Janet (Picken) Howie

Janet (Picken) Howie (1768 - 1852)

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Janet Howie formerly Picken
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Southend, Kintyre, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 May 2018 | Last significant change: 3 Jan 2019
16:39: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography and Status Indicators for Janet (Picken) Howie (1768-1852). [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Marion, sailed August, 1839 | 1850 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Janet came to the US from Scotland in 1839 on the Marion

Janet was born in 1768 in Southend, Scotland. She was the daughter of William Picken. [1]

She married William Howie in Argyll in 1793. [2]

William died in 1839.

Janet came to the United States in 1839 on the Marion with her son Robert. [3]

The ship sailed on July 4, 1839, from Greenock, Scotland. James Picken & family were related to the Giffens (called Aunt & Uncle by the children), and Janet Howie was the grandmother to Andrew's children. Mrs. Picken died during the crossing and was buried at sea. The trip was "stormy" and apparently nearly went down several times. The ship landed Aug 26, 1839. It took the families 35 days to travel from New York to Chicago by rail, and boat. From Chicago, the travelers proceeded by wagon to Rockford, IL. This information comes from a letter written by William Giffen, son of Andrew. William married Margaret Harvey, daughter of William Harvey who came to Argyle in 1841." Joan Mershon[4]

She passed away in 1852.


John 1794-?
Alexander 1796-?
Janie (Giffen) 1798–1844
Jeanette (Howie) 1800–1879
Mary (Reid) 1802–1885
Robert 1804–1880
Elizabeth (Picken) 1807-1839 (died at sea)
Margaret (McDonald) 1809-abt 1850

1850 US Census

Harlem, Illinois[5]

Name: Jennette Picken
Age: 84
Birth Year: abt 1766
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1850: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, USA
  • Robert Howie M 40 Scotland
  • Robert Mc Donald M 11 Illinois
  • John Mc Donald M 7 Illinois
  • Jennette Picken F 84 Scotland


  1. ScotlandsPeople
    Date: 10/12/1768
    Parish: Southend
  2. O"Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTKJ-H94 : 10 February 2018), William Howie and Janet Pickan, 27 Aug 1793; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. Marion Passenger List
  4. Marion Passenger List
  5. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M854-YKD : 12 April 2016), Jennette Picken in household of Robert Howie, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 69, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #116634538 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2018), memorial page for Janet Picken Howie (unknown–17 Jul 1852), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116634538, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Dale Andrew Wishop (contributor 48032786) .

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