Making Good Men, Better Men Since Time Immemorial
Making Good Men, Better Men Since Time Immemorial

John C. Hicks, PGM 1836-1839

“JOHN C. HICKS was born near Richmond, Virginia in 1792 and at the age of about 18 years located in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was an aide, with the rank of major, to GENERAL JACKSON, and had command of the post of Mobile while Jackson was at New Orleans.”

He married MARIA WATERS and after his marriage he studied medicine. In 1830 he moved to Lawrence County, Alabama and lived there nine years then moved to Sumter County, Alabama.
In 1833 he was a resident of St. Clair County, as he was enrolled on April 15, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832 to receive an annual allowance $26.66; for his service. transferred from Georgia. Pension Book, State Branch Bank, Mobile.

In 1836, JOHN C. HICKS was Worshipful Master of Davis Lodge No. 28 in LaGrange. He was a member of a committee to form a new Grand Lodge and was elected Grand Master in 1836.
Later, he moved to Carroll County, Mississippi where he lived until his death on August 1865 at the age of 73 years. “He was a planter, and accumulated considerable property while in Mississippi. He was Grand Master of Freemasons for many years while in Alabama and was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church” JOHN and MARIA raised a family of six children: SARAH HICKS( Mrs. JUDGE JAS.. J. CHEWNING, of Mississippi); B. M. HICKS, a physician; David W. HICKS of Tuscumbia, Alabama; MARIANNE W. HICKS (Mrs. A. J. TIDWELL, of Mississippi); JOHN W. HICKS. of Memphis; and ROBERT H. HICKS. Of Mississippi.

His son DAVID W. HICKS was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, July 31, 1830 and received his education at Eureka College, Richland, Mississippi. In 1853, David went to Gonzales, Texas where he was engaged in the dry goods business for seven years. In 1860, he went to Tuscumbia and married Miss SARAH A. HOBGOOD, daughter of JOHN HOBGOOD and MARTHA A. (ALSOBROOK} HOBGOOD of Tuscumbia.

After his marriage, he engaged in planting and in 1862 entered CAPTAIN KUMPIE’S Company for six months. The Company was re-organized and known as Company K, Eleventh Alabama Regiment and DAVID was elected second lieutenant. He participated in the first fight at Decatur, the battles of Fishing Creek, Sulphur Trestle, Tennessee, Moulton and Selma and was in Forrest’s command at the time of the surrender. After the war he resumed farmed and owned a large plantation near Tuscumbia. He and his wife had eight children viz: JOHN C. HICKS; MARTHA A. HICKS., wife

The HICKS family came originally from England, and the Waters are descendants of Scotch ancestry.

[Grand Masters of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons The State of Alabama 1821-2008 by Donna R. Causey]