These are all neighbors in Cabarrus, NC and in Lafayette/Pontotoc Counties, MS. The McLartys lived a couple of miles west of the Pontotoc/Lafayette county line. The Pickenses lived primarily at Toccopola, which is about a mile from the Lafayette County line. For many years, there was a local general merchandise store owned and operated by Dean Pickens. Dean was a small, bald, quiet man who I seem to recall walked with a limp and cane. Dean never married. He owned the Currier and Ives country store that sold some of everything, including fabric. In bad weather and in the winter months, the school bus drivers (farmers) and other assorted men would gather there and sit around the pot-belly stove and whittle and swap yarns. There were a number of Pickenses there as I was growing up. I lived about 3 miles from Toccopola. Another family who traveled with these families was the Furrs. They settled in Toccopola. Of the later generation, two of the brothers who must have been born around the turn of the century, were pharmacists. They moved to Pontotoc and opened a drug store. I recall that one was named Francis, but don't recall the name of the other brother. I believe there were Leaches who were in this group, also. These folks were Presbyterians and built a church and school as soon as they arrived in MS. There is a cemetery there, Lebanon, where many of these families were buried. What is your descent from William Pickens?