Continuing our look at the colonial forebears of the Lawrence family, we come to Thomas Hickling, the U.S. Vice Consul in the Azores during the late 18th and very early 19th century.
(Hickling was also William Hickling Prescott’s maternal grandfather, and – obviously – the source of the historian’s middle name. It’s worth noting that when the young William H. Prescott was recuperating from his eye injury at Harvard, he went on an extended tour of the world, and stopped to see his grandfather, still living, in the Azores. There he would have met his Portuguese cousins.)
The following is from an Ivens family genealogy site, accessed in the mid-1990s, and which sadly is now a dead link. It appears, though, that either the same author, or a family member connected to that author, has continued the site at a new URL.
(The text below has been lightly edited for clarity.)
There is a register of the Hickling family in the first English national census of the population in 1273, but unfortunately it was impossible for us to establish any direct relation (that is believed to exist) between the names in that register and the one of William Hickling (1704-1781 ) born at Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, who emigrated to Boston in North America in 1730 where he worked as a shipwright.
In 1734, he married Sarah Sale (1714-1782), great-great-granddaughter of the Elder Thomas Leverett (1585-1650 ) who emigrated from Boston, Lincolnshire to Boston in North America in 1633, and who is known to have had traced his descent to a man who lived in the reign of King John of England.
William Hickling and Sarah Sale were the parents of the mentioned Thomas Hickling. He [Thomas Hickling–LSL] was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 21st 1745, and at the age of 19 he got married to Emily Green (1733-1774 ), by whom he had a son, William, who was married to Sarah Bradford (1769-1840), descendant of William The Conqueror, and a daughter, Catherine, who married Judge William Prescott and was the mother of the famous American historian William Hickling Prescott ( 1796-1859 ).
There were some radical ideological differences between William Hickling and his son Thomas. The first was, as was natural in an English gentleman, a stanch loyalist, whilst his son was an admirer of George Washington and a supporter of the revolutionary party. So, his father fearing that Thomas might put all the family in trouble, sent him abroad to Ponta Delgada where he arrived in 1769. He left his wife behind and never returned to America.