Henry Alfred Pickering of Liscard and Kansas

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  •  H. A. Pickering Dies [Salina Journal]
  •  The Transatlantic Cable History
[Salina Journal, August 20,1940]
  •  Descendants of Henry Alfred
            and Frances Martin
  •  Henry Alfred PHOTO ALBUM
  •  Henry Victor Buckingham Pickering Obituary
            (written by his daughter)


»  Timeline Details

Henry Alfred Pickering
b: 20 Mar 1847, Liscard, England
c: 9 Aug 1847, St John's Church, Liscard
o: Cotton Broker (England)
m: 22 June 1867, St. Mary's Church, Edge Hill, Liverpool, Eng.
d: 27 Aug 1940
b: Highland Cemetary, Junction City , KS

+ Frances Rosamund Martin
b: 11 Oct 1844, Brookthrop, Gloucestershire, England / Haresfield
d: 10 Nov 1888, Junction City, KS
b: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, KS
                father: Samuel Martin

1847 - Henry Alfred Pickering

Letter from Jeff Tozier, California, US

"Henry Alfred Pickering (1847-1940) was my great grandfather. I am the grandson of one of his twin daughters Rosamond Tozier (as I have always spelled it).

I knew my grandmother for over 20 years. She and my grandfather, Will Tozier, are buried in a military cemetery at the Presidio near the Golden Gate Bridge. That is where several of the Tozier men (from Kansas) trained and shipped out to the Philippines during the Spanish American War.

My grandmother left my father (and then, in turn, me) many family memories and artifacts. Among them are pictures of Pickerings that go back to an undated picture of Mrs. Charles Wm. Pickering. This is a seated photo of her taken at Montebello in a dress she supposedly wore as a Lady in Waiting to the court of Queen Victoria. Our bedroom wall has the framed family crest of Charles W. H. Pickering. I also have two detailed articles about the life of Henry A. Pickering which appeared in the Salina Journal on August 2nd and 20th of 1940.

In your web page you note that all of the models of ships carved by Henry Pickering have probably been lost. Not all of them are gone! In a lighted showcase in my home, I have a wonderfully detailed model of the three-masted, extreme clipper ship named Cestrian. She had 17 sails and required a skilled crew and lots of expensive canvas. For such a heavy merchant ship she was quite fast, logging 4,620 nautical miles in 16 days for an average run of 288 miles per day. At another time, running in strong gales, she made 449 miles in a single day. The ship sailed all over the world to ports like Liverpool, Marseilles, New York, San Francisco, Melbourne, China, Bombay, Calcutta.

Built in Maine in 1853, she was one of the largest sailing ships ever built at 221 feet long and with a displacement of 1,713 tons (twice the size of the average clipper). My research at the library of the San Francisco Maritime Museum turned up all this information. Upon launching at the shipyard she was described as "being of sharp model, very strongly built and in every way a fine ship". The archives also describe many of the accomplishments of the ship which was originally named the Flying Scud. She was renamed the Cestrian when she became a British owned ship out of Liverpool in April of 1863.

The archives listed G.H. [ed. probably a typo and should be C. H.] Pickering as the last known owner from 1865 to 1871".
In a phone conversation with Jeff he also told me that Henry Alfred lived in Chicago and lost his wool fortune during the "great Chicago Fire". This is the second reference I have regarding this story. Also he says that Rosamund was an "Aristrocrat" in the court of Queen Victoria. 1881 Census - St Georges Mount [death of CWHP]

1851 Census: St. Joh, Liscard Road, Withenfield House [Partial List]

NameRelAgeBirth YearStatusOccupationBorn
Charles W H Pickering Head 35 1815 Mar General Merchant Liverpool
Elizabeth Pickering Wife 31 1819 Mar   Chester
Henry Alfred Son 4 1847 Un Scholar Liscard

1861 Census: St Georges Mount [Partial List]

Henry Alfred Son 14 1847 Un Scholar Liscard

1881 Census: Oxton, Cheshire

NameRelAgeBirth YearStatusOccupationBorn
Henry A Pickering Head 35 1847 Mar Cotton Broker Liscard
Frances Wife 31   Mar   Haresfield, GLS
Edgar D. Pickering Son 7   Un Scholar New Brighton
Florence Pickering Dau 5       Eccles, Lanc.
Rosamund Pickering Dau 3 Twin     Eccles, Lanc.
Vera Pickering Dau 3 Twin     Eccles, Lanc.
Frances Jennor Pickering Son 1       Oxton, Chesh.