Jacob "Jake" Vickers was born
December 5, 1855, in Jackson County, Florida, the sixth of the eight children
of James and Sarah "Sallie" Pelt Vickers. Jake's family owned and
operated the Vickers' Store just off Highway 77 between Chipley and Graceville.
"Farming" is listed as the family's primary occupation in both the
1850 and 1860 Federal Census Records. Sometime in the 1850's two of Jake's
Jake was three and four years old,
respectively, when the Children's Census of
It appears that Jake's mother asked her brother Jacob J. Pelt, to manage the family store until Jake, who was age 8 at the time, would be old enough to take it over. During the 1870's, Jacob Pelt stocked the family store with items such as tobacco, whiskey, candy, shoes, clothes, ticking, quinine, strychnine, sulphur, violin strings, and miscellaneous hardware.
Margaret Adeline "Addie"
O'Conner was born January 27, 1863, in Jackson County, Florida, the seventh of
the eleven children of William "Bill" and Elizabeth Jane Hollis
O'Conner. Bill and Jane O'Conner had moved from Dale County,
Jake Vickers and Addie
O'Conner must have met during Addie's teenage years
in the late 1870's, possibly on one of Jake's trips into Marianna. They were
married February 5, 1880, in
Vickers, born January 14, 1881
D. Sherman Vickers, born January 14, 1883
Clyde Vickers, born April 8, 1884
Belle Vickers, born May 5, 1886
Wesley Call Vickers, born April 27, 1888
Malzie Vickers, born February 24, 1890
Gordon Vickers, born September 27, 1892
Flossie Vickers, born January 15, 1894
Pocohontas "Polkie" or "Mamie" Vickers, born March 12, 1900
Lewie Vickers, born April 9, 1904
It would appear that Jake took over the family store from his Uncle Jacob J. Pelt about the time he and Addie were married in 1880. The Vickers' General Store thrived under Jake's management and with his sons doing most of the farm labor (corn and cotton mostly), Jake began to put on weight. His children Wesley Call, Flossie, and Lewie, all described him as a heavy set man weighing 220-240 lbs., chunky build, with reddish hair. He had a small moustache and would only shave every once in a while. Jake would often tickle his kids with his whiskers! Lewie remembered Jake selling just about everything in his country store, from women's hats to horse collars. Most people called him "Uncle Jake." He was "well off" because of the store, but was described as "stingy" by his children.
Addie was remembered as a good mom, making all the meals (she was a wonderful cook) and caring for the garden. Jake did like good food, and with Addie's cooking he never lacked! Jake, being on the stingy side with his possessions, would often hoard his money. It is said he would stash hundreds of dollars in the rafters or bury it in holes in the ground as he did not trust the banks. Wesley Call remembers some hard feelings toward his father when he had to go barefoot to school as Jake would not provide him with a pair of shoes. Jake himself went barefoot almost everywhere. He didn't care much about clothes. He had only one Sunday suit which, it is said, he almost never wore. Jake's sons all had to wear shorts. Whereas Jake was sometimes prone to forget the physical needs of his children, Addie would go to the store and take things out to care for the kids. [picture of Addie] [picture #2 of Addie and great-grandson Dewayne Burch] [picture of Jake]
Their son Wesley later recalled that in those days babies were delivered by granny women. When a baby would come along, the other children were told by the granny that the baby was found in a "hollow log." Sometime in the 1890's Addie took sick with typhoid fever and was treated by "Old Doc Farrior" [Dr. J. R. Farrior], their family doctor, who would make house calls in a horse and buggy. Addie fully recovered from the fever. Jake and Addie did experience the loss of two of their children, however. Gordon died just before his first birthday in 1893, and Sherman died at the age of 22 in 1905.
After his sons left home Jake had to take up the slack with the farming. This labor, as Flossie remembers, caused Jake to lose a few pounds! One story passed down describes how Jake would sit in his store waiting for customers. When he would see or hear a wagon pulling up, he would run out the back door, grabbing a hoe or rack on the way and begin working the garden out back, so that the customers would think he had been working hard for some time!
Jake's holdings included
the Vickers' General Store, 320 acres (at least 50 of which were improved and
cultivated), 14 stock cattle, 19 sheep/goats, 20 hogs, and 2 horses. The store was located a quarter mile or so from the
road, with the house and garden just behind the store. In 1901, the Chipley
Banner newspaper mentions Jake as one of the members of the School Board in
Jake's older brother Jim was known by all--family and the community as well--for his humor and for being a practical joker. Apparently Jim had played a practical joke on Jake, and Jake, perhaps being on the serious side, did not appreciate the joke. This caused a major rift between the two brothers for a number of years--to the point that Jake would have nothing to do with Jim and would not even speak to him. On one occasion Jake and his son Wesley Call were working outside their home/store when Jim rode by in his horse drawn wagon. Wesley remembers Jim calling out "HEY JAKE!", for meanness Wesley supposed, as this had a very negative effect on Jake, who stiffened with anger at his older brother.
Addie was a good Christian woman, attending the
Jake died a few months later September 12,
1912, at the age of 56 and was buried in
Addie experienced another loss less than a year after Jake
passed away. Her daughter
In 1926, a Vickers Family
She eventually decided to sell the store, and
most of the property. From that time on Addie stayed
with her children, living a few months at a time with each family before moving
on to the next. Addie lived until 1957 when she died
April 18, at the age of 94. She is buried beside her husband Jake at the
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