Biography of Maria H. Vickery

Vickery, Maria H., p. o. Darien Center, N. Y., was born in Martinsburg, Lewis county, N. Y., April 22, 1847, daughter of Justus B. and Jane (Salmon) Corp. Mr. Corp was born in Russia, Herkimer county, N. Y., March 29, 1817, and married Jane Salmon January 14, 1841; she was born August 28, 1817. They were among the oldest residents of Darien. Mrs. Vickery remained at home with her parents until April 14, 1870, when she married Dr. Howard W. Vickery, son of Benjamin and Catherine (Waterbury) Vickery, and born in the town of Yates, Orleans county, N. Y., August 29, 1834. His boyhood was spent upon his father's farm and in attending the common schools until 1851, when his parents removed to Darien Center. In 1852 he attended the seminary at the latter place, afterwards clerking in his father's store and spending his leisure hours reading medicine, preparatory to entering the office of Dr. Bullard of Buffalo as a student. In 1868 he was graduated from the medical department of the University of Buffalo with the degree of M. D. He immediately began practice in Mt. Morris, where he resided for a few months, when he removed to Caledonia and went into partnership with Dr. Wells, returning to Darien Center in 1865. In 1873 the doctor sent a sample of the water of the Victor Mineral Spring to George Hadley, M. D., professor of chemistry and pharmacy, of Buffalo, to be analyzed, who replied that it was very similar to the water of Congress Spring at Saratoga. The analysis being satisfactory, the firm of Dr. W. H. Vickery & Co. was formed for the sale of the water, and a large business was done until they sold out to other parties. This celebrated spring is about two miles from the Erie railroad station. In 1S82 he built a large store, keeping drugs and a general line of goods and doing a fine business until he sold out in 1888. During all these years he carried on a large and lucrative practice until his death, March 16, 1897. Dr: Vickery was a great student and a lover of home. His leisure hours were spent with his family, which consisted of his wife and two children: Katie M. and Irving H. He was Board of Health physician and a member of the Odd Fellows. Dr. Vickery was of English and Scotch descent. Three Vickery brothers came from England to America on a hunting and pleasure trip. One of the brothers died in the wilderness near Lake Champlain; the remaining two hollowed out a log and buried him therein near the lake. They then separated, one going down the Hudson river, while the other settled in Rensselaer county. He was a strong Tory, and while he was on a hunting expedition his seven sons enlisted in General Washington's army and wintered with him at Valley Forge. On his way home be heard that his sons had joined the American army, and was so indignant that he went into the stable after arriving home and cut the hamstrings of thirty valuable blooded horses. Benjamin Vickery, his grandson, was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county, in 1777. and was married to Catherine Waterbury of the same place on September 5, 1816. Her maternal grandparents, Arthur and Catherine (McKenzie) Morrison. came from Glasgow, Scotland to America. A daughter, Mary, was born in March, 1777, in New York city; her parents settled in Kinderhook; they were tories, and at the beginning of the Revolution left this daughter with German friends named Graham, and both entered the army. Mary grew to womanhood, believing the Grahams her true parents; as her father and mother did not return at the close of the war, her foster parents brought her up as their own child. She married Samuel W,aterbury December 29, 1799. During all these years her father and brothers were searching the country for her, finally finding her and her family living in Nassau. Her father's home was near St. John, New Brunswick; he desired Mary and her family to return with him, as he was wealthy and would do well by them; but her husband declined to go because her people were tories. Her father visited her once afterwards. She died November 20, 1865, at Yates, Orleans county. Her daughter, Catherine (Waterbury) Vickery, was born November 23, 1800, and died at Darien Center, March 16, 1882. Her husband, Benjamin Vickery, died February 29, 1880, at the same place.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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