Thomas Wicker, an old resident of Union Township, is a native of Stokes Co., North Carolina, born March 9, 1821, being the eighth in a family of eleven children, born to Talley and Betty Ann (Linville) Wicker, who were both also natives of North Carolina. They emigrated to Shelby County in 1827, settling in Union Township, December 6th of that year, where they continued to reside until their death, the former dying August 26, 1854, aged nearly seventy-one years, and the latter, December 4, 1870, at the good old age of eighty-three years and seven months. Our immediate subject remained with his parents until he attained the age of twenty-seven years, receiving what was for those days, a good education, such as was to be obtained in the subscription schools those days afforded, in keeping with the primitive log school-houses of that time. February 28, 1842, his marriage with Nancy Zike was solemnized, and to their union eleven children have been born, of whom these eleven are now living: William T., David, Catharine, Mary E., Sarah A., Dorothy, Nancy J., Hester A., Thomas N., Jasper L. and George A.
Mr. Wicker has always made farming his occupation, and he has been very successful. He now owns 217 acres of well-improved land. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church. In politics he is a Republican, but has never sought any political preferment.
History of Shelby County, "Union Sketches," p. 779-780.
Submitted by Anne Ruby