Thursday, May 22, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday

Last weekend we had a Family Reunion. My Aunt Myrl and her son, Greg brought Great Grandaddy's Baritone Instrument! This instrument is what I remember sitting on the fireplace mantel when we would go visit him. 
But according to Myrl, he also played the clarinet.

She also sent me this picture of him in a band. We are pretty sure he is the second guy from the left on the top row. He is partially hidden by the guy in front of him. What kind of band is this? Does anyone recognize these uniforms?

Stay tuned for more pictures from the Family Reunion. I am working on getting them organized and will be posting them soon. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Easter

I found this Easter card. It is from my grandfather, 
Robert Stanley Hicks to his mother, 
Vesta Hunsucker Hicks. There is no date listed and no envelope. 

Interestingly, Grandaddy signed it with his first and last name. I guess in case his mom wasn't sure who "Robert" was. hehehe. It was probably just habit or something. I think I have signed cards this way to my parents before too. 

Robert Henry and Vesta Hicks. I realized that I do not have any pictures of Vesta on her own. She is almost always with her husband, kids or other family members. 

This picture is labeled Robert Stanley 20 yrs old 1940. 

Don't forget to RSVP to the Hicks Family Reunion on May 17th 2014! 
You can RSVP to me at

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hicks Family Reunion

labeled: Uncle John Hicks, Cliff Hicks, Dad R.H. Hicks

Hicks Family Reunion

May 17 2014
11am - 4pm
Bring a dish to share
The Reunion will be at the old Hicks homestead in Stockbridge GA.
Please let me know if you need the address.

Email to RSVP . 
If you can't make it, please send me a picture of you and your family to display. You can send it in an attachment to an email. If you prefer to send it by USPS, email me for my address.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Census Sunday "What's in a name?"

What's in a name? That which we call a rose 
By any other name would smell as sweet.

Let me take you on an adventure into trying to research 
Robert Henry Hicks Sr's brother, Olley G. Hicks

Census from the Social Security Administration dated 15, June 1966
Addressed to Olley G Hicks to use in lieu of a birth certificate. 
Showing results from the 1910 census of Oklahoma for an "Olie Hix" in the family of Larkin and Mary J Hix. This is one good reason to look for alternate spellings of the names you are looking for in the census. The census takers didn't always know how to spell the names correctly, or they didn't ask, or they asked a neighbor or someone who wasn't sure, or the people themselves didn't know how to spell it. In this case Larkin and Mary Jane Hicks are not that far from my generation, or my grandfather's in any case. So, I was surprised that just only 100 years ago (!) the name was different. Because of this document, I also know to look for "Hix" in the censuses when I can't find someone I'm looking for. 

I decided to do a blog entry on Olley, because this census record showed a different spelling, but once I got to researching him I found so many different spellings, that he was hard to locate. 

First let me show you a few pictures. 
Labeled: Clarence, John, Ollie, and Henry 1969

Labeled: Henry, Clarence, Olie

Labeled: Left Olley; Right John

The only thing I could find in my internet search was in the Social Security Death Index which showed that Olley Hicks died in August 1981. I know it is the correct person because the social security number on the census form and the social on the death index matched. The death index shows a birth date of 29 September 1903. I had 1904 in my "Ancestry" family tree. I got that date from "The Hicks Family and Allied Family Lines" booklet that was compiled by Cathy L Harris in 1987. (Daugter-in-law to Willena Hicks Harris I believe. Willena would be the niece of Olley.) But wait! The book has a different name/spelling too. 
On this Family Group Sheet near my thumb you can see that Cathy spelled it "Olif"
I decided to edit my "Ancestry" family tree to what the SS Death Index showed. 
I tried to look up Olley on By now you know, that is my passion! I love digging through that website and creating virtual cemeteries to compile all my ancestors in one place. I was having no luck finding him. I tried all the different spellings and I tried both birth dates of 1903 and 1904. I decided to go another route and find his wife Pearl Lee Hicks first. I thought that if I could find her, there might be a link to her husband, or at least I would know what cemetery to search in, because it would be likely that Pearl and Olley would be in the same place. 
Labeled: Robert , Pearl, Ollie Hicks. 
I believe I also see my grandmother, Marjorie Hicks on the far left there, though I have never seen her with her hair down, or long hair. We can see the back of the heads of two boys in the front. They are dressed identical, which leads me to believe it might be Lloyd and Floyd Harris, as twins are often forced to wear identical clothing by their mothers. The woman with the camera is Mildred Hicks. (wife of R. L Hicks son of Olley and Pearl, I believe.)

Back to the story: I look up Pearl Lee Hicks on and I look in LaGrange, as that is the address on the SSI form. I guessed they didn't move. I got a hit! I found Pearl Lee Hicks on the Restlawn Memory Gardens memorial page and there was a picture of her there! You can look at her memorial page if you put in this number in the "findagrave" link at the top left of this blog page. 97621282 
I used a picture I have: 
to compare to the picture I found on
(photo provided by Sharon Frank Patrick who sent me a great email with helpful information in it. thanks)

Yep! The same person! But her husband was not linked to her site, so I just went to the Restlawn Memory Garden's search page and type in "Hicks".  I found him! But guess how his name is spelled?  
"Olecy G Hicks" ! There is no picture for me to compare, but the dates match.  To see his memorial page type in this number on the findagrave link at the top of the page: 97621269 
I added my own picture to the page though. 

I have sent a request to the volunteers at findagrave for photos of the headstones or markers. While on the findagrave site, I got in contact with a nice woman named Sharon Patrick. She told me this little tidbit about Pearl. 
Pearl Lee Hicks
b: Jan 30 1904
d: Feb 1 1994
Pearl was in the hospital with pneumonia and though she was unaware, they decorated her room and had a party. She had wanted to live to be 90 years old, and did! She passed away the next day. 

Sharon Patrick says that "Olley G" is what is listed in the 1972 LaGrange city directory. Who can tell me how to actually spell Olley's name? Do you have any documents with his signature? 

Don't forget about our Hicks family reunion on May 17th 2014! email me if you need info. My email address is

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Picture titled: Willena Harris, Bernice and Vesta Hicks

I got an email from that the picture I requested of the tombstones of Bernice's family had been taken. I had wrote about them in the story about the car wreck. See the story here. I neglected to request a photograph of Etta's grave for some reason. You can look at their findagrave pages using the link at the top right of this blog and the memorial numbers below. Just plug the numbers in and see where they take you. 

Etta Willis 36297967
Jasper Bradley Willis 36297973
Lee Alton Sr 36297976
Lee Alton Jr 36297977

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ........................... late night on Tuesday

Who are these guys? Do you know? 
The photo is with those that were found in Robert Henry Hicks Jr's house in Stockbridge GA.
(formerly Robert H Hicks Sr's house). 
It was also with a lot of Hunsucker or possibly Harris photos.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lets go way back

I had a couple of different things I wanted to share about my Great Grandfather Robert Henry Hicks. But, I needed more information first, so I decided to put that on the back burner for a few days. Next, I decided to do a little on Ollie Hicks, which is Great Granddaddy's brother. But, my scanner has died! So, I am going to have to put that on the back burner for a bit too. Then I decided to go way back! Way way back to one of Vesta's ancestors, the Reverend Basil (Bazzel) Lowrey. I'm going to go ahead and say, that I don't have any real documentation on this, only leads from the internet that lead me to believe this information is correct, so lets go....

Reverend Bazzel Lowrey 1812-1894
findagrave memorial # 77185063
Methodist Minister and Doctor in Marietta Georgia
married to 
Emily Yarbrough 1815-1905
findagrave memorial # 77185360

They had a several children one of which was a daughter, 
Martha A. Lowrey (1840-1907). 
She married Charles Shepherd and they had a daughter, 
Mary Shepherd (1871-1896) 
She didn't get too live very long, but she did marry Aaron Wesley Hunsucker and they had two children, Vesta Hunsucker and Ira Hunsucker. 
Vesta (my great grandmother) married Robert Henry Hicks. 

I'm slowly working on getting information to confirm this Hunsucker tree. I got the information about the Lowreys from an internet site several years ago. Sadly, I saved the pictures, but not the name of the website I got the information from. That is a prime example of why you should always cite your sources when doing genealogy. If I had cited my source from the internet, I could go back and do more research. As of now, I have to trust that the pictures are who I claim them to be, and I have to hope that where ever I got the information that the Reverend was Vesta's great grand parents is correct.
If you have any information let me know.