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William Addison Bicket
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1842
Ontario, Canada
Death: Apr. 10, 1896
Sibley
Ford County
Illinois, USA

Second of five children of the Scotch-English James and Jane Leckie Bicket, he was born in Toronto. He moved to Chicago in 1860. He then purchased a farm in Minnesota.

The Civil War was in full swing and on Feb. 25, 1864 he enlisted in Company A Seventh Minnesota Infantry stationed at Ft. Snelling. He was put in charge of receiving and forwarding recruits to the front until mustered out on May 11, 1865. He moved to Loda, IL where he operated one of the largest distilleries in the country.

In August, 1872 he was employed by Mike Sullivant to operate the commissary for Sullivant's 40,000 acre farm in Ford and Livingston Counties. When Sullivant went bankrupt in 1877, Bicket was placed in charge as Manager under Assignee. He served until Oct. 1878 when Hiram Sibley bought the property and continued until Sibley's death. Named General Manager of the Estate, continuing so until his own death.

On Feb. 14, 1867 in Faribault, MN he married Ellen Pratt. They had eight children. Two died in infancy; the remaining six did very well in life.

"He may have had more to do with the growth, development and history of the Sibley Farms and the town of Sibley than any other person," considers his grandson, James Hiram Bicket writing in Sibley Centennial Book.


His record in the Sibley Centennial Book spells his name with one 't.' His name in the cemetery register has one 't,' but other members of his family including his wife are recorded in the cemetery register with two t's.
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Ellen Pratt Bicket (1850 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Harry & Bertie Bicket*
  Mary Gertrude Bicket Alford (1867 - 1955)*
  Effie Mae Bicket Hrdlicka (1873 - 1937)*
  Hiram Sibley Bicket (1881 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Sibley
Ford County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: tapple
Originally Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Nov 12, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9798815
William Addison Bicket
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William Addison Bicket
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William Addison Bicket
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- Rosetta
 Added: Dec. 27, 2004

-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 12, 2004

- May you be blessed with love & flowers-Phyllis
 Added: Nov. 12, 2004
 
 
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