Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann

2016: I am currently working on a book about my Hickok ancestors: Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann; The Heritage and Legacy of the Daughters of Two Hannah Hickoks, 1635–1906.

November, 2021, Book bio for Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann
Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann presents two first cousins named Hannah as their Hickok family story unfolds through nearly three hundred years of Connecticut and United States history. 

The narrative focuses on Hannah Hickok Smith and her daughters Abby, Laurilla, Zephina, Cyrinthia, and Julia (in Glastenbury, Connecticut) and the younger cousin, Hannah Hickok Eldred and her daughter Mary Ann (in Lumberland, New York).

Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann examines the influence that the Bible, the Magna Carta, and events in 1600’s Old and New England had on people who, in later centuries, opposed “taxation without representation,” provided education for women, fought against slavery, or endorsed the right of women to vote.

Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann highlights American historical figures Marquis de Lafayette (a Revolutionary War hero), Sarah Pierce and Emma Hart Willard (advocates for girls’ education), William Lloyd Garrison, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Lucy Stone (abolitionists who endorsed a woman’s right to vote).

Abby and Julia Smith are featured in the 1870s when the elderly sisters gained national attention as they confronted their town’s unfair taxes and questioned why women in the United States could not vote. The Misses Smith’s articulate letters and speeches (sometimes sarcastic, but never hateful) recalled principles from history and the Bible to challenge those in power to do what was reasonable and right.

Sources for Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann include 1680s land deeds; 1769–1891 journals, diaries, and letters; original newspaper accounts and books (some online); records from historical societies and town clerks; and recent historical books.

The 150 sidebars, 2 family trees, 330-year timeline, 36 poems, and 320 images (including 14 letters, 14 old and new maps, and 7 journal pages) provide glimpses into long ago times that still have relevance. Researchers will appreciate the 14 pages of endnotes and the full index which lists over 1,500 people, places, and events. 

September 2016 Update

I continue to work on my Hickok ancestors’ book. The last month or so I have researched some of the political, economical, and religious reasons people left England in the 1630s.

I recently purchased Pioneer Settlers of Troy Grove, Illinois (Hickok, Andrews, and others) by Edith Andrews Harmon, originally published in 1973.

I believe that Edith was a grand niece of “Wild Bill Hickok.” Wild Bill and my Hickok ancestors descended from Joseph and Mary Carpenter Hickok. Joseph was the younger son of William and Elizabeth Hitchcock.

Pioneer Settlers has some very helpful, well-researched information. A discussion of possible ancestors of William Hitchcock who sailed from London in 1635 on the Plaine Joan was helpful. Though there is no conclusive document as to William’s ancestors.

April 10, 2016

I am looking for family stories from the 1700s or even 1600s from descendants of the following people who lived in Southbury (first Woodbury), Connecticut:

Ebenezer Hinman and Elizabeth Pierce

John Pierce and Comfort Jenner

Joseph Hinman and Esther Downs

Samuel Jenner and Hannah Hinman

John Pierce and Ann Huthwitt

Captain Titus Hinman and Hannah Coe

Samuel Munn and Abigail Stiles

Benjamin Hicock and Hannah Skeel

Solomon Johnson and Mary Hickok

Solomon Johnson and Hannah Noble

Titus Hinman Jr. and Sarah Noble

Andrew Hinman and Mary Noble

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