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1734 The court proceeded to lay the County levy: Micajah Pickett and Mace Pickett were paid per account. Dated December 13. [1] By 1739, Mace Pickett was involved in law enforcement activities. [2]

1744/45 Mace Pickett had a wife named Elizabeth. [3] [4]

1746 Mace Pickett was accused of trying to take his brother James' girlfriend. "Mace Pickett being admitted to jail by John Taylor, Gent. upon a complaint by James Pickett & Peggy Dunn and being brought before the court, it is ordered the sheriff keep Mace in custody till he enters into a bond of 50 pounds with two securities of 25 pounds each for his good behavior for one year". [5]

1750 Lands held by Maze Pickett in Caroline County were granted by patent to William Daniel by a Virginia Land Council meeting on June 13. [6]

1759 Justices of Caroline County Virginia were to take depositions relevant to the case now pending in Salisbury Court between James Picket the younger, plaintiff, and Henry Downes, for detaining a negro woman named Lucy [Luce]. Particularly singles out John Picket the elder and Mace or Mose Picket, perhaps this one, of Caroline for deposition. James Picket Jr was also contesting Downes' possession of a boy named Daniel. [7]

1760 On 27 March, John Taylor was appointed overseer of the Road from Pickett's ford down into the Dundee road. Orange County, Virginia. [8]

1765 John Pickett Senior and Mary, his wife, of Caroline County, conveyed by deed of gift, to Mace Pickett, son of the said John and Mary Pickett, all that tract of land the said John and Mary Pickett hold in South Farnham Parish, Essex County, containing 125 acres, and adjoining lands of William Cox and Henry Cox, and Piscataway Creek. Dated February 20. Witnesses: Edward Vauter, William Pickett Jr, Mace (M, his mark) Pickett Junr. Proved June 17 1765. [9] [10] [11] On September 19, a visit was made to assure that Mary Pickett consented to the sale. [12]

1765 Mace Picket was a freeholder who voted (he appeared on two lists) in the election of Burgesses for Essex County, Virginia on July 9, 1765. [13]

1766 Mace Pickett was granted 339 acres in Drysdale Parish, Caroline County, Virginia. Dated April 6. Signed December 11, 1780. [14]

1768 Mace Picket was polled in the election of Burgesses at Tappahannock for Essex County, Virginia on 24 Nov 1768. [15]

1773 Mace Pickett and wife Elizabeth sold 125 acres of land to William Roane. Dated February 20. Mace's parents, John and Mary Pickett, had given the land to Mace by deed dated February 25, 1765. [16]

1775 Mace Pickett (perhaps this one or his son) posted a newspaper notice stating that he had purchased from Henry Pickett (deceased), and was the owner of, 400 acres of land on the north east side of Madison's gap. [17]


1775 Mace Pickett purchased land from Henry Pickett.
Purdie's Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Virginia, November 3, 1775. [18]

1777 Mace Pickett published a story in the Virginia Gazette newspaper telling of the success his wife had with healing cancer. [19] [20]

1780 Mace Pickett Jr and Elizabeth Pickett (relationship not stated) witnessed a deed by Thomas Streshley [21]

1780 Mace Pickett and John Pickett were granted land. Dated December 11. [22] A Commonwealth grant and patent was made to Mace Pickett (perhaps this one or his son), 339 acres. [23]

1782 Mace Pickett (perhaps this one or his son) lived in Orange County, Virginia in the 1782 census with 3 white and 3 dwelling buildings.

1782 Micajah Neal and Milly Beasley were married on August 3, with consent of father James Beasley. Mace Pickett provided security. [24]

1785 Mace Pickett (perhaps this one or his son) lived in Orange County, Virginia in the 1785 census with 5 white and 1 dwelling buildings and 1 other building.

1792 Esther Pickett, daughter of Mace Pickett (likely the son of this Mace Pickett), married Benjamin Powell on December 24, in Orange County, Virginia [25].

1793 Elizabeth died in Caroline County by this time. [26]

Research Notes:

1812 William Pickett certified that he was the elder brother of Jeremiah Pickett, a soldier in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. William Pickett was living in Caroline County, Virginia. William was the only known surviving brother of Jeremiah, and was therefore the heir at law of the deceased child of Jeremiah. Dated October 8, 1812. [27] [28]

Mace Pickett was one of a gang of men in debt to Robert Willis, who were incited by Benjamin Rennolds, a tavern-keeper, to destroy the tavern of Robert Willis. Benjamin Rennolds hoped to gain the contract, held by Robert Willis, to supply the court with small beer. Rennolds was indicted, but the jury, mostly friends of Rennolds, refused to convict him. Willis' tavern license was revoked, due to public opinion. [29]

Rev. John Brunskill, of Caroline County, was constantly in tavern brawls and "engaged in a feud with Mace Pickett, the parish bully, which lasted over twenty years." [30]


Footnotes:

[1] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1732-1740, Part One 1732-34/5 (Washington: 1965), 85, [GoogleBooks].

[2] Patricia Finn Hunter, Pickett Cousins, a 350 year history 1640-1990 (self-published, 1991), 19, [GoogleBooks].

[3] Patricia Finn Hunter, Pickett Cousins, a 350 year history 1640-1990 (self-published, 1991), 19, [GoogleBooks].

[4] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part Three 1744-46 (Washington:), 11.

[5] Patricia Finn Hunter, Pickett Cousins, a 350 year history 1640-1990 (self-published, 1991), 19, [GoogleBooks].

[6] Wilmer L. Hall, ed., Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia, Vol. V (1945), 432, [HathiTrust].

[7] Larry W. Cates, "Abstracts of Civil Actions from Salisbury Supreme Court 1757-1759," North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal 39 (2013), 152.

[8] Ann Brush Miller, Virginia Transportation Research Council, Orange County road orders, 1750-1800 (1989), 67, [Virginia_Department_Transportation].

[9] Mary Marshall Brewer, Essex County, Virginia, Land Records, 1761 - 1772 (2006), 70, citing Essex county deed book 30-24.

[10] Clayton Torrence, "Pickett Family of Virginia," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 49 (1941), 80-86, 186-190, at 187, Deed book 30 p 24, [JSTOR(UM)], [JSTOR(UM)].

[11] Patricia Finn Hunter, Pickett Cousins, a 350 year history 1640-1990 (self-published, 1991), 20, [GoogleBooks].

[12] Mary Marshall Brewer, Essex County, Virginia, Land Records, 1761 - 1772 (2006), 75, citing Essex county deed book 30-57.

[13] "A poll taken for the electing burgesses in Essex County at Tappahannock on ... 24th Novmr 1768" Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Genealogical Society Quarterly) 6 (1968), 67, middle column, citing Deed book 30, [Ancestry_VGSQ].

[14] Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, Land Grant Abstracts, Library of Virginia, D-327, [Library of Virginia].

[15] "A poll taken for the electing burgesses in Essex County at Tappahannock on ... 24th Novmr 1768" Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Genealogical Society Quarterly) 6 (1968), 84, columns 1 and 3, citing deed book 30-243, [Ancestry_VGSQ].

[16] Mary Marshall Brewer, Essex County, Virginia, Land Records, 1772-1786 (2006), 14, citing deed book 31-124.

[17] Newspaper, Virginia Gazette, November 3, 1775, page 3, col 1.

[18] Purdie's Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Virginia, November 3, 1775, page 3, [NewspapersClip].

[19] Virginia Gazette Archival images online, July 11, 1777, page 4, column 1, [VirginiaGazette Image], [VirginiaGazette Browse].

[20] Patricia Finn Hunter, Pickett Cousins, a 350 year history 1640-1990 (self-published, 1991), 21, [GoogleBooks].

[21] Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Deed Abstracts of Orange County, Virginia, (1778-1786) (The Antient Press, c1986), 51.

[22] William Armstrong Crozier, Virginia County Records, Vol. 7 (New Jersey: 1910), 32, [HathiTrust].

[23] Marshall Wingfield, A History of Caroline County, Virginia, from its formation in 1727 to 1924 (Richmond: Press of Trevvet Christian & Co., 1924), 77, Book D, page 327, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust].

[24] William Armstrong Crozier, Virginia County Records, Vol. 7 (New Jersey: 1910), 45, [HathiTrust].

[25] FamilySearch.org, [FamilySearchRecord].

[26] Patricia Finn Hunter, Pickett Cousins, a 350 year history 1640-1990 (self-published, 1991), 19, [GoogleBooks].

[27] Transcription from Southern Campaign Rev. War Pension Statements, [URL].

[28] Searchable index for pensions, [URL].

[29] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 79-80, [GoogleBooks].

[30] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 99, [GoogleBooks].