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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Robert Hicks

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Robert Hicks was born in England about 1578.

    Death: He died in Plymouth on May 24, 1647.

    Ship: Fortune, 1621

    Life in England: Robert Hickes was a fellmonger (leatherseller) living on Bermondsey Street in Southwark. His first eight children were baptized at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey.

    Life in New England:  Robert Hicks came to Plymouth in November 1621. His wife and three children came on the Anne or Little James in the summer of 1623. He was a freeman in Plymouth by 1633. He served the colony in several minor capacities in 1633–4 as an arbiter, appraiser, rater for taxes and as part of a committee for dividing meadow land, but apparently nothing else after that time. Margaret Hicks was educated enough to sign her name to her will. Samuel Fuller in his will requested that “ when my daughter Mercy is fitt to goe to scole that mrs Heeks may teach her as well as my sonne.” She may have taught other well. Both Robert and Margaret Hicks made wills. She died in Plymouth between July 8, 1665, and March 6, 1665/6.

    Family:  Robert Hicks married Margaret _____ by 1603. She died in Plymouth between July 8, 1665, the date of her will, and March 6, 1665/6, the date of probate.

    Children of Robert and Margaret Hicks:

    • Thomas was baptized on February 19, 1603/4, and buried on April 23, 1604.
    • John was baptized on October 12, 1605, with no further record.
    • Sarah was baptized on October 25, 1607, and buried on February 24, 1617/8.
    • Richard was baptized on September 17, 1609, with no further record.
    • Samuel was baptized on August 18, 1611. He married Lydia Doane on September 11, 1645, in Plymouth and had two children. He died by June 1677.
    • Lydia was baptized on September 6, 1612. She married Edward Bangs before 1633 and had one son. She died a year or two later.
    • Phoebe was baptized on March 15, 1614/5, and married George Watson by about 1636 and had seven children. She died on May 22, 1663.
    • Mary was baptized on May 11, 1617, and buried on September 14, 1619.
    • Ephraim was born in Plymouth about 1625. He married Elizabeth Howland on September 13, 1649, and died on December 12, 1649 of “a violent death.”
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