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Robert Vicars was born November 8, 1747, in London, England and died March 13, 1821, in Russell County, Virginia. For little or no reason, many people during that period of time were banished from the "Old World" to the "New World". Robert was believed to be one of those people. He arrived in Norfolk, Virginia in 1767 prior to the American Revolutionary War. After his arrival in 1771, Robert began moving westward and lived in several locations, including Botetourt, Fincastle, Washington, and Russell Counties, Virginia until his death.
In 1767, Robert met and married Lydia Jackson in Fincastle County. Soon they began their family which ultimately resulted in 12 children. Robert and his wife lived their lives as agriculturists. Over the next two decades, Robert and Lydia acquired several hundred acres through four different land grants.
It is not clear as to when Robert's military career began, but it is known that he was a member of the Virginia Militia around 1771 and served 99 days in Dunmore's War (full term of the war) in 1774. Robert continued on with the Continental Line of the Southern Army of Virginia under Captain Andrew Cowan as late as 1783. His father-in-law, Jacob Jackson, lived near-by. The two of them served together under Captain Cowan.
Robert's life took another turn around 1812 when his wife Lydia died. He remarried about 1812 to Millie Madison. The two of them had no children of their own, but apparently Millie helped rear the younger children of Robert and Lydia. Several of the children named their own children after Millie.
Robert was buried in the Old Vicars Cemetery near Grassy Creek, Russell County, Virginia in 1821. Robert was truly an example of the early Americans who arrived on these shores with a desire and determination to succeed in a new world of uncertainty. He was a true example of a patriot serving America, both prior to, and during the Revolutionary War.
By Compatriot Larry Underwood
MP4 File created using the slide show of the Grave Marking Ceremony honoring Patriot Robert Vicars. Music is by the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps
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We honor our patriot ancestors by telling their stories. Lets help preserve our history and reduce the danger of it being lost to the ages. The Patriot Ancestor Biography project is just one avenue where we can make a difference. In the 1894 Kentucky Society Yearbook, Thomas Page Grant wrote about the establishment of the Sons of the American Revolution, “The men whose forefathers took part in the establishment of the Nation were naturally drawn together, and in some of the older States formed themselves into societies to gather scatter bits of history and save them for coming generations; to preserve alive a memory of the men who gave so much for country and paid so dear a price for liberty; to inculcate in the minds of the rising generations a knowledge of what they fought for, and a love of the principles they held so dear. “
Now, over one hundred and twenty years later, we can act as Compatriot Grant described. In collaboration with the Patriot and Grave Index found at National web site, we are able to attach a biography, supplied by Compatriots, to our ancestor's in that database. The goal of the Committee is not to validate/verify the stories submitted; it is to share and provide a repository of those scattered bits of history.
As a recruitment tool your submission could provide the spark for a non-member to connect with a common ancestor and take the plunge to join the Sons of the American Revolution. Additionally, current Member might find a common ancestor and your biographical report could provide the ability for him to submit a Supplemental Application.
There is no defined format for your submission. Information can be between 200 – 500 words and be sent in a Microsoft WORD-compatible format. This is no need for documentation references. As noted on the database, it is the sole responsibility of the author to research the facts and data contained in the submission. Citing sources is not required. The sketch cannot be used for proof of lineage. It can, however, serve as a guide for the continuation of research.
The Patriot Ancestor Database is one way you can honor your ancestor’s for perpetuity.
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