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John Hickman (1765–1831)

Mayor of Oxford 1827/8

85 High Street

John Hickman was born in 1765. He was an Oxford glazier who lived and worked at 85 High Street (right).

On 2 March 1794 at St Peter-in-the-East Church, John Hickman married Elizabeth Ann Taylor, and they had twelve children:

  • Elizabeth Hickman (baptised on 26 January 1795 at St Peter-in-the-East Church; buried there 16 August 1799)
  • Mary Hickman (baptised in early 1796 (transcript says 30 February) at St Peter-in-the-East Church; buried there 25 June 1796)
  • John Hickman I (baptised on 21 May 1797 at St Peter-in-the-East Church; buried there 1 May 1799)
  • Jane Hickman (baptised on 15 August 1798 at St Peter-in-the-East Church)
  • Frances Hickman I (no obvious baptism, buried as “Fanny Hickman” on 18 July 1799 at St Peter-in-the-East Church)
  • Mary Hickman (baptised on 17 September 1800 at St Peter-in-the-East Church)
  • Elizabeth Anne Hickman (baptised on 11 June 1802 at St Peter-in-the-East Church)
  • Charles Randall Hickman (baptised on 4 September 1804 at St Peter-in-the-East Church)
  • Frances Hickman II (baptised on 13 February 1806 at St Peter-in-the-East Church; buried there on 10 April 1807)
  • Harriet Hickman (baptised on 30 December 1807 at St Peter-in-the-East Church)
  • Henry Hickman (baptised on 28 December 1808 at
    St Peter-in-the-East Church buried there 23 January 1809)
  • John Hickman II (baptised on 9 July 1810 at
    St Peter-in-the-East Church).

On 23 June 1794 John Hickman was admitted free for 20 guineas and the usual fees.

John Hickman came on to the Common Council on 30 September 1796, and was appointed a Viewer of Nuisances in 1799. In 1800 he was named Mayor’s Chamberlain, and was appointed Bailiff in 1804.

After 31 years on the council, in 1827 he was elected Mayor of Oxford (for 1827/8).

† John Hickman died at 85 High Street at the age of 66 and was buried at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 11 July 1831. His widow Elizabeth Ann Hickman died here three years later at the age of 64 and was buried with him on 22 February 1834.

Hickman’s surviving children
  • Elizabeth Anne Hickman married John Sessions Barrett of Appleton at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 17 June 1824.
  • Charles Randall Hickman married Martha Simmons at St Mary Magdalen Church on 15 July 1827. He took over his father’s business and was in 85 High Street alone at the time of the 1841 census, but near the end of 1842 at St James's Church Westminster hr married his second wife, Lucy Mason. Charles died in 1849, and by the time of the 1851 census, the business had been taken over by his widow, Mrs Lucy Hickman (47).
  • Harriet Hickman married Francis Arther of Birmingham in 1832.
  • John Hickman married Elizabeth Seary at St Mary Magdalen Church in 1830.

See also:

  • PCC Will PROB 11/1789/147 (Will of John Hickman of Oxford, proved 25 August 1831)
  • Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 9 July 1831: Announcement of Hickman’s death
  • Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 22 February 1834: Announcement of Hickman’s widow’s death

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 20 September, 2018

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