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James R. Hickey Post #120 of the American Legion in Palmyra, NY was named after the first soldier from Palmyra to be killed in action in World War I.jamesrhickey1

James Raymond Hickey first appears in the 1900 census at age 11, residing in the Town of Palmyra with his father Morris, mother Bridget, and siblings John, Mary, Daniel, Morris Jr., Patrick, Anna, Michael and Katharine. His father Morris was said to be born in Canada in November 1858 to Irish-born parents. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1867, was a naturalized citizen, and a farm labor who rented a house. Bridget Hickey was born in Ireland in February 1856, emigrated in 1874, was married for 21 years, and had 9 children all born in New York State, of whom 9 were living. Eldest child John Hickey was born in December 1879 and was a day laborer for the railroad. Mary Hickey was born in July 1881, Daniel in June 1883, Morris Jr. in May 1885, Patrick in December 1886, James in November 1888, Anna in October 1890, Michael in January 1893, and Katharine in January 1896. All but the two oldest and youngest child Katharine had attended school within the past year.

In 1910 Morris and Bridget Hickey and 7 of their children were residing in Palmyra. Morris was a laborer who emigrated in 1867, and Bridget stated again that she emigrated to the U.S. in 1874. All of her children were still living. At home were John, a “builder on bridge,” Mary and Daniel who were both laborers at a packing factory, James who was a laborer “working out,” and the three youngest children Anna, Michael and Katherine. Morris Jr. and Patrick were living elsewhere.

At the time that James Raymond Hickey registered for the WWI Draft, he said he resided at 2 Spring St., village of Palmyra (which is right by the cemetery), and was employed in the factory of Garlock Packing Co. James was age 29, single, and born November 2, 1888 in Palmyra. There was no second page to his card so we have no physical description nor date of registration. But his name appears in village and town listings of many men due to leave Wayne County for basic training. [front page of The Newark Union-Gazette, Saturday, February 23, 1918]