Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Elias H. Powers VICKERS


            Elias H. Powers VICKERS, son of John and Luciuda (Rout) Vickers, was born in Kanawha county, November 11, 1822. His first marriage was with Chloa Workman, who was born in Kanawha county, March 26, 1817, and died May 20, 1856, and their children were born: Amanda, November 23, 1842; John Thomas, July 17, 1844; Paulina, October 26, 1846; Martha, October 14, 1848; Valeria, July 19, 1851; Chloa, May 20, 1856, died September 28th following. All these children who are living are married and doing well. John Thomas was a soldier of the Confederate army, and mortally wounded at Waynesboro, dying the day after his injury was received. A few hours before his death he called his comrades around him, and bade them look upon a soldier dying for his country, and in the service of Jesus Christ, the captain of his salvation. Lewis Vickers, brother of Elias H.P., was a soldier in that army, and was wounded in the jaw, the ball knocking out four teeth. Mr. Vickers was not himself in the army, but by misinformation, furnished by some meddling person or persons, was made prisoner and confined at Camp Chase six months. December 30, 1856, in Boone county, he married Rhoda, a daughter of Archibald B. and Polly (Gore) Woodburn, and widow of Preston Pauley, who died October 25, 1855. They have four sons and one daughter: Elias Hamilton, born July 4, 1858; Robert J., December 27, 1860; Lewis Henry, September 5, 1862; George C., February 22, 1864; Lucy Deuiser, March 21, 1865. The first marriage of Mrs. Vickers was solemnized May 1, 1845, and the children resulting from it were born: Mary Ann, September 16, 1846; Martha, April 4, 1848, died October 8, 1855; Manderville, June 16, 1849; Letha, March 15, 1851; Clark, October 16, 1852. All are married and doing well. Mr. Vickers has 260 acres of land on Big Horse creek in Duval district, over 100 acres in good cultivation, the rest in fine timber. The land is rich in mineral ore, both coal and iron abounding. Besides tilling the soil Mr. Vickers has been a minister of the Gospel in the Methodist Episcopal Church for thirty-three years. He receives his mail at Gniffithsville, Lincoln county, West Virginia.


      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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