Wednesday, July 11, 2018

William Hickey and Family

above from the Wilmington Evening Journal 12 Aug 1915

As the article says William Hickey (1827-1915) was living with his son, Harry Hickey, in Delmar.  The Hickey family were from the Wilmington area.  William Hickey had married Mary D. Todd (1830-1891) and their children were; Harry Todd Hickey (1862-1936) and Jennie Price Hickey (1863-1937).  William worked for the railroad and likewise his son Harry worked for the railroad.

Harry while working for the railroad was transferred to Delmar in 1888 where he was the freight agent and latter promoted to yardmaster.  While in Delmar he married Mary (Minnie) Elizabeth Freeny (1866-1947) daughter of Elijah and Maria Freeny.  They had two sons born in Delmar; William Freeny Hickey (1899-1965) and Harry Marshall Hickey (1895-1961).  Harry retired from the railroad in 1929 and moved back to the Wilmington area. Wm F. Hickey would marry Alice Parker of Salisbury. Harry M. would marry Mildred Reigle Fogelsonger (1895-1951) in 1920 of Pennsylvania. William F had a dairy in Delmar.

Of note; Harry M and Mildred Hickey's son, Harry T. Hickey, was in the navy in WW2 and served on the USS Indianapolis.  For those who remember the movie "Jaws", the USS Indianapolis was sunk on July 30th by a Japanese submarine and of the 1198 crewmen on board only 317 survived.  Those that did not go down with the ship were attacked by sharks while trying to remain afloat in the water until rescued.  Harry was not one of those who survived but his body was recovered.  Other Delawareans on board the USS Indianapolis who died were Anthony G. Daniello and William G. Rue of Wilmington, and James A. Tull of Laurel.

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