Polperro Family History
The HICKS family of Polperro
There is evidence of a Hicks family in Polperro in the early 17th century, and the pedigree can certainly be traced back to Joseph Hicks (1701-1765) whose marriage to Jane Venton at Talland in 1726 led to an unbroken line of Hicks in Polperro through to the present day.
Their son Robert (1729-1781) married Ann Toms at Lansallos in 1753. Robert and Ann's also had a son called Robert (born 1763) who married Mary Batten in 1790 and kept one of the inns in Polperro. They in turn had a son, Robert (1791-1841) who married Ann Willcock at Lansallos in 1813 and, in keeping with the family tradition, named one of their three sons Robert.
This fourth generation Robert Hicks (born in 1816) married Elizabeth Holten in 1840 and was the father of seven children, all but one of whom married into Polperro families, including a fifth generation Robert who married Jane Oliver in 1861.
There is evidence among Zephaniah Job's account books that a vessel
owned by Robert (born 1763) was engaged in the smuggling trade in 1799.
Robert Hicks (senior)
The Hicks menfolk were mainly fishermen and four of them: Robert (senior and junior), Charles and John feature among the remarkable collection of Lewis Harding's portraits of Polperro fishermen in the 19th century
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Further information on the family would also be welcomed.
Jeremy Rowett Johns, Polperro Heritage Museum © 2003