Sunday’s Obituary – Bessie E Hicks, young daughter of Bertha Ann Shackford (Blog 422)

According to birth records, Bessie E Hicks, the daughter of Joseph E and Bertha Ann (Shackford) Hicks was born on July 6, 1905 and had a male twin who died on the date of her birth. For some reason her death record lists her birth date as Sept 17, 1904 which is most likely incorrect as there was a child born on Oct 12, 1904 who only lived a few minutes. One other possibility is that Bessie is the female Hicks with a birth record of Sept 16, 1903 but if that Bessie were still living, it would be odd for the family to name a second child with the same name…

Sadly Bessie died of leukemia on Sept 28, 1911 at a very young age, somewhere between the age of 7 and 8.

Obituary Bessie E Hicks Hillsborough Messenger (Hillsboro, N. H.), 5 October 1911Bessie E Hicks

Daughter of Joseph W. and Bertha
M. Hicks, passed away last Thursday
afternoon at the home of her parents on
Butler street, after an illness of several
months, which was borne with great
patience. She was born in Canaan,
coming home with her parents several
months ago, and her age was 8 years
and 11 days.
Prayers were held at the home by the
Rev. Walter F. Whitney at 3 o’clock

Sunday afternoon and George Boyston
sang “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”
The body was taken to Canaan Monday
for internment.
The immediate relatives are the pa-
rents, a brother and two sisters, who
have the sympathy of friends in their
There were many floral tributes as
folows: Pillow “Our Darling,” famil;
closed book, “Bessie” neighbors and
friends, Hillsboro; spray of pinks, Mr.
and Mrs James Melrose; spray of pinks,
Mr. and Mrs Chester Young and son;
cresent, Brotherhood I B. M W. E.,
Concord, spray of pinks, auxillary of I.
B. M. W. E.; spray of pinks, Mr. and
Mrs. Bert Robinson and daughter of
Canaan; spray of pinks, Mr. and Mrs
Herbert Brown, Hillsboro; sray of
pinks, Rev. and Mrs. W> F. Whitney
pink roses MR and Mrs Harry Clough,
bouquet Florencee Colby, arias and cut
flowers, Mr and Mrs Jack Wheeler,
wreath Mr and Mrs E E Wet; cut
flowers Mrs Gould, spray of pinks,
Mr and Mrs R R Hicks, Canaan, spray
of cut flowers Ethewys Gordoe
Card of Thanks
We desire to extend our most heart-
felt thanks to all who so kindly assisted
at the sickness, death and burial of our
darling Bessie Especially would we
thank the singer and those who sent
Mr and Mrs Joe Hicks and Family

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1910 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Canaan, enumeration district (ED) 80, Sheet No 11A, visited 389, family 403, Joseph Hicks; digital images, ( : accessed 19 March 2017).

“Bessie E Hicks,” Hillsborough Messenger (Hillsboro, N. H.), 5 October 1911; digital images, ( : accessed 19 March 2017)

New Hampshire “New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915,” digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 April 2016), Bessie Hicks

New Hampshire “New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915,” digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 February 2017), Hicks, b. 16 Sep 1903.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, , Hicks, 6 July 1905; index and digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 March 2017).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Death Records 1654-1947, , Bessie E Hicks d., 28 September 1911; digital images, FamilySearch, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 ( : accessed 25 January 2015).

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