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Hicks Family History

GEORGE HICKS was born 1833 in Udimore, Rye, Sussex, England, (Father George Hicks) and he d: 1923 in Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia while visiting his daughter, Jessie Colbran in Sydney where he contracted a cold and d: from heart failure.

Death Notice: HICKS - June 4, 1923, at Sydney, George Hicks, of Hillside, Clareval via Stroud, aged 88 years." He was bur: Methodist Cemetery (now United) Row 31923 Stroud, NSW

George Hicks's parents were WILLIAM HICKS (b: 1799 at Rye, Udimere, Sussex, England; d: 1879 Kent, Sussex) who mar: 1828  at East Guldeford, Sussex his mother was MARY WENHAM (b: 1806 Beckley, Sussex; d: 1887 Kent, Sussex)

George's mother's younger brother was WILLIAM WENHAM (b 1814  Beckley, Sussex) - he mar in 1838 and decided to immigrate to Australia on the barque "Florist" where he arrived at Sydney in 1839 with his wife Elizabeth Ann BARNES. They settled in the Stroud area of New South Wales, Australia.

George Hicks immigrated in 1857 and in 1859 he mar: his cousin (William Wenham's daughter) MARY ANN WENHAM at St. John's C Of E Church at Stroud, Port Stephens. Mary was b: at Williams River, New South Wales and d: 14 Sept 1931 at Vacy, New South Wales.

Children of GEORGE HICKS and MARY WENHAM are:

i. WILLIAM GEORGE HICKS (b. 1860, Port Stephens; d: 1895 Western Australia)  He mar: 1883 to Agnes Gore in Wingham, NSW, Australia - she was b: 25 Jul 1864 in Kimbriki, Manning River NSW (her father was Henry Gore (1824-1915) and her mother Mary Ann Pearce (1829-1868) Agnes d: 27 Oct 1950 in Taree, New South Wales, Australia Bur: Tinonee Cem. Their family:

a Oliver Mark Hicks (b: 21 Nov 1884 in Stroud Rd, NSW d: 1960 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia)

b George Raymond Hicks (b: 18 Feb 1887 in Stroud Rd, NSW d: 31 Aug 1971 in Waltcha, NSW)  mar: 1919 in Waltcha New England, NSW to Annie Catherine Watson (b: 1885 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; d: 1950 in Waltcha,  NSW)

Their son Allan Lance Hicks (b: 1925 in Walcha, New South Wales, Australia d: 1979 in Nowendoc, New South Wales, Australia)

c William (Willie) Hicks (b: 04 Aug 1888 in Stroud Rd, NSW d: 26 Jan 1898 in Stroud Rd, NSW)

 d Spencer Hicks (b: 04 Sep 1889 in Stroud Rd, NSW d: 03 May 1975 in Woodville, New South Wales)  mar Maude Frances Wattus They had 8 children

e Beatrice Blanch Hicks (b: 01 Sep 1891 in Stroud Rd, NSW d: 09 Feb 1892 in Stroud Rd, NSW)

(The family must have lost touch as knowledge of William's death was apparently unknown at time of his father's died) UNCLAIMED MONEY. NEXT OF KIN AND HEIRS : WANTED. Newspaper Advert: The Sydney Morning Herald; Tues 17 Mar 1925: William George Hicks, son of George Hicks late of Clareval near Stroud, Grazier, deceased, is requested to communicate with Collins, Solicitor Stroud, New South Wales, or his Agents, Messrs. W. S. GRAY and PERKINS, Solicitors, 875 George Street, Sydney.

ii ANNE HICKS (b 1862 Stroud, NSW - d: 1862 Patricks Plain, New South Wales, Australia)

iii. SPENCER HICKS (1) b: 1863 Bourke, New South Wales; 1863

iv. SPENCER HICKS (2) b: 1865 Singleton, New South Wales; d: 1934 Patricks Plain (now Singleton), NSW

v. BLANCHE HICKS (b. 1867, Port Stephens; d. 1934, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia) She mar: 15 Jul 1897 FREDERICK ERNEST CORY in St John's Church, Stroud, NSW, Australia, son of GILBERT CORY and CHARLOTTE HAINES. He was b: 10 Mar 1866 in Tackbear, Vacy, NSW, Australia, and d; 20 Feb 1930 in Inverell, Newtown, NSW, Australia.

Sydney Morning Herald - Wed. 18 August 1897: Marriages: CORY - HICKS: On July 5, at St. John's Church, Stroud, by the Rev. G. Rushforth. Frederick Ernest, son of the late Albert Cory, of Neyarrow, Vacy, to Blanche, eldest daughter of Mr. George Hicks, of Clareval.

Their children:  Dora Blanche Cory; Frederick Arthur Cory; Jessie I.M. Cory; Gilbert Ernest Cory and Edward George Cory.

vi. JOHN HICKS, b. 4 Aug 1868 at Adventure Farm, Narratta, d. 16 Jul 1911, New Guinea. He was the 2nd husband of AMY CLARKE whom he mar 1907 at Kalumandau, Papua New Guinea. Amy was b: 1884, and d: 1960. 

Newspaper: "Death At New Guinea: Mr John Hicks, aged 42, son of Mr Hicks of Clareval, we are sorry to say, died quite recently in New Guinea, where he had been gold mining. He leaves a wife and two children, besides a wide circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss."

John was said to have a pearl lugger at some time and reported to have died of Black Water fever and was bur: in an unmarked grave on the Trobian Island, New Guinea where he died. His name is on the family headstone in Stroud, NSW Their daus: 

a. AMY EILEEN BONAVAT HICKS, b. 1908; d. 1976;

b. JESSIE HICKS, b. 1910, Samarai, Papua, New Guinea; d. 1990, Toowoomba, Queensland; mar. (1) WILLIAM GEORGE POLLARD, 1930, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia; b. 1895, Tenterfield, New South Wales; d. 1964, Brisbane, Queensland; mar. (2) ARTHUR SEABY, 1973, Barcaldine, Queensland; b. 1904, Barcaldine, Queensland; d. 1976, Barcaldine, Queensland.

vii. HOWARD HICKS (b. 18 Mar 1872, Port Stephens; d. 19 Jul 1919, Mount George, Wingham, New South Wales) He mar; REBECCA GRIFFIN 02 Feb 1909 in William Street Methodist Church, Sydney, daughter of EBENEZER GRIFFIN and MARY ANDREWS. She was b: 11 Jan 1875 in St Olave, Surrey, London, and died 29 Dec 1953 in Sydney, Australia.


1 Roslyn Doreen Hicks; (b: 1911 in Drummoyne, NSW, Australia; d: 09 May 2003 in Drummoyne, NSW, Australia) Mar: 1945 in Drummoyne, NSW, Australia  to Frederick Arthur Cory (b: 12 Apr 1902 in Armidale, NSW - his father: Frederick Ernest Cory and mother: Blanche Hicks ; Leading Aircraftman FREDERICK ARTHUR CORY 134803 served in the  Royal Australian Air Force from 8 June 1943 until 11 March 1948)
he d: 27 Aug 1979 in Drummoyne, NSW, Australia)

Their son Peter (Fred) Cory

 2 John (Jack) Howard Hicks (b: 15 Jul 1912 in Walcha, NSW; d: 07 Nov 2004 in Paterson Bur: Cremated ashes at Paterson Presbyterian Cemetery (in wall) Mar: 1940 in Patterson to Olive Emily Stone (b: 04 Jul 1919 in Wingham - her father: Oliver Thomas Stone and mother: Alice Mabel Potts; she d: 30 Oct 1974 in Paterson; Bur: Paterson Presbyterian Cem. Brothers  Jack) and Rex stayed around the Gloucester / Mt George area after their mother Rebecca moved to Sydney About 1942, Jack moved to Paterson to work with the Dept. of Railways.They had 7 children:

John Lawrence; Robert (Bob) Keith; Russell Raymond; Dianne Yvonne; Terrence (Terry) Oliver; Phillip Clive and Carol Anne Hicks

3 Rex Newlyn Hicks (b: 1913 in Walcha, NSW; d: 10 Mar 1996 in Gloucester, NSW) Mar: 1942 in Taree  to Ena Gwendoline Payne - she d: in Paterson. 4 Edgar Hicks (b: 01 Nov 1909 in Stroud Rd, NSW; d: 01 Nov 1909 in Stroud Rd, NSW) ,Rex Hicks bought property in the Gloucester area NSW and was a grazier for his entire life.  He is buried with his wife Ena, at Gloucester Lawn Cemetery. Their 2 children:

Dianne and Howard John Hicks

4 Edgar Hicks (d: at birth 01 Nov 19090

5 Ruth Edith Ann Hicks (b: Abt. 1927 in Casino NSW; known as Ruth Woods, Rebecca adopted or fostered Ruth in 1927 at three weeks of age after Howard died in 1919.  She lived all her life as a loved member of the family and passed away in her 70s  She  married quite late in life to Gordon Green who predeceased her - they lived at Balmain in Sydney 

viii. UN-NAMED HICKS, b. 1874, Port Stephens; d. 1874, Port Stephens.

ix. SABINA MARY HICKS (b. 1875, Port Stephens; d: 9 Apr 1893 Hillside, Clareval aged  18yrs; bur: Stroud Anglican Cemetery - St John's Church)

x. JESSIE MILDRED HICKS ( b. 1878, Port Stephens; d; 1935 Redfern, NSW) Her mar. in 1913 was to Gordon Cobram

xi. ARTHUR GRAHAM (Tom) HICKS (b. 1880, Port Stephens; d. 30 Aug 1949 at Gloucester Hospital aged 60 years; aged 60 years; bur: Aug 31 Nowendoc Cem, NSW )  
Mar:  (1) 1915 Vera Pearl Sawyer b: 1895 in Tinonee, New South Wales m: 1915 in Taree, NSW d: in childbirth 1917 in Tinonee, New South Wales

Their son: William Eric Hicks b: 1917 in Tinonee, New South Wales d: 1999 in Walcha, New South Wales

Mar: (2) IVY GLADYS MILLER (b. 1901; d. 10 Nov 1963, Nowendoc, NSW.) Their children: 

a. Arley Jane Hicks (b: 1919 in Walcha, NSW d: 1990 in Tamworth, NSW) mar: 1951 in Waltcha, NSW  to Thomas Stanser Laurie (b: 1902 in Dungog, NSW; d: 1974 in Tamworth, NSW)

b. Ellen Jean Hicks (b: 30 May 1921 in Waltcha, NSW d: 21 Jul 1999 in Liverpool Hospital, NSW Bur: Nowendoc Cemetery) mar: 1944 in Tamworth, NSW to Arthur Albert Usback (b: 1908 in Waltcha, NSW; d: 1979)

Their son Anthony John Usback b: 1946 in Waltcha, NSW d: 1946 in Waltcha, NSW

c. Elsie Kathleen Hicks b: 1923 in Waltcha, NSW d: 1984 in Sydney, NSW

d. Edna May Hicks (b: 1925 in Waltcha, NSW d: 23 Apr 1994 in Nth Of Coffs Harbour Bur: Novendoc Cem)  mar: 1946 in St Patrick's Catholic Church, Waltcha to John Thomas (Jack) Blencowe (b: 1921 in NSWd: 2003 in NSW)

Their son Thomas William Blencowe b: 1949 in Amidale, NSW d: 1968 in NSW

e Arthur John Hicks (b: 1926 in Waltcha, NSW d: 1987 in Kippax, NSW)

xii. HARRY OSWALD HICKS  (b: 21 Aug 1882; d; 1970) mar: Daisy W Knight (b: 1892 to parents Charles William Knight (1859-1923) and Adeline Lucy Cluer (1862-1944); she d: 1944) They had ten children - 

Charles Hicks - 

Dorothy Mimosa Hicks mar: Frederick Michael Darby (their children were Diedre Louisa and Anthony Michael); 

Ida Hicks -  

Sidney Hicks (b: 1912 Mossman, NSW d: Tamworth NSW) mar: 1941 Aileen Mahoney

Myra Joan Hicks (b: 1915; d: 2002 Queensland) mar: Frank Turnock (b: 1917 Holmesville, NSW; d: 1985 Gold Coast, Queensland)  

Joyce Adeline Hicks - b: 1923 Bankstown, Sydney, d: 2006

Grace Eileen Hicks - b; 1925 Stratford, NSW - 2001 NZ

Mavis Pearl (Peggy) Hicks (b: 1928 Torrington NSW; d: NZ) 

xiii. ELSIE HILDA HICKS (b: 1885 Stroud, NSW; d: 1952 Stroud Road, NSW; Bur: Stroud Cem) mar: 1916 in Stroud, Robertson, NSW to William John Wattus (b: 1885 in Raymond Terrace, NSW d: 26 Sep 1957 in Dungog, NSW Bur: Stroud Cem0.. +Elsie Hilda Hicks b: 1885 in Stroud Rd, NSW d: 12 Apr 1952 in Stroud, NSW Burial: Stroud Cemetery

Their son Leonard Spencer Wattus b: 1920 in Stroud Road, NSW d: 1965 in NSW

xiv. ARLEY JANE HICKS  (b: 1886 Karuah River, Stroud, NSW; d: 1965 Kogarah, Sydney, NSW) mar: Undercliffe Sydney NSW in 1913 to Walter (Wally) Kimberley Knight (b: 1915 Woolloongabba Brisbane Qld; d: 1999 Parkes NSW Australia