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John Pickett

Birthplace: Probably England
Death: Died in North Atlantic Ocean
Cause of death: Died at sea while returning to Connecticut Colony from Barbados.
Immediate Family:

Son of John Pickett and Elizabeth Pickett
Husband of Ruth Hill
Father of Mary Shapleigh; Ruth Noyes; John Pickett; Adam Pickett; Mercy Arnold and 2 others

Occupation: Wealthy merchant of New London, Connecticut
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About John Pickett

  • John Pickett
  • Birth: 1629 New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA (Ben M. Angel notes: If this is a person of European ancestry, the assertion of a birth in New London, Connecticut is historically inaccurate; New London wasn't settled by Europeans until the Pequot Plantation was established by the English in 1646. Pequot Plantation itself was renamed New London only in 1658.)
  • Death: Aug. 16, 1667, At Sea
  • John, a successful merchant, was the son of John Pickett Sr.,and Elizabeth Ives. He married Ruth Brewster about 3/14/1651, probably by Mr. Winthrop. Unfortunately, there are no written records to substantiate the date. The Mayflower "Birth & Death" records do document the children of John and Ruth. They had three sons and three daughters.
  • Sadly, John died at sea, returning from Barbados. At the time of his death, his estate was sufficient enough to rank him as one of the wealthiest merchants in New London.
  • After his death, Ruth married Charles Hill on July 18,1668.
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Ruth Brewster Pickett Hill (1631 - 1677)*
  • Children:
    • Ruth Pickett Noyes (1654 - 1690)*
    • Adam Pickett (1658 - 1691)*
    • Mary Pickett Shapley (1660 - 1734)*
    • Mercy Pickett Arnold (1660 - 1725)*
  • Burial: Body lost at sea
  • Specifically: lost at sea returning from Barbados
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 118085785
  • From:


  • BREWSTER, Ruth
  • b. 3 OCT 1631 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 1 MAY 1677 New London, New London, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: BREWSTER, Jonathan
  • Mother: OLDHAM, Lucretia
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 14 MAR 1650/1
  • Spouse: PICKETT, John
  • b. 1629
  • d. 16 AUG 1667 At sea
  • Family:
  • Marriage: JUL 1668 New London, New London, CT.
  • Spouse: HILL, Charles
  • b. ABT 1625 England
  • d. OCT 1684 New London, New London, CT.
  • Children:
    • HILL, Jane b. 9 DEC 1669 New London, New London, CT.
    • HILL, Charles
    • HILL, Ruth b. ABT 1672 New London, New London, CT.
    • HILL, Jonathan
  • From:


  • Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America: with a brief history of ... By Henry Whittemore
  • Pg. 254-256
  • CHARLES HILL, New London, came from Maryland, 1665, but was born in Barlow, near Chesterfield, in Derbysh.; son of George; was a merchant of distinction, partner with the Christophers, going to and from Barbadoes. From that island he brought the first news of the great fire in London, 1666, as set forth in his letter to Gov. Winthrop. (See 3 Mass. Hist. Coll., X, 66.) He married 1668, Ruth, widow of John Picket; had Jane, born 1669; Charles, 1671; Ruth, bapt. 1673, and Jonathan, 1674; his wife, daughter of Jonathan Brewster, died 1677, and he married 1678 Rachel, daughter of Deputy Gov. John Mason, who with infant child died next year. He was a useful man, clerk of Co. Court, and recorder of the town; died 1684.
  • Pg. 421
  • PICKET, JOHN, New London; married Ruth, daughter of Jonathan Brewster; had Mary, Ruth, William; John, born 1656; Adam, 1658; and Mercy, 1661. He was an active merchant, had good estate, and died 1667. His widow married Charles Hill, who, in 1670, obtained from the Col. comfirmat. of a grant of 600 acres, made by Uncas to P.; Mary married, 1672, Benjamin Shapley; Ruth married Rev. Moses Noyes, of Lyme; and Mercy married, 1682 Samuel Fosdick, and next, John Arnold. Boyd's Conesus, N. Y., 168; Orcutt's Hist. New Milford, Ct., 751; Orcutt's Hist. Stratford, Ct., 1268; Savage's Gen. Dict., III, 423; Stiles' Hist. Windsor, Ct., II, 607.



  2 JONATHAN2 BREWSTER (William1), came in the ship Fortune in November, 1621. He "marryed Lucretia Oldham, of Darby, the 10th Aprill. 1624." (See illustration of facsimile of pages in the Brewster Book.) "She was probably a sister of John Oldham, who came to Plymouth on his 'perticular,' about 1623, and who was called 'brother' by Jonathan."* Jonathan Brewster died in Connecticut, August 7, 1659, and was buried in the Brewster Cemetery at Brewster's Neck, Preston. His wife, Lucretia, died March 4, 1678-9. 
  • .... etc.
  • Children, i-iii born at Plymouth, iv Jones River, v-viii Dusxbury:*
    • i .... etc.
    • iv. RUTH, b. Oct. 3, 1631; d. at New London, Conn., May 1 1677 (Apr. 30, N. L. Town Rec.); m. 1st, March 14, 1651, John Pickett,* of New London, who "dyed at Sea returning from Barbadoes," Aug. 16, 1667 (N. L. T. Rec.); m. 2d, July 2, 1668 (July 16, N. L. T. Rec.), Charles Hill, formerly of London, son of George Hill, of Barley in Derbyshire. He d. Oct., 1684. Res. New London. . . . .
      • 1 Mary Pickett, d. Jan. 15, 1734-5; m. at New London, Apr. 10, 1672 Capt. Benjamin Shapley, son of Nicholas Shapley, of Charlestown, Mass. He d. Aug. 3, 1706. Res. New London, A mariner. 8 chn.
      • 2 Ruth Pickett, d. Sept. 14, 1690, aged 36 (g. s. at Old Lyme); m. Rev. Moses Noyes, the first minister of Lyme, Conn., son of Rev. James and Sarah (Brown) Noyes, of Newbury, Mass., b. at N. Dec. 6, 1643; d. at L. Nov. 10, 1729. Res. Lyme. He was grad. from Harvard Coll. 4 or more chn.
      • 3 John Pickett, b July 25, 1656; d. at sea; unm.
      • 4 Adam Pickett, b. Nov. 15, 1658; d. at sea, 1691; m. May 16, 1680, Hannah, dau. of Daniel and Grace (Brewster) Wetherell, of New London; b. March 21, 1659-60. (Grace3 Brewster, Jonathan2, Wm.1). See her rec. 2 chn.
      • 5. Mercy Pickett, b. Jan. 16, 1660-1; d. at New London, Nov. 28, 1725; m. 1st at N. L. Nov. 1, 1682, Capt. Samuel Fosdick, son of Serg. John and Anna (Shapley) Fosdick, of Charlestown, Mass.; b. there Dec. 15, 1655; d. at N. L. Aug. 27. 1702; m. 2d, Dec 6, 1703, John Arnold, who d. at N. L. Aug., 1725, aged 73. Samuel Fosdick served in the Narragansett War; was lieut. of Foot Co. at New London, 1690, and capt. 1697; was deputy from New London to the General Court of Conn., 1694-8 and 1700. "He was one of the owners of Plum
      • Island and had thereon a farm under cultivation, well stocked and productive. His residence in town (New London) was on what was then called Fosdick's Neck." 8 Fosdick and 2 Arnold chn.
      • 6 William Pickett, d at sea abt. 1690; unm.
      • 7 Jane Hill, b. Dec. 9, 1669.
      • 8 Charles Hill, b. Oct. 16, 1671; m. Aug. 28, 1701, Abigail, dau. of Samuel and mary (Lester) Fox, of N. L. Res. New London, 3 chn.
      • 9 Ruth Hill, bapt. Oct., 1673; prob. d. inf.
      • 10 Jonathan Hill, b. Dec., 1674; m. Mary, dau. of George and May Sharswood, of N. L., bapt. there 1672. 3 chn.
    • 6 v .... etc.


'* Jonathan Brewster, father of Elizabeth (Brewster) Bradley-Christophers, was born at Scrooby, England, in 1593, and was a son of Elder William Brewster, born about 1560, the ruling elder and spiritual guide of the Pilgrim Fathers, whom he accompanied to New England in the "Mayflower", which landed it living freight of intrepid pioneers at Plymouth, December 11, 1620. Jonathan Brewster married, in England, and his wife "Mistress Lucretia Brewster", accompanied her father-in-law, Elder William Brewster, in the "Mayflower", with one child. Her husband Jonathan Brewster, followed in the ship "Fortune", which arrived November 10, 1621. "Mistress Lucretia Brewster" as she is usually denominated in the ancient records, was a woman of note and respectability among her compeers: she is often referred to in some useful capacity, an attendant upon the sick and dying, or a witness to wills, deeds and other public documents. She survived her husband.

  • .... etc.
  • Pg.1053
  • .... Of the nine children of Jonathan and Lucretia Brewster, the four eldest seem to have remained at Duxbury, Massachusetts, viz: Two sons, William and Jonathan, who are on the military roll there in 1643; and two daughters, Lucretia, and Mary, who married John Turner, of Scituate, Massachusetts, and was the mother of Grace Turner, the second wife of Richard Christophers. Those who removed with him to New London were: Benjamin, who settled at Brewster's Neck; Elizabeth, born 1638, died 1708, who married as before stated, first Peter Bradley and second Christopher Christophers; Ruth, who married John Picket; Grace, who married Daniel Wetherell; and Hannah, who married in 1664, Samuel Starr.
  • .... etc.



"John Picket ye sonne of John Picket and Ruth his wife born ye 25 July 1656.

  • Adam Pickett, son of John and Ruth Pickett born November 15 1658.
  • Mary Pickett, daughter of John and Ruth Pickett born January 16 1659-60.
  • Charles Hill, sonn of George Hill of Barley in Dartshire old England was married unto Ruth Pickett the widow of John Picket 16 July 1668.
  • Jane Hill, ye daughter of Charles and Ruth Hill was born 3 in ye morning 9 of Sept. 1669.
  • Jonathan Hill son of Charles and Ruth Hill was born ye December 1673-4.
  • Ruth Hill, wife Charles Hill died 30 April, 1677



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John Pickett's Timeline

Probably England
Age 23
Pequot Plantation, Connecticut Colony
December 16, 1653
Age 24
Pequot Plantation, Connecticut Colony
July 25, 1656
Age 27
Pequot Plantation, Connecticut Colony
Age 27
November 15, 1658
Age 29
New London, Connecticut Colony
January 16, 1660
Age 31
New London, Connecticut Colony
Age 33
New London, Connecticut Colony
August 16, 1667
Age 38
North Atlantic Ocean