William Pickett, Esq (c.1736 - 1796) MP

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Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Occupation: Goldsmith, Jeweler, Alderman
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About William Pickett, Esq

William Pickett was born 1736 London, England and died 17 Dec 1796 in London, England. He was buried 23 Dec 1796 in Stoke Newington, London, Middlesex, England. (See attached source document)

William, a Liveryman of "The Goldsmiths' Company" was proprietor of a shop located at No. 32 Ludgate Hill, London. The business which operated under the sign Golden salmon, was founded about 1745 by Henry Hurt, a goldsmith and toyman. In 1759 it was known as Theed and Pickett, goldsmiths and jewelers when William partnered with William Theed. After Theed's death in 1772 William Pickett took on "Phillip Rundell" as a partner and the firm became Pickett & Rundell. William eventually retired from business leaving his property under the management of Mr. Rundell.

He was elected to the office of Alderman for Cornhill Ward and served from 1782 until near his death in 1796. During this time he served as High Sheriff in 1784, and as Lord Mayor of the City in 1789. He also contested for a seat in Parliament in 1790 and 1796, but was unsuccessful.

Parents:

He was the son of William Pickett and Ann ______

Married:

Elizabeth Pratten b. abt 1738 in England, d. 4 October 1796, on September 27, 1775 in the city of London, Parish of St. Sepulchre Holburn, London, England.

William must have had an extra liaison or two because he mentioned two "natural" children in his will.

Children:

  1. Thomas died in infancy
  2. Thomas died in infancy
  3. Ann died in infancy
  4. Edward died in infancy
  5. George died in infancy
  6. Elizabeth b abt 1758 England, d 11 Dec 1781.
  7. Wiliam b abt 1760 in England, d 29 Jan 1796 in the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean
  8. Mary died 1838
  9. George b abt 1767 in London, d 29 May 1809 New York, New York

William had two "natural" children:

  1. Mrs. Shove
  2. Paul Wm Parkinson

Nothing more is known of them at this time.

Will:

A copy of William's will was found on Film 155853, entry 42, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, utah, The following has been extracted. Some words could not be deciphered. ------ I William Pickett, one of the Alderman of London do make this my last will and testament. I appoint my friends Mr. Wm Bird of Broad Street and Mr. Calob Talbot of Smithfield my executors and administrators to whom I leave One hundred pounds each. I would leave my improved household estate in Essex with all the furniture, plate, live stock, cariages, pictures, books together with my furniture in the old Towry to be sold by auction on the premises, Ditchleys, at the proper season of the year. I would leave my freehold estate in old Fish street as is let to Mr. Ballinger and Co at two hundred and sixty pounds per annum subject to a rent of ten pounds to the parish and some parliamentary and parochial rate. Likewise my two freehold cottages at Pilgrims Hatch now let for a room to Mr. Crackland with two arable offices part of the Ditcheleys Estate at 19-18 per ann. Likewise the ____ shares in the _____ office to go to the purposes of my will. If there is any part of the plate, furniture which Miss Pickett _______ I would have her have full liberty to do as she thinks proper. I leave to Mrs. Shove a natural daughter forty pounds a year for her natural life to be paid half yearly. 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. I leave six pounds to a proper saint to be placed out in the world. I would leave a provision of one hundred pounds paid with living to some trade in the city of ______. I leave one hundred guineas to ___ Miss E. Bird as executor of estate(?) I leave ___ guineas to miss Sarah. I leave twenty guineas to Mr. Parkinson. I leave two hundred pounds a year to my daughter Mary Pickett for her natural life. All the annuities mentioned in this will I would have secured in the best manner so that persons mentioned viz Miss Pickett, Mrs. Shove, the two children of my sons and P. W. Parkinson so that they may want of ________ able to dispose of them but to remain a permanent security to them against the impositions which are so general in the world. All the rest of my property I leave to my daughter subject to any _____ or ____ that I shall insert on this sheet of paper. William Pickett, Nov. 25. 1796 The freeholds I would have sold in London. The ____as mentioned at Ditchleys by ____ Mr. Smith, Spurrier, Willard, or Burton.

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Examples of William Pickett's workmanship:

"Wells Cup"

"Richmond Cup"

"THE DONCASTER CUP, 1781"

Sources:

Silver Society Journal, Winter 1991, pages 94-96

Nineteenth-century silver, by John Culme, pages 57-58

Gentlemen's Quarterly Vol 79, 1796, page 1062

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Alderman William Pickett, Lord Mayor of London's Timeline

1736
1736
London, Middlesex, England
1742
1742
- present
Age 6
London, England
1757
September 27, 1757
Age 21
London, London, England
1759
July 7, 1759
Age 23
England
1767
1767
Age 31
London, England
1782
1782
- 1796
Age 46
London, England
1784
1784
- present
Age 48
London, England
1789
1789
- 1790
Age 53
London, England
1796
December 17, 1796
Age 60
London, Middlesex, England
December 23, 1796
Age 60
Stoke Newington, London, Middlesex, England