John Hicks married three times. His first wife was Herodias Long, by whom he had two children. His second wife was Rachel, the widow of Thomas Starr of Charlestown, Mass. His third wife was Florence, the widow of John Carman of Hempstead, Long Island.
Through his fist wife, he had Thomas Hicks, from whom Michael descends twice (see below). His second wife was the widow of Thomas Starr, the son of Comfort and Elizabeth (Watts) Starr, who are my ancestors. Thus, Michael's ancestor married the widowed sister-in-law of one of my ancestors. John's third wife Florence is also Michael's ancestor twice over by her first marriage to John Carman. Michael's maternal grandmother was Nell9 Carmon (sic) daughter of James M.8 (George Joshua7, Joshua6, Joseph Henry5, Caleb4, James3, Caleb2, John1) and Elizabeth J. (Hall) Carmon. The wife of Joseph Henry5 Carman was Mary Carman Larue, a first cousin and granddaughter of the Rev. James3 Carman.
John1 Hicks m. Herodias Long; Rachel (---) Starr; Florence (---) Carman.
Thomas2 Hicks ca. 1642-1741/2 married first Mary Butler, then Mary Doughty. My his first marriage:
Thomas3 Hicks ca. 1667-ca. 1712 m. Deborah Whitehead
Hannah4 Hicks b. ca. 1703 m. William Stevenson. Hannah had a brother:
Augustine4 Hicks ca. 1707 m. Jane Latham
Robert5 Stevenson m. Hannah5 Hicks on 15 September 1770. They were first cousins and dismissed from the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting on 25 January 1771 for marrying as first cousins. [Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw (Edwards Brothers, Ann Arbor, MI, 1938) 2:548]. Their daughter:
Jane6 Stevenson married Jacob Clarkson and were Michael's 4th great-grandparents. All of this gets combined in the marriage of Michael's maternal grandparents; he the Hicks descendant, she the Carman descendant.
I grew up attending an historic church. For the most part, because I was a child, it didn't really sink in at the time. I knew the church was old. But it was just the church we attended. In any case, it is a beautiful building and boasts one of only four Christopher Wren steeples in the U.S. My parents are still members and my father, in his retirement so-called, takes care of the very large cemetery. And yes, I am an original Jersey Boy [despite the fact I was in New York City and have zero New Jersey ancestry!]
More than a year ago (I think), a wonderful person contacted me regarding me about a posting on Thomas Stack, my great-great-great-grandfather. He was her great-great-grandfather as well. Since then we've had a lovely email correspondence. And then last week, I had the chance to meet her and her siblings. I, thankfully, remembered to copy all of Stack research as a gift, and we all enjoyed a great dinner after they spent the day researching at the NEHGS library in Boston.
So, Cousin Bait, as it were, worked well. I wrote an article on Thomas Stack ten years ago: "Thomas Stack of Westbrook, ME, and his Descendants," The Maine Genealogist Vol. 22 (2000):99-112. And yet, the only cousin to contact me was via the postings on this blog. So cousin bait does work.
There were a total of 14 men who signed the Declaration of Independence from New England. Gary Boyd Roberts traced their ancestries for a column in the New England Nexus some 20 years and the column was reprinted in his book, Notable Kin, Volume One (1998). The names in parentheses are the families from which I descend as well, thus I'm distantly related to six of these 14 signers.
Samuel Adams (Perkins)
Elbridge Gerry (Greenleaf)
Robert Treat Paine (Winslow)
William Williams (White)
Oliver Wolcott (Drake)
Josiah Bartlett (Huggins)
It's not uncommon for someone in your family to be termed "the first one to go to college." There's a string of other firsts as well. It's interesting that for the large part, I'm guessing those firsts are all wrong. It's really, the first in recent memory. Or the first within my limited knowledge of my family, meaning my ancestry. However, as genealogists, we know our ancestors much better--don't we?
My father went to college, so I'm not the first in my family in any case. He's very likely the first in his family, although I can't say that with 100% certainty. I think there are a few Slovak ministers hidden back there I need to ferret out and perhaps a college educated (and a European university educated at that), ancestor may be discovered. Certainly on my mother's side, the earliest person I've found is the Rev. William Browne 1534-1613 who matriculated at Cambridge University (England) Pembroke College in the year 1546. [TAG 15(1938):84] If that is too uncertain, than certainly the Rev. William Wilson 1542-1615, eventually the Canon of Windsor, graduated Merton College at Oxford in 1564 with a B.A., and 1570 with an M.A., eventually getting a D.D. in 1607. [NEHGR 61 (1907):36-129]. That's 450 years ago.
Likewise, there is still a bit of scandal and disappointment in divorce. Not in my family, of course, since both sets of my grandparents were divorced in the 1940s, when it still actually was somewhat scandalous. Yet, doing genealogy, if you descend from John Hicks, a Quaker who came to early Massachusetts, then moved to Rhode Island and eventually Long Island, you probably descend from his wife, Herodias Long. They were divorced on 3 December 1643. Herodias deserves her own posting, I love her so much. [see: "The Parentage of George Gardiner of Newport, RI" by G. Andrews Moriarty TAG 21:191-200.] So that first is probably out the window for many Americans.
Inter-religious marriages were also scandalous. Yet, my great-great-grandparents married 6 January 1878, one protestant, one catholic. That caused me undue frustration in the beginning of my research since I was assured no one was catholic in my family. The latin dispensation in original reads: Marriage dispensation in Latin: “Anno 1878 die VI Januarie, necessaria dispensatione obtenta et promulgata et requistita promissione coram testibus signata, ego infrascriptus matrimonio junxi Thompson Pratt, protestantem baptisatimo filium Simonis [sic] Pratt et Rebeccae Thompson, et Elisabeth Stack filiam catholicam Thomae Stack et Abby Cody [sic]. Testes fuerunt, Thomas Stack et Abby Cody."
However, I'm still certain about this first for me. But for the rest, it's probably best never to say you're the first in your family to anything (short of space travel and the like).
Building on the disappointing results of this poll and the number of people who subscribe to TAG, I decided to do some more unscientific research for this journal. I don't know why, but it's my favorite genealogical journal. I would argue that this journal and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly are the only true-national genealogical journals. What kind of state coverage does TAG have? I looked at the last ten years' worth of issues and noted all the states in the titles of articles. I just looked at the titles only.
Over those ten years these states have been represented: MA, CT, RI, VA, PA, NY, DE, NY, MD, VT, NJ, OH, ME, GA, IL, NH, NC, KY, MO, FL, SC, and IN. That's 22 in total. All are eastern with a few midwestern states. Naturally, the 13 original states are represented the most. That's no surprise, since the type of article that helps the most people are the ones further back in time, and therefore have the most descendants now.
2000: Mass. 17 articles; CT 9 articles, with RI, VA, PA, NY, and DE.
2001: Mass. and CT, 12 each, with NY, MD, VT, DEL, NJ, PA, OH, ME, VA, and RI.
2002: Mass.: 13, with 14 other states.
2003: Mass.: 15, RI with 7, with VA, NY, CT, MO, KY, VT, and NH.
2004: Mass.: 14, CT with 6, and 9 other states.
2005: Mass.: 14, with 8 other states.
2006: Mass.: 14, CT: 9, and 11 other states.
2007: Mass.: 10, CT: 9, and 6 other states.
2008: Mass: 4, CT: 3, NJ: 2, and 7 other states.
2009: Mass.: 9, CT and VA with 4 each and NJ with 2.
The last two years the journal was in a publication deficit and issued double issues to catch up, so the diversity of articles has been less than in the beginning of the decade. However, there is a strong Mass./CT presence. NY is not as strong, but New York has an extremely strong state journal, The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record. The next strongest presence is Penn. and Virginia.
In any case, I strongly recommend subscribing to this journal. You will not be disappointed.