Jonathan Pike of Beech Grove, County Tyrone

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Jonathan Pike of Beechgrove, County Tyrone b.1782 d.1860

Son of Richard Pike (4) b.1748 d.1810

Married in 1813 Sarah Nicholson b.1782 d.1860 [picture] daughter of James Nicholson of Grange Lodge, County Tyrone and aunt to John Nicholson of Indian Mutiny fame, planning and leading the storming of Delhi, by her brother Dr Alexander Jaffray Nicholson.

They had the following children:

M i Richard of Beechgrove, County Tyrone
M ii James Nicholson of Derry Vale, County Tyrone d.1849
M iii William (2) of Glendarrary, Achill Sound, County Mayo d.1881
F iv Anne
F v Lydia Clibborn b.circa 1820 d.22 March 1900
Married 10 March 1841 Ebenezer Pike (3) of Besborough, County Cork.

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In "The Diaries of Edward Pease" by Edward Pease (search Google books), he quotes his grandfather Edward as writing on "Wednesday 28th November 1838..... James Pike came for his sister Lydia, an open, ingenuous young man engaged in an exposed position in a Steam packet office in Liverpool. " Edward writes again a few days later.... Mon., Dec. 3 1838.... Lydia Pike, after a two months residence, left me accompanied by her brother James. My heart yearns for the preservation of this amiable young woman of eighteen, her lot seems cast in a slippery place. Lydia had evidently been staying with him and his family in Darlington.

Edward Pease adds further:-

"The Pikes were of old Irish Quaker Stock, descended from one Richard Pike, who was born at Newbury in 1627, and his wife, Elizabeth Jackson, born 1636. He was a Cromwellian soldier and served as N.C.O. in a troop of horse in the Rebellion of 1648. Richard Pike turned Quaker and farmed at Kilcreagh, near Cork, and afterwards in 1664 removed to Cork and kept a shop there. He died in 1668, and his wife in 1688.

In the "Life" of his son, Joseph Pike, born 1657, there are some curious descriptions of the procedure in the family in relation to plainness of speech and simplicity of furniture, e.g., " Our fine veneered and garnished cases of drawers, cabinets, scrutoires, etc., we put away and exchanged for decent plain ones of solid wood. . . . Our wainscots or woodwork we had painted one plain colour, also our large mouldings and finishings of panelling, etc. ; our swelling chimney-pieces, curiously twisted bannister we took down and replaced with useful plain woodwork. . . . Our large looking-glasses with decorated frames we sold or made them into smaller ones, and our closets that were laid out with many little curios or nice things were done away. And our dear wives also joined in spirit with us by putting away their silk garments, instead of which they got plain stuffs."

Joseph Pike goes on to say "Now, in regard, I have mentioned the wearing of plain silks, among the rest, which are still worn in England by some honest-minded women Friends. . . . I do not, then, esteem it wrong in itself to wear plain, modest-coloured silk clothes, provided the mind be not affected with a delight in them, and especially worn in a climate where the heat requires it ; nor do I believe that many who wear them are so proud of them as some who wear none. Nay, further, I will say that if women Friends had from the first putting them on kept to plain, grave colours, and not changed their fashions and colours, I know not but that such sort of silks might have been used to this day. But the ill tendency lay here, that from grave, plain colours some got lighter colours, others exceeding them adopted variable ones (shot ?), then others a small stripe, then another a small figure, then another a large flower. Thus they followed one another s example, until at length . For my part when I was in England I could not know by their habit who were called Friends from those who were not ; and with sorrow, I speak also of some men Friends, both by their vain, fashionable apparel and excessive, fine, superfluous, household furniture."

(AEP) concludes with the note...Arthur Pease, a grandson of Edward Pease, married a daughter of this Lydia Pike, who married Ebenezer Pike.

It is then observes that in 1845, Edward Pease goes to Dublin Yearly (Quaker) Meeting. On the 5th May he dines at Henry Bewleys, Ebenezer Pike and Lydia J., and Sarah Pike of the company. . . . "Ah me ! I fear these dear Friends and many others think of me, a poor worm, more highly than they ought to think....... took affectionate leave and sailed for Liverpool at 7 o clock. On returning home he hears accounts from his son John of the "unsettlement, excitement and division which exists in Philadelphia and other parts among Friends", and is " fearful of his dear Sons (at home) being drawn into active participation in a line of railway, which shall connect Lancaster, Kendal, Carlisle, etc., with this part of Durham." He then goes to the London Yearly Meeting, and on his 78th birthday (Saturday, 31st May), he notes his age being " far beyond his expectation "

Ten years later, he writes on Friday September 31st 1855 that he has his " dear Irish Friends Ellen and Lydia Pike and daughters Louisa and Mary, with Ann Bewly of Dublin," to stay with him for a week. At parting, tears were shed in the feeling that we could not expect to see each others faces any more."

He died three years later."

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Sarah Nicholson in 1840

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

Deepest thanks for some fantastic pictures and for writing the wonderful book 'Jobs for the Boys' to Hew Stevenson, which you can see on

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Thanks also to all who have written in with information, advice, help and, most importantly, corrections.

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28 February, 2021