Elbert J. Hicks was born in Dickson County, Tenn., May 6, 1821. His parents were James and Mary (Marlow) Hicks, the father being born in Virginia in 1781. The mother was born in North Carolina. Our subject was united in marriage, January 23, 1845, to Mariah C. Houston, who was born in Dickson County, Tenn., February 21, 1827. The result of this union has been eleven children: Martha E., born October 25, 1845, and died August 17, 1863; Mary J., born March 20, 1847; Sallie T., born January 15, 1849; James S., born February 28, 1851; John F., born April 18, 1853; Robert H., born May 20, 1856; Laura D., born November 5, 1858; Lula H., born August 29, 1861; Martha E., born January 30, 1864; Hester L., born October 7, 1866, and Faustina H., born April 27, 1872. Our subject is now justice of the peace of this district and chairman of the county court. He has served as magistrate for ten years. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Politically he is a Democrat.