Mary Anne Pickingill, sister of George Pickingill

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Mary Anne Pickingill  ( 1824 – ? )

 

 

6.           MARY ANNE PICKINGILL  was born in Hockley, Essex and was christened April 4, 1824 at the church in Hockley.  Her name on the baptism record is spelled Mary Anne Pittingale.

The entry from the Hockley parish register:

Baptisms 1824 Page No. 37.  No. 289.

When Baptized. – Child’s Christian Name. – Parents Names, Christian & Surname – Abode. – Profession. – By whom the ceremony was performed.

1824 April 4. / Mary Anne Daughter of.  /  Charles & Susannah  /  Pittingale  /  Hockley /  Labourer /   W. C. R. Ray Curate.

 

Father:           Charles Pickingill                            (No.1)

Mother:         Susannah Cudmore                        (also known as Hannah)

 

Mary Ann Pickingill lived with her parents in Hockley, Essex from the time of her birth in 1824 until the early 1840’s.

 

Mary Ann Pittingale married JAMES WELLS on May 31, 1841 in the church at Hockley.  Mary was listed as 17 years old on the marriage record.

From the marriage entry in the Hockley parish register

1841   Page 12.   No. 23

When Married.:  May 31st.

Name and Surname:                                    James Wells              Mary Pittingale
Age:                                                                   full age                       17 years
Condition:                                                        Bachelor                     Spinster
Rank or Profession:                                      Laborer
Residence at the time of Marriage.:       Hockley                       Hockley
Father’s Name and Surname.:                 Thomas Wells            Charles Pittingale
Rank or Profession of Father.:                 Laborer                       Laborer

Married in Parish Church Hockley   Wm Harding Vicar.

This Marriage was solemnized between us,
                          James Wells      X  his mark
                          Mary Pittingale   X  her mark

In the Presence of us,
                           Ann Lappen     X   her mark
                          Henry Baker     X    his mark

 

James Wells was born in Laindon, Essex and was a son of Thomas Wells.

 

In 1841, James and Mary Wells were living in the household of John Staines in Hockley, Essex.  James Wells was an Agricultural Laborer.

From the 1841 Census of Hockley, we find the following:

Name - Age  Sex - Profession - Born in County?

John Staines                  30     M               Ag Lab                    Y
Jane       Do                      25     F                                                   Y
Mary      Do                       3      F                                                   Y
Eliza      Do                     10      F                                                    Y
Sarah    Do                       7       F                                                   Y
Hamah Do                    11 months  F                                         Y
James Wells                 30      M                Ag Lab                     Y
Mary Do                        15      F                                                    Y

 

Based on the birthplaces of the children, James and Mary Wells moved to South Benfleet, Essex by 1842.

Then by 1848, they moved to Canvey Island, Essex.  Canvey Island was partially considered part of Pitsea parish, Essex.

From the children’s baptisms in the Chapel of Canvey Island, it states that in 1850 their home was “Bricked House, C. I.” and in 1851 their home was “Brick House Gate  C. I.”

 

In 1851, James and Mary Wells were living in Pitsea, Essex.   James Wells was an Agricultural Laborer.

From the 1851 Census of Pitsea, we find the following:

Name - Relationship – Married or Single – Age – Sex – Profession – Birthplace

Cottage

James Wells                Head   Ma     32  M       Labr Ag.           Laindon             Essex
Mary Wells                  Wife    Ma     29  F                                      Hockley                 d
James Wells                Son                  9  M                                     South Benfleet    d
Mary Wells                  Dau                  6  F                                       South Benfleet    d
Sarah Ann Wells        Dau                  3  F                                       Pitsea                     d
Hanah Wells               Dau                   1  F                                       Pitsea                     d

 

James Wells was present at the death of Edward Miller who died on September 24, 1854 at Pitsea Canvey Island, Essex.

Edward Miller was the husband of Martha who was a sister of James Wells’ wife.  He died from the Cholera.

 

It would appear that perhaps Mary Wells may have died  after 1853.  And that perhaps the father was unable to care for the children or died soon too, since the children were placed in the Billericay Union House by 1855.

Daughter Mary Wells died in the Billericay Union House in 1855 (see below in the children section).

 

In 1861, the four daughters of James and Mary Wells were in the Union Workhouse at Billericay, Essex.

From the 1861 Census of the workhouse in Billericay, we find the following:

“List of all the persons who slept or abode in this institution on the night of Sunday, April 7th, 1861.”

On the 1st page:

Name - Relationship – Married or Single – Age – Sex – Profession – Birthplace

Robert Duncan Head  Married  37 M     Master of Union Workhouse    Scotland

Several pages later:

Name - Relationship – Married or Single – Age – Sex – Profession – Birthplace

Sarah Wells    Pauper      12 F  Scholar                   Essex,  Canvey Island
Hannah Wells    Do          10 F      Do                         Essex,  Canvey Island
Phoebe Wells    Do              8 F      Do                        Essex,  Canvey Island
Emma Willis      Do             6 F       Do                        Essex,  Canvey Island

 

The following comment is interesting:

From a website constructed by Scott Bisseker for Bill Liddell, 2006, www.pickingill.com
Old George Pickingill and the History of Modern Witchcraft

"George Pickingill was an itinerant horse dealer who accompanied his Rom kinsmen to Horse Fairs.  He was renowned as a Gypsy sorcerer and met a number of his nine female leaders when travelling with the Rom.  The Gypsies have always known the favoured haunts of the traditional witches.  They had no trouble locating Pickingill covens.

Mike Howard advised me in personal correspondence dated 27th March 1997 : "Your comments about the gypsies and Pickingill covens has reminded me of an encounter I had in 1976 with a Romany called George Wells who lived in South London.  He claimed to know of Pickingill people on the Suffolk-Essex border at Brandon, and others still in the New Forest area. "Mike was not impressed and gave little heed to Wells at the time.  In hindsight this was a pity.  It may have been possible to corroborate some of the claims in the Lugh material.”

One wonders if this George Wells was a descendant of this family, directly or to a brother or cousin of the above James Wells.

 

 

Research notes:

The year 1851 is the last known year that we see James Wells, the father and the son in a record.  Same for the mother and daughter of the same name, Mary Wells.

The year is 1861 is when we find the 4 above people missing with the 4 other daughters in the Billericay Workhouse.

 I checked the death index for the period of 1851 to 1861 for the Billericay Registration district (which includes Canvey island and Billericay).  Two entries for James Wells showed up, one in 1855 and one in 1861.  Two entries for Mary Wells showed up, one in 1854 and one in 1855.

A short while back I ordered the death certificates for James Wells 1861 and Mary Wells 1855.  And it turns out that the James Wells certificate for 1861 was for a baby that died who was a son of a Thomas Wells, so that one was a reject.  The Mary Wells 1855 death turned out to be the daughter of James and Mary Wells.

I still got to order the death certificates of James Wells 1855 and Mary Wells 1854.

But now that one of the two James Wells death index entry turned out to be a reject, that means one of the James Wells, father or son, may have lived but in a different area.

 

 

 

CHILDREN OF JAMES AND MARY ANNE (PICKINGILL) WELLS:

 

 

18.           JAMES WELLS  was born ca. 1842 in South Benfleet, Essex.

In 1851, James Wells, age 9, was living with his parents in Pitsea, Essex (see above for details in the census).

 

 

19.           MARY WELLS  was born ca. 1845 in South Benfleet, Essex.

In 1851, Mary Wells, age 6, was living with her parents in Pitsea, Essex (see above for details in the census).

 

Mary Ann Wells died at the age of 10 years on March 18, 1855 in the Union Workhouse in Billericay, Essex.

The following is from the death certificate:

Registration District:  Billericay

1855 Death in the Sub-district of Great Burstead in the County of Essex

No. 33.

When and where died                                               Eighteenth March 1855 Union Workhouse Billericay
Name and surname                                                    Mary Ann Wells
Sex                                                                                 Female
Age                                                                                10 Years
Occupation                                                                  Daughter of James Wells Husbandman
Cause of death                                                             Measles Gastric Fever Debility certified
Signature, description and residence of informant
                                                     Mary Ann Highham Present at the Death Union Workhouse Billericay
When registered                                                         Twenty Second March 1855.
Signature of registrar                                                 Wm Carter Registrar

 

 

20.  x       SARAH ANN WELLS  was born in 1847 in Canvey Island, Essex and was christened December 12, 1847 in the Chapel of Canvey Island.

Sarah married John Hinton.

 

 

21.  x       HANNAH WELLS  was born in 1850 in Canvey Island, Essex and was christened June 30, 1850 in the Chapel of Canvey Island.

 

 

22.  +       PHOEBE ANN WELLS  was born in 1851 in Canvey Island, Essex and was christened December 7, 1851 in the Chapel of Canvey Island.

Phoebe married John Robert Dines.

 

 

23.  x         EMMA WELLS  was born in 1853 in Canvey Island, Essex and was christened October 9, 1853 in the Chapel of Canvey Island.

 

 

 

Sources:

1.     Parish registers for Hockley, Essex, England.  FHL British Film 1593600 Items 14 - 31.  Christenings: 1824 Mary Anne Pittingale.  Marriages: 1841 James Wells and Mary Pittingale.  Searched and Extracted March 18, 2008 Tuesday.

2.     1841 Census of England, Essex, Hockley, District 5, Image No. 4, Ancestry.com.  Public Record Office reference: HO 107 / 337 / 11, Original Page No. 8, Stamped Page No. 28, James and Mary Wells in the household of John Staines.    March 18, 2008 Tuesday 6:30 PM.

3.     Bishop’s transcripts for Chapel of Canvey Island, Essex, England.  FHL British Film 1702194 Item 5.  Christenings: 1847 Sarah Anne Wells, 1850 Hannah Wells, 1851 Phobe Ann Wells, 1853 Emma Wells.  February 2, 2010 Tuesday 10:30 AM.

4.     1851 Census of England, Essex, Pitsea, District 3b, Image No. 2, Ancestry.com.  Public Record Office reference: H.O. 107 / 1774, Original Page No. 6, Stamped Page No. [489], No. of Householder’s Schedule 7, Household of James Wells.    March 18, 2008 Tuesday 6:20 PM.

5.     1854 Death Certificate of Edward Miller.  From the General Register Office, Southport, Merseyside, England.  James Wells was present at the death.  Received November 6, 2009 Friday 10:30 AM.

6.    1855 Death Certificate of Mary Ann Wells.  From the General Register Office, Southport, Merseyside, England.  Received December 1, 2009 Tuesday.

7.     1861 Census of England, Essex, Billericay, District Union Workhouse, Image No. 1 & 8, Ancestry.com.  Public Record Office reference: R.G. 9 / 1076, Original Page No. 33 & [  ]. The sisters, Sarah Wells, Hannah Wells, Phoebe Wells, and Emma Willis, in the Workhouse.   April, 9, 2009 Thursday 1:05 PM.

8.     Website - “Old George Pickingill and the History of Modern Witchcraft” from a website constructed by Scott Bisseker for Bill Liddell, 2006, www.pickingill.com.   George Wells mentioned in an article about George Pickingill.  January 31, 2010   Sunday 7:30 PM.

 

 

 

Last updated February 18, 2010 Thursday 2:44 PM

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

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