Cordery Vick 1817-1863 in Baltimore
Can anyone tell me about the Vick family in Baltimore during the Civil War?
My ancestor CORDERY "CORDY" VICK (1817-1863) was born in Virginia and married ELIZA J. (1826-1901) from Maryland. Their first child PAULINE A VICK was born in North Carolina. Cordery moved to Baltimore in the 1840s and had three more children: WILLIAM P (1849-1926), JAMES L (1852-1877) and IDA C (b. 1859). After Cordy's death, Ida was raised by her mother's second husband JAMES M. CROSBY and took her stepfather's surname.
BUSHROD VICK (another unusual name) from Nash, NC was also in Baltimore during the Civil War. Could they have been related? Although I found evidence that Bushrod participated in the war, there is no evidence that Cordery was involved.
Cordery was a blacksmith for many years and in the 1860s became a gasfitter. When he died without a will at age 46 (1863), his estate was worth about $1700. This seems like quite a lot of money for a working stiff with four kids. In addition, Cordery Vick lived down the street from the Baltimore City jail at the time—disease ridden and overcrowded with runaway slaves and POWs, not a high rent neighborhood. Any thoughts on this?