James Pickstock was convicted at Chester in 1821 (Class: HO 27; Piece: 21; Page: 58) and sentenced to transportation. Other references in Ancestry show that he was 22, a weaver, and had a “native place” of Stockport. My previous post shows that he is not the James Pickstock who is baptised 26 May 1799 at Chorley to Elisabeth Pickstock (no father).
So who was he? I don’t know but it’s worth highlighting this baptism from FamilySearch :
|Christening Date:||18 May 1800|
|Christening Place:||Tarporley, Cheshire, England|
|Father’s Name:||John Pickstock|
|Film Number:||1751853 (Bishop’s Transcripts for Tarporley, 1600-1864)|
There are two more children baptised to couples named John and Martha Pickstock in Cheshire in this era – Joseph, baptised at Tarporley, 17 October 1802, and John, baptised at Cheadle (near Stockport), 17 November 1805. And there’s even a John Pickstock buried in Stockport in 1815, aged 60.
Let’s be clear about this – there’s not enough evidence here for me to be certain in my own mind that the couple at Tarporley are the same as the couple at Cheadle, never mind that their son is the James of Stockport who gets transported to Tasmania. However, Ros Burke, who is descended from James of Tasmania, tells me that James named his first daughter Martha and that name was passed down through the generations to today. So, personally, I think it’s likely this is the right family.
My thanks to Ros for the information about the name Martha and for not being too upset with me for saying her James isn’t descended from Elisabeth.