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.

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