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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  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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ALBERT A. HICKS. Agriculture and stock-raising have formed the principal occupation of our subject, and the wide-awake manner in which he has taken advantage of all methods and ideas tending to enhance the value of his property has had a great deal to do with the competence which he now enjoys. Personal popularity, it cannot be denied, results largely from industry, perseverance and the close attention to business which a person displays in the management of any particular branch of trade, and in the case of Mr. Hicks this is certainly true.

The father of our subject, Solomon Hicks, was born in 1833, and departed this life about 1860. His wife, formerly Christine Powell, now makes her home in Steuben County, N. Y. They became the parents of four children, viz.: Charles, Albert A., Cordelia and Mary J.

Albert A., of this sketch, was born in the town of Orange, Schuyler County, January 12, 1857, and after passing the first eleven years of his life there went to the town of Tyrone, and there lived for the succeeding six years. At the end of that time he came to Reading, and although young in years he became the owner of a tract of fifty acres, located in the southwestern part of the town. This he cultivated with good results, and became well and favorably known throughout the community.

In the spring of 1889 Mr. Hicks settled on his present well improved farm of one hundred and fifty-seven acres. While his own interests have engrossed his attention to a great extent, he has never lost sight of the public welfare, and there are very few of his fellow-citizens who have been more useful to the community than he. He was married, December 5, 1877, to Miss Emma Hughey, and to them were born two children, Charles W. and Emma, the former of whom died January 21, 1894, after a short illness. The wife and mother died September 23, 1883.

The second union of our subject occurred January 7, 1885, when Miss Myrtle M. Scott became his wife. She is the daughter of James O. and Emma J. (Rappley) Scott, and was born September 30, 1865, in the town of Tyrone. By this union there have been born five children: Clyde A., Ethel, May, Helen L. and Minnie L.

Mr. Hicks is a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, while his good wife is connected with the Baptist congregation of Reading. Republicanism is the principle of politics which appeals to our subject the most strongly, and he seeks at all times to instill into his neighbors the idea that improvement in any direction is for the public good.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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