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George WICKHAM of Havana (Montour Falls)
born in Hector, Schuyler co., NY
Son of William WICKHAM

"George C. WICKHAM was born on April 29, 1822, in the town of Hector, the son of William WICKHAM, was married April 18, 1844 to Miss Emeline LEE who died in her 76th year, and remained upon the old homestead until 1850, when he removed to what is now the Town of Montour, where he died at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 5 days.  Here he erected a fine dwelling house of brick, about a mile east of Havana (village) and otherwise improved the property, adding largely to the orchards, etc. and established and conducted an extensive brick manufactory."  (p. 280)

"George C. WICKHAM, a great-grandson of William WICKHAM, who settled in the Town of Hector in 1791, purchased the GOODWIN farm in this town in 1853, where 2 years later he established a brick-yard, and manufactured, on average, 350,000 bricks per annum.  He was also extensively interested in the production of fruits and from this source alone, in 1869, he realized the handsome sum of $2,600.  George C. WICKHAM was born on April 29, 1822 and died at the age of 80 years.".

"Standing on quite a hill is a brick house built by George C. WICKHAM from bricks made on the place.  George WICKHAM came from Hector in 1851.  The present concrete road runs over the clay bed from which the bricks were made.  Myron WICKHAM, son of George C., was the owner in later years, and his second wife still lives there" (ie. c.1945).
In the same book, in the genealogy section, there is info from the "History of Four Counties" and also from Mrs. Emma (Wickham) Crout of Montour Falls:
"The WICKHAM family dates its ancestry in America back nearly 300 years.  The immigrant ancestor came from the Isle of Wight (Great Britain) and landed in 1660 on Long Island, NY.  William WICKHAM was the first of the family to come to our vicinity.  He settled the Town of Hector in 1791.  The family left Orange co., NY in the fall of 1790, proceeded as far as Tioga Point (Athens), PA, and spent the winter.  In early spring they loaded their few effects on a boat including a barrel of flour, and worked their way up the Chemung River to Newtown (Elmira), NY, crossed the divide and threaded their way through the pine swamp to Catharinestown (Catharine, NY) where they embarked in a canoe and paddled down the lake to a  point on Lot No. 40.  This lot, which Mr. WICKHAM had bought of his brother on May 3, 1791, was directly below the residence of his grandson, M.L. WICKHAM (M.Lafayette?).  Here on the hill they made a clearing and built the hut which was used until logs could be prepared for a log house, probably the first in Hector.  On the night of Nov. 2, 1799, William WICKHAM was crossing the lake on a bar which extended from near the traditional "Elm" diagonally to the point of Glen Excelsior, his horse missed its footing and he was precipitated into the water.  Though an excellent swimmer, in the darkness he could not shape his course, and the next day his body was found quite a distance up the inlet.  His was the first Christian burial in the town, as he had been the first settler.  His widow was left with 6 children in the wilderness and with scarcely a payment on the place, yet she built the first frame house in the town, shortly after her husband's death; it was still standing in 1879.  William WICKHAM was born in Goshen, Orange co., NY on Oct. 19, 1746 and was 45 when he came to Catharine.  His wife, Phoebe ROSE, came to Orange Co., NY from eastern Long Island when young.  She died in 1824, age 82.  They brought four children with them to Catharine, had seven in all.  Esther, the oldest daughter, was married to David REEVES before the journey westward.  (Most of the above was taken from the "History of the Four Counties" and used in the "History of Catharine, NY".)
"William WICKHAM Jr., who emigrated with his father from Orange co., NY to Hector, NY, married Martha HULTZ of Enfield, Tompkins co., NY, age 16, was brought to this region by her parents in 1798 at the age of four.  She was the mother of 14 children; we find record of only Erastus, George C., M.Lafayette, Wood and Ann.  William Jr. is said to have been the first  white man to raise peaches on the Lake Road.  He died Oct. 20, 1864, age 880; and his wife in 1876.
Erastus WICKHAM (married Almeda EVERTS) had 4 sons and 5 daughters, including sons named Clark and George C.; Erastus died at Bennettsburg, NY on Jan. 13, 1883.  There is a bio for Erastus' son Clark WICKHAM.
M.L. WICKHAM (M. Lafayette), son of William Jr., died Dec. 13, 1916, at the home of his daughter Mary LaFEVER at Corning, NY.  His wife died at Burdette, NY in Jan. 1895 age 48;  her maiden name was Prudence ERVAY, daughter of Benjamin and Mary ERVAY.  Eight children.  Bio of M. Lafayette WICKHAM.
George C. WICKHAM, son of William Jr., was born April 29, 1822, died Montour Falls in June 1902, age 80; married Apr. 18, 1844, Emeline LEE (b. Aug. 3, 1837), daughter of William LEE, a native of Dutchess co., NY.  Only children known for George C. were Delphine and Myron P.  He moved in 1851 to the Town of Montour, on mile east of Havana, NY, where he erected a fine brick house, the bricks made from the clay on the premises, and greatly improved the property by adding a large orchard.  George C. WICKHAM and Thomas SAWYER were partners in 1856, in making brick on the WICKHAM farm; dissolved in 1859.
 - Delphine WICKHAM (d. March 1923) was married Jan. 21, 1872, by Rev. N.A. DEPEW, to Stephen BURRELL.  Three children, including George and Walter BURRELL.
 - Myron Preston WICKHAM (b. Nov. 3, 1852, d. Apr. 1916), married (1) Sarah LEE (d. Aug. 13, 1891), by whom he had a daughter Bertha, who married Bert HAUSNER; (2) Mary (died at Willard, 1902); wife (3) ______ .

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