Charles William Pickering [1841-1928] was the first son of Charles William Harrison Pickering and Elizabeth Catherine Walker. The Pickering's of Liverpool were involved in many businesses including banking, shipping, cotton mills, and corn merchants.
Charles William Pickering, first born son of a banking and merchant family in 1841, educated in a manner afforded to that class of Englishmen, must have felt the pull of the sea early. Living near to Liverpool, and having family ships at his disposal. As his father was a wool and cotton merchant, he would also just as naturally have shipped to sea as agent for his father in keeping track of family interests. The purchase of the Steam Ship Denbigh in 1861 by his father and partners would have given him the opportunity to enjoy a different mode of transportation other than wind.
The lure took him to the then warring States...first as agent and later as Captain of the Denbigh, hauling supplies to the Confederacy from Havana, and cotton back to Havana to be trans-shipped to England to supply his father's mills.
After the sinking of the Denbigh, he is next seen in Iowa, far from the aftermath of the Civil War. There he married Clara Isabella White, and relocated his then small family to western Riley and eastern Geary Counties. He was joined there by several of his brothers (1) (2). As time passed, some brothers married and moved away, others remained in close proximity. The lure of the sea remained for CW. As the railroads were completed to the West coast, they were an excellent link to the sea for him. His growing family was permanently located in Junction City, Kansas, while he traveled by rail to secure work in what he'd been groomed for...Merchant Marine.
He continued to make his pilgrimage to the sea as his family grew, until the years determined that he remain at home. By that time his young family had grown in years as well...giving him grandchildren to regale with stories of blockade-running, high seas, far-away places, and also bestowing on them the lure of travel.....evidenced by the widely dispersed family that remains today.
Lived in Liscard, England and later in Geary County, Kansas, USA
Marriage Date: 8 Oct 1866
Wife: Clara Isabella "Bell" White.
Charles Eugene Pickering
William James Pickering
Isabella Maude Pickering HUNT
Martha Ethel Pickering
Fred (Alfred) Aljorel Pickering
Paulena (Lena) Pickering
Bio by: Meyers-Pickering
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