Samuel Barton Hicks
- Name source 1
- Sex: M
- Born: 23 MAR 1809 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland 2
- Born: 23 MAR 1808 in near parishes Drumkeeran/Magheraculmoney, near Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland 3
- Died: 25 OCT 1895 in Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin 4 3
- Buried:: Oakwood Cemetery, Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin 8 9 17 OCT 1885: Samuel purchased land from Mary Hicks (may be wife of William A. B. Hicks). 10 9
- Cause of Death: old age
- Census 1840: 31 OCT 1840: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; age between 20 and 29 16
- Census 1850: 21 SEP 1850: Chippewa, Chippewa, Wisconsin; age 42 11
- Census 1860: 6 JUN 1860: Pepin Twp., Pepin, Wisconsin; age 51 12
- Census 1870: 12 AUG 1870: Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin; age 61 13
- Census 1880: 1 JUN 1880: Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin; age 71 14
- Christened: : Glassmullagh, Fermanaugh, Ireland 5
- Naturalizion: 2 MAY 1854: Oath taken St. Croix County, Wisconsin 7
- Naturalizion: 25 SEP 1860: Series 4, Target 2, page 7, Pepin, Wisconsin 6 7
- Occupation 1: : Farmer
- Occupation 2: : Tavern Owner
- Residence: 1842: Sonora Twp., Hancock, Illinois 15
"Samuel B. Hicks, a pioneer farmer, was born near Enniskillen in Fermanaugh County, Northern Ireland on March 23, 1809 to Robert and Frances Armstrong Hicks. In 1823, he came to Montreal, Canada with his father's family. They later moved to Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Hicks came into the United States by way of the state of New York and down the Ohio River to St. Louis, Missouri where he worked for several years on the steamboats which traveled between St. Louis and Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He left St. Louis and came up the Mississippi River to Warsaw, Illinois. There he was married to Mary Blaisdell on December 31, 1842. They later moved on up the river to Pepin, Wisconsin. The only other settler in the area was John McCain, who had arrived a year earlier at Lake Port, west of Pepin.
The Hicks family homestead 160 acres from the government in 1847. The land lies in Pepin Township, four and one half miles north of Pepin on what is known as C.T.H.H in the valley which bears the family name, Hicks Valley. The family had arrived in November and they had to build a log house before winter set in.
To this union were born eight children: George, Helen (Hicks) Goss, Franklin, Jane (Hicks) Robson, Alice (Hicks) Burke, Peter Scott, Edition (Hicks) Tutle and Eugenia (Hicks) Youmans. Of the children, only Peter Scott remained on the family farm where he was born on October 26, 1858.
Peter Scott Hicks married Manalia Mae Saxe of Mondovi, Wisconsin on July 2, 1884. To this union were born eight children, three sons and five daughters: Verden, Vema (Hicks) Urban, Duane, Orville, Naomi (Hicks) Volkert, Irma (hicks) Lindstedt, Marjorie (Hicks) Fredrickson, and Barbara (Hicks) Petersen. [Ed. note: These are Clyde Hicks' children, not Peter Scott Hicks' children. Peter Scott Hicks had only two children: Clyde and Earl Hicks.]
Some of the events my grandmother told which happened during her life were: When she was first married she came to Hicks Valley to live at age 18. In the coulee east of our place was a Chippewa Indian Village. They lived in wigwams. They also had a running trail through our farm. Sometimes they would stay over night in our house. They would sleep in rows on the bare room floors. At first light, they would be gone.
My grandmother used to walk to Pepin to sell butter and eggs. She received 10 cents a pound for butter and 8 cents for a dozen eggs. We had no refrigerator in these years; however, we had a spring which came from the limestone hills northeast of our house. This water was 42 degrees. All perishable food was kept in crocks and other containers in the spring water. She canned all the meat (pork and beef). They had fresh chicken and always big gardens plus two acres of apple trees and an acre of big blue plums.
Another event that took place at the Hicks homestead was the watering stop of the stage coach. Because of our spring, they didn't have to unhitch the horses. This stage coach route ran between the steamship wharf at Pepin to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
My grandfather wanted to increase the farm to 200 acres. He fatted a hog and hauled it to Eau Claire. The money he received was enough to purchase another forty acres. Land was cheap then.
The Hicks homestead was in the family name for 108 years. My grandparents were also 50 years plus members of the Methodist Church in Pepin."
Source: The Hicks's of Hicks Valley, Pepin, Wisconsin (a written history by Verden Leonard Hicks, submitted to the Pepin Historical Society in the late 1980s)
Hicks Valley Pepin Township Named After an Early Settler
[This article is similar to the one above but gives date of birth as 1808. It also states that Samuel came up the Mississippi River with his family, his mother and three brothers--John A. and his family, Robert F., and William A.B. Because Pepin Lake had begun to freeze, they landed about three miles above Read's Landing, Minnesota. They crossed on a flat boat and stopped at John McCains's cabin. Mr. Hicks made a claim on section eight, township 23, range 14, and built his house. Another house had been built for John A. Hicks and family, and here their daughter, Lydia M. Hicks was born, December 11, 1848. She was probably the first white child born i the county. For many years, Mr. Hicks kept a tavern here, his guests being chiefly lumber men bound up or down the Chippewa Valley. He sometimes accommodated 60 or more men at a time. About 1851, he started a private school at his residence. This was merged into a public school a year or two later. Raised on a farm. 1823-- moved to Montreal, then Toronto, Canada. Later moved to Warsaw, Illinois, where father Robert Hicks died.]
Source: (an article printed in Great River Road Village Journal, Springtime 1997, which cites its source as Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley,
"In 1823 the [Robert Hicks] family removed to Montreal, and thence to Toronto, Canada. Later they removed to Warsaw, Illinois, where Robert Hicks died."
[A few years after his marriage, Samuel moved to St. Louis and worked on a steamboat plying between St. Louis and Fort Snelling. First landed in/near Pepin in summer 1848. In November, 1848, mother Mary Hicks and sons Samuel B., John A. and family, Robert F., and William A. B. Hicks came up the river and landed about 3 miles above Read's Landing, Minnesota.]
[Samuel made a claim on section 8, township 23, range 14. He built a house there and moved the family there soon after.]
[He kept a tavern in Pepin for many years, which served lumber men of the Chippewa Valley.]
[Around 1851, he started a private school at his residence. It was merged into a public school a year or two later.]
[After Mrs. Hicks' death on 18 Oct 1885 he relinquished management of his farm to son Peter Scott Hicks.]
Source: Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin, ed. George Forrester., p. 672-673.
Birth: 23 Mar 1808 Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland (AFN: FW78-S8)
Birth: 28 Mar 1808 Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland (IGI Batch 8022837)
Birth: 31 Mar 1809 Magheraculmoney, Fermanagh, Ireland (IGI Batch 8530530)
Christening: Glassmullagh, Fermanaugh, Ireland (AFN: FW78-S8)
Married: 31 Dec 1842, Spouse Mary Blazdell (AFN:FW79-2L) (AFN: FW78-S8)
Death: 25 Oct 1895 ((AFN: FW78-S8)
Death certificate gives birth date as March 23, 1808.
HICKS, Samuel B. 25 Sept. 1860 4 - 2 - 7
Naturalization Oath taken: St. Croix Co., May 2 1854
Witnesses: John A. Hicks, James Little
Source: Naturalization papers
Name Page Coordinates
Hicks, Samuel R. p. 229 6N8W [a.k.a. Sonora Twp.]
Source: Nauvoo Tax Records, 1842 <http://www.ancestry.com/>
Not mentioned in The Family of Samuel Orr.
Father: Robert Hicks, b. 13 JUN 1770 in Drumkeeran, Leitrim, Ireland
Mother: Frances Katherine Armstrong, b. 27 JAN 1778 in Drummony, Fermanagh, Ireland
Family 1: Mary Blasdell, b. 18 NOV 1823 in England
- Married: 31 DEC 1842: Warsaw, Hancock, Illinois 6 17
- Helen Inez Hicks, b. 14 DEC 1843 in Warsaw, Hancock, Illinois
- Eliza Hicks, b. BET. 1845 - 1848 in Illinois?
- William George Hicks, b. 1849 in Illinois
- Jennie A. Hicks, b. OCT 1859 in Wisconsin
- Francis Franklin Hicks, b. 18 DEC 1852 in Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin
- Alice Hicks, b. OCT 1855 in Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin
- Peter Scott Hicks, b. 26 OCT 1858 in Hicks Valley, Pepin, Wisconsin
- Edith Hicks, b. 11 JUN 1861 in Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin
- Eugenia Hicks, b. 1863 in Pepin, Pepin, Wisconsin
- Title: Judith Hicks Weizel
Text: "Samuel Barton Hicks"
- Title: Obituary for Samuel B. Hicks
Publication: undated and unidentified newspaper
- Title: Death Certificate for Samuel B. Hicks
Comment/Location: Vol. 2 of Deaths, p. 373, City of Durand, Pepin County, Register of Deeds
Media: Official Document
- Title: Cemetery Records, Oakwood Cemetery
- Title: Family Group Record
Comment/Location: Generally untrustworthy
Comment/Location: Ancestral File, http://www.familysearch.org/
- Title: Hicks Descendants by Cynthia Moe
Author: Cynthia Moe
Comment/Location: GED file (Date of Import: Jan 30, 2000), and letters from Cynthia Moe
- Title: Naturalization Certificate for Samuel B. Hicks, 1860
Media: Official Document
- Title: Cemetery Records, Oakwood Cemetery
Text: Researched by Dorothy Davis in approximately 1985 and recorded in letter to Margie Fredrickson. The letter was eventually passed Verden Hicks.
- Title: Judith Hicks Weizel
- Title: Pepin County Land Records, Volume unidentified
Media: Civil Registry
- Title: Census - 1850 US Federal; WI; Chippewa Chippewa
Page/Cite: Sheet 107; entry 576 576
- Title: Census - 1860 US Federal; WI; Pepin Pepin
Page/Cite: p. 18; entry 153 125
- Title: Census - 1870 US Federal; WI; Pepin Pepin
Page/Cite: back of sheet 241, p. 22; entry 171 174
- Title: Census - 1880 US Federal; WI; Pepin Pepin
Page/Cite: ED #103, Sheet 10 D, p. 20; entry 185 185
- Title: Nauvoo Tax Records, 1842
Author: Platt, Lyman
Publication: Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999
Comment/Location: Taken from Film #007,706 in the LDS Family History Library, 5th Item, pp. 163-236; originally compiled 20 August 1842.
Page/Cite: p. 229
- Title: Census - 1840 US Federal; IL; Hancock [Unknown]
Page/Cite: Sheet 166; line 13
- Title: Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin
Author: George Forrester, ed.
Publication: Chicago, Ill.: A. Warner, 1891-2
Comment/Location: Also available at: http://www.cfla.us/Rambling/1891chipval.pdf
Page: p. 672
Text: "Warsaw, December 31, 1842"
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