Birth Name: William Melvin Hicks
Date of Birth: December 16, 1961
Place of Birth: Valdosta, Georgia
Date of Death: February 26, 1994
Place of Death: Little Rock, Arkansas
Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), more distant Dutch and French
Bill Hicks was an American comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.
Bill’s paternal grandfather was Millard Fillmore Hicks (the son of Ashbury Columbus Hicks and Buna Vesta Stokes)
Bill’s paternal grandmother was Jewell K. Thomasson (the daughter of Erastus Melvin Thomasson and Lillie Rebecca Mancil). Erastus was the son of Cornelious Starr Thomasson and Susannah “Susie” Henley. Lillie was the daughter of James M. Mancil and Mary Louise “Polly” Parker.
Bill’s maternal grandparents were James Oddisray/Otis Reese (the son of James Jasper Reese and Permelia Welch) and Jewette Marie Mulkey (the daughter of Dewitte Clinton Mulkey and Minnie Ann Rice).
Sources: Genealogy of Bill’s paternal grandmother, Jewell K. Thomasson (through Jewell’s brother, Osborn Cornelius Thomasson) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Bill’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bill’s maternal grandfather, James Oddisray/Otis Reese, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org