biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
WILLIAM H. BARRICKMAN, of the firm of McCurdy & Co., Oskaloosa, was born in Armstrong County, Pa., March 8, 1813, and is a son of John and Sarah (Beatty) Barrickman. Mr. John Barrickman was in the War of 1812, and held a commission as Captain of what was known as the Pittsburgh Blues. He enlisted for six months, and served the full term of his enlistment. By occupation Mr. Barrickman was a boat-builder. They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom lived to maturity. William H., and Sarah, widow of Roswell B. Webster, of Story County, Iowa, are the only ones now living. Mr. Barrickman died in 1819, and Mrs. Barrickman was again married, to William Foreman. By this marriage there were born nine children, six of whom are living: Samuel resides at Stockton, Cal., where he went in 1849, and is engaged in farming; George lives at Coon Rapids, Iowa, and is a miller; James is engaged in farming in Marion County, Ohio; Margaret, widow of Andrew Rice, lives at Bourbon, Ind.; William is a farmer in Marion County, Ohio, and Silas is engaged in the same occupation near Lima, the same State. Mrs Foreman died in Ohio in 1881. She was a member of the Methodist Epsicopal Church for many years. The subject of this sketch remained with his mother until he was fourteen years old, when he was apprenticed for four years to the tailor's trade, receiving for his services his board and clothes. He was married in Pennsylvania, in 1838, to Miss Margaret Reynolds, who was a native of Lancaster County, Pa., born March 18, 1813. In 1835 or 1836 he removed to Marion County, Ohio. It was a new country, and his wife not being pleased with their location, he returned to Pennsylvania, where he staid only a short time, and went back to Marion County, where he remained until 1854. During that year he came West, stopping first at Tipton, Cedar Co.; Iowa, then at Montezuma, Poweshiek County, where he engaged in the milling business, and where he remained until 1864, when he came to Oskaloosa, where he has since resided. The firm of which he is a member is engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, and is the leading business house in those lines in this county. Politically Mr. B. is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. B. are acceptable members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city. In estimating the qualities of a man, actions speak louder than words. Measuring Mr. Barrickman by this rule we class him as a most estimable citizen, possessing all those qualities which should, and do, commend him to his fellow-men, and which have made him a host of friends, and few, if any, enemies.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy