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Richard BICKHAM, Second Generation

Richard BICKHAM, Jr. appears to have spent the majority of his adult life in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Learn more about him and the recorded events in his life.

 2.  Richard BICKHAM, son of Richard BICKHAM and possibly Jane (Surname Unknown), was born probably about 1698 and died before 23 June 1740 in Gloucester County, New Jersey,.1  Another name for Richard was Richard BICKHAM Ju'r.   

Recorded events in his life were: 

•Will Abstract of Hannah Hains [Haines],2 a widow of Gloucester County, who wrote her will 5 December 1731. She named her daughters Sarah, the wife of John Snowden; and Mary, the wife of John Wood. Hannah's grand children were James Whitall; Hannah, Sarah, James, Henry, Jeremiah, Mary and Alice Wood; and Liddia, Hannah and William Snowden. Hannah named her Executor as her son-in-law John Wood. Witnesses to the will were Joseph Lord, Richard Bickham, Ju'r, William Wilkins, and Constantine Wood. 

•He signed the will of Hannah Hains on 5 December 1731 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.3 Richard signed his name with the addition of Jur. Other witnesses to the will were Joshua Ward, William Wilkins and Constantine Wood.  Hannah named her son-in-law John Snowden and her daughter Sarah Snowden, giving them eighteen pounds and a servant boy named Isaac Butterworth. She also left eighteen pounds to her son-in-law John Wood and daughter Mary Wood.  All the "rest and residue" of her estate was to be equally divided between her eleven grandchildren who were named as James Whiteall, Hannah Wood, Sarah Wood, James Wood, Henry Wood, Jeremiah Wood, Mary Wood, and Allice Wood, Liddia Snowden, Hannah Snowden, and William Snowden. Hannah Hains named her son-in-law John Wood as her sole Executor. 

•The inventory of Hannah Hains2 [or Haines], of Woodbury Creek, Gloucester County, was appraised by William Wilkins and Constantine Wood, on 29 November 1732. Total value of the estate was L137.15.10, and included "bonds of John Snowden, Richard Bickham, Ju'r, Tho. Wilkins, Thomas Bickham, rent due, for Redbanke, from Richard Bickham, Jur. ("from Hainses and John Wood, executors"), and a servant-boy, L20." 

•The inventory of Hannah Hains3 was made 29 November 1732 by William Wilkins and Constantine Wood.  A portion of the actual inventory is as follows: "Cash in hand  6=4=10, a bond upon John Snowden 10=0=0, a bond upon Richard Bickham Jur 10=0=0, a bond upon Thos Wilkins 5=0=0, a bond upon Thomas Bickham 10=0=0, money due for rent for Redbanke 1=3=4, money due for rent from Richard Bickham Jur 0=18=4, money due for rent from Hianeses Executors 1=16=8, money due from John Wood 18=0=0, a servant boy 20=0=0." 

•Richard was elected Overseer of the Poor, on 12 March 1734, in Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.4 

•Will Abstract of Constantine Wood,5 yeoman of Woodbury, Gloucester County. He had written his will 19 March 1735, naming his wife Alice. His real estate was settled on his sons.  To "William (the eldest) home plantation; John, land fronting on Mantos Creek, bounded on lower side by land belonging to Ward and on upper side by land of William Chester; Constantine, land fronting on Mantos Creek, between land of John Chester and that of Samuel Chester; Francis, land fronting on Delaware River, between Richard Bickham's and William Arrel's, extending to Treadway's land." He left L10 to daughter Abigail Chew, and L15 to daughter Loetitia. The Executors were named as "wife, Alice, and son, William Wood." Witnesses were William Wilkins, Richard Floyd, and Richard Bradford. 

•The inventory of Constantine Wood6 was appraised by William Wilkins and Richard Bickham, at Woodbury, on 16 June 1736. The value of the estate was L388.8.5, and included "debts due from Daniel Gant, Thomas Lucy, Thomas Wilkins, Dav. Bristo, John Clifton, John Ladd, Edward Wilson, Richard Chew, Martin Bickham." 

•Richard owned land adjoining land of Thomas Bickham on 12 February 1739 in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.7 Deed from Thomas Bickham to Martin Bickham for "piece of Swamp Land or Meadow Ground . . . near the Head of the Title of little Timber Creek and adjoins to some Land of Richard Bickham . . ." 

•Pioneer Roads, 1739-1743, 21 May 1739, Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.8 Gloucester, Whereas application hath been Made to us Whose Names are hereunto Subscribed, Surveyors Chosen and appointed for the township of Depford and Grenwich, Within the County afore Sd & province of New Jersey according to the derrection of the act of Generall assembly of the province aforesd as in such Causes is made and provided by divers of the inhabatances of the town Ship of Depford a for Sd, for 3 two Rod Roads to be Laid out from a Road Laid out from the Kings Road to a Scool hous Standing on Wm. Woods Land begining by ye Sd Scool house So a Long the Line betw Wm. Woods and tradways Land to the first Corner thence a Streight Corse to a thourafair where the Road now goath, thence a Stright Corse avoiding the Swampts to John MadSons orchard and so End; ye Second Road begining att peter Mad Sons Line att ye Side of his feeld; thence a Long the Cooting Road avoiding the brooks to ye first Run att the head of John Madsons Land; thence a Long the said Road avoiding the brooks and Swamps to ye Soond Run; thence a direct cors to the Corner of the widow Browns fence avoiding ye Swamps & gulles, So down the sd Widow Browns Line to Gabriel Rambos corner; thence to the Kings Road a bove Gabrol Rambos home place, avoiding the Swamps and So ends; ye third begining att ye upor corner of ye widow browns line, So down the old Botton Road to the Line of John Rambo and al ford, & So ends. In consideration of the application we have there by Laid out ye Roads a bove mentioned, as witness our hands this twenty-first day of May one housand Seven hundred thirty and nine 1739. Robert Zane, Richard Bickham, Michael Chew, Moses Ward. 

•Will abstract of Richard Bickham,9Yeoman of Gloucester County, New Jersey. The will was written 21 November 1739. "Eldest son, Henry Bickham, when 21, to have easterly side of plantation to easterly corner of Thomas Bickham's land; thence to Oule Pond, down to Delaware River. Son, Richard Bickham, to have rest of plantation when 21. Above sons, Henry and Richard to have "Seader Swamps." Legacies to daughters, Sarah, Ann and Mary Bickham, when 21. Executors were wife Mary, and Abraham Chattin. Witnesses were Walter Fawcet, Martin Bickham, and William Wood. The will was affirmed 14 July 1740. 

•The Will of Richard Bickham, Yeoman, was written 21 November 1739, in Gloucester County, New Jersey.1 "Being Sick and Weak of body . . . unto my oldest son Henry Bickham . . . unto my Son Richard Bickham . . . Unto my Daughter Sarah Bickham . . . Unto my daughter Ann Bickham . . . Unto my Daughter Mary Bickham . . . Appoint my Loving Wife Mary Bickham and my Loving Friend Abraham Chattin Executors . . . " All children under the age of twenty-one. Witnesses were Walter Fawcet, Martin Bickham, and William Wood. 

•The Inventory1 of Richard Bickham was made on 23 June 1740, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, by Thomas Wilkins and Martin Bickham. The amount of the estate was L251.14.00. 

•Richard BICKHAM's will was proved 14 July 1740.1   

Richard married Mary WOOD in March 1725 in Haddonfield Mm, Gloucester County, New Jersey.10   

Children from this marriage were: 

   i.  Sarah BICKHAM was born on 6 November 1726 in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey11 and died on 4 November 1793 in Gloucester County, New Jersey, at age 66. She married James HINCHMAN, 11 May 1752, in Gloucester County, New Jersey.12, 13 James was the son of Joseph and Sarah HINCHMAN.   

5 ii.  Henry BICKHAM was born about 1728.14 

6 iii.  Richard BICKHAM was born about 1730 and died bef 4 Sept 1798.15 

  iv.  Ann BICKHAM was born on 22 December 1734.16 She married Peter JUSTICE, 13 February 1764, in Salem County, New Jersey.17, 18

   v.  Mary BICKHAM was born about 1736. 

Sources:

 

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

2          William Nelson, edited by, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc., Vol. II (1730-1750), (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1901), pg. 211, Will Abstract of Hannah Hains. 

3          New Jersey State Archives, File 151H, Liber 3, p 233, Will & Inventory of Hannah Hains.  Copy obtained in August 2003.

4          Thos. Cushing, M.D. and Charles E. Sheppard, Esq., History of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties, New Jersey, (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), pg 189a.   Pioneer Records, 1733/4. - The earliest records that have, by courtesy or otherwise, fallen into our hands relating to the early business interests of this township bear the above date, and read as follows: at meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town Ship of Depford the 12 day March anod 1733/4 the following officers were chosen viz . . . Richard Bickham, Robert Downs, overseirs of ye poor; . . .". 

5          William Nelson, edited by, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc., Vol. II (1730-1750), (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1901), pg. 539-540, Will Abstract of Constantine Ward. 

6          Ibid, pg. 539-540, Will Abstract of Constantine Wood. 

7          New Jersey State Archives, Colonial Deeds No. A-L 155, 12 February 1739, Thomas Bickham to Martin Bickham, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Copy obtained in August 2003.

8          Thos. Cushing, M.D. and Charles E. Sheppard, Esq., History of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties, New Jersey, (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), pg 191. 

9          William Nelson, edited by, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc., Vol. II (1730-1750), (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1901), pg 44, Will Abstract of Richard Bickham. 

10         Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol. 3, p. 64.   Records of Newton and Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. Declarations of Intentions. Richard Bickham, Jr. and Mary Wood, 1st mo. 1725. 

11         Charlotte Meldrum & John Pitts Launey, Early Church Records of Gloucester County, NJ, page 5.   Child of Richard Bickham and Mary, his wife of Woodbury: Sarah Bickham, b. 6th da, 9th mo, 1726.

12         Charlotte Meldrum & John Pitts Launey, Early Church Records of Gloucester County, NJ, pg 79. 5th mo, 11th da. 1752. James Hinchman, son of Joseph, dec'd and Sarah Hinchman, and Sarah Bickham, dau of Richard, dec'd and Mary (Wood) Bickham.

13         Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol 3, pg 112. Repository: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg, PA. Records of Haddonfield MM. James Hinchman, son of Joseph, dec'd, and Sarah Bickham, dau. of Richard, dec'd, 45h mo., 1752.

14         New Jersey State Archives, Guardianship of Henry Bickham, 1748, File No. 638H, Gloucester County, New Jersey.   "Whereas Henry Bickham an infant of the age of nineteen years and upward . . . ".  Copy obtained in September 1999.

15         Notices of Marriages & Deaths in Poulson's American Daily Advertiser, 1781-1799, pg 296.   Deaths 1798: Bickham, Richard (Date of paper Sept. 4, 1798). 

16         Edith M. Davis Locke, Descendants of the Rev. Larrs Karlsson Lock (1604-1688), (The Gloucester County Historical Society, 1986), pg 10. Research by Barbara McCormick.

17         Marriage Index: New Jersey, 1680-1900. Repository: CD in Personal Library. Salem County Court Records, Film #1848572. Bickham, Ann. Justice, Peter. 13 Feb. 1764. Salem.

18         William Nelson, New Jersey Marriage Records 1665 - 1800. (Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1900), pg 47. Repository: CD in Personal Library. The Marriage Ceremony, Female B. Bickham, Ann, Salem, and Peter Justice, Salem, 1764 Feb. 13. 

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