Israel Hicks was born about 1785 in New Brunswick, Canada. Looking at his year of birth, you might assume that he was the child of Loyalists who fled the newly formed United States in 1783 at the close of the Revolutionary War, but, in this case, you would be mistaken.
Israel was actually the son of Ira Hicks, born in 1761 in Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island and grandson of Samuel Hicks and Thankful Bowen. The Hicks were Pre-Loyalists with Samuel and Thankful moving their young family from Rhode Island to New Brunswick, Canada not long after baby Ira’s 1761 birth.
Abigail Carlisle was the daughter of Robert and Catherine (MNU) Carlisle, born about 1793, also in New Brunswick, Canada. Robert IS considered to be a Loyalist, although I would not call him that in the technical sense of the word. His military service during the Revolution was to help guard Nova Scotia from attack. I have found no evidence that he ever lived in the former colonies before or during the war. He was a loyal subject of the king, but not one who lived in America.
Israel Hicks and Abigail Carlisle married on 9 March 1819 in Shediac, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada. The Carlisle family lived in Sussex Vale, Kings County, New Brunswick so I am not sure what she was doing in Shediac.
The two towns are 65-70 miles apart, which was quite a trip in 1819. After they married, they settled down in Buctouche, Kent County, New Brunswick, which is a further 20+ north of Shediac.
Israel and Abigail Hicks had eight children, but I know little about most of them. I am hoping some Canadian cousins might see this post and get in touch with me.
(Israel’s and Abigail’s children are left aligned; their grandchildren are bulleted.)
Children, probably all born in Buctouche:
Ira, born 3 September 1821; died 11 September 1908, McKees Mills, Kent County, New Brunswick; married Matilda Abrams, 25 November 1844, Kent County, New Brunswick. Ira and Matilda have descendants, who I believe mostly live in Canada.
Ira and Matilda had eight children:
- Abigail, born 12 August 1845; died 27 November 1908; married Duncan McKay, 30 June 1880
- Deborah, born 1847; married Peleg S. Jones, 21 June 1877
- Abram, born 1852; died 1928; married Mary E. MacFarlane
- Jane, born 1855; married Charles Geddes
- Ephraim H., born 1857; died 1921; married Margaret Hyslop
- James Ira, born 1859; died 1938; married Harriet Jane Sherwood
- Elida Felicia, born 1863; died 1946; married Robert McConnell
- Emma Elizabeth, born 1 April 1866; married Willard Jones
Polly, born about 1823
Ephraim, born about 1825
William, born about 1827
David Harris, born December 1829; died 27 September 1853, Meddybemps, Washington County, Maine; unmarried. He was likely visiting or living with sister Elida, her husband and their family when he died.
Charles, born about 1831
Elida Ann, born 1833; died 20 February 1914, Calais, Washington, Maine; married Charles Augustus Stewart, 6 July 1850, Calais, Washington, Maine. Charles and Elida have descendants, all living in the U.S., as far as I know.
Elida and Charles Stewart/Stuart had eight children:
- Wallace Newmarch, born May 1851; died 20 April 1882; married Annie M. Seymour
- Permelia M., born December 1852; died 22 June 1854
- Felicia, born September 1854; died 22 August 1861
- Harry Weston, born June 1857; died 20 July 1911; married Nancy Gilman Aldrich
- Melissa E., born 4 August 1859; died 11 May 1921; married Frederick Austin Findley; had no children
- Carey M., born November 1866; died 18 February 1869
- William C., born March 1868; died after 1940; married Josephine M. Sadler
- Annie Maude, born 24 June 1874; died 10 September 1940; married Charles Edwin Adams, 21 September 1898
Valentine, born December 1834; died 20 March 1912, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, but he is buried in Robbinston; married Mary Ellen Noddin, about 1862, probably in New Brunswick, Canada.
In 1850, Valentine was a 15 year old laborer living in the home of Phillip Boyden in Robbinston. Valentine and Mary were living in Robbinston, Washington County, Maine in 1900. She reported having given birth to nine children, five living. Robbinston was close to Meddybemps, where sister Elida lived.
Valentine and Mary had nine children, eight of whom have been identified:
- Harris M., born 1863; died 1884 in an accident in the woods; unmarried.
- George L., born May 1864; died 24 June 1887; unmarried.
- Howard, born 1866; no further record, but by process of elimination, he must be the fifth child living in 1900 and 1910. It is possible that Howard returned to Canada to live. He is not the Howard Hicks living inFalmouth, ME in 1900. Some Believe he is the Howard living in Kittitas, WA in 1900 and onwards. However, in 1900, he is next door to the family of a Manfred HIcks, age 60, which might be coincidence since Hicks is a common name, but he might be a son of that Manfred.
- Carrie Maud – born August 1869; married Clifford S. Lovell, 20 November 1890, Robbinston, ME. He was from Middleboro, MA.
- Eliza Evelyn, born 24 May 1872; died 14 August 1935; married Walter F. Anderson, 14 October 1893. He was from Stoneham, MA.
- Israel Lindsey, born 19 August 1874; died 27 December 1894 of tuberculosis; unmarried.
- Lucy M., born 8 September 1876; married Howard Cline, 26 February 1894, Robbinston, ME. He was from Middleboro, MA.
- Mary Etta, born 19 November 1878; no further record.
Israel Hicks died before 9 December 1835, when his estate was administered. He was only about 50 when he died and left widow Abigail with children ranging in age from 14 to a few months old to raise on her own.
Abigail never remarried. She died 27 March 1871 in Meddybemps, where, like son David, she was either visiting or living with daughter Elida’s family and is buried in the Charlotte, Maine Cemetery near other Stuart family members.