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Lickly family papers

Identifier: c-00434

Scope and Contents

The Lickly family papers contain Civil War letters (1862-1864) of William Lickly, James Lickly, and Albert Barber, to and from friends and relatives. They were members of the 18th Michigan Infantry Regiment. The letters contain articulate descriptions of military life and occasional commentary on the condition of "Negroes in the South." The post-war letters are concerned with Michigan farm life and religious activities. Note: A spelling change sometime between 1864 and 1866 added an "e" to Lickly, so that it is presently spelled Lickley.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1874


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

James Lickly (son of John Meeks Lickly and Lovina Denney) was born March 25, 1823 in New York. Lickly enlisted in Company F, 18th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 26 Aug 1862 in Wright, Michigan. He died of disease on 11 Sep 1864 at Decatur, Alabama.

William Lickly (son of John Meeks Lickly and Lovina Denney) was born December 6, 1831 in Erie, New York. He married Malvinia Barber (sister of Albert Barber) on December 6, 1859 in Wright, Michigan. He died on May 12, 1907 in Pittsford, Michigan.

Albert Barber (son of Homan Barber and Harriet Mason) was born in 1844 in Wright, Michigan. Barber enlisted in Company F, 18th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 26 Aug 1862. He died of disease on 24 Sep 1864 at Cahaba, Alabama. He was the brother of William Lickly's wife.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 5 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Kate Nichols Lickly, 1970-11-13.

Related Archival Materials

See also collections Ralph M. Lickley papers (UA 10.3.434) and, Albert Barber papers (c.00282).

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Lickly Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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