Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 November 1888

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 November 1888

Postby dbennett » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:30 am

Buna Vesta Presnell Hicks (1888-1984) was born in Watauga County North Carolina. Buna married Roby Monroe Hicks (1882-1957) who made banjos and dulcimers and both well-known singers and musicians. Ralph Lee Smith wrote in Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions: “Roby and Buna were married when Roby was 15 and Buna was 13. Both said in independent interviews that when Buna was 11, 13-year old Roby came courting, carrying a dulcimer, which he showed her how to play. This would have been around 1898-1899, about 15 years after the Stranger from the West passed through.” They had nine children one of whom was Stanley Hicks (1911–1989) also a well-known banjo and dulcimer maker.

Note: As some have pointed out the birth/death dates don’t seem to match up with the time frames given in Ralph’s book. All I can say is maybe Buna's and Roby's memories were off a bit. I’ve based the dates from her funeral program and headstone, though I’ll admit even these are sometimes incorrect.
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