John Hicks and Letitia Frad Banbury’s marriage certificate

I am finally home from my trip to Salt Lake City’s Family History Library. One of the documents I found at the FHL was this 1841 marriage certificate for John Hicks and Letitia Frad Banbury.

John and Letitia, my third great-grandfather and third great-grandmother respectively, were both born in Cornwall, England. They arrived in the United States in the 1830s. According to Baughman and Bartlett’s1911 History of Morrow County Ohio:

John Hicks … immigrated to the United States when a young man, and soon after coming to Ohio found employment in Gambier on the [Kenyon] College farm, with which he was afterwards connected for many years, serving long and well as its superintendent. While at the College he married Letitia Banbury, who was born in Cornish England, in 1812, a daughter of Thomas Banbury, their union being solemnized in 1840.

That date was off by a year, as the original marriage certificate shows. Another detail in this document that I found significant was the religion of the minister who performed their marriage ceremony. He was a “Minister of the Gospel of the M.E. Church,” with “M.E.” being shorthand for Methodist Episcopal.

In the late 1970s, John and Letitia’s granddaughter, Mary Edna (Throckmorton) Patrick — my great-grandmother — recorded an autobiography at a family gathering. In that recording, she proudly recounted a long-standing family legend claiming that one of our (unnamed) ancestors was personally converted to Methodism in Ireland by Methodist Church founder John Wesley. Before I started doing genealogy, I just assumed that the ancestor in question was a Throckmorton.  Knowing more about my Throckmorton line now (more about that in a future post), it is clear to me that those ancestors were living in North America for more than a century before the founding of the Methodist Church, making the Ireland conversion story impossible for any of them. Methodism may have originated with either (or both) the Hicks or Banbury lines, however.

I do not know yet whether or not an Irish conversion may have been possible for either of these lines; I have only traced the Hicks and Banburys back to Cornwall in the late 1700s, around the time of John Wesley’s death.  Of course, the “personal conversion by John Wesley” story may be an exaggeration or even pure fiction. Time and research will tell.


9 thoughts on “John Hicks and Letitia Frad Banbury’s marriage certificate

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  3. Dear Beth Bandy,
    I am a descendent of the Knox County, OH Banburys. I read your comments and was very interested. There is not doubt that we are related. I am a descendent of Richard Banbury and Mary Cornish who arrived in Danville, Knox County in 1832.
    If you have not see the following site before, please review. That will get you connected to my Banbury family the quickest.
    I also am working with an Banbury in England who has and extensive data base and had tried to locate you, also.
    Thank you very much,
    Bill Banbury
    144 Woodland Court
    Lake Mills, WI 53551

  4. Hello, My gg grandfather was Edmond (Edmund,Edward) Hicks. He was born in England about 1819. He immigrated in 1832 or 1836. He lived in Coshocton county, at first in Oxford township, then he went to Illinois, came back to oxford township then to Jeffersonson township. He had two boys who died at andersonville and a James Walker Hicks who was my Great grandfather. We think he worked a canal boat off of the Walhonding river. Would you have any information on him?

    • Rex — I am sorry, but I don’t have any information at this point. If I come across something in future research, I will let you know. – Beth

      • Rex Hicks & Beth, I have seen your postings to the Farms, Creeks, and Hollows web site but have been unable to respond per the links given, so will attempt via the standard Reply format and hope this works. My name is Bill Banbury and am related to the Banbury/Hicks families that you are posting information on. My connections is to Richard Banbury and Mary Cornish who emigrated to Knox County in 1832. I have several connections to this lineage and there is a lot of data available if you would be interested. The best Internet source would be Sheila Yeo’s web site at: and specifically the pages under this heading: And yes the Yeo line links with Banbury line a couple of time. I am also very interested in the Hicks line as I believe there may be a link to my maternal line as well as my Paternal lineage. My maternal line starts with Gardners who settled in Sauk County, WI I have a link via my G Grandfather’s sisters who married Hicks brothers… The Hicks brothers came from Ohio (south of Akron,) in the neighborhood of the Banbury/Hicks families. The Hicks boys, upon marriages to the Gardner girls, RETURNED to OHIO…. Then they left with one of the Hicks boys taking his wife to Montana where she died shortly after. Her body was returned to Sauk County, WI and is buried in family plot. The other Hicks boy took his bride and journeyed to Whittier, CA and this is where a group of Quakers from Sauk County, WI ventured and established that community, which to this day is noted for its strong, conservative, Quaker “roots!” To date I have not been able to prove this link but the circumstantial information is very strong that there is a linkage between these families. I would be interested in sharing data with you if you would please contact me at

        On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM, Farms, Creeks & Hollows: Looking for family history

      • Hello Bill — A very, very belated thank you for the information, which I am looking forward to exploring in more depth ASAP. I just sent you an email a minute ago. If you didn’t get it, please let me know. My Hicks line lived in the Knox and Morrow County areas of central Ohio. By car, this area is about an hour-and-a-half drive southwest of Akron. Does that sound like the same area where your Hicks family members lived? Many members of this line, along with John and Letitia (Banbury) Hicks, are buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow County:
        The 1911 book, History of Morrow County, Ohio, Vol. 2 ( has quite a few biographical sketches of members of this line.
        – Beth

  5. Was Letitia’s maiden name a Couch prior to marrying Charles Banbury? And was Frad her mothers maiden name?…or am I barking up the wrong tree

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