Richard Pike (2) of Sarsfield Court, County Cork

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Richard Pike (2) of Sarsfield Court, County Cork b.1627 d.1668 Other information

Son of Richard Pike (1) of Summerhill, County Cork

Married in 1655 Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of J Jackson of London

They had the following children:

M i Richard (3) b.1659 d.1739
F ? Unknown daughter
F ? Unknown daughter
M ? Unknown son
M ? Unknown son

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In "The Diaries of Edward Pease" by Edward Pease (search Google books):-

"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."

From Friends meeting notes:¹

Richard Pike Snr. died a prisoner for his Testimony to Truth in Cork, in that he met and assembled with Friends to worship God in time of Christopher Rye [Mayor of Cork] his mayrolly a great preventer of God’s people, the time he died was 4th month 1668. Elizabeth his wife supposedly in the 53 years of her age d. 07 9th 1688.

Thomas Holmes d. 1695; Abraham Fuller d. 1694. A brief relation of some part of the suffering of the true Christians, the people of God, in scorn called Quakers, in Ireland, for these last eleven years, viz. from 1660 until 1671, with an occasional treatise of their principles and practises briefly stated, whereby the innocency of their cause, for which they so suffer, is not only plainly demonstrated, but also from all false aspersions and causeless pretences sufficiently vindicated.

1660 William Morris, William Brimsby, Walter Castle, and John Exham being (with others) met at Edward Cook’s house Bandon-bridge, to wait upon God in his holy Name and Fear, were haled thereout and committed to Goal by John Laundon Provost, who was so cruel that he was offended with the Gaoler’s wife for suffering for straw to be brought to the prisoners, that were put in a Nasty Dungeon, where they were kept for two weeks, during this time they were cruelly used by Robert Stowers the Gaoler, who did not permit Friends to bring the Prisoners any food, but what was given them through the grate.

Some of the Lord’s people being met together at Daniel Massey’s house in Bandon-bridge, had their meeting broken up and committed to prison by the said Provost, who caused Susanna, the wife of Bishop Worth to be haled out of the said meeting, and dragged her to prison in such a brutish manner, that many cried out ‘Shame upon such barbarous usage of such and aged and sober woman, insomuch that some of the Officers said – They would rather go to prison themselves, then be actors of such cruelty.

Philip Dymond, Alexander Atkins, Stephen Harris, George Neno, Christopher Pennock, George White, Ananias Kello, William Steel, William Thorne, James Puckridge, John Edwards, David Williams, Richard Jordan and George Pett, for meeting together (with some other Friends) in the city of Cork, to worship God, were committed to Gaol, and there detained until the next Assizes by order of Christopher Oliver then mayor.

1667 – George Webber, William Penn, Francis Rogers, John Taylor, Philip Dymond, William Hawkins, George Gamble, John Gossage, Christopher Pennock, Thomas Mitchell, James Knolls, Stephen Harris, Henry Bennet, James Dennis, William Steel, James Toghill, Richard Pike, John Moor and Thomas Robins, for meeting together on the 3rd day of the 9th month, to worship the Lord God, were committed to prison of Christopher Rye, Mayor of Cork

George Gamble, James Dennis, John Smith, Arthur Johnson, Christopher Pennock, George Neno, and Philip Godfrey, for meeting together the 24th of the 9th month for the End aforesaid, were taken out of their meeting place, and sent to prison by Christopher Rye, Mayor.

Francis Rogers, George Gamble, Philip Dymond, William Fletcher, Stephen Harris, Alexander Atkins, Richard Pike, Robert Whetstone and Thomas Godfrey, for meeting the 8th of the 10th month, were committed to prison by the said Christopher Rye, Mayor.

1668 – Thomas Cook, George Webber, John Taylor, James Knolls, Richard Pike, George Neno, Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Wight, Christopher Pennock, Arthur Johnson, James Dennis, William Bigley, William Burchfield, being meet together in their usual meeting-place in Cork city to wait upon and worship the Lord, were taken thereout, and committed to Goal by the said Christopher Rye; and the Gaoler told the prisoners, that he was forbid to give them a Copy of the Mittimus.

Thomas Cook and several other Friends, being met together to worship God the 13th of the 10th month, had their meeting broken up, and committed to prison by the said Christopher Rye; and the said Thomas Cook was much abused by William Sexton Constable, who struck the said Thomas with the Staff of his Office (with his full strength, as he himself hath since said) on the side of his head, which for a time deprived him of his senses.

Thomas Wight, George Gamble, Alexander Atkins, George Webber, Thomas Cook, John Gossage, George Neno, for meeting together as aforesaid, were hauled thereout, and committed to prison by order of the said Christopher Rye Mayor.

¹ Email from Ann Turnbull 03.34 29 June 2018

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28 February, 2021