Hicks families, I'm guessing two sets, went from VA to Tennese and then from there some went to Illinois, some to Arkansas, and, I think to Alabama and Oklahoma. For the two families I came across, check descendents of William B. Hicks and his brother, Robert. Robert married Ester Lutton. There were two other brothers, Elijah and James, but I can't find their descendents yet. William B Hicks's son was William M. Hicks, b 1804 in VA. That Wm M. Hicks was md 3x, had 21 children, and died in Arkansas. Anyway, focus on Hicks of Hickman County, TN. Also, check "Family Tree DNA", Maybe get sample tested. You'd be surprised how it helps sort out Hicks. Hope this helps.
James Myers.Hicks, Jr., Atlanta, GA