Born: 1 July 1778, Spartanburg County (now Cherokee County), South Carolina
Died: 11 June 1839, Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Berryman Hicks was a Baptist preacher in South Carolina and Tennessee. He married Elizabeth Durham in 1799 and "reared a large and interesting family" (Jackson 1933). He acquired some fame as a revivalist preacher. He wrote a number of hymns and spiritual songs, which he often sung at meetings or with his family, accompanying himself on the violin, of which he was proficient from youth (John Logan 1887, quoted in Jackson 1933).
View the Wikipedia article on Berryman Hicks.
Musical settings of literary works
- Jackson, George P. 1933. White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina. 444 pp. Reprinted by Dover, New York, 1965.