Select Vick Miscellany

 

Here are some Vick stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

 

Thomas Veke of Randwick, Gloucestershire

In
Hudson
Powell’s A History of Standish,
Gloucestershire
the following commentary appeared:

“In
1549, William Sawle and William Bridges
paid into the Court of Augmentations the sum of £1,228 16s. 6d, in
exchange for
sundry properties, including ‘the land, one acre, called Norfeld in
Randwicke
within Standishe, in the tenure of Thomas Wike, given to a lamp in the
Parish
Church of Standish.  It is probable that
the name Wike became Vicke a century later.”


Powell in fact believed it probable that this Thomas Wike was
the Thomas
Veke that was buried in Randwick in 1574.

 

Richard Vick, Watchmaker


The
Database of Court Officers
in England 1660-1837

showed that Richard Vick became watchmaker to King George I in 1722 and
held
that position until the death of George I in 1727.
The probability is that this Vick was of
German origin.

 

William Vick of
Minchinhampton and Bristol

William
Vick
was a wealthy Bristol wine merchant who died in 1754 and left some
interesting
instructions in his will.

According
to
his will, the sum of £1.000 should be invested until it reached the sum
of £10,000, an amount which would pay for the construction of a stone
bridge across the Clifton gorge.  The
seed money did increase over time but it was not until 1831 that work
began on
what became known as the Clifton suspension bridge.

William
Vick is believed to have been born in
the village of Minchinhampton.  He left
£300 there for bread and a sermon for the poor.  His
widow Rebecca had in 1759 “settled a rent
charge of five pounds four shillings to pay a poor woman to teach 15
poor girls
of the village to read.”  When she died
in 1768 she left £200 for “poor housekeepers.”

 

Henry Vick and His Duel

Henry
Vick died in a duel in
1859, just before his wedding day.  This
was the account of how he died:

“Henry
wanted both to save his honor and to keep his promise to Helen.
So,
during the duel, when the two men were to face each other and await a
count of
three, Henry deliberately fired his rifle harmlessly into the sky on
the count
of “one.”  James Stith could see that he was in no danger.
Henry
expected that James would discharge his weapon into the air as
well.
Instead, James aimed his weapon at Henry’s head and shot him.” 


Henry
had died at the age of twenty-five.  Helen
received a telegram delivering the
terrible news of the duel and informing her that Henry’s body was on a
steamer
to Vicksburg.  She was hardened with
grief over her lost love and guilty over the promise she had extracted
from
Henry not to duel that had prevented Henry from defending himself.

At the Chapel of the Cross, which had so
recently been prepared for Henry’s and Helen’s wedding, the body of
Henry Vick
was laid to rest in a grave too wide for his box alone.  It
was said that Helen wore her wedding dress
to the funeral.  Henry’s father died
almost a year later, having never come to terms with the loss of his
eldest son.

 

Heinrich Vicks from Mecklenburg

There
was
a Heinrich Vick recorded as being born in Schwerin, Mecklenburg in 1724.

Heinrich Vick, born in Ravensburg, Mecklenburg
in 1846, came to America in 1875 on the Pomerania
through the ports of Hamburg and Le Havre.
He settled to farm in Michigan and changed his name to John Vick. Another Heinrich Vick from Mecklenburg had
arrived earlier in the 1850’s.  He became
Henry Vick in America and settled in Minnesota.
A third Heinrich Vick from this area was to be found in Missouri
in the 1850’s.

 

Hans Peter Vick and His Brothers

 

Hans Peter Vick was born in Denmark in 1842.  He had
two brothers, Mads Hansen and Christian, who emigrated in Minnesota
with him in
the 1870’s.  Hans Peter moved onto
Richland county, North Dakota to homestead; Mads married and settled to
farm in
Kandiyohi county, Minnesota; while Christian, according to family lore,
joined
the military and was never heard from again.

 

Return to Vick Main Page

 

Leave a Reply