Friday, March 16, 2012

Not a Mayflower family

My Huff family line marries into the Jones and Picket families in the 1760s when Edmund Huff marries Nancy Jones. Nancy's father was Pickett Jones (b. 1722 Baltimore, MD d.1779 Lack, PA) and his parents were Benjamin Jones (b.1700 Somerset, MD d.1739 Harford, MD) and Mary Elizabeth Pickett (b.1702 Baltimore, MD d.1770 Poss, PA) Mary Elizabeth Pickett's parents were William Pickett (b.1668 Baltimore, MD d.1710 Baltimore, MD) and Elizabeth Heathcote (b.1668 Baltimore, MD d.1710 Baltimore, MD.)

This is where my Pickett line ends. However, many relatives on ancestry.com have the Pickett line continuing further and having William Pickett born to Ruth Brewster (b.1631 Plymouth, MA d.1677 New London, CT) and John Pickett. The Brewster-Pickett children were:
Mary Pickett
Ruth Pickett
John Pickett (b.1656 New London, CT)
Adam Pickett (b.1658 New London,CT d.1691)
Mercy Pickett (b.1661 New London, CT)
William Pickett (b.New London, CT d.Abt 1690 at sea)

Who wouldn't want to be related to the Brewster family? Ruth's grandfather, William Brewster, was the elder leader of the Mayflower pilgrims who settled in Plymouth, MA in 1620. Ruth's father, Jonathan Brewster stayed behind in Leidan, Holland with his ailing wife and infant son (who both died,) before sailing for America in 1624. This would be an envious lineage for any family researcher to bestow upon their genealogy. But there are some major concerns that I have with making the connection. There is no birth date for William Pickett, there is no marriage record, no land record, and no record of any children. I believe that anyone that makes the connection from the William Pickett in my family line to Ruth Brewster, is merely doing it out of wishful thinking.  There is too much information for 'my' William Pickett having been born and lived in Baltimore and to have married Elizabeth Heathcote. There is also evidence of him living in Baltimore in 1700 and 1704, not dying at sea in 1690. 

William Pickett and Elizabeth Heathcote had at least 5 children, named John, Mary, George, Temperance and my 7x great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth. 

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