♂ Charles Hicks

1806 - 1879

Charles Hicks
Spouse
Catherine Van Norden
Catherine Van Norden
1811 - 1903
Children
Thomas R Hicks
Thomas R Hicks
1829 - 1908
Josephine Hicks
Josephine Hicks
1835 - 1921
Walter E Hicks
Walter E Hicks
1847 - 1892
Jessie Hicks
Jessie Hicks
1849 - 1875

Was inventor of the first percussion caps, the machine for making them and the powder with which they were charged.  At the time of his death he had almost perfected the Hick's Centrifugal Dynamite Gun.  His son, Walter E Hicks, would patent the Centrifugal Gun in 1888 after Charles Hicks had passed away.

 

Timeline

1829


Age: 22y
1829 Greece receives autonomy from the Ottoman Empire in the London Protocol, signed by Russia, France and Britain, effectively ending the Greek War of Independence. Greece continues to seek full independence through diplomatic negotiations with the three Great Powers.

1840


Age: 33y
Charles Hicks - 1840 Census

residence


In the two houses behind Charles Hicks, there is a Mrs. Van Norden aged 20-30, and then a Wm A Van Norden aged 40-50 years. Also living on the same page as Charles Hicks is an Abraham Van Norden. William Van Norden's brother James is also living in ward 14, on page 418. modified
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1840 • The Province of Canada is created by the Act of Union.
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1844


Age: 37y
1844 Hong Kong Police Force, the world's second, Asia's first modern police force is established.

1850


Age: 43y
1850 Harriet Tubman becomes an official conductor of the Underground Railroad.
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1850


Age: 43y

1850


Age: 43y
1850 • The transportation of British convicts to Western Australia begins, as the transportation of British convicts to other parts of Australia is phased out, when the ship Scindian arrives in Fremantle with 75 male prisoners.
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1851


Age: 44y
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1854


Age: 47y
1854 • The Waterbury Clock Company is founded in Waterbury, Connecticut, the predecessor of Timex Group USA in timepiece manufacturing.

1857


Feb 10
Age: 51y
Charles Hicks - US Patent 16587

invention


Haverstraw, New York, USA ⇓
US Patent for "Improved machine for ramming percussion-caps"
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1857 Kuala Lumpur, the future capital of Malaysia, is founded as a tin mining settlement.

1857


Feb 17
Age: 51y

invention


Haverstraw, New York, USA ⇓
US Patent for "Improved machine for varnishing percussion-caps"
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1857 • The Dunbar wrecked near the entrance to Sydney Harbour, Australia, with the loss of 121 lives.

1870


Jul 16
Age: 64y
1870 • The Ohio Legislature passes the Cannon Act, thereby establishing the Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College, later Ohio State University.

1879


Oct 31
Age: 73y
Charles Hicks - Find a Grave

death


Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ⇓
1879-11-03; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"HICKS - On October 31st ult., CHARLES HICKS, in the seventy-third year of his age. The relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Monday, November 3, at 2 o'clock, from 1912 Poplar street."
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1879 Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

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