Bessie (Hicks) Prowse
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Bessie Abia (Hicks) Prowse (1892 - 1965)

Bessie Abia Prowse formerly Hicks
Born in Midgic, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1 Dec 1915 in Sackville, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 72 in Lancaster, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canadamap
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Bessie Hicks was born on August 31, 1892 in Midgic, New Brunswick.[1] She was the eldest of Arthur Albert Hicks and Morinda Wheaton's 8 children. She lived in Sackville, New Brunswick with her family until her marriage. Bessie attended Mount Allison University, where she met her future husband[2]

Bessie married A. Samuel Prowse on Dec 1, 1915[3] at her parents' home in Sackville, New Brunswick.[4] The couple lived Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, where their four daughters were born.

After the Depression wiped out the Prowse family business, Sam, Bessie and their children left PEI for New Brunswick in May 1932.[5] Until about 1939, they lived in Albert County, New Brunswick. The family lived above a store that Sam was managing. They subsequently moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, where they lived until Sam's death in 1949.

Bessie died on Jan 31, 1965[6] and was buried in the Hicks family plot in Upper Sackville, New Brunswick.


  1. New Brunswick, Canada, Provincial Archives, Late Registration of Births, Code 1892-H-75, Microfilm F18782 - Birth of Bessie Hicks
  2. Recollections of Florence (Prowse) Cooper, recorded by Leanne Cooper, July 21, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  3. New Brunswick, Canada, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, RS141 B7 Index to New Brunswick Marriages, Number 2646, Code B4/1916, Microfilm F15968 Marriage of Albert Samuel Prowse and Bessie Hicks (note: although the index states 1916, the image clearly shows that the marriage took place in 1915)
  4. The Charlottetown Guardian, Dec 4, 1915, Pg. 5 - Wedding Bells
  5. The Charlottetown Guardian, May 17, 1932, Pg 5 - Murray Harbour notes
  6. "Vital Statistics from Government Records" Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, RS141 C5 Index of Death Registrations,Westmorland County, Code 1321, Reference 267, Microfilm F20895 - Record for Bessie Prowse, 1965-01-31

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