Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The Fickett family is probably the same as the English Fitchett or Fitchet. This family is of Somersetshire, and bears arms: Gules a lion rampant a baton in bend ermine. Crest: A demi-lion peau ducally crowned or.
(I) John Fickett, immigrant ancestor, may have been a French Huguenot, for the only occasion on which he signed his name, so far as the writer can discover, was on the petition of New Hampshire petitioners to the general court of Massachusetts, Feb. 20, 1689-90, asking for protection from the Indians, when he spelled his baptismal name "Jean." As this spelling is never found among the English for a man's name, the fact of French ancestry seems certainly established by this one record. At that period many French came to the shores of New England, as well as to New Rochelle, New York. It is suggested that the spelling has been Anglicized from Fiquette, or some similar surname.
In 1689 he was doubtless of Portsmouth, or vicinity. He had descendants at Kittery, Maine, though the history of Kittery does not mention them. We know that Jean Fickett lived in Scarborough, Maine, an adjacent town. Of his family we know only that he had
John Jr., mentioned below.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) or Jean Fickett (1), was born probably in the old country about 1675. From a deed recorded in York registry Vol. XIV, folio 243, we learn that he had two sons:
2. Thomas, mentioned below.
(III) Thomas, son of John Fickett (2), was a shipwright of Kittery, Maine. He bought the rights of his brother, John Fickett, of Portsmouth, N. H., a tanner, to the estate of his father, formerly of his grandfather and grandmothner, including the homestead, upland, marsh and medow, at Scarborough, Maine, by deed dated Dec. 8, 1731. But for this deed very little would be known of the family.
Thomas Fickett became the ancestor of a somewhat numerous family at Scarborough. From Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth there served in the revolution the following, probably all being his grandsons or great-grandsons:
John Fickett was in the company of Captain Bryant Morton in 1776, at Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, also in Capt. Jordan's company, Col. Jonathan Mitchell's regiment.
John Fickett Jr. was a matross in Capt. John Wentworth's company, Col. Peter Noye's regiment, at Cape Elizabeth.
Nathaniel Fickett, Zebulon Fickett, Daniel Fickett, Benjamin Fickett Jr. and Capt. Benjamin Fickett were also in the revolution.
Thomas Fickett married, Dec. 13, 1749, at Falmouth ( now Portland), Maine, Isabella Roberts, of Falmouth. Benjamin Fickett, of Falmouth, married Feb. 2, 1760, Sarah Sawyer.
(VI) Zechariah Fickett, descendant of the family given above [trans note: but how?], was born in Scarborough or vicinity about 1775. He moved to Harrington, Maine, when a young man, and married Fannie Dinsmoor, a descendant of the Scotch-Irish settlers of New Hampshire. In 1840 he moved to Brewer. He was a farmer all his life.
Amos G., mentioned below.
(VII) Amos G., son of Zechariah Fickett (6), was born at Harrington, Maine, July 15, 1806, died Oct. 9, 1875. He was a shipwright all his life. He came to Brewer, Maine, with his father in 1840.
He married (first) Lucy S. Willis, daughter of Major John Willis. He married (second) Olive Sewell.
Children of 1st wife:
1. Albert Gilmore.
2. Irene M., married Edward Stoddard.
3. & 4. Ambrose & Amasa, twins.
These three lost their lives in the civil war.
Child of 2d wife:
6. Oscar Amos, mentioned below.
(VIII) Oscar Amos, son of Amos G. Fickett (7), was born in Brewer, July 28, 1861. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. At the age of fourteen he began to learn the butchers trade in a meat-market in Bangor, Maine. In 1887 he bought out the business of his employer and has carried it on since then. He conducts a large and well-appointed meat and provision market in Bangor, and in connection with his market has a meat-cutting and sausage-making establishment and employs a dozen men. He also does a wholesale business, supplying yachts, vessela and the various summer hotels of the vicinity. He is a merchant of a high standing and great popularity.
He is a Republican. He is a member of the Penobscot Lodge of Odd Fellows; Katahdin Encampment, and of Bangor Council, No. 123, Royal Arcanum.
He married, May 19, 1885, Nellis Burke.
Their only child died young.