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 Hattie <I>Wamsley</I> Bickerdyke

Hattie Wamsley Bickerdyke

Death 13 Jan 1951 (aged 85)
Burial Capitol, Carter County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 79871198 · View Source
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Hattie Wamsley was the fifth of 10 children born to Thomas Lockhart "Lock" Wamsley, Jr. and Mary Jane Search Wamsley. Her parents were "boomers", going to Colorado by wagon with "Pikes Peak or Bust" painted on the wagon. Hattie was born in Golden, Colorado. She lived in Colorado until she was 18.

Hiram Bickerdyke was a guide under General Grant's son, Fred, in 1881, when the Ute Indians broke out on the Gunnison River in Colorado. Fred Grant and Hiram Bickerdyke stopped for dinner at a road ranch which was operated by Mr. & Mrs Lock Wamsley. Miss Hattie Wamsley was almost 16 years old.

On December 6, 1882 her father wrote that he was on his way to New Mexico, to the end of the "Santa Fee RR" to find something to do. He had heard that times were lively down there and "Big Mines." In the summer of 1883 Mary Jane Search Wamsley and seven of her children, including Hattie, traveled to the Black Hills again by wagon. (Two children had died and 19 year old Knight Wamsley had gone to Montana in 1882.) Hattie's obituaries say that her father "Search" came with the family, but I believe that is incorrect, and that "Lock Wamsley died in New Mexico in 1905. She did have a younger brother Search. Search was their mother's maiden name. The family settled in Minnesela on Red Water Creek, near Belle Fourche, SD.

On January 28, 1885 Hattie married Hiram Ball Bickerdyke. They had 10 children, Mary Ann, Florence E., George Robert, Grace May, Frank James, Maude C., Esther, Theodore, Eugene B., & Margerette. Hiram died April 3, 1909. She lived 85 years, was married for 24 years, and a widow for 42. After her husbands death she and her son, George, homesteaded along the Little Missouri River in eastern Montana, near the South Dakota Border. She broke her hip in the early 1920's and had to use a crutch. At her home she pushed around a kitchen chair because she could put things on the chair. "She pushed this same chair around so long that the legs were worn down to the first rung."* At the time of her death she was living with her daughter, Mrs. Arnold Waterland in Central City, SD, near Lead.

* This quote and some information from EARLY HISTORY OF CARTER COUNTY, 1760-1861. by Frank. Merritt (1975)

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  • Maintained by: Della Goss
  • Originally Created by: Mary ( Richards) Masterson
  • Added: 4 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79871198
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hattie Wamsley Bickerdyke (2 Nov 1865–13 Jan 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79871198, citing Capitol Cemetery, Capitol, Carter County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Della Goss (contributor 47620986) .