Biographical / Historical
The Hicks family of Long Island, N.Y., is descended from ancestors who arrived in Massachusetts in the 17th century. Thomas Hicks (b. 1640) removed to Long Island where he married Mary Washburn. Their grandchildren became members of the Society of Friends in the mid 18th century. A descendant, Elias Hicks (1748-1830), was an important New York Quaker minister whose preaching precipitated a separation in the Society of Friends in 1827/1828.
A cousin of Elias Hicks, Isaac Hicks (1767-1820) was a successful New York Quaker merchant and traveled extensively with Elias in his ministry. Isaac Hicks married Sarah Doughty in 1790, and they had six children. A daughter, Elizabeth (1805-1865) married William T. Cock in 1831. Their eldest child, John D. Hicks (1791-1829) married Mary Rushmore. They had seven children: Lydia, Isaac, Phebe, Samuel, Stephen, Valentine, and John D. Hicks. John D. Hicks (1829-1907) was on the founding committee of Swarthmore College and served on the Board of Managers.
Another son, Isaac Hicks (1815-1900) was a Quaker horticulturalist of Long Island, NY, who founded Hicks Nursery in 1853. He married Mary F. Willis in 1836. Isaac Hicks was active in Westbury Monthly Meeting and Quaker organizations. His grandson, Henry Hicks, married Caroline V. Jackson, Swarthmore College Class of 1892, and his granddaughter, Marietta, was in the Class of 1897. Marietta Hicks was long-time Clerk of Westbury Monthly Meeting and active in Quaker organizations and concerns. A distant cousin, Benjamin D. Hicks (1836-1906) pursued family genealogy.