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William Hickling (1742 - 1790)

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William Hickling
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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William Hickling 1742-1790


William Hickling, the son of William Hickling and his wife Sally Sale was born 21 May 17421 in Boston.[1] His estate was administered 16 November 1790. He married Elizabeth Hudson.[2]The marriage took place sometime before 1765. It was this William and not his father that served in the American Revolution. He was paymaster of Colonel John Brooks Regiment in the Continental Army, from 1 January 1777. He is known to have been in camp at Stillwater, New York in 15 August 1777, following General Burgoyne’s defeat. William continued to serve until 1 October 1778.[3]

On 16 November 1790, Elizabeth Hickling, widow; Bill Nose, Gentleman; and William Hickling, mast maker, all of Boston petitioned that Elizabeth be appointed executrix of the estate of her husband, William Hickling, distiller of Boston and submitted his will to the court. It reads: I, William Hickling, distiller of Boston, bequeath to my dear beloved wife, Elizabeth, all my real and personal estate after the payment of my just debts, for her use during her life, while she remains unmarried. Should she remarry, then she is allowed the income of one third of my real and personal estate, the remaining two thirds to be placed in trust until my youngest child shall arrive at lawful age. It is my will that my son William and my daughters, Elizabeth, Sally and Charlotte are to each receive an equal portion of my estate to be paid to them when the youngest shall arrive at lawful age. The interest arising from my estate to remain to their mother until her death and afterwards divided amongst my four children in equal portion. Signed 1 January 1783.4[4].

His inventory was valued at £413.17.8 and included a house and land in New Gloucester and land in West Boston and a pew in the First Baptist Meeting House in Boston.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hickling was born about 1742. She died 28 December 1827 in Duxbury, Massachusetts aged 85. Her death was reported in the Columbian Centinel 9 January 1828.[5]

The children of William Hickling and Elizabeth (Hudson) Hickling are:

1. William Hickling was born about 1765. His death, at aged 29, in Boston, was reported in the Boston newspaper on 13 September 1794. (Making his birth about 1765).6[6]

2.* Elizabeth Parker Hickling was married, 5 August 1792, by Rev. Samuel Parker of Trinity Episcopal Church of Boston, to Gamaliel Bradford of Duxbury, Massachusetts.[7]

3. Sally Hickling

4. Charlotte Hickling was married 12 December 1802 in Boston, to James Ellison.[8]


  1. Boston Births 1700-1800 pg. 246.
  2. Howland Mss.
  3. Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 1900, VII.820.
  4. Suffolk County Massachusetts Probate #19632
  5. The U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930; From the Columbian Centinel 9 January 1828 in Massachusetts Call no. 485704.
  6. American Antiquarian Society, Index of Deaths in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel 1784-1840, in 12 volumes, Volume 6 under Hickling.
  7. American Antiquarian Society, Index of Marriages in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel 1784-1840, Volume IV under Hickling. also City of Boston, A Volume of Records relating to the Early History of Boston containing Boston Marriages From 1752 to 1800 (1903) Boston, Municipal Printing Office p. 145.
  8. Boston Marriages II.384; also A Volume of Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, containing Boston Marriages From 1752 to 1809, (1903) Boston Municipal Printing Office, City Document No. 101, p. 384.

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