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Francis M. Hicks
Born 1822
FRANCIS M. HICKS, farmer, Monticello Twp., Sec. 1; P.O. Bowen's Prairie; was born in Rensselaer Co., N.Y., in 1822; his father, George Hicks, was also a native of the State of New York; the latter part of his life, he was a resident of Wayne Co., in that State. Mr. Hicks was married, in 1847, to Miss Frances Little, daughter of Ebenezer and Abby Little; she was born in February, 1829; they came to Bowen's Prairie in November, 1848. Mr. Hicks bought his present farm in the spring of 1851, where he has since resided. Has had ten children, nine of whom are living—Frank, married Vina Weller., of Wayne Co., N.Y.; Ophelia, now Mrs. Fred. Penniman; Harry, married Miss Nettie Palmer; Eben G., Elmer E., Grant, Ernest H., Lollie A. and Archie G. Mr. Hicks has 430 acres in the farm where he lived; a farm of 130 acres in Sec. 10, and eighty acres of timber; his farm is finely located; his improvements among the best in the township; is engaged in dairying and stock-raising. He went overland to California in 1850; returned in 1851. He was elected Sheriff in the fall of 1851; served two years.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 670.


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