Martha Ann Pickin - Sylvia Kendrick

Ann was born in 1882 to Thomas and Martha Pickin at Mere House Farm, Mobberley in Cheshire. For many generations her father's family had been farmers in Warmingham, Cheshire but Thomas was not the eldest son and thus had moved to farm his own land at Mobberley. 

 In 1888 they were living and farming at Plas Eyton, Marchwiel, a suburb of Wrexham.  They were a reasonably well to do family and Ann and her brother George  were often seen horse riding wearing silk top hats.  George, the only other sibling, apparently did not wish to continue the family tradition of farming and became a furniture maker and restorer with his uncle.  I have never discovered why he moved to St.Helens and then Prescot where he opened a furniture shop.Within a year or two his parents left the farm and moved to Prescot to live near George.

Ann is listed with her parents on both the 1891 and 1901 Census, she is not recorded as having an occupation.  I have no knowledge of where she was living, or whether she was employed between 1901 and 1907 when she had an illegitimate son Noel, who was born in Liverpool   However she is listed as Hospital Nurse on Noel's birth certificate.  Sadly in 1909 Noel Pickin was admitted to Wrexham Union Workhouse and his mother Ann is recorded as 'mother in Asylum'.  In 1915 Noel was moved to the Central Home in Wrexham and in 1916 to a Father Hudsons Home in Birmingham. In 1928 he left the Home and moved into lodgings.  I have tried to locate Noel or his descendents for many years without success.


Within a month of Noel being admitted to Wrexham Union Workhouse Ann was admitted to Denbigh Hospital and remained there until her death in 1944.  She is buried in the cemetery grounds of the Hospital.  Ann's medical notes state she was suffering from 'melancholia and hearing voices'

Sylvia Kendrick /Jan07

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