When Willard Pickens was born on 5 May 1839, in Hartwick, Hartwick, Otsego, New York, United States, his father, Martin Pickens, was 42 and his mother, Hannah Countryman, was 38. He married Ellen Bissell on 27 November 1862, in Hartwick, Hartwick, Otsego, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Middlefield, Otsego, New York, United States in 1850 and Wellsville, Wellsville, Allegany, New York, United States for about 45 years. He died on 30 January 1923, in Hartwick, Hartwick, Otsego, New York, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Hartwick, Hartwick, Otsego, New York, United States.
Scottish and Irish: variant of Picken .
Possibly also an altered form of French Picon .
History: General Andrew Pickens (1739–1817) of the American Revolution was a great grandson of Robert (Andrew) Pickens alias Robert (André) Picon, reportedly a Huguenot who in 1685 left France to avoid religious persecution and settled briefly in Scotland and finally in Northern Ireland. The name of this ancestor is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors, where he is said to have been born in France to André Picon, while some other sources claim he was a Scotsman who, having married a French Huguenot woman, lived in France until 1685.
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