Wednesday, August 1, 2012

L is for London - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 12

Image from Gould Genealogy & History News
This is my contribution to Week 12 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is L. I have no direct ancestors with a surname beginning with L, so I have again decided to write about a location.

L is for...London
The vast majority of my ancestors were rural folk. However, two large English cities feature in my family history - London and Oxford. London features in two branches of my family tree, the Pickis family and the Potter family. I have decided, for the purposes of this blog post, to focus on the London locations relevant to my Pickis family. The FamilySearch Wiki has a useful Guide to London Ancestors which is a great place to start in my quest to learn about London locations from my family history.

My 4 x Great Grandparents, Robert Paul Pickis and Elizabeth Bond, were married in 1822 in the parish of All Hallows Barking. So far I have only found their marriage on an index and I still need to view the actual entry of marriage in the parish register. My 3 x Great Grandmother, Catherine Helen Pickis (born 3 February 1824), and her sister Elizabeth Pickis (born 12 Jun 1822), were both baptised on 26 September 1824 in the parish of All Hallows the Great

All Hallows the Great. 
Engraving by Joseph Skelton, after John Coney. 
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 


A contemporary description of the parish of All Hallows the Great. Extract from: Weed, B. London parishes: containing the situation, antiquity, and re-building of the churches within the bills of mortality, London, 1824, p. 24.
Robert Paul Pickis, a carpenter, and Elizabeth his wife, gave their abode at the time of the baptisms as 32 Great Bush Lane. A Bush Lane, off Cannon Street, still exists in London today and can be seen on Google Maps.

On 25 June 1826, another Pickis child, a son, Robert Paul Pickis (born 28 April 1826), was baptised at All Hallows the Great.

By 26 September 1827 when a fourth Pickis child, a daughter Mary, was baptised in the parish of St Thomas Apostle, the Pickis' place of abode was described as 'No. 9. Tower Royal'. Little Mary Ann, according to the parish registers of St Mary Aldermary died of Convulsions on 1 October 1827 when she was just 13 days old. She was buried in churchyard of the St Thomas Apostle. An 1848 image of the St Thomas Apostle churchyard is available in the British Museum Collection.

Elizabeth (nee Bond) Pickis, died in November 1839 and was buried on 4 November 1839 in the parish of St Thomas Apostle. At that time the Pickis' abode was described as No. 2 Bell Yard, Gracechurch Street. Robert, Elizabeth jnr., Catherine and Robert jnr. were still living at No. 2 Bell Yard at the time of the 1841 census. It is believed that Robert Paul Pickis was probably the 45-year-old porter Robert Pickis who died on 25 September 1844 at the Marlborough Poor House, Peckham, Surrey.

Robert Paul Pickis (1797-1844?) was the son of Paul Pickis and Elizabeth Blows. Paul and Elizabeth were married (by Banns) in the parish of Finsbury St Luke on 23 February 1794. The marriage witnesses were Cuthbert Scarborough and E. Dobson. Paul, a carpenter, and Elizabeth, had the following children:

  • Maria Pickis, baptised 19 April 1795, St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex. The Pickis' address at the time was described as Goodman's Yard
  • Robert Paul Pickis, baptised 5 November 1797 in St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex. Address: Goodman's Yard.
  • Mary Ann Pickis, baptised 14 April 1799, at Sion Chapel, Union Street, Mile End Old Town.
  • Mary Pickis, baptised 2 August 1801, St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex. Address: Lambeth Street. 
  • James Pickis, baptised 28 November 1802, St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex. Address: Lambeth Street. 
  • Emma Pickis, baptised 28 March 1804, St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex. Address: Lambeth Street. 
  • Ann Pickis, born 16 February 1810, baptised 8 April 1810, St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex. Address: Lambeth Street. 
Paul Pickis died in 1831 and was buried at the Globe Fields Wesleyan Burial Ground on 23 Jan 1831. Elizabeth (nee Blows) Pickis was living with daughter Emma Kefford (nee Pickis) in High Street, Hackney at the time of the 1841 Census. Elizabeth died at West Hackney on 13 July 1847 (aged 81) and was buried at Stoke Newington Church Street Independent.

Sources:
  • Ancestry.com. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives. London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary, Whitechapel, Register of baptisms, Jun 1792 - Dec 1812, P93/MRY1, Item 012.
  • Ancestry.com. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives, London. London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Luke, Old Street, Register of marriages, P76/LUK, Item 034.
  • Ancestry.com. 1841 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1841. Class: HO107; Piece: 719; Book: 7; Civil Parish: Allhallows Lombard Street; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 10; Page: 15; Line: 4; GSU roll: 438826. Class: HO107; Piece: 700; Book: 1; Civil Parish: St John Hackney; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 40; Page: 24; Line: 12; GSU roll: 438813.
  • Ancestry.com. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1906. London Metropolitan Archives, London. 
  • Ancestry.com. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1813-1906. London Metropolitan Archives, London. London Metropolitan Archives, St Thomas Apostle, Register of burials, 1813 - 1849, P69/TMS1/A/014/MS09014; Call Number: Guildhall: P69/TMS1/A/01/Ms 9014. London Metropolitan Archives, St Mary Aldermary, Burial fees account book, 1813 -1838, P69/MRY3/A/013/MS04866; Call Number: Guildhall: P69/MRY3/A/01/Ms 4866.
  • FindMyPast.co.uk - Boyds Marriage Index 1538-1840 
  • www.bmdregisters.co.uk
  • "England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)," index, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FWHW-JZ7 : accessed 01 Aug 2012), Paul Pickis, 23 Jan 1831. 
  • "England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)," index, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQZQ-LBZ : accessed 01 Aug 2012), Mary Ann Pickis, 14 Apr 1799. 
  • "England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)," index, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQ5W-2PX : accessed 01 Aug 2012), Elizabeth Pickis, 13 Jul 1847.

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2 comments:

  1. You've plenty of places to visit in London. Hope you get to vist them some day.

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  2. I like Jill's idea ... it sounds like a great exuse for a holiday to London. And you have to love the FamilySearch Guides on their Wiki, they're fabulous.

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