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Belmont County, Ohio
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ISAAC VICKERS, a citizen of Colerain township, was born in Chester, Penn., son of Jesse K. and Margaret (Penrose) Vickers. The father was born in Chester, Penn., son of Thomas Vickers, who was also born in Pennsylvania, and a son of Peter Vickers, a native of England. Our subject's father was born in 1795, died in 1889, and all were members of the Society of Friends. The mother, born in Montgomery county, Penn., daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Roberts) Penrose. Our subject was raised in Pennsylvania till thirteen years of age, and came to Ohio with his father's family, crossing the mountains in wagons. He received a good common school education. In 1842 he married Rachel, daughter of Isaac and Deborah (Wiseman) James. To this union six children have been born, five living: Leander, Albert, Morris, Edwin, Samuel and Willis. Morris died when three years of age. The mother was born and raised in Belmont county. They are members of the Society of Friends. He is a man that began life without, anything, but by hard work and good management he has done well, now owning 115 acres, besides a store house in Morning View, where he does a general mercantile business. In 1856 he established his store and has done an honest and lucrative business since that time. In 1867 he was appointed postmaster at Morning View, a position he has held since that time, but when Cleveland was elected they tried hard to find some irregularity in the office, but failing he was allowed to retain the same. "History of the Upper Ohio Valley" Vol. II, 1890.

, JOHN W. -- sexton of the Riverview Cemetery at Martin's Ferry, comes of old Northumberland County, England, stock, although born in Meigs County, Ohio, June 4, 1858, a son of John W. and Sarah (Heslop) Vickers, both of whom were born in England.
John W. Vickers, the father of our subject, began as a child of five years to work in the mines, and he followed that occupation for some 60 years. With the Heslop family, he immigrated to the United States in 1844. He worked in the coal mines at Bridgeport, Ohio, and in the Laughlin Nail Mill as long as strength permitted. He died January 29, 1894, at the age of 71 years. In the Methodist Church he was highly esteemed, for his life career was one of probity, industry and usefulness. He was a prominent Odd Fellow for many years and belonged to Lincoln Lodge, No. 49, of Benwood, West Virginia. The mother of our subject died in March, 1859, and was sincerely mourned as a good, Christian woman, a devoted member of the Methodist Church. Her father died in Bridgeport at the age of 60 years; prior to coming to the United States he was a mine boss; he married his wife, Bettie Dixon, in England, and the children born to John and Bettie (Dixon) Heslop were the following: Richard, who died in England at the age of 21 years; Jane, who married Edward Southern, lived in Benwood, where her husband conducted the oldest hotel in the place, during the Civil War; Betsey, who married Ralph Robson, became the mother of 16 children, one of whom is Richard Heslop, of Bellaire; Margaret married George Anderson and both are deceased; Elizabeth, who became Mrs. Robson; Susan, who is Mrs. Robert Heslop, of Mason County, West Virginia; Sarah, who became the mother of our subject; John, who is deceased; and Cuthbert, who is deceased.
The six children born to the parents of the subject of this sketch were: John and Thomas, who died in infancy; Richard, who died at the age of six years; Elizabeth and Jane, both of whom died in childhood; and John W., our subject, the only survivor.
Mr. Vickers' education was acquired in Martin's Ferry. His mother died when he was but nine months old and he was taken to the home of his uncle, John Heslop, by whom he was reared until he was of age, and with whom he remained until he was 24 years old and founded a home of his own. At this time he was an iron worker in the Laughlin Nail Mill, where he continued to work until the manufacture of steel nails revolutionized the nail business. Mr. Vickers was then employed as boiler in the Aetna Iron Works and remained there from 1885 to 1892, when the great output of steel nails from the Carnegie Steel Works practically closed the business at the Aetna plant.
In 1893 Mr. Vickers was made assessor. At this time came the great business depression which caused many formerly prosperous men and firms to suffer. Mr. Vickers attended to the duties of his office and engaged in every form of honorable work that came in his way. He served on the board of trustees of the cemetery one month and then was made clerk and secretary of the board, serving as such ever since. In 1898 he was elected a member of the School Board and was re-elected in 1891. For several years he has been a member of the Liberty Hose Company, No. 3, of the fire department.
On October 18, 1882, Mr. Vickers was married to Missouri White, the adopted daughter of George White, of Martin's Ferry, and to them seven children were born, as follows: Sarah; John, who died at the age of eight months; Frederick G., Edna May, Harry W., George Dewey and Clarence C. Both Mr. and Mrs. Vickers are consistent members of the Methodist Church and are carefully rearing their children in the same faith. For 23 years Mr. Vickers has been an officer in the Odd Fellow lodge, and is now filling the position of past chief patriarch and is captain of the degree staff. He has always taken an intelligent interest in politics and supports the Republican party. Mr. Vickers is also connected with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and is a past officer in the same. He is regarded as a man of worth in his community, honest and upright and thoroughly reliable in everything he undertakes. He has a wide circle of acquaintances and many friends.
[Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by Kim Mohler]

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