Patricia Elizabeth (Prickett) Hickin

Patricia (Prickett) Hickin

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Patricia E. Hickin formerly Prickett
Born 1920s.
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Descendant of PGM migrant Elizabeth Fones.



Patricia was born on 30 March 1929 in Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, the only child of Minter Jackson (Jr.) and Pauline Elizabeth Layman Prickett.
On 19 October 1956, when she was twenty-seven, she married Albert Throssell Hickin, Jr., at home in Troutville, Botetourt County, Virginia,
Both Pat's mother and father were descended from early settlers of the country. On her mother's side, both the Laymans and the Mummas (Moomaws) and their ancestors arrived in Pennsylvania as early as 1731. On her father's paternal side the first Pricketts arrived in New Jersey in the late 17th century; the Jacksons and their forebears were in New England and on Long Island as early as the fifth decade of the 17th century. On his maternal side the McConnells arrived in Pennsylvania about 1750 and the Beaties were in northern Virginia by the same date. Both quickly migrated south to southwest Virginia.
Pat -- or Patty, as she was called by her family--was born seven months before "Black Tuesday," which set off the Great Depression. The poor economy dramatically affected Patty's childhood. When she was a week short of her second birthday, her parents temporarily broke up housekeeping in order to save money and pay off some minor debts. Patty and her mother took the train to Roanoke and moved in with her mother's parents in nearby Troutville, where her grandfather was in poor health. Her mother, Pauline, (or "Polly"as her father called her) took over her father's small retail coal business and helped her mother with the tourist business that her grandparents operated.
Minter and Polly corresponded several times a week and Polly did a great job of describing all the cute (and naughty) things Patty did. Minter came over from Bluefield every other weekend, either by car or train and when he drove, Polly and Patty rode back with him on Sundays as far as Christiansburg. There Polly's sister Dot picked them up for the drive back to Troutville, which Patty loved, because Dot's car had a rumble seat.
A year and a half after the move, Minter decided to move to Troutville. Business had not improved and he found work in Roanoke selling "industrial insurance" at $15 a week (probably a draw against commissions).
Patty went to grade school at Troutville Elementary, where she did well and skipped the last half of third grade and the first half of fourth grade. She entered Troutville High School in September of 1941 and graduated in 1945. Thinking she wanted to become an interior designer, she first attended the School of Arts at the University of Cincinnati (1945-1946), where she was a B student, then transferred to the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary (1946-1950). After another year or so in "interior decoration," she knew she wanted something more academic and that she wanted someday to go to graduate school. But RPI (which has since become Virginia Commonwealth University) offered no liberal arts majors at the time so she majored in Elementary Education and Social Science, which meant, she said repeatedly, that she didn't learn anything at all. She managed to make the Dean's List for the first time in the second semester of her senior year, and received a B.S. in Elementary Education and Social Science in 1950. She began her teaching career in Fairfax County as a fourth grade teacher at Annandale Elementary School. Three years later, she moved to Fairfax High School, where she taught eighth grade American History and English.
Another three years and she was off to graduate school, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to work on a master of arts degree in American history. A few months later she married and soon resumed her teaching career, this time at Belfield Country Day School (now St. Anne's-Belfield) just outside Charlottesville.
Widowed in 1958, she continued to teach at Belfield and returned to graduate school intent on earning her M.A.. Finally she returned fulltime to graduate school (1960-1961) and received her degree in August 1961. Then she was off to France for a glorious year in Europe. She taught eighth grade in an American Army Dependents' School at Croix Chapeaux, lived "on the economy" in nearby La Rochelle, and bought a brand new white Ford Anglia for a $1000 (actually $1012 because she also got white side-walled tires). With a variety of friends and her aunt Dot she traveled as much as she could on weekends and holidays. She went to Carcasonne by herself at Thanksgiving, to Italy over Christmas with her Aunt Dot, to Spain over Easter (with her French friend, Therese Bonin) and in the summer of 1962 she took in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, England, Scotland, and Ireland (with her aunt and a variety of friends). A great year all told.
She had done well in graduate school and in September 1962 she returned to U. Va., on a Dupont Fellowship to begin work on a Ph.D. The following year she received a Thomas Jefferson Fellowship. She completed her course work and passed her orals in February 1964, and began work on her Ph.D. thesis (Antislavery in Virginia, 1831-1861), then taught for two years as an instructor in American History at the New York State University College at Cortland, New York. From Cortland she moved twenty miles south to Ithaca College as an Assistant Professor. In the summers she returned to Charlottesville to work on her thesis, which she completed in time to receive her Ph.D. in American History in May 1968.
In 1970, she was promoted to Associate Professor at Ithaca College and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to revise her thesis for publication. She took a year's leave from Ithaca College and returned to Charlottesville (which she regarded as paradise on earth) to do the work. Within a matter of months, she was offered a position as head of the Historical Publications Branch of the Virginia State Library (now the Library of Virginia) in Richmond. Eager to get away from the cold New York winters, she happily accepted. But she soon found she did not like the state bureaucracy. In November 1973, she received the Ramsdell Award (for the best article in the Journal of Southern History in a two-year period, "Gentle Agitator: Samuel M. Janney and the Antislavery Movement in Virginia"). A few months later, she resigned her position at the library to take a part-time job, rent out a room in her house, and resume work on revising her thesis for publication.
While working at the library, she had written three short articles for the library's popular historical quarterly, Virginia Cavalcade:
"'Seat of Empire! Such Big Stone Gap Will Unquestionably Be Unless an Earthquake Swallows It,'" came out in the Summer 1971 issue.
"The Loss of an Old Friend [Botetourt County Courthouse Fire], by Patricia Hickin" appeared in the Winter 1972 issue.
After she left, "Yankees Come to Fairfax County, 1840-1850," appeared in the Winter of 1977.
Dust jacket of
Fairfax County, a history,
published in 1978
She was also asked to write a section of a new book on the history of Fairfax County, which was planned for the celebration of the Bicentennial of American independence. She enjoyed her research on the history of mid-nineteenth century Fairfax (she particularly enjoyed reading old issues of the excellent Alexandria Gazette and its comments on the depressed condition of the county ("a squirrel could travel from Alexandria to Leesburg without ever having to come out of a tree") and then driving up to the county to see its high rises, flourishing suburbs, and the like. The new book came out in the fall of 1978.
Upon leaving the library, she was offered three part-time jobs and, unable to decide which she wanted, she accepted all three. About this time, her father, whose health had deteriorated, entered the hospital for the last time. He died in February 1975, three months short of his 80th birthday. Over the next months she worked on the Fairfax history, quit two of her part-time jobs and accepted another, and -- in response to an ad in the paper -- began work as a "researcher in state records" for an out-of-state firm. At first it was an extra $50 a month, but when she sold the business eleven years later she had eight employees including herself. Paid for the next three wonderful years "not to compete," she returned to graduate school (this time at VCU) and traveled to Europe for seven weeks in the summer of 1987.
She had taken two especially interesting courses at VCU: "Van Gogh and God" and "D.H. Lawrence: the artist in his own time." Struck by the similarities between the two men, she wrote a paper comparing the two. A childhood friend went with her that summer to Europe. They flew to Luxembourg, rented a car and drove through eastern France and southern Germany on their way to Yugoslavia for 3 weeks (with a week-end trip to Istanbul, and a half-day taxi trip into Bursa in Asia). On their return from Yugoslavia, they drove through northern Italy to the French Mediterranean. Over the next few weeks, they toured places where Van Gogh and/or D.H. Lawrence had lived (in France, Belgium, and Holland), then Pat went to England for ten days to scout around places where Lawrence had lived or visited. This took her to the English Midlands, to Wales, and to Cornwall. She thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip and returned to the U.S. on July 4th.
By this time she had long since lost interest in the Virginia antislavery movement and she spent the next few years working in temporary jobs, doing volunteer work (primarily at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical retreat center) and enjoying life in general. In 1984 she sold her first house, which she had bought soon after moving to Richmond, and bought a second; nine years later she sold it and bought a condo. (In 1984 she was also tentatively diagnosed with what proved to be a mild case of multiple sclerosis.) In 1988 her mother moved to Richmond to live with her, and after several years to move into a nursing facility there. She died in 1996 at the age of 97 in Windsor Hall in Richmond, and in Jan 2001 Pat moved to Winchester to Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury, a "continuing care retirement community." This is proving to be a most happy choice.
Pat has spent much of the last twenty or so years doing genealogical research, largely online, and has learned a host of intriguing things about her forebears--some of which you can learn about on this website.

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Pat's DNA heritage.
I find some of these results rather surprising. The Rancs, who married into the Moomaw/Mumma family are supposed to have been from France, and I appear to have no French ancestry. Otherwise (except for William G. Rieley, who was Irish, my maternal ancestors are supposed to have been from Germany, many from the Palatinate, which is in the western part of the country, and my DNA shows no ancestors from western Germany. My father's people were all English and Scots-Irish, so those results seem OK.


Doing genealogy is so much fun. I was especially pleased when I found out about this ancestor, who was quite a gal-- Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett! The niece and daughter-in-law of Gov. John Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay Colony, she has had an excellent historical romance written abut her, The Winthrop Woman, by Anya Seton. The picture of her shown here, by the way, is purely imaginary.
For a larger, more readable version of the chart below, click here]
Chart showing line of descent from Adam Winthrop,
father of Gov. John Winthrop, to Patricia Prickett Hickin
You can find out more about Elizabeth on Wikitree (she is Fones-9) or on Wikipedia.
For the entry to Anya Seton's The Winthrop Woman, first published in 1956 and reissued in 2006, click WorldCat here; for the reviews, click here.


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My father's maternal grandmother, who was a Beatie, was quite a character, and also a lover of the good Victorian novelists. As she aged, her eyesight grew dim and my father as a boy read to her for hours at a time. Consequently he developed a great love for Anthony Trollope, et al, and I'm intrigued by her and her family.
I'm really interested in getting all these people properly conncted, duplicates merged, etc.
I like eliminating these errors!
Most of my maternal ancestors were of German ancestry.
Virtually all of my father's maternal ancestors and one of my mother's paternal ancestors had their origins in Northern Ireland.
My mother's paternal line. There are so many different spellings of the name -- it is hard to keep up with all of them.
My McConnell ancestors have been traced back to the mid-18th century in Pennsylvania -- I'd like to know more about their origina.
I'm struck by the competence of many of the Moomaws/Mummas -- and their contributions to the religious and civic lives of their communities.
I'm struck by the competence of many of the Moomaws/Mummas -- and their contributions to the religious and civic lives of their communities.
I'm a descendant of Elizabeth Fones Hallett.


This is my paternal line -- I wish we could get all these Pricketts straightened out! Whyohwhyoh did they insist on using the same given names over and OVER!
I've always been intrigued by their beliefs and practices.
I don't have ancestors south of Virginia; they all came from Virginia!
All my paternal ancestors came from the British Isles and a small portion of my maternal ancestors.
I heard a lot of stories about life during the Civil War from my father, who heard them from his grandmother.
I'm a historian by profession. My 'field of expertise' was the Middle Period of American History, i.e., mid-19th century
My mother's ancestors were all in Botetourt or Bedford county by 1800; my father's maternal line were all Scots-Irish in SW Virginia before the Revolution. My father's paternal line were English via New Jersey and on the Monongahela before the Revolution.
I wish we'd talk more genealogy and less about the weather, etc.
My father's paternal ancestors were real sure enough pioneers in the Monongaela country & there's a Prickett's Fort State Park not far from Morgantown.

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Patricia Hickin's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Patricia or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Patricia (Prickett) Hickin: Mitochondrial DNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, Mitosearch U2GUP
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On 23 Jan 2018 at 17:41 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi there,

Just a friendly reminder that voting for the WikiTreer Awards 2018 is open. If you haven’t already voted, click here to vote now. Voting closes at 11:59PM GMT on Sunday, 28th January. The exciting awards show will be live cast on Saturday, February 10th, 8PM GMT. Hope you can join us as we celebrate all the incredible contributions made this year.

Susie :-)

On 23 Jan 2018 at 11:44 GMT Aaron Gullison wrote:

Just a note that the templates that you are using, Template:IScottsh Roots and Template:Engish Roots are misspelled and should be Template: Scottish Roots and Template: English Roots

On 7 Jan 2018 at 19:57 GMT Paula J wrote:

Thanks for generously adding your name to the 1776 Project Research Helpers list!!!

On 26 Nov 2017 at 12:25 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Patricia,

I’m Susie the new leader of the England Project. We are contacting all existing members of the project to find out how you are currently involved, and how you would like to be involved moving forward. Please have a look at the England Project page for more information, and then contact either myself or Gillian to let us know what you’d like to do, or if you have any questions. We can then list your interests, help you join the team in the Google group forum for England, and give you any help you might need to get going. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you no longer want to be a part of the England Project at this time.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Susie :-)

On 14 Nov 2017 at 14:54 GMT Paula J wrote:


I do apologize that it took me so long to award your badge!! Welcome to the 1776 Project!!

On 30 Oct 2017 at 19:52 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

Hello Patricia,

Welcome to the Quakers Project! You are now officially part of the group. Please check out the Quakers Project Page to find how you can help. You might want to add the Quakers tag to your followed tags to make sure you don't miss any Quakers-related discussions. Thank you for your involvement! Isabelle

On 10 Oct 2017 at 11:44 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

On 7 Oct 2017 at 02:47 GMT Seth Cress wrote:

Hello Patricia,

I so enjoyed reading the accounts of your/our ancestors and the native americans. It seems we are linked through my paternal line through the Arnett family (Coleman Morgan Arnett and Maria S. Arnett). I find genealogy so fascinating. Incidentally, I was in the annual production of the play at Prickett's Fort in the summer of 1989 (prior to my knowledge that I was a descendant)

On 6 Oct 2017 at 16:22 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hi Patricia... as a valuable member of the trusted-list for All About the Weekend Chat, I'm letting you know...the Chat is on :)

On 3 Oct 2017 at 09:10 GMT Susan (Goldmark) Laursen wrote:

Hi Patricia.

I notes you are doing and amazing work on wikkitree, I was wondering if you would like to join integrator team? We would be proud to have you. Please let me know and I will ask david selman and Keith Hathaway to send you the detail and a integrator badge Best wishes Susan

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