jim, Hi there...Joseph Hicks, son of Samuel Hicks. Joseph married Mary Earl around 1693 and together they had nine children beginning in 1698. The child of this marriage from which we descend was the oldest son, Gabriel who was born on March 10, 1699. Gabriel, married Sarah Manchester of Tiverton, RI on November 19, 1720 and had 8 children. Gabriel's oldest son, Joseph, was born on Feb. 22, 1722. He married Elizabeth Waite and they had twelve children. Benjamin Hick's I, oldest child of Joseph and Elizabeth was born around 1750 in Westport Point was married to Eunice Briggs of Compton, RI on November 26, 1772. The house is registered by the Westport Historical Society and bears a plaque which states, "Benjamin Hicks, Tailor, 1775". Three more children were born including a son, Benjamin II, the ancestor to my line, born April 18, 1778. He filed marriage intentions in Westport on October 26, 1805 and soon married Patty Tompkins of Little Compton, RI. Their first child Oliver, was born in 1806, followed two years later by the birth of twins, Benjamin III and William (from whom I descend) on July 11, 1808. My source says they have had little success in tracing the life of William prior to his moving to Canada. He had apparently been married at least once before, for when he arrived in St. Andrews, he was in his sixties and he had a twelve year old son, James, with him. In 1871 Canadian census lists William as a trader by occupation and shows he and James as the only members of the household. But on December 22, 1872, William married Phoebe McGrath in St. Andrews, Canada. The 1881 census for St. Andrews shows the household members to be William, age 70, Phoebe, age 50 and a son, William Henry Hicks, age 7.....so I don't think it is the same William you are saying is your line of Hicks....but this is all very interesting and I wish you luck in your search. Maybe we are related....but my Robert Hicks was not married to an Esther Hicks and we were mostly on the North easterly coast.....Good luck in your endeavors and I look forward to hearing of your successful searches...."Donner et Pardonner" ...which means " to give and forgive".....this was the Hicks Coat of arms with a crest of a buck's head and this motto imprinted on it.......John, lineal descendant of Sir Ellis Hicks,.... Sir Ellis Hicks was made a knight banneret by Edward, the Black Prince (son of King Edward III) in 1356 for capturing a French standard at the battle of Poitiers in the 100 years War. For this capture, he was granted the Hicks coat-of-arms with a crest of a buck's head and the motto, "Donner et Pardonner".......Darlene.