Biography of Richard V. Hicks
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Richard V. Hicks, one of the early settlers and prominent farmers of the township of Milton, was born in Cornwall, England, November 17, 1819. The family- is one not unknown in English history, and about one hundred and fifty years ago were prominent in political matters.

John Hicks, father of Richard V., was a successful farmer and a man of ability and integrity; he married Caroline Perry, a lady of much culture and refinement. In 1831, William, John R., Perry and Henry, brothers of Richard V., came to America to investigate for themselves the marvelous reports they had heard of the New World. After an extended tour, they decided to locate in the township of Ontwa. They returned to England and in 1835 they returned and purchased a tract of 500 acres on Sections 6 and 7, Ontwa. John R. again returned to the old home, and on his return, the father came back with him, also Richard V. and Edward P., then a boy of eighteen years.

William soon after sought a livelihood on the lakes, and for thirty five years was master of a vessel. He died in 1872. In 1838, John R. went to Ohio, where he was engaged on a canal, and met his death in the construction of a log house; his wife, Lettie, died about the same time.

Perry died in Howard in March, 1874. Henry lost his life on the Ohio River. The elder Hicks went back to England, where he died about 1865. Richard V. was engaged with his brother, William, for about two years, when he went to Niles, and entered the .employ of John Dodge & Co., distillers; with this firm he remained a number of years, and. for some time had control of their entire business. In 1843, he purchased the farm where he now resides in Milton; he did not, however, move on it until 1849. Since this time, he has followed farming exclusively, and perhaps no one in the township has been more successful. The farm now consists of 840 acres of land under a high state of cultivation. The reader is referred to an illustration on another page. His home is indicative of thrift and success, and is conclusive evidence of enterprise and progression. In May of 1843, Mr. Hicks was married to Miss Catherine, daughter of Jacob Ullery, of Ohio; they have reared family of nine children-John P., Henry B., Richard J., Caroline B.. Sarah, William S., Catherine M., Mary A. and Orin S.

In politics, Mr. Hicks is a Democrat, and his religious ideas are marked by that liberality that characterizes all his opinions and dealings with his fellow-men. Mr. Hicks is now in his sixty-third year, and Time has dealt kindly with him, he is enjoying the full fruition of the toil and perplexities of the pioneer days, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he has improved his opportunities, and by his own individual effort won for his family and himself an untarnished reputation.

History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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