Facts and Events
That the spouse of Lavina Doolittle was named Moses Hix is supported by the following:
1. Genealogy of the Doolittle Family, p. 159: [Amzi's daughter Lavina] "m. --- Hicks and removed to New York where she died, leaving family."
2. History of the Town of Warwick, MA, p. 60: "[Elder Hix] absconded from the town with a young girl... The name of the girl was ____ Doolittle... Mr. Amos Marsh cleared out with Mrs. Doolittle, the girl's mother; and Mr. Amzi Doolittle, the father of the girl, went off with Mr. Thomas Barber's wife." [Other histories written later more or less repeat this; see marriage notes for Thomas Barber and Hannah Miller for more details.]
3. E.E. Brownell Collection, LDS Film #0333573, 6th Generation of Brownells, first names A-K, p. 5. "Jonathan Brownell... m. Azubah, daughter of Moses and Lavina (Doolittle) Hix."
As far as I've been able to determine, the sole source of HIX/HICK's FIRST name is this third item, the EE Brownell Collection. The family page for Jonathan Brownell, b. 1792 Hoosick, NY, indicates that Jonathan Brownell married (in Hoosick) Azubah Hicks on September 11, 1811, "daughter of Moses and Lavina (Doolittle) Hicks." While a specific source for the names of Azubah's parents is not included, the EE Brownell Collection is considered well enough researched that the DAR accepts it as an original source material for those seeking entrance into its fine halls (per http://brownellfamily.rootsweb.com/Brownell_Collection.html).
Given these clues, then which Moses Hicks was he?
1. The History of Warwick described him as "Elder Hix, itinerant Baptist minister" who preached the acceptability of multiple partners ("spiritual spouses") in Warwick MA as late as 1778 when he ran off with 16-year-old Lavina Doolittle.
2. Warwick had several people from Baptist-friendly Rehoboth, MA. Rehoboth was also home to many HIX/HICKS families. Hodge (p. 17) indicates that most if not all HIXes of Rehoboth were Baptists. This matches up with the Warwick history that refers to him as "Elder Hix, an itinerant Baptist minister." In addition, Thomas and Hannah (Miller) Barber, also caught up in the Warwick controversy, were also from Rehoboth.
3. There was a Moses Hix, b. 1734 (probably in Rehoboth and probably son of baptist Deacon Ephraim Hix, Jr.) who was married to Mary Goff by whom he had several children, the last born in Richmond, NH in 1775. They were:
a. Simeon Hix, b. 22 Aug 1755 Rehoboth
This Moses Hix and his wife and children were warned out of Richmond, NH in 1777. Towns "warned out" residents who could not prove sufficient income or funds to support themselves and hence might become dependent upon the town for support.
4. There was a Moses Hix in Hoosick, NY in the 1790 census with males and females to include Lavina two sons and three daughters. Living very near by was one Amos Marsh. (Lavina's mother Jerusha ran off with Amos Marsh the same time "Elder Hix" ran off with Lavina.) (See 1790 census for Hoosick, NY; Marsh and Hix are two lines apart.)
5. Living nearby in Hoosick was also William Brownell, whose son Jonathan Brownell would later marry Azubah Hix.
6. In May 1796, one Moses Hix purchased land in Arlington, VT, not far from Hoosick, NY.
7. In 1800, a Moses Hix with males and females so enumerated as to include Lavina and children were in Hebron, NY.
8. In 1810, a Moses Hix was in Stratford, NY, also so enumerated.
This Moses Hix's father, the Deacon Ephraim Hix [Jr.] settled in Richmond, NH by 1765 with his 4th wife and several of his sons, where he helped establish a Baptist church. Ephraim Hix died and was buried there about 1778 [notice the year: same as the culmination of the Warwick controversy].
Shortly after Moses Hix bought 12 acres in Dighton, MA Jan 18, 1771 and sold the same 12 acres August 5, 1773, he evidently moved to Richmond, NH. He was warned out of Richmond on March 12, 1777. (Towns would "warn out" a person or family if there was concern that they did not have the resources to support themselves.) The warning also lists his wife (Mary) and children (Asa, Lydia, Sibel, Moses Jr., Polly, Martin and Hannah.) This appears to be the last record of Mary Goff Hix.
Mary Goff Hix's last child was born in 1775 (Hannah); this child was still alive at the time Moses Hix was warned out of Richmond, NH in 1777 (see below). There is no death information for Mary Goff. An obituary of Moses and Mary's son, Simeon, indicates that Simeon's father (i.e., Moses) had two wives and 22 children. Hix descendants believe that the second wife was Mary Bradford, but documentation of both the marriage to Bradford and subsequent children remains elusive. I (Jillaine 18:16, 2 November 2008 (EST)) can't help but wonder if Mary Goff, after having been abandoned by Moses, went on to marry a Bradford, thus generating the "Mary Bradford" theory.
It should be noted that Veldon Hix, descendant and researcher of Moses Hix, denies that their ancestor was the Moses Hix caught up in the Warwick "spiritual spouse" controversy of 1778.
Richmond, NH is just north of Warwick, MA where the Doolittles and Barbers lived, and where the controversy concerning "Elder Hix" and the young daughter of Amzi Doolittle culminated about 1778.
See Family Page for Moses Hix and Lavina Doolittle for examination of census records that further supports this theory.
Two pieces of circumstantial evidence include: