Saturday, January 5, 2013

Surname Saturday - Ancestors #34 and #35 - Parents of Ellender VICKERS

Ancestors #34 and #35 are the parents of my paternal 2nd great-grandmother Ellender Vickers.

Ellender married Ransom Spurlock reportedly in Barbour County, Alabama, in 1836. There were numerous Vickers families in southeast Alabama/southwest Georgia/northwest Florida in this general time period, but I have not been able to place Ellender in any of these families.

The clues I have to the possible identity of Ellender's parents are:

  1. In the 1850 federal census, there is a Vickers family enumerated two visits away from Ransom and Ellender (Vickers) Spurlock in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The head of the household is Elleonder Vickers, age 68, female, no occupation, born in Georgia. Also in the household are Green Vickers (23, male, farmer, born in Georgia), Louisa Vickers (21, female, born in Georgia), Joshua Vickers (41, male, laborer, born in Georgia), and Jane Vickers (20, female, born in Georgia).
  2. In the 1840 federal census, Joshua Vickers is enumerated in Hinds County, Mississippi, as the head of household of a family two visits away from Ransom Spurlock. The enumeration includes 1 male age 10-15, 1 male age 20-30, 1 female age 10-15, and 1 female age 50-60. This seems to be the same family as the one in Louisiana in 1850. A marriage record for a Joshua Vickers and Nancy Jane Thompson is found in Hinds County, Mississippi, in 1846.
It is possible that this Elleonder Vickers is Ellender Vickers Spurlock's mother and that Joshua is her brother. Green and Louisa are likely also Ellender Vickers Spurlock's siblings, but they could be Joshua Vicker's children from a marriage prior to his 1846 marriage to Nancy Jane Thompson. Ransom and Ellender (Vickers) Spurlock used the given names Green and Joshua when naming sons: first son was named William Green and last son was named James Joshua.

I have not been able to identify these Vickers in any other records after 1850.

Years ago, I was told that Ellender Vickers Spurlock's mother was a Smith before her marriage. I have not been able to find a record of an Ellender Smith who married a Vickers.

Lot of work is needed on this brick wall....

© 2013 Denise Spurlock

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