Margaret Miller #2
Contact: Sherrie Rice Smith
Surnames: FLICK MILLER SHAVER LANE MAXON HURST
----Sources: The Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin published by The Lewis Publishing Co., 189; pages 270 and 271.
Flick, Margaret Miller #2
MARGARET ANN FLICK, residing on section 7, township 24, range 4 west, Clark County, was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, June 5, 1833, a daughter of Jacob Miller, who brought up six sons and four daughters, in Pennsylvania. Their names are: John, Charles, Elizabeth C., William, George, Margaret Ann, Reuben, Mary C., Lydia L. and Jacob C., all of whom grew up. Mrs. Flick's mother, Lydia, was also a member of a family of six sons and four daughters, namely: John, Jacob, Joseph, Jonas, Jessie, Elizabeth, Mary, Catharine, Lydia and Charles. Of this family Joseph was only the only one who came West to settle, and his mother joined him a year or so later. The grandparents on both sides were natives of this country. The Miller and Flick lines are traced back to England. The maternal grandmother lived to the extreme old age of ninety-seven years, five months and twenty-six days. Longevity indeed characterizes all the lines of ancestry.
Mrs. Flick's father served in the war of 1812, and three of her brothers in the late war of the Rebellion. Charles enlisted at Madison, Wisconsin, served out his time, and was honorably discharged at the close of the great struggle, not having received any serious wounds. He died in December, 1889, at the age of seventy-three years. George enlisted in one of the earliest Pennsylvania regiments, was twice taken prisoner, but made his escape each time. The second time he made his way out through the prison walls and earthworks by digging through with a spoon. He served to the end of the war, being promoted meanwhile to be Sergeant. Caspar, the youngest was also spared by his patriotic father, a veteran of the war of 1812, enlisting at Madison, and served through the war. All three of these were in the hottest fights, and were honorably discharged at the close.
The subject whose name heads this sketch married Jacob Flick in 1851, in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, and two years later they came West and settled in Dane County, Wisconsin, near Madison, which place was then a small village. In October, 1856, they came to Clark County, settling upon a homestead which he had taken during the preceding spring. They experienced the usual hardships of pioneer life. Mr. Flick lost his life eleven years later when out hunting, being accidentally shot by a gun in the hands of a neighbor. By his death he left a widow and eight children, the youngest being only five months old. In order of birth the names of the children are as follows: Augusta M., born in Pennsylvania, May 25, 1852, died April 5, 1890 Lydia C., born August 25, 1854 Emma C., January 1, 1857 John E., February 28, 1859 Jacob R., born March 28, 1861 Lilly J., January 27, 1863 Charles C., March 8, 1865, and William J., April 8, 1867. All these are married and settled excepting William J., who remains at home with his mother. One daughter, Emma, married Edgar Shaver and lives in Minnesota. All the others are living in Clark County, Wisconsin, excepting Lydia, now Mrs. Albert Lane and residing in Taylor County, as also does Charles. Lilly married Charles Lane.
1870 Mentor Twp, Clark Co, on US census with all the kids listed.
1880 Mentor Township, Clark Co., WI Federal Census
Margret Flick @46, b. PA, Farming, Parents b. PA
Son: Jacob @19, b. WI, At Home, Parents b. PA
1900 US census listed as Mary Flick in Mentor Twp, Clark Co. living with: Mary Flick 69 Charles Flick 35 Peeter Flick 8 Harrie C Flick 4 Effie Taylor 17
1910 US Census in Fairchild, Eau Claire Co., WI with: John Flick 51 Antonette Flick 39 Ruth Flick 11 Edward Flick 7 Raymond Flick 2 Margaret Flick 77
Articles outlining Jacob Flick's death are as follows:
From Jackson Couny Banner [Black River Falls, Jackson County, WI] Saturday, September 21, 1867, page 3, column 3 "SAD ACCIDENT - A MAN SHOT WHILE WATCHING FOR A DEER
We are indebted to Mr. E.D. Maxon, of Alma, for the particulars of an accident that occurred near the northern border of that town on Friday of last week. Mr. Jacob FLICK, a German, was watching for a deer in that locality. He unfortunately had on a deerskin cap. A young man named Johnny HURST was hunting for deer at the same time, and seeing what he supposed to be one, fired and inflicted so severe a wound in the head of Mr. FLICK that he died in about three-fourths of an hour. The unfortunate man leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss. We have frequently taken to caution hunters about being careful? This is a sad warning. Learn a lesson from it."
Eau Claire Free Press - Thursday, September 26, 1867, p.3. "ACCIDENTS - About two weeks ago a man by the name of Jacob Flick was accidentally shot and killed by a man named Hurst, while hunting deer, in the woods north east of Augusta. Flick had on a deer-skin cap at the time and while passing through the brush, was taken for a deer by Hurst, and immediately fired upon, with the result as above stated. Our western exchanges are full of accidents resulting in a measure from carelessness on the part of hunters. Will these individuals profit by these sad experiences and be more careful in the future. The preserving of a man's life is worth considerable caution, even, if in the exercise of it hundreds of deer escape the aim of their eager pursuers."
Dear Clark Co.
Just read Margaret Flick biography and suddenly I made the connection. Her mother, just referred to as Lydia, was Lydia Flick Miller. Lydia was born in Clarion Co., PA a place populated by Flicks since three boys came over from Germany in 1751. I wasn’t able to track down Margaret Flick's husband Jacob but he could have been a 4th or 5th cousin. It may have been hard to find a boy not named Flick in Clarion Co. Many of the family lived in Flicksville.
Another family researcher, Virginia Deagan, wrote this:
Lydia Flick was born about 1800 in Northampton County, PA, the daughter of John Casper and Elizabeth (Foulk) Flick. She married Jacob Miller in Northampton County about 1818. They were the parents of ten children.
Lydia and Jacob moved to Clarion County, PA in the early 1830's. They lived in Toby Township. About 1852, they sold their property there and moved to Dane County, Wisconsin. Nine of their children also moved with them. The only family member who stayed in Clarion County was their son, George, who was my ancestor.
Lydia died in Fairchild, Eau Claire Co. Wisconsin, aged 89. She was living with her daughter, Mary (Miller) Flick. She suffered a stroke about 1885 and was helpless for the last several years of her life.
I would be very interested in having the dates of Lydia's birth and death in your biographer’s record to take her to 97 years. Your record for several reasons sounds more accurate than Ms. Deagan’s.
Lydia’s brother, Joseph, referred to in the bio moved west to WI but in 1850 he was living in Mauston, Dane Co. In 1860 his family had moved on to Verona, Dane Co. But Lydia’s nephew Calvin Blytho Flick, born in Mauston, became a Clark Co. resident. From 1861-1864 He was a militia volunteer from Verona. By 1880 he was living in Neilsville, Clark Co with a wife and five children. The Clark Co. Index of Civil War Veterans and Widows of 1885 includes his name. His son, George, my paternal great grandfather was born in Neillsville, Wis.
George’s family eventually made their permanent home in Madison.
Nancy A. Cuyle
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