Samuel Barton Hicks

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Samuel Barton Hicks

County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Death 25 Oct 1895 (aged 86)
Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 20251030 · View Source
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Brother Robert F. Hicks.
John Alexander Hicks.
George Barton Hicks.
Sister Frances Hicks Twells.

S/o Robert Hicks & Frances Armstrong. He married Mary Blasdell 31 Dec. 1842 in Illinois. There is no tombstone for Samuel, only for his wife Mary.

November, 1845
Camp Creek, Illinois:

Brothers William Rice and Samuel Hicks' farmhouse was burned by about thirty members of the mob. They tried to blame the governor's troops for the evil deed. At 12:30 a.m., a company of thirty men came to the home and called for Brother Samuel Hicks, who got out of bed and asked what they wanted. They said they were the governor's troops from Carthage and had a warrant of arrest for William Rice, who they believed was there. Brother Hicks told them that he was not there. They forced Hicks out of the house without anything but his shirt. His wife and children were sick with the flu. They ordered Joseph Swymler and his brother to carry out Brother Hicks' goods, and then they set fire to the home before all the goods could be taken out. They then brought Brother Hicks back, who was very cold and sick, gave him many insults, and then left. Later they went and burned Brother Rice's home.


Pepin Star 31 October, 1895


Samuel B. Hicks a pioneer farmer who has been known and respected by everyone who has lived here any length of time within nearly half a century died at the old family homestead last Sunday night at 8 minutes to 12 O'clock. He had been sick for several weeks, the physical man worn out by long and active service.

Mr. Hicks was born near Ennskillen, Ireland, March 23, 1809. In 1823 he came to Canada with his farther's family and later to Warshaw, Ill., where he married Mary Blaisdell in 1842. In November 1848, he came to Pepin with his family and built a log house near where the present residence stands and has lived here ever since.

Mrs. Hicks died in October 1885, since which time Mr. HIcks had given over the management of his fine farm to his son Scott. He leaves six daughters, Mrs. D. Goss, Eliza, Mrs. Wm. Robinson, Mrs. Wm. Burke, Mrs. John Tuttle, and Mrs. H. Yomans, and two sons, Frank and Scott.

Mr. HIcks, though of limited education, was a man of great shredness and integrity and a good neighbor and citizen. He was consious of the last moment of his life, and arranged in detail the disposition of all of his possessions and made everyplan for his burial, knowing that he could not recover. The funeral was conducted from the Hicks Valley school house Tuesday afternoon, Rev. John Fisher officiating.

History of Chippewa Valley
Published 1891-2

Samuel B. Hicks retired farmer, Pepin, was born near Enniskillen, Fermamagh, Ireland March 23, 1808, a son of Robert and Frances (Armstrong) Hicks. In 1823 the family removed to Montreal and thence to Toronto, Canada. Later they removed to Warsaw, Ill., where Robert Hicks died (actually he died in Nauvoo, Ill).

Samuel B was reared on a farm., where he received little or no education. He was married at Warsaw, December 31, 1842 to Mary Blasdel. They had nine childern: Helen (Mrs. D. Goss), Eliza, William G., Manda (Mrs. William Robson), Frances F., Alice (Mrs. Wm. Burke), Peter Scott, Edith (Mrs. J. Tuttle), Eugenia (Mrs H. Yeomans).

A few years after his marriage Mr. Hicks removed to St. Louis and worked on a steambgoat plying between St. Louis and Ft. Snelling. In the summer of 1848 he landed at or near Pepin, ad looking over the country, was attracted by the springs and brooks abounding with trout, and determined to make this place his home.

In November, 1848, he came up river accompanied by his family , mother and three brothers, John A. (and family), Robert F. amd William A.B. On account of the lake having begun to freeze, they were laded about three miles above
Read's landing, Minn. They crossed on a flat boat and stopped at John McCain's cabin.

Mr. Hicks made a claim on section eight, township twenty-three range fourteen, and although the weather was bitter cold, built a long house on the site of his present residence, whither he removed his family a few days after their arrival.

Another house had been built near by 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 in the county.

For several years Mr. Hicks kept a tavern here, his guests being chiefly lumbermen bound up or down the Chippewa Valley. He sometimes accommodated sixty or more men at a time.

About 1851 he started a private school at his residence. This was merged in a public school a year or two later.

Mrs. Hicks died October 18, 1885, since which event Mr. Hicks relinquished the management of the farm to his son Scott, who was married July 2, 1884, to Miss Manalia M. Saxe. They have one child, Earl L., born May 27, 1885.

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