My ggg-grandmother Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks was born in Crowan, Cornwall, England in 1822, and died on October 24, 1889, in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.
When she was 20 years old, she married Henry Hicks. The marriage took place in Cornwall, England, on March 28, 1842. According to her son Alfred’s biography published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, Comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties (1919) V.II, page 645: “They were married in their native country and their wedding journey consisted of a trip to the United States. Making their way across the country, they settled in Jo Daviess county, Illinois, about 1845, becoming pioneer residents of that district, where they spent their remaining days.”
Hester is buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery.Her obituary was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on October 24, 1889.
Transcription of obituary:
Death of an Old Settler
Mrs. Hester Hicks, who lived near Scales Mound, died this morning, after a protracted illness, aged 67 years. She had resided in Jo Daviess county for forty-five years, and was the mother of Mr. James Hicks, who is well known in Galena and other portions of the country. She was an excellent lady and who was much esteemed by those who knew her worth. Three sons and five daughters survive her. Interment will be made in the Scales Mound cemetery. Notice of the funeral hereafter.