From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 413
Charles died as a result of mortal injuries received at Quincy,
Massachusetts, in train service, dying only a few hours after
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 254
Joseph's farm was valued at $2,400 in United States sensus of 1850
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 387
Joseph conducted a large business as a manufacturer of paper boxes in Boston, Massachusetts.
His residence was in Malden, Massachusetts, where he and his family held high social rank in the City and all were deeply interested in the family history.
He was the treasurer of the Malden Masonic Association from 1886
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 254
Larkin served in the Civil War, in the Union Army of the Cumberland, 1864-5
he lived at Watseka, Illinois in 1881
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 254
Rev Ila J was a methodist preacher of Indiana, and wrote concerning his own father's family in 1882.
He knew nothing of his New England ancestry, all his family records had been lost.
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 62 and 63
Oliver and Lydia (Bicknell) Parker were of the pioneers in the wilds of Maine, then a part of the territory of Massachusetts.
Oliver was born in Natick, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and in 1789, three years after his marriage, removed from Weymouth with his wife, Lydia Bicknell, and two daughters, Susan and Lydia, the former two years old and the younger only nine months, to Frankfort, a town on the Penobscot River, which was incorporated that year.
He settled on the "Parker farm," built a log house, cleared the forests of spruce and pine for his first planting, and brought his little family from Weymouth.
The first settlers got their living by hunting deer, moose, beaver and muskrats, by fishing in the Penobscot, and by an abundance of wild fowl, ducks and geese.
For several years the early settlers had a hard struggle for their support, but the natural food supplies and a fruitful soil soon gave the Parker family an abundance,, and eight children were born on the Penobscot. Mrs. Parker was endowed with great ability and energy, and was a woman of fine character and of great worth to the new settlement.
Lydia's Children are listed in T.W. Bicknell's 1913 book on pages 147 -151
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 255 and 256
Charles Oklfield was born at West Walton, Northrup County,
England, April 6, 1834; with his parents he came to America in
1846, landing at New Orleans, and going up the Mississippi River
and overland by stage to Chicago; the next year they went to
Dupage County, Ill.
Mr. Oldfield received part of his education
at Wheaton College, Illinois; he was converted when seventeen,
and was ordained at Add, Ia., on Sept. 23, 1859; his first pastorate
was at Sac City, Ia., where he preached three years, then
four years in charge of the Baptist Church at his old home, Down-
ers Grove, Ill.
In 1866 he was called to the Baptist Church at
Cedar Springs, serving four years, when he was called to the
Baptist Church at Lowell, remaining there two years, and then
returning to the Cedar Springs Church for a pastorate lasting
In 1880 he again took charge of the Lowell Church
for four years, and in 1884 became a permanent resident of Cedar
Springs. In the interim he supplied the following churches: Ada,
seven years; Howard City, four years; Spencer Mills, three years;
Burchtown, eleven years.
During this time Mr. Oldfield performed two hundred and
seventy-nine baptisms (one hundred and
twenty-nine at Cedar Springs) and one hundred and seventy-eight
Mr. Oldfield possessed in marked degree the confidence of the
community, and was honored with several terms in the School
Board, where he served from 1873 to 1876 and from 1891 to
1906. He was prominent in prohibition work, and was several
times the nominee of that party for State Senator and once for
In all his relations with others Mr. Oldfleld exemplified the
highest integrity, a fine sense of honor, and a conscientious,
faithful Christian living that was ideal.
Beneath his unassuming manner lay a ripe scholarship,
a fertile mind, kindly sympathies, and a
devotion to duty that knew no reserve.
His character was of the rugged pioneer type, strong and sincere;
as a pastor he was faithful to every charge, and he gave to his
work every resource of mind and heart.
His life is a splendid example, and his memory a noble heritage.
At his death the local paper said: "Mrs. Oldfield and her son
have the united sympathy of an unusually wide circle of friends
in their loss, and that sympathy is merged with gratitude for the
usefulness and nobility of the life that left its influence to endure
among the next generations."
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 256 and 257
Chester C. was reared on a farm and completed his schooling
at Oberlin College, Oberlin, 0. Later he taught school at War-
renville, Ill., and one of his students was Wealthy McRee, to
whom he was united in marriage in 1852.
During the war, Mr. Bicknell was general agent for the Freedmen's Aid Society in the
Northwest and took an effective part in their activities.
In 1865 Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell went to Cedar Springs, Mitchigan, locating on
his father's farm, which has since been their home.
They became teachers of the Cedar Springs school, Mr. Bicknell being the first principal.
The school was held in various buildings about town
until a suitable edifice was erected in 1872.
Mr. Bicknell was then a member of the School Board, and much of the credit for
securing this substantial building is due to his energy and
interest in educational matters.
In 1866 he was elected the first County Superintendent of Public Schools in Kent County, holding the
office three years. During this time he edited and published a
paper called The Common School Gczrette, devoted to educational topics.
For a long period of years Mr. Bicknell was identified
with the field work of the American Sunday-school Union.
During this time he organized over four hundred Sunday schools, and
in an interesting reminiscent article in The Ghristian Herald in
1901, concerning pioneer Sunday schools, Mr. Bicknell states:
"I have organized Sunday schools in church buildings, in
school houses, in private houses, in dance halls, in depot buildings,
in blacksmith shops, in log cabins, in lumber camps, in the `men's
shanty' in big sawmills, in the grand old woods, in sod houses, in
`dugouts' and in prairie groves.
All through his long life Mr. Bicknell was an earnest Christian.
He was a member of the Burchville Baptist Church since
His religion was one essential element of his daily life, and he lived it sincerely and simply.
Never a seeker after great material advantage, his hand was ever open to any
needl that appealed in the name of righteousness.
His mood was ever optimistic; he believed in his fellow men and their
possibilities, and ever sought for the best in them.
Possessed of a graciousness of manner and warmth of heart that made all humanity
his kin, Mr. Bicknell has won a warm regard from a circle of
friends that is limited only by the range of his activities during a busy life.
On July 4, 1902, Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell celebrated
their golden wedding, and the tributes from friends far and near
were spontaneous and cordial to a degree that spoke eloquently of their useful lives.
Mr. Bicknell had an attack of paralysis and died at his home
Sunday, Jan. 4, 1908. At his funeral, Jan. 8, Rev. K. 0. Thompson conducted the service,
assisted by Rev. B. F. Gallaway, who
spoke of Mr. Bicknell's Sunday-school work, Rev. W. P. Manning
of his citizenship, Rev. T. T. George of his missionary work, and
Mrs. M. B. Bodwell, of Grand Rapids, of his temperance activities.
The body was laid to its last rest in Elmwood Cemetery.
Mr. Bicknell was survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs.
A.C. Glidden; a sister, Mrs. Charles Oldfield, and a brother
residing in Illinois.
The Cedar Springs Liberal said of Mr. Bicknell: "So ends
one of the noblest lives that Cedar Springs has known, and the
good deeds, the kind words and the upright example that marked
that life will live long in the community."
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 258
Laommi was a graduate of Wesford Academy, Massachusetts, when Governor John D Long, was a teacher in the school
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 259
Charles served in the Civil War, in the Sixteenth Massachusetts Volunteers;
Was a teamster in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1875
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 16
Suffolk Probate Records;
Will of Bethia Bicknell, dated May 9 1774, probated May 10 , 1796.
She is called a spinster.
She gives legacies to her son, Ebenezer Hunt, and to her daughters, Ruth Bates and Bethia Thayer, naming them residuary legatees.
She names her son-in-law, Elnathan Bates, executor
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 31
Will of Benjamin, dated jul 1, 1801; probated apr 1, 1806.
He is called a housewright.
Names his wife, Temperance, as executor.
Gives to his wife the use of his household furniture and one-half of his estate while his widow.
Gives to daughter, Molly Humphrey, one-third of the household furniture and $80, to be paid when my son Benjamin arrives at the age of 21.
Gives a legacy to three grandchildren, children of his daughter, Susanna Bates.
Gives a legacy to daughter Hannah Bates.
Makes his sons, Thomas and Benjamin, residuary legatees.
8 acres of land at Rich Bottom, $560
8 acres adj parsonage $440
3 acres salt marsh $300
4 acres common lots $70
Pew in North Meeting House $200
Personal estate $409.60
From confirmed list by Daughters of the American Revolution
Benjamin served as Pvt with MA. No pensioned
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 65
Thomas's estate was probated May 9, 1837, Norfolk probate.
Susan Bicknell was appointed administrator
Land and Buildings $2,458.00
From T.W. Bicknell's 1913 genealogy book page 133
Nathan was a large, strongly built man, weighing more than two hundred punds.
Was employed for many years by Quincy and Lovell Bicknell in building wharves and other heavy stone work, most of his work being done by aid of a diving bell.
He went to California and died there.
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