History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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Kindly submitted by Joan Lollis

H. AUGUSTUS PICKERING, for many years a prominent merchant and business man of Carversville, Bucks county, was born at Mechanicsville, Buckingham township, Bucks county, December 22, 1842, and is a son of the late Jonathan C. and Elizabeth (ANDERSON) PICKERING. His paternal ancestor, Isaac Pickering, was the second child of Samuel and Mary (SCARBOROUGH) PICKERING, and was born on the old homestead in Solebury, between the upper and lower York roads, two miles east of Lahaska, 12 mo. 23, 1716. He was a blacksmith by trade, and followed that occupation during nearly his whole life in connection with farming. He purchased in 1742, a farm adjoining the homestead, which had been the property of his maternal grandfather, John SCARBOROUGH, where he lived and died. He was a prominent member of Buckingham Friends’ Meeting, holding the position of overseer and elder for many years. He was also one of the trustees of the “Stone School House” at Centre Hill. He died in December, 1798, at the age of eighty-two years. He was married in 1738 to Sarah LUPTON, and (secondly) late in life to Sidney WRIGHT, a widow, and the mother of Solomon WRIGHT, who had married his daughter Rachel. Isaac and Sarah (LUPTON) PICKERING were the parents of nine children, viz: 1. Joseph, born 5 mo.9, 1739; married 8 mo. 18, 1762, Jane PAXSON, see forward. 2. Sarah, born 2 mo. 27, 1741; married 12 mo. 14, 1763, Joseph BUTLER. 3. Mary, born 5 mo. 13, 1743; died unmarried. 4. Mercy, born 8 mo. 27, 1745; married 5 mo. 11, 1774. Joseph ROBERTS. 5 and 6. Isaac and Samuel, born 1 mo. 27, 1747, died young. 7. Jonathan, born 2 mo. 15, 1750; married in 1773 Mary Williams, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 8 Rachel, born 2 mo. 17, 1752; married 6 mo. 13, 1787, Solomon WRIGHT, the schoolmaster. 9. Esther, born 6 mo. 6, 1755, died young.

Joseph PICKERING, the eldest of the above children of Isaac and Sarah, lived and died in Solebury. He died in December, 1793, his wife Jane surviving him. They were the parents of five children, four daughters, Ann, Jane, Rachel and Sarah-the first named three of whom married CARVERS, and the latter married Israel MICHENER; and one son, Isaac. Isaac PICKERING, Sr., conveyed to his son Joseph by deed of gift a farm of 125 acres on Long Lane, in Buckingham, which the latter devised to his only son Isaac.

Isaac PICKERING, Jr., married 10 mo. 11, 1786, Elizabeth CAREY, daughter of Thomas and Mary TOWNSEND CAREY, of Plumstead, and took up his residence upon the Buckingham farm. He later purchased two acres in the village of Carversville, and erected a hotel and store which he conducted in connection with his son Isaac, until his death in 1815. He had eight sons, viz: Isaac, Thomas, John, Joseph, James, Stephen, Mahlon and Carey.
Joseph PICKERING, son of Isaac and Elizabeth (CAREY) PICKERING, was born in Buckingham in 1792. He learned the blacksmith trade and followed it for a number of years in Plumstead, later removing to Mechanicsville, Buckingham township, where he followed blacksmithing for a number of years. He married Rebecca KEIPLE.

Jonathan C. Pickering, the father of the subject of this sketch, was a son of Joseph and Rebecca (KEIPE) PICKERING, and was born in Plumstead township, Bucks county, in 1817. He was but a boy when his parents removed to Mechanicsville, where Jonathan was reared. On arriving at manhood he married Elizabeth Anderson, and followed farming in Buckingham until 1867, when he removed with his wife and six younger children to Henderson county, Illinois, where he followed farming until his death in 1892, at the age of seventy-five years. His wife Elizabeth survived him two years. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom survive, viz: Mary Anna, wife of Wilson FLACK, of Solebury; H. Augustus; Joseph, residing in Nebraska; Rebecca, widow of James Crawford, of Nebraska; Lester, living in California; Elizabeth, wife of W. F. Jones, of Illinois; and Ezra M. of Illinois.
H. Agustus (sic) PICKERING was born and reared in Buckingham and resided with his parents to the age of fourteen years, when he accepted a position in the store of Samuel a. FIRMAN, at Carversville. After six years of service as clerk and one year spent as a soldier in the army during the war of the rebellion, he became in 1864 a partner with his employer under the firm name of FIRMAN & PICKERING, which continued for six years, when Watson F. PAXSON became a member of the firm, and the name was changed to S. A. FIRMAN & Co. In 1872 Mr. FIRMAN retired from the firm and removed to Doylestown, and his interest was purchased by the surviving members of the firm, who continued the business under the firm name of PAXSON & PICKERING until 1880, when A. W. WALTON purchased an interest in the firm, and for the next five years the firm name was PICKERING & WALTON. In 1885 Mr. PICKERING sold his interest to Edward H. WORTHINGTON and engaged in farming for five years, when he purchased Mr. WORTHINGTON’s interest, and is still senior member of the firm of PICKERING & Walton, who do an extensive trade in general merchandise. Mr. PICKERING enlisted on August 8, 1862, in Company C. One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Captain Samuel CROASDALE, who later became colonel of the regiment. Mr. PICKERING served in the regiment for ten months, participating in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He was taken prisoner at the latter battle on May 3, 1863, and confined in the notorious Libby Prison for sixteen days, when he was exchanged and returned home and resumed his position in the store, becoming a member of the firm the following year. In politics Mr. PICKERING is a Republican, but has never sought nor held other than local offices. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was married in 1879 to Hannah H. SHAW, daughter of Eleazer C. and Grace R. (GREEN) SHAW of Plumstead, and they are the parents of one child, Arthur C., who is a clerk in his father’s store.

Test taken from page 530 to 531 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed August 2005 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published August 2005 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/



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