I will hunt out the article written by Gabriel's descendant, I believe a granddaughter, which gives the "Lough."She also gives that they came from AL, but we have never been able to find them there.They were in Cocke Co TN in 1830, Pope Co AR in 1840. They could have gone through AL in the ten years in between.John Partin a believed brother who went to Nodaway CoMO had a daughter or son-in-law who went through AL and he reared some of her children, so it is possible that John's family and Gabriel's family did pass through AL on the way West.
Gabriel and Benjamin were side by side in Cocke Co TN in 1830.You are right.We do not have proof postitive that they were brothers, but it sure does seem so.Their sister, Irene/Irena/Serena Hicks, name a son Gabriel George Hicks or George Gabriel Hicks and a son Moses, a daughter Candace/Candis.She also lived in Cocke Co TN, never left it.In fact, previous to 1830, I have found no record of Gabriel at all.The only record of Benjamin previous to 1830 was his signing as a bondsman to brother Moses's marriage bond in Burke Co NC in 1828.I can only say "appear" and "seem" and "believe" until we find some evidence.Moses had a son, Albert Huston Parton, whose pension for the Civil War says that he (called Huston) spent much time with his Uncle Wash Crum on the Nolichuckey River.This is a proof that Moses and Candis/Candace/etc. were brother and sister.Candis married George Washington Crum in Greene Co TN and then lived in Cocke Co near Irena/Serena Hicks, her sister. One of Candis's descendants wrote that both Candis and George Washinton Crum had fathers named John.There are several proofs that Benjamin and Moses are brothers.I have a document that gives Benjamin and another brother (I will look it up and see which brother was given.I believe that it was John)and Irena (written Orenie in the document) and Candice/Candis/etc. as siblings of Eli.William lived next door to Moses in Greene Co TN and named a son Moses.William also signed Eli's marriage bond in Greene Co TN.I have no proof for Gabriel and no proof for James.I have more faith that Gabriel is a brother than I do for James.I think that it is safe to assume that Gabriel and Benjamin are closely related, and I personally think that they were brothers.I hope that we do get proof some day.