John Davidson Fickes

16 September 1841–22 April 1912 (Age 70)
Coles, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Davidson

When John Davidson Fickes was born on 16 September 1841, in Coles, Illinois, United States, his father, John Fickes, was 24 and his mother, Lydia Wallingsford, was 19. He married Mary Lucy Brown on 17 October 1861, in Coles, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Wabash, Illinois, United States in 1850. He died on 22 April 1912, in Roseville Township, Grant, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Herman, Grant, Minnesota, United States.

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John Davidson Fickes
Mary Lucy Brown
Marriage: 17 October 1861
Nathaniel Miles Fickes
Emma Vienna Fickes
Thomas Wildee Fickes
Mary L. Fickes
John Jurdon Fickes
Arthur Franklin Fickes
Ada Cleo Fickes
George Henry Fickes
Benjamin Harrison Fickes

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17 October 1861
Coles, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 7

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 20

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

German:1. possibly a Rhenish variant of Fick . 2. variant spelling of Ficus, Fi(c)kus, humanistic form (translation) of the surname Feigenbaum .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John D Ficis in household of John Ficis, "United States Census, 1850"
  • J D Fickers, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John D Fickes, "United States Census, 1910"

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