickham (the elder) died about 1733. 

Richard married Jane (Surname Unknown).1  

Children from this marriage (or a previous marriage) were: 

2  i.  Richard BICKHAM was born est 1698 and died before 23 June 1740 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.20   

3 ii.  Thomas BICKHAM was born est 1700 and died before 17 June 1754 in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.21

  iii.  Rebecca BICKHAM was born est 1707. She married Thomas PEDRICK, 14 June 1729, in Haddonfield MM, Gloucester County, New Jersey.22   

  iv.  Hannah BICKHAM was born est 1709. She married Phillip PEDRICK, 11 August 1732, in Haddonfield MM, Gloucester County, New Jersey.23   

4 v.  Martin BICKHAM was born est 1714 and died before 4 February 1751 in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.24   

  vi.  Jane BICKHAM was born in 1718,26, 27 died on 6 January 1798 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, at age 80,26 and was buried on 6 January 1798 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Sources:

 

1        Carol Bryant, Abstracts of Chester County, Pennsylvania Land Records, Vol 2, 1729-1745, pg 18.   Lease and Release on 19 and 20 July 1732 Richard Bickham of Greenidge in the County of Glouster in the province of West New Jersey, yeoman, & Jane his wife to William Preston of the City of Phaledlphia, mariner . . . Now Richard Bickham & Jan his wife . . . grant to William Preston all 3 lots, being part of 20 acres . . . Delivered in the presence of J. Backhouse & J. Mather & William Mather. Record 1 Sep 1732. (E5:101).  Research by Melissa Archibald

2        H. Clay Reed & George J. Miller, edited by, The Burlington Court Book of West NJ, 1680-1709, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), pg. 203.   The Court of Common Pleas opened. The court Adjourns till two a Clocke in the afternoon. Post Meridem the Court of Quarter Sessions opened. Traverse Jury Thomas Eeves, John Browne, William Hunt, Thomas Renshall, William Satterthwaite, John Haines, Richard Bickam, Thomas French Junr., Mordecai Andrewes, Joseph Smith, Obadiah Hierton, Robert Chapman. 

3        New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. B 647, 8 June 1699, Richard Bickham & George Gleave to Paul Engle, Burlington County, New Jersey.   "Richard Bickham of or near Burlington . . . weaver . . .".  Copy obtained in February 2003.

4        New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. P 205, 8 January 1707, Richard Bickham to Robert Braddock, Burlington County, New Jersey.   "Richard Bickham late of the Township Evesham . . . Weaver . . .".  Copy obtained in March 2003.

5        H. Clay Reed & George J. Miller, edited by, The Burlington Court Book of West NJ, 1680-1709, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), pg. 203.   "The Court of Common Pleas opened. The court Adjourns till two a Clocke in the afternoon. Post Meridem the Court of Quarter Sessions opened. Traverse Jury Thomas Eeves, John Browne, William Hunt, Thomas Renshall, Willilam Satterthwaite, John Haines, Richard Bickam, Thomas French Junr., Mordecai Andrewes, Joseph Smith, Obadiah Hierton, Robert Chapman.". 

6        New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. B 647, 8 June 1699, Richard Bickham & George Gleave to Paul Engle, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in February 2003.

7        William Nelson, edited by, Patents and Deeds and Other Early Records of New Jersey, 1664-1703, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1982), pg 515-151, West Jersey Records, Liber B, Part II. 

8        Colonial Conveyances East & West Jersey, 1664-1794.   BICKHAM, Richard al to Engle, Paul; B 647; 6-8-1699; Burlington (City), Burlington.  Copy of page with BICKHAM listings received in March 2003 from New Jersey State Archives.

9        H. Clay Reed & George J. Miller, edited by, The Burlington Court Book of West NJ, 1680-1709, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), pgs 246-247. 

10      William Nelson, Edited by, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I (1670-1730), (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1901), pg. 410, Will Abstract of Martin Scott. 

11       New Jersey State Archives, Will and Inventory of Martin Scott, Unrecorded Vol 4, p 23.  Copy obtained in August 2003.

12      New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. P 205, 8 January 1707, Richard Bickham to Robert Braddock, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in March 2003.

13      Colonial Conveyances East & West Jersey, 1664-1794.   BICKHAM, Richard to Braddock, Robert; P 205; 1-8-1707; Evesham, Burlington.  Copy of page with BICKHAM listings received in March 2003 from New Jersey State Archives.

14      William Nelson, Edited by, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I (1670-1730), (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1901), pg. 426, Will Abstract of George Smith. 

15      New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. K 10, 10 May 1752, Sarah Bickham & Samuel Shivers to Isaac Hendrickson, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in March 2003.

16      New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. K 60, 22 July 1752, Sarah Bickham & Samuel Shivers to Isaac Ellis, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in March 2003.

17      William Nelson, Edited by, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I (1670-1730), (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1901), pg. 456, Will Abstract of Samuel Territt. 

18      Ibid, pg. 426-7, Will Abstract of James Smith. 

19      New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. K 60, 22 July 1752, Sarah Bickham & Samuel Shivers to Isaac Ellis, Gloucester County, New Jersey.   "Whereas the said Richard Bickham by his Deed of Conveyance bearing date the Thirty first day of January annog Dom (1732) for the Consideration Therein mentioned did Grant & Convey unto Martin Bickham . . .".  Copy obtained in March 2003.

20      New Jersey State Archives, Will & Inventory of Richard Bickham, 1740, File No. 251H, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in September 1999.

21       New Jersey State Archives, Will & Inventory of Thomas Bickham, Sr., 1754, File No. 528H, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in September 1999.

22       Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol 3, pg 65. Repository: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg, PA. Records of Newton and Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. Declarations of Intentions. Thos. Pedrick and Rebecca Bickham, 45th mo. 1729.

23      Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol 3, pg 66. Repository: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg, PA. Records of Newton and Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. Declarations of Intentions. Phillip Pedrick, of Salem, and Hannah Bickham, 6th mo. 1732.

24      New Jersey State Archives, Inventory of Martin Bickham, 1750, File No. 451H, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in September 1999.

25     New Jersey State Archives, File 380H, Liber 6, pg 79, Will & Inventory of Robert Gerrard.   Item one equal twelveth part I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah the wife of Martain Bickham to be paid as before expressed.".  Copy obtained in August 2003.

26      Records of Pine Street & Orange Street Monthly Meeting, pg. 737.   [No. 16]62.  Bickham, Jane  Died 1 Mo. 6 Day. 1798  80y. 

27      Records of Southern District Monthly Meeting, pg. 15.   BICKHAM Jane -bur 1-6-1798 -ae 80. 

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