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Thomas, Salley, Hesse, Levi, John, James Hickson; William, Evan Prothro
Posted by: Julia Gaines (ID *****0163) Date: October 26, 2006 at 16:55:49
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The wonderful people who work at the Darlington Historical Commission in Darlington, SC, particularly the resourceful and tireless Kay Williamson, helped me find this document which answers many questions about the husband and children of Sarah (aka Salley aka Sally) Hickson, my gggg grandmother, mother of Levi Hickson, my ggg grandfather:

Will of Thomas Hickson, April 1810, Darlington, SC (transcribed as written, with all his spelling, capitalizations, etc. intact):

State of South Carolina
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Hickson
In the district of Darlington and State aforesaid
Knowing that it appointed for all men once
To die do make ordain constitute this my
last will and testament as follow Viz I give
My Sole into the hands of Almighty god who
Giveit and my Body to the Grave to be
Buried in a decent Christian like manner
At the Descretion of my after Named Executors
Secondly I will that all my Lawfull Just
debts be paid and after Complied with
I Give to my well beoved wife Salley Hickson
All my land and Plantations also three negros
two women Selah & Sarah one named Philip
An all my stock of horses Cattle and hogs house
Hold & kitchen furniture to be fully in the
Power of the sd Salley Hickson-----
I Give to Daughter Hesse Prothro one
Negro Girl named Lyda-----
I Give to my Son Eli Hickson one negro boy
named Daniel
I give to my son Levi Hickson one negro boy
Named Amos -- Caried Over --

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Item I give to my Son John Hickson one negro
boy named Demsey
Item I give to my son James Hickson one negro
Girl named Milley
Item I give to my Daughter Salley Hickson one
negro Girl name Rose----
Lastly I do Constitute and Appoint my
Well Beloved wife Salley Hickson William
Prothro Jacob Morriss Snr. Executors to See
This my last will and testament Performed ---
Complied with Executed and Confirmed this
Tenth Day of Frebruary one thousand Eight
Hundred & Ten and in the thirty fifth year
of American Independence ----
Tst John Sansbury
Thomas Hickson
Reuben Tradewell
Alexander X McCartha
Darlington district Recorded in Book D on
Ordinary Office Wills in pages 217 & 218
George Bruce
Ordy. DD
This twenty fourth day of April Eighteen hundred & Ten

Anyone desiring the photographs (jpgs) I took of this will may write me at and tell me why you are interested in seeing this document. Are you related to anyone mentioned in the will? I'm interested in hearing your story in exchange for my photos.

William Prothro's name came up in many of the documents at the Darlington Historical Commission that concerned Thomas Hickson. Thomas Hickson's will in 1810 points to Hesse Hickson, named as Thomas' daughter in his will, as being married to William Prothro in 1810. Hesse's sister (or half-sister?) Salley (aka Sarah), born in 1798, was only 12 at the time this will was written. She married Evan Prothro...was Evan the nephew of the William Prothro? Was William the husband of Hesse Hickson, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Salley) Hickson?

I've never seen the name James Hickson associated with Sarah (Salley) Hickson or Thomas Hickson. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone what happened to James. What happened to Hesse Hickson? My ggg grandfather Levi Hickson married Susan Prothro, said to be the daughter of William Prothro by an unknown wife. Does anyone know Susan's mother's name? Was it Susan's father, William Prothro, who married Hesse Hickson? I'd welcome any ideas on this.


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