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Janet (Picken) Howie (1766 - 1852)

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Janet Howie formerly Picken
Born in Southend, Argyleshiremap
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: 17 May 2018
13:55: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Janet (Picken) Howie. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Scottish Immigrants to Illinois | Marion, sailed August, 1839 | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois.


Janet was born in 1766 in Southend, Argyll, Scotland.

She married William Howie in Argyll in 1793. [1]

William died in 1839.

Janet came to the United States in 1839 on the Marion with her son Robert. [2]

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[3]

She passed away in 1852.


John 1794-?
Alexander 1796-?
Janie (Giffin) 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


  1. Original data: Scotland, :Marriages, 1561-1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
    Name: Janet Pickan
    Gender: Female
    Marriage Date: 27 Aug 1793
    Marriage Place: Southend,Argyll,Scotland
    Spouse: William Howie
    FHL Film Number: 1041076
  2. Marion Passenger List
  3. Marion Passenger List
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #116634538
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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.).

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