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Inventory of the Andrew Hicks Papers
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Andrew Hicks (1799-1895), the eldest son of Barney and Sarah (Cook) Hicks, was born in Westport, Massachusetts on 17 June 1799, and resided on the home farm until he was 13 years of age. In 1812, Hicks moved to Adamsville, Rhode Island and took a job as a clerk in a store, where he remained for 8 years, until he opened a store of his own, which he operated for 3 years. Returning to the home farm in 1836, he then fitted out a vessel and began an extended whaling business, which he continued with marked success for more than half a century.
At one time he owned interests in 11 vessels, all out of Westport, Massachusetts, (including the Andrew Hicks and Mermaid) and during his career built at least 8 vessels. He also owned Hicks' block in New Bedford. Mr. Hicks in former days was a Whig and after the formation of the Republican Party was active in supporting its principles. He represented Westport in the Legislature of 1866, and for at least 25 years, served as a justice of the peace. In Hicks also began serving as a director of the Merchants' National Bank of New Bedford in 1854.
Scope and Content Note
Materials in this collection consist primarily of financial papers related Andrew Hicks in the form of correspondence, account books, canceled checks, bills, and receipts. The account books detail expenses associated with several vessels in which Hicks held a managing interest, including the Pontiac (Schooner), Sea Fox (Bark), Mermaid (Bark), Sea Queen (Bark), Platina (Bark), and Andrew Hicks (Bark) during the years 1838 to 1869. Bills and receipts span the years 1838 to 1859 and relate to Captain Anthony Cory and the Pontiac (Schooner). A notable portion of the collection consists of cancelled checks from the Merchants National Bank of New Bedford during the years 1849 to 1872. Voyage abstracts in the collection date from 1858 to 1876 and include voyage information for the Emma C. Jones (Ship), Spartan (Bark), Draco (Bark), Camilla (Bark), Ospray (Bark), George and Susan (Bark), Hunter (Ship), Massasoit (Bark), Pacific (Bark), Adeline (Ship), and President (Bark). There is also a letter in the collection from Andrew Hicks to his son, William B. Hicks, dated 1874.
The collection also contains papers related to William B. Hicks, including his school notebook, an 1877 account book containing his personal expenses, an 1868 receipt from Cleveland Photographic Stock, and an 1891 tax receipt from the Town of Westport.
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Materials in this collection were purchased by the New Bedford Whaling Museum on January 15, 1998 as part of Accession B98-1
Processed by: Cecelia Tavares, 2020
Encoded by: Kristi Mukk, 9 November 2020
Banks and banking--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Hicks, Andrew, 1799-1895
Hicks, William B.
Merchant National Bank (New Bedford, Mass.)
Signals and signaling
Westport (Mass.)--History--19th century
Whaling ships--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Andrew Hicks (Bark)
Emma C. Jones (Ship)
George and Susan (Bark)
Hunter (Ship : 1851-1867)
Ohio (Bark : 1833-1889)
President (Bark : 1849-1904)
Sea Fox (Bark : 1851-1890)
Sea Queen (Bark)
Spartan (Bark : 1869-1876)