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James Tilton Pickett
Birth: Dec. 31, 1857
Death: Aug. 28, 1889

Artist. He was the first son of the Confederate General George E. Pickett and his second wife, a girl who was "Northern Indian" from Alaska or British Columbia. Shortly after his birth his mother died. He was left in the care of local women, possibly his grandmother, because his father, who commanded the local garrison, had been called to San Juan Island incident or "Pig War". In 1861 Captain Pickett, who had decided to join other Virginians in defense of it dominion, had two problems with "Jimmie". The first was a battle zone was no place for a child, especially with a father who was a single soldier. The second was the society of eastern America was not ready to deal with a "half-breed' American. Pickett and his friend, Maj. James Tilton, felt that the best solution was to find a childless family. This was accomplished through Isaac and Catherine Collins, of whom Pickett knew and regarded as the best of his choices. George Picketts then kept contact with "Jimmie" through Maj. Tilton, but before leaving he presented "Jimmie" with his official commission in the United States Army, a family Bible with a transcribed page, a letter about his mother, and a lock of his baby hair. His grand mother put these into a red leather trunk, along with his baby clothes,"so the child would know who his father was." Later Collins placed his early art work and poetry in the trunk. "Jimmie" placed letters from Catherine Collins and LaSalle Pickett. At an early age he demonstrated artistic ability. Both his foster parents and his teachers at the Union Academy, in Olympia Washington, took interest and aided him. LaSalle often offered assistance and wrote letters to Jimmy throughout his life. He attended art school in California. While he was there he met George, Jr. Evidence suggests that there was an altercation and somehow "Jimmie" was asked to bow out of the family "situation". He "won" the Washington property. Long after his death LaSalle painted a picture of "Jimmie" as a "gift" (1908) to George, in spite her prior denial of his existence as did other family members. James Tilton Pickett took a staff position as an artist on the Seattle "Post Intelligencer". Later he worked as an artist and sometime reporter on the Portland "Oregonian". In a nearly page long eulogy after James Pickett died, David Wexlar wrote in the Portland Oregonian; "His life seems as a picture of magnificent conception laid away half finished As a beautiful poem half written, or a sweet sad song whose melody is shattered just as we begin to be enchanted by its music. James Pickett will ever live in the memory of those who knew him best as one of the truest, purest, manliest of men, as well as one of the rarest geniuses this Northwest has ever produced". After his death a painting by James Pickett was sold for $600 and his debts were paid. It was the highest price paid for a painting in that time and for an unknown artist. His boyhood home became a monument and museum, which remains today. (bio by: K M) 
 
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 Parents:
  George Edward Pickett (1825 - 1875)
 
 Siblings:
  James Tilton Pickett (1857 - 1889)
  George Edward Pickett (1864 - 1911)*
  David Corbell Pickett (1866 - 1874)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
River View Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section 15, Lot 4, Grave 3
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: RB
Record added: Nov 20, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5986323
James Tilton Pickett
Added by: K M
 
James Tilton Pickett
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James Tilton Pickett
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- Bonnie Rickman
 Added: Mar. 30, 2015
I'm so sorry your Native American heritage became an obstacle for you and your rightful place as 1st born son to your family as son of General George Pickett.
- familylady
 Added: Mar. 10, 2015

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Dec. 31, 2014
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