John Michael Kiker is a brother of 10 other Kiker siblings born of the union of Sarah Ingraham Howell and Benjamin Franklin Kiker. My great great grandfather was the oldest child of those children -- Eli Robinson Kiker.
The family moved from near Bristers Cove, Alabama, about 25 miles west of Gadsden. You will also find references to Walnut Springs and Murphee's Cross Roads if you begin to look for this branch of the Kiker Family while in Alabama.
They departed Alabama in September 1870, and followed a conventional route to Texas through Texarkana, to Dallas, then south to the Waco area. Sarah I. Kiker is buried in a small cemetery about 15 miles west of Waco.
After two years in McClellan County, the family moved to Erath Co. where the husband of one of the girls had land he was willing to sell to his brothers-in-law. That land was near Dublin, south of Stephenville. A record of those transactions is a part of the County Clerk's records in Erath County.
John Michael built a cotton gin near the Greens Creek Methodist Church which was heavily membered by the Kiker families in the area. He enjoyed an excellent reputation.
Rev. Orville Pinckney Kiker, a Methodist minister was my great uncle. He was raised near Morgan Mill, in Erath Co. His younger brother, Ira Claude Kiker, was also a Methodist minister. They were nephews of John Michael Kiker.
John Michael Kiker must have been one of the more interesting of the descendants of Benj. F. and Sarah I. Kiker. He was wounded in the Civil War. He recovered and went to Texas with the the other brothers and sisters, in 1870, established the Kiker Gin, but lost a hand in the machinery.
We have considerable information regarding John Michael Kiker. Write to Donna Kiker Liddell at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has all the information that myself, her own research efforts, as well as that of Richard E. Kyker have been pooled.
There is only one stipulation to getting access to our information and that is that you must tell us about yourself and what you know about the Kiker Family so that we may include that in the History of the Kiker Family. It's a matter of share and share alike in return.
Thanks, Jim Kiker
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