Thomas Vicaris/Vicars/Vickers, Gloucester Co., VA

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Rev. Thomas Vicaris/Vicars/Vickers – Gloucester Co. VA



Cavaliers and Pioneers-p 159, Patent Book 6 p 546-

Land Grants of Gloucester Co. VA

Vestry Book of Petsworth Parish, 1677-1793


Rev. Thomas Vicaris- born on or before 1638- immigrated to America about 1660at about 22 yrs of age to Old Rappahannock Co. VA. He was a graduate of Oxford University. before coming to Virginia

Ref: Vestry Book- Petsworth Parish- Gloucester 1677-1793- by Gibson

Thomas served as minister in Petsworth ParishEpiscopal Church (Christ Church from 1662 until 1694- He died by Jan 25, 1696. as the church was looking for a new minister.  On Oct 13, 1697 the Vestry paid to Mrs. Dorothy Vicars, widow of Rev. Thomas Vicars,  3,000 pd. (Tobacco and cask)- back wages.  


Thomas Vicars-at age 40- married Dorothy (a widow)-b @1660- died after 1697- maiden name  unknown at this time, but she appears to have married at least three times.  She was married first to William Pritchett.

**William Pritchett- born about 1630 in Gloucester Co, or England- probably immigrant- and  died about 1678- Petsworth Parish, Gloucester, Co. 

William and Dorothy had one child-

            a. Mary Pritchett- b before 1678- who married Robert Green- who died 1693-       Gloucester Co.

She married Rev. Thomas Vicars as her second husband and later possibly John Knowles as her third husband.

Ref: Cavaliers and Pioneers- Abstracts of VA Land Patents and Grants- 1623-1800- Vol I- Patent Bk Nol. 5.

Patents of Thomas Vicars:

650 acres in February of 1665/6- for transport of 13 persons.

517 acres and 194 acres –with John Buckner- in February 19 of 1666/7 -Transport of 10 persons.

122 acres with John Buckner in June of 1668 -

550 acres land with Robert Littlefield- in August of 1669

190 acres land in Jun of 1678- for transport of 27 persons- Three hundred acres were lost to overlapping grants in 1727- His daughter Martha later sold a piece of this land west of Falmouth, to John Dixon.

Patented land on Sep 12, 1690 from Phillip Ludwell, Esq. Agent- for 1260 acres on Rappahannock River (now Richmond) Co. opposite John Buckner and Mr. Mott on Gravelly Run-and assigned to his daughter Martha- an infant- by the request of her mother Dorothy Knowles, widow of Thomas Vicars and mother of Martha- 1697.

150 acres in October of 1691 – Thomas Vicars and John Buckner had deserted the patent. (Gen. Order Bk- Richmond Co.)

**81 acres land in April 29, 1693- grant falling in King and Queen Co and part of 350 acres - for transport of 8 persons-


Known Childrenof Rev. Thomas Vicars and Dorothy:       

a. Mary Pritchett- step-daughter-  born before 1678- died 1728- daughter of William Pritchett who was born about 1630 in Gloucester Co, or England and Dorothy- (maiden name unknown)  who married Rev. Thomas Vicars after death of William.  


Mary married first to Robert Green who was a Vestryman for Petsworth Parish along with Rev. Thomas Vicars. They are listed in the Vestry Book of Petsworth Parish.  She married second to Robert Nettles who immigrated to the Colonies before 1690, about 1702- Robert was Surveyor for the County of Gloucester and later Road Commissioner in 1704. He was said to have been a heavy drinker and was removed from his position later- He died about 1725- leaving Mary with seven children and very little money. Her children, 14 yrs and up were bound out to other’s to learn trades. Children:

                        a. Vicars- b d – was over age 14, bound out and married Margaret?

                        b. John- b-d- not bound out and later lived in North Carolina

                        c. George- b 1714 d- over age 14, bound to Samuel Coleman on Nov 20, 1728-

Robert Nettles- b 1677- Gloucester Co. VA- Surveyor and Road Commissioner of the Petsworth, Parish.  He married 1. Mary Brooklyn or Brookings, and second Mary Pritchett - b 1702- died May 2, 1745- d/o William Pritchett and Dorothy (maiden name unknown) Knowles- No children are named by the first wife, so it is assumed that his children were all by Mary- She later had to rely on the Church to help her bind out her seven children to others of the Parish, in order to teach them a trade-

Re. John Reade officiated at the binding out Nov 20, 1728- Minister of Stratton Major Parish, 1734-1744-

Children of Robert and Mary:

            a. Vicaris- b @1712- as he was over age of 14 and not bound out. He remained in the Parish and married later to Margaret?

            b. John- b @1713 - and was over age 14- so not bound out- He later moved to North Carolina- possibly Edgecombe Co. with Solomon. 

            c. George- age 14- bound to Samuel Coleman on Nov 20, 1728- Samuel Coleman was of New Kent Co. VA, lived in King & Queen Co. and died in Caroline Co and may have been from Robert Coleman who emigrated to Old Rappahannock and Gloucester Co. VA.

             George probably stayed with members of the family and moved with them to the area of the Pee Dee River – Darlington Co. SC and later married Eliza Cusack – He receive a          land grant on Nov 8, 1757- from the King, of 350 acres land which was given out 50 acres per member of the family – so he had at least five children by that time:

                        a. Zachariah- b Jan 28, 1734- married Lucy Bass on Jan 29, 1758- and he is in the 1810 Census of Darlington Co. SC- along with probably Joseph Vickers?

                        She was probably related to Frederick Bass who was in Anson Co. with Ralph Vickers.

            d. Mary- age 11- b @1721- bound to Conquest Wyatt and moved with them further into Virginia.

            e. William- age10, b about 1720- bound to Edward Wyatt on Nov 20, 1728- and later moved to Fairfax Co.VA with the Wyatts. He married DorcasMarpole and moved to       Fairfield Co. SC and died there.  He had:

                        a. Zachariah-

                        b. William , Jr.

            f. Solomon- age 7, b Feb 28, 1721-(Bible Records) –died 1819 at age 97 yrs. - bound to John Reade on Nov 20, 1728- moved to North Carolina. The Reades lived in Essex Co. VA, Surry Co, VA, and then Solomon moved to Edgecombe Co. NC.

            Edgecombe Co. Deed Bk.  B p 4- 1784- land deed to Solomon Nettles on north side of Town Creek- Oct 26, 1754- He also witnessed the will of Thomas Harrell in 1763- He was neighbor to Ralph and Sarah Vickers of Edgecombe Co.

            He married Elizabeth Marley, b Feb 10, 1721

            1763. Estate of Ralph Vickers - Note of Solomon Nettles and Jacob Dunn to the extrs of Sarah Vickers Feb., 1763.

            Records of Estates, Edgecombe County, NC 1761-1825, Vol.I, Loose Estate Papers, NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC.


b. Martha Vickers - b after 1681- married Major William Todd- born at Toddsbury, GloucesterCo. VA- s/o Thomas Todd, Jr., about Mar 16, 1709/10 – Martha inherited the 1,260 acres land at Falmouth formerly granted to Thomas Vicars and she later sold this land.  (Deed and Will Abstracts of Stafford Co. VA 1780-1786-)


            a. Richard- b d

            b. Major Thomas- b 1660- married Elizabeth Bernard about 1681

            c. Elizabeth- b d

            d. Sarah-b d

            e. Phillip-b d


The Todd Family History:

**Capt. Thomas Todd- 1619- Durham England- died 1675- at sea- Buried in Maryland- married Anne Gorsuch. Their grandson, Maj. Thomas Todd, Jr. b. 1660 at Toddsbury, Ware Parish, Gloucester Virginia- and died Jan 16, 1725-Mobjack Bay married Elizabeth Bernard, b 1653 Isle of Wight Co. Virginia,  d/on Col.  William Bernard and Lucy Burwell Higginson, d/o Robert Higginson and Joana Torkesy.

Children of Maj. Thomas Todd and Elizabeth:

a. Major William Todd – b 1685- died 1734 King & Queen-  married Martha Vicaris- d/o Thomas Vicars and wife Dorothy Pritchett Vicars, Clerk of Petsworth Parish, Gloucester, Va. , about 1700 in Gloucester. Martha was born about 1685. 

Their children:

a. Elizabeth- married James Barbour, Jr. (s/o James Sr. and? Taliaferro)- b 1707- Scotland died 1775- in Culpepper Co. VA He later married to Sarah Todd, her sister.

b. Thomas Todd- b 1687- Ware Parish, Gloucester, VA- died 1734/5- married Elizabeth about 1705- Virginia and had daughter Elizabeth who married first to Henry Seaton and second to Col Augustine Moore as his second wife. 

c. Lucy- b @1680- New Market, Shenandoah Co. VA- Married John Baylor in New Market. He was born 1650 in Tiverton, Devonshire, England and died in 1721.

d. Ann- b Nov 9, 1682- Toddsbury- died Jul 18, 1720- in Warham, Gloucester Co. – Married John Cooke about 1700-  son of Mordecai Cooke and Susannah Peasley- of Mordecai Mount, in Gloucester.

e. Phillip Todd- b 1695 -1738- in King and Queen Co.- who married Ann Walker Day in October 1705- King & Queen.  She was born 1686- Somerset Co. MD. He died between 1715 and 1728.

f. Frances Todd- b 1709-1745- who married Robert North on Jul 2, 1729- Baltimore, Maryland-

g. Richard- b before 1688

h. Elizabeth- b before 1688-

i. Christopher – b Apr 2, 1690- married Elizabeth Mason about Sep 13, 1721- Princess Anne Co. Virginia, d/o Lemuel Mason and Ann Seawell. She was born Apr 25, 1701- Prince George Co. Maryland and died Nov 10, 1764- Gloucester Co. VA.

Ref: Botetourt Co. VA Wills and Marriages-


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