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  • ID: I144
  • Name: Adam BRICKER
  • Given Name: Adam
  • Surname: BRICKER
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 919FC316B2F1D611873992860D4759455DA2
  • _FSFTID: L7JQ-319
  • Change Date: 24 SEP 2013 1 2 3 4
  • Birth: 8 OCT 1763 in Redstone Fort (now Brownsville), Fayette, Pennsylvania
  • Death: 31 AUG 1843 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
  • Burial: Williamsburg Cemetery, Williamsburg, Ohio
  • Event: 12272211 marker Findagrave

    Marriage 1 Catherine [BRICKER] b: ABT 1755 in New York City, New York, New York

      Marriage 2 Rebecca HARTMAN b: 3 JAN 1781
      • Married: 2 NOV 1799 in Williamsburg, Clermont, Ohio
      1. Has No Children Isabel BRICKER
      2. Has No Children John BRICKER b: 13 AUG 1800
      3. Has No Children Mary BRICKER b: 20 JUL 1805 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
      4. Has No Children Elizabeth BRICKER b: 25 APR 1807 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
      5. Has No Children Christopher BRICKER b: 10 APR 1810 in Williamsburg, Clermont, Ohio
      6. Has No Children Samuel BRICKER b: 4 JAN 1812 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
      7. Has No Children Robert M. BRICKER b: 10 DEC 1813 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
      8. Has No Children William BRICKER b: 9 JAN 1816 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
      9. Has No Children Rachel BRICKER b: 26 JAN 1818 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]
      10. Has No Children Thomas BRICKER b: 10 DEC 1820 in , Clermont, Ohio [estab. Dec 6, 1800]

      Marriage 3 Catherine [BRICKER]
      • Married: 1784 in Pennsylvania

      1. Abbrev: Abstract of Graves Revolutionay Patriots (Ohio)
        Title: , compiler, <i>Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots (Ohio)</i> (Dallas, TX: Pioneer Heritage Press,, 1987)
        Page: Serial: 11670 Vol. 1
        Text: Name: Adam BRICKER
        Cemetery: Williamsburg Cem
        Location: Williamsburg OH 52
      2. Abbrev: The Official roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Ohio
        Title: The Official roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the state of Ohio
        Page: 51
        Text: Bricker, Adam (Clermont county)
        enlisted at age 14 in 1776, at Redstone Fort, Pa.
        later was sent to Fort Pitt, Marietta and to Fort Washington (Cincinnati),
        and to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville) where he was discharged.
        Reenlisted under General St. Clair, discharged after battle of Fallen Timbers.
        Born Oct 6, 1762, Redstone Fort, Pa.
        Names of parents not know, killed by Indian 1770.
        Married Rebecca Hartman, 1805.
        Died Aug 31, 1843 on his farm, two miles south of Williamsburg.
        Served during the Revolution but only in the West.
        Farmer, noted hunter. Further infor A.S. Abbott, Bethel, O and Cincinnati chapter
      3. Abbrev: The Official roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Ohio
        Title: The Official roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the state of Ohio
        Page: 343
        Text: In the winter of 1804/5, (Adam Snider) in company with Adam Bricker, spent over two months, travelling over 500 miles among Indians in Northern Ohio searching for Lydia Osbourne, lost child since previous summer.
      4. Abbrev: History of Clermont County
        Title: History of Clermont County
        Text: This story was written by Deloris Tarvin in the 1998 edition of Bricker Roots and Sprouts. Most information in the Bricker branch of this geneology was done by her.
        Adam Bricker was nurtured in the ways of frountier life from his infancy to his manhood. He was born at the old Redstone Fort (now Brownsville, PA) and was the son of German parents, who were massacred by the Indians, who made an incursion in that country and none of the whites escaped. Adam was eight years old and had not Adam and his younger brother been away from home they too, would have met a cruel death. The two orphan children were taken in charge by an uncle, with whom Adam lived until he was 14 years of age, when being strongly imbued with a military spirit, he enlisted in a company of soldiers which was stationed at Fort Redstone. They remained there for about a year. Young Adam being engaged most of the time as a hunter for the garrison, a position of honor for one so young. In 1785 the soldiers were sent to Pittsburgh, where they remained about two years. In that time young Bricker was connected with several expeditions against the Indians, and displayed so much courage and coolness in battle that he won the admiration of his comrades.
        In 1787 we find Bricker and his company at Fort Lawrence, and two years later at Fort Hamar (now Marietta). From thence the soldiers were sent down the river to Fort Washington (now Cincinnati), later to the falls of the Ohio, where Adam Bricker's term of enlistment expired. When St. Clair recruited men for his ill-fated expedition at Pittsburgh, Bricker again enrolled himself as a soldier, and on account of his courage and pioneer experience was assigned a place in the van of the army. This place he kept until two days before St. Clair's defeat, when he and some comrades were detailed to return and bring up a convoy of provisions and some stragglers of he army. Failing in thier mission, they returned to their regiment, and were with it at Fort Jefferson at the time of the battle. After the defeat Bricker's Company proceeded to the Ohio River, and was at Louisville until after Wayne's victory in 1794.
        In December of that year they were ordered to Pittsburgh and the early part of 1795 they were engaged in suppressing the whisky rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. Haing now been connected with the regular army more than ten years, Adam Bricker decided to cast his lot among the settlers who were pushing their was to the Miami Country in Southern Ohio, went to Columbia in the fall of 1795. Here he connected himself with Gemeral William Lytle's surveying party, and went with it to lay out the town of Williamsburgh, in Clermont County, serving as a hunter for surveyors. While thus engaged, one day watching for deer at a lick in what is now Perry Township, in Brown County, he discovered an Indian with a bridle on his arm, which he doubtless intended to put on the first horse he could steal. Adam, who was concealed behind the log, cocked his gun, and was on the point of firing, when suddenly the Indian made a movement, which the wily frontierman interpreted as a look-out for his companions, and lay as quietly as possible until the Indians had passed by, then Bricker beat a hasty retreat and reached the surveyors in safety.
        He lived in a tent for awhile, but in 1796 he built a small cabin, living alone and followed the hunter's life until 1805, when he married Rebecca Hartman, daughter of Christopher and Mary (hutchinson) Hartman. Rebecca was a woman of more than ordinary ability, and thenceforth applied himself to the work of opening a farm of 100 acres just two miles south of Williamsburgh. Near his home he built an igenious horse mill in 1820, though the grinding was slow the neighbors enjoyed visiting with each other while waiting. Rebecca and Adam were prond parents of nine children, John, Robert, William, Thomas, Issac, and three daughters who married Elizah Holman, Nathan Hill, William Gray, and one child that died young.
        Adam having been a soldier and a hunter so long, he felt it hard to be satisfied unless he had a gun on his shoulder. Even at the age of 70 he spent much of his time in the woods hunting, and often expressed a regret that the Indian wars were over. In company with Adam, Snider and Corneluis Washburn he spent two months of the winter of 1804 and 1805 searching for Lydia Osborne, who had been lost the previous July, traveling more than five hundred miles among the Indains of the northern part the State, and subsisting on wild berries and game. In 1806, while hunting on the Stonelick, near where is now the residence of John Barnacle, he discovered an enormous black bear on an old ash tree which was covered with a blue grape vine, on the berries of which the bear was feasting. To shoot the bear was but the work of a moment, and almost as quickly the monster fell to the ground. Adam, thinking that the bear was dead, ventured too close, and soon found himself in the grasp of the wounded animal, who embraced him with a terrible force. After a short struggle Bricker drew his hunting knife and plunged it into the heart of the bear with such effect that he soon found himself free and unhurt, save a few scratches. A few years later after this encounter he killed a very large panther near Williamsburgh. He had been imitating the cries of a fawn to decoy the doe, but to his astonishment was confrounted by a ferocious panther instead of a deer. The blood thirsty animal had stealthfully crouched near him and it required quick action to save himself from being torn to pieces. He fired and the panther fell dead. It measured eight feet in length and is said to be the last one killed in Clermont County.
        The closing years of Bricker's life were spent on his 100 acre farm south of Williamsburg where he died August 31, 1843, at the age of 80 years, 10 months, 25 days. He was a man of small stature, but had great powers of endurance, often walking to Cincinnati and returning the same day. Rebecca died in 1850. They are both buried in Williamsburg Cemetery in Williamsburg, Ohio the town he help to lay out. The town became the first site for the court house in Clermont County. Lytlestown became Williamsburg Village February 5, 1847. The county seat was moved from Willimsburg to New Richmond through political influence. Then because of public pressure for a more convenient location again was moved, this time to Batavia February 24, 1824, where it is expected to remain.

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