Pickerings in America

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In a correspondence between Colonel Timothy Pickering of Salem [Mass.} and the Rev. Joseph Pickering, of Wickham, near Fareham, Hampshire, England, in which the latter asked if their ancestry was the same if if they had the same arms and crest, Colonel Pickering replied:

"Theophilus lived a bachelor and died in 1747, when I was two years old. He was critically exact in all his affairs and notices of things. He left (I believe his own drawing) what have been considered the family arms, - a lion rampant in a field ermine, with a helmet for a crest. ... There has been a tradition in the family that our first American ancestor came from Yorkshire."

In his reply of June 30, 1797, The Rev. Mr. Pickering wrote:

"Your arms and mine are exactly similar, and that circumstance I consider proof enough. Our Crests are different, but that is not material, since crests, the heralds tell us, are mere matters of caprice and fancy and may be varied at pleasure, and therefore are never allowed to be of any weight in the tracing of pedigrees."

Source: The Pickering Genealogy: Being an account of the First Three Generations of The Pickering Family of Salem, Mass. by Charles Pickering Bowditch, Privately printed 1897.

The Wickham mentioned in this letter is located about 233 miles south of Frodsham, Cheshire, England near the coast of Portsmouth. No trace of our Pickering line has been found in this most southern part of England. But it's interesting to note that the Pickerings of Thelwall and Cheshire [northern England] continued to use this arms into the last 19th century. Since the coat of arms that was handed down through our family is exactly the same as described in these letters, the question arises; "Are we then, in any way, related to the Salem Pickerings"? See more detailed discussion on our Hearldry page.

Pickering Arms tapestry
This Pickering Coat of Arms is an emproidery
by Sarah Pickering Clarke in 1753, now in the possession of John Pickering House museum
in Salem, Mass. She was a niece of the Rev. Theophilus Pickering.

1633 Portsmouth,NH
John Pickering and wife Mary. Child: Lydia b. Nov 5 1638 [of Massachusetts]

1630 Salem, MA
John Pickering
[15 years old] from England living in Ipswich then Salem in 1637

1689 Philadelphia, PA
Charles Pickering, Merchant
Pickering, Atty at Law

1722 Salem, Mass. John Pickering [grandson of the original Salem settler] shows a lion rampant on the seal of his will. No impression of the seal can be found of an earlier date than in 1722.

1892 BOSTON, Mass. Directory

Thirty-seven (37) people named Pickering

New England: only John pickering of Portsmouth, and John Pickeirng [b. 11615, Yorkshire, England] of Salem founded permanent families. These two families have been the most prolific and the most widely known. Although no relationship is known to exist between these two families, there was certainly a marked silimiarity in their offical and social standing.

Each had a son John who took a leading role in their respective towns. Both of these second Johns were officers in the militia and held a large number of town office. I won't go into the descendants of these two families which lead to many notorious and admired Pickerings in the US as they are well recorded in the history books of this country. I merely mention the family of Timothy Pickeirng because this ancestrial roots and similarity of hearldry.

Our Pickering Family in America

1800-1806 Philadelphia [first record of OUR FAMILY's emigration to America]

John Pickering [1774-1848] born in Frodsham Parish to John Pickering, Merchant and Mary Harrison sailed to Philadelphia to set up a corn brokerage. He was married to Hannah Farrall and had 8 children in England. So far I have not been able to verify his death, nor found his family, in Philadelphia.

(About 1806) In his brother's journal, Peter writes: "I, with the consent of Messrs Gladstones, as also my Parents seperated from Messrs Gladstones, and then with the consent of my Parents and advice of my Brother William I immediately took a passage in the Ship Majestrate, bound from Liverpool to New York; with the intention of forming a Mercantile Establishment with my Brother John in Philadelphia [above] who had left Frodsham and sailed to Philadelphia the year before [abt. 1805], with the intention that his Wife should follow him later with their Family of Children after he had established himself as Commission Corn and General Merchant in Philadelphia; ...But to return to my narrative; My Brother John believing he did not possess Capital sufficient, to establish himself with me as general Merchants, he declined my offer of Partnership and returned to Philadelphia; and I never saw him again".

June 1869 New York / 1884 Junction City, KS
Henry Alfred Pickeirng [1847-1940] sailed with his wife to New York and entered the W.H. Newman's office as a corresponding clerk. He rented a house in Orange Junction, NJ (North East Orange). In 1872 he returned to England with his family and worked for the Chambers Holder Co., as a Cotton Broker. In 1884 he sailed back to the US and settled in Junction City, KS where he raised 9 children and died at age 93.

1881 Junction City, KS
Alexander John Pickering left Liverpool along with his brother, William. They sailed on the, now imfamous, Lisutania to New York. He then moved to Kansas, presumably to be near his brother Henry Alfred. He settled there at about the, age of 24 (1881, after his father’s death) where he met and married Evaline DeMar in 1886. Evaline's family was originally from the Newtown, Pennsylvania area. We are not sure what his occupation was during this period. He lived for a while off his inheritance then moved to Philadelphia about 1892.