Name: William E PICKETT
NOTE: It seems that William married Agnes first and then married Susannah in 1846 but left her after a year to go to California. It is also said that he deserted Agnes too, not so sure about that. Family feels he was from Alabama, died in Julian, San Diego, California?
Birth: ABT 1818 in ?, Ohio
Death: ABT 1893 in ? Julian, San Diego, California
!CENSUS: 1850 in Rough and Ready, Yuba, California? Mining area and alone.
!CENSUS: 1850 in Weber, Utah Territory: Agnes M (39 ME) PICKET with Agnes 15 OH, Josaphine 10 IL, Don Carlos 3 MI and William 3 MI PICKET.
!CENSUS: 1860 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California: William (42 OH atty at law 300) & Agnes M 50 ME PICKETT with Don Carlose 12 MO and William 12 MO PICKETT and Alice 12 IL BALLOW.
!CENSUS: 1870 in San Francisco Ward 4, San Francisco, California: William (52 VT printer 0/200) & Agnes 58 ME PICKETT with Josephine 29 MO editress, Don Carlos 21 MO clerk and William 21 MO printer PICKETT and Lavina 29 IL SMITH.
NOTE: From Annals of San Bernadino County 1769-1904 p304
William Pickett came to San Bernardino in 1858, from San Francisco, where he had been one of the earliest arrivals from the east. He was of more than average ability and although brought up to the trade of a printer was a good lawyer. He brought with him to this city a very good law library-the first law library of any consequence in San Bernardino. At one time he had his office in a little one-room shack on Third street--suitable office rooms were not plenty in the town at that time--and he gave permission to a newly elected justice of the peace to hold his court and transact his business in the same office until he could procure one of his own. Not long afterward Pickett as attorney in a suit before this justice and the latter made several rulings against him ~ the admission and rejection of testimony. This was more than Pickett could stand in his own office, especially as the case was going against him on its merits. In his wrath he ordered the court out of his office-a ruling to which the court meekly submitted. Picking up his docket and his hat, the magistrate directed the jury to re-convene at another place. But there was not much re-convening. Some of them went to the place indicated by the court, some tarried by the wayside, some went the other way, and that was the last of the case in court. Pickett was inclined to be somewhat aggressive in a court which did not know how, or did not have spunk enough to keep him within bounds. But before a competent court with courage to maintain its dignity he knew how and always did keep within the bounds of decorum. He remained here about four years then removed to Los Angeles and later to San Francisco.
NOTE: Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 - 1930, B. H. Roberts
Comprehensive History of the Church, Volume 3
Chapter 70 The Rise of New Mob Forces--A State's Abdication of Government
In answer to this proclamation Carlin, "the special" Carthage constable issued a counter one to the effect that if he met with resistance from Parker, he would consider his detachment as a mob, and proceed accordingly. To which Parker replied, if the forces under Carlin undertook to enter Nauvoo, he would treat them as a mob. Parker also wrote secretly to Singleton, and expressed a desire to bring about a settlement of the difficulty without shedding blood. To this communication Singleton replied that in Parker's proposition he saw nothing looking to the expulsion of the remnant of the "Mormon people left in Nauvoo; and "that is," said he, "a sine qua non with us." It will be remembered that Carlin's professed object in calling for a posse was to arrest William Pickett for resisting an officer; but now something more is demanded--the immediate removal of the "Mormons, the surrender of Nauvoo, etc. Singleton concluded his terms to Parker, the representative and appointee of the governor of the state, in these words:
"When I say to you, the Mormons must go, I speak the mind of the camp and country. They can leave without force or injury to themselves or their property, but I say to you, sir, with all candor, they shall go--they may fix the time within sixty days, or I will fix it for them."
Chapter 93 The First Clash Between United States "Foreign" Appointees And The Church Authorities
26. Singular provision, this! The whole purpose of calling into existence Carlin's posse comitatus which merged into Brockman's mob was to arrest this man William Pickett. Now that the posse is to enter Nauvoo under a treaty for that city's surrender, a treaty which Carlin signs as special constable, and Brockman as commander of the posse, this man Pickett is so far from being "wanted" that instead of making his surrender to the officer a stipulation of the treaty, a demand is made that he shall not remain in the city! As remarked by Dr, Conyers, "They notified the world that he (Pickett) was still there', and instead of making a demand for the surrender of his body, a condition is put in that he must take his body off, out of their reach. From all of which circumstances our author concludes, "we are forced to the opinion that Carlin never had a properly obtained, writ in his possession against the said William Pickett." (History of the Hancock County Mob, p. 63).
NOTE: Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 4
A Treasury of Pioneer Stories
One afternoon while Susanna was taking little "Sanjo" for a walk, she noticed a group of people listening to a young man who was reading from a book. Beside him stood another man with several books in his arm. They were Mormon Elders, Wilford Woodruff and Heber C. Kimball. After hearing them several times, she applied for baptism but they urged her to wait and talk it over with her husband. When she explained the difficult situation at home they advised her to pray and follow her own conscience in the matter. Susanna, determined to go to America with other Latter-day Saint converts, secured money from a secret chest of her husband's, and, with her baby, sailed from Liverpool. From this point on her biography is similar to that of other pioneers, sacrificing, struggling, suffering, yet true to the faith, and with no regrets for leaving the past which had now become a closed book. She cast her lot with the Saints in Nauvoo and in time became the plural wife of William Pickett, his first wife being the widow of Don Carlos Smith. Mr. Pickett was a southerner who had joined the Church and had gone to Illinois, but he could not stand the trials encountered in Nauvoo and shortly after the great mobbings and the expulsion of the Saints he apostatized from the Church, leaving Susanna, near childbirth, to shift for herself. Her son Horatio was born May 10, 1848 in a Missouri river dugout at Winter Quarters. At the time of his birth May storms were on in the area, and when he was four days old Susanna, who was alone in the dugout except for a very young girl and the infant, arose from her bed and baled water out of their lodging. Horatio was four years old when he and his mother and his half-brother came to Utah crossing the plains with an independent company under the leadership of Joseph Kelting in 1852.
1. William Pickett had a plural wife
For many years, William Pickett, Agnes's brilliant but alcoholic husband, was viewed as a classic Gentile. However while researching Agnes and William, to my surprise, I found that he apparently joined the Mormon church and was friendly with Brigham Young and other Mormons after they left Nauvoo. Now, the next surprising development -- there is a tradition that he married a plural wife at that time and had a child with her. I quote from a email sent to me by Debra Barton, a descendant of that plural wife:
My ancestor was Susanna Mehitable Rogers/Sangiovanni (Daughter of David White Rogers and Elizabeth /Betty/Martha Collins). She came from England in 1846 to St. Louis. She married William Pickett as a second wife and had a son, Horatio Pickett born on May 10, 1848 at Winter Quarters. The family history says that William abandoned her for gold and left with the other wife, Agnes. And she was left high and dry. Or it could also be that she went her way when he left for gold and didn't want to go with the Saints. There is a letter she wrote to her son, Horatio, on October 15, 1865, that states, " I hope you will leave Grange as soon as you can if he starts to make liquor. It will be no credit or good to you to stay there any longer. I know he has been good to you and I feel thankful to him for it and I hope you will repay him as soon as you can but don't be persuaded to drink liquor remember that was the ruin of your father (underlined in letter).
One of my relatives, Jane Rae Topham wrote a book called In Living Water about Susanna's life. She stated that the authorities annuled the marriage when they found out about it because it wasn't sanctioned by them. (I don't know if there is written documentation for this. ) Susanna was living with her sister Hester Ann Rogers and George Beebee in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa in 1850 (census) and uses the name Sangiovanni. Her family knew Wandle Mace, Almon Babbitt and many of the people that mention Pickett. She was bitter according to family story and didn't wish to talk about him much. I have always wondered if she knew he was married before she married him. Family story has said that Agnes was against polygamy and that William kept it from her but after reading your book I wonder if Susanna didn't know he was married when she married him. If Agnes married Joseph and George Smith I could see her agreeing to it with William.
Susanna's life before she met William Pickett was really interesting also. She learned Spanish and Italian and Portugese and was in Florida, England and other places. She met Sangiovanni as a boarder in New York in her father's house. She was married to him Nov. 5, 1833 in New York by Reverend Fitch Reed. Benedetto was always going to secret meetings while they lived in England, plotting to overthrow the government in Italy. He was with Rossini and that bunch that met in England all the time. They stayed with Murat in Florida. She was baptised in England against her husband's wishes and found out that his first wife was not dead (1845-46). He either died in Brighton or she left him in 1846. The family story says that she left him while he went to one of his meetings but I think he may have died first. (trying to verify dates). That story is quite the story.
Horatio was above average height. In a picture taken in 1878 he is shown as having a lot of dark hair. In later life he wore a moustache and had grey hair. He came to Salt Lake City in 1852. His mother, Susanna married James Keate and they were called to St. George in 1861. In 1864, he accompanied the church wagon train on a round trip from St. George to Nebraska, to a town near Winter Quarters. He was a member of the first martial band formed in St. George, sang in the choir and was in dramatics there He was a carpenter, painter, mortician, owner of mining claims, and a lawyer. He was also in the Utah Legislature at one time. (I have a picture of him in it) He had learned Spanish (from his mother). He married Harriet Josephine Johnson, daughter of Joseph Ellis Johnson May 31, 1868. They had 12 children. 5 died young. Harriet died December 19, 1892 of consumption. On Aug 8, 1895 Horatio married Philena Hunt. Six children were born to this marriage, five living to maturity. Horatio helped build the St. George Tabernacle. In 1890 he was an usher at the Utah State Legislature. ( I have a picture that looks like he was part of the Legislature and the woman that gave it to me said that he was but I must check that out.) He also had a store and sold furniture and farm equipment. From 1886 to 1890 he served as a Justice of the Peace in St. George. He was on the Stake board of education to form a high school to be called the St. George Stake Academy. He served as councilman for the city of St. George in 1888 and in 18902. In 1892 he was also Washington Copunty Coroner and Washington County Treasurer. He was treasurer again in 1896. He was licensed to practice law on August 3 1907.
Horatio had been corresponding with some other Picketts to find his family line. Only one letter remains, dated in 1902, written in Salt Lake City, from an H.L. Pickett a mining lawyer. In it he talks about the Virginia Picketts and says that his father belongs to the Alabama branch, no doubt.
Horatio died of the Spanish Flu in 21 Dec.1918.
One of the awful things is that his wife burned all his private papers about his father. It wasn't perfect so therefore it was only his business (this is what her descendents said happened.)
I have not found any written reference of the marriage of William and Susanna as of yet. I am looking for descendents of Susanna's sister Hester Beebee who died in Provo. They wrote a lot of letters to each other and Charles her brother. We haven't found the descendents of these two as of yet to see if they have any written references to the marriage of Susanna and William. Susanna was bitter and did not talk about the marriage.
2. Death of William Pickett
Debra Barton writes:
I heard yesterday that a Smith from California told [a friend] that William Pickett died in Julian California in a mining claim dispute and I have been trying to check that out over the net. I did see on a site that a Moran started that mine and on one of the California Censuses there are two women with the last name Moran living with the twins, Don Carlos and William. So that was interesting.
Debra also tells me that William's birthplace has been difficult to track down precisely, though there is the persistent tradition that he was from Alabama.
3. Agnes and the Godbeites
In Ronald W. Walker, Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998), 252-53: William Shearman is sent to California as a Godbeite "missionary" in summer 1870. "Shearman's hope of converting California Mormons to the New Movement met with greater opposition. Only Agnes Coolbrith Pickett, former wife of Don Carlos Smith . . . seemed interested in the New Movement message." [*Shearman to Amasa Lyman, Sept. 13, 1870, Lyman Papers, LDS Archives.]
Agnes Moulton COOLBRITH b: 11 JUL 1811 in Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine
- Don Carlos PICKETT b: 11 DEC 1847 in St. Louis, Missouri
- William PICKETT b: 11 DEC 1847 in St. Louis, Missouri
Susannah Mehitable ROGERS b: 05 JUL 1813 in Canada
in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
- Horatio PICKETT b: 10 MAY 1847 in Florence, Nebraska