Found him on the 1870 Jacobs Fork, Catawba, North Carolina census (img 16) as James J. Hicks
age 40, farm laborer. Also in his household is Franklin Finger
age 55, a black man, servant.
On Dec. 12th, 1891, after years of ill health, Deacon J. J. Hicks, at his residence, Longford, Iredell county, N. C, in his sixty third year. Bro. Hicks was born and reared in Cleveland county, N. C. He gave himself to Christ in early youth. At the age of twenty seven he married Miss Martha Finger, who lived about ten or twelve years. In 1870 he married her sister, Miss Susannah J. Finger, who lived but a few months. Two years later, he married Mrs. Clara Clark, who survives him. He moved his membership to Bethel church in Iredell county nineteen years ago, where he was subsequently elected deacon, which office he filled until failing health caused him to resign a short time ago. - The Biblical Recorder April 13, 1892