Cesar Picton

Cesar Picton

Birth
Senegal
Death 16 Jun 1836 (aged 80–81)
Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
Burial Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 29936009 · View Source
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Cesar Picton was a native of Senegal in West Africa. In an area rocked by civil war, parents used to sell their children down the river, and Cesar was taken from Africa by Captain Parr, a British military officer, and delivered to Mrs Philipps, of Norbiton Hall, to become her companion and servant. This was fashionable. Later, Cesar received considerable sums of money from the Philipps's and set up as a coal-merchant, becoming very successful. He owned Picton House in Kingston-Upon-Thames, and, later, a substantial property in Thames Ditton, also known as Picton House. He adapted well, converting to Christianity, and never wished to return to Africa. He asked to be buried in All Saints Parish Church, with minimum fuss. Others in his position had spent inherited wealth on gambling and drinking, but this was not for Cesar. The brutality of 18C African society is beyond imagination - European sea captains reported seeing piles of thousands of human heads in the vicinity of towns. Millions of black, semitic, and caucasian persons lived in slavery. Cesar Picton's actual place of death was Thames Ditton, near Kingston, about two days before burial.

Captives in Senegal were subject to that awful decree:-

"The heads are for sacrifice, the blood is for ju-ju and the flesh is for the people."


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  • Created by: Kelvin Adams
  • Added: 19 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29936009
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cesar Picton (1755–16 Jun 1836), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29936009, citing All Saints Churchyard, Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Kelvin Adams (contributor 47019579) .