The Pickering Project

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This is section represents the compilation of an on-going research effort into the Mystery of Della Pickering. Because of the wealth of clues and leads that has been laid bare regarding this mystery, I thought it best that separate web-pages be devoted to this research effort. While we are not 100% certain of the connection between our "Della Pickering" who married our "Frank Gaume" in 1867 in Wisconsin and who died in June of 1868 with the "Cordilla Pickering" listed as marrying a "Frank Guam" and dying at a young age in Michigan, I would be remiss in not recording what I have been able to learn of the Pickering family who first appears in Salem, Massachusetts, is later found in Central Massachusetts, and is then traced down into Pennsylvania and the old Northwest. I could very well be "barking up the wrong tree", but I believe that unless you follow all possible leads and search for the truth as far as you can possibly go, even if means creeping down blind alleys and stepping through mine-fields of genealogical controversy, you never will find the actual truth.

As I researched this further, I learned that there was more to Della Pickering's pedigree than just the Pickering line and along the way there were some interesting discoveries, such as learning that the pedigree of my great-great grandmother has been traced in some histories to a fictitious character of a play by Shakespeare, and some surprises such as finding a well-documented descent from an ancestor of Della Pickering that connects me as cousin to two US Presidents. Finally, I show how it is possible for to trace my ancestry back to historic figures of English and European nobility and even further to mythic and legendary figures of the dim past. (Read more...)


See the chart Charlemagne-to-Me (click image above)

Watch Your Step!

Some of the floorboards in here are a little loose, so allow me to point out where some of the holes are:

  • As I mentioned above, we are not 100% certain of the connection between our "Della Pickering" who married our "Frank Gaume" in 1867 in Wisconsin and who died in June of 1868 with the "Cordilla Pickering" listed as marrying a "Frank Guam" and dying at a young age in Michigan.
  • William Eaton is the weakest link in the chain between the Eaton's of Massachusetts and the Eatons (Eytons) of Shropshire. The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623 shows a William (Willimus) as son of Henry Eyton, but indicates for him "s.p." (sine proles) - without issue.
  • Katherine Talbot, shown to be a daughter of John Talbot 1st Earl of Shrewsbury does not appear to be a daughter of the two known wives of John Talbot. So, is she actually the daughter of John Talbot?

Legend:

All of the these lines are ancestral lines of Cordelia Pickering, but to better understand the relationships I have identified four distinct ancestral lines as designated below.

The person is an ancestor of Cordelia Pickering, but is not a member of the other three lines below.
The person is an ancestor of Katherine Talbot, but is not a member of the two lines below.
The person is an ancestor of Anna Savage, but is not a member of the line below.
The person is an ancestor of Elizabeth of Ruddlan