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Among the First to Come and Serve: The Southern Pickett Line

Updated November 24, 2008

Kuzriel Meir
51 Broad Leaf Place
Kitchner, Ontario N2M 4E6

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It is our goal to show how life in America was led by real people in Our Family's 300 years on American soil. We call that history: Among the First to Come and the First to Serve.

To that end I have written about Henry Pickett (the Physician and Cuper), John Pickett (landowner, Sheriff and sponsor), William Pickett (the Lawyer), The "Fighting Picketts" (Lt. Col. Martin, Capt. William, Lt. George Pickett, among others), The First Baptists of Virginia (John and Reuben Pickett), The Role of the Sheriff and constable in Colonial Times (James Pickett of North Carolina and his sons James and William).

Although my major work began with Micajah Pickett of North and South Carolina, I have consider other Picketts, of importance.

Currently my work is centered around the 200 year history of my family in Yazoo County Mississippi. Our family also settled in Amitie, Bolivar,and Franklin counties. And, we help to found Shreveport. LA.

Later, after WW1, my grandfather moved to V'berg. After WWII my father was stationed and lived in Rochester, N.Y. All but my father are buried in MS, mostly in the Yazoo family cemetery, which is now being indexed.

I could not resist the studies of General George E. Pickett. CSA. I must explain that many of these papers were written Prior to my service in Vietnam and I discussed many points with Col. George IV, my protector and mentor at ROTC and in the army. Just the fact that I was a Pickett gained respect for me among many officers.

Other cousins are being explored, especially in the South.
This work is not fully mine. My father started and had Mr. Banks, a well known genealogist, work on the family history. Other branches joined in.

My cousin "Kitty" has been my major supporter, as well as others.

We hope other Picketts will join to complete the task.

I have but touched upon the Pilgrim and New Amsterdam origins of many of the "Pickett wives" and have ignored my wife's Native and Jewish ancestry.(Bledsoes, Shelbys, Harts, Schonmackers and Deckers)

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Family Photos

  • Baptism on River in Colonial Virginia (574 KB)
    This is a wood cutting I found depicting a 1700's Baptism in Colonial Virginia.
  • General John Thomas Pickett (30 KB)
    Around the Battle of Cardenas 19 May 1850
  • The Battle of Thames River - War of 1812 (548 KB)
    This is a pictograph of the troop positions at the Battle of the Thames River where Allied Indian forces were defeated by Shelby and Desha (KY troops) in the War of 1812
  • Baptist Revival in Colonial Virginia (481 KB)
    This is a wood cutting I found depicting a 1700's Revival meeting held in the woods, in Colonial Virginia.
  • Rev. Joseph Desha Pickett (3 KB)
    Chancellor Transylvania Collage KY Chaplin in KY's Lost Brg. Civil War
  • Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Isaac Shelby (786 KB)
    Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Isaac Shelby for his role at the Battle of Thames River - Where abouts unknown
  • Proposed Title Page (250 KB)
    This is a Proposed Title page for this work's printed form
  • Keyworth Family Vault - 2002 winter (16 KB)
    This vault is located in Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC. John T. Pickett married Kate Keyworth, daughter of Robert Keyworth, Major and grandmaster Mason.
  • Albert James Pickett of Alabama (29 KB)
    Albert James Pickett of Alabama - son of William R. Pickett - son of James Pickett, sheriff of Anson Co. NC. son of John Pickett, son of Henry Pickett
  • Jail House on Flodden Field Plantation (273 KB)
    This is a photograh taken on glass and transfered to conventional paper. It was digitalized from a negitive. The picture reportedly depicts the Jail house kept at Flodden Field in the 1870's
  • James Chamberlayne Pickett (24 KB)
    Illustration from Treasury Department History
  • James C. Pickett - Adj. General report (202 KB)
    This is equivalent to current DD-214 Discharge. It states Ranks, Units and Time served. This statement had to be issued, and or witnesses provided in order to recieve benifits under law.
  • Proposed Cover for "Kentucky Picketts" (117 KB)
    Due to the unvieling of James Chamberlayne Pickett's grave stone we have sped up our publication time scheadual in this area.
  • Ellen Pickett - Upperpart of Gravestone (4 KB)
    The upper part of Ellen Pickett's Coverstone at Congressional Cemetery (broken) Ellen, born Eleanore Desha is the daughter of Gov. Joseph Holmes Desha and Margreat Bleedstoe
  • James C. Pickett - Land Warrent for war of 1812 (253 KB)
    This is a copy of the Land Warrent issued to James Chamberlayne Pickett in 1852. There is a note because he was a regular army officer he was not entitled - oddly under a 1850 law he was.
  • Invitation to Unvieling of James' Grave Stone (155 KB)
    Here is a look at the invitation, After over 100 years James Chamberlayne will have a stone to mark his grave and accomplishments.
  • Robert Anderson Pickett (45 KB)
    Robert was the Yazoo County court Clerk from 1884 to 1904. (this is my great grandfather.)
  • Kentucky Land Grant for George Edward Pickett (117 KB)
    This is a copy of Gen. George Pickett's grandfather's Land Grant (Bounty Warrent) for his service in the Revolutionary War, as a Drummer.
  • OakWood Plantation House (115 KB)
    This is how the house of Maj. Martin Pickett's, of the Revolutionary War, house looks today. It was sold for a untold sum and stands near Lake Pickett, VA (Fauquier Co.)
  • Micajah Pickett's Plantation (38 KB)
    This picture was transfered from Glass to negitive so it is difficult to see. The Picture was taken after Micajah's death, but while his wife was alive. (center porch - Amanda Pickett (Rabb)). The Horse on your right was a well known racing horse. The family dog and a colt are on the right. The family Cow and Goose are on the left. I have not identified everyone in the photograph nor had it restored. (please remember many "plantations" were poor and whites and blacks worked togeather).
  • Captians Lester Martian and Elie (Smith) McKay (13 KB)
    Third Generation Salvation Army officers, Captians Lester Martian McKay and wife Elsie Amanda Smith and family - taken in 1918
  • This is the real Pickett Family Crest (Henry ) (16 KB)
    I have looked long and hard for a real crest beloning to the Picketts - not Picots
  • Rufus King Pickett (60 KB)
    A grand uncle who owned Flodden House Plantation. He was a Banker in Yazoo City in the early days of its development. It was called Manchester, then. (1840's). (this is my grand Uncle)
  • Title Page of James C. Pickett's Reports (85 KB)
    Reports to National Institute and essays written between 1839 and 1840 while Ambassador to South American countries of Peru, Columbia, Ecuador
  • Bledsoe Monument (1909) (81 KB)
    This is the monument marking the graves and site of settlers Antony and Isaac Bledsoe and their wives. Col. Bledsoe is the father of Margeret Bledsoe who married Gov. Isaac Desha, father of Ellen (Desha) Pickett.
  • Flodden House Plantation (65 KB)
    Brought by Rufus King Pickett in 1846. It is 18 miles east of Yazoo City MS. The family owned it until 1872, when most of the family lost money on a railroad venture with Mexico. The Barn was burnt and house looted in Civil War. Family possessions were buried and reportedly recovered.
  • Original Grave Site of the Bledsoes (1908) (49 KB)
    These are the original graves until the monument was errected in 1908, for the Bledsoes.

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Related Files

  • The Pig War (42 KB)
    This is a chapter in George Edward Pickett's life when he was a Capt. in the 9th US Army in Washington Territory. This is just the text. Please contact me for the acrobat file with Pictures.
  • Micajah Pickett Biography (31 KB)
    This is a full version of Micajah Pickett's Biography as we have it now. It includes information on his "illegitimate" Children with Susanna Johns. Hopefully I shall discuss the legal problems later. The case is important because no less than 5 southern state supreme courts were involved.
  • List of Picketts in War of 1812 (356 KB)
    This is a list of known Picketts serving in the War of 1812 - unfinished as 18 Feb. 2003
  • Graves in Pickett Cemetery Yazoo Co. MS. (174 KB)
    This is a list of Pickett graves in Yazoo Co. This is the family cemetery only. Pictures will be added soon, BHS
  • Known Picketts in the Civil War - Both Sides (878 KB)
    This is an uncompleted list of the Picketts involved in the Civil War - Union and Confederate
  • Forgotten and Denied (52 KB)
    This is a paper done in 1974 on General Picketts Second Family in Washington Territory prior to the Civil War (War of the Rebellion). This file is available in PDF form. done as of 18 Feb 2003. Reciently, I recieved a message that this paper was plagerized (see The Pickett Society segmeerial) I passed my material around quite freely since 1971 and did not expect someone to claim it as theirs. Forgive them as I do - I am the source beyond Dixie, Harding and those historical tomes we use.
  • The Great Seal of the South - The Last Hurrah (41 KB)
    This is a paper about the great Seal of the Southern Union and the diplomatic papers that John Thomas Pickett sold to the US Government. The proceeds were used at Southern soldier's and orphanages.
  • Early VA Baptists - John and Reuben Pickett (151 KB)
    Biographies of John Pickett and his younger brother Reuben, early Baptist Ministers in Virginia. This is available in Acrobat format)
  • Short Biography of James Chamberlayne Pickett (122 KB)
    This is the Latest version of this Biography. It is available in PDF form and is in final production.
  • Index of Pickett - Parks - King Lot GlenWood (74 KB)
    Picketts in Glenwood Cemetery - downtown Yazoo, MS
  • John Thomas Pickett (71 KB)
    This is a biography of the very colorful General John Thomas Pickett. His adventures are not well known to the American Public. A U.S. Councilor for Turk's Island, in the Bahamas before the Civil War and a Military officer (Col.). he became a General in the Hungarian Army and one of the leaders of the Failed Cuban revolution against Spain. During the War between the States he was a diplomat and general on John Breckenridge's staff and the Secretery for the first attempt at reconciliation. At the end of his life he was a well known Lawyer in DC. (This is being re-edited, exciting new facts are provided and will be available in acrobat format soon)
  • Albert James Pickett - Historian of the South (8 KB)
    Albert James Pickett moved to Alabama from North Carolina and became the Historian of the Early South. This is a temporary file. Until the Papers can be studied (14 cu ft).
  • Maj. Charles Pickett, CSA (33 KB)
    This is a preliminary file about General George Pickett's brother
  • Rev. Joseph Desha Pickett (unfinished July 2006) (93 KB)
    Thsi is a genealogy and notes of James Chamberlayne Pickett's first born. (This will be available in Acrobat format soon.)

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