2018-06-21 12:09:32 UTC
In pursuit of the history of the legends associated with the ancestry of 17th New England immigrants Robert Hicks and Thomas Hicks, a group of us over at WikiTree have apparently found (so far, anyway) the earliest mention of the claim that there was a 14th century knight banneret named Sir Elias (elsewhere/later Ellis) Hicks, who was the ancestor of later London-based Hickses (and therefore supposedly ancestor of the immigrants-- their ancestry is another topic that I'm not seeking to discuss in this thread). The book is:
Susanna (Dawson) Dobson, Historical anecdotes of heraldry and chivalry: tending to shew the origin of many English and foreign coats of arms, circumstances and customs, Worcester (England):Holl and Brandish, (1795) [p 240 for Elias Hicks:
My expertise lies on the New England side of the Atlantic, and I know little about sources such as the above. So I'm turning to you all for your expertise and guidance.
What do you know about this book, its author or its contents? We're trying to work this legend back, just like a genealogy, to find its origins, and this is the earliest found work so far that names the legend.
Its preface leaves much to be desired as to how the author collected these "sprigs" of heraldic information from her garden. She does make reference to a just-published work by Dallaway-- anyone know what that is?
(Sidebar: This same group of volunteers at WikiTree discovered that there actually was a Sir Ellis/Elias Hicks but he was from the 17th century, son of a London scrivener, and leaving no progeny per his found will.)
Thank you for any guidance you can offer us.
co-leader, WikiTree Puritan Great Migration Project