John Arthur Wicks

Male 1863 - 1946  (82 years)


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  • Name John Arthur Wicks  [1
    Born 28 Dec 1863  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jul 1946  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I10076  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 

    Father David Willson Weeks,   b. 7 Apr 1810, Pamelia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1876, Hermon, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Esther Holmes,   b. 1831, Williamsburg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1896, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F95  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Helen McCaffrey,   b. 1863, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1944, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 10 Sep 1888  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John William Wicks,   b. 22 Oct 1890, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1966, Kirkville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
     2. Henrietta Wicks,   b. 26 Dec 1892, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1964, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     3. Joseph Henry Wicks,   b. 1 Apr 1895, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1968, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     4. David Albert Wicks,   b. 10 Jun 1897, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1969, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     5. Ralph Lyman Wicks,   b. 10 Aug 1903, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1963, Canton, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
     6. Mary H. Wicks,   b. 1906, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1968  (Age > 63 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F93  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • - 1880 census: Ogdensburg, 1st ward, John is 18 years old and is working as a laborer. He was born in New York, his father was born in Vermont and his mother was born in New York. He is living with his mother Esther Holmes, his brother Walter, his sister Alice, and Alice's husband and child, both named William Walling.

      - 1900, Ogdensburg, 1st ward, South Water St., House #20: John Wicks is 36 years old and is working in a lumber yard. He was born in December of 1863 and has been married for 13 years. His wife is Mary (35). She has had four children all livig with them: John (9), Henrietta (7), Joseph (5) and David (2). Both parents and all four children were born in New York State.

      - 1910, Ogdensburg, John is 48 years old and living with his wife, Mary, who is 50. they have been married for 22 years (married 1888). All six children were born in New York.

      - 1925, Ogdensburg, John Wicks (60) is working as a road laborer. He is living at 919 Ford Ave. with his wife Mary (54) and daughter Mary Wicks (19).

      - 1940: JOhn A. Wicks, 75; and Mary H., 76, reside 919 Ford Ave., Ogdensburg, the same house they resided in in 1935.

      - Ogdensburg, NY St. Mary's Cemetery: Gravestone reads "WICKS - mother MARY M. 1863-1944 - father JOHN A. 1865-1946"

      - Ogdensburg city directories: 1896, Wicks, John, 72 Congress St.; 1925, Wicks, John A (Mary), h 919 Ford Ave.

      - Ogdensburg Advance News: Aug, 1902 - death of Mary Edith Wicks, aged 1 year - daughter of Mr/Mrs John A. Wicks.

      - John A. Wicks was the son of David Weeks and Esther Holmes. However, as a Roman Catholic, to hide his mixed paternity the obituary for John A. Wicks lists his parents as John and Mary Ann Holmes Wicks. There was no John Wicks Sr., and Mary Ann Holmes is the name of John's grandmother (Esther's mother.) John's father was David Willson Weeks, who fathered John and his twin sister Alice while he was living out of wedlock with Esther Holmes and in all probability still still married to his wife, whom he had left to live with Esther, using various different last names during their time together.

      - Ogdensburg Journal: July 11, 1946: John A. Wicks a life-long resident of this city, died here yesterday following a lingering illness. He was 81 years old. He was born in Ogdensburg, Dec. 28, 1865, (correct birth year is 1863) the son of the late John and Mary Ann Holmes Wicks. He was employed many years ago by Burke's Tannery and later by the City Water Works department. His wife died in September, 1944. Mr. Wicks was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral parish and the Holy Name Society of that parish. Surviving are four sons, David, Henry and Ralph, all of this city, and John of Utica; two daughters, Mrs. George E. (Mettie) Walker of this city and Mrs. Mary Muriel Lukas of Watertown. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the Nichols Funeral Home on New York Ave., and at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's Cathedral. Internment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery
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      (Jacob Holmes was 33 at the time of the following newspaper report. The "son" named Edward Holmes is not his biological son but his wife's by a previous marriage. The nephew, John Wicks, must be the son of Esther, born in 1863 which would make him 13 at this time.)
      St. Lawrence Republican, Canton, NY
      Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1876
      Headline: THE CAPTURED BURGLARS; The Disclosures made; Two gangs operate in Heuveltonh the same night.
      Ogdensburgh: It is well known to our readers that burglaries have recently been committed at Lisbon Centre, two at Heuvelton - one in the store of Mr. Rieb,and the other in the post office - and one at Morristown in the store of Wilson & Co. It was the belief of all the persons robbed that tbe burglars came from this city. The Morristown burglary was committed Friday night, and the thieves were tracked this way.
      Mr. Wilson came here Saturday morning and employed Constable King to assist in the search for the thieves and stolen property. He came again Monday morning on the same business. There are various reports as to the discovery of the first clue to the scamps but about two p.m. there was great excitement on South Water Street, occasioned by the rapid movements of constables Newton, Tyndall and King, and Policeman Bunnell, in the direction of Pious Hollow. Soon after it was announced that the Morristown burglars had been arrested.
      It appears that Edward Holmes, whose people live at the foot of Caroline street, had been taken into custody and a considerable portion of the goods stolen from Morristown found in his father's house. He said the goods were brought there by Wm. Kane, John Guy, Jr., and William Perkins, who engaged him to sell them for twenty percent on the dollar.
      The Holmses, consisting of father, mother, and two sons, were all taken into custody. A lad named John Wicks, a. nephew to Jacob Holmes, the father, was also arrested. It was information communicated by Holmes that started the police in so great a hurry to Pious Hollow. Guy and Perkins were easily secured, but a second trip had to be made to capture Kane, who had secreted himself under tbe old distillery. On the last trip Edward Holmes accompanied the police to show them where some of the property not yet discovered was secreted.
      When all were arrested and taken to the Town House, and the examination commenced, Edward Holmes, Guy and Kane were disposed to be communicative. Their stories did not quite agree, but enough was told to show that Holmes,Guy and Kane committed the burglary at Lisbon Centre. Guy gave the particulars as to how it was done, and Kane agreed with him. Holmes, Kane, Guy and Perkins committed the burglary on Rich's store at Heuvelton; all were in the store. A silver hunting watch was stolen there. Holmes took it and gave Guy one he had in his possession before the robbery, and which, he alleges, was given to him by another thief named Stratton. All of the parties deny having had anything to do with the robbery of the post office at Heuvelton on the same night. Holmes says it was committed by Stratton, of Canada, and Wilsie, of Chicago, who went ahead of them, and did not return here.
      The burglary at Morristown was committed by Holmes, Kane, Gay and Perkins. Another party named John Goodrich went up with them. He did not enter the store, but started back while the others committed the robbery. Holmes denies having had anything to do with this robbery but Kane and Guy say he put up the job, and was the master of the ceremonies. In this robbery tbey had a dark lantern to use. They went in through the cellar. On their return tbey went into the barn of Mr. Halliday and took out a span of horses, and getting on double, rode them to John D. Soper's, where they abandoned them and came on afoot. Kane, Guy and Perkins secreted their part of the plunder near the ship yard, and went back Saturday night and brought it away. Holmes had his in a traveling bag and took it home. The property recovered consisted of jeweiry, knives, spoons, forks, tobacco, cigars, boots, silk handkerchiefs, dress goods, coats, candles, and etc.
      It appears from tho disclosures made that Holmes, Stratton and Wilsie are the parties who broke jail recently at Cornwall, Ont. Holmes came here and his father's family moved here about the same time. He does not appear to have been long in organizing a gang and engaging in his old business, and we suspect his operation at Heuvelton that night was to cover the tracks of the shrewder and more accomplished thieves who robbed the post office and carried off a considerable amount of money.
      He is a young man about 21 years of age, tall and slim, and has red hair. There is a report afloat that, ascertaining his new associates had made arrangements to kidnap and "give him away," for the purpose of obtaining tbe reward offered for his apprehension in Canada, he "blew" on them. Be this as it may, the police lost no time in capturing the whole party, and thus broke up a gang which had set out on a desperate career. They are entitled to great credit for their prompt and successful action.
      FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS
      The developments of Tuesday led to the recovery of more stolen property. Among it was a single-barreled, cheap-made shotgun, some seamless bags, and a black oilcloth satchel filled with dry goods.
      The Holmes family are considerably mixed in their names. The young man's -Edward - real name is Edward Nash. He is a son of Mrs. Holmes' by a former husband. Another member of this family is Doty Smith.
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      St. Lawrence Plaindealer, Canton, NY Dec. 13, 1876:
      Ogdensburgh: Mrs. Annie Holmes, indicted for receiving stolen property, has been convicted and sentenced to Sing Sing state prison for three years and six months. Mrs. Holmes is tbe mother of Edward, the ringleader of the gang of burglars recently arrested here, and sentenced to Clinton prison for eight years and six months.
      Jacob Holmes, indicted for tbe same offense, was acquitted.
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      - Ogd. Journal, Nov. 21, 1876: Arrested were John Guy Jr., William Kane, William Perkins, Alexander Holmes, Edward Hohlmes, Jacob Holmes, Mrs. Jacob Holmes, and John Wicks. Goods were recovered from burglaries at Lisbon, Heuvelton and Morristown.
      - Ogd. Journal, June, 1894: Albert Woutier and John Wicks indulged in a fight last night and were arrested. This morning Woutier pleaded guilty and is out on his own recognizance. John Wicks demanded a trial and is now in the lockup awaiting it.
      - Ogd. Journal, April 1910: Recorder Waterman suspended sentence in the case of Hohn Wicks, charged with illegally possession game fish.
      - Ogd. Journal, May, 1914: John Wicks was held for the action of the grand jury under bail of $1,000 yesterday on charges of burglary third degree and petit larceny committed at the Hub factory. He was arrested on a warrant yesterday as a suspect in two recent robberies. (He later pleaded guilty and was placed on probation for three years.)

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