I just found your posting.
I have some information about the Pickle (Pickel, Pickell) family in east Tennessee.This first excerpt is from my grandmother's notes in 1979.She was Mary Vada Pickell, daughter of Samuel William Pickel (8-13-1960 to 12-25-1895).Samuel William Pickel was the son of William H. and Mary Ann Dorrite (Durrette?) Pickel.The old family homestead was passed down to Mary Vada's brother, Tetus Dorsey (known as T.D. in Lenoir City, TN) Pickell (1-9-1893 to 1-29 ot 1-31-1974 ot 1975 (the records I have are not easy to read)(my great-uncle).The place was lost after his death; it was sold to cover inheritance taxes, unfortunately...it was located near Tellico Plains, TN.My grandmother and my great uncle T.D. were well known in Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee until the mid 1970s.There is one cousin I know of who still resides there, Sammy Nel Nelson.
Following is a typed version of my grandmother's notes:
THE S.W. PICKEL STORY
By Mary Vada Bell
I was 10 years old when my father died on XMAS day 1895.We lived on a farm.There were six children.I was the third girl.Two older sisters and 2 younger sisters.Then my mother had a boy, named Thetus Dorsey.My father was so proud of his little son.
Added from Anne Marie Bell Yoho notes and Granny Pickell’s Bible:
Samuel William Pickel born 8-13-1860, died 12-25-1895 (son of William H. Pickel and Mary Ann Dorrite (Durrette?) Pickel)
“Granny” (Martha Elizabeth Scarbrough) Pickel born 6-1-1863, died 2-5-1953 (daughter of J.P. Scarbrough and Catheran Wells)
Bertie (Berta) born 11-12-1881, married Samuel B. Grubb, died 11-2-1946)
Cordie (Cordia) born 10-18-1883, married Ham Bright, died 3-2-1928
Mary Vada born 12-10-1885, married Joseph Bell, died 7-8-1983
Maude M. born 3-9-1887, died 1-12-1912
Eula E. born 2-5-1891, married Fritz Lowe, Chattanooga, TN, died 7-4-1969
Thetus Dorsey born 1-9-1893, married Willie Lee Ratcliffe (Bill), Lenoir City, TN, died 1-29-1974 or 1-31-1975 (there are two entries in Granny’s Bible)
When the son was near 3 years old, my father died.It was a sad XMAS for the family.My mother was strong, but she knew nothing about farming.
After a year trying to make a living farming, she sold the farm and moved to a small house in Lenoir City, Tenn.
My oldest sister (Bertie) was 15 years old.My next sister (Cordie) stayed with her grand mother in the country.My eldest sister (Bertie) and I went to work in a hosiery mill.The other children were too young to work.My mother took in 2 boarders.But us kids didn’t make much money.I turned stockings from 6 to 6 a day for 14 cents a day.My oldest sister made a little more than I.We had a terrible time getting along.When I was 15 years old, I was raveling stockings for 17 cents a day.I was on my feet 12 hours a day.My oldest sister (Bertie) was 17 years old when she got married to a local man.She did not help us any more because it was all they could do to keep themselves.
When I was fifteen years old, I was given a machine to knit stockings.I was now making $5.00 every 2 weeks.I was still on my feet for 7 days a week.
By this time, my 2 younger (Maude and Eula) sisters were working.One was in the finishing room (Maude), and one was a looper.Eula was her name, and she made more money than I.Then my second sister (Cordie) came home.She wasn’t home long till she married a man, at least ten years older than she was.Her husband did not like to work.So they moved in with us, and she worked.
She became pregnant, and he had to go to work.So they moved to Chattanooga and were doing pretty well.
But my younger sister (Maude?) became ill, and sister Cordia came home to help my mother, who was keeping boarders and was working too hard.
Lo and behold, here came her husband to live with us too.
I married when I was 18 ½ years old.My husband and I went to Ala. where he was a machinist.I had my first child a year after we married.From then, I was a baby have every 2 years until 1 was 44 years old.
We bought a house in Cleveland, Tenn.By that time Edward was the baby one.The awful depression came and a flu epidemic.So many were dying with the flu that businesses all but shut down.We had to all live on Social Security (food stamps).I had a bad spell of the flu and was again pregnant.I lost the baby, but I finally lived.We sold our home and moved to his parents’ farm.We worked hard but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.By that time I had had 6 children.My husband Joe went back to work in the hosiery mill and moved his family (us) to a log cabin near his parents.We did very well.But we had to hire a local boy to keep us in wood for our fireplace.Our two oldest daughters (Amy Ruth and Irene) hitched 2 mules to a wagon and hauled wood, which took a lot for the cabin.
I don’t know how we got through that winter.But we did.Then my husband got a better job at New Orleans, LA.We moved there for nearly a year.
I can’t begin to tell how much after that we moved.
Paul was the baby when we left New Orleans.
My husband died July 25, 1935.I’m still alive at 94 years, but only half alive now, and almost blind. (1979)
I have other information, from a double cousin to Mary Vada and T.D., who used to live in the basement of Vada's house.He was called "Uncle Hayes" by most who knew him, and he did tax returns there in Lenoir City.I remember him, but he died long before I was old enough to take real interest in family matters.His excerpt was signed "R.H.Pickell".I don't know what the R.H. stood for, but I assume the "H" is for Hayes.I think this may be more of what you might want.This note was written to my mother, Anne Marie Bell, daughter of Mary Vada Pickell Bell.I hope this makes some sense...
'I know quite a lot about the Pickel Family, but it is so disconnected I cannot put it in much sense.
About Revolution times there were three men named Pickel came to America.First settled in Pennsylvania, later to Virginia and then to Tennessee.Settled in different places in East Tenn.One of the earliest was named Christian Pickell.He had fiftenn boys and they being Pickels scattered Pickels all over the countyr.
Of later days our, or my, great Grandfather settled in what is now Loudon County.It was Roane County then, since Loudon County was not formed until 1770.His name was John Pickel.He had four boys.I do not know how many girls.The boys' names were WIlliam H. (My grandfather)(He married Mary Ann Durrette.The others were Rufus, James, and Jake.Jake went to Missouri in early days and was Sheriff there for some time when the country was rough. He had several boys, though I don not know any of their names.The other boys of John Pickel stayed in East Tenn.
The children of WIlliam H. Pickel, my grandfather, your great grandfather were as follows:
Evelyn - Married Jackson Goodwin
Marion > John [don't know what Hayes meant here-myt]
Balinda - Married George Findlay
Ferrell (My father)- Married Sarah Scarbrough
Sam(Your Grandfather)-Married Martha(or Mattie)Scarbrough
Mary - Married J.W. (Buck) Crow
NOTE: Tom and Mary were twins
Our early ancestors came from Germany.They all spelled their name then with one "L".