Nelson Pickernell married Patty Pickett 7 August 1810

Nelson Pickernell was born 8 March, 1749/1750 (sources vary) and baptized in Third Parish on 15 March 1753.  He was the last of ten children of Samuel Pickernell and Esther Rogers of Kittery, Maine.  Samuel and Esther had a son named Nelson who was born 11 May 1748 and died 15 September 1749 in Kittery, and gave that name to the next son. 

The Pickernell name is also seen as Picknell, Picknal, Picknail, etc.  A word about the double date for the birth year – Beginning in 45 B.C., many parts of the world used the Julian calendar to mark the passage of time. According to the Julian calendar, March 25 was the first day of the year and each year was 365 days and 6 hours long. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII determined that the Julian calendar was incorrect: each day was just a little bit too long. This meant that the human calendar wasn’t keeping up with nature’s calendar, and the seasons kept arriving slightly earlier in the year. To solve the problem, Pope Gregory XIII created the Gregorian calendar. This is the calendar that we use officially in the United States. This new calendar changed the first day of the year from March 25 to January 1. Pope Gregory also had everyone jump ahead by 10 days to make up for the days that were lost when the world was using the old Julian calendar. The practice of writing double dates resulted from this switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, and also from the fact that not all countries and people accepted the new calendar at the same time. For example, England and the American colonies didn’t officially accept the new calendar until 1752. Before 1752, the English government still observed March 25 as the first of the year, but most of the population observed January 1 as the first of the year. For this reason, many people wrote dates falling between January 1 and March 25 with both years. 

On 26 February 1774, marriage intentions were posted and on 22 March, in Kittery, Nelson married Anna Place, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Place. 

During the Revolutionary War, Nelson Pickernal was a member of Captain Thomas Cutts Company, Major Daniel Littlefield’s detachment of York County Maine militia as a drummer. This company served on the Penobscot expedition.  The militia was part of a battalion of Massachusetts State Troops.  Nelson was recorded as having deserted. 

“Nelson Picknernell and wife recognized Baptismal Covenent on 7 June 1779”, which I believe means were baptized and joined their church – corrections welcome on this point.  Nelson was mentioned several times in Kittery town records as being supported by town funds. 

On 13 September 1780, Nelson, laborer, sold land in Berwick that he had received from James Pickernell.   On 20 June 1786, Nelson and Anna sold to James Pickernell land lying near Pudding Hole (a place near Kittery) that they had purchased from Abigail Fernald. 

The 1790 census of Kittery lists Pickernail, Nelson, with 1 male over 16 (him), 2 males under 16 (sons Samuel and Thomas) and three females (one should be Anna, and two daughters.)

On 4 April 1792, Nelson and Anna sold to William Haley 25 acres that had been willed to him by his father.   Having sold the old Kittery homestead, Nelson and Anna moved to Wendell, in Sullivan County NH and Nelson was listed there in 1800.  It appears that Anna was still alive then, but she died sometime in the next few years.

Nelson married again, on 7 August 1810 to Mrs. Patty Pickett.  The index card with the record does not have the parents listed, so I do not know her actual maiden name.  They were married in Fisherfield, NH (now known as Newbury.)

Nelson was listed in the 1820 census in Wendell.  He died in April of 1827 in Wendell.  Supposedly there is a Pickernell plot at the Kittery Point Cemetery, fieldstone markers only, one of which marks grave of Revolutionary War Veteran Nelson Pickernell.


1 Comment

  1. joyce turco said,

    February 27, 2014 at 06:32

    I am from Kittery Point & now live in Kittery. The history is very interesting.

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