Pickering, Byron Potter & Hannah Sparks

Bio: Pickering, Byron Potter & Hannah Sparks
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Surnames: Borgers, Calkins, Lawrence, Pickering, Sparks

----Source: Picture and Details Provided by the Pickering Family. 1895 Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War. Pickering, Byron of Sherwood Forest, Clark Co., WI , Private, A, 11th, Michigan, Nevins.
Veterans and Widows Census 1885, Clark County, Wisconsin, Local History and Pickering Family Records. 1895 Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War. Sherwood,  Pickering, Byron, Private, A, 11th, Michigan, Nevins;
Veterans and Widows Census 1885, Clark County, Wisconsin; Family Records of B. Potter.


Byron Potter & Hannah Sparks Pickering


Family of Byron & Hannah Pickering in Nevins, WI

Back row: Aunt Ony,  Earl,  James Sparks,  Ally,  Dave,  and Myron
Front row: Edith,  Hannah,  Byron,  Jessie  and Helen


Byron Potter Pickering was born during the depth of the winter in South Gibson, Susquehanna Co., PA to Potter and Silona Pickering.  He was the youngest of four children, his siblings being Armina (b. about 1827); Ephraim (b. 1828, d. 1915), Elizabeth (b. ca. 1832) & Byron Potter (b. Dec. 31, 1840).  The Pickering family has a prosperous family with a rich American Heritage which has been traced back to  Salem, Essex MA and John & Elizabeth (Lawrence) Pickering who immigrated from Ipswich, England in the early 1600's.


Byron Potter was almost 20 years old when the Civil War began. While on the way to visit his brother, Ephraim, in Plainfield, he enlisted and served until the war ended. In 1865 Byron returned home and married Hannah Marie Sparks, niece
of Robert, in Youngsville, N.Y. on September 11, 1867. Their first child, Edith, was born in Great Bend, Pa. September 11,1867. In 1868 Byron and his family started the long journey from northeast Pennsylvania to Northern Wisconsin. A horse died on the way, so they sold the other one and continued the journey by train. They had a happy reunion with his brother and family.

Byron & Hannah Pickering

Byron and Hannah had eight children: Edith, Sept. 11,1867; Helen, Aug. 10,1869; Myron, Feb. 8,1873; Oona, April 14, 1875; David, July 14,1878; Earl, Feb. 28, 1881; Chester Allie, March 15, 1884 and Jessie, April 7, 1889. Byron and Hannah lived in Nevins, Wisconsin for many years. Later they moved to Crane, Montana to live with his son, Myron. Hannah died there Jan. 1, 1917. Byron died Jan. 11, 1920.


Byron, Hannah, Ephraim, and Emily Pickering along with Robert and Elizabeth Sparks.

(Please Click Thumnails to Enlarge)


September 28, 1866, Byron married Hannah Sparks, the daughter of James Freeman and Sylvia (Calkins) Sparks.  The children born to Byron and Hannah were: Edith Ethel Pickering (b. Sept. 11, 1867 in Great Bend, Susquehanna Co, PA); Helen Phoebe Pickering (b. Aug. 10, 1869 in Plainfield, WI and d. Feb. 10, 1938 in Eau Claire, WI); Myron Potter Pickering (b. Feb. 8, 1873 in Plainfield, WI and d. Sept. 18 in Crane, MT); Sylvia Silona Pickering (b. Apr. 14, 1875 in Nevins, WI and d. 1966); David Leon Pickering (b. Jul. 14, 1878 in Nevins, WI and died Feb. 24, 1968); Earl Wayne Pickering (b. Feb. 28, 1881 in Nevins, WI); Pearl Pickering (b. Feb. 28, 1881 and died Feb. 28, 1881); Chester Allen Pickering (b. Mar. 15, 1884, Nevins, WI); Jessie Eva Pickering (b. Apr. 7, 1889 in Nevins, WI and d. 1955).


An early portrait of Hannah with Edith on her knee.

A portrait of Helen and Edith

A portrait of Chester Allie

A portrait of Earl

Byron and James Sparks

Back row: Helen, Ona, James Sparks, and Myron
Front row: Earl, Hannah, Byron, Chester Allie, David, and Edith

A portrait of Sylvia Silona, "Ona"


A portrait of Jessie

The Pickering House in Salem MA is the oldest house in America continuously occupied by the  same family.

Myron Pickering married Bessie Borgers and she is buried in Clark County. Myron died 18 Sep 1966 in Plainfield, WI.

Grandma Silona Pickering's Grave site in Gibson, PA


According to the 1880 Federal Census, the Pickering family was living in Sherwood Forest, Clark Co., Wisconsin. At that time, Byron Pickering was 40 yrs. old and Hannah was 32 yrs. old. Their daughters were listed as Edith E. Pickering (age 13), Phoeba H. Pickering (age 11), and Sylvia Pickering (age 5). Their sons were Myron (age 7) and David (age 1). When their son, Myron was born 18 Sep 1873, the family was living in Plainfield, Waushara, Wisconsin. Myron married Bessie Borgers and she is buried in Clark County. Myron died 18 Sep 1966 in Plainfield, WI.



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