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Lincecum, Gideon (22 April 1793–28 November 1874), naturalist and frontiersman, was born in Hancock County, Georgia, the son of Hezekiah Lincecum and Sally Hickman, farmers. Because of his family’s frequent moves along the frontier in Georgia and South Carolina, Gideon completed only five months of formal schooling. He read avidly, however, from volumes he earned by selling books for ...