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William Henry Pickens born 1821 and son Reuben born 1852
Posted by: Peggy Trojan (ID *****1374) Date: September 10, 2008 at 21:31:59
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CENSUS AND OTHER RECORDS FOUND BY PEGGY PICKENS-TROJAN ON ANCESTRY.COM AND OTHER ON-LINE SITES:

1849
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name: Wm H Pickens
Spouse: Susan E Stanly
Marriage Date: 29 Sep 1849
Marriage County: Fayette
Marriage State: Tennessee
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002

1850 United States Federal Census - Sept 18th
District 4, Fayette, Tennessee
W H Pickins, age 29, born Tennessee, overseer
Susan E Pickins, age 18, born Tennessee
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 4, Fayette, Tennessee; Roll: M432_877; Page: 265; Image: 193.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census

1860 United States Federal Census - June 1st
, Issaquena, Mississippi
W H Pickens, age 38, male, born Mississippi, overseer {William Henry}
S E Pickens, age 28, female, born Tennessee {Susan}
M E Pickens, age 9, female, born Tennessee {Martha}
R A Pickens, age 7, female, born Tennessee {Reuben Adolphus}
M R Pickens, age 6, female, born Tennessee {Mary R}
M J Pickens, age 3, female, born Mississippi {Margaret Josephine}
W S Pickens, age 8 months, male, born Mississippi {William S}
E E Westbrook, age 37, male, born Virginia, physician
J R Westbrook, age 27, female, born Tennessee
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Issaquena, Mississippi; Roll: M653_582; Page: 0; Image: 400.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census

{NOTE BY PEGGY PICKENS-TROJAN:
William Henry Pickens died before the 1870 census.

BUT IF WILLIAM DIED DECEMBER 22, 1863 AS I HAVE SEEN IN SOME OTHER RESEARCHERS HISTORY OF THIS MAN THEN WHO IS THE FATHER OF THE LAST THREE CHILDREN*, ALL BORN BETWEEN 1864 AND 1869 IN ARKANSAS, LISTED IN THE FOLLOWING 1870 CENSUS?

See 1890 Excerpt below.

It is my humble opinion that William Henry Pickens may have died in Arkansas between 1868 and June 1870 - I just haven't proven it yet -}

1870 United States Federal Census - June 8th
Marion, Drew, Arkansas - Post Office: Monticello
Susan Pickins {Pickens}, age 38, born Tennessee
Martha Pickins, age 19, born Tennessee
Adolph Pickins, age 17, born Tennessee {Reuben}
Josephin Pickins, age 12, born Mississippi {Margaret}
William Pickins, age 10, born Mississippi
Lucy Pickins, age 8, born Mississippi
Julia Pickins, age 6, born Arkansas*
John Pickins, age 3, born Arkansas *
Sarah Pickins, age 1, born Arkansas*
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Marion, Drew, Arkansas; Roll: M593_52; Page: 614; Image: 527.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census

Julia Pickins, age 6, born Arkansas*
John Pickins, age 3, born Arkansas *
Sarah Pickins, age 1, born Arkansas*
Are not listed in the 1880 census with Susan Pickens.

1880 United States Federal Census
Marion, Drew, Arkansas
Susan Pickens, head, age 48, widowed, born Tennessee
Father's birthplace: Virginia Mother's birthplace: Virginia
William Pickens, son, age 20,
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Marion, Drew, Arkansas; Roll: T9_43; Family History Film: 1254043; Page: 448.4000; Enumeration District: 88; Image: 0393.

1890 Excerpts:
Reuben A Pickens
As a man of business Mr Pickens' name and fame is co-extensive with Desha County and the surrounding country for, ever since starting out in life for himself, he has been engaged in the mercantile business either for himself or as a clerk. He was born in Fayette County, Tenn October 14, 1852, and is a son of William H Pickens, who probably was born in Mississippi, his birth occurring August 14, 1821, and died in Attala County, of that State, December 22, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. Pickens [William Henry Pickens] were married near Sommerville, Tenn., September 30, 1849, and in time a family of two sons and six daughters was born to them, Martha D (wife of R S Wright, a machinist and miller of Drew County), Reuben A, Lucy K ( wife of Samuel M Kellam, a farmer of Drew County), and William S (a salesman at Tillar, in Drew County). The following children are deceased Margaret J, Mary R, and twin daughters, Sarah M and Susan A, who died in infancy.
Source: Excerpts from; Goodspeed Publishing Company, Southern Arkansas Biographical and Historical Memoirs, Biographical and Historical Memoirs Of Southern Arkansas 1890, Chapter 34 - Desha County, page 1039.

CENSUS AND OTHER RECORDS FOUND ON ANCESTRY.COM BY PEGGY PICKENS-TROJAN

Desha County's Present Towns
Pickens -- Named for Reuben A. Pickens Sr., on whose farm the town is located. It was formerly known as Walnut Lake.

{for complete 1870 census and other records see notes for his father, William Henry Pickens}

1870 United States Federal Census
Marion, Drew, Arkansas
Adolph Pickins, age 17, born Tennessee {Reuben Adolph Pickens}
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Marion, Drew, Arkansas; Roll: M593_52; Page: 614; Image: 527.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census

1880 AR, Drew County, Franklin Township, Selma - June 8th
R. A. Pickens, age 27, married, born Tennessee, clerk in store
Sue Pickens, wife, age 24, born in Arkansas
Bertie Pickens, son, age 1, born in Arkansas
Katie Pickens, daughter, age 4 months, born in Arkansas

Susan {nee Potts} Pickens, wife of Reuben A Pickens died between 1882 and 1887.

1885
The Arkansas City Journal published on 4 Mar 1885
{see article below}

Reuben A Pickens married his second wife, Lucy M Bickers, about 1888 in AR.

1900 United States Federal Census - June
Walnut Lake, Desha, Arkansas
Jefferson & Walnut Lake Townships, Desha, Arkansas
R A Pickens, head, age 47, married 12 years, born Oct 1852 in Tennessee, merchant
Lucy M Pickens, wife, age 40, married 12 years, born Sep 1859 in Arkansas, 0 children born {second wife of Reuben A}
Burton C Pickens, son, age 21, born Dec 1878 in Arkansas, single, merchant
Kate M Pickens, daughter, age 20, born Apr 1880 in Arkansas, single
Richard Quinn, black/servant, age 26, born Oct 1873 in Arkansas, single, store porter
Annie Quinn, black/servant, age 20, born Sep 1879 in Arkansas, single, domesic servant
David Evans, black/servant, age 66, born Jan 1834 in N Carolina, widowed, gardener
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Walnut Lake, Desha, Arkansas; Roll: T623 57; Page: 12A; .
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census

1910 United States Federal Census
Walnut Lake, Desha, Arkansas
R A Pickens [R A Rickers], head, age 57, 2nd marriage of 23 years, born TN, merchant & planter
Lucy Pickens, wife, age 50, 1st marriage of 23 years, 0 children born to her, born AR, occupation stated as Independent
B C Pickens, Jr., head, age 31, 1st marriage of 4 years, born AR, merchant & planter {Burton Cecil Pickens}
Olie Pickens, wife, age 26, 1st marriage of 4 years, born Missouri, occupation stated as own way
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Walnut Lake, Desha, Arkansas; Roll: T624_49; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 331.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census

Lucy M {nee Bickers} Pickens died between 1910 and 1920 - Reuben is shown as a widow in the 1920 census.

1920 United States Federal Census
Walnut Lake, Desha, Arkansas
Ruben Pickens, head, age 67, widow, born Tennessee, planter - store & farm
Father's Birth Place: Mississippi Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Walnut Lake, Desha, Arkansas; Roll: T625_61; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 47; Image: 731.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census
{His son, Burton Cecil Pickens and family are listed a few families below}

Arkansas Death Index 1924-1933 - Ancestry.com
Reuben Ado Pickens Desha County 23 Oct 1926
{age 74}

Source of the following article:
The Arkansas City Journal published on 4 Mar 1885
WALNUT LAKE
The Best Location for a Big Saw Mill
Walnut Lake takes its name from the stream flowing through the town, formed by Well's Bayou, situated somewhat to the north. By tracing the Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad on the map of Desha (printed on the first page of this issue), Walnut Lake will be found located three miles south of Dumas and five miles north of Winchester in the heart of Walnut Lake Township. All trains stop here for a fresh supply of water. The Walnut Lake tank is the only one between Little Rock and Arkansas City. The town has four business establishments of which R. A. Pickens & Co. is the largest, and about 200 inhabitants. It also affords one church and a very comfortable and appropriate school house. The country surrounding Walnut Lake is alluvial and fertile; splendid farms abound on all sides, but there is yet room for more new homes, and plenty of lands, the timber of which awaits the hand of the axeman. The writer knows of no more inviting field to the husbandman. The impression must not go abroad that all of Desha County is subject to overflow. Only a part of the county is submerged--this part adjacent to and bordering along the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. This section of the county never overflows. Walnut Lake is high and dry. Drinking water is easily reached and is pure, wholesome and clear as crystal. Wells anywhere in this section are never deeper than twenty or thirty feet. Walnut Lake as a town first saw daylight in 1879, after the completion of the Iron Mountain railroad. The first store ever here was the old firm of Kirby and Embree, who owned and operated a general merchandising and planting business. Wm. A. Holmes had a store for several years. Tillar & Co. succeeded these establishments and in 1884 was in turn succeeded by R. A. Pickens & Co., one of the strongest firms in the State. Another good feature about Walnut Lake is its timber interests. A small, well organized saw mill plant could do a land office business here. All kinds of hardwood, oak, ash, gum, cottonwood and so on abounds in the every edge of the town in abundance.
Right on the bank of the lake, convenient to the railroad is the place for the building of a paying saw mill. The lake would afford ample accommodation the year 'round as a waterway--to raft timber to the mill, while the convenience afforded by the Iron Mountain would be par excellence. One of these days somebody who has a sense of enterprise and knows a good thing when he sees it will grasp this opportunity. There is room in this section, the grandest country on the face of God's footstool, for every honest worker and intelligent man of pluck, industry and enterprise who may want to come. Room! There is plenty of it. Room for the farmer, room for the home-seeker, room for the lumberman, room for all, and all are welcome.
R. A. PICKENS & CO.
This firm has already been favorably mentioned in the body of this article, but it is not out of place or amiss to speak further of it in order that the reader may know just who composes the fir, in the end to refer to it as a local authority. This house, insofar as the building is concerned, is one of the prettiest and most conveniently arranged establishments in the county. It was erected some years ago at an outlay of several thousand dollars, and is calculated to display a stock of some $30,000 in value, although the nominal stock on hand at this season will range between $6,000 and $8,000. R. A. Pickens, the president and manager of the business, is perhaps of middle age, and as a man of business his name and fame is co-extensive with Desha County. His youth has been spent in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas, where, when 23 years of age, he began farming, but afterwards accepted a clerkship with a mercantile establishment at Tillar. Later he began business at Tillar for himself, but afterward moved to Walnut Lake, where he has since been permanently located. Mr. Pickens owns a handsome residence in Walnut Lake besides other splendid property. He is married, his wife being a very estimable lady of old Virginian ancestry. In politics Mr. Pickens supports the principles of the Democratic party, and socially is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the I. O. O. F., the K. of P., and the K. of H., occupying prominent and useful positions in these distinguished orders. He takes an abiding interest in educational matters and has been an active member of the local school board for a number of years. The bookkeeper for the establishment of R. A. Pickens & Co. is Mr. Denny Terry, and the assistant manager is Mr. Wm. Pickens, brother of the president.
THE END ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ark. Gazette
Sept. 3, 1909, Monticello, Sept. 2 - Ross Deal and Miss Hallie Killiam, both of this city, were married last night at 8:45 o'clock at the home of Hale Robinson. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Cannon, pastor of the First Methodist church. Before the ceremony Miss Anna Belle Lambert of Paris sang "You." The wedding march was played by Miss May Hernby of Monticello. Out of town guests were: R. A. Pickins, Walnut Ridge; P. A. Standley and Warren Wood of Tillar, D. A. Caldwell of Pine Bluff, J. R. Prewitt of Tillar, Tom Deal and Miss Mattie Deal of Portland.

{NOTE BY PEGGY PICKENS-TROJAN - SEPT 10, 2008
I started with information from the above records and used the following family tree to fill in some of the blanks.
I have not tried to contact Carl Garrison so I can only assume his information is correct and you know what they say about that!
I don't remember when I copied and pasted his family tree into my notes so some of his information may have changed since 2006-03-05, the date shown as his last update.}

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RESEARCH BY: Carl R Garrison - Email: carl19@tctwest.net
CRGarrison Family Tree
Entries: 7325
Updated: 2006-03-05 21:48:10 UTC (Sun)

Descendant Register, Generation No. 1

1. Reuben A. PICKENS (William H. PICKENS8, Israel Sidney PICKENS7, Andrew PICKENS6, John Sr. PICKENS5, William PICKENS4, Robert PICKEN3, Andrew PICKEN2, Robert Picken or PICON1) was born 4 OCT 1852. He married Susan POTTS MAR 1878. She was born 1855, and died 1883.

Children of Reuben A. PICKENS and Susan POTTS are:
2 i. Kate May PICKENS. She married Arthur W. MILLS in Pine Bluff, AR.
3 ii. Edie Stanley PICKENS.
+ 4 iii. Burton Cecil PICKENS was born 27 DEC 1878.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 2

4. Burton Cecil PICKENS (Reuben A. PICKENS9, William H. PICKENS8, Israel Sidney PICKENS7, Andrew PICKENS6, John Sr. PICKENS5, William PICKENS4, Robert PICKEN3, Andrew PICKEN2, Robert Picken or PICON1) was born 27 DEC 1878. He married Olly COX 1905.

Child of Burton Cecil PICKENS and Olly COX is:
+ 5 i. Reuben Adolphus II PICKENS was born 7 JAN 1915.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 3

5. Reuben Adolphus II PICKENS (Burton Cecil PICKENS10, Reuben A. PICKENS9, William H. PICKENS8, Israel Sidney PICKENS7, Andrew PICKENS6, John Sr. PICKENS5, William PICKENS4, Robert PICKEN3, Andrew PICKEN2, Robert Picken or PICON1) was born 7 JAN 1915. He married Madeline SMITH 17 JUN 1935.

Children of Reuben Adolphus II PICKENS and Madeline SMITH are:
6 i. Living PICKENS.
7 ii. Living PICKENS.
8 iii. Living PICKENS.


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