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 --
(next page) 2 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 his Alexander X McCartha mark 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
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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, but would in a few years marry William Prothro's nephew, Evan Prothro.
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.Was this the same William Prothro who married Hesse Hickson?I'd welcome any ideas on this.