Sophia Pickwood or Pickwoad (née Pogson)

???? - 1848

Claimant or beneficiary


Sophia Pickwood or Pickwoad claimed, following the death of her husband, Robert Williams Pickwoad, who died in 1834, with Harriet Pogson (q.v.) (almost certainly her half-sister, but possibly her cousin) for the compensation for the enslaved people on the Godwin estate on St Kitts. Sophia Pogson was identified in the will of John Pogson of Rougham (q.v.) as his natural daughter.

  1. R. W. Pickwood or Pickwoad was Chief Justice of St Kitts, and 'joint proprietor, by marriage, of a plantation in St Kitts worked by 242 Slaves'. He had married Sophia Pogson in 1804 at Rougham Suffolk.

  2. Edwin Pickwood, son of Sophia and R. W., gave evidence to the Select Committee on Sugar and Coffee Planting, 1848. He had become director of the family property before his father's death and then, when his father died, became his mother's attorney and assumed complete control. (Edwin was born in St Kitts, 1818.)

  3. One of the Pickwoods' daughters, Julia, married at Chislehurst in 1856; a second, Sophia Harriette Annie Pickwood, married Howard Walters Voss at St Mary Magdalene Woolwich 10/01/1857.

  4. In 1841, Sophia Pickwood aged 50 'Ind.' was living with Harriet Pickwood aged 20 and Harriet Pogson aged 55 at Meads Lodge, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. Sophia Pickwood of Porteus Terrace Paddington was buried at All Souls Kensal Green aged 69 27/05/1848.


  1. ‘Slaves in the colonies’, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1826-7 (111) (146) p. 29: R. W. Pickwood was Chief Justice St Kitts, and 'joint proprietor, by marriage, of a plantation in St Kitts worked by 242 Slaves'. An image of the marriage certificate is displayed on a public Members page on, accessed 06/04/2013.

  2. Select Committee on Sugar and Coffee Planting, 6th Report, PP1847-48 (230) XXIII Pt. II, qq. 13709-13710, p. 1, and for the whole of his evidence, pp. 1-32; for Edwin's birth: The registers of St. Thomas, Middle Island, St. Kitts, ed. Vere Langford Oliver (Supplement to Caribbeana, Vol. IV, London, Mitchell Hughes and Clarke, 1915), p. 24

  3. The Times, 13 November 1856, p.1;, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  4. 1841 census online;, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online].

Further Information

Maiden Name
Robert Williams Pickwoad
At least 1 son, 2 daughters

Associated Claims (1)

£4,639 0s 7d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

This was an estate of the Pogson family. Sophia Pogson was not shown in the Slave Registers (where her husband appears), but claimed the compensation after her husband's death.

Relationships (4)

Wife → Husband
Niece → Uncle
Notes →
Conceivably cousins rather than...
Natural Daughter → Father
Notes →
Sophia was identified as his natural daughter in the will John Pogson of Rougham proved 1806....