JOHN & SARAH HICKEY MEMORIAL
John (b. 1764/5 in Old Halifax Co., VA) and Sarah (b. 1760-1770) Hickey andthree of their five sons, Charles,William R., and James were among the earliest white settlers of Pope County, Arkansas. Census and tax lists indicate that this tightly knit family was living on land claimed by Charles Hickey, located along the banks of Little Piney Creek in an area that would become Johnson County in 1833. John and Sarah are listed in the household of Charles in the 1830 Pope County, Arkansas census. Sarah then appears as a widow on the earliest surviving tax rolls of Johnson County in 1834 and 1835. She does not pay taxes on a dwelling, indicating that she continues to make her residence with Charles. Sarah apparently died c. 1836/37 because she is not listed on later tax rolls.
The earliest real estate transaction in Perry Township, Johnson County, Arkansas was
made in 1838 between Col. Charles Hickey and Adkins and May, for a land claim that
includes the site of a frontier cemetery. This old cemetery, with many fieldstone markers
and cairn-style burials, was already in use as a community burying ground in the mid-1800s
according to deed records. Many members of the Hickey family lived in the immediate
vicinity of this cemetery and intermarried with other families who later owned this land.
Because of this, we believe that this cemetery is the most appropriate site for a
Proven children of John and Sarah Hickey are:
Preston Hickey, b. 1788, m. Elizabeth Barnett
If you know of other children of this family, please send your information to Carol B. Wahl.
Please contact Debra Blackard, for a surface mailing address.
Cemetery Minnow Creek
Johnson County Cemetery Index
Johnson County Genealogy