Catherine Pickingill, sister of George Pickingill

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Catherine Pickingill  ( 1832 – 1913 )

 

10.           CATHERINE PICKINGILL  was born in Hockley, Essex and was christened February 26, 1832 at the church in Hockley.

The entry from the Hockley parish register:

Baptisms 1832 Page No. 65.  No. 515.

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

1832 Feby. 26th.  / Catharine Daughter of  /  Charles & Susannah  /   Pickingill  /  Hockley /  Labourer /  G. Swayne Vicar.

 

Father:           Charles Pickingill                             (No.1)

Mother:          Susannah Cudmore                         (also known as Hannah)

 

In 1841, Catherine Pickingill and her older sister, Martha, were living in the Rochford Union Workhouse in Rochford, Essex.

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

Name - Age Sex - Profession - Born in County ?

Rochford Union Workhouse

Martha Pickingill       10   F           Schoolboy             Yes
Cathrine Pickingill    8    F                Do                       Yes

 

In 1851, Catherine Pickengale is back living in Hockley, Essex.   She is working as a house servant in the household of Thomas Cooch.

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

Name - Relationship to Head - Married or Single - Age - Sex – Occupation - Birthplace

Thomas Cooch                Head                Widr   64 M  Farmer 219 Acres  4 Lab       Essex   Woodham Ferris
Mary Hurley                    Housekeepr  Mar      70 F                                                         Do      Hockley
Samuel Hurley                Nephew         Un       30 M   Ag  Lab                                       Do      Thundersley
Cattherine Pickengale  Servant          Un       18 F    House Servant                            Do      Hockley
John Prentice                  Servant          Un       51 M   Ag    Lab                                        Do     Eastwood
Henery Bacon                 Servant                        17 M    Do   Do                                         Do     Hockley

 

Catherine Pickergill married GEORGE COCKS on September 26, 1855 at the church in Great Wakering, Essex.

From the marriage certificate, we have the following information:

Registration District:  Rochford
(1855).  Marriage solemnized at Parish Church in the Parish of Great Wakering in the County of Essex

No. 117

When Married.  Sept 26 1855.

Name and Surname.                                  George Cocks            Catherine Pickergill
Age.                                                                Full                             Full
Condition.                                                     Bachelor                    Spinster
Rank or Profession.                                     Labourer
Residence at the time of Marriage.          Great Wakering      Great Wakering
Father’s Name and Surname.                   William Cocks         Charles Pickergill
Rank or Profession of Father.                   Labourer.                  Labourer.

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church, after Banns by me, Frederic Thackeray M A Curate

This Marriage was solemnized between us,
                           George Cocks  his X mark          Catherine Pickergill

In the Presence of us,
                           Charles Gardner                          Emma Cocks

 

George Cocks was born ca. 1828 in Great Stambridge, Essex and was a son of William and Mary Cocks.

For further information on the Cocks family (click on the link).

 

In 1857, George and Catherine Cocks were living in Great Wakering, Essex at the time their daughter Sarah Ann was born.  Then by 1860 or 1861 they were in North Shoebury, Essex where their son George was born.

 

George and Catherine Cocks were present at the marriage of Martha Miller and William Smith on September 17, 1859 at the church in Rochford, Essex.  Martha Miller was Catherine Cocks’ sister.

George and Catherine leave their marks on the marriage record.

 

In 1861, George and Catherine Cox were living in Barling, Essex.  George Cocks is an Agricultural Laborer.

From the 1861 Census of Barling, we find the following:

Name - Relationship to Head - Married or Single - Age - Sex – Occupation - Birthplace

Cuttlers Cottage

George Cox           Head  mar  33  M       Ag Labr..                Essex    Lite. Stambridge
Cathrine     Do.    Wife    mar  26  F                                        Essex    Hockley
Sarah Ann Do.    Daur               4   F                                        Essex   Gt Wakering
George C.  Do.      Son               10 mo M                                 Essex   N Shoebury

 

By 1864, George and Catherine Cocks were living in South Shoebury, Essex.

 

Charles Pickingill was probably living with his daughter and son in law, George and Catherine Cocks, for a while in South Shoebury.

Charles Pickingill died in South Shoebury on May 25, 1867.  George Cocks was the informant on the death certificate and he made a mark “X” for his signature.

 

In 1871, George and Catherine Cocks were living in South Shoebury, Essex.  George Cocks was a Brickfield Laborer.

From the 1871 Census of South Shoebury, we find the following:

Name - Relationship to Head - Married or Single - Age - Sex – Occupation - Birthplace

22  [Elder Walk ?]

George Cocks    Head  Mar  43  M                                       Essex Stambridge
Catherine   D     Wife   Mar  31  F  Brickfield Lab*               D     Hockly
George       D      Son               10  M                                           D    North Shoeby
William        D    Son                 7  M   Scholar                          D    South Shoeby
Edmund      D    Son                 3  M                                           D               D

* Note the enumerator probably meant to put “Brickfield Lab” in the line for George Cocks, not in the line for his wife Catherine.

 

In 1874, The Cocks family immigrated from England to Canada.   They settled in Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario Province.  William and Martha Smith went to Fitzroy earlier in 1873.  Martha Smith and Catherine Cocks are sisters.

 

In the 1875 birth record of his son, Majedy Mark Cox, George Cocks is described as a Laborer of Fitzroy and he left a mark “X” for his signature.

 

In 1881, George and Catherine Cox were living in Fitzroy, Carlton County, Ontario Province, Canada.  George Cocks was a Brickmaker.

From the 1881 Census of Fitzroy, we have the following:

Name - Marital Status - Gender - Ethnic Origin - Age - Birthplace - Occupation - Religion

George Cox                     M         Male       English      50   England    Brickmaker    Methodist Canada
Katherine Cox                M         Female   English       45   England                             Methodist Canada
George Charles Cox                   Male       English      20   England    Brick Maker   Methodist Canada
William Henry Cox                    Male       English      18   England    Brick Maker   Methodist Canada
Edmund Cox                               Male       English      13   England                              Methodist Canada
Emmir Cox                                  Female   English         8    England                             Methodist Canada
Mijordee M. Cox                        Male       English        6   O (Ontario)                        Methodist Canada

Next door to the Cox’s was William and Martha Smith.  William Smith was also a Brick Maker.

 

In 1891, George and Catherine Cox were living in the area of Nipissing and Himsworth South, Muskoko and Parry Sound, Ontario Province, Canada.  George Cocks was a Farmer.

From the 1891 Census of Nipissing and Himsworth South, Ontario, enumerated the 6th day of April 1891, we have the following:

W 324

Name - Sex - Age - Marital Status - Relationship to Head - Birthplace - Birthplace of Father - Birthplace of Mother - Religion - Occupation -  Can Read - Can Write

Cox  George       M   63  M    -     England   England   England      Ch. Of England  Farmer   -    -
         Katherine  F     59  M   W                                                                                            /   /
         Emma        F    19          D                                                                                           /   /
         Madjedie   M   16         S       Ont                                                                                /   /

George Cocks was the only one that can’t read or write in the above.

 

In 1901, Catherine Cox, age 57, and her son Majadie were living in the village of Powassan, Himsworth (North-South), Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario Province, Canada.  The census states that Catherine Cocks was married but George Cocks is not with them at the time.

From the 1901 Census of the above described place, we find the following:

Village of Powassan

Name - Sex - Race - Relationship to Head - Marital Status - Birthdate - Age - Birthplace - Year of Immigration - Occupation

Cox   Cathrine       F   W   Head   M   [20] Feb 1834       57   England  1874
        Majadie M    M   W   Son       S   [9]   March 1875   26   Ont                      Sectionman

 

In 1911, Catherine Cox, age 79, a widow, is living with her son’s family in Powassan, Perry Sound, Ontario Province, Canada.

From the 1911 Census of Powassan, Ontario, we find the following:

Name - Sex - Relationship to Head - Marital Status - Birthdate - Age - Birthplace - Occupation - Race - Nationality - Religion - Occupation

Cox   Ma[      ] M.      M   Head           M      March 1874   37      O             English    Canadian   Anglican  [----]
         [           ]               F    Wife             M      Dec     1888   23      O             English    Canadian   Anglican
         [           ] H          F    daughter     S         Nov     1909     2     O             English    Canadian   Anglican
        Catherine           F    mother        W        Feb     1832    79    England   English    Canadian  Anglican

The censuses of Canada are generally poor, as far as being able to read them, and the 1911 census was the worse of them.

Using the information from the 1901 and 1911 censuses, it appears that Catherine Cocks was born February 20, 1832.

 

Catherine Cocks died at the age of 82 years on December 3, 1913 in Powassan, Ontario Province, Canada.

From the Death record, we have the following information:

Name.                                                                     Catherine Cox
Sex.                                                                          female
Age.                                                                          82 Yrs
Date of Death.                                                       Dec. 3rd 1913
Date of Birth.                                                         [blank]
Place of Death.                                                      Powassan
Occupation.                                                             ---
Single, Widowed or Divorced.                             Widow
Name of Father.                                                     Charles Pickingill
Maiden Name of Mother.                                      ---
Cause of Death.                                                       Old Age
Name of Physician who attended Deceased.   Dr. Dillame
Name of Informant.                                                Mary Cox
Address.                                                                    Pawassan

 

I asked Douglas Cox who is a descendant of the Cox family in Powassan, Ontario if there were any stories that was passed down the family from England and from the email from Doug dated May 16, 2009 Saturday 3:21 AM, we have the following:

“the only story's about the family that have been passed down that my dad and grand dad recalled were how we were Brick Makers for several years even in Powassan for a time, and that ''the Cox's were deported from England for multiple horse theft '' well whether that story is true or not I’m not sure, I will one day pass it on to my kids as well!”

 

This would apply to the Smith family too since William and Martha Smith went to Fitzroy, Ontario, Canada in 1873 and then George and Catherine Cocks went to Fitzroy in 1874.  Both families were Brick Makers too.

 

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

"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.

 

One wonders if  George Pickingill got a supply of horses to sell at the Horse Fairs from George Cocks and William Smith.  George Pickingill was their brother-in-law.

 

 

Research notes:

In light of the information from the Cox family in Powassan, Canada stating that they left England because of multiple horse theft, I did some checking of the England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, on Ancestry.com

This set of records does not contain all the crimes that were committed in Essex, there were obviously other different paths were people indicted were treated, so I would say this is only a partial record of what is available to check (but the only set of records at this time available online).

I didn’t find any relevant listings for George Cocks/Cock/Cox in this set of records.

But concerning William Smith there were two entries that are of interest:

 

1.  1868

Original Page No. 199

Liberty of Havering Atte Bower in Essex

Return of all Persons Committed, or Bailed to appear for Trail, or Indicted at any Session of the Peace, held during the Year 1868, within the Jurisdiction of the Liberty of Havering Atte Bower shewing the nature of their Offense, and the result of the Proceedings.

No. 5    James Day          Sheepstealing   Felony        3 April 1868
No. 6    William Smith       Ditto                  Do             same Session
No. 7    Edward Baker        Ditto                  Do             same Session
No. 8    Charles Baker        Ditto                  Do             same Session

James Day and William Smith - five years Penal Servitude

Edward Baker - Imprisonment - two years hard labor

Charles Baker - acquitted

 

2.   1872

Original Page No. 165

County of Essex

Return of all Persons Committed, or Bail to appear for Trail, or Indicted at the General Quarter Session held at Chelmsford on the 31st. day of December 1872, shewing the nature of their Offenses, and the result of the Proceedings.

No. 5    William Gates    Horsestealing       Imprisonment - 12 months

No. 6    William Smith   Horsestealing after former conviction for felony
                                                                                 Penal Servitude - 7 years

 

I read that most of these type of sentencing are usually the prisoner is sent to farms to work (probably at no pay?).  Which provides means for escaping.  If this was our William Smith then it looks as he escaped his place of forced-work, met up with his wife and then went  to Canada so he doesn’t have to spent 7 years working at farms in Essex (with no pay?).

Also I do notice that in the 1861 census, George Cocks’ father, William Cocks, was a shepherd and you do see that this William Smith was convicted of sheep stealing in 1868.

BUT OF COURSE - we need to prove that this is the same William Smith because of the common name of Smith.  So further criminal records need to be checked, perhaps the Quarter Sessions?

 

 

 

CHILDREN OF GEORGE AND CATHERINE (PICKINGILL) COCKS:

 

 

25.          SARAH ANN COCKS  was born ca. 1857 in Great Wakering, Essex.

In 1861, Sarah Ann Cox, age 4, was living with her parents in Barling, Essex (see above for details in the census).

 

 

26.  +       GEORGE CHARLES COCKS  was born May 20, 1860 in North Shoebury, Essex.

George married Mary Ann Rivett and then Mary Jane Wiggins.

 

 

27.  +       WILLIAM HENRY COCKS  was born September 9, 1862 in South Shoebury, Essex.

William married Margaret Goth.

 

 

28.          EDMUND COCKS  was born ca. 1868 in South Shoebury, Essex.

In 1871, Edmund Cocks, age 3, was living with his parents in South Shoebury, Essex (see above for details in the census).

In 1881, Edmund Cox, age 13, was living with his parents in Fitzroy, Carlton, Ontario, Canada (see above for details in the census).

 

 

29.           EMMA COCKS  was born ca. 1872 in England.

In 1881, “Emmir” Cox, age 8, was living with her parents in Fitzroy, Carlton, Ontario, Canada (see above for details in the census).

In 1891, Emma Cox, age 19, was living with her parents in the area of Nipissing and Himsworth South, Muskoko and Parry Sound, Ontario Province, Canada (see above for details in the census).

 

 

30.  +       MAJEDY MARK COCKS  was born March 19, 1875 in Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada.

Madjedie married Mabel F. Finch.

 

 

Sources:

1.    Parish registers for Hockley, Essex, England.  FHL British Film 1593600 Items 14 - 31.  Christenings: 1832 Catharine Pickingill.  Searched and Extracted March 18, 2008 Tuesday.

2.     1841 Census of England, Essex, Rochford, District Rochford Union Workhouse, Image No. 3, Ancestry.com.  Public Record Office reference: HO 107 / 337 / 17, Original Page No. 6, Stamped Page No. 51, Martha and Cathrine Pickingill in the Workhouse.   March 2, 2008 Sunday 3:54 PM.

3.     1851 Census of England, Essex, Hockley, District 2a, Image No. 20, Ancestry.com.  Public Record Office reference: H.O. 107 / 1777, Original Page No. 20, Stamped Page No. 29, No. of Householder’s Schedule 72, Cattherine Pickengale in the household of Thomas Cooch.    February 21, 2008 Thursday 12:39 PM.

4.    1855 Marriage Certificate of Catherine Pickergill and George Cocks.  From the General Register Office, Southport, Merseyside, England.  Received September 24, 2009 Thursday 10:00 AM.

5.    1859 Marriage Certificate of Martha Miller and William Smith.  George and Catherine Cocks were the witnesses.  From the General Register Office, Southport, Merseyside, England.   Received November 7, 2009 Saturday 10:50 AM.

6.     1861 Census of England, Essex, Barling, District 1, Image No. 7 & 8, Ancestry.com.  Public Record Office reference: R.G. 9 1086, Original Page No. 17 & 18, Stamped Page No. 12, No. of Schedule 47, Household of George Cox.  December 8, 2008 Monday 1:41 PM.

7.    1867 Death Certificate of Charles Pittingale.  George Cocks was present at the death.  From the General Register Office, Southport, Merseyside, England.   Received May 16, 2009 Saturday Morning.

8.     1871 Census of England, Essex, South Shoebury, District 5, Image No. 33, Ancestry.com.   Public Record Office reference: R.G. 10 1670, Original Page No. 33, Stamped Page No. 72, No. of Schedule 187, Household of George Cocks.   December 2, 2008 Tuesday 7:20 PM.

9.     1875 Birth record of Majedy Mark Cox.  Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1909, Carleton, 1875, Image No. 25, Ancestry.com.  Original Page No. 298, County of Carleton, Division of Township of Fitzroy.  April 17, 2009 Friday 2:42 PM.

10.     1881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Carleton, Fitzroy.  From online Familysearch.org database.  Original source: FML Film 1375867, NA Film No. C-13231, District 108, Sub-District I, Division 1, Page No. 39, Household Number 160. Household of George Cox.  April 8, 2009 Wednesday 3:00 PM.

11.     1881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Carleton, Fitzroy.  From online Familysearch.org database.  Original source: FML Film 1375867, NA Film No. C-13231, District 108, Sub-District I, Division 1, Page No. 39, Household Number 159. Household of William Smith.   April 8, 2009 Wednesday 3:05 PM.

12.     1891 Census of Canada, Ontario, Muskoka and Parry Sound, Nipissing and Himsworth South, Image No. 35, Ancestry.com.  Original Page No. 69, Lines 9-12, Household of George Cox.  April 8, 2009 Wednesday 3:15 PM.

13.     1901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Muskoka and Parry Sound, Himsworth (North-South), Image No. 9, Ancestry.com.  Original Page No. 9, Lines 13-14, Household of Cathrine Cox.  April 8, 2009 Wednesday 3:26 PM.

14.     1911 Census of Canada, Ontario, Perry Sound, Sub-district 16, Powassan, Image No. 1, Ancestry.com.  Original Page No. 1, Lines 37-40, Household of Ma[    ] Cox.   April 8, 2009 Wednesday 3:40 PM.

15.     1913 Death record of Catherine Cox.  Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1934, Parry Sound District, 1913, Image No. 68, Ancestry.com.  Original Page No. 437.  April 17, 2009 Friday 2:15 PM

16.     Email from Douglas Cox.  About the Cox family being Brickmakers and about Horse thefts.  Email dated May 16, 2009 Saturday 3:21 AM.

17.     England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, England, Essex, Ancestry.com.  1868, Image No. 12, Original page no. 199 - William Smith; 1872, Image No. 23 Original page no. 165 - William Smith.  September 6, 2009 Sunday 2:38 PM

18.     1861 census of England, Essex, Great Wakering, District 3, Image No. 1, Ancestry.com.   Public Record Office reference R.G. 9 1086, Original Page No. 1, Stamped Page No. 67, No. of Schedule 2, Household of William Cock.   January 17, 2010 Sunday 6:32 PM.

 

 

 

Last updated February 19, 2010 Friday 8:14 PM

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

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