PICTON OF FREYSTROP - II

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Brian Picton Swann



JOHN PICTON, bapt. 14 May 1780 at Martletwy. He was the eldest son of Edward Picton of Maddox Moor, Freystrop, and formerly of Jeffreyston (see Picton of Freystrop - I). His baptism at Martletwy is the only clue that Edward and Hannah Picton were living at Martletwy after their marriage and before they moved to Jeffreyston. Another possibility was that Hannah Picton returned to be near her mother for the birth of their first child, and thus that she was originally from Martletwy. The 1851 Census says that she was born at Burton, but perhaps no-one in the family would know any different, given her age at that time. It would be worth searching the parish registers of Burton and Llangwm for any children named Hannah baptised around the year 1760.



John Picton is first recorded as a pressed man on board HMS Zealand on 15 July 1805, as John Pickton, along with Samuel Condon and Charles Hancock who were both received on board on the same day, also as pressed men [ADM 36/15722]. No age or place of birth is given in the Ship's Muster Roll. HMS Zealand was probably a training ship, anchored off the Nore in 1805, presumably to train such men and get them to 'learn the ropes' but also, presumably, to help prevent any of them escaping. The Nore was the name given to the area of water where the River Medway joined the River Thames and served as an anchoring ground for vessels going up or down either river to the Naval Dockyards and thus was of strategic significance. On 13 September 1805 the Muster Roll records he was discharged from HMS Zealand to HMS Africa, thus arriving on board just over five weeks before the Battle of Trafalgar. The Captain's Log for HMS Africa for 3 August 1805 to 20 February 1806 should be examined [ADM 51/1518], although this was missing from the required box on a visit to the TNA in February 2007.



John Picton, aged 37, born at Welson in Wales, served as a landsman on HMS Africa at the Battle of Trafalgar [Ship's Muster Roll, HMS Africa: July 1805 to February 1806, ADM 37/99]. Men serving in the Royal Navy were rated according to the skills they had and the tasks they performed. Men who had not been to sea before and who had no skills were classed as Landsman. Above them came the Ordinary Seaman, Able Seaman and Leading Seaman. There is no place called Welson in Wales, but there is a hamlet of Weston in the parish of Martletwy, which would fit. More difficult to understand is the discrepancy of 13 years between his date of birth [1767], based on his age on the Muster Roll of 1805, and his age based on the date of his baptism at Martletwy in 1780. There are no entries for HMS Africa before the July 1805 Muster Roll - where was she? Was she fresh from a dockyard refit? HMS Africa carried 491 officers and men as her ship's compliment in July 1805 [check September 1805].



HMS Africa was built by William Barnard in his Grove Street Yard at Deptford. She was ordered by the Navy Board on 11 February 1778 and launched on 11 April 1781. She was a 64-gun Third Rate ship. She was commanded at Trafalgar by Captain Henry Digby, having been given the command on 3 August 1805. She was with Nelson watching Cadiz in 1805. Having become separated from the main British fleet during the night before the battle, the Africa arrived from a different direction without knowing the battle plan that Horatio Nelson has devised. Nelson signalled to her to make all possible sail, but Digby seems to have misunderstood the order - which was probably intended to keep the ship out of danger because of her inferior firepower - as meaning that he should engage the enemy more closely. As the rest of the fleet began to engage the combined Franco- Spanish fleet in a pell-mell battle, Digby sailed HMS Africa down the van of the line of enemy ships in a parallel fashion, exchanging broadsides with each ship as she went past them.



At length she bore down ahead of the 140- gun Santissima Trinidad, flagship of the Spanish fleet. Judging from her appearance that the vessel had surrendered, Digby sent over his First Lieutenant to take possesion of her. The officer reached her quarter-deck before he learned that the Spanish ship had not surrendered, and as he was not in a position to coerce her, he withdrew. Strangely no Spaniard made any attempt to stop him. Then at about 3.20 pm the Africa brought the French 74-gun ship L'Intrépide to action and fought her for about 40 minutes, until the arrival of HMS Orion upon the Frenchman's starboard quarter relieved the pressure. By then HMS Africa had her main-topsail-yard shot away, and her bowsprit and three lower masts were so badly injured that none of the latter could afterwards stand. Her remaining masts and yards were also more or less damaged, her rigging and sails were cut to pieces, whilst her hull had received several shots between wind and water. Her losses in kiled and wounded were 62, including seven officers.



Captain Henry Digby was a fair, handsome man and became a much-decorated naval hero. In a letter to his uncle, the Hon. R. Digby (later Lord Digby), at Minterne in Dorset he wrote of his part in the battle:



HMS Africa, at sea off the Straits, 1 November 1805



My dear Uncle



I write merely to say I am well, after having been closely engaged for 6 hours on 21st October. For details, being busy to the greatest degree, I have lost all my masts in consequence of the action and my ship is otherwise cut to pieces but sound in the bottom. My killed and wounded number 63, and many of the latter I shall lose if I do not get into port.



After passing through the line, in which position I brought down the foremasts of Santissima Trinidad mounting 140 guns, after which I engaged with pistol shot L'Intrépide, 74 guns, which afterwards was struck and burnt, Orion and Conqueror coming up. A little boy that stayed with me is safe. Twice on the poop I was left alone, all about me being killed or wounded. I am very deaf.



The Captain's Letters for HMS Africa [Henry Digby] for 1805 are in Class ADM 1/1727 and are, in general, both few and quite disappointing. They relate to minor administrative matters and one letter in which Digby explains to the Admiralty why he had promoted a Midshipman, Matthew Hay, to Acting-Lieutenant on the eve of the battle, as they were so short of such Officers. Perhaps more letters survive in the Digby Family Archives. Digby received the Gold Medal for his part in the battle, the Thanks of Parliament, and a Sword of Honour from the Patriotic Fund. He was created a Companion of the Bath in 1815, was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1819, Vice-Admiral in 1830 and Admiral in 1841. He was advanced to the K.C.B. in 1831 and the G.C.B. in 1842. He was Commander-in-Chief at Sheerness, 1840-1841, and died at Minterne, Dorset, the family home, in 1842, aged 72.



HMS Africa accompanied the British expedition to the Baltic in 1808 under Captain John Barrett, and was with the Anglo-Swedish fleet at the blockade of the port of Roggersvick in August to September 1808. On the 20 October 1808, whilst escorting a convoy, she was attacked in a dead calm by 25 Danish gun- and mortar-boats off the island of Amager in the sound, and lost 62 killed and wounded. Her masts and yards were badly injured, her boats disabled or destroyed, and her running rigging cut to pieces. Indeed, had not the enemy withdrawn at nightfall, the Africa was in such a state that with a continuation of the fight she must have struck. In April 1810, when commanded by Captain George Frederick Ryves, one of her boats destroyed a Danish privateer on Falstubo reef.



Two years later she was under Captain John Bastard, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Herbert Sawyer, on the Halifax station. She formed part of the British squadron commanded by Sir Philip B. V. Broke of HMS Shannon and took part in the pursuit of the American 44-gun frigate, Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". She was also present at the celebrated battle between HMS Guerriere and USS Constitution, which took place on 12 August HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812" \o "1812" 1812. On the 14 August 1812 her tender, the Hope, captured the American schooner, Lewis, of six guns and thirty men, off Halifax. She returned home shortly afer this and was paid off at Portsmouth in March 1813. She was broken up in May 1814 at Portsmouth after a service of thirty- three years.



John Picton was discharged on 17 March 1813 from HMS Africa to HMS Royal William. This is probably a shore establishment at Plymouth, and the Captain's Log for March 1813 for HMS Africa should confirm this [ADM 51/2092, 18 July 1810 to 20 March 1813]. Further Captain's Logs for HMS Africa between the years 1806 to 1810 will help show where she was sailing and what John Picton may have encountered whilst on board her. John Picton's stay at HMS Royal William was very short- lived, for on the 22 March 1813 he was enrolled as No. 383 on the Ship's Muster Roll of HMS Scarborough as a landsman [ADM 37/4154]. He certainly served on HMS Scarborough up to 5 May 1814, when she was paid off at Sheerness. The records suggest the ship was paid off and may have been laid up. Thus what happened to John Picton after 5 May 1814 is unclear at this moment in time.



Class ADM 6/276 is a List of Candidates for Out-Relief from Greenwich Hospital, examined on 14 September 1815. John Picton is recorded as aged 43, with 10 years service, being discharged for rheumatism and receiving a pension for life. One column contains the number '6' and this could relate to the amount of annual pension being recommended. A few cross-checks of other names on the Class ADM 6/276 list against the ADM 22/270 pension payments for September 1815 would confirm this proposal. The Out-Pension Records of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, for 1814/15 [ADM 22/270] and for 1841/42 [ADM 22/434] show John Picton, Pensioner No. 1920, received a pension of £6:0s:0d per annum for life in quarterly instalments. He had served in the Royal Navy for 10 years 0 months 2 weeks and 6 days, which suggests the date of reckoning for his pension was from the day he joined HMS Africa on 13 September 1805 up to when he was discharged from HMS Namur, a date yet to be discovered. He received his first pension payment in the September 1815 Quarter. Unfortunately his name was not recorded in Class ADM 2/1146, Nomination of Persons to become Out-Pensioners of Greenwich Hospital for 1814- 1815, as this volume contains a short biography of each applicant. The last ship on which John Picton had served was listed as HMS Namur in the first Out- Pension Payment for 1815 [ADM 22/270].



The Ship's Muster Rolls for HMS Namur for 1815 are complex. There seems to be a normal Ship's Muster Roll, amongst whom John Picton's name does not appear. But there are also an extraordinary number of men listed as S.L.V.O., which is an abbreviation for Shore-Leave Victualling Only. This suggests that these sailors had been discharged from further active naval service, but were being held on the Muster Roll of HMS Namur and being fed, whilst their fates, and probably their pension applications, were being decided. John Picton appears on the name list for this S.L.V.O. establishment as No. 4858, but the actual page in the actual Muster Roll with this number for HMS Namur has yet to be located. The large numbers of Ship's Muster Rolls for HMS Namur for the 1814/1815 time-period suggests something unusual was going on. The Captain's Log, 15 October 1809 to 16 September 1815, is in ADM 51/2619 and should be consulted. This Captain's Log may only relate to the ship, and say nothing at all about the men being retained on her Muster Roll for victualling purposes only. Other possible source material still to explore is listed below.



John Picton married Jane Gwillam [or Gullum], born ca 1782/3 at Burton, on 20 July 1817 at Burton church [Witnesses: John Thomas and Thomas Walters]. The date of this marriage now fits perfectly with his discharge from the Royal Navy and his return to his home county of Pembrokeshire. It could be worth tracing her baptism. John Picton was described as a labourer, living at High Freystrop, from 1818 to 1826, and as a collier living at High Freystrop from 1828 to 1834 on the baptismal entries for his children. High Freystrop lies just to the east of Freystrop Cross on the road to Summer Hill, and the top of the mineral railway which ran from there, down the steep incline, to Little Milford Quay on the Western Cleddau River. Freystrop colliery probably ran all the way from High Freystrop to Summer Hill, as a series of small pits.



John Picton was a pensioner in the 1841 Census of Freystrop, aged '60', living with his wife, Jane Picton, aged '55' and their children Ann Picton, aged '20'; Thomas Picton, aged '15' and John Picton, aged 12 [HO 107/1449/5/21]. Naval Out- Pension payments from 1815 to 1846 for the letter 'P' are in the following series of volumes: 1817/18, ADM 22/283; 1819/20, ADM 22/296; 1821/22, ADM 22/309; 1823/24, ADM 22/324; 1825/26, ADM 22/347; 1827/28, ADM 22/362; 1829/30, ADM 22/374; 1831/32, ADM 22/387; 1833/34, ADM 22/402; 1835/36, ADM 22/410; 1837/38, ADM 22/418; 1839/40, ADM 22/426; 1841/42, ADM 22/434; 1843/46, ADM 22/441 [Check to confirm no other Picton entries in this last register]. Naval Out-Pension payments were then amalgamated with the War Office payments to Chelsea Out-Pensioners, so Class WO 22/114 covers Out-Pensions paid in West Wales, 1842-1852 and WO 22/115 covers Out-Pensions paid in West Wales, 1852-1862. Unfortunately these records only cover new pensioners, pensioners who moved into the District, or pensioners who had died. There were also copies of items in letters and requests made by the Pensions Board at Greenwich to their Out-Posts. John Picton probably collected his quarterly pension from the Paymaster at Haverfordwest, as this was the closest regional centre where such payments were made. There is no mention in these records for the year 1847 of the process described below, when the search for survivors eligible for the Naval General Service Medal began. It is strange that no use was made of this facility to trace potential recipients, but further research and reading around this subjects still needs to be done.



After 1862 how Naval Out- Pensions were administered and documented is not yet totally clear. Some Naval Pensioners had their service and award of pension recorded in Class ADM 29, and Pensioners whose surname was Picton should be indexed in ADM 29/99, which covers M-R, 1802-1868. Unfortunately John Picton's name and record of service does not appear there, but three other Pictons do.



In the middle of 1847 there began an extraordinary process. The Government belatedly decided to recognise the service rendered by its former personnel in both the army and the navy, in the form of either a Military General Service Medal [MGSM] or a Naval General Service Medal [NGSM]. This has to be seen against the growth of the British Empire and the push for some form of tangible recognition for those who had contributed by their distinguished actions in times past. Proposals were discussed, Committees were set up, naval actions were evaluated, going back as far as 1793, and a proposed list of qualifying naval actions was drawn up. This procedure generated much controversy at the time, a little of which continues down almost to the present day. It was by far the most complex series of medals ever to be awarded by the British government, and the complexity of its administration was under-anticipated by the Committee set up to deal with the matter. Claimants had to be living in 1847, and apply in person, for their case to be considered. For further discussion of this the Introduction to the definitive book on this subject, written by K. J. Douglas-Morris, The Naval General Service Medal Roll, 1793-1840, 1982, should be consulted, also see the Alphabetical Naval General Service Medal Roll, 1793-1840 by C. W. Message, 1995.



For the Battle of Trafalgar there were 1613 clasps awarded. 1201 of these were single action clasps; 278 were two clasps [i.e. Trafalgar and one other qualifying naval engagement]; 96 were three clasps; 26 were four clasps; nine were five clasps; two were six clasps and one was for seven clasps, and thus unique. Trouble arose as howls of protest began about actions missing from the official listings. Most protests were ignored, but a few actions were subsequently admitted. This resulted in some people re-applying and in one or two cases actually receiving a second medal. The issues of checking a number of actions and thus the number of clasps due to be appended to the medal caused more difficulties than was ever anticipated. Fortunately John Picton's claim would have been relatively straight-forward, and he would have received his medal in 1848. Unfortunately none of the extensive correspondence that would have been involved has survived. John Picton was one of the 1201 single-clasp claimants who were accepted for Trafalgar, and one of just 35 surviving men from HMS Africa who actually finally received the award. Even with just such a small number of medals being awarded, the final listing is not without some controversy for HMS Africa.



The list below is taken from the official NGSM Tables in Class ADM 171/1 at the TNA. The document is very difficult to read from the microfilm, and it is probably worth applying to examine the original as some details are missing from the published volumes on this subject. It would appear 35 medals were actually awarded to the survivors and 4 claims were rejected, as these men had deserted at some stage later in their naval careers. As 482 men served on HMS Africa at Trafalgar, this gives a surviving claimant percentage of just over 7%. John Picton was not the oldest living survivor of the Battle of Trafalgar on board HMS Africa, that position is probably held by James Fynmore. He was a Volunteer in 1805 in the Royal Marines and eventually rose to become Lieutenant-Colonel in 1854. He had the NGSM with two clasps, and died around June 1887, aged 93 [Camberwell, June 1887, 1d 483]. A second Table has been compiled by taking the ages of the NGSM recipients from the Muster Roll of HMS Africa in October 1805 [ADM 37/99]. It should be not too difficult to locate most of these men in the 1851 Census Returns, and thence to find out where they were then living and to track their deaths going forward using a combination of the 1861 Census, deaths in the FreeBMD index and Pension payments in Class WO 22, which would need to be cross-correlated to the Census entries. This would cover deaths which happened to NGSM recipients up to 1862, and should reduce the number of survivors quite appreciably.



NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL ROLL, HMS AFRICA, TRAFALGAR 1805 [ADM 171/1]



NAME RANK Claim Verified by Ship's Books Observations by Board

of Flag-Officers (a)

1. Anderson, Colin Landsman Yes 2nd East London
2. Brannan, Patrick Private, Royal Marines Yes
3. Brattle, Thomas 1st Lieutenant, Royal Marines Yes Sent 20th February 1849
4. Bailey, John Page Midshipman Yes Jersey
5. Bowles, James Ordinary Seaman Yes
--- Chislett, John Boy, 3rd Class No Deserted 29 December 1810. As a deserter he was ineligible
6. Chapman, Daniel Landsman Yes
7. Easman, James Landsman Yes
8. Elmhurst, Philip James Midshipman Yes
9. Fynmore, James Midshipman Yes
10. French, James Boy Yes
11. Gaskin, George Landsman Yes 2nd East London
12. Hall, John Able Seaman Yes Sent
13. Harper, Matthew Landsman Yes
14. Hartigan, Edward Able Seaman Yes So. London
15. Hibberd, James Ordinary Seaman Yes
16. Holman, William Purser Yes
17. Ingham, William Private, Royal Marines Yes Sheffield, S.O. zeppy (?)
18. Knowles, J. Ordinary Seaman Yes S.O. Woolwich
--- Lawrence, Robert Landsman No Deserted 18 February 1810
--- Lister, James No Probably deserted, handwriting very difficult to read
19. Little, Matthew Private, Royal Marines (?) Yes
20. Mortimer, John Surgeon's Assistant Yes
21. Pursell, Thomas Carpenter Yes
22. Picton, John Landsman Yes So. Wales West
23. Palmer, Charles Private, Royal Marines Yes Wm Charnon 4/6/49
24. Palmer, James Private, Royal Marines Yes So. Norwich
25. Pollard, John Landsman Yes So. Norwich
26. Roberts, Thomas Yeoman of Sheets Yes S.q. Newcastle
27. Robinson, William Able Seaman Yes
28. Savage, George Boy, 2nd Class Yes
29. Scuddemore, Joseph Landsman Yes
30. Tooth, James Corporal, Royal Marines Yes
31. Taylor, James Boatswain's Mate Yes 1st Portsmouth
32. Tutton, Joseph Boy, 3rd Class Yes 1st West London
--- Warren, William Ordinary Seaman No Deserted 20 February 1806
33. Wilson, Charles Private, Royal Marines Yes Sent 2 July 1849
34. White, Frederick Midshipman Yes Edward Chard for Frederick White, 19 February 1849
35. West, Henry Master's Mate Yes Edward Chard for Henry West, 19 February 1849

(a) The Districts here probably refer to the Pension Districts in which their pension was being paid in 1848, see Class WO 22 for more details.



NAME Age in 1805 Muster Roll Place of Birth in 1805 Muster Roll Age and Place of Residence in 1851 Census Date and Place of Death
1. Anderson, Colin 22 London
2. Brannon, Patrick
3. Brattle, Thomas N. Southampton, 1864
4. Bailey, John Page Devonport, 1855
5. Bowles, James 30 Gorleston, Suffolk
--- Chislett, John 17 London
6. Chapman, Daniel 24 London
7. Easman, James 20 Putney, Surrey
8. Elmhurst, Philip James 24 Wadingworth, Lincs. 1865/6
9. Fynmore, James 1887
10. French, James (or Joseph) 15 Shoreditch, London
11. Gaskin, George 21 London
12. Hall, John 23 Saffron Walden, Essex
13. Harper, Matthew 22 Wellington, Somerset
14. Heartigan, Edward 22 Limerick, Ireland
15. Hibberd [Hibband], James 21 Lambeth, Surrey
16. Holman, William 1857
17. Ingham, William Sheffield, Yorkshire
18. Knowles, John 21 Rochester, Kent
--- Lawrence, Robert 22 Nottingham, Notts.
--- Lister, James 28 Halifax, Yorkshire
19. Little, Matthew
20. Mortimer, John Gosport, 1856
21. Pursell, Thomas 24 London
22. Picton, John 37 Weston, Wales Freystrop, Wales, 1869
23. Palmer, Charles 27 Newton, Wiltshire
24. Palmer, James
25. Pollard, John 23 London
26. Roberts, Thomas 36 Montrose, Scotland
27. Robinson, William 30 or 46 Hull or York respectively
28. Savage, George 19 Clerkenwell, London
29. Scuddemore, Joseph 20 London
30. Tooth, James Birmingham, Warwick
31. Taylor, James 25 Quebec, Canada
32. Tutton, Joseph 13 Chelsea, London
--- Warren, William 25 Egham, Surrey
33. Wilson, Charles Ayr, Scotland
34. White, Frederick Lea- 14 Norwich, Norfolk 1859
35. West, Henry 19 Bradford, Dorset Jesmond, Newcastle, 1861


In the 1851 Census John Picton was living at High Freystrop and was described as a pauper and a sailor, aged 73, born at Martletwy [HO 107/2477/384]. His status as a pensioner in 1841 is significant. In 1848 he was awarded the Naval General Service Medal for his naval services on HMS Africa at the Battle of Trafalgar [ADM 171/1]. He would have had to apply for this in writing personally, sometime during 1847. Jane Picton, his wife, was living with him, aged 68, in the 1851 Census Return, born at Burton.



Jane Picton, then living at Top of the Wood, Freystrop, was buried at Freystrop on 3 June 1851, aged 68 [Pembroke, June 1851, 26 566]. The death certificate of Jane Picton shows she died on 31 May 1851 at Trenorgan in the parish of St. Twinnels, aged 72. Her death was an accident, but was reported to John Stokes of Cuffern, Haverfordwest, the coroner, who must have conducted an enquiry into the cause of her death. In the 1851 Census Evan Lewis, a farmer of 130 acres was living at Trenorgan in the parish of St. Twynnells, aged 32, born at Laugharne, and his wife, Ann Evans, aged 29, born at Crunwere [HO 107/2476/659]. The servants were Mary Howell, aged 29; James John, aged 22 and James Harris, aged 18. None of these people show an obvious connection to Jane Picton, so either there may be a connection through the Gullum side of her family, or it was a genuine accident and she died at this farm. There is also a Jane Picton who died in 1855 [Pembroke, March 1855, 11a 513]. Top of the Wood presumably referred to the district immediately above the wood through which the mineral railway ran from Summer Hill. This also fits with the location Summerhill, given on John Picton's death certificate in 1869.



John Picton was living at Freystrop in the 1861 Census, a pensioner of the Royal Navy, a widower, aged 84, born at Freystrop, together with his daughter, Ann Picton and her children [RG 9/4162/82]. John Picton died on 31 January 1869 at Summerhill in the parish of Freystrop, and was buried at Freystrop on 3 February 1869, aged '95' (probably aged 88) [Haverfordwest, March 1869, 11a 518]. He was a Greenwich Pensioner, in other words an Out-Pensioner from the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich. He died of natural causes and the death was certified by Rachel Cozens, in attendance, Cardmakers Pool, Freystrop. A search for an obituary notice in the local newspapers for February 1869, the Haverfordwest and Milford Telegraph and the Pembrokeshire Herald, was not successful. It would be interesting to discover how may other survivors from HMS Africa who were awarded the Naval General Service Medal in 1848 were still alive in 1869. His death seems to have passed un-noticed amongst the local community. John and Jane Picton were the parents of:



1. THOMAS PICTON, bapt. 15 March 1818 at Freystrop and buried there on 2 March 1823, aged 5.



2. ANN PICTON, bapt. 30 July 1820 at Freystrop. She was living with her father in the 1841 Census, aged '20' [HO 107/1449/5/21]. She was living at Freystrop in the 1851 Census with her father, John Picton [HO 107/2477/384] and also with him in the 1861 Census of Freystrop as a house keeper, aged 40 [RG 9/4162/82]. She is probably the Ann Picton, aged 50, unmarried, living at Tagg's Lane, Freystrop, in the 1871 Census along with a lodger, Joseph Picton, a widower aged 81 [RG 10/5525/57] (see Picton of Freystrop-III for Joseph Picton). Tagg's Lane was the road running from Freystrop Cross to Summer Hill. Ann Picton may have been a niece to Joseph Picton and her occupation in the 1871 Census is given as 'collier'.



Ann Picton, aged 62, born at Freystrop, was living at Haverfordwest with her daughter, Jane Gooding, and her son-in-law, Arthur Gooding, in the 1881 Census [RG 11/5419/13]. Ann Picton was living at Tags Lane [spelt thus], Freystrop, in the 1891 Census, aged 71, an almswoman [RG 12/4534/148]. Ann Picton died in 1893, aged 73 [Haverfordwest, March 1893, 11a 698]. She appears to be the mother of three illegitimate daughters, who were living with her in the 1851 and 1861 Census Returns:



a. JANE PICTON, bapt. 22 December 1842 at Freystrop [Haverfordwest, March 1843, 26 592]. She was living with her mother and John Picton, her grandfather, in the 1851 Census, aged 8 [HO 107/2477/384] and with them in the 1861 Census, aged 18 [RG 9/4162/82]. Jane Picton married Thomas Davies in 1865 [Haverfordwest, December 1865, 11a 1379]. Jane Davies, aged 28, was living at Swansea Road, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, in the 1871 Census, aged 28, born at Freystrop. Her husband, Thomas Davies, was a coal miner, aged 30, and born at Llangwm, Pembrokeshire [RG 10/5437/48]. Thomas and Jane Davies were living at 63 Mooretown, Coedfranc, in the parish of Neath in the 1891 Census [RG 12/4465/78]. Thomas Davies was a coal haulier, aged 50, born at Llangwm, and Jane Davies was aged 48, born at Freystrop. Thomas and Jane Davies were the parents of:



i. ANN DAVIES, born 1868/9 at Cadoxton. She was living with her parents in the 1871 Census, aged 2 [RG 10/5437/48].



ii. MARY DAVIES, born 1868/9 at Cadoxton. She was living with her parents in the 1871 Census, aged 2 [RG 10/5437/48].



iii. SARAH DAVIES, born 1870 at Cadoxton. She was living with her parents in the 1871 Census, aged 7 months [RG 10/5437/48]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 20, a general servant [RG 12/4465/78].



iv. MARTHA DAVIES, born 1877/8 at Coedfranc. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 13 [RG 12/4465/78].



v. JOHN DAVIES, born 1879/80 at Coedfranc. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, aged 11 [RG 12/4465/78].



b. MARY PICTON, bapt. 15 June 1847 at Freystrop [Haverfordwest, June 1847, 26 695]. She was living with her mother and John Picton, her grandfather, in the 1851 Census, aged 4 [HO 107/2477/384] and in the 1861 Census, aged 15 [RG 9/4162/82]. Mary Picton was a servant in the 1871 Census at the house of Daniel Evan James at Prendergast, aged 24, born at Freystrop [RG 10/5527/84]. She could be the Mary Picton who married in 1873 to either John Bevan or John Jones [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1873, 11a 540].



c. MARTHA PICTON, born 1859 at Freystrop [Haverfordwest, December 1859, 11a 690]. She was living with her mother and grandfather in the 1861 Census at Freystrop, aged 1 [RG 9/4162/82]. She was living with her sister, Jane Davies, at Swansea Road, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, in the 1871 Census, aged 11, born at Freystrop [RG 10/5437/48]. Martha Picton married Arthur Gooding in 1879 [Haverfordwest, September 1879, 11a 985]. Arthur Gooding was living at City Road, Haverfordwest, in the 1881 Census, a printer aged 24 and his wife, Jane Gooding was aged 21, born at Freystrop [RG 11/5419/13]. They were living at City Road, Haverfordwest, in the 1891 Census, aged 34 and 31 respectively. Arthur Gooding was an assistant compositor [RG 12/4536/104]. Arthur Gooding was living at 71 Cemetery Row, Haverfordwest, in the 1901 Census, aged 44. Also living with him was his wife, Martha Gooding, aged 41, born at Freystrop [RG 13/5130/90]. Martha, wife of Arthur Gooding of 29 Perrot Terrace, Haverfordwest, died 23 March 1921, aged 61 [Haverfordwest, March 1921, 11a 1522]. Arthur C. Gooding died on 23 October 1946, aged 83. A first attempt was unsuccessful in tracing his death in the indexes. They are both buried in Haverfordwest City Road Cemetery. Arthur and Martha Gooding were the parents of:



i. ELIZABETH ANN GOODING, born 1880 at Haverfordwest [Haverfordwest, March 1880, 11a 887]. She was living with her parents in the 1881 Census, aged 1 [RG 11/5419/13]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 11 [RG 12/4536/104]. She was living with her parents in the 1901 Census, aged 21, an assistant schoolmistress [RG 13/5130/90]. Elizabeth Ann Gooding married in 1909 to either William John Longman or James Allen Rogers [Haverfordwest, December 1909, 11a 2381].



ii. WILLIAM J. GOODING, born 1881 at Haverfordwest. He was living with his parents in the 1881 Census, aged 1 month [RG 11/5419/13]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, aged 10 [RG 12/4536/104]. He is not obviously recorded in the 1901 Census.



iii. WALTER JOHN GOODING, born 1882 at Haverfordwest [Haverfordwest, June 1882, 11a 984] He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, aged 8 [RG 12/4536/104]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, aged 18 [RG 13/5130/90].



iv. FLORENCE MARY GOODING, born 1884 at Haverfordwest Haverfordwest, June 1884, 11a 1009]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 7 [RG 12/4536/104]. She was living with her parents in the 1901 Census, aged 17 [RG 13/5130/90]. Florence Mary Gooding married in 1908 to Benjamin T. Roblin [Haverfordwest, December 1908, 11a 2341].



v. GEORGE HENRY GOODING, born 1886 at Haverfordwest [Haverfordwest, September 1886, 11a 992]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, aged 4 [RG 12/4536/104]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, aged 14 [RG 13/5130/90]. George Henry Gooding married in 1909 to Gladys Robinson [Haverfordwest, September 1909, 11a 2189].



vii. ARTHUR STANLEY GOODING, born 1891 at Haverfordwest [Haverfordwest, September 1891, 11a 1123]. Arthur Stanley Gooding died in 1892, aged 0 [Haverfordwest, June 1892, 11a 672].



3. WILLIAM PICTON, bapt. 7 February 1822 at Freystrop. He was living at Top of the Wood, Freystrop, when he was buried on 21 January 1851 at Freystrop, aged 29 [Haverfordwest, March 1851, 26 524].



4. THOMAS PICTON, bapt. 5 July 1824 at Freystrop. He was living with his parents in the 1841 Census, aged '15' [HO 107/1449/5/21]. He could not be traced immediately in the 1851 or 1861 Census Returns for Wales. Thomas Picton married Sarah Sinnot [born 1834 at Milford] on 16 August 1852 at Merthyr Tydfil [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1852, 11a 454]. It could be worth obtaining a copy of this marriage certificate. Thomas Picton was a collier in 1854. He could not be traced in the 1861 Census. Thomas Picton was living at 1 Mount Pleasant, Troedyrhiw, in 1865. Thomas and Sarah Picton were living at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1871 Census. Thomas Picton was aged 41, a collier, born at Milford, and Sarah Picton was aged 38, born at Milford [RG 10/5392/61]. They were living at 7 Cwmclydach Street, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorganshire, in the 1881 Census [RG 11/5306/9]. Thomas Picton was a colliery fireman, aged 58, born at Freystrop, and Sarah Picton was aged 47, born at New Milford, Pembroke. The birth pattern of their younger children suggests they moved from Troedyrhiw to Cwm Clydach between 1874 and 1878.



For some reason Thomas and Sarah Picton took a boat to America and were passengers on the Indiana, which sailed from Liverpool and arrived at Philadelphia on 25 July 1887. Thomas Picton was aged 60 and Sarah Picton, his wife, was aged 50. Also travelling with them were their children Mary Picton, aged 18; William Picton, aged 16; Matthew Picton, aged 11 and Edith Picton, aged 9. It is not immediately obvious who they would have been visiting, and perhaps it was one of his wife's relations.



Thomas Picton was living at 13 Bush, Clydach, Ystradyfodwg, in the 1891 Census, a collier aged 61, born at Haverfordwest [RG 12/4426/126]. Sarah Picton, his wife, was living with him, aged 57 and born at Haverfordwest. Thomas and Sarah Jane Picton were living at 2 Bush Houses, Llwynpia, Ystradyfodwg, in Glamorganshire in the 1901 Census [RG 13/5017/5]. Thomas Picton was aged 80, born at Freystrop, and Sarah Picton was aged 68, born at Freystrop. She could be the Sarah Picton, who died in 1907 aged 72 [Pontypridd, September 1907, 11a 285]. Thomas Picton probably died in 1911, aged 84 [Pontypridd, September 1911, 11a 806]. Thomas and Sarah Picton were the parents of:



a. SELINA PICTON, born 1852, probably at Freystrop or Milford [Haverfordwest, March 1852, 11a 567]. Selina Picton of Red Water, Freystrop, was buried on 16 March 1857 at Freystrop, aged 5 [Haverfordwest, March 1857, 11a 427].



b. JOHN PICTON, was born on 9 May 1853 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1853, 11a 263] and baptised on 26 April 1854 at Freystrop. He was living with his parents at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr, in the 1871 Census, a collier aged 17 [RG 10/5392/61]. John Picton married Mary Ann Morgans on 23 March 1874 at Merthyr Tydfil [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1874, Volume 11a 651]. They were living at 16 Upper Cross Yew Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, in the 1881 Census [RG 11/5310/104]. He was a coal miner, aged 27 born at Merthyr, and she was aged 24, also born at Merthyr.



John Picton was living at 16 Elm Street, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1891 Census, a coal miner aged 37, born at Troedyrhiw, with his wife, Mary Ann Picton, aged 35, born at Troedyrhiw [RG 12/4434/122]. John Picton, a coal miner aged 47, born at Merthyr Vale, was living at 16 Elm Street, Plymouth, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1901 Census, together with his wife, Mary Picton, aged 44, born at Troedyrhiw [RG 13/5024/98]. John Picton died in 1923, aged 70 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1923, 11a 602]. There is no obvious death entry yet for his wife, Mary Picton. John and Mary Picton were the parents of:



i. THOMAS PICTON, born 1875 at Troedyrhiw, in the district of Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1875, 11a 451]. He was living with his parents in the 1881 Census, a scholar aged 6 [RG 11/5310/104]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, a coal miner aged 16 [RG 12/4434/122]. He was not living in Wales in the 1901 Census. A Thomas Picton, a coal miner aged 29, born at Mountain Ash, was boarding with Mary A. Edmunds at Coventry in the 1901 Census [RG 13/2910/197]. A Thomas Picton married in 1903 to either Hannah Lloyd or Priscilla Trotman [Pontypridd, December 1903, 11a 966]. There were no obvious children born in either England or Wales from 1912 onwards, from either possible surname



ii. EDMUND MORGAN PICTON, born 1878 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1878, 11a 475]. He was living with his parents in the 1881 Census, aged 2 [RG 11/5310/104]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, a coal miner aged 13 [RG 12/4434/122]. Edmund Picton died in 1895, aged 17 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1895, 11a 325].



iii. BETHUEL PICTON, born 1 March 1880 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1880, 11a 438]. He was living with his parents in the 1881 Census, aged 1 [RG 11/5310/104]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, a coal miner aged 11 [RG 12/4434/122]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, a haulier, aged 21 [RG 13/5024/98]. Bethuel Picton married Gwenllian Moses, daughter of John Moses, on 23 April 1906 at Merthyr Tydfil [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1906, 11a 1186]. Bethuel Picton died in December 1954, aged 74 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1954, 8b 397]. Bethuel and Gwenllian Picton were the parents of:



a. JACK PICTON, he married Vera Viner from Abingdon, but they had no children [information from Brinley Harvey, 2007]. A Vera Maud Picton [born 19 October 1910] died in April 2002, aged 91 [Oxfordshire, April 2002, A02D 74].



b. VIOLET MAY PICTON, born 1909 [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1909, 11a 860]. Violet May Picton married Simon A. Jones in 1930 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1930, 11a 1386]. Violet M. Jones died in February 2007, aged 98. Simon and Violet Jones had a son:



i. ROYSTON THOMAS JONES, born 1932. Royston Thomas Jones married Wyn Evans [born 1937]. Royston and Wyn Jones are the parents of:



a. ANDREW JONES, born 1965. Andrew Jones married Carol Webb.



c. EDMUND PICTON, born 13 August 1911 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1911, 11a 1701]. Edmund Picton married Gwladys Jones in 1935 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1935, 11a 1384]. Edmund Picton died in August 1994, aged 83 [Abingdon, August 1994, 21B 253]. She is not Gwladys Elizabeth Picton [born 17 April 1905] died in 1995, aged 89 [Pontypridd, February 1995, 71A 150], as Glwadys Picton died before her husband. Edmund and Gwladys Picton had no children [Brinley Harvey, 2007].



d. DOREEN PICTON, born 20 June 1914 at Troedyrhiw, Glamorganshire [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1914, 11a 1720]. Doreen Picton married Brinley Harvey on 26 December 1936 at Merthyr Tydfil [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1936, 11a 1371]. Brinley Harvey died in 1977. Doreen Harvey died on 18 November 1998 at Oxford. Brinley and Doreen Harvey were the parents of:



i. BRINLEY HARVEY, born 7 December 1937 at Abingdon, Berkshire [Abingdon, December 1937, 2c 449]. Brinley Harvey married Brenda Joan Warner [born 1942] on 9 November 1963 at Ardley, Oxfordshire [Ploughley, December 1963, 6B 1967]. He worked as a Tax Inspector at several locations in England. We were in contact over the Picton families in 2000, and resumed this in 2007. Brinley and Brenda Harvey are living at 32 Mulberry Court, Holmer Green, High Wycombe, HP15 6TF [Tel: 01494 714646; email: brin.harvey@onetel.com]. Brinley and Brenda Harvey are the parents of:



a. JONATHAN P. HARVEY, born 4 November 1971 at Banbury, Oxfordshire. He married Frances Buckingham [born 1969] on 17 January 1998 at High Wycombe. Jonathan and Frances Harvey are the parents of:



i. THOMAS HARVEY, born 30 November 2000 at High Wycombe.



ii. ROSE HARVEY, born 2003.



ii. PATRICIA HARVEY, born 1944. She is married to John Dickens and they are the parents of:



a. WENDY DICKENS



b. KAREN DICKENS



iii. VALERIE HARVEY, born 1948. She is married to Alan Moore and they are the parents of:



a. JESSICA MOORE



b. NELL MOORE



e. IDRIS PICTON, born 27 August 1916 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1916, 11a 1343]. Idris Picton married "Min" from Radley, Oxfordshire. Idris Picton died in October 1995, aged 79 [Abingdon, October 1995, 22B 295]. His wife was still living in 2007 [Brinley Harvey information]. They have two daughters living in the Abingdon area.



i. ANNE PICTON



ii. SUSAN PICTON



f. SELWYN E. PICTON, born 19 June 1925 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1925, 11a 1385]. Selwyn E. Picton married Joan Rees in 1946 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1946, 11a 1371]. Selwyn Picton died in June 1994, aged 69 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1994, B79A 105]. Selwyn and Joan Picton were the parents of:



i. TONY J. PICTON, born 1948 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1948, 8b 541]. Tony J. Picton is married to Christine ----- . Tony Picton is living at 9 Ambrose Way, New Inn, Torfaen, Pontypool NP4 0QR in 2007 [Tel: 01495 758872; Email: tjpict@btinternet.com]. Tony and Christine Picton are the parents of:



a. LISA CLAIRE PICTON, born 1975. Lisa Claire Picton married ----- Reardon. They are the parents of:



i. AIMEE KATE REARDON, born 1994.



ii. LEWIE JAMES REARDON, born 2000.



iv. SARAH JANE PICTON, born 1883 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1883, 11a 486]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 8 [RG 12/4434/122]. She was living with her parents in the 1901 Census, a domestic servant, aged 18 [RG 13/5024/98]. Sarah Jane Picton married Howell Moyle in 1903 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1903, 11a 1180].



v. DAVID JOHN PICTON, born 1886 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1886, 11a 557]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 5 [RG 12/4434/122]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, a haulier aged 15 [RG 13/5024/98]. David John Picton married in 1912 to Sarah J. Evans [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1912, 11a 1486]. David and Sarah Picton were the parents of:



a. BENJAMIN PICTON, born 1915 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1915, 11a 1646].



vi. WILLIAM PICTON, born 1888 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1888, 11a 532]. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, aged 2 [RG 12/4434/122]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, aged 12 [RG 13/5024/98]. William Picton married Emma J. Bayton in 1916 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1916, 11a 1270]. William and Emma Picton were the parents of:



a. WILLIAM J. PICTON, born 1921 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1921, 11a 1799].



vii. AMELIA MATILDA PICTON, born 1891 at Troedyrhiw, Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1891, 11a 658]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 1 month [RG 12/4434/122]. She was living with her parents in the 1901 Census, aged 10 [RG 13/5024/98]. Amelia Matilda Picton married in 1916 to John Llewellyn [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1916, 11a 1337].



viii. THOMAS PICTON, he is not recorded in the 1901 Census.



ix. IDRIS PICTON, born 7 October 1893 at Troedyrhiw [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1893, 11a 620]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, aged 7 [RG 13/5024/98]. Idris Picton married Dorothy Gilford in 1916 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1916, 11a 1221]. Idris Picton died in 1971, aged 77 [Brent, June 1971, 5a 487]. Idris and Dorothy Picton were the parents of:



a. ELIZABETH A. PICTON, born 1916 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1916, 11a 1348].



c. THOMAS PICTON, born 1855 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1855, 11a 262] and bapt. 7 October 1855 at Freystrop. Thomas Picton of Danyderry, Merthyr Tydfil, died and was buried at Merthyr Tydfil on 6 April 1857, aged 20 months [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1857, 11a 182].



d. WILLIAM PICTON, born 1857. William Picton of Danyderry, Merthyr Tydfil, died and was buried on 12 February 1858, aged 6 months [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1858, 11a 241].



e. THOMAS PICTON, born 1859 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1859, 11a 327]. He is not recorded in the 1861 Census. He was living with his parents in the 1871 Census, aged 12 [RG 10/5392/61]. Thomas Picton died in 1871, aged 12 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1871, 11a 260].



f. WILLIAM PICTON, born 1862 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1862, 11a 301]. William Picton, son of Thomas and Sarah Picton, was bapt. on 6 September 1863 at Freystrop. William Picton of Troedyrhiw was buried on 26 January 1864, aged 2 [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1864, 11a 253].



g. MATTHEW PICTON, born 1862 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1862, 11a 314]. Matthew Picton of Troedyrhiw was buried on 28 April 1863, aged 11 months [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1863, 11a 195].



h. MATTHEW PICTON, born 1865 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1865, 11a 325]. Matthew Picton of 1 Mount Pleasant, Troedyrhiw, died on 18 November 1865 and was buried on 20 November 1865, aged 2 months [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1865, 11a 201].



i. MATTHEW PICTON, born 1867 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1867, 11a 335]. He was living with his parents in the 1871 Census, aged 4 [RG 10/5392/61]. Matthew Picton died in 1872, aged 5 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1872, 11a 252].



j. MARY JANE PICTON, born 20 February 1869 at Troedyrhiw, Glamorgan. She was living with her parents in the 1871 Census, aged 2 [RG 10/5392/61]. She was living with her parents in the 1881 Census, a scholar aged 12 [RG 11/5306/9]. Mary Jane Picton married Edward Honeyfield [born 29 April 1863] in 1901 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1901, 11a 1274]. Edward and Mary Honeyfield were the parents of Gladys May Honeyfield, later Pitcher, born 30 July 1904 at Tonypandy.



k. WILLIAM PICTON, born 1872 at Troedyrhiw [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1872, 11a 388]. He was living with his parents in the 1881 Census, a scholar aged 10 [RG 11/5306/9]. He was living at Clydach with his parents in the 1891 Census, a collier aged 19 [RG 12/4426/126]. William Picton married Jane Lewis in 1894 [Pontypridd, September 1894, 11a 790]. William Picton was living at 53 Clydach Road, Ystradyfodwg, in the 1901 Census, a coal miner aged 29, born at Troedyrhiw [RG 13/5016/183]. Also living with him was his wife, Jane Picton, aged 28, born at Cwmclydach. William and Jane Picton were the parents of:



i. THOMAS JOHN PICTON, born 1897 at Cwmclydach [Pontypridd, March 1897, 11a 676]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, aged 4 [RG 13/5016/183]. Thomas John Picton married Beatrice J. Lane in 1919 [Pontypridd, June 1919, 11a 1422]. Thomas and Beatrice Picton were the parents of:



a. DORIS M. PICTON, born 1920 [Pontypridd, September 1920, 11a 1382].



b. WILLIAM T. PICTON, born 1921 [Pontypridd, September 1921, 11a 1521].



c. BEATRICE L. PICTON, born 1924 [Pontypridd, March 1924, 11a 1271].



ii. WILLIAM GEORGE PICTON, born 1900 at Cwmclydach [Pontypridd, December 1900, 11a 611]. He was living with his parents in the 1901 Census, aged 5 months [RG 13/5016/183].



l. MATTHEW PICTON, born 1874 at Troedyrhiw [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1874, 11a 478]. He was living with his parents in the 1881 Census, a scholar aged 6 [RG 11/5306/9]. He was living at Clydach with his parents in the 1891 Census, a collier aged 17 [RG 12/4426/126]. Matthew Picton married Sarah Thomas in 1896 [Pontypridd, September 1896, 11a 760]. He could be the Matthew Picton living at Beech Houses, Ystradyfodwg, in the 1901 Census, aged 27 [RG 13/5017/9]. He was a coal haulier, but his place of birth was given as Ystradyfodwg. Also living with him was his wife, Sarah Picton, aged 26, born at Monmouth. He could be the Mathew Picton who died in 1929, aged 57 [Pontypridd, June 1929, 11a 628]. Matthew and Sarah Picton were the parents of:



i. SARAH PICTON, born 1897 at Ystradyfodwg [Pontypridd, September 1897, 11a 640]. She was living with her parents in the 1901 Census, aged 4 [RG 13/5017/9]. Sarah Picton died in 1911, aged 14 [Pontypridd, December 1911, 11a 652].



ii. SOPHIA PICTON, born 1900 at Ystradyfodwg [Pontypridd, June 1900, 11a 654]. She was living with her parents in the 1901 Census, aged 11 months [RG 13/5017/9]. Sophia Picton married Albert J. Gregory in 1920 [Pontypridd, March 1920, 11a 1019].



iii. MATTHEW PICTON, born 29 January 1912 [Pontypridd, March 1912, 11a 1526]. Matthew Picton died in October 1987, aged 75 [Pontypridd, October 1987, 27 1072].



iv. WILLIAM PICTON, born 1914 [Pontypridd, March 1914, 11a 1426].



v. PHYLLIS D. PICTON, born 1916 [Pontypridd, March 1916, 11a 1333].



vi. EMRYS PICTON, born 1917 [Pontypridd, December 1917, 11a 1073]. Emrys Picton married Megan E. Roles in 1939 [Pontypridd, December 1939, 11a 1779]. Emrys and Megan Picton were the parents of:



a. BRIAN PICTON, born 1940 [Pontypridd, December 1940, 11a 1091].



b. DAVID PICTON, born 1946 [Pontypridd, December 1946, 8b 1010].



c. DIANE PICTON, born 1946 [Pontypridd, December 1946, 8b 1010].



vii. MYRTLE PICTON, born 1919 [Pontypridd, December 1919, 11a 1054]. Myrtle Picton married ----- Jones in 1938 [Pontypridd, December 1938, 11a 1175].



m. EDITH PICTON, born 1877 at Cwm Clydach, Glamorganshire [Pontypridd, December 1877, 11a 403]. She was living with her parents in the 1881 Census, aged 3 [RG 11/5306/9]. She was living at Clydach with her parents in the 1891 Census, a servant aged 14 [RG 12/4426/126]. An Edith Picton married in 1897 [Pontypridd, September 1897, 11a 723]. Her husband was either Richard Jones or John Henry Goodridge.



There was also a John Picton of High Freystrop, born in 1852. He was buried on 11 February 1853 at Freystrop, aged 11 weeks.



5. JOHN PICTON, bapt. 13 August 1826 at Freystrop. He was buried there on 10 December 1827, aged 17 months.



6. JOHN PICTON, bapt. 22 June 1828 at Freystrop. He was living with his parents at Freystrop in the 1841 Census, aged 12 [HO 107/1449/5/21]. He is probably the John Picton, aged 22, born at Freystrop, who was a lodger at Danyderi Colliery, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1851 Census [HO 107/2458/681]. John Picton married in 1851 to Letitia Roberts [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1851, 26 747]. John Picton was living at 3 Cellars, Troedyrhiw, in the 1861 Census, a coal miner, aged 31, born at Freystrop [RG 9/4055/26]. His wife, Letitia Picton, was living with him, aged 31, born at Steynton. John Picton was living at 22 Jones's Square, Troedyrhiw, in the 1871 Census, a collier aged 42, born at Haverfordwest [RG 10/5392/57]. Also living with him was his wife, Letitia Picton, aged 42, born at Steynton.



He is probably the John Picton recorded living at 58 Crescent Street, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1881 Census [RG 11/5311/38]. He was a coal miner, aged 51, and living with his son-in-law, James Bowen, aged 31, and his daughter, Mary Jane Bowen. Also living at this address were his wife, Letitia Picton, aged 51, born at Steynton. John Picton was living at 58 Crescent Street, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1891 Census, a collier aged 62, born in Pembrokeshire [RG 12/4435/119]. His wife, Letitia Picton, was living with him, aged 62, born in Pembrokeshire. James Bowen, his son-in-law, was living with his family next door. John Picton was living at 58 Crescent, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1901 Census, a coal hewer aged 72, together with his wife, Letitia Picton, aged 72 also [RG 13/5027/103]. He is probably the John Picton who died in 1903, aged 74 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1903, 11a 332]. His widow, Letitia Picton, died in 1909, aged 79 [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1909, 11a 364]. John and Letitia Picton were the parents of:



a. WILLIAM PICTON, born 1852 at Merthyr [Merthyr Tydfil, March 1852, 11a 239]. He was living with his parents in the 1861 Census, aged 9 [RG 9/4055/26]. He was living with his parents in the 1871 Census, a collier aged 19 [RG 10/5392/57]. He is probably the William Picton living at 67 Dumfries Street, Ystradyfodwg, in the 1881 Census, aged 28, born at Troedyrhiw [RG 11/5300/123]. He was living with William Bowen, aged 55, a coal miner, born at East Buckland (?) and his wife, Jane Bowen, aged 52, born at Llanrhydian. Also living with them were their two children, William Bowen, a coal miner, aged 20, born at Troedyrhiw and Elizabeth Bowen, aged 16, born at Troedyrhiw [RG 11/5300/123]. He could not be traced in the 1891 Census of Wales.



b. MARY JANE PICTON, born 1854 at Tredegar, Monmouthshire [Abergavenny, December 1854, 11a 94]. She was living with her parents in the 1861 Census, aged 6 [RG 9/4055/26]. She was living with her parents in the 1871 Census, a scholar aged 16 [RG 10/5392/57]. Mary Jane Picton married James Bowen in 1872 [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1872, 11a 855]. James Bowen was living at 58 Crescent Street, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1881 Census, a coal miner aged 31, born at Barnstaple, with his wife, Mary Jane Bowen, aged 26, born at Troedyrhiw [RG 11/5311/38]. James Bowen was living at 58 Crescent Street, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1891 Census, a collier aged 43 [RG 12/4435/119]. Also living with him was his wife, Mary Jane Bowen, aged 37. James and Mary Jane Bowen were the parents of:



i. SARAH ANN BOWEN, born 1876 at Pontypridd [Pontypridd, June 1876, 11a 354]. She was living with her parents in the 1881 Census, aged 4 [RG 11/5311/38]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, a dressmaker aged 14 [RG 12/4435/119].



ii. MARY JANE BOWEN, born 1878 at Pontypridd [Pontypridd, December 1877, 11a 336]. She was living with her parents in the 1881 Census, aged 3 [RG 11/5311/38]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 13 [RG 12/4435/119].



iii. EDITH BOWEN, born 1885 at Merthyr Vale [Merthyr Tydfil, June 1885, 11a 518]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 5 [RG 12/4435/119].



iv. FREDERICK BOWEN, born 1888 at Merthyr Vale. He was living with his parents in the 1891 Census, aged 2 [RG 12/4435/119].



c. JAMES PICTON, born 1857 at Troedyrhiw [Merthyr Tydfil, December 1857, 11a 296]. He was a collier living with his parents in the 1871 Census, aged 13 [RG 10/5392/57]. James Picton was living at 58 Crescent Street, Merthyr Tydfil, in the 1881 Census, aged 23, with his father and sister [RG 11/5311/38]. James Picton married Elizabeth Williams [born ca 1869/70] in 1889 [Merthyr Tydfil, September 1889, 11a 844]. He was probably the James Picton living at 38 Church Street, Penrhiwceiber, in the 1891 Census, a collier aged 33, born in Monmouthshire [RG 12/4415/81]. Also living with him was his wife, Elizabeth Picton, aged 21, born in Monmouthshire. The family could not be traced in the 1901 Census of Wales. James Picton probably died in 1925, aged 68 [Pontypridd, March 1925, 11a 702]. Elizabeth Picton died in 1954, aged 84 [Pontypridd, June 1954, 8b 458]. James and Elizabeth Picton were the parents of:



i. MARGARET PICTON, born 1890 [Pontypridd, June 1890, 11a 446]. She was living with her parents in the 1891 Census, aged 9 months [RG 12/4415/81].



ii. EDMUND JOHN PICTON, born 1906 [Pontypridd, June 1906, 11a 564]. Edmund J. Picton married Edna May Hoskins [born 3 December 1913] in 1933 [Pontypridd, December 1933, 11a 1256]. Edmund John Picton died in 1972, aged 66 [Pontypridd, June 1972, 8b 2243]. Edna May Picton died in August 1997, aged 83 [Merthyr Tydfil, August 1997, A92A 114]. Edmund and Edna Picton were the parents of:



a. EDMUND JAMES PICTON, born 1935 [Pontypridd, December 1935, 11a 618]. Edmund Picton was the father of:



i. GLYNDWR PICTON,



b. GLYNDWR JAMES PICTON, born 1937 [Pontypridd, December 1937, 11a 576]. Glyndwr James Picton married Jocelyn Ann Bower [born 1937]. He was living at 12 Sandcroft Road, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7NP in 2001. Glyndwr and Jocelyn Picton are the parents of:



i. ANTHONY MICHAEL PICTON, born 1961. Anthony Michael Picton married Jacqueline Tracy Cooke. Anthony and Jacqueline Picton are the parents of:



a. SOPHIE ALEXANDRA PICTON, born 1990.



b. REBECCA OLIVIA PICTON, born 1993.



ii. RICHARD JAMES PICTON, born 1963.



iii. ELIZABETH LOUISE PICTON, born 1974.



c. IRENE ELIZABETH PICTON, born 1939 [Pontypridd, September 1939, 11a 711].



d. WILLIAM C. PICTON, born 1939 [Pontypridd, September 1939, 11a 712].



e. MARGERY JEAN PICTON, born 1941 [Pontypridd, March 1941, 11a 954].



f. CYRIL CLIFFORD PICTON, born 1946 [Pontypridd, September 1946, 8b 899].



g. GLENYS BARBARA PICTON, born 1948 [Pontypridd, September 1948, 8b 761].



7. JAMES PICTON, bapt. 10 October 1830 at Freystrop. He was buried there on 18 March 1831, aged 6 months.



8. JAMES PICTON, bapt. 27 February 1832 at Freystrop. He was buried there on 25 June 1834, aged 2.



9. JOSEPH PICTON, bapt. 17 February 1834 at Freystrop. He was buried there on 15 July 1834, aged 4 months.





1881 Census Entries



Dwelling: 2 Tions ? Court, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan [RG 11/5311/89]



William PICTON M 30 M b. Neath, Glamorgan

Rel: Head Occ: Iron Worker

Mary A. PICTON M 32 F b. Merthyr, Glamorgan

Rel: Wife

Jeannette PICTON 8 F b. Merthyr, Glamorgan

Rel: Daur Occ: Scholar

Edward PICTON 6 M b. Merthyr, Glamorgan

Rel: Son Occ: Scholar

Harriet PICTON 4 F b. Merthyr, Glamorgan

Rel: Daur

Elizabeth CHARLTON W 70 F b. Merthyr, Glamorgan



Census - 1880 US Census

76. John P. PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Illinois
Self   Gender: Male  Birth: <1841> WALES
77. Job PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Pennsylvania
Self   Gender: Male  Birth: <1824> WALES
78. Henry PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Illinois
Self   Gender: Male  Birth: <1836> WALES
79. Phoebe PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Illinois
Wife   Gender: Female  Birth: <1858> WALES
80. Stephen PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Self   Gender: Male  Birth: <1826> WALES
81. Elizabeth PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Wife   Gender: Female  Birth: <1832> WALES
82. James PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Son   Gender: Male  Birth: <1856> WALES
83. Margaret PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Dau   Gender: Female  Birth: <1863> WALES
84. Thomas PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Son   Gender: Male  Birth: <1864> WALES
85. Richard C. PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Son   Gender: Male  Birth: <1866> WALES
86. Ann PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Dau   Gender: Female  Birth: <1868> WALES
87. John R. PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Son   Gender: Male  Birth: <1869> WALES
88. Sarah PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Kansas
Dau   Gender: Female  Birth: <1871> WALES
89. George PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Pennsylvania
Self   Gender: Male  Birth: <1837> WAL
90. Elizabeth PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Pennsylvania
Wife   Gender: Female  Birth: <1837> WAL
91. Thomas PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Pennsylvania
Son   Gender: Male  Birth: <1861> WAL
92. Joseph PICTON - 1880 United States Census / Pennsylvania
Self   Gender: Male  Birth: <1830> WALES

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