Notes for: John (Johan) Balthazar Pickel

In the baptism records of St. James Lutheran ("Straw") Church in Greenwich, Warren Co., NJ there is a baptism for Balthazar and Anna Barbara. It is in 1770 and says this:

Balthaser Buckel [Biickel] and wife Anna Barbara--(child) b. July 8, bapt. Aug. 12--Sponsors Balthaser Bickel and wife Anna Barbara.

The record above only says "child." I don't know if it was Mary or Nicholas, but I would guess Nicholas. I think he was younger than his sister, Mary. I would think that Mary was born before 1770.

I got the following will from Marietta Pickell:

From: "M.F. Pickell" (

Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002

Subject: Bodine Research

Hi Dave,

I just thought you might want a copy of Johann Balthazar Pickel's (husband to Anna Barbara Becker Pickel) will.

He was the father of Mary Pickel who married Jacob Bodine. It seems strange that Anna Barbara Becker Pickel's will doesn't mention her son Nicholas, Mary's brother, in her will.

Will of Johan Balthazar Pickel (1731-1796)

Husband of Anna Barbara Becker Pickel

Son of Johan Nicholas Pickel

In the name of God, Amen, I Baltes Pickle of the Township of Alexandria in the County of Hunterdon in the State of New Jersey, being of a disposing mind and memory praised be the name of Almighty God, calling to mind the mortality of this body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do this twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and ninety six make and ordain this my last will and testament principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to be buried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my Executor not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God. And s touching all such temporal estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I dispor-- same in manner following ______


It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my Executors after my decease.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Pickle all the farm or Plantation I now live on excepting as is hereafter excepted to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my executors foreafter named and to their ancestors in trust part of a lot of land which I bought of Stephen Gano. Containing forty-two acres being the easterly part of said lot nevertheless to dispose of the profits thereof at their pleasure for the yearly use and benefit of my daughter Mary Bodine during her natural life and after her decease. I direct and bequeath the use of the same yearly and every year to her heirs of her body until the youngest arrives to the age of twenty one years at which time it is my will that said lot be sold by my executor or their ancestors to the best advantage and the net proceeds there of to be divided equally shared and share alike between the afore and heirs.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Pickle, his heirs and assigns forever, eight acres of land being the residue of the above described lot lying on the west side of said lot adjoining land of Isaac Hoff agreeably to a draught surveyed by Mr. John Allen, and touching my personal estate I give and dispose of the same in the following manner: I give to my beloved wife Barbara the value of twenty pounds in such goods as she may choose at the appointment also two feather beds, bedding and furniture, the use of the two west end rooms and the use of the kitchen to cook and wash in, one good cow and two sheep to be kept on the farm for her use yearly and every year free from cost and expense, also a sufficiency of firewood cut to a proper length by the door for her use, also her decent maintenance during her widowhood or the sum of twenty pounds yearly and every year as she may choose during said widowhood to be paid by my Executors for her support and maintenance, also I give an bequeath to my beloved wife my negro wench named Rachel to wait on her during her life or widowhood and at her decease to ----- of the same to either of my children Nicholas or Mary as she may think proper.

Item: I give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my son Nicholas Pickle, his heirs and assigns forever.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Barbara Pickle and my loving son Nicholas Pickle together with my friend John Eckle of Alexandria, Executors of this my last will and testament, thereby revoking all former wills be me made or exported to be made in witness whereof I have herewith setting my hand and seal this day and at first -----written, signed, sealed and published and declared by the testator as and for this last will and testament in the presence of us who -------


The mark of Baltis Pickle

Sworn at Trenton the 23 day of Nov 1796 before me

Elijah Allen

James Larew

David Everitt