I am hoping that someone might help me find records of Catherine GICK, who may have died in Madison on 28 Oct., 1843.
Catherine's son, Henry Gick (1832-1896) was my great-great grandfather. Henry, a brother, Robert, and their widowed mother, came to the United States from England about 1841, according to his newspaper obituary (pasted below) and the family lived at Madison until 1845, when Henry -- then an orphan -- moved to Fulton County, Illinois. I am VERY curious about what might have attracted these people from Europe to southern Indiana. I suspect they were with a larger group, so if anyone knows of an influx of foreign immigrants to Jefferson County in the early 1840s, I'd like to know about that.
I had long thought that "Madison" referred to Madison County, Illinois. (There are apparently no towns named Madison in Illinois.) But another researcher pointed out to me that Henry's brother, Robert, was listed as a resident of Madison, Indiana, on the 1850 census. This turned my attention to Jefferson County, Indiana.
So, that's my story: A widowed English woman moves to southern Indiana about 1841 with her two sons. She dies two years later and the boys go their own ways. My questions: What brought Catherine to Madison, Indiana? And where is she buried?
I appreciate your help.
Mark E. Dixon
Death of Henry Gick
Henry Gick, an old and respected resident of Bushnell, died at his home last Friday morning, at the age of sixty-four years, six months and twenty-one days. He had been in poor health for a long time, his trouble being heart disease complicated with other ailments.
Funeral services were held at the Reformed church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. Chas. J. Sonnema and the remains were followed to their last resting place in Bushnell cemetery by a large concourse of relatives and friends.
The following sketch of the life of Henry Gick has been turned in for publication:
Henry Gick was born in Liverpool, England, April 30, 1832. He came to this country when nine years old, stopping at Madison until he was thirteen years of age, when he moved to Fairview, Ill., where he resided until 1864, when he moved to Bushnell, where he has since made his home. He was married to Mary E. McNamara July 4, 1855. Unto them were born four children, three of whom (with his widow) survive him. They are Robert E. Gick, Mrs. Geo. Payne and Miss Kate Gick, all of this city.
Henry Gick was one of many who gave their health for their country. He was an earnest Christian, a kind husband and father. During his many years of suffering, he never complained but bore his cross patiently and slept away peacefully in the arms of Jesus.
The Bushnell Record, Bushnell, Ill., 27 November, 1896.
Note: According to the Mormon IGI, Henry Gick was christened 20 May, 1832, in the parish of St. Nicholas, Liverpool, England. He was the son of Henry Gick Sr. and Catherine Needham. Henry Sr., a son of Archibald and Elizabeth (Yates) Gick was christened in the parish of St. Nicholas, Liverpool, on 18 Jan., 1798. Archibald, a son of John Gick and Joney McDaniel (or McDonald) was christened 20 Oct., 1765, in the parish of Malew, Isle of Man.