♂ 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 William Hobson, the first Governor of New Zealand, suffers a stroke.
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1844


Age: 37y
1844 • During a meeting held in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Quorum of the Twelve, headed by Brigham Young, is chosen as the leading body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

1850


Age: 43y
1850 • The University of Sydney (the oldest in Australia) is founded.

1850


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


Age: 43y
1850 • The hippopotamus Obaysch arrives at London Zoo from Egypt, the first seen in Europe since Roman times.
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1851


Age: 44y
1851 • The flip of a coin determines whether a new city in the Oregon Territory is named after Boston, Massachusetts, or Portland, Maine, with Portland winning.
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1854


Age: 47y
1854 King Johann succeeds to the throne of Saxony.

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 La Tene culture artifacts are discovered in Switzerland by Hansli Kopp.

1857


Feb 17
Age: 51y

invention


Haverstraw, New York, USA ⇓
US Patent for "Improved machine for varnishing percussion-caps"
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1857 Indian rebellion of 1857: The 3rd Light Cavalry of the British East India Company's army rebels against its British officers, thus beginning the rebellion.

1860


Age: 53y
1860 • German chemist Albert Niemann makes a detailed analysis of the coca leaf, isolating and purifying the alkaloid which he calls cocaine.Niemann, Albert (1860). On a New Organic Base in the Coca Leaves ("Über eine neue organische Base in den Cocablättern", published version of Ph.D. dissertation).

1870


Jul 16
Age: 64y
1870 • The British government admits the former Hudson's Bay Company territory of Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory to the Dominion of Canada.

1879


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

death


Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 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 • A fire in The Octagon, Dunedin claims 12 victims in New Zealand.

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