Yet to be summarised. He was reasonably wealthy and had 11 children, 6
and 5 daughters.
Parents and family
Other than a birth county and approximate date (1781 +/-5),
the only other
clue I currently have to who John's parents might have been is the
ownership of the land on which his family worked. Two Quaker families,
HICKS and SMITH, owned much of the farmland around Barfield
John HICKS of Great
, gentleman, left in his Will, probated in
and leasehold lands (see Wills Index
and a tenement
mill, all in Barfield
These he left to his wife Elizabeth for
her life and then to his nephew Charles HICKS of Barfield
family's genealogy is relatively well understood from Quaker Birth,
Marriage and Burial records. They were the descendants
of William HICKS
of Felsted, Essex. and John was born on 15
Jul 1779 in Great Saling, Essex, son of George HICKS and his wife
researchers have cited John HICKS and Susannah PERRY as his
For the time being I have followed their lead. However, as John's
earliest daughter is christened
Elizabeth I am beginning to wonder if I am looking at two families and
According to the 1841
John was born about 1781 (+/- 5) and somewhere
Childhood and education
Employment prior to marriage
Marriage to Susannah Perry
On 12 Oct 1800 John married Susannah PERRY in Barfield
On 31 Mar 1801 his daughter Elizabeth HICKS was born. She was
Christened on 26 Apr 1801
17 Jan 1803 his son Jeremiah
HICKS was born. He was Christened on the 6 Mar 1803 at Barfield
. He Married: 1) Jane, before 1841; 2) Harriet
probably Dec Quarter
1871, Dunmow registration district, Essex.
On 9 Feb 1807 his daughter Hannah HICKS was born. She was Christened on
14 Jun 1807 at Barfield
On 16 Feb 1809 his daughter Susannah HICKS was Christened at Barfield
About 16 Apr 1810 his daughter Mary HICKS was Christened at Bardfield
About 4 May 1812 his son John
was born in Barfield
. I have yet to find a
Sarah STAINES, daughter of Benjamin STAINES, 30 April 1830.
On 13 May 1814 his son Jonas HICKS was born. He was Christened 15 Jul
1814 at Barfield
. He married Eliza. Died 1867?
On 23 Mar 1816 his son Robert HICKS was born. He was Christened
on 21 Dec 1816 at Barfield
. He married Sarah (either SAVILL or WILLIS?)
5 May 1819 his son Oberill Asshus HICKS was born. He was Christened on
27 Jun 1819 at Barfield
This name is so bizzare that it is probably a
transcription error. Oberill is a rare surname, it may relate to the
preceding person or have been given in rememberence of someone. It
might just conceivably also be a transcription error for a name such as
second name could be a transcription error for Arthur.
On 12 Jul 1821 his daughter Susannah HICKS was born. She was Christened
on 26 Aug 1821 at Barfield
On 26 Dec 1823 his son George HICKS was born. He was Christened on the
29 Feb 1824 at Barfield
. He married Rebecca JOHNSON, 26 Dec 1852.
On the 1841 Census John is listed at Crow Green in Barfield
The entry is difficult to interpret as there are a large number of
family groups listed under 'ditto' for what appears to be Brscy Up.
Occasionally groups are seperated by double strikes rather than single
listed in order are
- / Benj'n STAINES, 65, Ag
Lab, born in county
- Sarah STAINES, 60, , born in county
- / John HICKS, 60, Ind't,
born in county
|Benjamin and Sarah are the
parents of Sarah
who married his son John HICKS (1812-).
WILLIS and his family, Henry PHILLIPS, John ROBINSON and his family,
Elizabeth HARDY and her family, John ADAMS and his family
followed by ...
- / Susan HICKS, 60, , born in county
- Arthur HICKS, 20, Ag Lab, born in county
- George HICKS, 17, Ag Lab, born in county
- /Mary PERRY, 80, born in county
- // .....
is the sort of age one might infer for Susannah HICKS (nee PERRY). The latter
had a son,
George HICKS, born in Dec 1823 and so would have been 17 or 18. She
also had a son who would have been aged about 22 (which the census
would round to 20 or 25) and may have been called Arthur.
That John could live by independant
means suggests that he was fairly well off.
Last Will and Testament
Not known. After the 1841 Census but believed to be before the 1861
Census. John does not appear of the 1851 Census, but this is probably
because the 1851 records for the Bardfield Saling area were lost. The
BMD index has no John HICKS death registered in Dunmow
district between 1840 and 1852. Thereafter there were two
- Dunmow, Sep Quarter 1854, John HICKS, Vol 4a, Pg 270 (this
probably the John HICKS of Great Bardfield mentioned above.)
- Dunmow, Jun Quarter 1856, John HICKS, Vol 4a, Pg 217
is probably his son John
HICKS (1812-) of Bardfield Saling)
Descendants and notable relations
To be continued...
- PEASE, Michael, Pease-Cordova Family Genealogy,