Saturday, 14 January 2017

Now reached 20,000 on my genealogy computer program.  Currently working through the 1881 UK census for all the Vickery entries - 2,200 - which is over twice the number with the Vicary spelling.

On the 1841 census there were 1,375 Vickerys and 720 Vicarys.

Not forgetting Vickary, Viccary and Vicarey

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Another milestone, now passed the 19,000 mark on my database.  Recent activity has been mainly with the Vickery spelling and the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 census.
I have also been checking out my own family tree including my maternal BOLTON line.
This next week or two I will be concentrating on sorting out and reducing my backlog of  papers.  Then its a look at the 1939 register just launched by FindMyPast and then back to the US censuses.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

I continue to add more Vickerys to my records.  Now up to 17100. Having completed the 1851 and 1861 census I am now starting on the 1841 census.  I have also been reconstructing Vickery family trees for two  villages in Somerset,  Seavington St Michael and Seavington St Mary.  If you have ancestors from either of these two places I would be pleased to hear from you.

The villages lie in a hollow within a larger area of low-lying hills and valleys running broadly east-west. A part of the South Petherton Hundred, originally the area included seven settlements (seven tons) which have gradually merged or vanished, but were the origin of the Seavington part of the village name. Even in the 20th century Seavington Abbots was recognised as a separate entity, although it is first recorded in 1030, when it was given by Canute to Athelney Abbey.

Seavington St Michael
The manor was held by Siward the falconer at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. By 1252 to Adam the Dane then becoming known as Seavington Dennis. From 1483 to 1539 it was held by Glastonbury Abbey and after the dissolution of the monasteries passed to Winchester College, who held it until 1932.
Seavington St Michael, whilst the smaller of the two villages with 57 dwellings and 125 inhabitants, appears to have become the more important since the motor car forced the building of New Road to straighten the London to Exeter route early in the 20th century, thus by-passing Seavington St Mary. Since then, in 1988 the new Ilminster by-pass has taken away much traffic, although the road through Seavington St Michael is still a major access route to the market town of Ilminster.

Seavington St Mary
The manor was held by Alice Vaux around 1200 and was therefore known as Seavington Vaux. The earliest known windmill in Somerset, which was in the village, was given by Robert Vaux to Montacute Priory in 1212. In 1680 it passed to the Welmans of Pundisford (now known as Pitminster), and to the Vaughan Lees of Dillington in 1876.Since 2000 the village shop closed and plans have been developed for a community owned and run shop have been developed by the Seavington Community Shop and Services Association.

Monday, 28 April 2014

THE VICARY MANSION, Freedom, Pennsylvania

Two brothers living in a big family in Wolborough, Devon in the 1750's. One, Moses goes on to found the Vicary mill and tannery in Newton Bushell, Devon.  The other, John, goes to sea and eventually becomes captain of his own ship.  During the War of American Independence he sailed two different privateers probably breaking the blockade the British Navy placed on the East Coast ports.  His last voyage was to the West Indies in 1783 in the ship 'Diligent' during which he dies in a place called Paimbouef, in Western France most likely.  John's son William also became a merchant sea captain and made several trips to China and the East Indies. After his sea days he settles down on land in Columbia PA and then along the Ohio river near Ambridge and Freedom.  It is in Freedom, Pennsylvania that he builds his mansion in 1826. 
It  is now a living museum for the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation .

The Captain William Vicary Mansion, Freedom, Pennsylvania

Friday, 18 April 2014

It's been a long time since my last blog.  My only excuse is that I have been really busy sorting and entering loads and loads of Vickery data from both UK and Australia.  This is an ongoing exercise, having completed the 1851 UK census I am now half way through the 1861 UK census.

Last weekend I attended the Guild of One-Name Studies annual conference and seeing what other One-Namers achieve with their blogs and web sites,  I have been spurred on to do better myself.

Some of you may have visited this magnificent house near Bristol, now a National Trust property but once the grand home of the Gibbs family who made their fortune importing guano from South America in the middle of the 19th century.

In 1747 George Abraham Gibbs, an Exeter surgeon, married Anne VICARY (1722 - 1803) and it was their grandson William who bought Tyntesfield and greatly enlarged it.  I have not yet managed to trace Anne's own family tree but I hope to one day.

Monday, 12 August 2013


With the addition of the VICKERY/VICKARY spelling I have been adding names to my index very quickly and have just reached the 15,000 mark.

Most recently I have been entering all the VICKERY/VICKARY details from the UK 1851 census. This has certainly highlighted the growth of this spelling in Somerset and the rest of UK compared with the 1841 records, and compared with the almost static numbers of VICARYs in Devon.

Devon  Vicary          1841 census 424  1851 census 508  increase 84
Devon Vickery         1841 census 418  1851 census 400 decrease 18

Somerset Vicary       1841 census 146  1851 census 50   decrease 96
Somerset Vickery     1841 census 418  1851 census 512  increase 94  

Rest of UK Vicary    1841 census 122  1851 census 134  increase 12
Rest of UK Vickery  1841 census 514  1851 census 643  increase 129

Total UK  Vicary      1841 census 692    1851 census   692 increase zero
Total UK Vickery     1841 census 1350  1851 census 1555 increase 205

Note the large number of Vickerys outside Devon & Somerset in both 1841 and 1851
         the  total Vicary UK population was identical in 1841 and 1851 ie no overall increase
         the Devon and Somerset Vickery  population in 1841 was identical at 418

Friday, 2 March 2012

Vickery spelling added

I have finally bitten the bullet and decided to include the Vickery spelling in my One-Name study. The further back in time I went the more mixed up the spellings were. This will add considerable extra individuals to my records as I estimate that there are three times as many with the Vickery spelling. Last September I reported that I had gone through the 10,000 person mark. Now I am already up to 11,100.