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Isaac Motor Bickmore
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1797
Lincoln County
Maine, USA
Death: Jul. 6, 1852
Howard County
Nebraska, USA

David Bickmore, son of John, was born 18 December 1768 at Friendship, Maine. He married Margaret Dickey and they became the parents of Isaac Motor Bickmore who was the first Bickmore to join the L.D.S. Church and come west.

Isaac Motor Bickmore was born at Friendship, Maine 6 January 1798 and came to Brown County, Illinois, when a young man. He married Martha Harvell in 1828. They became the parents of seven children:
John Jackson Bickmore
Mary Jane Bickmore Abbott
Isaac Danford Bickmore
Mary Ann Bickmore Hardy
Elizabeth Bickmore Gunnell
David Newman Bickmore
Daniel Marion Bickmore (died in infancy)

They had moved from Springfield, Illinois, to Desmoins, Polk, Iowa, in 1848 but moved again to a farm near Indian Creek, Pottawattami, Iowa and lived there for about four years. Isaac joined the Church of Latter Day Saints a few years after they were married but it wasn't until twelve years later that his wife Martha embraced the gospel and joined the church. It was while living at Indian Creek.

(It was also about this time that their seventh son, Daniel died when about 2 years old (1849). This was also just after the time of all the persecutions of the Mormons when the Saints had been driven from place to place and finally forced to leave Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1847.)

Isaac Motor Bickmore and his wife decided to take their family west to Utah where they could worship as they pleased, so they sold their home and one of the farms they owned. The money they received for the sale of their property was stashed in the house when a mob came and set fire to their home and their belongings. The mob found the money and stole it. They were forced to move into the house of a neighbor until they could sell their other farms. (How fortunate that they had other property to sell.)

They joined the company of Latter Day Saints under the leadership of Captain John B. Walker and started for the long trek across the plains not knowing the hardships and trials that would await them. They had hardly left on their journey when an epidemic of Black Cholera broke out among the Saints and Isaac Motor Bickmore and his mother Margaret Dixon* Bickmore were afflicted with the dreadful disease. They died within hours of each other 6 July 1852 and were both buried in the same grave at Loop Fork, Nebraska.

Isaac's wife, Martha Harvell with the help of her son-in law, Jacob Abbott and her children, except for John who turned back, continued to journey to Utah.

Info taken from book by Lowell J. Parkinson "Isaac Motor Bickmore and Martha Harville Family History (inserts from Lola Butcher, great great granddaughter of Isaac and Martha) 
Family links: 
  Martha Dixon Bickmore (1768 - 1852)
  Martha Harville Parkinson (1808 - 1883)*
  Martha Jane Bickmore Abbott (1832 - 1904)*
  Mary Ann Bickmore Hardy (1840 - 1917)*
*Calculated relationship
Loup Fork Cemetery
Howard County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Nov 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43940106
Isaac Motor Bickmore
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half 4th cousin 5x removed
- Harvey Hague Lusk, Jr.
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012

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