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David H. Rickman

In Nashville, Tenn., David H. Rickman was born August 7, 1817, and he was reared in the vicinity of his birth. Later he removed to Missouri, near the city of Lexington, where he remained for some years. In 1853 he crossed the plains to Sonoma county, Cal., and took up a claim on what he thought was government land, but which later turned out to be a part of the Spanish grant, for which he was compelled to pay $5 per acre. He cleared and improved the land, and for many years followed general farming and horticulture. One of the pioneers of Healdsburg, Mr. Rickman may be said to be in a very real sense a builder up of this locality, having always given his support to the best interests of the community, his most notable work being done in connection with the establishment of public schools. He was school trustee for many years, and he and David Hopper were instrumental in organizing the Junction school district.

Mr. Rickmanís first marriage united him with Mary Tucker, who died, leaving a family of six children as follows: James L., Elizabeth, Sallie, Nancy S., Martha E. and Eliza. His second marriage united him with Mrs. Mary /e. Bledsoe, who was born near Maysville, Mason county, Ky., June 15, 1837; she was the widow of Henry R. Bledsoe, born in Lafayette county, Mo., January 24, 1835. They crossed the plains to California in 1857. To her marriage with Mrs. Bledsoe there were born three sons, Isaac W. C., John H., and Robert R. Mrs. Rickman was the daughter of Isaac and Nancy (Taylor) Brown, whose family numbered the following children: Charles; William; Buddy John E.; Amanda J., who married Tipton Cheatham and became the mother of three children, Robert, James and Jennie; Anna E., now Mrs. Ben F. Wood, who had a family of five children, as follows: Benjamin, James, Hardy, Josie and Carmine; Catherine and Emily, both deceased; Margaret, Mrs. John Cooper, deceased; Jennie, Mrs. James W. Hays, who has three children, Robert, May S. and Clifton H.; Mrs. Lillie Wood, who became the mother of three sons, Charles, Clifford and Ernest; and Laura, who had two children, one of whom is living.

Mr. and Mrs. Rickman had five children namely: William D.; George Thomas, whose sketch also appears in this work; Margaret L.; Amanda J.; and Ida L. William D. married Georgia Hoff and has three children: Harold D., Louis H. and Viola M. Margaret L., who became Mrs. Pittman Price, has five children, Arnold, Leroy, Beatrice, Lottie and Zellah. Amanda J., Mrs. John Ingalls, died in Santa Rosa and left one child, Ruth. Ida L. is the wife of George Shelford. Mrs. Rickman is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and is an interested participant in all church activities. She is a very estimable woman, generous to a fault, delighting in the performance of acts of kindness of which the public in general know nothing. She is loved and esteemed by all who know her and may be said to be one of the best known women in the vicinity of Healdsburg.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011