He married in 1757 Charlotte Brevoort, only child of the silversmith John (Johannes) Brevoort, the maker of this tankard, and his wife Louisa Abigail (Private) Kocherthal. A gold and white enamel mourning ring by Brevoort commemorates his grandson and godchild, John Brevoort Hickes, who died in 1761, aged two and a half (Yale University Art Gallery); the name was reused for another son born in 1765.
In 1766 Whitehead Hickes became the 42nd and last Royal Mayor of New York. He served for ten years, resigning in 1776 as the position became untenaable. He became instead a Judge of the Supreme Court, but retired shortly thereafter to Jamaica, Long Island; on the death of his father-in-law in 1775, Hickes had received a considerable inheritence. Whitehead Hickes died on the property where he was born, in Bayside, in 1780.
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