Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Six John Pickering of One Family.
Captain John Pickering was of Portsmouth. He was a descendant of John Pickering, one of the earliest settlers of that town. The Pickerings had a military reputation. There were six of the family bearing the name of John. John Pickering, 2d, was captain of the militia in Portsmouth for a number of years, and Belknap describes him as a man of "a rough and adventurous spirit, and a lawyer." His son, John, 3d, had three sons, John (4th), Thomas, and Daniel. John 4th was the subject of this note. We hear nothing of him after this date. He probably died unmarried. His brother, Thomas, was killed in 1746 by the Indians, in the neighborhood of Caeco Bay. He left a wife, three sons and six daugh- ters. His wife was Dorothy Stover, born at " Cape Neddock," in 1707 and died in 1791, aged 84 years. Capt. Thomas Pickering, her second son commanded the Hamden, and was killed in an engagement with an India man of superior metal and force. Lydia, the fifth daughter, married Dea. Samuel Drown, of Portsmouth, a noted patriot of the Revolution.