Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.
William Pickering was born in 1727.
He married Sarah Wright.
Hannah Pickering (1750)
John Pickering (1751/52, married Jane Ellis)
Lydia Pickering (1754)
Jacob Pickering (1756, married Mary Dillon daughter of William Dillon and Lydia Adams)
Hannah Pickering (1757)
William Pickering, Jr. (1759)
Lydia Pickering (1761)
Jonathan Pickering (1761)
Mary Pickering (1763, married Ellis Ellis)
Ann Pickering (1765).
On June 6, 1763, the Pickerings were received from the Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania at the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Virginia.
In 1771 the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia appointed William Pickering as one of those to meet the committee from the quarterly meeting.
It 1778 they pledged 8£ for
...the Benefit of the Indians, who were formerly the Native Owners of the Lands, on which we now live, or thire descendents if to be found, and if not for the service, & benefit of Other Indians....
The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.