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Arthur Vickery
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1820
North Molton
Devon, England
Death: Aug. 18, 1897
Summit County
Utah, USA

Page #732 in the book Builders of Early Millard


by Rose V. Jenson (a granddaughter), Scipio, UT

Arthur Vickery, son of William and Mary Kingdon Vickery, was born April 9, 1820 in Molland Devonshire , England.

In his own words "I married young, and was left a widower with one child, a daughter named Sophia." Leaving Sophia with his mother, Arthur went to Wales to find employment. Here he first heard the Mormon missionaries and was converted and baptized a member of this Church. Here he met and married Mary Rosser of Abaranam Glamorgan, Wales, in around 1851. Two sons were born to this couple, Jenkins and George Vickery; now Arthur had a wife and three children to support.

Like most of the Mormon converts, these new converts were anxious to join the Saints in Utah. In 1860, Arthur with his wife Mary Rosser, his daughter Sophia by his first marriage and his two sons Jenkins and George, left for the journey to Utah.

When they arrived in Iowa, they stayed for some time to rest and make preparations for crossing the plains. His wife Mary Rosser, sickened and died soon after they arrived in Iowa, as conditions were unsanitary and many contagious diseases plagued the Saints. It was the next year, 1861, that Arthur and his three motherless children were able to continue their journey to Utah.

Arthur settled in Cottonwood, where he remarried (this was his third marriage.) One child was born to them, however Arthur never did talk about this phase of his life and his descendents have no record of the name of the wife or child as she left Arthur and took her child with her (another record written by Rose says "the union was not a happy one"). Soon after Arthur had married for the third time, Jenkins, his oldest son had also died. Sophia married Thomas Davies and had moved to Holden, Utah. Arthur wandered from one place to another, taking George with him, and working on farms or wherever he could find work. He went to Rush Valley, in Tooele County, where some mining operations were taking place. Although Arthur was a cobbler by trade, he found little work in his own line, therefore worked at mining or farming, wherever he could find employment. While in Rush Valley, in about 1875, George, his son, married. Arthur decided to move to Holden, where his daughter Sophia and her husband Thomas Davies were living. Here he met and married a very attractive widow, Mary Rogers Glaze Beecroft, from Worchester, England. They were married August ll, 1878. To them were born two daughters, Fannie R. and Rebecca May Vickery. His only two other living children from three previous marriages, were so happy to have their father so well adjusted and contented in his home life, as he told them these were the happiest days of his life.

The family lived in their happy home in Holden, Utah until 1882, when his wife Mary, was called to Rockport, Summit County, to care for Mary's aged father, John Glaze. After the death of John Glaze, his property was deeded to Mary, thus Arthur, Mary and the two daughters, Fannie R. and Rebecca May, remained in Rockport. Arthur passed away in August 1897, at the age of 77. Mary lived until January, 1915, both are burried at Rockport, Summit County, both were strong in their belief in Mormonism, and both led honest, useful lives, loved by their posterity and as well as with all with whom they came in contact.

From the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, additional information is found that was written by Rose...

After a brief illness Arthur Vickery died in August 1897. Mary passed away Jan 1915 at the age of 72. Grandfather was 77 when he died.

As I remember him, he was a rather austere but kindly old man, with a ruddy face, a shock of white hair on his head and a scanty beard under his chin. He had twinkling blue eyes and even in his old age he carried himself erect. He held firm in his belief in Mormonism and did not tolerate evil in any form.

***the page from Builders of Early Millard was copied and supplied by my father; I am his daughter Meliah, a descendent of Arthur's. I come through his third wife, which in this article her name and her child are unknown. The third wife's name was Elizabeth Richards. The son she had with Arthur is Joseph Richard Davis. His mother gave him the same last name as his older brothers from a previous marriage. At this time, we don't know why she took Joseph and left Arthur. Until my father uncovered this article, the only thing we knew about Arthur Vickery was his name. We are very grateful for the people that put together this book "Builders of Early Millard", and we are thankful to Rose V. Jenson for adding Arthur's history.

Additional notes:

*Arthur and Mary are buried in a remote cemetery in Rockport, Summit County, Utah. The cemetery has no official name, there are six people buried there with markers. Take I-80 to the Wanship Exit. Turn South on Hwy 32 (the reservoiris on the East), follow the road to the southernmost parking area next to the reservoir. Walk across the street directly to the west, up the hill and over a barbed wire fence. The cemetery is at the top of the hill, surrounded by a rusty wire fence.

*Arthur's first wife's name was Caroline Lang. Marriage records show they married in South Molton, Devonshire, England, on July 8, 1843. Arthur was 23.

*1851 Census records show that Arthur was a Master Shoemaker working in Wales.

*Marriage records show that Arthur married Mary Rosser in Merthyr Tydfil County, Wales in June, 1851

*Arthur was baptized Dec 24, 1851.

*Emigration records listing Arthur, Mary, and the three children, show that they actually arrived in New York, United States of America on August 31, 1857.

*1860 Census records show that Arthur and his family lived in Virginia and that Arthur was working as a shoemaker. The family was probably saving money for their trip west. There were many with the last name Vickery in that area, it was an uncommon name at the time, and there was probably other relatives in Virginia.

*LDS records show that Arthur Vickery came to Utah in an unidentified pioneer company in 1861, with his daughter Sophia and her husband Thomas William Davis.

New info:
*On June 18th, 2012, I found an obituary from the Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, dated 19 Nov, 1862, on page 8. The obituary says, "In Big Cottonwood Ward, of the croup, on the 11th of October, Jenkin, the son of Arthur and Mary Vickery, late of Aberdare, Wales, aged 10 years, 6 months and 4 days."
Exactly one week from when Arthur's son died, he went and recieved his endowments.
~Meliah Crow
Family links: 
  Mary Rogers Glaze Vickery (1843 - 1915)*
  George Vickery (1854 - 1916)*
  Joseph Richard Davis (1864 - 1948)*
*Calculated relationship
Cooper-Hughes-Vickory Cemetery
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