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MATHIAS WICKER FAMILY

Contributed by Marlene Koon Walker

The South Carolina Wicker family was founded by Matthias Wecker, who arrived with three children in 1752, coming on the Upton. Children listed at the time were: Wulrath 15; Henry 12; and Matthias 9. A notation of 2 April 1752 in the Church book of the village of Baiertal in the Neckar valley region of Germany indicate that Matthias Wecker with wife & five children left their home for the new land [Werner Hacker, "Kurpfalzische Auswanderer vom Unteren Neckar"]. 

 

Matthias Wicker evidently lost his wife and two of his children in route from the German homeland to Rotterdam as not a life was lost on the Upton in route from Rotterdam to Charleston, SC.

 

Mathias Wicker (as Mathias Weisker) was awarded 200 acres bounty grant on Broad River between the mouth of Second Creek and the site of Ruff's Ferry. Having arrived in South Carolina with his three sons, Mathias Wicker remarried and had at least eight more children. He died about 1790 in Newberry County, SC. 

 

The son of Mathias Wicker, John Uriah Wicker, died 1808 leaving everything to wife, Catherine. This couple had no children and after the death of John Uriah Wicker, the widow married 2) John Peter Kinard. An equity case filed by the family of John Uriah Wicker in 1835 stated that the property of Uriah Wicker should be theirs (Newberry Equities, Box 21, Pkg. 3). This record describes the family of the immigrant, Matthias Wicker.

 

A detailed description of the Wicker family has been published by Eleanor C. Wicker ("Our Wicker Family", 1993).

 

The Family of Mathias Wicker, immigrant

 

I. Wulrath Wicker, born about 1735, Germany. Only evidence of this son is from his being named in the petition for land.  Wulrath was about 20 years old at the time.

 

II. John Henry Wicker, Sr., born about 1740, died about 1819, buried Wicker Cemetery, 2nd Creek, Newberry County, SC. (Estate 60-18) married  in SC to 1) wife unknown and married in Newberry County, SC to 2) Elizabeth Cromer, born 1765-1775, Newberry County, SC and died about 1824, daughter of  Frederick Cromer and wife, Maria Sibeles (Estate 59-21).

He had a land grant on Second Creek in 1763 as Johannes Frederick Weisker.  John Henry Wicker was a Revolutionary War Patriot, being paid for Militia duty in Waters Regiment since the fall of Charleston and Anderson's return (Accounts Audited 8404A).

 

John Henry Wicker made will June 1816, proved 1 June 1819 naming children.  John Henry Wicker and wife are buried in the Wicker Cemetery on Second Creek.

 

Children by first wife:

A. John Henry Wicker, Jr., born 1774-1784 and died about 1805, married Elizabeth McCraw (?).

 

1. Elizabeth Wicker, married Daniel Keller.

2. Mary (Polly) Wicker, married Andrew Cromer, Jr., born 7 October 1786, died 19 July 1858.

 

B. Catherine (Caty) Wicker married before June 1816 to James Turner. (Catherine and James were named in her father's will dated 5 June 1816; proven 1 June 1819.)

C. Lucy Wicker, married before JUne 1816 to ___ Stewart. (father's will dated 5 June 1816; proven 1 June 1819)

D. Rachel Wicker, died 15 January 1862, married before June 1816 to George Myers, died 22 January 1861 (age 93 years). Both buried Padgett Creek Baptist Church, Union County, SC. (father's will dated 5 June 1816; proven 1 June 1819)

 

Children by Elizabeth Cromer:

E. Woolrod Wicker, born about 1784, married 1) Elizabeth ___; and married 2) Elizabeth Sligh Buzzard, born 20 July 1784, daughter of Nicholas Sligh and Catherine Cappleman, and widow of John Buzzard.

 

Children by first marriage:

1. Henry Wicker, born 4 September 1804, died 20 November 1870, married Isabella ___, born about 1813, died 31 December 1882. Buried Beth Eden Lutheran Church Cemetery.

2. James David Wicker, born 29 April 1809, died 28 June 1878, married Susannah Isabella Buzzard, born 21 October 1817, died 13 February 1886. Buried Beth Eden Lutheran Church Cemetery.

3. Anna Wicker, born about 1814, married Henry Bishop, born about 1814.

4. Elijah Wicker, born 8 December 1816.

 

Children by Elizabeth Sligh Buzzard:

5. Jacob A. Wicker born 6 September 1820 (twin)

6. Peter Asbury Wicker born 6 September 1820 (twin)

7. Elizabeth Wicker born 15 December 1822 died 6 April 1844 married John Wade Belton Lever born 22 March 1822 died 9 February 1903, both buried at Capers Chapel Methodist Church, Newberry County, SC

8. Margaret Ann Wicker born 1824 married John William Hutchinson

9. Rebecca H. Wicker born 1828 married Abraham J. Frick

 

F. John Wicker, born 1780-1790 and died February 1844, married Polly Hentz (?).

 

1. Jacob Wicker, born 6 January 1812, died 31 July 1890, married 16 January 1840, Ann Elizabeth Kinard Dickert, born 2 January 1822, died 25 February 1902. Buried St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

2. Mary Wicker, born about 1815, died October 1849.

3. Andrew Wicker, born 15 March 1817, died 9 January 1898, married 5 February 1850, Ellender Hipp, born 29 September 1815, died 1 October 1906. Moved to Smith County, MS.

4. Isaac Wicker, born about 1820, died 24 August 1850. Did not marry.

5. Margaret (Peggy) Wicker, born about 1823, died 12 May 1853, married John Earl Lominick, born 1 September 1828, died 11 September 1903.

6. Sarah Wicker, born about 1824, died August 1852. Did not marry.

7. Samuel Wicker, born 24 January 1832, died 12 July 1911, married Ellen Cromer, born 16 March 1843, died 22 February 1916. Moved to Anderson County, SC.

8. Henry Wicker, born about 1836, died 4 February 1916, married 7 December 1865, Jennette ______. E. Gasque, born 4 March 1847, died 2 October 1930. Moved to Smith County, MS

 

G. Mary Sibella Wicker, born about 1789, married Christopher Singley, born about 1785, son of Jacob Singley and Martha Sibella Kinard.

H. Elizabeth Wicker, born about 1790 and died after 1850,  married Jacob Richmond, died before 1850. 

I. Michael Wicker, born about 1794, died 1861, married Katherine (Katie) Hentz, daughter of Matthias Hentz.

 

1. Mathias Wicker, born 16 February 1816, died 3 April 1884, married Rachel M. Bedenbaugh, born 12 September 1825, died 31 May 1892. Buried Colony Lutheran Church Cemetery.

2. Frances Wicker, born about 1818, married Levi Livingston, born 1810.

3. Anderson Wicker, born 26 March 1819, died 19 February 1864, married Sarah (Sallie) Kibler, born 12 December 1820, died 8 June 1879. Buried Livingston family cemetery.

4. Thomas Peter Jefferson Wicker, born 10 September 1820, died 20 August 1896, married 9 February 1843, Martha Livingston, born 11 October 1819, died 12 January 1879. Buried Maffett-Wicker Cemetery.

 

J. Daniel Wicker, born about 1792, married Mary Cromer, daughter of John George Cromer, Sr. and wife, Margaret.

 

1. Ephriam Wicker, born about 1819, died December 1886, married Christina Dickert, born about 1821, died about 1875.

2. Amanda C. Wicker, born June 1821, died 9 January 1905, married William Bishop.

3. Harriet Wicker, born about 1825 married John Adam Dickert, born about 1810, died 2 December 1853.

4. Franklin Wicker, born about 1829. Did not marry.

5. David R. Wicker, born about 1830, married Rebecca Smith, born 12 April 1840, died 18 July 1899.

6. George H. Belton Wicker, born June 1833.

7. Martha Ann Wicker, born about 1836.

 

K. Barbara Wicker born about 1784, married John Hall, moved to FL.

L. Rosannah Wicker, born about 1790, died October 1873, married John Morris.

M. Christian Wicker, born about 1799, married 2) 9 January 1853, Mary Kibler, born about 1830, died 8 May 1882, daughter of John Michael Kibler, Jr. and Elizabeth Katherine Koon. Buried Wicker Cemetery on Second Creek.

 

Children by first wife:

1. Hiram Richard Wicker, born 15 March 1822, died 22 February 1874, married Louisa Martha Mary Ann Koon, born 22 November 1834, died 27 February 1874. Buried St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

2. Daniel M. Elford Wicker, born 29 November 1825, died October 1862, married 29 December 1849, Margaret Elizabeth Kinard, born 9 March 1831, died 18 June 1854. Buried Livingston family cemetery.

 

Children Mary Kibler:

3. Elizabeth Kibler Wicker, born 8 Jan 1854. Died young.

4. Texanna Kibler Wicker, born 22 October 1855, died 30 December 1899, married 18 February 1875, William Robert (Bob) Seymore, born 5 December 1849, died 10 April 1915. Buried Colony Lutheran Church Cemetery.

5. John Calvin Wicker, born 8 July 1858, died 24 June 1918, married Maggie Jane Epps, born 17 November 1866, died 15 June 1947. Buried Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

6. Mary Jane Wicker, born 22 July 1859, died 11 July 1925, married (as second wife), P. Butler Banks, born 1853, died 26 June 1913.

7. Annie Laura Wicker, born 15 May 1862, died 31 December 1941, married Thomas Holley (Steve) Reeves, born about 1851, died 8 June 1903. Buried Colony Lutheran Church Cemetery.

8. Sally Wicker, born about 1865.

 

N. Agnes Wicker, born about 1799, married John George Cromer, Jr., son of John George Cromer, Sr. and wife, Margaret.

O. Elias Wicker, born 1800-1804, married 1) Rachel Suber, married 2) Mary M. (Polly) Souter, born about 1810, daughter of George Souter and Margaret Koon. Moved to Tippah County, MS

P. Uriah Wicker, born about 1801 and died 1824, single. (Uriah received 50 acres in his father's will being named along with Abraham as "2 youngest sons")

Q. Abraham Wicker, born about 13 November 1808, died 3 March 1873, married Mary K. Clinch, died about 1803, daughter of Andrew Clinch, Sr.

 

1. Langston V. Wicker, born about 1836, died 14 May 1873. Did not marry.

 

III. Matthias Wicker, Jr., born about 1743 Germany, died before December 1778 Newberry County, SC (Estate 361-61), married in SC to Mary Sibella Ridlehuber, born about 1742 Germany and died after 1790 Newberry County, SC; daughter of  Simon Reitlehover and wife, Catherine. Catherine Ridlehuber was a twin of George Michael Ritlehover who married 2) Magdalena Wicker, half sister of Matthias Wicker, Jr.

 

Matthias Wicker owned a part of the 350 acre bounty grant of Simon Reitlehover on Cannons Creek and which he left by LWT to son, Simon Wicker. It is thought that this was the site of "Wicker's Campground," a forerunner church of Bethlehem Lutheran (Pomaria).

 

A. John Adam Wicker, Sr., born about 1765, died 1827, wife named Catherine, died 1834.

 

1. John Adam Wicker, Jr., born 14 September 1791, died 25 October 1834, married 1) Mary Magdalene (Polly) Fike, born 9 August 1798; married 2) Mary Cannon, born 15 November 1781, died 24 May 1848. John Adam Wicker, Jr. and second wife are buried in Wicker Cemetery #1.

2. Catherine Wicker, born about 1794, married Simon Cromer, born 10 December 1799.

3. Anna Mary Wicker, born about 1796, married Michael Dickert, born 1790, died 1845.

4. Sarah (Sallie) Wicker, born about 1799, died 17 March 1895, married Henry Dickert, born about 1810.

5. Elizabeth Wicker, born about 1801, married David Cromer, Sr., born about 1790.

6. Matthias Wicker, born 1805, died 4 May 1868, Houston County, TX, married 1) Nancy Epting, born 20 November 1810, died about 1831; married 2) Zilphia Wicker.

7. Anna Wicker, born 29 March 1807, died 7 October 1874, married 10 January 1832, Jacob Setzler, born 15 May 1809, died 26 November 1887. Buried Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Pomaria) Cemetery.

8. Christiana Wicker, born about 1809, died Chambers County, AL, married 1) Jacob Fortner; and married 2) 23 October 1840 (GA, as second wife), Llewellen Earp, born 25 October 1801.

9. A. Abraham Wicker, born about 1813, married Elizabeth Kinard, born 1817, died 17 July 1887.

 

B. Simon Wicker, Sr., born about 1767, died 1845, married 2) Christina Kesler Dickert, born about 1769, daughter of Henry Kesler and widow of Christopher Dickert.

 

Children were by first wife.

1. Simon Wicker, Jr., born 1795, died 1843, married Mary Singley, born 21 October 1798, died 9 June 1818.

2. Eve Margaret (Peggy) Wicker, born 8 October 1796, died 2 October 1866, married Abraham (Abram) Chapman, born 11 August 1797, died 2 September 1878. Buried Old Good Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery (Saluda County, SC).

3. John Adam Wicker, died 1861, Talladega County, AL, married Elizabeth Metts.

4. David Wicker.

5. Christina Wicker, born 19 December 1803, married 15 February 1827, William Chapman, born 17 December 1801, died 26 July 1847.

 

C. Mary Wicker.

D. Catherine Wicker.

 

IV. John Wicker, Sr., born after 1752 Newberry County, SC and died before 1808 Newberry County, SC, married in SC to Margaret _______, born SC and died 1821 - 1826 West Feliciana Parish, LA.

 

A. Matthias Wicker, born 16 October 1789, married 1) 26 December 1815, Margaret ___, born 23 December 1794, died 4 February 1829, married 2) 28 January 1836, in LA, Elizabeth Cochran, born about 1796, died about 1875.  Lived in East Feliciana Parish, LA.

B. John Wicker, Jr., born 1792 Newberry County, SC and died 1857, LA.

C. Daniel Wicker, born about 1795, married Marice ___, born about 1810. Daniel Wicker lived in West Feliciana Parish, LA.

D. Andrew Wicker, MD, born about 1802, married Rosannah Werts, born 21 August 1819, daughter of David Werts and Mary Magdalena Lever. Moved to Wilcox County, AL.

 

V. Agnes Wicker, born 1755-1760, died August 1821 Newberry County, SC (Estate 24-20), married Frederick Charles Bundrick, born 1755-1766, died abotu 1807, Newberry County, SC; son of  John Nicholas Bundrick, born 1755-1756, died about 1807.

 

A. Nicholas Bundrick, born about 1782, married Catherine Prisock, born about 1782. Moved to Greene (later Hale) County, AL.

B. Mary Elizabeth Bundrick, born 3 May 1783, died 26 December 1843, married David Hentz, born 23 September 1784, died 2 June 1850, son of Matthias Hentz. Buried in Hentz family Cemetery.

C. Mary Magdalene Bundrick, died about 1828, married George Sligh, Jr., born 26 January 1785, died 4 July 1832, son of George Sligh, Sr. and Elizabeth Eigner. Buried in Sligh-Heller Cemetery.

D. David Bundrick, born 1796, died 5 January 1824, married Mary Magdalene (Polly) Swittenberg, born 21 December 1798, died 21 October 1877. Buried at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery.

E. Sarah (Sally) Bundrick, born about 1800, died November 1840.

 

VI. Gasper Wicker, born 14 February 1772 Newberry County, SC and died before 1809 Newberry County, SC, married 3 January 1791, married Mary Louisa (Lovis) Frye, died 1830-1832 Newberry County, SC; daughter of Jacob Frye and Elizabeth Ridlehuber. Gosper Wicker owned the 150 acre late Colonial grant of Mathias Weaker on Hellers Creek.  Mary married 2) Jacob Miller died 1830.

 

A. Hannah Wicker, born 1794-1800 and died 1838, married Craven Lane, died about 1836.

B. Mary (Polly) Wicker, born 1794-1800; married William L. Kelly, born 25 July 1799, died 5 June 1879.

C. Elizabeth Wicker, born 6 August 1805, died 10 October 1883, married 23 May 1824, Henry Rikard, born 2 September 1799, son of Michael Rikard and Margaret Eichelberger.

D. Andrew Wicker, born Newberry County, SC, died before 1832 (not named in his step-father's estate).

 

VII. Lucy Wicker, born 1757 Newberry County, SC and died 1814, buried Suber Cemetery #2, Newberry County, SC, married Conrad Suber, born 1749, died April or May 1814, son of John Michael Suber and Ester Margretha Hermann.

 

A. Elizabeth Suber, born 17 April 1779, died 1 February 1857, married Henry Halfacre, Sr., born about 1775, son of Jacob Halfacre.

B. David Suber, born 5 January 1784, died 17 February 1817, married Anna Elizabeth Souter, born 25 February 1786, daughter of Martin Souter and Anna Catherine Metts.

C. Henry Suber, born 18 January 1786, died 1854, married 1) Sarah Swindler, born 9 February 1788, daughter of  Joseph Swindler; married and 2) Mrs. Susannah Darby, born about 1792.

D. Martin Suber, born 1788, died 1855, married 1) Mary Buzzard, died about 1832; and married 2) Elizabeth Setzler, daughter of John Adam Setzler and Catherine Leitner; and married 3) Elizabeth Kinard, born 1813, daughter of George Kinard and Catherine Koon.

E. George Suber, born about 1790, died February 1824, married Christina Sligh, died October 1847.

F. Daniel Suber, born 14 October 1791, died 24 June 1879, married Rebecca Leitzsey, born 1800, died 6 October 1841.

G. Jacob Suber, born 11 September 1793, died 16 April 1852, married Catherine J. Souter, born 25 February 1794, died 12 October 1839, daughter of Martin Souter and Anna Catherine Metts.

H. Rebecca Suber, born about 1800, died 18 October 1864.

 

VIII. Magdalena Wicker, born about 1770, died before 1829 Newberry County, SC, married 1) (his second wife) George Michael Ridlehuber, born about 1742 Germany, died 1800, Newberry County, SC (Estate 17-5); son of Simon Reitlehover and wife, Catherine.  She married before 1809 2) (his second wife) Matthias Hentz, born 175-, son of Michael Hentz and Anna Barbara Oertler.

 

A. John Ridlehuber, born 21 December 1790, died 25 January 1850, married Susannah Catharine Counts, born 26 February 1796, daughter of Capt. John Counts and Elizabeth Eichelberger.

B. Sarah (Sally) Ridlehuber, born about 1793, died about 1885, married John Adam Fulmer, born 15 May 1794, died 1865.

 

IX. John Uriah Wicker, died August 1808, married Catherine Sligh, daughter of John Jacob Sligh, Sr. and Christina Cromer, died 1826. No children.

X. Barbara Wicker, died after 1808. Single

XI. Andrew Wicker, born about 1775 Newberry County, SC, died 1832-1835 Pike County, MS, married about 1800 in Newberry County, SC to Anna Barbara Metts, born 10 June 1778 Newberry County, SC, died 1 April 1858 MS, buried Powell-Wicker Cemetery, Pike County, MS; daughter of Henry Metts.

 

A. Adam Wicker, born 10 June 1801, died 27 March 1859, married Rosannah A. Powell, born 3 July 1805 (in Madison County, GA), died 20 January 1853, daughter of  Josiah Powell and Janet Brixey.

B. Sarah (Sally) Wicker, born 6 October 1805, died 13 March 1883, married 1) 1823, William Glass Martin, Sr., died about 1838, son of Josiah Martin and Elizabeth Glass. Sarah Wicker married 2) 1845, Daniel Sandel, born 8 November 1792, died 13 December 1874.

C. Enoch George Wicker, born about 1810, married 1) 25 December 1838, Mary Anna Woodward, born 1817; married 2) 24 January 1872, Mrs. Nancy B. Hardwick McKnight.

D. Middleton Wicker, born 9 October 1812.

 

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