Despite claims made on many unsourced online family trees (and Torrey, which uses question marks), she was the only known wife of Robert Hicks, mother of all his children, and her maiden name and origins remain unknown.
While a 1978 article discusses the likelihood that Robert Hicks may have known the Winslows-- at least in New England and possibly even in London-- there remains no proof of a last name for his only known wife, Margaret:
"...an extensive search into the church records of various London and Worcester-area parishes has failed to produce the ultimate proof hoped for."
Already married, Margaret (_______) Hicks arrived at Plymouth in 1623 on the Anne with her children Samuel and Lydia (others say she came with four children) to join her husband Robert who had sailed two years prior. (Also on the same ship with her was Edward Bangs who would marry her daughter Lydia.)
Last Will & Testament
Dated 8 July 1665; proved 6 Mar 1665/6,
"Margarett Hickes widow of the town of Plymouth" bequeathed to "my son Samuell Hickes" L5; to "my daughter-in-law Lydia Hickes" 30s; to "my son Samuell's children" 10s each "there being seven of them"; said legacies to be paid by "son Samuell Hickes" from his debt "he having already received a large portion of that which God hath given me not only in lands but also in goods and chattels which was not only my husband's and son Ephraim's estate formerly but also given to me by will at my son Ephraim's death"; to "my grandchild John Banges" 40s; residue to "the children of my son-in-law Gorg Watson and my loving daughter that is deceased Phebe Watson," also said estate to be "at the dispose of my son-in-law Gorg Watson"; "my son-in-law Gorg Watson and my friend Captain Southworth" overseers [, abstracted in MD 16:157-58].
The inventory of Margaret Hickes, taken 5 Mar 1665/6.
First eight baptized at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey.
Thomas, bp 19 Feb 1603/4; bur. 23 Apr 1604
John, bp 12 Oct 1605; no further record, but clearly dead before 1645 when a) not named in father's will, and b) when father's will named a younger son Samuel "eldest son". Therefore, we have detached him from John Hicks who settled in Long Island.
Sara, bp 25 Oct 1607; bur 24 Feb 1617/8
Richard, bp 18 Aug 1611; no further record
Samuel, bp 18 Aug 1611; m Plymouth 11 Sep 1645 Lydia Doane [PCR 2:88], dau of John Doane. Called oldest son in father's will; called son in Margaret's will.
Lydia, bp 6 Sept 1612; m by abt 1633 Edward Bangs
Phoebe, bp 15 Mar 1614/5; m by abt 1636 George Watson
Mary, bp 11 May 1617; bur 14 Sept 1619
Ephraim, b Plymouth abt 1625; m Plymouth 13 Sep 1649 Elizabeth Howland [PCR 8:8], dau of John Howland; Ephraim Hicks d 12 Dec 1649 "a violent death" [PCR 3:202] and his widow m2 in Plymouth 10 Jul 1651 John Dickenson [PCR 8:13]
"The Great Migration..." gives a "Bibliographic Note" at the end of the account of Robert Hicks which says:
"In 1938 Louis Effingham de Forest compiled a comprehensive summary of all that was known about Robert Hicks at that date [Moore Anc 295-308]. (This summary includes children Elizabeth and Daniel, for whom there is no evidence.)"
Previous versions of this profile claimed, without source, these additional children:
↑ R.G. Rider, "More on the Robert Hicks Ancestry: Clues to the Identity of his Spouse," in The American Genealogist, Volume 54 (1978), pp 31-34. Examines the possibility that Margaret, wife of Robert Hicks, might have been a Winslow, but concludes that while the Hicks and Winslow families likely knew and possibly even had business dealings with each other prior to migration, it is still just a theory that Margaret was a Winslow.
↑ Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1995, p 926-7, citing PCPR 2:2:32
Winslow-2480 and Unknown-202363 appear to represent the same person because: Margaret is not known to be a daughter of Edward Winslow. The wife of Robert Hicks should be Margaret Unknown. See explanations on that profile.
Winslow-1389 and Unknown-202363 appear to represent the same person because: Same woman. Robert Hicks had only one wife, Margaret. Her maiden name is not known. She was not a Winslow so merge into Unknown. Thank you.
Sorry; I accidentally deleted the merge request explanation; to reiterate: there is no proof of the maiden name of Margaret, wife of Robert Hicks-27; read his and her profile (Unknown-202363) for details. Therefore Winslow-1332 should be merged into Unknown-202363.
In her bio you mention she was the daughter of "Winslow". Margaret was my 10th great grandmother she was the daughter of Edward Winslow and Eleanor Pelham. Will you please add Margarets maiden name of Windlow and remove the "unknown" ? Thank you.