Benjamin Abraham Pickard was born on February 1, 1838 in Ellery, New York. He marrid Hilda A. Ames on April 1, 1855. His second married was to Lillian Rappole. Benjamin spent his entire life, with the exception of two years on the farm where he died, which was purchased of the Holland Land Company by his father. In young manhood, Mr. Pickard united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained a member throughout his lifetime. Mr. Pickard served the people of his township as Supervisor for two terms, and as Justice of the Peace for twenty years. He was keenly interested in politics and was a staunch Republican. Benjamin died suddenly while eating dinner at his home on Pickard Hill, Ellery on September 9, 1916. Mr. Pickard has resided at his late home all his life. The funeral was largely attended by relatives, friends and neighbors and there were many beautiful floral offerings including one from the Centralia Grange of which Mr. Pickard was a prominent member. Among those present from out of town were Melvin Pickard, Albert Wetherby and Emmett Wetherby of Spartans, Pennsylvania. George Mills of Panama, New York and E. C. Ferguson of Conewango, New York and a large number of relatives from Jamestown and vicinity. The funeral was held from the family home, Monday at 1 p.m. The burial was in Red Bird Cemetery. At the funeral, Reverend Oliver Gornall of the Bemus Point M. E. Church officiated. Vocal numbers were by Mrs. Lester Skillman and Mrs. Delbert Johnson.


Offspring of Benjamin Abraham Pickard and Hilda A. Ames (1838-1875)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jennie L. Pickard (1867-1903)
Dora Pickard (1857-1927)
Leah D. Pickard (1873-1954)

Offspring of Benjamin Abraham Pickard and Lillian Rappole (1860-1927)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Bernice Amelia Pickard (1889-1988) 23 September 1889 Pickard Hill, Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 15 February 1988 Lawson Care Center, Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, United States Benjamin Lewis Faulkner (1887-1968)
Merle Wilson (?-?)
George A. Stedman (1892-1960)

Footnotes (including sources)

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¶ Death
  • Obituary
§ Remains
  • Red Bird Cemetery Records