♂ 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

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 J. M. W. Turner first displays his painting The Slave Ship.
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1844


Age: 37y
1844 • The first electrical telegram is sent over the telegraph by Samuel F. B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" in Baltimore, Maryland, saying "What hath God wrought".

1847


Age: 40y
1847 29Sonderbund War, a civil war in Switzerland in which General Guillaume-Henri Dufour's federal army defeats the Sonderbund (an alliance of seven Catholic cantons) with a total of only 86 deaths.

1849


Age: 42y

1850


Age: 43y
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1850


Age: 43y
1850 • Vice President Millard Fillmore becomes the 13th President of the United States following the death of President Taylor.

1850


Age: 43y
1850 United States Senator Daniel Webster gives his "Seventh of March" speech in which he endorses the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.
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1851


Age: 44y
1851 • The Fregatten Eugenies ("Frigate Eugenie") leaves from Karlskrona, Sweden to begin its voyage as the first Swedish Royal Navy vessel to circumnavigate the world.
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1854


Age: 47y
1854 • The United States packet ship Powhattan is wrecked off the New Jersey shore with more than 200 + victims.

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


Feb 17
Age: 51y

invention


Haverstraw, New York, USA ⇓
US Patent for "Improved machine for varnishing percussion-caps"
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1870


Jul 16
Age: 64y
1870 • Emperor Napoleon III of France is deposed and the Third Republic is declared. Empress Eugénie flees to England with her children.

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 • Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak, establishing an Afghan state.

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