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Stephen Hicks,

farmer and mechanic, Posey Township, an old resident of this county, was born in Vermont in 1807, He is a son of Solomon and Lucy (Butts) Hicks, his father a native of New York, and mother probably of Connecticut. His parents married in Vermont and moved to New York, where they lived several years, his father, a farmer. About 1825 the family moved from New York direct to this county, and located near Patriot, and here the parents resided till their deaths. There were ten children: Anna, Harvey, Phoebe, Stephen, Samuel, John, Mary, Lucy, Emily and Martin, four of whom are still living. Stephen Hicks grew up on the farm. He spent a few years on the steam-boats "General Pike" and "General Marion," and in 1830 married Lucinda Carle, daughter of Benjamin and Ruth (Sanburn) Carle, and at length picked up the wagon trade. He purchased his present farm in 1832, and has since chiefly resided on the same. Mr. Hicks has but two children living: Benjamin C. and Lucy. Another son, Stephen, is deceased. Mr. Hicks is a member of the Universalist Church, and was formerly a member of the Masonic lodge. He is now seventy-eight years old and well preserved, and is able to do a fair day's work at his trade, which he follows chiefly in his later years. Mr. Hicks' second wife was Abigail Barker, and his third and present wife, Electa E. Hammond, of whom Lucy Hicks (now Seymour) is a daughter.