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 Joseph Wickersham

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Joseph Wickersham

Birth
York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
28 Feb 1892 (aged 82)
York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID
10390817 View Source

Joseph was a prominent school teacher and Quaker leader in York County.

...Joseph Wickersham, was a native of York county, Pa. He was born April 1, 1809, and died February 28, 1892. He was a farmer, and also taught school for a period of ten years. He took a deep interest in educational affairs, and was an ardent temperance reformer. He belonged to the Society of Friends. He married Hannah C. Squibb. They had twelve children, eight of whom are living, namely; john, who married Miss Ada Bryan, and has six children; Susan, wife of John M. Freeburn, of Dauphin county, who has four children; Matilda, living in Steelton; Marianna, widow of John A. Sponsler, of Dauphin county; Clara, wife of Dr. Geo. C. Garretson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; M. S., married to Lizzie Elden, by whom he has two children; Emma, wife of John H. Wacker, of Wooster, Ohio, who has one child, and Frank B.

Runk & Company, Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, p977

Joseph was known to have kept the company of a number of prominent citizens. Among them was his friend, William Lloyd Garrison, who is remembered by historians for his stand against slavery.

The two men were walking in Lewisberry one day when they came upon an angry crowd of local citizens who were clustered around a band of slave drivers holding captive a runaway slave girl in a wagon.

The slavers were armed and were holding the crowd at bay with pistols. Sizing up the situation, Garrison and his friend decided to confront the slave hunters, perhaps the most debased and heartless of men, all the more dangerous because the United States government, itself, gave them the authority to deal with anyone who interfered with their vicious business.

"Garrison was a non-resistant, but arm-in-arm with Wickersham, they went forward, undaunted, and Garrison, grasping the arm of the slave girl, walked quietly away with her, the slaveholders yielding as though hypnotized." So states Prowell's History of York County.

Davis, Sheldon, Escalante, "The Wickersham Family in America," Heritage Books, Inc. 2001

Joseph was a prominent school teacher and Quaker leader in York County.

...Joseph Wickersham, was a native of York county, Pa. He was born April 1, 1809, and died February 28, 1892. He was a farmer, and also taught school for a period of ten years. He took a deep interest in educational affairs, and was an ardent temperance reformer. He belonged to the Society of Friends. He married Hannah C. Squibb. They had twelve children, eight of whom are living, namely; john, who married Miss Ada Bryan, and has six children; Susan, wife of John M. Freeburn, of Dauphin county, who has four children; Matilda, living in Steelton; Marianna, widow of John A. Sponsler, of Dauphin county; Clara, wife of Dr. Geo. C. Garretson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; M. S., married to Lizzie Elden, by whom he has two children; Emma, wife of John H. Wacker, of Wooster, Ohio, who has one child, and Frank B.

Runk & Company, Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, p977

Joseph was known to have kept the company of a number of prominent citizens. Among them was his friend, William Lloyd Garrison, who is remembered by historians for his stand against slavery.

The two men were walking in Lewisberry one day when they came upon an angry crowd of local citizens who were clustered around a band of slave drivers holding captive a runaway slave girl in a wagon.

The slavers were armed and were holding the crowd at bay with pistols. Sizing up the situation, Garrison and his friend decided to confront the slave hunters, perhaps the most debased and heartless of men, all the more dangerous because the United States government, itself, gave them the authority to deal with anyone who interfered with their vicious business.

"Garrison was a non-resistant, but arm-in-arm with Wickersham, they went forward, undaunted, and Garrison, grasping the arm of the slave girl, walked quietly away with her, the slaveholders yielding as though hypnotized." So states Prowell's History of York County.

Davis, Sheldon, Escalante, "The Wickersham Family in America," Heritage Books, Inc. 2001


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  • Created by: Barbara Chipres
  • Added: 28 Jan 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 10390817
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10390817/joseph-wickersham: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wickersham (1 Apr 1809–28 Feb 1892), Find a Grave Memorial ID 10390817, citing Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Barbara Chipres (contributor 46592345) .