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Margaret (Unknown) Hicks (abt. 1579 - bef. 1666)

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Margaret Hicks formerly [surname unknown] aka Winslow [uncertain]
Born about in Bermondsey, Surrey, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1602 in Surrey, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 1 Nov 2019 | Created 14 Jun 2013
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Margaret (Unknown) Hicks migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

Despite claims made on many unsourced online family trees (and Torrey, which uses question marks[1]), 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:[2]

" 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.)[citation needed]

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.[3][4][5]


First eight baptized at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey.[6]

  1. Thomas, bp 19 Feb 1603/4; bur. 23 Apr 1604
  2. 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.
  3. Sara, bp 25 Oct 1607; bur 24 Feb 1617/8
  4. Richard, bp 18 Aug 1611; no further record
  5. 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.
  6. Lydia, bp 6 Sept 1612; m by abt 1633 Edward Bangs[7]
  7. Phoebe, bp 15 Mar 1614/5; m by abt 1636 George Watson
  8. Mary, bp 11 May 1617; bur 14 Sept 1619
  9. 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][8][9]

"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:

  1. Elizabeth
  2. Stephen


  1. [ Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700 ] vol 2, p 749
  2. 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.
  3. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1995, p 926-7, citing PCPR 2:2:32
  4. Mayflower Descendant, 16:157-58
  5. Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony Its History & People 1620 - 1691, 1986
  6. Anderson, citing TAG 51:58
  7. Belle Preston, Bassett - Preston Ancestors, Call number (LDS?) 929.273 B294p., Page 19
  8. See also: Helen Ester Adams, et al, The Wayland George Adams Family, (1972), Page 59
  9. See also: Charles Roscoe Howland, A brief genealogical and biographical record of Charles Roscoe Howland..., Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publishing Co Inc. (Year?), Call # (LDS?) 929.273 H843h., Page 30

See also:

  • Wikipedia for Margaret Hicks on the Anne
  • profile of Margaret; as of the following date, this profile aligns with the wikitree profile for her. Smith-32867 13:55, 22 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Torrey's sources (vol 2, p 749):
    • Williams (,16) 97, 167;
    • Seaman 82-3;
    • Shotwell 237 280;
    • Blood Anc. 67;
    • Newell Anc. 123, 134;
    • MD 8:143
    • Fulton Anc. 268;
    • Brainerd Anc. 111;
    • Barlow Anc. 190;
    • Cape Cod Lib. 33:19;
    • Reg. 6:187; 4:282
    • NYGBR 38
    • Plymouth (Davis) 332;
    • Duxbury 266;
    • Winthrop-Babcock 262;
    • Davol-Willets 96; Sh
  • Thomas E Corey, who sites:
    • Rep Men & Old Families of Rhode Island V. 3, pg 1609
    • Sir Ellis Hicks and descendants pg 77
    • Morman Microfiche - Co Surrey, England Lists as children of Robert & Margaret (Winslow [sic]) Hix
  • Little Comptons Families vol 1 page 338, ,which cites:
    • Pearce papers in the New Bedford public library,
    • the Woodworth Genealogy,
    • the Leonard papers,
    • the Tabor collection at the Rhode Island Historical Society.
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  • Source will be added by Sam Duncan by 28 Dec 2018.

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On 28 Dec 2018 at 21:51 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

Film1553746 is just Patron Ordinance Submission Sheets, 1969-1991. They really hold no relevance. They are just user submissions with all of the errors of the past.

On 28 Dec 2018 at 20:50 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

To quote from the first link, "little can be proved conclusively (for example, the allegation that Margaret was a Winslow)."

On 28 Dec 2018 at 20:42 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Teresa, neither of the two links you posted provide any source for the claim about Margaret, wife of Robert Hicks, being a daughter of Edward Winslow.

On 28 Dec 2018 at 19:48 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

Is there some specific part of that link that you are referring to Teresa?

On 27 Dec 2018 at 04:14 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

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.

On 27 Dec 2018 at 04:12 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

Edward Winslow did not have a daughter Margaret. Merging this profile into the one where it belongs.

On 5 Jul 2016 at 01:52 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

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.

On 21 Nov 2015 at 13:44 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

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.

On 13 Nov 2014 at 04:17 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Jacqueline, please read the "Disputed Origins" section; it explains why she is marked as "Unknown" and not recognized as daughter of Edward Winslow.

On 13 Nov 2014 at 03:11 GMT J (Munn) Overland wrote:

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.

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