Our branch of this family decends from John and Mary McVicker who were born about 1770 most likely in County Antrim,Northern Ireland. One of their sons, Thomas, was born in 1796. Another son was Bernard and we do not know his date of birth. Thomas and Bernard were stone artisans and they moved to the Clougher Valley in County Tyrone where they worked on the castle or manor house of Lord and Lady Whitney Moutray on the Favour Royal Demesne. Thomas married Catherine McAnanley and together they had five children, John, James, Mary, Catherine and Anne. Thomas and Catherine came to Providence, through the Port of New York in 1853. Their son John preceeded them by two or three years. James and the daughters also came to Providence with their parents.
Thomas' brother, Bernard, Married a lady by the name of McVicker. He remained in Ireland as a landowner in County Tyrone. His daughter came to Providence and lived for a time with her uncle, Thomas.
A man believed to have been another brother of Thomas and Bernard was James McVicker. James was born in 1818 and married Ellen McKenna who was born in 1824. James and Ellen had two children while in Ireland and eight more after coming to Providence.
In reviewing, "Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, 1848-1864", we found a total on 98 individuals listed with the "McVicker" surname or variations. (McVica - 10, McVicar - 8, McVicars - 15, McVickar -4, McVicker - 48, McVickers - 13) These individuals lived in only four counties, all contiguous and located in Northern Irelalnd: County Antrim - 77, County Down - 6, County Derry - 5, County Tyrone 10. The 10 individuals listed in County Tyrone were all recorded as using the spelling "McVica". They all resided in the same Roman Catholic parish, Errigal Trough. Four were associated with the location "Altadaven", two were associated with "Durless Black", three were associated with "Durless White" and one was associated with "Dernasell"
Let me know if you have any history which might relate. I'd be happy to share anything which I have been able to develop.
09/09/2000 - JMCV