Many are hoping DNA will link them to their birth families, and some of them have found biological parents, siblings and parents through DNA, according to WKYC. 1997. Some on here commented that the bio moms were likely unwed and didnt want the babies. Once the women gave birth, Dr. Hicks would allegedly tell the unsuspecting moms that he had found adoptive parents for the children. Now fast forward 50 years, memories are skewed, you feel differently now, maybe you wish things were different. As part of his practice, Hicks performed abortions, which were illegal at the time. He was wrong and he did wrong so did the mayor and chief of police. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). There was an error deleting this problem. In other cases, he said their babies were stillborn and died before or during delivery. Dr Thomas Hicks was a small-town Georgia doctor who was posthumously accused of selling hundreds of babies in illegal adoptions. This relationship is not possible based on lifespan dates. The mind-blowing story is the subject of a new three-part TLC series (premiering Oct. 9), Taken at Birth, which attempts to crack open the mystery of the doctors scheme and reunite some of the Hicks babies with their birth families. Why dig up a grave when dna could have given these people the answer if they were siblings? This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. Theres nothing there.. How the hell would YOU feel? She said the whole time she was having the babies that there was a very nice dressed lady sitting in the room across the hall from her. Hicks performed illegal abortions in the 1950s and 1960s, along with the illegal adoptions, until he faced legal troubles in 1964 for the abortions. They werent all there for abortions!! Use Escape keyboard button or the Close button to close the carousel. I did do a DNA test with no response. New TLC Special Taken At Birth Dives into Shocking Hicks Babies Black Market Adoption Scandal. Natalie. Blasio also created a confidential registry to help Hicks babies find their parents and siblings. I just wanted to say I watch this show about a little girl. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. She hopes DNA testing will enable them to find their birth parents. The Dr Hicks who ran the black-market adoptions had a son who became a dentist. Are you nuts? Oh well for them, I was raised in those mountains and Im not afraid of them. Mama named my brother Von Gordon. If he was truly compassionate and a good man he would not have lied to the mothers and told them they delivered a stillborn baby or that the baby died. Add to your scrapbook. Never has been black market babies, she told WKYC. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I have been advised by a man named Bill Miller from Cleveland Ohio that I was a Hicks baby but cannot find out if this is true. How can We Help? Green Sod Above Lie Light, Lie Light. GOOD NIGHT DEAD DAD, GOOD NIGHT GOOD NIGHT. His forged birth certificates did not list biological parents. Dr. Hicks obviously cannot give his side of the story. Try again later. If you find ANYTHING humane or OKAY about that then God so help you! There are no volunteers for this cemetery. That seems to be a repetitive theme amongst the living relatives. Please ensure you have given Find a Grave permission to access your location in your browser settings. I am the youngest of seven siblings. Im disgusted that someone would think that this is ok. However, he was found guilty of illegally selling narcotic pain killers and income tax invasion and severed time in federal prison. Hicks didnt oversee legal adoptions. Wow! In the early 1950s, Hicks reportedly began advertising illegal abortion and adoption services on phone booths, bus stations, and bridges. The pain these mothers felt I could never imagine and not to mention how many of these babies died from being delivered wayyyy too prematurely. I owe my life to him, but he has also been the cause of so much pain and suffering. Hi, the category is just Category:McCaysville, Georgia. This relationship is not possible based on lifespan dates. So telling a mother that her baby died at birth while he sold it out his back door was fine with you? Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. We just were not there and will never know his thoughts. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. Im sorry but thats a totally twisted way of thinking in my view!! Well he and Alannas birth father very similar. Failed to report flower. She was present when authorities opened the mausoleum. Doctor Hicks was NO saint and we recognize his dysfunction, the pain he caused many, and have learned to bear it, she wrote. How Did People Find Out About the Hicks Babies? Hed encourage them to put their babies up for adoption instead. Could you imagine carrying your baby a whole pregnancy having a nursery all set up and you go to the hospital deliver your baby and be lied to that your baby died smh Im speechless. Dr. Dhingra has of over a decade in diagnostic, clinical, research and teaching work, including managing all sections of Pathology laboratory including histopathology, cytology, hematology and clinical Pathology. The new lab, housed in the center's computer area, features more, Seeing the news about the city starting to close the Station Street area around some night spots at 1 a.m. reminded me once again that young people can get a little rowdy. Narratively, accessed 17 September 2019. Instead of killing the children he delivered live infants, told the mothers their babies were dead, and gave the babies away to parents who wanted them. For him to lie to these women is unforgivable. He was her first born and she said she heard him cry yet Dr Hicks told her he was still born. When they opened it up there was great excitement. we are not in the dna data bases but i would be glad to give my dna to find out what happened just point me in the right direction i will be watching tlc hicks babies. we do not know where these births occured most of our family is deceased. That is crazy! Dr Hicks told some of the mothers that their babies died, then he sold them. Ignorance is a terrible thing smh!!!! He was born October 18, 1888. was there more than one Dr. Hicks mentioned in the Taken AT Birth documentary or just one? I hope you guys can find what your looking for. Have you checked the adoption registries to see if hes looking for his biological family? It sits in a plaza in McCaysville, Georgia with a pizza shop on one end and a barbecue restaurant on the other, according to Narratively. It is suspected that many of them did and there is rumor that perhaps he disposed of those little bodies in the river. Dr. Thomas Hicks. Finch-Cochran Funeral Home 1478 Blue Ridge Dr. Blue Ridge, GA. 30513 Mailing Address P.O. He delivered my oldest brother. There was no reason not to dig up his grave. Dr. Hicks had a granddaughter, Sally Sompayrac, who empathizes with the plight of the Hicks babies. The extra mouths to feed were simply too expensive. His birth certificate when he ent into the service was different than the one his parents had, so all I know its June 19 or 20, 1941. I can attest to the fact that some of the mothers were married (yes, to the biological fathers) at the time their infants were sold. Tune in to #TakenAtBirth, a 3-night special event, starting TONIGHT at 9/8c. There was a problem getting your location. My dad moved us to New Mexico when I was in my early teens but I have a brother who stayed in Michigan. It may have started with good intentions, but these babies deserve the truth and they deserve it now. The good Dr told the mother they were still born. If shes still alive and knows shes adopted, she may be looking for you using DNA. Now, my family has to wonder, is he out there? But not all of the babies have been reunited. Rev. saying the baby was stillborn could have been nothing more than a cover story for them. I am watching the TV documentary on Dr. Hicks and do not believe he should be so vilified. Their lower-priced test is fine for your purposes. Powered by. He told women their babies had died when they hadnt. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 15 photos to this memorial. Dr. Thomas J. Hicks is the "bad guy" featured in a three-part docuseries titled Taken At Birth. My YDNA indicates I am not Hicks. Women came to have abortions and he told them it was a successful procedure, only to take that premature baby and sell it to someone. Theres nothing there, Linda, one of the Hicks Babies, told Narratively. Dr. Hicks died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of 83. Many of those from Hicks small town defended his actions. Family members linked to this person will appear here. Buying or selling A CHILDTHERE IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THAT! Blasio first traveled to McCaysville in 1988 to search for her birth mother. He was known all over the state for providing illegal abortions. You dont want to vilify him? Search above to list available cemeteries. Dr. Community Organization. The story broke across the U.S. in 1997 when an Akron woman named Jane Blasio learned that her parents bought her from a clinic in Georgia. 2019. Jane Blasio, who broke the story of the Hicks Babies and leads investigative efforts, wrote her thoughts about Hicks on her website. The television program Nightline spoke with several people who have found out they. Thank you. It has the capacity to compare over 700,000 DNA matches using the latest advanced technology. Some matches were successful, others were not. To add a flower, click the Leave a Flower button. Dr. Hicks is horrible. To add a flower, click the Leave a Flower button. He is buried right beside it, but not in it. One of those babies he delivered in Tennessee was my oldest brother who was supposedly still born. I am wondering if any possible hicks babies that have not found relatives has DNA done? My parents were a young married couple and very much wanted their baby! 2015. Oops, we were unable to send the email. Jane Blasio is the youngest of the known Hicks Babies. The motives of Hicks actions are unclear. Same ears, chin/jaw line, nose, and eyes. Hicks beliefs did not fully mesh with abortions, and he would sometimes convince women that he would handle adoptions if they carried the babies to term, according to WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio. Dawson has known since age 7 her parents got her from the McCaysville clinic run by Hicks, who died in 1972. What if, you are a scared young woman, 16 or 17 or even 19, pregnant in rural GA or TN, shame ridden as some would have felt, just wanting this to be taken care of. TLCs "Taken at Birth" will explore Thomas J. Hicks. He was born October 18, 1888. This account has been disabled. 0 cemeteries found in Polk County, Tennessee, USA. Blasio has dedicated her life to helping reunite Hicks Babies with their biological families. 2008 - 2023 INTERESTING.COM, INC. she weighed a little over 4lbs I wonder if theres any connection between those doctors. Thomas J. As I watched this documentary it made me think of the story my mother told many timesas her grandmother told hershe (my mother) was born in Oliver Springs TN.. (a little over two hours from McCaysville GA) A Dr Stone dilivered her and told her mother that she didnt make it meanwhile shes lying on a cart covered up with a sheet outside the room when her grandmother realizes shes there picked her up blew into her mouth then spanked her bottom and she started crying. What he did was awful feel so bad for those mothers and children. He induced birth prematurely to make money. Hicks, a family physician who performed illegal abortions in the 50s and 60s in McCaysville, Ga., also delivered babies and sold them to couples in off-the-books adoptions. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. In the small town of McCaysville, Ga., Dr. Ive heard the same story over and over, that the mother heard her baby cry but was told it was stillborn. Did your mother give birth in Akron or in McCaysville? ow . Hicks beliefs did not fully mesh with abortions, and he would sometimes convince women that he would handle adoptions if they carried the babies to term, according to WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio. The documentary originally aired in 2019 on TLC, but has since migrated to Hulu. No reference was made of the real mother. Book Review: I Know Who You Are, by Barbara Rae-Venter, Up Your DNA Game With New Courses in 2023. Thank you. Dr. Hicks created fake birth certificates and listed the adoptive parents as biological parents. It has come too late for others as their real parents have died. I Just dont understand how anyone could possibly think what he did was right or just or in any way good at all!! You have several options when it comes to learning about your DNA, KnowYourDNA is the best source for finding all things related to DNA. Babies For Sale: The Secret Adoptions That Haunt One Georgia Town. She did tell me she heard her baby cry and Dr Hicks told her he was still born. Get Directions. So telling the one mother her twin boys were stillborn is acceptable to you. Then you missed the entirety of the story. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. Has your family done any dna tests like 23andme or ancestry? GOOD NIGHT DEAD DAD, GOOD NIGHT GOOD NIGHT, What Happened to Dr. Thomas Hicks? My name is Judy Swafford Walker. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Dr Hicks induced some babies early, and they would have been put in incubators had then been born that early today. She carried him to full term and went to Dr Hicks to deliver her baby! Some residents seemed to know the double life he was leading. Verify and try again. Learn more about merges. Personally I hope that Dr Hicks is burning in hell! Cutts and Rev. I personally think he is a sociopath and I wonder if he could have been a Serial Killer as well. He and Mrs. Hicks were so kind to so many people. But he didnt know about the black market.. i am from polk county tenn we are trying to find if our brother danny is still alive we have learned 3 dead babies in my family it is interesting. Many came forward after their adoptive families said they were from the Hicks clinic. Who was Thomas J. Hicks? And the pair have formed an easy bond: We have matching DNA tree tattoos on our backs, Stapleton says of his sister Atress Davis. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. Thats a totally twisted way of thinking!!! So for that reason, I think were putting too much faith in these womens stories. We will never know the hell they have suffered. My decision is there was something very wrong going on. It was reported that at least 49 of the babes were sold to couples in the Akron, Ohio area. "It was just an investigation, and I don't like being told no," she. He was in denial, says Stapleton. Those who likely knew what happened may have died as well. We will review the memorials and decide if they should be merged. Those few cases were a woman gave birth knowing she did not want the baby, and Dr. Hicks found someone wanting to adopt, are far and few between! I am currently fixing to do my own dna test. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Thus, the legacy of Dr. Thomas Hicks remains an unanswered mystery of many residents in the dual border towns of Copperhill-McCaysville. Evil does not begin to describe this man. He would also convince them to carry the baby to full term on the pretense that he would find good adoptive parents and provide the child with a good home. Dr. Hicks was married and had two kids a son and a daughter. I am by no means defending Dr Hicks black-market adoption practices, but its important to remember that, even today, people die from asthma attacks. On another point, Ive heard it said that Dr. Hicks disposed of aborted babies in the river. The show is led by Jane Blasio, the youngest of the known Hicks Babies, who works with TLCs Long Lost Family co-hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner to unravel the mystery of Hicks crimes. These women often came away from faraway places. In 2014, around 30 suspected Hicks Babies traveled to Tennessee to undergo DNA testing. Hicks Baby Adoptee Sold by Georgia Doctor 50 Years Ago Reunites With Birth Mother, Brother. Hicks was the beloved town doctor in the tiny mountain town of McCaysville, but women came from miles around to seek his services. In 2014, and ABC News helped the Hicks Babies conduct DNA tests on themselves and members of the McCaysville community. Dr. Hicks was a town doctor who performed illegal abortions. Blasio confirmed with the county birth records that she was likely one of the hundreds of babies sold between 1950 and 1965.2. The illegal adoptions stopped in 1964 when Hicks was caught committing a different crime abortion. He gave the adoptive parents a fake birth certificate and left no records of the birth mothers. Hicks initially lost his clinic for doing illicit abortions. She was 23. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. DNA ancestry testing offers a way for people interested in family history (genealogy) to, Our Verdict: My reports from GPS Origins arent nearly as comprehensive as the ones, FamilyTreeDNA has tons of features and information that you wont get with most of, Many affordable DNA tests can help you quickly discover your genetic makeup. You can see for yourself google him. You may request to transfer up to 250,000 memorials managed by Find a Grave. When I told my parents about this documentary.. My dad said well back then they didnt have the equipment to deal with infants like they to do today my response was oh they didnt know to clear the air passage way and slap a baby on the bottom? He also has a granddaughter who is sympathetic to the efforts of the Hicks Babies. The secret of the baby-for-sale scandal lay pretty much unknown until around 1997. The documentary originally aired in 2019 on TLC, but has since migrated to Hulu. Thanks, This account already exists, but the email address still needs to be confirmed. To date, seven of the biological mothers have come forward. I was born in 1967. She is a brave woman who helped a lot of people find answers. Aside from families that might eventually tell their adult children, the only hope Hicks babies have of finding their biological relatives is DNA tracking. Adopting families from out of town often drove up to the door. Is like $10,000. He performed illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade. He then relocated just across the line in McCaysville Georgia. Somehow I missed this Documentary the first time it aired. Learn more about merges. She said she heard her baby cry then Doc Hicks told her he was still born. Some birth mothers knew they were placing a baby for adoption, some thought they had an abortion, and some were told their infants died. Dr. Hicks, who passed away at the age of 83, was born in 1888 in Picket County, Tennessee. He died - apparently of leukemia - at the age of 83 on March 5, 1972. Learn about how to make the most of a memorial. So that he could make money. My father burst into tears when he found out, Stapleton tells The Post. ALL OF THOSE CHILDREN WERE MESSED UP FROM THIS. I never knew anyone so generous. "I think he was a good man. in Psychology and enjoys writing about health and wellness. AND IN ALL ACTUALITY HICKS LIED TO HER TO GET HER TWIN BOYS AND MADE OVER 2000 OFF OF HER PAIN. And most of these women were likely unmarried, which was a huge no-no at the time. Within a decade, he was not only performing illegal abortions but selling newborns on the black market. John Stapleton and his sister Cyndy were both sold on a black market as babies. At least one Hicks baby submitted his DNA to and found a half-sister. Barbara, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Babies born that early would need to remain in the hospital. Several in the town told the outlet the story was sensationalized. I am honored to be part of the behind-the-scenes team of passionate and compassionate people who helped some of them in their journeys. The adopted child or biological mother can call and provide information about their gender and birthdate. The McCaysville group is connected to Dr. Thomas Hicks, the town doctor and a popular, church-going man, revered by locals for his generosity. They were not, and he sold those babies. You need a Find a Grave account to continue. My heart aches for your mother and your whole family. There is 1 volunteer for this cemetery. Hicks gave up his medical license to escape prosecution, according to Appalachian History. Thankful for the granddaughter who went beyond what most would have to get answers. Our filters are much different than the ones from that period of time. Some of the Hicks Babies were torn about his actions. I dont trust my own memories, let alone 50 year old memories. Love and hugs to them all! Still, she defends her late grandfathers actions. First of all, it was a small town clinic and back then it was not unheard of for any woman in a small town to go to a clinic to deliver their baby so to say hes some kind of hero for what he did is beyond disgusting. His wife and son have both passed away. Theyre an invaluable resource for parentage searches. Continuing with this request will add an alert to the cemetery page and any new volunteers will have the opportunity to fulfill your request. The Hicks babies were babies sold by Dr. Thomas J. Hicks to different families. Try again later. It turned into a business. But there was nothing in it. Dr. Thomas Hicks has a large mausoleum which bares his name at Crest Lawn Cemetery, standing tall above many of the other cemetery plots marked with headstones. Mama said they ran him out of Tennessee not long after that because he was killing so many babies. One week later, he sold the newborn for $1000. To date, no one knows the exact number of babies he stole and sold on the black market. And then the consistent low birth weights are concerning. I came from a messed up family, too. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Thank you so much. After I watched your show on TLC, I took a trip up to the mountains., looked the house that was HIckscock and made a big mistake when I asked some questions. This is a carousel with slides. That is when my older brother was born and my mother was told he was still born even though she told me she heard her baby cry. cemeteries found within kilometers of your location will be saved to your photo volunteer list. Exactly! Sorry! I cannot imagine being one of these babies. You can customize the cemeteries you volunteer for by selecting or deselecting below. What he did has no merit. My Grandma has been gone several years now, but she told us numerous times that in 1952 when she gave birth to my aunt that she remembers having two babies and the nurse telling her she had a boy. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. As a result, he could not provide information that would help the babies find their parents or the other way around.4. According . Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Resend Activation Email, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. Make sure that the file is a photo. THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION 06 March 1972 Dr. Thomas Hicks McCAYSVILLE, Ga. - Services for Dr. Thomas J. Hicks, Sr., 83, of McCaysville will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Finch's Chapel here, burial in Crestlawn Cemetery in Copperhill, Tenn. Dr. Hicks, who operated Hicks' Clinic from around 1945 until he retired in 1965, died of leukemia Sunday. If there was no demand for the service, Hicks would not have been doing it. My mother remarried in 1969 in GA, I cannot locate any information about her daughter except a clipping cutout from the obituaries in michigan, NO GRAVE, BIRTH OR DEATH RECORDS can be found, can you help, The connections of Georgia and Michigan and Ohio seemed odd, we desperately desire to locate her, Do you know where she was born (which clinic or hospital)? Hicks was providing a service, said Ken Rush, director of the Ducktown Basin Museum. After submitting his DNA to last year, he has found key family members though not all of them were keen on a warm, fuzzy reunion. These folks deserve to know where they came from! 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