And this James VICKERS was, at the same time, both my great-times-six AND my great-times-seven grandfather! This curiosity came about by virtue of a marriage in Dublin in 1824 between once-removed cousins, my great-great-grand-parents John PIGOTT and Elizabeth MAGUIRE (their mothers were both born Mary VICKERS, and they were aunt and niece respectively).
So, it would appear, I double-dip into the VICKERS gene pool.
James's details appear later in this article. See [D] below.
William Jackson PIGOTT, of Dundrum, County Down, was a keen family historian (he died in 1921, and was a first cousin of my great-grandfather Rev Henry Robert PIGOTT), and in a cover note to the DIXON Papers [MS 8522, Genealogical Office, Kildare Street, Dublin], dated May 1911, W.J.P. had this to say about our VICKERS ancestry:
"I was under the impression that our VICKERS were a different clan from the VICARS of Levally, Queen's County, but I now believe they are all of the same descent - i.e. from Don Vicaro, the Spanish Cavalier who came over with Queen Catherine of Aragon, as nearly all the branches bore a cross on their shields."
Despite attempts by some family historians (including W.J.P.) to connect him to the descent of this Spaniard Don VICARO, our James probably instead came from a long line of English stock.
[The DIXON Papers appear to be an important source for Dublin VICKERS family baptisms and burials (especially those of the Church of Ireland parish of St Andrew's in Dublin), probably abstracted by family historians before the 1922 fires in The Four Courts building destroyed the original registers. The "manuscript" - a collection of loose leaf typed pages, stored in a box - does not appear to have been digitalized as yet. Unfortunately, when I last visited Dublin in 2010, the Genealogical Office was closed to public access.]
In 1970, the Honourable Guy STRUTT, reporting on the extensive research that had been conducted by Sir Arthur VICARS (born 1862), Ulster King of Arms, into his own VICARS family origins [Irish Ancestor, Number 2, 1970, at pages 90-102], noted that:
"... outside Leix and Carlow, two families of the name are found in Ireland, one in County Wicklow, the other Merchants in Dublin. Both these nearly always spelt the name VICKERS; they appear to be unrelated to one another, or to the family of the present article, and descended from seventeenth century settlers."
STRUTT also made mention of:
"James VICKERS of Paris, France, married Margaret, and had a son Laurence baptized there 9 August 1703. He may be identical with James VICKERS, a merchant factor in Dublin, mentioned in a Chancery Bill, CLAPHAM v. VICKERS, 19 May 1683."
Whilst I believe these two were not one and the same person, the second does put his hand up to be "our" James.
STRUTT further noted that the name VICKERS appears in several parts of England at Tudor times and earlier, including London; that it was most common in County Cumberland, especially at Eskdale; and concluded that the Irish family "... probably emigrated from this region, but a brief search has shown no precise origin."
But, of the supposed Spanish descent, he observed that:
"... Sir Arthur attempted to check this very implausible story in Spain, without result."
But before we head for Dublin, we might canvas some possible (perhaps even likely) origins for James VICKERS in England, beginning not in Eskdale (where I also can find no direct links), but in the City of London, and about the 1530's, during the reign of Henry VIII (and when Catherine of Aragon's Spanish retinue may indeed have included one Don Vicaro, who is said to have had a son named Henry, who in turn is said to have had a son named William).
WILLIAM VICKERS, GIRDLER, OF NEWGATE, LONDON.
Mr VICKERS; married with issue:
1. William VICKERS. See next below.
2. Edward VICKERS; married with issue:
a. Jane VICKERS; named in her uncle William's will, 1586.
3. Ellen VICKERS; married to a Mr TURNER; she was named in her brother William's will, 1586
William VICKERS, probably born in the 1530's, or earlier (and before the existence of parish registers, which were introduced after Henry VIII made himself head of the Church in England).
William was a Citizen and Girdler of London (although his name does not appear on the www.londonroll.org website, which does now include the Girdlers Company records); he was buried at Christ Church, Newgate, 4 April 1586; his will, dated 7 March Eliz xxviii, was proved P.C.C., 23 July 1586, requesting that he be buried near his three wives, naming his son John VICARES as his executor (and an afterthought bequest of £40), and with bequests to his younger children Rebecca, Ellen, Marryan, William, Samuel and Mary (all under age, with £20 each), to Jane VICKERS (a daughter of his brother Edward VICKERS), to Joan WILSON his daughter-in-law (or probably his step-daughter), and to his sister Ellen TURNER.
William VICKERS was married firstly, in or before 1559 (details of this first marriage have not yet been established, and probably will never be, as not all parish registers were copied out onto vellum as had been decreed early in Queen Elizabeth's reign); there was issue of it:
1. Frauncis VICARS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 4 October 1559; as VICKERS, he was buried there, 11 January 1575.
2. Anne VICARS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 7 April 1562; as VICKERS, she was buried there, 2 August 1564.
2. John VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 3 September 1564. See [A] below.
3. Emme VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 22 November 1566.
4. Elyzabeth VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 4 June 1568; buried there, 1 May 1571.
William was married secondly, at Christ Church, Newgate, 6 October 1573, to Joane WILSON, evidently a widow; she was buried at Christ Church, Newgate, 2 August 1754, having had earlier WILSON issue, but evidently without further issue by William VICKERS.
William was married thirdly, at Christ Church, Newgate, 27 May 1575, to Elizabeth [blank] (as recorded in the published Register); she was probably buried at Christ Church, Newgate, 20 February 1584-85; by her he had further issue:
5. Rebecca VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 5 August 1575, father a Girdeler; named in her father's will, 1586, under age; named as Rebecca WALFORD, Widow, in her older half-brother John VICKERS' will, 1633.
6. Ellyn VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 14 October 1576.
7. William VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate,16 April 1581; named in his older half-brother John VICKERS' will, 1633; he was probably the William VICKERS who was the factor in Russia for the Muscovy Company, 1635-36, when he was robbed of 818 rubles in Moscow.
8. Danyell VICKERS, baptized at Christ Church, Newgate, 2 December 1582.
[A] John VICKERS was born in London in 1564 (see above); BOYD's Index [London Families] did query whether he was the John baptised at Christ Church, Newgate, 3 September 1564, son of William VICKERS, Citizen and Girdler of London (I now do believe that he was).
John was aged 17 when he was admitted as a Plebeian to Broadgates Hall, Oxford University, 24 November 1581 (neither his birthplace nor his father's name were recorded in the admission register) [Alumni Oxonienses]; he was awarded his B.A., 20 February 1583-84, and his M.A., 5 July 1587; he was named in his father's will, 1586; he was the Rector of St Augustine's-at-the-gate, near St Paul's, London, from late 1600 [Alumni Oxonienses], and his very neat handwriting adorned the parish register from very early 1601; he was still the Rector of St Augustine's, Watling Street, London, in 1621, when he baptized his grandson John VICKERS (see below); the last baptism in his hand-writing in the St Augustine's register was dated 17 March 1632-33, and he was superseded by the new Rector, Ephraim UDALL, by 31 March 1633.
However, John's will was dated 8 November 1633, with a codicil dated Monday 11 November, and this conflicts with the burial date (the sequence of dates in the Probate grant suggests that the error may have been in the St Augustine's Register); it was proved P.C.C., 23 November 1633 [TNA PROB 11/164/650], naming his son James VICKERS, his two married daughters Eleanor DAVIS and Damaris TICKNOR, his un-named grandchildren, his brother William VICKERS (he may have been the factor in Russia for the Muscovy Company who was robbed of 818 rubles in Moscow in 1635-36), his (? two) sisters Rebecca WALFORD, Widow, and Marie WALFORD, and his cousin John GREENE of Bilton, Warwickshire (and his daughter Marie GREENE).
The evidence which I find compelling is the mention by James in his 1657 will that his (un-named) father had been buried at St Augustine's before him (along with three of James's children), and John's 1633 burial appears to be the only other VICKERS burial there which falls within the relevant time frame, and all of this is effectively confirmed by Rev John's will.
Mary survived James, and continued to dwell in the family residence in Church Row, Fulham; she died in 1673; the will of Mary VICKERS, Widow, of Fulham, dated 6 April 1671, codicil dated 13 August 1673, was proved P.C.C., 6 September 1673, naming her late husband James VICKERS, daughters Ann HACKETT and Elizabeth THURMAN, sister Margaret STRANGE, cousin Katherine WILSON, sons John, Edward and William, daughters-in-law Margery, Abigail and Letitia, and her nineteen grandchildren.
John VICKERS died in 1672, according to an item concerning his son, then on service in Bengal with the Hon East India Company [Notes and Queries, 27 January 1917, page 81].
The connection between the foregoing James VICKERS and the next is speculative. The dates fit; the names fit; but neither of these coincidences constitute conclusive evidence.
I do not yet claim this connection to be proven; I will not until some conclusive evidence is found.
But, in the likelihood that none will be found, and after the fashion of Irish best-fit speculation, I do happen to think that the connection is more than just a mere possibility.
In plod-speak, the VICKERS of Fulham do remain "... persons of interest."___________________________________________________________________________
CAPTAIN JOHN VICKERS OF DUBLIN.
He was in Dublin, probably from as early as 1676; he was probably the "... James VICKERS, a merchant factor in Dublin, mentioned in a Chancery Bill, CLAPHAM v. VICKERS, 19 May 1683" [Hon Guy STRUTT, Irish Ancestor, Number 2, 1970, at pages 90-102] - THRIFT abstracted this as "... Sir Christopher CHAPHAM v. James VICCARS, Bill 19 May 1683, Demurrer 30 May 1683."
He is mentioned in the DIXON Papers [MS 8522, Genealogical Office, Kildare Street, Dublin] as:
"James VICKERS, son of ____ , of Dublin, Merchant; buried St Andrew's as 'Captain' 8 May 1705; first Adm'on 16 May 1705, second Adm'on 23 January 1710; marr Mary _____."
James was recorded in the DIXON Papers as having had issue eighteen children, nine of whom were recorded as being baptized at St Andrew's between May 1677 and December 1695, and five of whom were buried there between August 1679 and December 1695. See further below.
These were tricky times, as the Irish Parliament was then of Jacobite persuasion, until after the Battle of the Boyne (1690) saw the deposed King James going into his final exile in France; although his supporters would continued to harass English maritime interests, and in the Irish Sea.
A brief chronology of events might prove informative as to the factors then in play:
November 1688 - The Protestant Prince William of Orange landed in England.
18 December 1688 - The Catholic King James II (and VII) fled to France.
12 March 1689 - James landed in Kinsale, County Cork, with an Army from France.
7 May 1689 - Opening of the only session of the Jacobite Parliament in Dublin; they declared their independence from English jurisdiction, a number of Protestant landholders who had taken up arms against King James were attainted of treason, and a large proportion of the Cromwellian land confiscations were annulled.
12 April 1689 - Major John WILDMAN was appointed Postmaster General in England.
11 June 1689 - A Williamite Fleet arrived at the besieged city of Derry, and raised the siege on 28 July.
20 July 1689 - End of the only session of the Jacobite Parliament in Dublin.
29 September 1689 - James VICKERS was contracted by Major John WILDMAN, Postmaster-General, to carry the mails to those parts of Ireland under Williamite control.
26 November 1689 - John SHALES, Commissary-General of Provisions, was ordered by the Parliament in London to be arrested; he was succeeded by William ROBINSON
11 February 1690 - James VICKERS first named as a Deputy Commissary of Provisions in Chester, under Commissary-General ROBINSON (see below).
1 July 1690 - The Battle of the Boyne, a major defeat of the Jacobite army; James returned into exile in France for the last time.
July 1690 - Dublin was "reduced to obedience" to their Majesties (William III and Mary II).
5 May 1691 - James VICKERS, Deputy Commissary for the Army, named as being in Whitehall.
12 July 1691 - Battle of Aughrim, the penultimate defeat of the remaining Jacobite forces.
October 1691 - The Williamite campaigns in Ireland were concluded.
End of 1691 - John WILDMAN was dismissed as Postmaster-General; he was succeeded by Sir Robert COTTON, Knt, and Thomas FRANKLAND, Esq.
James may also have been the James VICKERS, mentioned as one of two Deputy Commissaries in Chester (along with Francis CUFFE, as the two Deputies to William ROBINSON, the Commissary General of the Provisions at Chester), between February 1690 and May 1691, connected with purchasing and sending supplies to the Williamite Army in Ireland.
From the Calendar of Treasury Papers:
"18 February 1689-90.
"William JEPHSON to the Excise Commissioners, to write by this night's post to the Officers of Excise and Hearth-money at Chester and the adjacent places, to pay forthwith £1,000 to William ROBINSON, the Commissary-General of the Provisions at Chester, or in his absence to Francis CUFFE or James VICKERS, his deputies there; and to draw bills on Mr HARBORD for their re-imbursement."
Ditto, Volume VIII, April 1690, page 113:
"Order of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland, for forwarding the annexed extract of a letter from Mr CUFF, deputy to the Commissary General of Provisions, for their Lordships' direction. Dated 25 April 1690.
"The said extract, in which he hoped Mr HARBORD would comply with the bill of £250 without much more delay. If there were not a supply in hand at Chester, or in Mr MOOR's hands in London, it would be impossible to carry on their Majesties' service, &c.
"Also a letter from Mr Richard COLINGE to Will. JEPHSON, Esq, stating that the Lords of the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland thought it absolutely necessary that Mr CUFF and Mr VICKERS should be forthwith supplied with £500. Dated 26 April 1690."
And at page 117, in May 1690:
"Letter of William BLATHWAYT to Mr JEPHSON, stating that he had just received a letter from the Deputy Commissaries at Chester, of which he enclosed an extract relating to the re-packing of beef at Liverpool, &c, for the Army in Ireland; further, that the King had seen the enclosed letter from Mons. ROSENHEIM, Commissary General of the Danish forces, and had ordered it to be laid before him at the Treasury. Dated 21 May 1690.
"The extract above named; but the letter mentioned is not now with it.
"Minuted - 'Enquire what summe is requisite for CUFF and VICKERS [Deputy Commissaries]. Mr BLATHWAYTE says about £1,000'."
And in February 1691:
"February 16. William JEPHSON to the Auditor of Receipts to issue to Mr [Charles] FOX. The Committee for the Affairs of Ireland have desired the Treasury Lords to imprest £1,000 to Mr HENLEY and £1,000 to Mr VICKERS to buy oats to be sent to Ireland. You are to write to said HENLEY and VICKERS to draw bills on you for said sums, whither my Lords will take care shall be immediately answered."
And in Volume 9, in March 1691 [Out Letters, General, XIII, page 11]:
"March 10. William JEPHSON to Charles FOX endorsing an order [missing] from the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland about impresting money to Mr VICKERS and Mr HENLEY for buying cheese for the Army there. You are to write by this night's post to VICKARS and HENLY that they proceed in furnishing the quantities of cheese at the rates mentioned in said order, and to draw bills on you for the whole or any part thereof."
And in April 1691 [Disposition Book IX, page 104]:
"April 11. William JEPHSON to [Charles] FOX. The Committee for the Affairs of Ireland desire to imprest £350 to Mr VICKERS at Chester for buying oats and oat-sacks for Ireland. Please write to Mr VICKERS to draw bills on you for that sum. The Treasury Lords will [put you on funds to] enable you to comply with the said bills."
And in May 1691, among the Letters of William BLATHWAYT, we find:
"May 5. L (copy) to James VICKERS, Whitehall (a Deputy Commissary for the Army) about the supply of oats and other provisions for the Army in Ireland."
An additional mention of James VICKERS, probably the same, in April 1689 [TNA - Cheshire Archives, Ref ZA/B/3/29v-31]:
"It was ordered that all Aldermen should meet the Mayor at Pentice at a time appointed by him, and that Mr James VICKERS and Mr William FERNIHAUGH should be sent for to give their reasons for refusing to pay toll on corn brought into the city."
It is not difficult to imagine their answer - in the service of the Crown, for provisioning the Army in Ireland, no less!
While the interests of the Deputy Commissary in Chester are entirely consistent with the activities of our James VICKERS, the mail Contractor (see below), both involving movement of goods across the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, that does not necessarily mean they are one and the same person. And James having packets in regular service between England and Ireland provided a perfect opportunity to deliver other goods along with the mails.
However, there does not appear to be any attempt by the Lords of the Treasury to recognise the possibility the Mail Contractor and the Deputy Commissary may have been one and the same person.
But, it may be of some considerable interest to this part of our story to note that a James VICKERS did have two sons baptized at St Bridget's, Chester - Michael (23 October 1690) and Thomas (29 February 1691) - and these are the names of two of the sons of our James VICKERS of Dublin, both of whom were mentioned in his 1710 administration, and who are not mentioned in St Andrew's Dublin Registers (although there was an earlier Thomas with a baptism, but a burial shortly after).
JAMES VICKERS, THE MAIL CONTRACTOR.
Some detail of James VICKERS's original mail contract was later recorded in his petition to the Postmasters General on 5 July 1693 [Calendar of Treasury Papers, 1660-69, Volume 10, Part 1, at paged 271], as follows:
"Same to same [Treasury to Postmaster General] of the petition of James VICKERS, shewing that he contracted with Major WILDMAN [late Postmaster General] for £450 per an. to maintain three pacquet boats at his own cost and charges from 1689, Sept. 29, between England and that part of Ireland under their Majesties' obedience until Dublin should be reduced, and then £50 more per an. during his contract; that Dublin was reduced in July, 1690, and yet he has received only £450 per an.; that he did, by order of said WILDMAN, send a person to Portpatrick in Scotland to hire and set forth two extraordinary pacquet boats to pass from that place to Donaghadee in Ireland and back again with expresses, mails etc. which were maintained at his [petitioner's] charge for 11 months and cost him £47 7s. 5d.; therefore praying payment."
However, it appears he was already in their service by November 1687 - from later accounts [Calendar of Treasury Papers, 5 August 1697], we find a:
"... on which petition the said Postmasters General have reported stating as below the particulars of the said account as charged in the books of the Post Office for both the English and the Irish Postage...
"... item (7) is the sum due 1689 May 10 to Mr. VICARS a manager of the Irish packet boats, being half a year's salary paid, which petitioner usually paid...
"... Discharge... (7) £56 5s. 0d. for money [paid to] Mr. James VICCARS for half a year's salary for the Irish packet boats to 10 May 1689.
An e-book, entitled "Holyhead Services, 1561-2011," but with no recorded authorship, made these observations about the origins of the Irish mail service, with a listing of James VICKERS' predecessors:
"In 1635, a regular weekly post was established between London and Dublin - a letter cost 6d - but the service was interrupted by the disorders of 1641. In that year, Nicholas Lord HOWTH made arrangements with some fishermen to carry essential mails across the Irish Sea. In 1644, the French traveler M. BOULLAYE-Le-GOUTE noted the newly built quay at Ringsend.
"By 1646, the Parliament's forces controlled both Dublin and Holyhead. Stephen RICH had already earned their gratitude by, among other things, taking the captured garrison of Conway Castle to sea in his ship and 'setting them swimming towards Ireland.' From 1 November 1646, he was to supply two ships, one based in Holyhead and one at Dublin. The subsidy was £11 per ship per month.
"However, in a few years, the contract passed to Thomas SWIFT, described as Governor of Holyhead, and a 'Commissioner [under the Act for the Propagation] of the Gospel' for Wales. St Cybi's Church in Holyhead had been closed for worship by the Parliamentarians. SWIFT had the tower raised by 17 feet for use as a look-out. Regular posts were re-established in 1653.
"At the Restoration of the Monarchy, the contract went to Captain John BARTLETT, but he was forced to charter ships from SWIFT, who continued to dominate the service. A subsidy of £400 per annum was now paid for three boats, and proportionately for a fourth...
"In 1670, a Major DEANE was providing three packets, one of which was wrecked in December with the loss of 122 lives. This and another wrecking led to the requisition of a "Holland" built boat. The most common route from Conway to Holyhead was along the strand to the Menai Straits opposite Beaumauris, and by ferry to that town. Holy Island, on which Holyhead stands, had been linked to Anglesey.
"In 1686, Lord CLARENDON, the viceroy, spent some days on this journey, mainly trying to get around the mountain at Penmaenmawr. The packet, incidentally, landed him at Dunleary.
"In 1689, James VICKERS agreed to provide three ships at £450 per annum..."
On 25 July 1692, one of VICKERS' boats, the Grace, Dogger, 70 tons, was "... in Dublin Bay waiting until the tide would take him over the bar, was seized by a French Privateer, the captain of which stripped the Grace Dogger of her rigging, sails, spars and yards, and of all the furniture wherewith she had been provide for the due accommodation of passengers, leaving not so much as a spoon or a nail-hook to hang anything on, and finally ransomed her to the aforesaid VICKERS for fifty guineas" [The Life of Sir Rowland HILL, and History of the Penny Postage, by HILL and his nephew, Volume II, London, 1880, page 312].
In the early days, the "bridle track" from Chester to Holyhead necessitated post riders using some beaches at low tide, and waiting indeterminate times for ferry operators to notice them - all of which had contributed to Chester being the preferred landing point for passengers to and from Ireland, despite the longer sea voyage involved.
By 1693, improvements along the track had improved sufficiently for it become useable by coach traffic, whereby it became the preferred departure point on the English side.
In that year, James VICKERS signed a new contract with the Postmasters General, as HEMMEON [Ibidem] further noted:
"The situation of Holyhead, however, was so much in its favour that in 1693, a contract was signed for the conveyance of mails between Holyhead and Dublin. Mr VICKERS, the contractor, agreed to maintain three packets for this purpose for £450 a year.
"He also undertook to provide two boats for the mail service between Portpatrick and Donaghdee. When the Scotch was separated from the English Post Office in 1695, three packet boats came under the control of Scotland."
"Report of Sir Robert COTTON, Knt, and Thomas FRANKLAND, Esq, their Majesties' Postmasters, upon the petition of Mr James VICKERS, Manager of the packet-boats employed between England and Ireland, stating that Sir John WILDMAN, then Postmaster General, in 1689 contracted with Mr VICKERS to maintain three packet boats for those mails at £450 per ann. salary; but there was no mention of the augmentation of his salary when Dublin was reduced; a promise was however made that it should be increased £50 per ann.
"On the second part of the petition they were satisfied that the charges of the hire of two boats between Port Patrick in Scotland and Donnaghadie in Ireland amounted to £47 17s 5d. Sir John WILDMAN having been removed before Mr VICKERS could settle his accounts he had had no allowance, but it was reasonable he should be reimbursed. They left the matter of the £50 to their Lordships, but thought the petitioner could not maintain the boats for less than £500 a year. Dated 26 July 1693.
"Minuted - '18 Aug '93. A warr't to be prepared accordingly'."
"Treasury Warrant to the Postmasters General to pay James VICKERS the salary of £50 per ann. from the time that Dublin was reduced to their Majesties' obedience to Michaelmas last; and a further £47 7s 5d by him expended on two extraordinary boats which he hired to go between Portpatrick and Donaghadee. It appears that in 1689 Sir John WILDMAN, then Postmaster General, contracted with said VICKERS to keep and maintain at his own cost three pacquet boats to be employed for carrying their Majesties' mails between England and Ireland at £450 per ann. salary; but in the contract there is no mention made of any augmentation of salary when Dublin should be reduced, though by a certificate of said WILDMAN, it appears that he did promise an augmentation of 50 per ann. on such reduction, as soon as the Post Office there should be any ways capable of maintaining itself. And further, VICKERS had orders from the said WILDMAN for the said two extraordinary boats and did spend £47 7s 5d. The present Postmasters General thinking that he cannot maintain said three pacquet boats well under 500 per ann."
In June 1696, James VICKERS wrote to the Navy Board, with his account of:
"... stores and furniture belonging to the Talbot pink (sic) wreck, sent by boats from Arklow and Killbridge to Wexford, and brought thence in the Mary, April 1695, to Dublin, and received by the Lords Justices" [TNA - ADM 106/496/47, enclosed in folio 46].
And on 26 July 1696, James wrote to the same, advising that:
"... he took custody at Dublin stores from the Talbot pink, wrecked on that coast, requests directions as to their disposal, and that he be reimbursed for salvage" [TNA, Kew - ADM 106/496/46].
"A report of R. COTTON and Tho. FRANKLAND [Post Masters] General to the Lords of the Treasury, on the complaint of Mr James VICKERS, manager of the boats employed in carrying the mails between England and Ireland, who represented that he was a great sufferer by the yachts which were ordered to attend the King's Service between Dublin, Holyhead and Chester, which conveyed passengers who used to be carried in the packet boats, advising that if the petitioner had not some relief, he would expect an additional allowance. Dated 1 August 1696.
"Minuted - 'To desire L'ds of Ad'lty to give like injunction to all capt'ns of ye yachts as His Ma'ty gave Capt WRIGHT.'
"Accompanied by the petition; with copies of instructions issued to commanders of yachts in 1687 and 1688."
G.W. PLACE, M.A., in his "Parkgate and the Royal Yachts: Passenger Traffic between the North-west and Dublin in the Eighteenth Century" [an on-line publication, date not recorded, at page 73], made further mention of these Royal yachts:
"At this period the voyages were usually between Dublin and Parkgate, because in 1689, James VICKERS became contractor for the Post Office packets at Holyhead, and as we shall see, he insisted that Captain WRIGHT should not interfere with VICKERS' passenger traffic. The fact that WRIGHT therefore sailed to Parkgate, except when his orders or the weather required him to visit Holyhead, must have been a major factor in the development of Parkgate as a port for passengers...
"In 1696, James VICKERS of Holyhead complained once more that 'the yachts which are ordered to attend His Majesty's service between Dublin, Holyhead and Chester do convey passengers which were used to be carried by the pacquet boats, whereby he is a great sufferer.' The response of the Treasury Lords was to desire 'that like injunctions may be given to all the Captains of His Majesty's Yachts as hath been formerly given to Captain WRIGHT.'
"Yet it is difficult to see what VICKERS had to complain about, as in 1695, 'Soesdyke' (one of H.M.'s Yachts) visited Holyhead only once; and in 1696 she visited Holyhead three times and 'Beaumaris' (another) once up to September, the date of VICKERS' petition. Of course, VICKERS' contract to carry mail gave him no monopoly of passengers, and his touchiness merely reinforced the tendency of the yachts, and therefore of the quality traffic, to visit Parkgate."
James VICKERS evidently acquired, about 1700, the farmstead known as Tyddyn y Feiler; this was part of the Llanfawr estate, which had belonged to Harry PARRI, who is said to have held the previous Royal Mail contract (but this name is not recorded in the e-book, "Holyhead Services, 1561-2011"); by 1848, this estate was owned by Eleanor VICKERS (the widow of his great-grandson), and had been leased out to Eliza and John ROBERTS.
[See the Castlering Archaeology Report, Number 236, May 2006, H.E.R. Copy, concerning a development application for land at Tyddynn Bach, South Stack Road, on the western outskirts of Holyhead, on the www.walesher1974.org website].
From where I am looking, it would appear that only James VICKERS, who died in 1705, could be the Mr VICKERS mentioned here. Further, the mention of Clement MILWARD as trustee does explain his role in the 1705 Administration. And it all suggests that the eleven children "... wholly unprovided for" were inevitably those named in the subsequent 1710 Administration, and that both Administrations WERE for the same James VICKERS.
The e-book "Holyhead Services, 1561-2011" (see above), wraps up the aftermath of the VICKERS contract, as follows:
"In 1715, J. MACKEY, a director of the Dover to Calais packets, was authorized to operate ships on the same conditions as James VICKERS. We find VICKERS' heirs seeking compensation for the loss of the packet Ann in 1706, and for damage to another ship as late as 1720.
"In 1723, Thomas WILSON, a Dublin Merchant, was granted the contract for 7 years, subsequently extended by another seven. He supplied three ships for 300 per annum..."
I have yet to sight documentary verification of this 1720 date mentioned above.
JAMES VICKERS BACK IN DUBLIN.
A cover note to the DIXON Papers MS resource (it was actually mostly typescript) dated 8 May 1911 was made by my forebear, William Jackson PIGOTT. I am of the opinion that the information was probably collected by him from his personal research efforts among manuscript sources in Dublin, many of which did not survive the Four Courts fires of 1922 (WJP died in 1921, without knowing that a lot of his research would thereby have achieved de-facto "primary source" status).
The marriage register of St Andrew's parish, Dublin, was published in 1913 by D.A. CHART, together with the marriage registers for St Anne's, St Audoen's and St Bride's parishes. These marriages are viewable on the www.irelandgenealogy.ie web-site.
These are the two principal sources I have used for constructing the following family pedigree. I cannot now verify any of it from any other original source.
James VICKERS and his wife Mary (possibly SWAN? - see above) appear to have had issue:
1. Mary VICKERS was married at St Andrew's, Dublin, 12 December 1699, to Josias THOMPSON (she may have been born in Westminster in 1675 - see above). No further particulars yet discovered.
2. Margaret (or Margery) VICKERS, baptized at the parish church of St Andrew, Dublin, 4 May 1677 [DIXON]; a Marjory HENRICK (sic) was buried at St Luke's, Dublin, 14 December 1746 (however, her entry in the published Dublin Wills Index, 1746, a Widow, recorded her as "alias CRIPPS" - therefore probably another); as Margaret, she was married at St Andrew's, Dublin, 23 October 1701, to Robert HENDRICK [DIXON, and Marriage Register]; her marriage before 1705 may account for her not being mentioned in the Administrations; Robert may have been admitted to Trinity College, Dublin, 17 January 1695-96, as a Pensioner (Mr YOUNG, Dublin), aged 16, born Dublin, son of Thomas HENDRICK, "Pistor"; they had issue:
a. Jon HENDRICK, baptized at St Nicholas's Without, 10 October 1703 (mother Margery); probably buried at St Nicholas's Without, May 1705, from New Row.
b. Chas HENDRICK, born at Francis Street, and baptized at St Nicholas's Without, October 1704.
c. Robert HENDRICK, born at Francis Street, and baptized at St Nicholas's Without, 5 May 1708.
The use of the name Margery here does incline me to the view that this family probably WAS connected to the VICKERS of Fulham, and perhaps directly.
3. Alice VICKERS, baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 1 June 1678 [DIXON]; she was buried there, 26 August 1679, infant [DIXON].
4. James VICKERS, baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 30 October 1679 [DIXON]; evidently admitted a Freeman of Dublin, about 1698-99, of the Merchant's Guild; he was named in the 1705 Administration, and in the 1710 Administration as "... of Dublin, Merchant, the son" [BETHAM's Abstract]; a Merchant and Freeman of Dublin in July 1729, when he petitioned the Lord Mayor for financial relief, 18 July [Dublin Assembly Roll, XX, m.58b, 1729]:
"James VICKERS, merchant, setting forth that he is a freeman of this honourable city near thirty years, and by the assistance of some friends hath got a small employment in Great Britain, where he and his family design in a short time to go; but, being a considerable time out of business, is reduced in his circumstances, and therefor prayed to have some relief in order to enable him and his family to provide necessaries for setting him up in his new employment; it was ordered that the treasurer, on the Lord Mayor's warrant, do pay the petitioner 15 sterling, the same to be allowed on his accounts."
[Calendar of Ancient Records of Dublin, by Sir John GILBERT, Dublin, 1898, Volume VII, page 462].
He may have gone to Llanfawr, near Holyhead, where a James VICKERS died on 7 April 1735.
James VICKERS Senior appears to have been married secondly, by Banns, at St Bride's, Dublin, 30 December 1680, to Mary ANDREWS (although no burial appears to have been recorded for the earlier Mary - so perhaps this James was another?).
James had further issue (but whether by Mary SWAN, or by Mary ANDREWS, or perhaps even by another, is not yet entirely clear):
5. Elizabeth VICKERS, baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 11 February 1680-81 [DIXON] (the proximity of this date to the Mary ANDREWS marriage may present an evidentiary difficulty); she died in 1756 [DIXON, and see pedigree, www.otway.com web-site]; she was married at St Andrew's, Dublin, 1 August 1703, to James OTWAY, of Kilnaccor, County Tipperary (son of John OTWAY, of Clonohan Castle, County Tipperary, and Phoebe LOFTUS of Fethard, County Wexford) [DIXON, and Marriage Register]; her marriage before 1705 may account for her not being mentioned in the Administrations; BURKE [L.G. of G.B. & I.] recorded his death in 1733; he may have died at Knockalton, County Tipperary, 1735 [Will Index], wife Elizabeth; they had issue [from the otway.com web-site]:
a. James OTWAY, born in 1704; Major in the Army, and was present at Dettingen and Fontenoy; he died at Rapla, County Tipperary, in February 1763; he was married to Jane WOODWARD (BURKE records her as Sarah, daughter of William WOODWARD of Cloughprior, County Tipperary); they had issue:
i. James OTWAY, born in 1751; he was named in his uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760; he built Prior Park House on his mother's land at Clogh Prior, County Tipperary, and lived in it from 1786; he died in 1839, unmarried [BURKE].
ii. William OTWAY; died young [BURKE].
iii. [BURKE records a daughter Phoebe (Mrs FREEMAN) - ? perhaps in error for her aunt].
b. John OTWAY, born in 1705; he died near Nenagh, County Tipperary, in 1740, "... shot by a robber" [BURKE].
c. Loftus OTWAY, born in 1706; of Lissenhall, County Tipperary; he died on 14 February 1777; his will, dated 14 February 1760, was proved P.C.I., 15 October 1777, naming his sister Phoebe FREEMAN, of Nenagh, widow, her daughters Mary and Elizabeth and only son Lieutenant James FREEMAN, his nephews John LOFTUS and Lieutenant George CUPPAIDGE, his niece Jane CUPPAUIDGE, his brothers Edward and Caesar OTWAY, his nephew Loftus the son of Caesar OTWAY, and his late brother Major James OTWAY and his son James [BETHAM's Abstract]; Loftus was married to Ann LLOYD, of Lloydsborough, County Tipperary; without issue [BURKE].
d. Mary OTWAY, born in 1707; she was married to John CUPPAIDGE; they had issue:
i. George CUPPAIDGE; named as Lieutenant in his uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760.
ii. Mary CUPPAIDGE; named in her uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760.
e. Caesar OTWAY, born at Kilnacarr, County Tipperary, 1709; Army Officer; Merchant in Cork; he died at Nenagh, 15 September 1782; he was married firstly, to Sarah CLARKE; they had issue:
i. William OTWAY.
ii. Loftus OTWAY, born 11 April 1755; he was named in his uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760; he died at Nenagh, 18 February 1789; he was married in 1776 to Sarah WOODWARD, daughter of William WOODWARD of Cloughprior [BURKE]; with issue.
iii. James OTWAY.
iv. Sarah OTWAY.
v. Phoebe OTWAY.
vi. [BURKE records that there were twelve children, all of whom died young except Loftus]
Caesar was married secondly, in 1762, to Grace SHORT, daughter of William SHORT of Cashelrone, King's County [BURKE].
f. Phoebe OTWAY, born in 1712; she was a widow when named in her brother Loftus OTWAY's will, dated 1760; she died on 1 April 1786; she was married to Daniel FREEMAN; he died before February 1760; they had issue:
i. James FREEMAN, born in 1743; Army Officer; named as Lieutenant in his uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760; he died in 1809.
ii. Mary FREEMAN; named in her uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760; she died in 1802.
iii. Elizabeth FREEMAN; named in her uncle Loftus OTWAY's will, 1760; she died at Prior Park, 1785.
g. Thomas OTWAY, born on 1 April 1715; an Army Officer; he died during the Battle of Fontenoy, 1745.
h. George OTWAY, born in 1716; in the Army; he also died during the Battle of Fontenoy, 1745.
j. Edward OTWAY, born in 1718; he was married to Sarah McCLURE; they had issue:
i. Robert OTWAY; 44th Regiment; he died at Cork, 11 March 1836; he was married at Grenada, West Indies, in 1786, to Harriett BRIDGEWATER.
ii. Caesar OTWAY.
iii. George OTWAY.
iv. Thomas OTWAY (?)
v. Elizabeth OTWAY.
vi. Phoebe OTWAY.
k. Henry OTWAY, born in 1720; an Army Officer.
l. Richard OTWAY, born in 1722; in the Army.
m. Elizabeth OTWAY; she died at Prior Park, County Tipperary, in 1785.
n. William OTWAY.
6. John VICKERS, baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 4 July 1682 [DIXON]; he was not named in BETHAM's Abstract of the 1705 Administration (there is no reason I have yet discovered for this omission, other than he may have been on Army service abroad - but in and of itself, this omission may present another evidentiary difficulty); he was named in the 1710 Administration, his name inserted between John and William, which point of insertion is supported by the baptismal evidence. See [E] below.
7. William VICKERS, baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 23 July 1683 [DIXON]; he was named in both Administrations [BETHAM]; he probably went to Holyhead, Anglesey; if so, he died in Anglesey, 17 May 1761, and was buried at Llanfaethlu, 19 May; this William VICKERS married Susan OWEN, who died at Llanfaethlu, 26 April 1710; and by him had issue (recorded in the HAYNES Family Tree on Ancestry.com):
a. M. VICKERS, born 1700; married with issue:
i. Jane VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, Anglesey, 1723; she died in 1805; she was married to Michael JACOB, Surgeon; he died in 1798; they had issue, including sons William JACOB (1751-1828) of Dublin, and John JACOB (1754-1827), Surgeon to the Queen's County Infirmary.
ii. Martha VICKERS, born Holyhead, 1730, a half sister of Jane; named in her cousin William VICKERS will, 1818.
b. William VICKERS, born in July 1706; of Holyhead, 22 September 1764, when elected to the Society of the Garrison of Fort Williamsburg; he was Sheriff of Anglesey, 1782 (unless instead the son); he died at Llanfawr, 7 February 1792; he was married to Mary JONES (born 1712, daughter of Lewis JONES of Holyhead); she died at Llanfawr, 3 January 1771, and was buried at Llanfaethlu, 9 January; they had issue:
i. Judith VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, 30 July 1730; she was named in the will of Phebe DEW, of Dean Street, parish of St Anne, County Middlesex, Spinster, dated 23 September 1773, with the bequest of her "... white Tabby sack and petticoat"; she died at Llanfawr, 7 October 1787, and was buried at Holyhead [M.I.].
ii. Jane VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, 26 March 1734; she died there, 12 April 1814, and was buried at Holyhead [M.I.].
iii. Susannah VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, 8 April 1735; she died there, 8 September 1804, and was buried at Holyhead [M.I.].
iv. Elizabeth VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, and baptised at Caergybi (Holyhead), 25 July 1737.
v. William VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, and baptised at Caergybi, 11 September 1738; he died there on 26 December 1738, an infant.
vi. James VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, and baptised at Caerbygi, 15 November 1739; died 16 April 1814.
vii. Eleanor VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, March 1740-41, and baptized at Caergybi, 12 March 1740-41; she died there, 6 November 1831.
viii. William VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, 10 May 1742; he may have established a coaching inn in Waterside, Holyhead, in about 1770, known as the Hibernian Inn, or Moran's Hotel; perhaps the High Sheriff of Anglesey, 1782 (unless instead the father); he died at Llanfawr, 23 February 1823, aged 82 [M.I.]; his will, dated 1 April 1818, was proved P.C.C., 19 November 1823, naming his wife Eleanor, his "... cousin Mary the daughter of my late uncle Richard JONES by Joane his wife," his nephew Robert Lewis VICKERS, "... natural son of my late brother Lewis VICKERS," his cousin Mary the wife of Owen KNIGHTS (?), his cousin Martha VICKERS and her sister (unidentified), and Vickers Hamilton JACOB, the son of William JACOB, late of the General Post Office, Dublin; he was married firstly to Jane ACKERLEY; she died on 12 April 1814; he was married secondly to Eleanor ATCHERLEY (born 1769); she died 5 February 1853, aged 84 [M.I.]; her will, dated 22 June 1852, was proved P.C.C. 30 June 1853, mentioning her nieces Isabella and Elizabeth A. HOLT, and nephew William James HOLT, children of her late sister Isabella HOLT.
ix. Lewis VICKERS, born at Llanfawr, and baptized at Caergybi, 29 January 1744-45; he died before 1818, and had an illegitimate son, Robert Lewis VICKERS, who was buried at Holyhead, 6 December 1826, aged 50, and who was named in his uncle William VICKERS will, 1818.
c. James VICKERS; died in 1711. There was a James VICKERS who died at Llanfawr, 7 April 1735 - perhaps instead the uncle?
8. Edward VICKERS; he was named in both Administrations [BETHAM].
9. George VICKERS; he was named in both Administrations [BETHAM]; a Lieutenant in OTWAY's Regiment; his Administration was granted on 31 December 1724 to his brother James VICKERS of Dublin, Merchant [DIXON].
10. Michael VICKERS; he was named in the 1710 Administration [BETHAM, and DIXON].
A Michael VICKERS was baptized at St Bridget's, Chester, 23 October 1690, son of James VICKERS - and a James VICKERS was one of the Deputy Commissaries in Chester in 1690-92.
11. Thomas VICKERS, probably baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 8 December 1689; he was probably buried there on 15 February 1689-90 [DIXON].
12 Thomas VICKERS; he was named in the 1710 Administration, a minor [DIXON].
A Thomas VICKERS was baptized at St Bridget's, Chester, 29 February 1691, son of James VICKERS (possibly the Deputy Commissary for the Army in Chester)
13. Samuel VICKERS; he was named in the 1710 Administration, a minor [DIXON].
14. Jane VICKERS; she was named in the 1710 Administration, a minor [DIXON], as the elder daughter.
15. Letitia VICKERS, probably baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 25 July 1694 [DIXON]; she was named in the 1710 Administration, as the younger daughter.
16. Allyn VICKERS, baptized at St Andrew's, Dublin, 22 November 1697 [DIXON]; he was named in the 1710 Administration.
There were another baptism and two burials at St Andrew's, Dublin, for children of James VICKERS, but whose names do not appear in either of the 1705 or 1710 Administrations; it is not yet established that they were of the above family, but it seems likely - unless there were two different families here:
i. Samuel VICKERS; buried there, 16 November 1684 [DIXON].
ii. Bartholomew VICKERS, baptized there, 19 December 1695 [DIXON]; buried there, 29 December 1695, infant [DIXON].
I am tempted to make the observation that a Church of Ireland Rector or Vicar would probably have been "obliged" to distinguish between two families in his parish if they had the same names - either by occupation, or by street address, or as the elder and the younger. As the original registers are now lost, it will not be possible to verify whether this was or wasn't done in the case of James VICKERS and his wife Mary in the Dublin parish St Andrew. But it would surprise me if that sort of detail had been "overlooked" or "left out" by those following (likely to have been "eagle-eyed" family historians) who made transcripts before they were destroyed.
There were other VICKERS vital events recorded in the parish Register of St Andrew's, Dublin:
a. Margery VICKERS, buried there, 3 November 1727; possibly the widow of John VICKERS of Fulham (the OSBORNE spouse - see above), but if so, at a very advanced age; perhaps more likely to have been the wife of Thomas VICKERS (next).
b. Thomas and Margery VICKERS had issue:
i. James VICKERS, baptised there 10 December 1714.
ii. Mary VICKERS, baptised there 30 March 1724.
c. Michael VICKERS; buried there, 21 April 1731; he appears to have had issue by his wife Phyllis, ten children, including:
i. John VICKERS, baptised there, 21 October 1708.
ii. Michael VICKERS; buried there, 25 January 1717, aged 3.
The above Thomas and Michael may have been sons of John and Elizabeth VICKERS who baptised at SS Peter and Kevin, Dublin, 7 May 1675 and April 1681 respectively.
The Fulham VICKERS pedigree (see above) does not identify a John VICKERS among the grand-children named by Mary VICKERS in her 1671-73 will - so probably therefore not a cousin of our James (although our James may not have been a Fulham VICKERS).
John may have served abroad in the Army (which may account for the omission of his name for his father's 1705 Administration); there was a John VICKERS, a Lieutenant in Captain Thomas ST CLAIR's Company in Major-General HAMILTON's Regiment of Foot, which served in Cadiz in 1702, and proceeded from there, and briefly, to the West Indies, returning to Ireland in November 1703 (but perhaps our John, at only 20, was too young to have been a Lieutenant in 1702?); there was a John VICKERS who served as Captain-Lieutenant in the 20th (Devonshire)Regiment of Foot in 1715, perhaps the same?
John was later a Brewer in Aledrape, Dublin.
John VICKERS died in Dublin in 1739; he also died intestate, with a grant of Administration, dated 20 June 1739, to his widow Mary.
In 1890, one of his descendants, William Jackson PIGOTT of Dundrum, County Down, posted the following item in "Notes and Queries" [7th Series, Volume IX, 21 June 1890, page 499]:
"According to a note supplied by Mr Arthur VICARS, F.S.A., to the Irish Builder of April 1, 1888, and in connexion with the parish registries of St Audoen's, Dublin, John VICKERS, Alderman of Dublin, who died intestate 1739, left by Mary his wife, (1) George, (2) Joseph, and (3) Ann VICKERS."
John was married by Banns at Saint Catherine's (Church of Ireland), 30 March 1719, to Mary EMERSON (she was probably baptised at Saints Peter and Kevin, Dublin, 14 April 1686, daughter of John and Elizabeth EMERSON of Whitefriars Lane); Mary was buried at Crumlin Church, Dublin, 4 September 1753 [DIXON] (although a transcript in the Society of Genealogists in London records the year as 1759).
1. Elizabeth VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 20 July 1720; named in her father's Administration, 1739.
2. Thomas VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 14 July 1723.
3. George VICKERS; named in her father's Administration, 1739; probably the mariner on H.M.'s Ship Ipswich, his will proved P.C.C, 18 August 1757, bequeathing his property to his brother Joseph VICKERS of Dublin, Velvet Weaver.
4. Mary VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 8 May 1726.
5. Ann VICKERS; named in her father's Administration, 1739.
6. Joseph VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 17 June 1734. See [F] below:
JOSEPH VICKERS OF DUBLIN, SILK WEAVER.
[F] Joseph VICKERS, born in 1734; named in his father's administration, 1739; Silk Weaver, New Row, Saint Catherine's Parish, Dublin, October 1766; Silk Weaver, of Golden Lane, of the Coombe (1780), and of Chambre Street (1792); his death details have not yet found; he was married to Elizabeth (maiden surname unknown, possibly YATES); she probably died on 14 May 1797, "...relict of the late Mr VICKERS of Dublin."
1. Mary VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 4 August 1759; buried at Crumlin, County Dublin, 6 July 1767.
2. Esther VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 12 May 1761; buried at Crumlin, 21 June 1763.
3. John VICKERS, born at New Row, Parish of Saint Catherine's, 20 March 1763, and baptized at St Catherine's; he married Elizabeth STINSON. See [E] below.
4. George VICKERS, baptized at St Catherine's, Dublin, 5 October 1766, of New Row, Dublin.
5. Alice (or Alicia) VICKERS; buried at Crumlin, 5 March 1768, daughter of Joseph.
6. Mary VICKERS, born in Dublin, 7 July 1769; probably of the Coombe, June 1788, when she was admitted to Membership of the Dublin Methodist Society in the Class of Amelia SINGLETON; she married in December 1793 to John PIGOTT Senior.
See further details of this family at this link:
7. Elizabeth VICKERS, born at St Bride's, Dublin, in 1772; she was married to Edward HALE, Vintner, of Island Bridge, Dublin; he was a Vintner, Dublin, 1824 [Pigot's Directory, City of Dublin]; Vintner, Island Bridge, 1835 [Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland]; he died at Island Bridge, 17 October 1842, aged 70 [Dublin Evening Packet, 20 October]; they had issue:
a. James HALE; died on 16 June 1844, unmarried.
b. Frances HALE, born at Hanover Street, Dublin, and baptized at St Nicholas Without, 13 October 1811; she died on 3 September 1843; she was married at St James's (R.C. Register, but by License of the Diocese of Dublin), 30 July 1839, to Isaac McGUINNESS (Register) or McGENNIS (M.L.B.); he died on 2 March 1842.
c. Susannah HALE; she was married at St James's church, Dublin, November 1844, to her cousin William Henry VICKERS.
8. Susannah VICKERS, baptized at St Luke's, Dublin, 1 August 1780.
JOHN VICKERS AND ELIZABETH STINSON.
[E] John VICKERS, born in 1763; he was a Weaver, of Phordham's Alley, Dublin, in June 1784; of 5 Elbow Lane, Dublin, January 1788, when he was admitted to the Methodist Society of Dublin, as a member of Samuel DAN's First Class; of the Coombe, Dublin, March 1789, when he was Listed in the Bands of the Methodist Society; Weaver, Phordham's Alley, Dublin, in February and May 1788; he was back at Elbow Lane, 1790-99; he was admitted Freeman of the Dublin Corporation, Weaver's Guild, at Easter 1790; a Warden of the Weaver's Guild, 1794; he subscribed to the publication of WHISTON's "Josephus," 1796, of Elbow Lane.
John died 22 April 1806, aged 43 (as recorded in William MAGUIRE's Memoir of 1823).
John was married at Saint Catherine's (Church of Ireland), Dublin, 22 August 1783, to Elizabeth STINSON (she was baptised at Saint Catherine's, 15 September 1765, daughter of Robert STINSON, Twister and Throwster, by his wife Elizabeth); Elizabeth was at 2 Elbow Lane, June 1787, when admitted as member of the Second Class of the Methodist Society of Dublin (unless that was instead John's mother, perhaps already a widow?); she died on 27 July 1799, aged 33, and was buried at Saint Luke's, Dublin, 29 July, a day after the burial of her child.
2. Mary VICKERS, born at Elbow Lane, Dublin, 25 January 1786, and baptized at St Catherine's, 29 January; she was of the parish of St Nicholas Without when she was married, by Consistorial License dated 17 January, in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin and by the Rev James NEVINS (Curate of Saint Andrew's, on 23 January 1804, to William MAGUIRE, of Back Close (St Patrick's), Dublin, Gent [Cathedral Register, William MAGUIRE's Memoir, and BETHAM's Abstracts].
c. William Henry VICKERS, born in Dublin, 30 January 1820 [DIXON]; he was the subject of proceedings as an Insolvent Debtor, January 1847, of Island Bridge, Tailor, previously of Dawsons Lane [Dublin Weekly Register, 9 January]; he was married at St James's, Dublin, 5 November 1844, to his cousin, Susannah HALE, "... daughter of the late Edward HALE, Esq, of Island Bridge" [Limerick Chronicle, 20 November] .
d. Elizabeth VICKERS, born in Dublin, 25 December 1821 [DIXON]; she was residing in Hove, Sussex, 1871 Census, with her widowered brother George; she was a Lodger at Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines and Rathgar East, 1901 Census, aged 77, Annuitant, Unmarried; she died in Dublin, 12 December 1908, and was buried in her MAGUIRE cousin's plot in Mount Jerome Cemetery.
e. Frederick Thomas VICKERS ; born in Dublin, 27 June 1825; he died in Dublin, 28 February 1827.
10. A child; buried at St Luke's, 28 July 1799; perhaps instead one of the foregoing.