January 23, 2013

Learn about Maria Louisa Hicks (1823-1912)

This is a photograph of Maria Louisa Hicks (1823-1912), originally of New York and Connecticut. Hicks was the daughter of Robert and Rosana Hicks of New York. She married Charles Penman Langesdon Valk in Flushing, Long Island on December 9, 1845. Charles Valk was the son of Jacob and Sarah Valk of South Carolina and Connecticut. Maria and Charles Valk were the parents of Rebecca Leggett Valk (1846) who married Henry Cook Salmond (1843-1907) of Camden in 1866.

H. C. Salmond’s grandfather, Thomas D. Salmond, immigrated from Scotland around 1802. He became a "leading figure in [Camden’s] business and social circles for nearly 50 years." Two of his sons practiced medicine in Camden and another became a banker. His grandson was a farmer who served in the Kirkwood Rangers, of the 7th SC Cavalry Regiment and was wounded at the Battle of Old Church in 1864. H. C. and Rebecca Salmond lived in a home on Lyttleton Street called "The Cedars." Today the home is known as Proctor Hall and is the property of the City of Camden. Camden rents the home for parties and weddings…..if you’re looking a great venue.

Come visit the Camden Archives and Musuem to see Maria Valk, her husband, and other figures from Camden’s past.

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