John Peter HICKMAN's parentage had been a bit of amystery: while many believed he was born to Johann Adam and Anna Elisabeth(a) Lenner Heckmann in Rothenberg im Odenwald, Hessen, Germany ~1740, there are no records of his birth there - or of his journey to America. In the late 1700's, he left Berks County PA for VA, and later Sullivan County TN. A husband to four wives (he outlived all but the last), his descendants were numerous - and they blanketed the South and Midwest.
A distant cousin of mine in Austin, TX has written the most comprehensive book to date on the John Peter HICKMAN family line: "Wolfe and Hickman of East Tennessee". Dr. Trimble donated his book to the Brigham Young University Library, and so it can be downloaded online for free:http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/F...
[The file is huge, and it will take a while to download...]
Another distant HICKMAN cousin in Austin had his DNA tested, and his DNA matched mine 100% (for the markers he had tested)... so we have proven once and for all that John Peter HICKMAN is in my HECKMAN family line!
DNA test prices recently decreased by 10% or more, so give it a thought if you'd like to prove your family relationships once and for all!