John's biography appeared in the History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa:
John Hickle purchased two hundred acres of land and settled where he now resides in May, 1856. He soon became highly respected among the settlers, as he was ever ready to stretch forth a helping hand to assist a new settler who was battling with pioneer life. There are many of the settlers still in the county who speak in the highest terms of Mr. Hickle for favors shown them during the hard times of 1857-8-9.
Mr. Hickle was born in Ross county, Ohio, August 24, 1812. In 1840 he married Miss Hester VanGundy, and in 1846 migrated to Illinois, residing there until his removal to Butler county, Iowa. He now owns 300 acres of land. Of their nine children seven are now living – Jacob, William David, Warren, Charles, Eliza and Alfred. Mr. Hickle was for many years a trustee of the town. He has been a strong republican ever since the party was organized. When he was nine years of age, his father dying, he was obliged to work his way up in life, and his education was therefore very limited.
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1846 McLean Co, IL
10/4/1850 Money Creek Twp, McLean Co, IL was where the census taker found the family, recorded as Hicker in the index. John was a 37 year old farmer with real estate worth $800. Wife Hester was 30 and their household included Jacob, 8, Wm H, 7, John A, 4, David, 2, and Mariah J, 6 months.
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Sale of John's farm in Illinois is said to have been handled by Abraham Lincoln.
5/1856 Butler Co, IA
6/21/1860 Butler Twp, PO Leoni, Butler Co, IA. That year at census time John was 48, Hester was 38. The family had increased to include, Jacob, 18, Wm, 17, John A, 14, David, 12, James W, 5, Eliza A, 3, and Charles C, 8 months. John was still farming but his property had increased to $1600/500. Jacob and William were farm laborers. Hester's brother David lived just down the road.
7/5/1870 Same twp, PO Butler Center. John, 57, was still a farmer, steadily increasing his estate, then worth $800/2550. Hester was 49, children in the house were David, 22, James W, 15, Eliza A, 13, and Charles C, 10. David and James worked on their father's farm.
John paid to have his info included in the 1875 Andreas Atlas: Patron's Directory, Butler County, Iowa:
Hickle, John - Res Section 29, Farmer, Born Ross Co., Ohio, Came to IA 1857, PO Clarksville
6/1/1880 Still there. John was listed in the census at age 67, Hester at 59. Three children were still at home, James W, 25, Louisa A, 23, and Charles C, 40. Charlotte Cogill, 42, Hester's niece, was also counted there. John and the boys worked the farm.