December 1839, Nottinghamshire, England.
April 1909, Keokuk, Iowa.
Oak Grove Cemetery, Hamilton, Illinois.
Trickett emigrated to America at age 12. He went back to England as a young man to complete his education, and studied for a career in law, but soon decided for the ministry.
After returning to America, he bought a farm in Montebello Township, Hancock County, Illinois, which was home for the rest of his life. He became a Disciples of Christ minister, and held pastorates in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri, and did much evangelistic work.
In the closing years of his life, it was his custom to write a Christmas sermon for the Nauvoo, Illinois, Independent. The closing words of his last sermon were:
In all probability, this is the last Christmas sermon I shall write you. Accept as my Christmas gift. It is all I have to give you know. There will be no Christmas festivities for me. I am old and feeble and lonely, but my heart goes out to you in good wishes.
I am very thankful for the warmth and shelter of the hospital, and, while I think and hope that God may give me strength and health again, yet I do not know, nor do I care overmuch. It is well, no matter what happens.
Living or dying, I have partaken of the Christmas melodies. I see beyond the shadow of the cross, and have passed into the garden of Joseph of Arimathea, and am standing among the white lilies of the resurrection. I see that the risen Lord and the Babe of Bethlehem are one, and I cry in the words of the grand old chant,O Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world, have mercy on me.
Amen and amen.