Thomas married Elizabeth Pickup in 1716 and his son Thomas was baptised January 1718, and buried in 1719 in Pontefract.
Last name: Pickup
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from a place in Lancashire called Pickup (Bank), now styled Yate and Pickup Bank. The name has branched out strongly,and can be easily traced back to the neighbourhood of Blackburn as its original home.
Approximately 6,288 people bear this surname today around the world.
Recorded as “Pycoppe” in “Records of the Manors of Henry de Lacy”, dated 1296, and as “Pickope Bank” in “Place Names of Lancashire”, dated 1595, the name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century “pic”, peak, point, with “copp”, top, summit; hence, “hill with a peak or sharp point”.
Locational surnames were originally given to the lord of the manor, or as a means of identification to those who left their place of origin to settle elsewhere.
Regional and dialectal influences subsequently produced many variations in the spelling of the name, which, in the modern idiom, range from Piccop, Picopp and Peacop to Pickhup, Pickupp, Pickopp, Picup and others.
There are several records of the name Pickup in Pontefract records, but I have found no trace of an Elizabeth there in the right timeframe.
name born died married spouse father mother
Joseph 1692 Robert
Robert 1694 Robert
William 1696 1696 Robert
Richard 1698 Robert
John 1699 Robert
Esther 1700 1730 George Burrough Robert
Francis 1702 Robert
William 1704 Robert
Thomas 1709 1709 illegitimate Dorothy
It is unlikely that Elizabeth was a daughter of Robert Pickup, but I can’t find a marriage for him in this area either. It appears he was born in Ackworth, about 3 miles from Pontefract in 1660, and had a brother John and sister Hester. Dorothy who baptised and buried her son Thomas appears to have been born there in 1686.
There is an Elizabeth baptised in Lower Darwen, Lancashire,(some 55 miles away) daughter of Thomas in 1703, making her 15 at marriage, and another born to Jacob Pickup of Elland (25 miles away) in 1690.
The presence of the large castle as a place of employment and the other businesses this would attract to the large marketplace in Pontefract would account for young people or even whole families relocating.