FRANCES LOUISA PICKERING 1897-1979
Frances Louisa Pickering
b: 17 Aug 1897 Montgomery Square, Montgomery PA
o: 1920 Stenographer in Office
o: 1930 Stenographer Department Store
d: March 1979 Lycoming Nursing Home, PA (age 82)
b: Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, PA
1900 North Wales, Montgomery, PA (age 3)
1910 507 East Montgomery Avenue, North Wales, PA (age 12)
1920 130 N 60th Street, Philadelphia PA (age 22)
1930 Yeadon, Delaware Co. PA (age 32) [with her widowed mother, Evelyn] Never married
Notes on Louisa by Connie Pickering Stover
I have been luckier than most genealogists because I was able to locate an important family member just before she passed away at the age of 81. On December 11, 1977 my sisters and I visited Louisa, an “old maid great aunt” (as she was known by the family) who was living at Lycoming House Nursing Home in Philadelphia. Aunt Louisa was my grandfather’s youngest sister.
Just a few month’s before our visit, Louisa was mugged and beaten and taken to the hospital with a broken pelvis and other injuries. She was in very good health just a few months later.
During our terrific visit, Aunt Louisa [1897-1979] related stories of her childhood and memories of her grandmothers, Elizabeth Walker Pickering and Margarette Sterling German, which started my serious quest to record our family’s history. Without meeting Louisa this story might not have happened.
Louisa’s grandmother, Elizabeth Pickering, traveled in heady upper-class circles and Louisa recounted seeing some of her ball gowns worn at Queen Victoria’s court balls and as the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting. Her father, my great grandfather, was Alexander John Pickering, [1857-1927] who was born in “Montebello” near Liverpool, England and in 1911 departed from Liverpool to the U.S. through the port of New York aboard the famous ship, Lusitania. He traveled with his oldest brother, Charles William [1841-1928]. Alexander’s occupation was listed on the passenger list as “manufacturer” and Charles was a “contractor.”
The following is information Louisa gave at that time on the Pickering family: She confirmed the history of the family ring and crest. She told about a second ring which was lost by Harry Pickering in a river out west while watering his horses. She talked about her brother, Arthur, and how kind and good he was. He called daily at 12 noon to his mother to check on how she was. If he couldn’t get a ride, he would walk to see her every weekend.
Contributor of photos: Betty Lou Brett, descendant of William Harrison Pickering and Clara Field of Sommerville, NJ, and my sister, Susan Pickering Rothamel, descendant of Alexander John Pickering of England.