My grandmothers maiden name was Pickering too. I live in Co Durham, England. My Grandfather was one of 6 or 7. He was born in Cornsay Colliery, Co Durham and they lived their whole lives in Esh Winning, Co Durham. My Grandmother was from Bowburn in Co Durham and I remember that her parents lived in Gilesgate, Co Durham. Her father was called John/Jack. I will find out what my Grear Grandmother was called. I remember my Grandfathers siblings were called Basil, Renee, Iris, Wilfrid.