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The Pickles Family Tree Genealogy

Pickles Family Ancestor
Lydia Pickles (1662-1704)
8th Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee Pickles Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee  (1945)
Donald Scott Lee’s father was Wendell Orie Lee  (1922-1999)
Wendell’s father was Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984)
Great Grandfather
Orie’s father was Joseph Francis Lee (1867-1933)
2nd Great Grandfather
Joseph’s father was Charles Henry Lee (1837-1905)
3rd Great Grandmother
Charles’ mother was Betsy Ann Benson (1814-1889)
4th Great Grandfather
Betsy’s father was Benjamin Benson (1773-1846)
5th Great Grandfather
Benjamin’s father was Stutson Benson (1741-1820)
6th Great Grandfather
Stutson’s father was William Benson II (1710-1797)
7th Great Grandmother
William’s mother was Elizabeth Stetson (1682-1711)
8th Great Grandmother
Elizabeth’s mother was Lydia Pickles (1662-1704)
Pickles Family Ancestor Genealogy
8 Great Grandmother
Lydia Pickles (1662-1704)
Lydia Pickles (1662-1704) married Samuel Stetson (1646-1723) in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1678. Lydia’s father was Jonas Pickles.
9th Great Grandfather
Jonas Pickles (1634-1664)
Jonas Pickles (1634-1664) married Alice Hatch (1636-1669) in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1657.
10th Great Grandfather
Richard Pickles (1603- After 1655)
Richard Pickles married Margaret Sugden in Bradford, Yorkshire, England in 1628.
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Scituate, is a seacoast town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, on the South Shore, midway between Boston and Plymouth, Scituate was settled by a group of people from Plymouth about 1627, who were joined by immigrants from the county of Kent in England. They were initially governed by the General Court of Plymouth, but on October 5, 1636, the town incorporated as a separate entity. The settlers were directed to build a ‘second church’. The name Scituate is derived from "satuit", the Wampanoag term for cold brook, which refers to a brook that runs to the inner harbor of the town. In 1710, several residents emigrated to Rhode Island and founded Scituate, Rhode Island, naming it after their previous hometown. Provided by Wikipedia
Jonas Pickles’ wife, Alice Hatch, was the daughter of Thomas Hatch, one of the first residents of Scituate. Thomas’ brother, William was a merchant from England and also the ruling elder of the ‘second’ church. Many of the settlers of Scituate were from the county of Kent.
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Scituate in the 1600s
A court order dated March 7, 1642, by the Colony Court set the boundaries for the new settlement of Scituate, 21 miles from Plymouth and 28 miles from Boston. Over the years, from time to time, there were various changes and amendments to the boundaries. Several of the early settlers were called the “men of Kent”, having come from that county of England.
The first transaction of land in the Scituate area is dated 1628, Henry Merritt sells land to Nathaniel Tilden. Life could be quite difficult in the early years of the colony. Many colonists lived in fairly crude structures, including dugouts, wigwams, and dirt-floor huts made using wattle and daub construction. Many of the early colonists who migrated from England came with some or all of their family. It was expected that individuals would marry fairly young and begin producing offspring. Infant mortality rates were comparatively low, as were instances of childhood death. Men who lost their wives often remarried fairly quickly, especially if they had children needing care.
Children were baptized at the local meeting house within a week of being born. The mother was usually not present because she was still recovering from the birth, and the child's name was usually chosen by the father. Names were propagated within the family, and names would be reused when infants died.
References: Early Scituate Families- Scituate Historical Society. The History of Scituate, Massachusetts by Samuel Deane, Archive Organization online.
Samuel Stetson
Ancestor of the Stetson Hat
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Lydia Pickles married Samuel Stetson in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1678. The Stetson family was from England. Samuel’s father was Robert Stetson, immigrant from Devonshire, England. Robert married Honor Tucker and relocated to Scituate. Robert was the ‘standard-bearer’ or known as Cornet in the local militia. He served during King Philip’s War as the commanding officer of the ‘Scituate Horse Troop’. Cornet Stetson was the fourth great-grandfather of John Patterson Stetson, the founder of the Stetson Company and inventor of the Stetson Cowboy Hat.
The Pickles Family
Lydia Pickles was born on April 4, 1662, in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Her father was Jonas Pickles. Lydia’s brother Jonas Jr. was born the next year on March 10, 1663. Only their father’s name is on the Plymouth birth records. Their birth records are on file at Family Search online.
Jonas Pickles’s birthplace is given both Massachusetts and Tenterden, Kent, England. His marriage to Lydia and Jonas Jr.’s mother, Alice Hatch is also proposed to be either Scituate, Massachusetts or Tenterden, Kent, England. (Family Search references the LDS database.
Nevertheless, the Pickle and Hatch families came from Tenterden, Kent, England, perhaps they were Thanet Island residents, on the southern most tip of Kent, that used to be an island.
Thanet Island, Kent, England
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Jonas Pickles (1634-1664)
Jonas was only 27 years old when he died. He married Alice Hatch on September 23, 1657 in Scituate. His will, dated December 15, 1664 mentions Alice Hatch’s mother, Lydia Springe. The records of the Second Church of Scituate records the their children, Jonas, Mercy, Nathan, Jonas and Lydia Pickles who was born on April 10, 1665. It is also recorded that Lydia married Samuel Stetson who was also born in Scituate in June of 1646.
Alice Hatch, Jonas’ wife, married Thomas Rose on December 2, 1665, the year after her husband, Jonas, died. Alice was four or five months pregnant with Lydia when Jonas died. Jonas left Alice with four children under fours years of age. No doubt Alice’s parents helped her with the children until she married Thomas.
Jonas is listed as a Freeman in the book the History of Scituate, Massachusetts, From Its First Settlement to 1831. Jonas was in Scituate in 1650. He had lands laid out north of George Moore’s swamp. His house stood on the west side of the way,, half a mile south of the person Town-house.
The cause of Jonas’ death in 1665 is unknown. Anything could have happened to him at the age of 27. At this time the settlers were enjoying peace with the local Indians, for a time, between the Pequot War and King Philip’s War. However, at that time disease riddled England and America did not escape. Smallpox, dysentary, measles and influenza were present with limited medical care.
Others died in 1665 in Scituate, including a young mother and her six year-old son.
References: The Family of Thomas Hatch and his wife Lydia Gyles; by Irene Clough Hahn. History of Scituate, Massachusetts by Samuel Deane, ebook online at google books. Evans Early American: Section VI. Historical view of pestilential epidemics from 1600 to 1700.
Scituate’s Ship-building Industry
As early as the1640’s Scituate was a major producer of ocean-going vessels. It actually became the most famous ship-building center of its day. Because of the low marshland with good depth at all times and the excellent supply of white oak there were at one time 20 shipyards along the North River. Ships built in Scituate were known around the world. Ichabod Cook was a skilled shipwright who built ships in Scituate. Read more about Scituate

Reference: The Scituate Historical Society’s The Land of the Men of Kent bu C. Wellington Furlong.
The Brig Beaver
The most famous ship that was built in Scituate, Massachusetts was the Brig Beaver. Docked in Boston on the night of December 16, 1773, American Revolutionists dressed up as local Native Indian’s, boarded the ship and disposed of all the tea on board into the harbor in revolt against high taxes. Another, almost as famous, was the merchantman Columbia. The Columbia was the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe.
Reference: The Boston Harbor Beacon
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