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An American Family History

William Hicks

 

William Hicks was born about 1727. He was the son of Nehemiah Hicks and Philliazanah Hitchcock.

He married Flora Cole in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Their children may have included:

Richard Hicks (1750, married Polly Sampson),
Isaac Hicks (1753, married Elizabeth), and
Jacob Hicks (1760, married Mary Lewis).

William served as a captain in the 1776 Cherokee Expedition.

The Cherokeewere indigenous people who lived in the southern Appalachian mountains. European Americans called their towns in eastern Tennessee, the Overhill Towns. The towns included Chota, Tellico and Tanasi.

In 1776, the Cherokee planned to drive settlers out of the Washington District. The settlers were warned and stopped the first attack at Heaton's Station. The second attack was stopped at Fort Watauga. In response to these attacks, the militia burned Tuskegee and Citico.

In 1780, while the militia was away at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Cherokee raided the setttlements. When the militia returned, Colonel John Sevier's men defeated the Cherokee at Boyd's Creek and destroyed most of the remaining towns.


 
 
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