I need your help in locating Mary George Herring Bickley’s tombstone. First, I would like to give you a little information on her.
Please meet Mary George Hooker Herring Bickley, my 3rd great-grandmother.
She is the daughter of Alfred Hooker (1806-1893) and Martha Clark Hooker (1811-1875).
She first married James F. Herring (1839-1875) on 19 Jun 1865 in Lafayette Co., Arkansas. She had five children with James F. Herring: Alfred Smith Herring (1866-1943), my 2nd great-grandmother Martha Alice Herring (1867-1945), Owen Corinth Herring (1870-1878), Joseph W. Herring (1872-1943), and Mary Alga Herring (1874-1882).
She next married Jacob J. Bickley (1826-1884). They did not have any children together. Jacob had previously been married to her sister, Sarah Catherine R. Hooker (1831-1881). Jacob and Sarah had five children: Mittie B. Bickley Little (1853-1912), Samuel C. Bickley (1856-1865), Jacob Guy Bickley (1858-1935), Joseph R Bickley (1861-1866) and Matthew A. Bickley (1875-1886).
Now, please forgive if I got the spelling wrong Bickley/Bickly. At some point, some of them dropped the “e” and some did not. I can’t keep it straight as I have seen all the names spelled both ways.
I have been unable to locate the final resting place for Mary George. I have my suspicions that she is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, in Texarkana, Arkansas. Possibly in this plot. I could be wrong.
I also suspect this is where Jacob J. Bickley is buried, but I have yet to find a headstone. The broken headstone could be either one of them, or someone else completely. It’s also been broken for a very long time. I found this picture of Bobbie and Trudie (East) Harris at Grandpa (Major) Harris’ funeral. He died on March 10, 1955 and as you can see in the top right of the photo, it was broken then.
It’s directly in front of the tall headstone for Remica Bickly, Jacob Guy Bickly’s wife, and right behind it is the headstone for Matthew A Bickley, the son of Sarah and Jacob J. Bickley.
I have tracked Mary George to the 1910 census, widowed and 75 years old, living with her son Alfred S. Herring in Cove, Arkansas. She is listed as a Herring even though I believe her name was Bickley unless she changed it back after Jacob died in 1884. I lost her after this, and she was a no-show on the 1920 census.
If anyone has knowledge of whose broken tombstone that is in the Harmony Grove Cemetery, or where Mary George is buried, I would really like to hear from you. I also have quite a bit of information on the Bickley/Bickly family that Florence Bickly Crank was kind enough to share with me.