John Pickersgill

1786 - 11th Nov 1865

Claimant or beneficiary


Partner until 1842 in George Wildes and Co.  

  1. Will of John Pickersgill of Leadenhall Street and of Tavistock Square and of Netheren near Mertham who died at 31 Tavistock Square 11/11/1865 proved 24/11/1865 by William Cunliffe Pickersgill of Blendon Hall Bexley and John Cunliffe Pickersgill of 15 Leadenhall Street merchant the sons the executors, effects under £160,000.

  2. The 1861 census shows John Pickersgill merchant aged 75 born England living at 31 Tavistock Square with his wife Sophia aged 70 born London.

  3. American merchant of 15 Leadenhall street, 31 Tavistock Square and Netheren near Merstham Surrey. Born 13/08/1785 at Ellingstring [near Ripon], Yorkshire, son of John Pickersgill. Married 1810 to Sophia Cunliffe (sister of Ellis Cunliffe Lister Kay 1774-1853 MP and millowner), left £160,000. 'In view of his relatives, it seems likely that he exported woollen goods to America.'

  4. Probably the John Pickersgill of 19 Coleman Street who invested heavily in the British Land Company in 1835.


  1. National Probate Calendar 1865.

  2. 1861 census online.

  3. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1865/86 (which makes no mention of an earlier partnership with George Wildes); John Pickersgill's son William Cunliffe Pickersgill was ibid. reference 1891/112.

  4. List of the proprietors of the British American Land Company: incorporated and established by Charter and Act of Parliament, 1834 (London, n.d.) p. 5 (via pp. 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Further Information

William Cunliffe; John Cunliffe
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (3)

£1,251 11s 0d
£839 7s 7d
£1,514 10s 4d

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
George Wildes & Co.
General overseas merchant  
Firm Investment
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Tentative identification; see biog...

Addresses (3)

19 Coleman Street, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
31 Tavistock Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Netheren, Merstham, Surrey, South-east England, England