Lucy Pickering 1781-?

Lucy PICKERING is the mother of my 4th great grandfather James GREAVES. Details of how I deduced the relationship between Stephen GREAVES, Lucy PICKERING and their son James GREAVES is given on Stephen GREAVES’s page (a link is provided at the bottom of this page). Some of the information from Stephen will be duplicated here because of the lack of records for women before civil registration.

Marriage

Stephen GREAVES and Lucy PICKERING were married at St Michael’s & All Angel’s Church, Finmere, Oxfordshire on 28 February 17991. The banns read:

St Michael & All Angels Church, Finmere, Oxfordshire. Stephen GREAVES of this parish and Lucy PICKERING of this parish. Married in this church by license 28 February 1799. 

Witnesses: Stephen GREAVES & Elizabeth JACKSON.

One of the witnesses of the marriage was Stephen GREAVES, who is the father of the groom Stephen GREAVES (my 6th great grandfather).

Lucy PICKERING was 18 years old when the marriage took place, so a license had to be applied for which provides additional details about the marriage2:

Stephen GREAVES, husbandsman. Over the age of 21, of Finmere. 
Lucy PICKERING, 18. Daughter of John PICKERING of Duston, Northants. 
At Finmere 26 February 1799.

Baptism

Using the information provided by the Oxford marriage bond, shown above, Lucy PICKERING’s date of birth is estimated to be 1781.

Lucy PICKERING was baptised at St Luke’s Church, Duston, Northamptonshire on 27 January 1782. She is the daughter of John and Ann PICKERING3.

St Luke’s Church, Duston, Northamptonshire. 27 January 1782.
Lucy, daughter of John & Ann PICKERING.

It has become a bit of a joke in my family that I have followed my family around the country (completely unintentionally), because for 9 years my children attended St Luke’s School in Duston, which is the Church of England School associated with the same parish church where Lucy PICKERING was baptised!

Resident of Finmere, Oxfordshire

I don’t know why Lucy PICKERING was in Finmere, Oxfordshire in the late 1700s, but the marriage bond confirms that she was married there even though she was from Duston, Northamptonshire.

Stephen GREAVES and Lucy PICKERING had 6 of their children baptised in St Michaels & All Angels Church, Finmere: John in 18014, Ann Pickering in 18035, Thomas in 18056, Temperance in 18067, Susannah in 18098 and Stephen in 18109.

Will of John GREAVES, Finmere. 1800

Lucy GREAVES (PICKERING) was mentioned in the will of John GREAVES10, who is the uncle of her husband Stephen GREAVES. Stephen was mentioned on the will as “my kinsman Stephen GREAVES”, in this situation the word kinsman means nephew.

I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto Lucy the wife of my said Kinsman Stephen GREAVES and Mary the wife of Thomas MORRIS of Fullwell in the county of Oxford yeoman equally to be divided between them share and share alike and lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said kinsman Stephen GREAVES and the said Thomas MORRIS joint executors of this my last will and testament

Will of John GREAVES, Finmere. 1800.

Resident of Kilsby, Northamptonshire

Sometime after 1810, the family moved to Kilsby, Northamptonshire. Possibly to find work. Here, Stephen and Lucy GREAVES had 3 more children, 2 of whom were baptised in St Faith’s Church, Kilsby: James between 1811-1814 (my 4th great grandfather – of which no baptism can be found), Charles in 181411, and Charlotte in 181612.

Death

I have not been able to find the death of Lucy PICKERING (GREAVES), but I estimate that it would be sometime between the death of her youngest child Charlotte in 1816, and the 1841 census where her husband Stephen GREAVES was living with their eldest son John in Clifton Street, Lambeth, Surrey13.

There is the possibility that Lucy PICKERING had returned to her home of Duston, Northamptonshire because when her daughter Temperance GREAVES died in 1825, Stephen GREAVES of Duston, Northampton was listed as the executor on the probate record14.

Family Members:

Husband:Stephen GREAVES 1771-1850
Son (Direct Ancestor):James GREAVES 1814-1885
Father:John PICKERING 1735-1822
Mother:Ann LUCK 1748-1816

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Sources:

  1. Banns (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 28 February 1799. GREAVES, Stephen and PICKERING, Lucy. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 12 October 2021.
  2. SMITH, Donnette Stringham (1976) Index of Oxford Diocese Marriage Bonds and Affidavits, 1661-1850. https://whipple.one-name.net/oxford/diocesan_marriage_bonds.html#G : accessed 19 February 2022.
  3. Baptisms (PR) England. Duston, Northamptonshire. 27 January 1782. PICKERING, Lucy. Collection: Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 19 February 2022.
  4. Baptisms (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 16 February 1801. GREAVES, John. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  5. Baptisms (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 16 October 1803. GREAVES, Anne Pickering. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  6. Baptisms (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 11 March 1805. GREAVES, Thomas. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  7. Baptisms (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 16 November 1806. GREAVES, Temperance. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  8. Baptisms (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 26 February 1809. GREAVES, Susannah. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  9. Baptisms (PR) England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 11 November 1810. GREAVES, Stephen. Collection: Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  10. Testamentary Records. England. Finmere, Oxfordshire. 1800. Oxfordshire Wills Index, 1516-1857. http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 02 February 2022
  11. Baptisms (PR) England. Kilsby, Northamptonshire. 29 November 1814. GREAVES, Charles. Collection: Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  12. Baptisms (PR) England. Kilsby, Northamptonshire. 31 March 1816. GREAVES, Charlotte. Collection: Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 09 October 2021.
  13. Census Records. England. Clapham, Surrey. 06 June 1841. GREAVES, John. PN 1053. Book 3. FN 6. p. 6. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 12 May 2021.
  14. Testamentary Records. England. 1825. GREAVES, Temperance. Collection: Index to Death Duty Registers 1796-1903. http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 26 February 2022.

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