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Pickering

Th reference to Nathaniell Pickard giving evidence in 1670 may be mistaken transcription of the Pickering family name.  A Martha Pickering of Wicombe was in receipt of poor relief in the same year and  the reference to somebody called ‘Picke’ as a recipient of poor relief in the same year may be another transcription error. There are frequent references to the family in the 18th century churchwarden accounts and poor-law records. The family appear as both recipients of poor relief and as overseers but it is not clear which estate they were responsible for.
James Pickering was listed in the Chewton Mendip Vestry Book records as paying rates in the 1750s and 1760s.
Betty Pickering was investigated by Chewton Mendip parish  to determine the father of ‘her two bastards’ in 1771. She was probably living in Widcombe.
John Pickering was living in Burgess Combe in the Victorian era when his children attended Chewton Mendip school.
The Richard Pickford who was a tenant at Eaker Hill in 1910 may have realy been a member of the Pickering family.
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