BRICKEY FAMILY HISTORY
Washington County, Missouri
John S. Brickey - From:
Reminiscences of the Bench
and Bar of Missouri:
At the first session of the General Assembly, after the organization of the state government, in 1821, Mr. Brickey was chosen secretary of the Senate. At the election which resulted in the elevation of Mr. Monroe to the Presidency, Mr. Brickey was chosen elector, & gave his vote for Monroe & Thompkins. He also represented Washington County several times in the Legislature, & for about 18 years was prosecuting attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Mr. Brickey had some experience in military life, having, in 1812, joined the Rangers, a body of men sent out by the government to protect the settlers from the ravages of the Indians, who had been instigated by the British government.
From the Brickey Diary:
When Clark was born in 1834 my wife appeared in better health than usual. The next spring, probably the last of April, when I wished to go to St. Louis she besought me not to go as there was some report of cholera. But I went & on my return I found Francis sick but my wife in fine health. A few nights after Francis wanted a drink of water & would not be satisfied unless gotten out of the barrel, knowing it was cooler than that in the house. I got up but could not find my shoes. My wife sprang up, slipped on her shoes & throwing something over her got the water & returned to bed.
I think the second day after became indisposed. I recalled about her going out unclothed & that her arm that she took out the water with was damp. She still grew worse. Dr. Harrison, our family physician, was out in the country & it was uncertain when he would return. So after consulting we concluded to send for Dr. McGready, who when examining pronounced her very bilious, so prepared a pill to be taken that night which operated severely. Next day he still prounounced her bilious, recomending more calomel. Thus she was induced to take another pill for he only gave one large white pill. Than night it appeared as if she would not endure the operation. Next morning he came over & she told him of the severe operation & that he had given her too much strong medicine & that she would take nothing more from him. I believe from this time her derangement commenced. That day Dr. Harrison returned & he was called in. I then discovered her situation might be cirtical. I told Dr. McGready that I still wished him & Dr. Harrison to consult & prescribe. Buet he soon mad pretense, as I always thought, to become offended with Dr. Harrison & so broke off. From the belief of women attending my first wife it was Dr. McGready's ignorance about female complaint that she died. I believe I saved Eliza's life by discharging him & calling in another Doctor Brown. I still think it unfortunate we called on the Dr. Either ignorance or worse, as I believe he did not like my wife was the cause of her death.
From: Wetmore's Gazeteer of Missouri
Moses Austin is not only credited with being the founding father of Potosi but also "The Grandfather of Texas." In 1821 Moses Austin traveled to San Antonio where he received the first American grant for a colony in Texas. Upon his return he was exposed to severe hardships & became ill. He died 10 June 1821 in St. Francois County & was originally buried at Hazel Run. In 1828 his body was disinterred & reburied in the Potosi City Cemetery. A very unusual occurrence was discovered at this time as John S. Brickey tells the story:
Goodspeeds Hist. of Wash. Co. Mo. - pg. 534
News: Levy Items
From: WorthPoint: 1852 North Carolina Gold Mining Letter Great Content! Judge John S. Brickey, Potosi, Mo.
This is a receipt dated 6 June 1814 from John S. Brickey of Mine Shibboleth in Washington County, Missouri Territory, to Mrs. Banford for $3.00 for “crying the vendue,” or conducting a public sale or auction. The transaction probably was part of an estate settlement.
On 6 June 1814 John Perry, Jr., of Mine au Burton (Mine á Breton) by this note told Mrs. Banford “you will plan to pay Mr. John S. Brickey three Dollars which is coming to him for Crying the vendue and oblige.” On the reverse side of the note Brickey acknowledged receiving “the full amount” from Mrs. Banford. The note is assigned “No. 5,” which indicates that it might have been part of a probate proceeding, perhaps the sale of Mrs. Banford’s husband’s estate.
History of Southeast Missouri by Douglas