Sarah Falder / Faulder / Foulder / Foulger / Faldez

The historian Samuel Eliot Morrison described Thomas Hickling’s second wife, Sarah, as coming from an old Portugese family. While her children all went on to marry Portugese people, their actual story is probably something along the lines of what is related below. (Interestingly, the Hickling name appears on far more Portugese genealogy websites than American.)

I don’t have much context to offer for the following email, posted on a family genealogy site in the late 1990s. It is from a researcher, Eloise Cadinha, to a Mr. Lothrop.

A version of this email, with only small changes, is currently available on the Ivens family blog.


From: <XXX>
Subject: [PORTUGAL-L] Re: Thomas Hickling’s second wife.
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 02:33:24 EST

Dear Mr. Lothrop:

I recently found in my files an article about Tomas Hickling, by Dr. Joao H. Anglin, a descendant.   It is from “Insulana” which is an organ of the Instituto Cultural of Ponta Delaga. The names in this article are written in Portuguese.

Tomas Hickling married twice. He married in 1764 in Boston, Sara Green, of Boston. 2 children were born to this marriage.

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Hickling’s Letter to Washington; Jefferson’s Doubts

In 1790, Thomas Hickling sent a letter to George Washington, asking to be considered – at some point in the future – for the job of US Consul to the Azores and Western Islands. Thomas Jefferson, Washington’s Secretary off State, it  seems, had other thoughts….

The text of the letter is available at the National Archives website.


To George Washington from Thomas Hickling, 10 January 1790

From Thomas Hickling

St Michaels Jany 10th 1790.


To His Excellency George Washington Esquire President of the United States of America,

The memorial of Thomas Hickling of the Island of Saint Michaels one of the Azores or Western Islands Merchant, Humbly Sheweth,


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More on Thomas Hickling

The article below is a quick summary of Thomas Hickling’s life. It was written for Azores-Adventures, and posted May 5, 2014. It only briefly mentions Hickling’s second marriage to Sarah Falder. I’ll offer some more in-depth material on that in a post to follow.



Thomas Hickling, a Yankee in the Azores


Thomas Hickling was an energetic businessman from Boston who moved to the Azores in 1770. He left in Massachusetts a wife and two children to start a new life in the Atlantic.

Not long after arriving in the archipelago, Hickling left a legacy that can still be visited today, including a rock with his name carved into it and the date “1770” near one of the hot volcanic pools in the spa town of Furnas, Yankee Hall, and the former Hotel Sao Pedro in Ponta Delgada.

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Thomas Hickling and our Portugese Relatives

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.

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