He was born in 1676, the son of Bartholomew and Dorothy Pickard of Leicester, England. By 1698, he had emigrated to New York where he was an enlisted man in Richard Ingoldsby's company of soldiers on duty at Albany and Schenectady. In that year, he married Eva Classz of Schenectady at the Albany Dutch church. Their children were baptized in the Reformed churches of Albany and Schenectady.
In 1707, he was identified in the Albany city records as a "retailer of strong liquors" and was required to pay six shilling for a liquor license.
About 1713, he was granted a lot for a farm located along the King's Highway - six miles west of Albany. Later, he acquired substantial acreage in the Mohawk Valley at Stone Arabia.
Bartholomew Pickard died at Stone Arabia in 1742. Four of his children survived to raise families in the Mohawk Valley!
Sources: The life of Bartholomew Pickard/Pikkart/Piccerd is CAP biography number 2127. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The printed source of record is "English Ancestry of Bartholomew Pickard," by Frank C. Pickard, NYGBR 122:3 (July 1991), pp. 135-42. An excellent summary of existing biographical information appears online!
first posted: 8/20/02; last revised 1/10/04