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William Pickering, Consul to Mecklenburg and Caroline Amalie Friedrieke Steffens

My Great Great Great Grandparents

William Pickering [1782-1855]

…… b: 05 Oct 1782 Beach Mill, Bradley, Frodsham
…… c: 14 Nov 1782, Frodsham Parish
…… o: 1 Nov 1799 (age 17) sent to Danzig to purchase wheat
…… m: 16 Jul 1812 (age 30) in Danzig, Prussia
…………….May 1814 father John died
…… o: 1825 (age 43) Consul to Mecklenburg [Prussia],
…………….14 Henry Street Liverpool, home: Derby Breck
…… o: 1851 (age 69) Merchant, Cotton Broker, Union Street, Liscard
…… d: 16 Feb 1855, (age 73) Liverpool
…… b: St. Hillary Churchyard, Wallasey

+ Caroline Amalie Friedrieke STEFFENS

…… b: 01 Sep 1788 Danzig, Prussia
…… o: 1861, Head of Household, St James, Magazine
…… d: 16 Apr 1864 Wallasey (age 76)
…… b: St. Hilary Churchyard, Wallasey




William was three years old when his family built the Sutton Mill manufactory and home where he was raised.

Children of William Pickering and Caroline Steffens

Frederica Carolina Mary Steffens Pickering & John Cheeseborough
b: 16 May 1814, I of Jersey
Charles William Harrison Pickering Charles William Harrison Pickering & Catherine Elizabeth Walker
……….. GG-Grandfather

b: 9 Nov 1815, Liverpool
Emelie Paulina Pickering
b: abt.1818, St. George, Everton, Lancashire
d: 22 May 1828, Everton Breck of Heart Complications (age 10)
Eliza Julia Pickering Eliza Julia Pickering & Charles Frances Cox
b: 1 Jun 1819, Liverpool
Paulina Pickering Paulina Pickering & Thomas Hayley
b: 22 Mar 1821, Liverpool
Edgar Charles Pickering
b: 1822, Danzig Prussia, British Subject
Arthur Henry Pickering
b: 23 May 1825, Liverpool
James William Pickering & Hester Ann Samuels
b: 18 Jul 1827, Everton
Emilie Pickering
b: abt. 1828, Danzig, Germany – d: 27 May 1828, Liverpool
Louisa Wilhelmina Pickering
c: 14 Nov 1829, St. George, Everton, Lancashire
d: 14 Nov 1829 (abt. 13 hrs.)
bur: 17 Nov 1829, Everton, Lancashire



1830 – Breck Lane, Liverpool
“There are also three other dwellings, and three other gardens, on the east of the garden last named [ed. residence of Mr. Richardson]. They are pretty little hobby-horsical spots for the Liverpool cits [citizens] to spend their leisure time at in summer, when many an agreeable and merry tea-drinking party meets. These gardens are bounded on the east by two dwellings, with grounds attached; at the largest, and which is his property, resides William Pickering, Esq., Mecklenburgh Counsil, and a highly respectable corn-factor of Liverpool. Mr. Pickering is extensively connected with foreigh commerce, and is one of those truly useful persons who, when the laws will permit, imports corn into our ports — that absolutely necessary and veritable staff of life; he is also one of those who, if legislatords did not interfere, would, under the permission of Providence, never suffer family to pay even a transient visit to our (in most respects) highly favoured land. Excepting on locality 21, e, no other part of the south-east district of Everton has been yet submitted to the builder’s operations.”

Source: The history of Everton, including familiar dissertations on the people, and Descriptive Delineations of the several & separate properties of the Township. By Robert Syers, Liverpool, p188. Published by G. & J Robinson, 1830


In 1851, William (age 68) and Caroline Steffens Pickering lived at 177 The Cottage, Liscard, England with their children: Alfred Henry, James W., Eliza J, and servants. 

The Cottage was located on St Georges Mount, Wallasey adjacent to Montebello. Montebello was a home built in 1860 by William’s son, Charles William Harrison Pickering.

Birth Locations for SIBLINGS of William


Thomas Weaverham
Samuel Sutton Mills
Nancy Frodsham
Elizabeth Frodsham
Mary Frodsham
John Northwich
Sarah Fodsham
James Bradley
Joseph Bradley
10 William Frodsham Beach, Bradley
11 Peter Aston Sutton (Sutton Mill)


1802 – Returned to England from Danzig [Ref: Pam Kirby, Nov 2004 notes]

1825 – Gore’s Liverpool Directory
Pickering Wm. merchant, and Mecklenburg consul, 10 Henry St., Everton Brk
Ann Pickering, boarding house, 34 Upper Pitt St.
Pickering Brothers Merchants, 10 Henry St. John
Pickering, corn and flour dealer, 6 Dansie St., Shop: 21 St. Andrew St.
John Pickering, miller, grocer and flour dealer, 48 Adlington St.
Robert Pickering, Dock Treasurer

1827 – Gore’s Directory of Liverpool

William Pickering, Esq., 10 Henry Street, Mecklenburg Counsul
William Pickering, merchant and Mecklenburg Counsul, [home] Breck Lane, Everton Office, 11 Henry Street

Ann Pickering, 10 Chester St.
Pickering Brothers Merchants, 11 Henry Street
John Pickering, corn and flour dealer, 31 St. Andrews Street Shop, 10 Vauxhall Rd.
Robert Pickering, Treasurer to the Trustees of the Docks, Wavertree


Frodsham 1834 Pigot’s Commercial Directory
listing other Pickering entrepreneurs. I don’t believe the Williams listed below are the same as above.

William Pickering and Son had the principal trade in salt
William Hazlehurst and William Pickering were corn dealers
William Hayes and Co were shipbuilders
Hayes and Pickering were slate and timber merchants and Thomas Hazlehurst provided occational conveyance by water to and from Liverpool.



Parish burial entry for St. Hillary, Wallasey, 1855


1841 Census – Liverpool Township of Everton, Breck Road

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
William Pickering Head 55 Mar Merchant
Eliza Pickering Dau 20
Paulina Pickering Dau 20
Caroline Pickering Wife 50
Alfred Pickering Son 15
Ann Thomas 25
Maria Thomas 20
Elizabeth Mathews 20

1851 Census – Liscard, Saint John, The Cottage

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
William Pickering Head 68 1783 Mar Merchant Frodsham Beach
Alfred Henry Son 25 1826 U Cotton Broker Liverpool Everton
James W. Son 23 1828 U Clerk in Father’s Office Liverpool Everton
Eliza J. Dau 31 1820 U Danzig Prussia
Fanny C. A. Wife 61 1790 Mar Danzig Prussia
2 Servants