MRS. CHRISTINE HICKS
McKinney Courier Gazette, August 27, 1896
CELEBRATES HER 90TH BIRTHDAY, SURROUNDED BY HER DESCENDANTS.
Farmersville, Collin Co., Tex., Aug. 18.—Mrs. Christine Hicks yesterday celebrated her 90th birthday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Bane, by giving a dinner, which was prepared for the occasion by those of her children, grand and great grandchildren, who were present to the number of forty-four, together with the pastor of the Baptist church and his family. Mrs. Hicks, who was the central figure in the remarkable group or family of four generations, is yet in full possession of all her faculties, is remarkably strong and has now been attending three times daily service at the Baptist church, of which she has been a constant member for sixty-nine years. She is the mother of eight children, thirty-eight grandchildren and thirty-nine great grandchildren, or eighty-five descendants, only nine of whom are dead.
Mrs. Hicks came to Texas in 1850 and settled near the old English fort at Bonham, when Indians were plentiful and this then the wild frontier, and is thoroughly familiar with the scenes, dangers and privations incident to Texas’ early history.
Upon this occasion, the celebration of her 90th birthday, Mrs. Hicks’ face beamed with smiles, surrounded with a vast group of descendants, from the great-grand tiny infant to the aged son, all seemingly bent on making this one of the happiest moments of her life.
WM. R. HICKS
My Great Grandfather was Wm. R. Hicks. I find him in Collin Co., in the 1850 Census where he is living in the house with his mother and family. Sarah Hicks is listed as the head of the household, age 50, b NC, no husband listed.... I don’t know the name of Wm. R.’s father... This is how the census reads: Sarah Hicks, age 50, 150 acres, b. NC; Alfred age 24 farmer, b. NC; Wm. R. 23 farmer, b. NC; Jessee age 19 farmer, b. NC; Henry age 13, b. Tenn.; female age 9, b. Tenn.; Mahala age 8 b. Tenn.; Thomas age 19 b. NC.