W. R. Baker, about 1861
W. R. Baker brought this powder horn home after the Civil War... and we found it hanging in the Hicks' garage right before they sold their home. Of course we begged for it... It is thought that since W. R.'s middle name was Richard and his nickname was "Dick," this explains the initials..
Company C was the cavalry escort for General Chalmers, and saw action fighting under General Nathan Bedford Forrest all over Mississippi and Alabama. They also served in Tennessee under General John Bell Hood.
William and Mary Baker had many children including a daughter Josephine Gertrude Baker born in Water Valley, Mississippi in 1876, (siblings Lora, Mollie, Katherine not found) and Charles Richard (b.1887-d.1949), also possibly a Madison (b.1878- d.1901)) and Mary (1873- 1911) all found @ Greenwood Cemetery in Texas. Many of the Baker graves can be found at the old Greenwood Cemetery, in Waco (Bellmeade). There appears to be W. R.'s brother John A. Baker (b.1857-) and his wife Pauline (b.1863- d.1923) buried there as well.
Josephine Baker married John Ferman Milton Hicks in 1901 in Tyler, Texas. This marriage produced four sons, including the Hardy children’s grandfather, Joel Langston Hicks. More on him later. She passed away in Waco in 1951.
A Hicks-Eady family reunion, about 1910.
John Milton Ferman Hicks, not long before he died.
Joe, Clyde, Raymond, Reuben and mother Josephine Hicks reunited in better years.
Joel Hicks in uniform while serving as a carpenter in the "Seabees."
Joe and Florence Hicks and their children; Katherine, Jimmy, Billie and Patricia.
James Lee "Jimmy" Hicks while serving as a tailgunner in the Navy Air Corp During the Korean conflict.
Henry worked at Newman’s clothing store and as a night watchman in later years, and had saved a good deal, but lost everything during the bank failures of the Great Depression. Florence earned a scholarship to Oklahoma College for Women and attended one year before trying her hand at teaching. She then worked at the Enid Public Library until she met *Joe Hicks, whom she married within two weeks!
Florence Eva Jones Hicks (Pounce) holds daughter Patricia, with grandparents Lewis and Sophia Jones.
Adda Frans Jones and mother-in-law Sophia Maria Elisa Antonette Toel Jones.