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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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W. S. Hicks, farmer and merchant, of Roubideaux Township, was born in Tennessee in 1827, and is a son of James and Mary (Marlow) Hicks, who were born in North Carolina and Virginia, December 15, 1779, and April 15, 1790, respectively. The father was a farmer and school-teacher, and in 1813 moved to Dickson County, Tenn., where he died January 31, 1860, followed by his wife June 27, 1867. To them were born fourteen children, twelve of whom lived to maturity, and only four of whom are now living. W. S. Hicks is the eighth of the family, and remained with his parents until twenty-five years of age. In 1854 he was married to Miss Margare J. Moore, who was born in Pulaski County, Mo., in 1837, and is a daughter of William and Elizabeth Ann Moore, and by her became the father of one child, James W., who was born in Pulaski County, Mo., January 8, 1856, and resides with his parents. He is a representative young man, and was elected assessor of his native county in 1886, and made an efficient officer. In 1855 Mr. Hicks settled on the farm where he now lives, and besides this property is the proprietor of a good general mercantile store, which was established in 1874, which brings him in a comfortable income. He is a Democrat in politics, and is an influential and enterprising citizen. He is the owner of 300 acres of land, 140 of which are under cultivation, but at one time was the owner of 1,760 acres. His land is well improved, being furnished with good buildings, and is situated on the Roubideaux River. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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