24 May 2018

Individual Report for Elizabeth Lincecum Huckaby Reat (d. 1900)

Individual Report - ELHReatElizabeth Lincecum was born 31 October 1829 in either the Arkansas Territory or the state of Mississippi. She was a daughter of Grabel Lincecum and his wife Wilmoth.

In trying to narrow down a birthplace for Elizabeth, I have the following bits of information to offer:

First is from the Rhode Island American and Providence Gazette, dated 14 November 1828 --

Burrell Jones, of Little Rock (Arkansas) was called to his door, the 23d ult, by two of his neighbors, who pretended to be travellers, and while Jones was gathering some wood to kindle a fire, the villains shot him through the body. -- The unfortunate man died the next day, having disclosed the names of his murderers, Dr. Charles C. P. Welsh and Gabrel Lincecum, who fled the following morning.  Welsh and Jones had had a slight difference, a few days before the murder.

Next is from Historical Sketches of Oktibbeha County (Mississippi) by Thomas Battle Carroll, pub.  1931 --

  • Page 12 -- "The white population gradually increased. I do not know the names of some who settled here during the decade ending in 1820...I am almost sure that Grabel Lincecum was here in 1830..."
  • Page 22 -- "Many of the tribe did not remove within the three years. Sometimes trouble arose between an individual Indian and an individual white man. In 1830, near the turnpike in southeast Oktibbeha, Grabel Lincecum in a personal altercation killed a Choctaw. The act was probably justifiable, or at least excusable, under the white man's law, but not under the Indian's, which in case of homicide admitted no legal defense, requiring that he who had killed another, no matter what the circumstance, accidental or intentional, should forfeit his own life. Lincecum thought it prudent to leave. Accordingly, with his wife, his seven-year-old son, and their baby in the mother's arms, he journeyed to Arkansas, following Indian trails. Later, having made a settlement satisfactory to the Indians, he returned with his family to this county. To and from Arkansas, the family journeyed on horseback; Lincecum taking his son behind him on one horse; the wife, carrying the baby in her arms, on another…" [That baby was almost certainly Elizabeth.]

Grabel died about 1837, so Elizabeth was most likely in the household of her mother – Mrs. W. Lincecum – for the 1840 Noxubee County, Mississippi Federal census. And this is where she married (at about age 17-18) Jackson Huckaby on 31 August 1847. The 1850 census (same location) showed he was a planter, born about 1819.


Elizabeth and Jackson had three children:

  • Grabel Epluribus Unum Huckaby (1848-1932)
  • Gaius Lincecum Huckaby (d. 1908)
  • Marcella Jackson Huckaby Duty (1853-1930)

Rumor has it Jackson Huckaby died from injuries sustained in a wagon accident, but I have no good source for that information. I do know his widow married John F. Reat at Noxubee County in the summer of 1857. He was born about 1815 in Virginia.

[To back up slightly, it's interesting to note a J. F. Rheat was the neighbor of Elizabeth and Jackson for the 1850 Noxubee County, Mississippi Federal census. The couple's neighbor on the other side was Elizabeth's brother Bartlett (Bartley).]


Elizabeth and John had two sons:

I have yet to find all members of this blended family in the 1870 US census, but did find Geo. E. U. Huckaby in those records. He was born about 1849 in Mississippi, occupied as a bookkeeper, and located in Burleson County, Texas.

Daughter Marcella Jackson married her husband Robert Emmett Duty in Washington County, Texas 2 April 1874. With the exception of this (at the time) young mother of two, who was in Travis County, the entire Reat-Huckaby family was found in the 1880 Lee County, Texas Federal census. And this is where Elizabeth would live out her days.

John F. Reat died 20 June 1889, making Elizabeth a widow again. She lived eleven more years, and passed away 21 days before her 71st birthday. Both John and Elizabeth were buried at Scott Cemetery in Lee County.


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