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Rev George Pickering
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1769
Talbot County
Maryland, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1846
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Son of Charles and Rosanna (Mullikin) Pickering. Husband of Mary "Polly" (Bemis) Pickering, married on August 23, 1796 in Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA.

[Draper:92]: The Rev. George Pickering, was, at his death, the oldest effective Methodist minister in the world, having been a preacher for Fifty-seven years. Inheriting from his father a considerable fortune, principally in slaves, he refused to receive them, or any profit from their sale or labor, and the were freed. He also declined to be made a Bishop. He was one of the pioneers of Methodism in New England. At his death there were but two members of American Conferences who had preceeded him in the ministry, and but fourteen in England. Born in Talbot Co., Md. brought up in Philadelphia, and converted in that city at St. George's Church, at the age of eighteen; he began preaching immediately and continued to do so almost till he died, a period of fifty-nine years. When he entered the ministry there were but eighteen Methodist preachers in the New England conference, when he died, he was at the head of six hundred and thirty-six, most of whom had been raised up by the instrumentality of his colleagues and himself. The church had risen from a membership of 500 to 66,000.

His wife Mary Bemis was converted in her seventeenth year. His marriage gave to the Rev. Mr. Pickering a home with his wife's father at Waltham, such as few Methodist ministers enjoyed, and free from the financial cares of life, he was at liberty to pursue his vocation as a minister of the Gospel. The old house descended to him at Abraham Bemis's death.

Family links: 
  Mary Bemis Pickering (1777 - 1859)
  Francis Asbury Pickering (1797 - 1859)*
  George Williston Pickering (1799 - 1801)*
  Harriet Winslow Pickering Kittredge (1805 - 1891)*
  Susannah Bemis Pickering Bemis (1807 - 1887)*
  Maria E. Pickering Train (1808 - 1833)*
  Caroline Madison Pickering Clark (1809 - 1865)*
  Caroline Madison Pickering Clark (1809 - 1865)*
  Abigail Bemis Pickering Frost (1812 - 1904)*
  Alice Bryant Pickering Winslow (1814 - 1840)*
*Calculated relationship
Grove Hill Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Glenn Wallace
Record added: Mar 13, 2008
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Rev George Pickering
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Rev George Pickering
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Reverend George Pickering
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Oct. 9, 2015

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