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Updated November 3, 2004

Fred R Wellman

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I am researching Lord Mayor William Pickett of London, England. William Pickett served as Alderman, Cornhill Ward, London, 1782-96; Sheriff, 1784 and Lord Mayor of London in 1790.
Served apprenticeship to William Hunter, Goldsmith.

He went into business with William Theed at the sign of the Golden Salmon, 32 Ludgate Hill, London, selling jewellry, watches, and plate. He later took sole charge of the business in 1768, upon Theed's retirement (died in 1772), and then took Philip Rundell as partner until he became active politically.

William married Elizabeth. One biographical record states he may have married William Theed's daughter' another biography states he, "married Miss Pratten, niece of Mr. Prentice, an opulent feedsman in Thames St.. It remains to be determined her surname and parentage.

William's tombstone refers to the meancholy death of his daughter Elizabeth; and also in memory to five other childen, Thomas, Thomas, Ann, Edward and George, who died in their infancy. It also includes a memorial to his son, Lt. William Pickett, who was killed by pirates, 29 January, 1796, in the Bay of Bengal, aboard the ship HMS Triton.

William's will was executed 25 November 1796. A film copy is on file at the Family History Library. It does not identify family members.

It provides,

"I leave to Mrs. Shove(?), a natural daughter forty pounds a year for her natural life.... I leave forty pounds a year to each of my sons natural children for their natural lives. I leave forty pounds a year to Paul Wm Parkinson, a natural child for his natural life."

In another place in the will it provides,

"All the annuities mentioned in this will I would have secured in the best manner to the persons mentioned. viz. ?Picket, Mrs W Parkinson...."

It is the goal of this research to determine if George Piggott who died 29 May 1809, in Queens, New York, N.Y. at the age of 42(1767) is the son of this William Pickett. He was burried in the Quaker cemetary on Houston Street, New York City as George Pickett, and family history indicates he represented that he was the son of a Lord Mayor of London who was cut off from the family when he did not return to England after his visit to New York City.

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