William Chesley Pickle


William Chesley Pickle

WILLIAM CHESLEY PICKLE, son of William Pickel (b. 30 Oct. 1776, SC) and Elizabeth Wilson (b. 2 May 1782, d. 4 Mar. 1869), was born October 20, 1820 in Anderson County, South Carolina, and died in Anderson County, Texas on 4 November 1884. and is buried at Olive Branch Cemetery.

The name is listed as being Pickel, Pickell, Pickill, and Pikle on various census forms and documents.

William Chesley's brothers and sisters were: Jacob, Esther, Teresa, Jane, James Elbert, Crawford Wilson, and Obadiah Ayres Pickle.

William Chesley was a farmer and a gunsmith. A veteran of the Civil War, he served as a blacksmith and worked in a Confederate gun factory. He was a Mason and a member of Plenitude Lodge in Mound City, Texas, which is no longer in existence. He also built the Old Pickle Bridge over the Neches River, which remained until the middle of this century.

He married Mary (Polly) Murphy about 1841. She was born December 26, 1823, in South Carolina and died May 14, 1866 in Brushy Creek, Texas and was buried at the Olive Branch Cemetery. She was the daughter of Ezekiel and Charity Martin Murphy and the sister of Elizabeth Murphy.

They came to Texas from South Carolina in either 1850 of 1852, with four or five of their children, settling in the Pert Community of Anderson County, northeast of Palestine. They were members of the Church of Christ. Some of the families who accompanied them on their journey west are still present in Anderson County and include the Welbornes, Gores, Rogers, Gambrells, Murphys, Richardsons, and Elrods.

They had twelve children in the course of their marriage, the last two being twin boys, whose birth seems to have been the cause of Mary (Polly)'s death.

1. William Murphey, b. Nov. 15, 1842.
2. Charity Elizabeth, b. May 4, 1845.
3. Lucinda Jane (Lurenday), b. July 3, 1847.
4. James Albert, b. Jan. 2, 1850.
5. Nancy C. (Nan), b. Mar. 17, 1852.
6. Charles C. (Doc), b. Aug. 29, 1854.
7. Martha L., b. Feb. 2, 1857.
8. Chesley Robert (Rob), b. Apr. 12, 1859.
9. Ruth Ann S. F., b. July 25, 1861.
10. Mary Tulula, b. Sept. 22, 1863.
11. Jacob Nathaniel (Jakie), b. May 12, 1866 (twin), d. Mar. 4, 1886, buried Olive Branch Cemetery, Anderson County, TX.
12. Obediah J. (Obie), b. May 12, 1866 (twin).

William Chesley married again following the death of his first wife. On April 8, 1868, he married a widow, Almedia E.A. Huddleston Boyce, who was born in Tennessee April 12, 1833. She died in April of 1877 and was buried at Sand Flat Cemetery in Athens, Henderson County, Texas. From their union three children were born:

1. Sarener Lavina (Viney), b. Jan. 21, 1869, d. Mar. 1885, buried in the Olive Branch Cemetery.
2. Josiah (Joseph) Littlefield, b. Oct. 28, 1871.
3. Almedia Savilla Ann, b. Feb. 8, 1874, d. Sept. 8, 1875, buried in the Olive Branch Cemetery.

Robert H. Pickel, Jr.,Pioneer Families of Anderson County (TX) Prior to 1900, ed. Anderson County Genealogical Society, 1984.pp 289-290.


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