Isaac Hicks Family Papers, 1798-ca. 1956 (bulk 1798-1818)

(Approx. 100 items; 1 box)

RG 5/197


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Abstract
Isaac Hicks (1767-1820) was a New York Quaker merchant. He established a large fleet of international trading vessels and financially helped to support his cousin, Edward Hicks (1780-1849), the Pennsylvania Quaker folk artist. Isaac Hicks traveled extensively with his cousin, Elias Hicks (1748-1830), the New York Quaker minister. The collection contains primarily the correspondence of Isaac Hicks, including letters from Isaac Hicks to his wife describing religious journeys taken with Elias Hicks; some letters concerning the Separation of 1827-28; and business letters. Correspondents include: John Comly (letters about Edward Hicks, the primitive painter), Elias Hicks, John Murray, Jr., Thomas Rotch, William Rotch, Thomas Sturge. The letters provide insight into Quaker family life on Long Island and the travels of a Quaker minister. Also of interest is a letter concerning the disownments of Isaac T. Hopper, James Gibbons, and Charles Marriott, as well as an anecdote conveying the Quaker attitude towards music in the late 19th century.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Isaac Hicks was born in 1767, the son of Samuel and Phebe (Seaman) Hicks in a Quaker farming community on Long Island, New York. A birthright member of Westbury Monthly Meeting, he was part of a prominent and extended Quaker family that included distant cousins primitie artist Edward Hicks (1780-1849) and Quaker minister Elias Hicks (1748-1830). In 1789 he went to New York City to start a career in business, and in 1790 he married Sarah Doughty. They had six children: John D., b 1791;, Robert, b. 1793; Benjamin, b. 1798; Isaac, b. 1802; Elizabeth, b. 1805; and Mary, b. 1807. In 1796, Isaac Hicks established a shipping and commission business. Benefiting from his extended Quaker connections in America and England, he soon became a wealthy ship owner. In 1806, he retired from business, returning to Westbury, Long Island, and became increasingly involved in Quaker concerns.

In 1804, his brother Valentine (1782-1850) married Abigail Hicks, the daughter of Elias Hicks, uniting even more closely a family already tied by kinship and Quaker belief. Elias and Isaac Hicks were both descended from Jacob and Hannah (Carpenter) Hicks, and Edward Hicks, the artist, was descended from Jacob's brothers, Isaac and Thomas. Isaac supported Edward Hicks financially as well as accompanied Elias Hicks on a number of his ministerial travels, including the visits to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1813 and Rhode Island Yearly Meeting in 1816. Isaac Hicks died in 1820.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains primarily the correspondence of Isaac Hicks, including letters from Isaac Hicks to his wife describing religious journeys taken with Elias Hicks; some letters concerning the Separation of 1827-28; and business letters. Correspondents include: John Comly (letters about Edward Hicks, the primitive painter), Elias Hicks, John Murray, Jr., Thomas Rotch, William Rotch, Thomas Sturge. The letters provide insight into Quaker family life on Long Island and the life of a Quaker minister. Also of interest is a letter concerning the disownments of Isaac T. Hopper, James Gibbons, and Charles Marriott, as well as an anecdote conveying the Quaker attitude towards music in the late 19th century.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Hicks family
  • Ministers -- Quaker
  • Music --Quakers
  • Quaker abolitionists
  • Quaker businesspeople
  • Quakers -- New York-- Westbury
  • Quakers --Music
  • Quakers --Social Life and customs
  • Society of Friends -- Doctrines.
  • Society of Friends -- New York (State) -- Nassau County.
  • Society of Friends --Ministers
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Comly, John, 1773-1850.
  • Fisher, Miers, 1748-1819
  • Fisher, Samuel Rowland, 1745-1834
  • Gibbons, James Sloan.
  • Hicks, Edward, 1780-1849.
  • Hicks, Elias, 1748-1830.
  • Hicks, Isaac, 1767-1820
  • Hopper, Isaac T. (Isaac Tatem), 1771-1852.
  • Marriott, Charles, 1811-1858.
  • Rotch, Thomas, 1767-1823.
  • Rotch, William, 1734-1828
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 2001
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Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Correspondence sent by Isaac Hicks, 1802-1818

to Burling, Mary 1814 (ALS) Box 1

to daughter Hicks, Mary 1818 (ALS) Box 1

to Hicks, Sarah
includes descriptions of religious visits while traveling
1802-1818 (32 ALsS) Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence received by Isaac Hicks, 1798-1819

[Anonymous], Draft (?) letter
concerning conflict in the Society of Friends involving the Separation
n.d. Box 1

from Benson, Robert 1802 (ALS) Box 1

from Coffin, Mark 1805-1818 (3 ALsS) Box 1

from Comly, John 1815-1819 (17 ALsS) Box 1

from Eddy, Thomas 1806 (ALS) Box 1

from Fisher, Hannah 1813 (ALS) Box 1

from Fisher, Miers 1798 (ALS) Box 1

from Fisher, Samuel and Miers 1798-1801 (4 ALsS) Box 1

from Fisher, Samuel R. 1798-1808 (4 ALsS) Box 1

from Fisher, Thomas and Joshua 1798 (ALS) Box 1

from Frank, Arnee 1806 (ALS) Box 1

from son Hicks, B.[Benjamin] D. 1818 (ALS) Box 1

from Hicks, Elias
photocopies; originals removed to SAFE
1803 (ALsS) Box 1

from Hicks, Sarah (8 ALsS) 1810-1813 (8 ALsS) Box 1

from Hicks, Valentine (brother) 1818 (ALS) Box 1

from Hussey, Isaiah 1800 (ALS) Box 1

from Murray, John, Jr. 1806 (ALS) Box 1

from Parry, Sarah 1818 (ALS) Box 1

from Price, Philip 1813 (ALS) Box 1

from Rotch, Thomas 1799-1803 (3 ALsS) Box 1

from Rotch, William
re: Thomas Sturge
1801 (?) (ALS) Box 1

from Rotch, William, Jr. 1802-1803 (3 ALsS) Box 1

from Rotch, Thomas 1802-1808 (6 ALsS) Box 1

from Walmby, Benjamin 1819 (ALS) Box 1

Ser. 3. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1806-1854

Hicks, Robert to Samuel Griffith
concerning disownments of Isaac T. Hopper, James Gibbons, and Charles Marriott
1842 (ALS) Box 1

Hicks, Susan to Elizabeth (Hicks) Seaman
describing problems relating to ownership of Buckingham Monthly Meeting, Pa.
1827 (ALS) Box 1

Rotch, Thomas. Payment of bill 1806 Box 1

New York Yearly Meeting minute
concerning music (copy) with note from Marietta Hicks (donor) relating family story about Rachel Seaman Hicks (1789-1878) and her disapproval of music.
1854 5mo. 29 Box 1