Edward Vickers (1804–1897) was a miller who founded Naylor, Hutchinson, Vickers and Co that became Naylor, Vickers and Co and went public as Vickers, Sons and Co and eventually became Vickers, the steelmaking dynasty in Sheffield.
1804 Born at Sheffield
1830 November 14th. Birth of son George Naylor Vickers
1833 Corn miller of Western Bank, Sheffield; Vickers and Co were corn millers of Millsands..
1833 July 9th. Birth of son Thomas Edward Vickers (1833–1915)
Edward's brother, William, owned a steel rolling operation - presumably the spindle manufacturer William Vickers also at Millsands.
1836 Member of the provisional committee of the Doncaster, North Midland and Goole Railway which would extend the North Midland Railway and the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway through Doncaster; to Goole; Edward Vickers described as corn miller of Western Bank, Sheffield.
1838 Birth of son Albert Vickers (1838–1919)
1841 Birth of son Frederick Vickers
1841 Living at Weston Bank, Eccleshall Bierlow: Edward Vickers (age c37), a Merchant. With his wife Ann Vickers (age c37) and their children George N. Vickers (age c10), Thomas Edward Vickers (age c7), Sarah Ann Vickers (age c5), Albert Vickers (age 2 years 6 months), and Frederic Vickers (3 months). Three servants.
1843 Vickers and Sons (who were corn millers) were signatories to a petition asking the Master Cutler to call a meeting relating to a recent bank failure; Naylor, Hutchinson, Vickers and Co was another signatory .
1846 Director of the Sheffield Union Bank .
1847 Mayor of Sheffield.
1851 Living at Firs Hill, Pitsmoor, Sheffield: Edward Vickers (age 47 born Sheffield), Alderman and Borough Magistrate, Merchant and Steel Manufacturer. With wife Ann (age 47) and children Thomas Edward Vickers (age 17), Sarah Ann (age 14), Frederick Vickers (age 10), Gertrude L. Vickers (age 6) and Isabel Vickers (age 4). Also two visitors and three servants. 
1854 Edward's sons Thomas and Albert joined him in the business by then known as Naylor, Vickers and Co.
1861 Living at Taplow House, Leeward Road, Eccleshall Bierlow: Edward Vickers (age 57 born Sheffield), Magistrate, Steel Manufacturer and Merchant. With his wife Ann Vickers (age 51 born Sheffield) and their son Thomas E. Vickers (age 27 born Sheffield), Steel Manufacturer and Merchant; his daughter-in-law Frances M. Vickers (age 19 born Knigtsbridge); Frederick Vickers (age 20 born Sheffield); His son-in-law John Macnamara (age 32 born London), a Gentleman; his daughter Sarah A. Macnamara (age 24 born Sheffield); Gertrude L. Vickers (age 16 born Sheffield); and his daughter Isabel Vickers (age 14 born Sheffield). Eight servants.
1862 Merchant and manufacturer, living at Tapton Hall. George Naylor Vickers was employed in the business as was Thomas but no indication about Albert.
1871 Living at 21 Brunswick Square, Hove: Edward Vickers (age 67 born Sheffield), a Retired Merchant. With his wife Ann Vickers (age 67 born Sheffield) and their daughters Gertrude F. Vickers (age 25 born Sheffield) and Isabel Vickers (age 23 born Sheffield). Five servants.
1881 Living at Goldicott House, Alderminster, Worcs: Edward Vickers (age 77 born Sheffield), a Retired Steel Manufacturer. With his wife Ann Vickers (age 77 born Sheffield) and their daughter Gertrude Vickers (age 36 born Sheffield); and their son-in-law William Grazebrook (age 35 born Stourbridge), No Occupation; their daughter Isabella Grazebrook (age 34 born Sheffield); their grand-son George W. Grazebrook (age 4 born Alderminster); their grand-daughter Gertrude Grazebrook (age 2 born Alderminster); their son Albert Vickers (age 43 born Sheffield), a Steel Manufacturer; and their daughter-in-Law Edith Vickers (age 27 born Sheffield); their grand-daughter Almyra Vickers (age 19 born Sheffield); their grand-daughter Edith D. Vickers (age 3 born Teddington, Mddx); their grandson Vincent Vickers (age 2 born Teddington, Mddx). Twelve servants.
1891 Living at Thenfold House, Thenfold, Northants: Edward Vickers (age 87 born Sheffield), Living on own means and a Widower. With his daughter Gertrude L. Vickers (age 45 born Sheffield); his son-in-law William Grazebrook (age 45 born Stourbridge), Living on own means; his daughter Isabel Vickers (age 43 born Sheffield); and his grandchildren George W. Grazebrook (age 14 born Stratford-on-Avon); Gertrude L. Grazebrook (age 12 born Brighton); and Geraldine J. Grazebrook (age 4 born Leamington). Eleven servants.
Edward firmly established the Vickers' name in Sheffield's commercial and political life; he served as Alderman and Mayor, and was the first president of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
Sources of Information
- The Sheffield Independent, 30 August 1828
- The Sheffield Independent, 4 September 1830
- History and Directory of Sheffield, Rotherham ..., 1833
- The Sheffield Independent, 8 November 1834
- The Sheffield Independent, 10 October 1835
- The Times, 11 July 1836
- The Sheffield Independent, 6 August 1836
- 1841 Census
- General Directory of Sheffield, 1849
- The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, 21 January 1843
- The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent 25 July 1846
- 1851 Census
- 1861 Census
- Directory & Topography of Sheffield, 1862
- 1871 Census
- 1881 Census
- 1891 Census
- Biography of Thomas Edward Vickers, by Geoffrey Tweedale, ODNB