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Wickes brothers

Lynn (View posts)
Posted: 17 Jul 2006 2:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hope you are still checking this site-just came across it and have some info re: William (Bill) Wickes and his brother James who was my grandfather. The two brothers did have a vaudeville act-lived in NYC-are decendents of John Wickes who was one of the founders of Rhode Island. Bill and John's father Stephen Wickes was married to Mary Barry-they lived in Providence and I visited the house they once owned. James, my grandfather, became a postmaster general in NY. He was married to Estelle (Margaret) Birmingham and they had three children: Marcelle, Margaret and Norman. Norman was my father.

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 26 Mar 2010 5:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wickes
Hi Lynn,
I am not Joe, who originally requested the info on William Wickes. I am his 2nd Cousin.
William E. Wickes DOB:(2-13-1888) was my Grandfather, your Grandfather's brother. He married Mary Dalton DOB:(12-1888) & they had Stephen, William, Florence, Mary, Veronica, Dorothy; (my mother, who was named after our Grand Aunt), Gertrude, Robert.

We are related! Grandpa went on to do Vaudville as a single act, using the Stage name "Bob Willis". He became a Master of Ceremonies , & was famous for his dialects when doing Roasts in Manhattan. He gave Eddie Foy a run for his money.

I only just learned that he had siblings, since we, as children, never learned about his early years. I did; however, visit the family home in Rhode Island as a child & met a Greatgrand Aunt, alas, I don't recall her nane. Margaret, perhaps?

I am unable to connect our Great-grand-father Steven Wickes to Oliver Wickes, as I know he was a relative, since his likeness hung in my Aunt Florence's home. Any suggestions?

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 2 Apr 2010 1:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Yes, my grandfather James was William's brother and I had heard they had a vaudville act but did not know they had stage names. I know there is a connection to Oliver Wickes so I'll post more later..just wanted to let you know I read your post.

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 2 Apr 2010 1:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Lynn,

Thanks for your reply, Cuz.

Do you know the name of your Grandfathers, Grandfather? I am having a very difficult time finding the connection between my Grandfather, William Everett to his Grandfather.

Was your Grandfather's middle name Samuel? If that's so, then maybe our Great=Great=Great Grandfather was Samuel Wickes.

Did your Grandfather reside in the Pierrpont Hotel? One of my first cousins said his father Stephen E. Wickes, (first born of William E. Wickes) who also worked for the U. S. Post Office, used to visit his Uncle Jimmy, your Grandfather, at the Pierrpont Hotel, or it could have been a Sr. Residence in Brooklyn.

Can you help?

Thanks again, Lynn, I really appreciate your input.

Loretta

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 4 Apr 2010 1:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Got your message. I'll be gone until Monday, so if I don't reply, that's why.

Yes My Grandfather, William, used the name Bob Willis, but I know very little about yours, except that he may have lived at the Pierrpont Hotel. I think.

Do you know anything about our Great Grandfathers' Dad? I am really at a loss. I keep coming up with Gardner or Gardiner b. 1831. The timing is right but I never heard that name before.

That's it for now. I'm dreaming of dates, really. Talk with you soon.

Loretta (Nyrett)

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 7 Apr 2010 1:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Yes, my grandfather did retire from being postmaster general (Brooklyn I believe) and he was living at the Pierpont Hotel. I only saw him once when I was in High School and talked to him once on the phone when I was going to college in NY. We had a rather strained relationship as my parents separated when I was about a year and a half and my mom moved up to Malone, NY with her family.
My father, Norman had returned from the service and had no interest in making the marriage work. I never met him but years later after his death, discovered he had six children by a woman he'd been with for many years.
It has been quite an adventure, as you can imagine.
In any case, I'm still learning about this site. I posted a ton of info into the family tree format so that you could access it.
It should answer some of your questions. I'm pretty sure the information is correct because in 1997 I got a phone call from Agnes Wickes, my father's first cousin and she had done much research as well as having first hand knowledge of our great grandparents and photo's as well.
I haven't figured out yet how to upload them to this site so I put in as much info as possible under each of their profiles.
Please let me know if you are able to view them!
Together we should be able to sort out many things!
Sorry you are in Ohio! I live in Rochester, NY.
Lynn

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 7 Apr 2010 7:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Lynn,

I am in Iowa, but my heart will always remain in New York.
So, my cousin Steve (Red) Wickes was right, Your Grandfather did live in the Pierrpont Hotel. That's helpful. Sorry to learn that your parents were not together; however, did you ever seek your half siblings? That might be interesting.
My Uncle Steve (Red's Dad) or my mother, Dorothy's brother, William Everett's oldest son, had a close relationship with your Grandfather, & visited him often, but I only just learned that about a week ago.
You must be about my age, I am 67. Am I close? It's just a number & I'm thrilled that I have gotten this far. You can reach me at decoloresassociates@gmail.com if it is easier for you to use e-mail.
Love, Loretta

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Posted: 19 May 2010 12:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Sorry for the delay in responding to your kind gift of the records & photos of our Great-Grand-Mother Mary Barry.
I have, in my dotage, misplaced your phone #, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the info. Is Agnes still with us? If not, who is living in the Rhode Island family homes? If you know. let me know, OK?

God Bless you & Pat. I hope the green paint was just what you guys wanted. When I find your #'s. I'll call.

Much Love,
ME

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 20 May 2010 2:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Loretta,
Yes Agnes will be 90 soon I think. She lives with her grandaughter and helps take care of her children. I talked to her daughter Donna briefly after I first made contact with you. she is the one who has done the most research but she is very busy so I don't think she'll be able to take the time to look up all her info.
When they took me to see the property, they didn't know who was living there. I'm not sure how or when it changed hands. I'll let you know if I talk to her again.
I've been really busy also and haven't gotten to this site for a few weeks.
Hope to talk to you soon.
Love,
Lynn

Re: Wickes brothers

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 2:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello. I am Florence Wickes' daughter Cecelia. It is quite strange to finally find out that there really was a person behind the picture which hung in my mother's home for ever. I never knew either of my maternal grandparents as they died before I was born. I often wondered if the connection to the founders of Rhode Island were true or just another story from a family of great story tellers. This information is informative. I never knew anything about my grandparents at all.
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