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									Pickering
30 March 2011

                              VIRGIN ISLANDS FAMILIES

                                               Pickering
                                                  Origin:

    Related Families: Aderley, Farrington, Hendrichsen, Hodge, Purcell, Thomas,
                                       Zeagers

                                     Locations: St. Croix, Tortola

                                    Contributor: Svend E. Holsoe


       Abednego Pickering of the island of Anguilla was listed in 1716 as having a
family of one white woman and three children.1 He seems to have joined the Society of
Friends while on Anguilla.2
       He moved to Tortola3 in the 1720s.4
       He died in about 1736.5

         Child of Abednego Pickering:
         (order unknown)
         1. i.    John Pickering
         2. ii. Isaac Pickering

       1. John Pickering was born in about 1706.6
       In 1741, he was appointed the first Lieutenant Governor of Tortola and the
government residence was moved from Virgin Gorda to Fat Hog Bay. 7
       He was married a second time in about 1737, 8 to Dorcas Thomas.9 They lived at
Fat Hog Bay.10 Both became ardent Quakers.11

1
  General Hamilton's letter, 3 October 1716, List of Inhabitants of Anguilla in: Caribbeana, III (1914), p.
255.
2
  Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 44.
3
  Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 9.
4
  Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 44.
5
  Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), pp. 7-9.
6
  Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 43.
7
  Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 44.


                                                                                                              1
       He was the first clerk to be appointed to the Friends men’s meeting, and he held
the post until 1753. 12
       However, in June 1742, as the island came under the possibility of attack by the
Spanish, and Pickering was a pacifist, the Governor of the Leeward Islands, William
Mathew, asked him to step down, which he did. 13
       She died 14 February 1747 of the measles.14
       John Pickering remarried on 17 August 1748, Rebecca Zeagers, daughter of
Absalom Zeagers and Rebecca of Tortola.15
       He owned at least one trading sloop, John, which made trips to North America.16
       He died in 1768.17

        Child of John Pickering and first wife:18

        3. i.    John Pickering, Jr.

        Child of John and Dorcas Pickering:19

        4. i.    Dorcas Pickering, b. 18 April 1742, d. 11 November 1742
        5. ii.   Zachariah Pickering, b. 5 September 1743, d. 12 February 1747

        Children of John and Rebecca (Zeagers) Pickering:20


8
  Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 51.
9
  Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 44.
10
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 12.
11
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923).
12
   Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 63.
13
   Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, pp. 49,52.
14
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>; Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker
Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends' Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.
15
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923); in Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html> her name is given as "Seacors" and the record
states that the indicate for the second time on that date, their intention to marry.
16
   Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon Publications International,
1997, p. 60.
17
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 43. A brief account of his last years and his death is found in ibid., pp. 42-43.
18
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), pp. 88, 89.
19
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.
20
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.


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        6.   i.     Dorcas Pickering, b. 28 May 1749, 14 June 1751
        7.   ii.    Rebecca Pickering, b. 15 December 1753
        8.   iii.   Isaac Pickering, b. 27 November 1755
        9.   iv.    Josiah Pickering, b. 1759

        2. Isaac Pickering was married to Elizabeth.21
        In 1798, he owned on Tortola, lot number 66, which was in sugar production. 22
        He wrote a will which dated 16 June 1802. 23

        Children of Isaac Pickering: 24
        10. i.      Elizabeth Pickering
        11. ii.     John Arthur Hodge Pickering, b. Jan. c1781
        12. iii.    William Pickering
            iv.     Mary Pickering

        3. John Pickering was the captain of his father's sloop John in 1750.25 He
arrived on Tortola on 14 February 1750, along with Mary Evanes and Phiba Smith.26
        On 14 May 1750, he departed Tortola destined for Philadelphia, via New York, in
his father's sloop, with Richard Ross as Master.27 He made several trips to England.28
        He married on Tortola, Sarah Hodge, a daughter of Bezaliel Hodge, one of the
principal planters on the island.29
        In 1762, John Pickering moved to New York.30

        Children of John and Sarah (Hodge) Pickering:31

        13. i.      Sarah Pickering, b. 19 May 1756
        14. ii.     John Pickering, b. c1759




21
   St. John Anglican Church, Christiansted, Church Book, Baptisms, 1765-1787, 30 April 1781.
22
   To Isaac Pickering, Esq’r. of Fox Lease Hants this Plan of Tortola … London: Robert Wilkinson, 1798.
23
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, pp. 301,303, citing "251, Marriott."
24
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, pp. 301,303.
25
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 28; Vernon W. Pickering, Early History of the British Virgin Islands … Falcon
Publications International, 1997, p. 60.
26
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
27
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
28
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 43.
29
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), pp. 44, 89. For a genealogy of the family see: Caribbeana, vol. iii.
30
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), pp. 44, 78.
31
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.


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           4. Dorcas Pickering was born 18 April 1742.32 She died on 11 November
      33
1742.

       5. Zachariah Pickering was born on 5 September 1743.34 He died on 12
February 1747 from the measles.35

       6. Dorcas Pickering was born on 28 May 1749.36 She died on 14 June 1751 and
was buried in the Friends Burial Ground beside her half brother, Zachariah Pickering.37

           7. Rebecca Pickering was born on 15 December 1753.38

       8. Isaac Pickering was born on 27 November 1755.39
       He was sent to England with his brother Josiah in the care of Samuel Fothergill,
and was placed in Penketh with Gilbert Thompson. When the school was broken up, he
was removed to a school at Shelborne.40
       He seems to have been on Tortola in the period of 1780 to 1786.41
       He eventually settled at Fox Lease, Hampshire, England.42
       He owned in 1798, on Tortola lot numbers 39, 89, and 99 which were in sugar
production and lots 82 and 104 which were fallow, and all of which were for lease. 43

       9. Josiah Pickering was born in 1759.44
       He was sent to England with his brother Isaac in the care of Samuel Fothergill,
and was placed in Penketh with Gilbert Thompson. When the school was broken up, he
was removed to a school at Shelborne.45
32
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
33
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
34
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
35
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
36
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
37
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
38 Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>; Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker
Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends' Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.
39
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.
40
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 43.
41
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 55.
42
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 43, footnote 3.
43
   To Isaac Pickering, Esq’r. of Fox Lease Hants this Plan of Tortola … London: Robert Wilkinson, 1798.
44
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>.


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       10. Elizabeth Pickering inherited her father's plantation on Tortola near Road
Town. 46

        11. John Arthur Hodge Pickering was born in January 1781 [?] and was
baptized on 30 April 1781 in the Christiansted Anglican Church.47 He inherited from his
father a plantation on St. Croix. 48 See: Northside B, nos. 21,26,27,28, estate Cane Bay
for 1803.

        12. William Pickering inherited from his father a plantation in St. Croix "in the
right of his mother." 49 See: Northside B, nos. 21,26,27,28, estate Cane Bay, for 1803.

        Mary Pickering. 50

        13. Sarah Pickering was born on 19 May 1756.51 She was married to John
Purcell of Tortola by 15 August 1787. 52
        His will was dated 6 April 1779. 53
        In 1793, he was living in Lausanne, Switzerland. 54 He states in a codicil to his
will written on 11 October 1793, concerning his wife, that "My misfortunes brought on
me by my wicked wife, who lives in open adultery and possesses considerable
property."55
        It was proved 1 December 1795. 56

        14. John Pickering was born in about 1759.57


45
   Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends'
Bookshop, 1923), p. 43.
46
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 303.
47
   St. John Anglican Church, Christiansted, Church Book, Baptisms, 1765-1786, 30 April 1781.
48
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 303.
49
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 303; Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker Experiment of
Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends' Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.
50
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 303.
51 Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>; Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker
Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends' Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.
52
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 302, citing "704, Newcastle."
53
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 304, citing "704, Newcastle."
54
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 304, citing "704, Newcastle."
55
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 304, citing "704, Newcastle."
56
   Vere L. Oliver, Caribbeana. Being Miscellaneous Papers … of the British West Indies. (London:
Michell Hughes and Clarke, 1919), Vol. III, p. 302, citing "704, Newcastle."


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         Children of Unknown Pickering:58

         (order unknown)
         1. i.    Karon Hapick Pickering
         2. ii. William Pickering, d. by July 1775
         3. iii. Isaack Pickering
         4. iv. Elisabeth Pickering

         1. Karon Hapick Pickering was married by July 1775 to John Farrington.59

         2. William Pickering was dead by July 1775.60

         3. Isaack Pickering

        4. Elisabeth Pickering was married on 24 May 1742 in the St. Croix Lutheran
Church to Abraham Aderley, who was a widower and resident of St. Croix.61 They
were both English.62 Guarantors for them were Thomas and William Farrington, both
Planters on St. Croix.63 Upon Aderley's death, she was married on 16 June 1744 in the
St. Croix Lutheran Church to Cornelius Hendrichson, who was a widower, and called
Captain.64

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       John Pickering was born on St. Kitts in about 1819 and was baptized in the
Catholic Church. 65
       In October 1857, he was living at estate Montpellier, Prince’s Quarter, a widower,
and employed as an Overseer of the estate. 66

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         Barbara Pickering had a relationship with Ishmael Todman.67

57
   Tortola Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1740-1760, transcription, see:
<http://www.britishislesgenweb.org/~bvi/tortquak.html>; Charles F. Jenkins, Tortola: A Quaker
Experiment of Long Ago in the Tropics (London: Friends' Bookshop, 1923), p. 75.
58
   RA, Dansk Kancelli, Vestindiske Sager, 1773-1786, ff. 129-130v.
59
   RA, Dansk Kancelli, Vestindiske Sager, 1773-1786, ff. 129-130v.
60
   RA, Dansk Kancelli, Vestindiske Sager, 1773-1786, ff. 129-130v.
61
   St. Croix Lutheran Church, Church Book [rewritten], 1740- 1753, ff. 25a,25b,27a.
62
   St. Croix Lutheran Church, Church Book [rewritten], 1740- 1753, ff. 25a,25b,27a.
63
   St. Croix Lutheran Church, Church Book [rewritten], 1740- 1753, ff. 25a,25b.
64
   St. Croix Lutheran Church, Church Book [rewritten], 1740- 1753, ff. 25a,25b,27a.
65
   RA, St. Croix Census, 1857, Prince’s Quarter, estate Montpellier.
66
   RA, St. Croix Census, 1857, Prince’s Quarter, estate Montpellier.
67
   Methodist Church, Tortola, Church Register, Baptisms, 1815-1861, no. 350/1826.


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        In 1826, they were resident at Sea Cow Bay, Tortola, as slaves, and he was
classified as a Laborer.68




68
     Methodist Church, Tortola, Church Register, Baptisms, 1815-1861, no. 350/1826.


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