Bill Hicks

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) –

Bill’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Bill’s maternal grandfather, James Oddisray/Otis Reese, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

By Bill_Hicks_at_the_Laff_Stop_in_Austin,_Texas,_1991_(2).jpg: Angela Davis (Angela D.) from Austin, TX, USAderivative work: RanZag [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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