Dr. Emmet Starr stated that Nathan Hicks, white trader, was married to a full-blood Cherokee Nancy Broom.However, his information was incorrect: the journals kept by the Moravian missionaries at the Spring Place school show that Nancy Broom (daughter of Chief Broom of Broomtown) was instead the principal wife of Nathan's mixed-blood son Charles Renatus Hicks.The journals explicitly recorded that Little Broom, a.k.a. Capt. Broom of the Cherokee Light Horse constabulary, was the brother-in-law of Charles Renatus Hicks. Capt. Broom perished during the Removal in 1839 as a member of the detachment of George Hicks (nephew of Charles R. Hicks).
Charles Hicks' sister (whose name is not yet known) was the mother of James Bigby.James Bigby's father was probably Samuel Bigby, a white man who visited the Spring Place school, acting as a messenger for William Hicks, brother of Charles.