Pikes in Poole, Dorset

On this page I am trying to gather together various data regarding Pikes in Poole, Dorset.

If you came to this page directly, then you might want to know that I have a number of other webpages with additional Pike information on my website.

Furthermore, if you descend from the Pikes of Poole, I would be interesting in knowing details of your family history. I can be reached by email at dapike@mun.ca.


In 1689, William Pike was Sheriff of Poole. In 1693 he was Mayor.
In 1703, a Thomas Pike, mariner of Poole, left a will in advance of making a voyage to Newfoundland. The will appears to have been probated in 1708. In it, Thomas names the eldest two of his four sons (Thomas, John), states that he has three daughters, and names his wife Susanna. He also names two of his brothers-in-law (Timothy Bird and Edward Bird) and a sister Margaret Cards.

Timothy and Edward were brothers of Thomas' wife Susanna. As for Thomas' sister Margaret, I note that there was a Margarett Card, widow of Portsmouth, Hampshire, who left a will dated 1719. Also, the IGI has a marriage at St Thomas, Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 25 November 1680 between Joseph Card and Margaret Pyke.

It appears that Susanna was a widow by July 1708, as there is apparently a settlement bond involving her (search for "Susanna Pike" on this webpage).

At the Portsmouth Central Library, in Hampshire, England, in the "Everitt Collection", are a number of family trees. Among them are two Pike family trees (Pike Tree #1, Pike Tree #2) that show that Thomas and Susannah had children as follows:


In July 2007 I visited the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester, where a number of Sacrament Certificates are held:
On 17 July 1708, Margaret Pike, widow of Poole, weak in body by reason of old age, left a will in which the following are noted:
In 1737, Thomas Pike "the younger", mariner of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: Thomas' will was proved at London in 1740.
On 29 March 1741, Thomas Pike of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: Thomas' will was proved at London in 1741.
In 1757, Francis Pike, mariner of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted:
In 1760, Elizabeth Pike, widow of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: The will was proved at London in 1771.
On 22 December 1773, John Pike, merchant of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: John wrote a codicil on 21 March 1774, in which he notes that his wife Olive is since deceased.

In the Isaac Lester Diaries, the entry for 25 Dec 1773 states (unfortunately without giving any forenames):

   Mrs Pike Died at Sarum
   Yesterday in the afternoon at 4 a Clock, Mr Pike
   came home from her Last Night at 10 a Clock

In the Isaac Lester Diaries, the entry for 6 April 1775 states:

   Mr John Pike, Dyed abt 7 a Clock

In the Isaac Lester Diaries, the entry for 11 April 1775 states:

   Mr John Pike was Buryed this afternoon
   in the Meatin house Yard, by his Wife
   Ben was one of his Pall Bearers

In 1775, Edward Pike, gentleman of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: The will was proved at London in 1776.

In the Isaac Lester Diaries, the entry for 23 August 1776 states:

   In the Eaveng when I Came home
   Mr Strong came Down & told me
   There is News to Day from Portsmo
   That The Provinsials at Carroline
   had Beat off our Ship & Killd
   600 of our men & Liuet Edwd
   Pike was amongst the Slaine

In the Isaac Lester Diaries, the entry for 24 August 1776 states:

   Recd a Letter fm Bingly & Pitt...............
   They Give me the Whole Acct of The
   Ingagement at Charles Town & Of
   The Death of Poor Edwd Pike

In the Isaac Lester Diaries, the entry for 22 Nov 1776 states:

   Mos Pitt came here abt a Ribbon for his
   Daughter Pike, 

In the diary of Benjamin Lester, the entry for 26 Dec 1784 states:

   Mr Mo. pitt came down
   last Evening by Coach to attend the
   Burial of his Sister, Ned pike went
   of to Litchet direct
and the entry for 28 Dec 1784 states:
   Mrs Edwd pike brot fm Litchet
   in a hearse to be buried attended at
   her House to ye Church as Paul
   bearer with Mr Hide, C. Jolliff,
   G. Olive. Lieut Gillingham Mr Jno
   Bird -- buried in Church.

In 1779, Thomas Pike, mariner of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: The will was proved at London in 1787.
In 1804, John Pike, sailmaker of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: The will was proved at London in 1817, at which time it is noted that John's daughter Ann was then the wife of Robert Ayles.
In July 1811, Mary Pike, widow of Poole, left a will in which the following are noted: Her will was proved in October 1812.
In October 1811, Joseph Pike, gentleman of Poole, but late of Bridport, left a will in which the following are noted: In October 1812 Joseph wrote a codicil to deal with two plots of land that he apparently became entitled to by an act of Parliament, possibly as a benefit of having enclosed the lands. One of them appears to be his residence at Market Street in Poole, while the other is in the parish of Great Canford (and is numbered 58 on a commissioners' plan).

Joseph's will was proved in London in January 1813.

05 January 2008 update: Thanks to an email received today, I can correct a few spellings of surnames: Metford, Stephens [rather than Motford and Stevens]. I've also been able to find an online family tree with several of these people.


At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 2/2/1, is a Settlement Indemnity Bond dated 8 July 1708 that mentions a widow Susanna Pike of Poole. Having looked at this document in July 2007, my impression is that Susanna's role was similar to that of a church warden, as if it was her duty to ensure that the child Mary Phelps was suitably cared for. The document begins with a paragraph or two that appear to be written in Latin, and which mention Thomas Wills and Susanna Pike (both of Poole) as well as John Skott of Poole (who might be a guardian or godfather to Mary Phelps). The Latin portion is followed by an English statement, which I transcribed as follows:
The Considrence of this obligacon is such that whereas Elinar Phelps late of the said town and county widdow deceased [have] an orphant [Menden] child named Mary Phelps & now living in the said towne & County of which the above bond on Thomas Wills & Elizabeth his wife Uncle & Aunt of the said orphaned childe (which childe is about the Age of Eight years) have undertaken the guardianship and to take Care for her Education & Maintenance, And have [Poss-----] of the monye creditt & other goods & Chattells of the said deceased [mother] of the said childe; for & towards the Maintenance of the said orphant whch by our [Jnndbury??] & Appraisal thereof hereunto Annexed doth amount to the sum of thirty three pounds Twelve shillings & one penny
The document continues but is ultimately signed:
Sealed & [------] & being duly stamped by Susanna Pike in prsence of Richard Grandby, Moses Durell
The next document on the microfilm (PE/PL/OV 2/2/2) gives an account of the goods, money, and belongings of Mary Phelps.
At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 2/4/147, is a removal order for "Hannah Pike wife of William Pike and Elizabeth her daughter aged sixteen months or thereabout" from the parish of St James in Poole, where they have lately intruded, to Ilfracombe, Devon, which is the legal place of settlement of Hannah Pike and her daughter Elizabeth. The removal order is dated 7 November 1787. It is noted that on 10 November 1787 the withinmentioned person was delivered to Mr Jno Huxtaple, Overseer of the Parish of Ilfracomb.
At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 2/5/22, is a removal order, dated 16 December 1767, for "Jane Pike (a Lunatick) widow of Henry Pike deceased" who has lately intruded herself into Christchurch in the County of Southampton. The order reads in part:
And whereas upon due examination and enquiry made into the premises as well as on the Oath of Barbara Serrell sister of the said Henry Pike deceased...
and concludes that the parish of St James in Poole is the legal place of settlement of Jane Pike.
At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 3/71, is an Indenture dated 26 June 1765 that reads in part as follows:
... do put and place Thomas Pike aged about Fourteen years a poor child of the said parish [this refers to St James in Poole], Apprentice to William Lodder of the said Town and County Innholder with him to dwell and serve from the Day of the Date of these Presents, until the said Apprentice shall accomplish his full Age of Twenty four years

At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 3/78, is an Indenture dated 26 June 1766 that reads in part as follows:
... do put and place Susanna Pike aged about seventeen years a poor child of the said parish [this refers to St James in Poole], Apprentice to James Howard of the said Town and County Victualler with him to dwell and serve fromt he Day of the Date of these Presents, until the said Apprentice shall accomplish her full Age of One and twenty years or be married which shall first happen

At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 4/1/6, is a Bastardy Bond, dated 4 February 1734, in which John Pike (mariner), David Durell (baker) and William Daman (gentleman) (all of Poole) "are held and firmly bound ... in fifty pounds". The document further notes that "Dinah Samson otherwise Chippet" (a singlewoman of Poole) hath lately been delivered of a male bastard child. The document itself is difficult to read, but ultimately it appears that John Pike is the one who is charged with being the father.
At the Dorset History Centre, PE/PL/OV 4/1/51, is a Bastardy Bond, dated 23 March 1786, in which William Smith, Weaver of Stratford, Wiltshire is bound for 40 pounds. The document notes that Jane Pike, a singlewoman of Poole "on the 22nd day of December now last past in the parish of Saint James aforesaid was delivered of a Male Bastard Child... and hath charged the above Bound, William Smith with having gotten her with child of the said Bastard Child..."

What would appear to be a related document is a Bastardy Warrant, PE/PL/OV 4/3/10, dated 3 March 1786, which mentions Jane Peeke otherwise Pike, a singlewoman of St James in Poole, who was delivered on the 22nd day of December last past in the said parish of St James a male bastard child named John, charged William Smith, weaver, of Wilton in the County of Wiltshire with having begotten the said child.


At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/325/P22, is a will dated 29 June 1741 for William Pike of Poole. The will mentions the following people: The will appears to have been proved on 4 January 1757 by William's son William (and Hannah, his wife)
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/325/P25, is a will dated 10 November 1752 for Elizabeth Pike, spinster, of Poole. The will mentions: The will was proved on 5 November 1753 by Elizabeth's mother.
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/325/P26, is a will dated 3 November 1753 by Margarett Pike, spinster, of Poole. The will mentions: The will was proved on 11 June 1755 by Margarett's mother.
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/329/P3, is an admin dated 24 December 1684 for Philomen Pike, late of Poole, who died intestate. The first part appears to be in latin, and appears to give the date 24 November ["9bris"] 1684, so "December" might be incorrect. The administrators are Philomen Pike (fisherman of Poole) and Elenor Winsor; it appears that these are children of the deceased Philomen Pike.
Volume 6 of Somerset & Dorset Notes & Queries mentions probate admins as follows:
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/329/P7, is an admin dated 19 April 1701 for William Pike, lated of Poole, intestate. The administrator is William Pike, merchant of Poole, who is described as "the well and lawful son" of the deceased William Pike.
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/329/P14, is an admin dated 25 March 1710 for William Pyke (senior), late of Poole, intestate. The administrator is Susanna Pyke, the daughter-in-law of the decased William Pyke.
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/329/P15, is an admin dated 18 March 1722 for Susannah Pike. The administrator is Thomas Pike of Poole, son of the late Susannah Pike.
At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/321/B35, is a will dated 13 March 1733 for Timothy Bird of Poole. The will mentions: There is a codicil dated 17 December 1737 that mentions: The will was proved on 26 May 1742.

Incidentally, I did notice that there was an admin on file for an Edward Bird, but I did not get the chance to look at it.


At the Dorset History Centre, MIC/R/324/L36, is a will dated 20 December 1833 for George Welch Ledgard, Esquire, of Poole. He died on 26 April 1838. It was proved at London on 30 June 1838. The application that is on file at the DHC is dated 28 July 1838, and was made by George Ledgard, Esquire, and Richard Ledgard, Esquire, both of Poole. The application notes that Susanna Pike Ledgard, widow of the deceased George Welch Ledgard, may still elect to apply. The will itself identifies wife Susanna Pike Ledgard and two sons George Ledgard and Richard Ledgard.
From Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England) of Saturday 23 Feb 1833 is a death notice:
"William Pike, Esq. merchant, of Poole, aged 71"

It may just be a coincidence involving another William Pike, but the Liverpool Mercury (Liverpool, England) of Friday 01 March 1833 contains this death notice:
"On Wednesday, the 13th ult. at his residence, Bricknowlehouse, Dorsetshire, after a short but severe illness, William Pike, Esq. For more than half a century he was closely connected with the Staffordshire Potteries. Few men will be more missed than this singularly gifted individual: those who knew him best esteem him most."


From the London Daily Post and General Advertiser of Wed 08 April 1741 is a death notice: "Last Week died at Pool, Mr. Thomas Pike, an eminent Merchant of that Town."
From the book "Mansions and Merchants of Poole and Dorset" by D.Beamish, J.Hillier, and H.F.V.Johnstone, it is stated that William Pike was the partner involved in the firm of Pike & Green. It appears that Pike and Green had operated independently in the 1780s but subsequently merged their businesses.

There is also a reference to a John Pike from Poole who was captured by the French in 1762 in Carbonear:

In June 1762 the French made a strong attack ... John Pike and his clerk, John Bowles - both from Poole - were captured in Carbonear. Bowles was carried back to France and Pike lost his "papers, boats, cloaths and furr" but escaped the fate of his clerk when Admiral Lord Colville's fleet arrived to drive off the French. "What an uncivilised and barbarous manner of making war is this? How different from our behaviour at Guadeloupe and Martinique!" he protested.
No source is cited for these quotes.

However, from the London Evening Post of Saturday 23 Oct 1762 we have this:

Part of a letter from Mr. Pike, off Carbonear, to Messrs. Pike and Green at Poole, dated St. John's, Newfoundland, Sept. 20, 1762.

"About five weeks ago the French came to Carbonear in the night, and took me and my clerk, Mr. John Bowles, and brought us to St. John's, where I have been confined ever since, 'till the place was re-taken by the English. Mr. Bowles is carried to France, and had not Lord Colville came down for a blockade the day he did, our stores, and every dwelling-house in Conception-bay would have been destroyed. All our boats are gone, as also cattle, and a great quantity of other goods. The French have taken my orders and papers from me, great part of my cloaths, and what furr I had collected since last year; and I should have been sent off in a cartel, if the English had not retaken the place.

"It appears from hence, as well as other accounts, that the intent of the French has been to destroy the trade and fishery of Newfoundland: they have partly done it, to the great hurt and absolute ruin of many individuals; and they would have thoroughly effected their purpose, if they had not been timely prevented.--What an uncivilized and barbarous manner of making war is this? how different was our behaviour at Guadaloupe and Martinico? His Britannic Majesty's forces never pillage, was the close and spirited answer of Colonel Amherst to the garrison of St. John's, demanding safety in their private effects; a truth the French ought ever to remember to their own lasting dishonour and shame."

and the London Evening Post of Thursday 16 Sept 1762 has:

Extract of a letter from the Isle of Boys, at Ferryland, July 29, 1762. To Mess. Pike and Green,

SIRS, "I make no doubt but you will be surprised at my writing to you fromt his place, till you read a little further.--I came [here] with Harry Abbott, in one of your boats this morning. I left Carbonear Monday evening, in pursuit of two English men of war, that we were informed were off St. John's, to give the intelligence of three small sloops, one schooner, and four boats, with 45 French soldiers, with a Captain, Lieutenant, and some sailors, that left * Carbonear last Tuesday fortnight, and are gone to the northward, after they had burnt all Harbour Grace, (except a few houses) Bears Cove, Muskitta, Carbonear, Crockers Cove, Freshwater, Clown's Cove, and Belleisle; also every thing on Carbonear Island * every boat, and even to a punt in all the places.--'Tis amazing the devastation they made in so short a time!--They were so favourable to you as not to burn, but only to cut and destroy your flakes, stage, and all the wharfs, as Mr. Pike made intercession with them to save the stores, but not without having them well plundered. They went no further up the bay than Harbour Grace, nor did they touch below Clown's Cove, but every body have forsaken their rooms, and no one carries on the fishery. There was never a better prospect of a voyage. I am going round to Placentia in the King's boat." I am, Sirs, Your most humble servant, GEORGE DAVIS.

* Carbonear Island was fortified last war, and had a garrison on it.


As noted here, the Dublin News-Letter from Tuesday 28 April 1741 to Saturday 02 May 1741 has a report:
Yesterday's Letters from St. Sebastian's, by the French Mail, advise, that a rich Ship bound for London, from Gallipoly, is taken and carried in there, with the Carbonier, Capt. John Pyke, from Pool for Newfoundland; which latter was taken by a Spanish Row Boat, of 16 Oars, 50 Men and 3 Swivel Guns; three more not known are likewise taken. DA

From the British Journal (London) of Saturday 8 Feb 1724 is a report: "The Thomas and Elizabeth, Captain Pike, belonging to Pool [sic:Poole], from Lisbon, lost on the Coast of Normandy."

From the Weekly Journal or Saturday's Post (London) of Saturday 8 Feb 1724 is a report: "The Thomas and Elizabeth, Captain Pike, belonging to Pool, lost in her Passage home, on the Coast of Normandy."

From the Daily Journal (London) of Saturday 19 Dec 1724 is a report of the arrival at Pool [sic:Poole] on 16 Dec of "the Thomas and Elizabeth, Captain Pike, from Newfoundland, for this Place."

From the Daily Journal (London) of Wed 23 June 1725 is a report of the arrival at Deal on 20 June: "John, Captain Pike from Holland for Cadiz"

From the Daily Courant (London) of Tuesday 05 January 1731 is a report of the arrival at Pool [sic:Poole] on 02 January of the John, [captained by] Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Daily Courant (London) of Thursday 18 March 1731 is a report of the departure from Pool [sic:Poole] dated 15 March that notes that the Endeavour, [captained by] Pike had sailed for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Courant (London) of Thursday 26 Oct 1732 is a report: "The Elizabeth, Capt. Pike, bound from Pool to Newcastle, foundered at Sea in her Voyage, but the Men saved themselves in the Boat."

From the Daily Journal (London) of Friday 29 December 1732 is a report of the arrival at Alicant on 12 Dec of the Thomas and Mary, [captained by] Thomas Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Friday 02 Feb 1733 is a report from Barcelona dated 25 Jan. N.S.: "This week arriv'd the Thomas and Mary, Pike, from Alicant"

From the Daily Journal (London) of Saturday 03 March 1733 is a report of the arrival at Alicant on 17 Feb N.S. of the Thomas and Mary, Thomas Pike, from Salo.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Thursday 08 March 1733 is a report from Alicant dated 25 Feb. N.S. of the departure on 19 Feb of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, for Cadiz.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Thursday 22 March 1733 is a report from Cadiz dated 10 March N.S. of the arrival on 03 March of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, from Alicant.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Friday 14 December 1733 is a report of the arrival at Lisbon on 05 Dec of the Thomas and Mary, [captained by] Thomas Pike, from Newfoundland, in 31 days.

From the London Evening Post of Saturday 09 Feb 1734 is a report that mentions "the Anne Brigantine of Topsham, Richard Pike Master, with 1600 Quintals, from Canso for Cadiz"

From the Penny London Post (London) of Monday 11 March 1734 is a report [note that a similar report also appears in the Daily Courant (London) of Saturday 09 March 1734]:

A List of the Names of the unfortunate Persons carried into Slavery by the Admiral of Sallee in November last

Capt. George Bailey, in the Speedwell, of Pool, from Carboner in Newfoundland, bound to Alicant, was taken in Lat. 42. Long. 16. the 14th of November 1733. John Evans, mate, Robert Tucker, William Watson, Richard Poke, Abraham Polden, Henry Ducy, and Joseph Pearson: She was loaded with 1100 quintals of fish.

In the Ferdinand Brig. of Bristol, capt. Philip Graves, from Placentia in Newfoundland, bound to Oporto, was taken in Lat. 42. 12. Long. 16. Nov. 8, 1733. William Rowe, chief mate, Joseph Facond, mate, George Hicks, Henry Charlton, Oliver Dun, Thomas Jenkings, captain John Blanch, Thomas Morwer, William Borke, and Joseph Vernon, the last four being passengers: She was loaded with 1400 quintals of fish.

In the Anne Brig. capt Richard Pike, of Topsham, was taken in Lat. 42. 30. Long. 16. bound to Cadiz, the 2d of November, 1733. Samuel Mellish, mate, Thomas Lee, boatswain, William Blite, George Skinner (died in Sallee Novemb. 27) John Brumble, and Richard Tanner: She was loaded with 1600 quintals of fish.

In the Two Brothers Brig capt. Joshua Weston, of Pool, from St. Peter's in Newfoundland, bound to Lisbon, was taken in Lat. 42. Long. 16. James Hallett, mate, Matthew Edwards, carpenter. Robert Basket, John Parsons, boatswain, Thomas Longly, Thomas Swift, Thomas Bleathman, Thomas Page, John Trives, and William Windsor: She was loaded with 2400 quintals of fish.

There were also in the four ships, eight Passengers more than are here mentioned.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Tuesday 02 April 1734 is a report dated 30 March from Poole of the departure of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Saturday 14 Sep 1734 is a report: "Letters from Lisbon, dated the 1st Instant, N.S. advise, the the Brothers, late Capt. Weston, and the Ann, late Capt. Pike, which, in November last, were taken in their Voyage from Newfoundland, with Fish for a Market, by a Sallee Cruizer, but retaken at Sea by a Portuguese Man of Ware, and brought into Lisbon, were still detained there; and that there was little or now Expectation of their being released. The Ships Crews were on board the Moor's Privateer, and carried into Sallee; and altho' the Ships and their Cargoes were so retaken, the Owners have reaped no Benefit thereby."

From the Daily Journal (London) of Saturday 26 Oct 1734 is a report: "It is written from Lisbon the 9th Inst. N.S. That by order of the King of Portugal, the Brothers, late Capt. Weston, and the Anne, late Capt. Pike, who near a Year ago, coming from Newfoundland, were taken by a Sallee Privateer, who took out their Crews, and carried them into Slavery, but the Ships were retaken by a Portuguese Man of War, and brought to Lisbon, were to be sold by a Publick Auction, but without any Prospect of the Owners being benefited thereby, their Cargoes having long since been sold, and no Part of the Produce paid to the Proprietors."

From the London Daily Post and General Advertiser of Saturday 7 Dec 1734 is a report of the arrival at Poole on 04 Dec of the Thomas and Elizabeth, Pyke, from Newfoundland.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Thursday 19 Dec 1734 is a report of the departure from Alicant of the Thomas and Mary, Thomas Pike, for [unclear, but looks like Pensacola].

From the Daily Journal (London) of Saturday 25 January 1735 is a report of the arrival at Alicant on 02 Jan of the Thomas and Mary, Thomas Pike, from Barcelona.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Tuesday 04 Feb 1735 is a report from Alicant dated 19 Jan. N.S. that the Thomas and Mary, Pike, remains in port.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Friday 21 Feb 1735 is a report from Alicant dated 9 Feb. N.S. that the Thomas and Mary, Pike departed on 06 Feb for England.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Friday 03 October 1735 is a report of the arrival at Alicant on 19 Sept of the Thomas and Mary, Thomas Pike [apparently from Newfoundland].

From the Daily Journal (London) of Tuesday 04 Nov 1735 is a report from Gravesend on 02 Nov of the arrival of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, from Alicant.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Saturday 06 March 1736 is a report from Poole dated 03 March of the departure of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Journal (London) of Wed 28 April 1736 is a report of the arrival at Lisbon on 09 April of the Thomas and Mary, Thomas Pike, from Pool.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Thursday 02 Feb 1738 is a report dated 30 Jan. from Poole of the arrival of the Thomas and Elizabeth, Pike, from Cadiz.

From the London Daily Post and General Advertiser of Tuesday 13 June 1738 is a report: "Poole, June 10. Just now sailed the Pike, of this Place, Pike, for Newfoundland."

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Saturday 27 Jan 1739 is a report of the arrival at Poole [on or before 22 Jan] of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, from Alicant, and the Durell, Durell, from Malaga; also the departure of the Tito, Durell, from Alicant for Rotterdam.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Thursday 1 March 1739 is a report of the departure from Pool [sic:Poole] since 26 Feb of the John, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Thursday 29 Nov 1739 is a report: "At Gibraltar, the Thomas and Mary, Pike; and the Pike, Pike, from Newfoundland"

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Tuesday 29 April 1740 is a report of the departure from Poole on 26 April of the George, Pike, for Guernsey.

From the Daily Gazetteer (London) of Thursday 22 January 1741 is a report of the arrival at Lisbon on the 7th [of December] of the Endeavour, [captained by] Pike and the Durell, [captained by] Durell, both from Newfoundland. On the 4th [of Dec], the Tito, [captained by] Durell, arrive at Lisbon. On 19 January, the Carbonier, [captained by] Pike came in to Pool [sic - Poole] from Newfoundland.

From the Weekly Miscellany (London) of Saturday 25 April 1741 is the statement: "Wednesday Advice came that the Carbonier, Pike, and the Provident Sarah, Warden, are taken by a large Spanish Privateer, and carried into St. Sebastians."

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Tuesday 14 July 1741 is a report of the departure from Poole on 11 July of the George, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Wed 6 Jan 1742 is a report: "The George and William, Pike, from Newfoundland, is lost on the Bar of Oporto."

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Tuesday 07 Dec 1742 is a report dated 03 Dec of the arrival at Dartmouth of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, from Newfoundland for Pool.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Saturday 25 Dec 1742 is a report from Poole dated 12 Dec of the arrival of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Tuesday 08 March 1743 is a report from Poole dated 05 March of the departure of the Thomas and Mary, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Tuesday 05 April 1743 is a report of the passage by Poole of the Hanover, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Post (London) of Thursday 13 Oct 1743 is the statement: "The Thomas and Mary, Pike, belonging to Pool, bound from Newfoundland for Oporto, is taken off the Bar of last Place."

From the London Evening Post of Thursday 13 Oct 1743 is a report:

Extract of a Letter from Pool, Oct. 12.

The Thomas and Mary of this Port, Pike, bound for Newfoundland to Oporto, was taken the 29th of August, about five Leagues from Villa-du-cunda, by a Privateer belonging to St. Sebastian's, of 24 Oars, 4 Guns, 34 Men, and Small-Arms in Proportion.----I am told by Capt. Pike, that the Privateer attack'd him at One o'Clock in the Afternoon, and did him Abundance of Damage, for lying under his Stern, every Shot raked him fore-and-aft, and wounded one of his Men, tho' not mortally. He defended himself for more than two Hours, kill'd two, and wounded three of the Spaniards. Then the Privateer fell a-stern, beyond the reach of his Guns; but in a little Time return'd to the Attack, and boarded him with upwards of 20 Men. It continuing calm his Majesty's Ship the Wolf could not come to his Assistance; so that the next Morning he was carry'd into Laguonda in Galicia.

From the Country Journal or The Craftsman (London) of Saturday 15 Oct 1743 is a report: "The same Day [Wednesday] came an Account that the -----, Capt. Samuel Pike, from Newfoundland, with five other Ships laden with Fish, and four laden with Corn, were lately taken by two Spanish Privateers off the Bar of Oporto."

From the London Daily Post and General Advertiser of Monday 13 Feb 1744 is a report of the arrival at Deal of the Hanover, Pike, from St. Ubes.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Thursday 15 March 1744 is a report from Poole dated 12 March of the departure of the Sarah, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Saturday 28 April 1744 is a report from Poole dated 25 April of the departure of the Hanover, Pike, to wait Convoy for Newfoundland.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Saturday 16 March 1755 is a report from Poole dated 13 March of the arrival of the Hanover, Pike, from Lisbon.

From the Daily Gazatteer (London) of Tuesday 30 April 1745 is a report of the departure from Poole on 27 April of the Hanover, Pike, apparently bound for Newfoundland.

From the Penny London Post or The Morning Advertiser (London) of Friday 03 May 1745 a report: "Pool, May 1. Remain the Scipio, Durell, for Newfoundland. Came in the St. John, Pike, from Alderney being a Prize taken by the Bell Privateer, laden with 400 French Burr-Stones, and Plaister of Paris in Proportion."

From the Daily Advertiser (London) of Tuesday 10 Sept 1745 is a report: "Bristol, Sept. 7. The St. John, Pike, from Milford to Sligo, is lost on the Coast of Wales."

From the Daily Post (London) of Saturday 21 Dec 1745 is a report from Poole dated 18 Dec of the arrival of the Hanover, Pike, from Lisbon.

From the London Evening Post of Saturday 18 January 1746 is a report: "The Sarah, Pike, from Newfoundland for Pool, is taken and carry'd into Boulogne."

From the St. James's Evening Post (London) of Saturday 21 Feb 1747 is a report from Poole dated 21 Feb of the arrival of the Elizabeth, Pike, from London.

From the General Advertiser (London) of Thursday 09 April 1747 is a report from Poole dated 06 April of the departure of the Elizabeth, Pike, to wait convoy for Newfoundland.

From the General Advertiser (London) of Saturday 14 May 1748 is a report: "The Elizabeth, Pike, from Lisbon to Newfoundland, was taken near the Banks, by a French Letter of Marque; but is re-taken by his Majesty's Ship the Ranger, and is sent into Plymouth."

From the General Advertiser (London) of Saturday 22 April 1749 is a report from Poole dated 19 April of the arrival of the Nancy, Pike, from Cadiz.

From the Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer of Tuesday 13 June 1749 is a report from Poole dated 12 June of the daparture of the Nancy, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer of Saturday 24 Feb 1750 is a report from Poole dated 24 Feb of the arrival of the Nancy, Pike, from Lisbon.

From the Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer of Thursday 22 March 1750 is a report from Poole dated 21 March of the departure of the Elizabeth, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer of Thursday 05 April 1750 is a report from Plymouth dated 03 April of the arrival of the Elizabeth, Pike, from Poole for Newfoundland.

From the Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer of Tuesday 10 April 1750 is a report from Falmouth dated 07 April: "the Elizabeth, Pike, from Pool; Newfoundland has sprung all the Head of her Foremast."

From the General Advertiser (London) Tuesday 18 June 1751 is a report from Gravesend dated 16 June of the passing [or the arrival] of the Elizabeth, Pike, from Minorca.

From the General Advertiser (London) Tuesday 31 Dec 1751 is a report of the arrival of the Elizabeth, Pike, from Leghorn, in the River [i.e., the River Thames].

From the London Daily Advertiser of Monday 24 Feb 1752 is a report from Deal dated 21 Feb of the arrival of the William and Anne, Pike, from Portsmouth.

From the General Advertiser (London) Tuesday 31 March 1752 is a report from Poole dated 28 March of the departure of the William and Anne, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the General Advertiser (London) Thursday 28 May 1752 is a report from Cowes dated 25 May of the arrival of the Pike Gally, Pike, from Carolina.

From the General Advertiser (London) Saturday 13 June 1752 is a report from Cowes dated 10 June of the departure of the Pike Gally, Pike, for Amsterdam.

From the London Daily Advertiser of Thursday 16 Nov 1752 is a report of the arrival at Cork of the William and Ann, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the London Daily Advertiser of Tuesday 27 March 1753 is a report from Cowes dated 24 March of the arrival of the William and Ann, Pike, from Southampton.

From the Public Advertiser (London) Thursday 29 Nov 1753 is a report from Poole dated 26 Nov of the arrival of the Elizabeth, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Public Advertiser (London) Saturday 15 Dec 1753 is a report from Lisbon dated 24 Nov of the arrival on the 23rd of the William and Ann, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Public Advertiser (London) Friday 21 Dec 1753 is a report from Lisbon of the departure on 02 Dec of the William and Anne, Pike, for Alicant.

From the Public Advertiser (London) Saturday 09 March 1754 is a report of the departure from Poole on 06 March of the Bellica, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Public Advertiser (London) Thursday 10 April 1755 is a report of the departure from Poole on 07 April of the Bellica, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer of Saturday 30 August 1755 is a notice:

Gosport, July 27, 1755.
If Jane Pike, Wife of John Pike, deceas'd, late Carpenter's Yeoman on board his Majesty's Ship Captain, Capt. Charles Catford, Commander, late lying at Spithead, will (by Letter or otherwise) apply to Mr. Thomas Barker, at the King's Head near the Parade on Gosport Beach, will hear of something to her Advantage.

N.B. The said John Pike was a Carpenter or Joiner by Trade, and by Letters it appears he has a Wife and Child lives in or near Spittalfields; and some Letters have been found amongst his Papers, signed "Your loving Brother and Sister Thomas and Elizabeth Pike."-- This is the third and last Time of advertising.
THOMAS BARKER

From the Public Advertiser (London) Tuesday 13 April 1756 is a report of the departure from Poole on 10 April of the Bellica, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Gazatteer and London Daily Advertiser of Saturday 13 Nov 1756 is a report of the arrival at Alicant of the Bellica, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Gazatter and London Daily Advertiser of Wed 22 Dec 1756 is a report: "The Little John, Honeybourn; the Bellica, Pike; and the Champion, Darby, are not taken, as was mentioned on Monday last."

From the Public Advertiser (London) Thursday 06 January 1757 is a report from Poole on 03 Jan of the arrival at Milford of the Bellica, Pike, from Denia.

From the Public Advertiser (London) Monday 15 August 1757 is a report of the arrival at New York of the Bellica, Pike, from Bristol.

From Lloyd's Evening Post and British Chronicle (London) Friday 09 Dec 1757 is a report: "The Bellica, Pike, from Newfoundland to Lisbon, was taken about 30 leagues from Lisbon, by a French privateer, and sent to Cadiz."

From the Public Advertiser (London) Tuesday 31 July 1759 is a report of the arrival of the Bellica, Pike, from Poole at Newfoundland.

From the London Chronicle of Thursday 08 Nov 1759 is a report that "the Bellica, Pike, from Newfoundland for a market, is taken and carried into Rochelle."

From Lloyd's Evening Post (London) Friday 12 August 1763 is a report of the departure from Poole on 13 Aug of the Pike, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From Lloyd's Evening Post (London) Wed 27 March 1765 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the John and Olive, Pike, from Lisbon.

From Lloyd's Evening Post (London) Friday 10 May 1765 is a report of the arrival at Poole on 11 May of the Pike, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Lloyd's Evening Post (London) Wed 12 June 1765 is a report of the departure from Poole on June 12 of the John and Olive, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the Public Ledger (London) of Tuesday 5 Nov 1765 is a report of the arrival at Alicant of the John and Olive, Pike [apparently from Newfoundland].

From the Public Advertiser (London) of Tuesday 18 Nov 1766 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the John and Betsy, Pike.

From the London Evening Post of Saturday 13 Dec 1766 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the Sally, Pike, from St. Sebastians.

From the Public Advertiser (London) of Thursday 14 April 1768 is a report from 12 April reporting traffic at Deal: "The John and Olive, Pike, from Galipoly, is sailed for Hamburgh".

From the Public Advertiser (London) of Saturday 16 July 1768 is a report of the departure from Poole on 12 July of the John and Olive, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From the St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London) of Tuesday 16 may 1769 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the John and Betsey, Pike, from Rotterdam.

From the Middlesex Journal or Chronicle of Liberty (London) of Tuesday 26 Dec 1769 is a report of the arrival at Naples of the John and Olive, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Middlesex Journal or Universal Evening Post (London) of Thursday 4 Nov 1773 is a report of the arrival at Poole on 03 Nov of "the John and Olive, Pike, from Lisbon in ten days passage"

From the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (London) of Tuesday 4 July 1775 is a report of the departure from Poole on 01 July of the John and Olive, Pike, apparently for Newfoundland.

From Lloyd's Evening Post (London) of Friday 29 Dec 1775 is a report of the arrival at London on 29 Dec from Altea of the John and Olive, Pike.

From the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (London) of Wed 10 Jan 1776 is a notice of the sale of the ship John and Olive, which is described as "Plantation built, by the owners for their own use, and has been employed in their service only, between England and Newfoundland, and the Mediterranean; square stern, burthen about 260 tons, a m[o]st remarkable fast sailor, has exceeding good dimensions, and is very proper for a transport. Has been kept in the best condition, and is well found, now lying at St. Catherine's. Thomas Pike, Commander."

Lloyd's Register for 1776 lists the John and Olive, Thos Pike and notes that she is "Now the Betsey, Middleton".

From the Public Advertiser (London) of Tuesday 19 January 1790 is a report from Ramsgate on 17 January of the arrival of "the Betsey, John Pike, of Poole, from Poole to Hull, with oil, &c., all for shelter."

From Lloyd's List (London) of Friday 29 July 1791 is a report of the departure from Poole of the North Briton, Pike, for Cadiz.

From the Evening Mail (London) of Wed 11 January 1792 [sic?] is a report of the arrival at Poole on 12 January of the North Briton, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From Lloyd's List (London) of Friday 13 January 1792 is a report of the arrival at Poole on 12 January of the North Briton, Pike, from Waterford.

From Lloyd's List (London) of Tuesday 24 April 1792 is a report of the departure from Poole on 21 April of the North Briton, Pike, for Newfoundland.

From Lloyd's List (London) of Tuesday 31 July 1792 is a report of the arrival in Newfoundland of the North Briton, Pike, from Poole.

From Lloyd's Evening Post (London) of Friday 19 July 1793 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the Myrtle, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Sun (London) of Tuesday 06 August 1793 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the Nancy, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From Lloyd's List (London) of Tuesday 21 Oct 1794 is a report of the arrival in Newfoundland of the North Briton, Pike, from Cadiz.

From the London Packet or Lloyd's Evening Post (London) of Monday 10 Nov 1794 is a report of the arrival at Lisbon of the North Briton, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Oracle and Public Advertiser (London) of Monday 08 Dec 1794 is a report of the arrival at Leghorn of the North Briton, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From Lloyd's List (London) of Tuesday 22 Sept 1795 is a report of the arrival at Gibraltar of the North Briton, Pike, from St. Fiorenza.

From the Star (London) of Monday 26 Oct 1795 is a report of the arrival at Dover of the North Briton, Pike, from Leghorn.

From the London Packet or New Lloyd's Evening Post (London) of Monday 02 Nov 1795 is a report of the arrival at Gravesend of the North Briton, Pike, from Leghorn.

From Lloyd's List (London) Tuesday 15 March 1796 is a report of the arrival at Malaga of the Joseph, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Oracle and Public Advertiser of Monday 19 Sep 1796 is a report: "Sept. 6th, spoke the Joseph snow, of Poole, John Pike master, from St. Ubes, bound to St. John's, Newfoundland, out 27 days."

From the Morning Chronicle (London) of Tuesday 20 Sep 1796 is a report from Portsmouth on Sept 18: "Sept. 6th, spoke the Joseph, Snow, of Poole, John Pike, master, from St. Ubes, bound to St. John's, Newfoundland, out 27 days."

From Lloyd's List (London) of Tuesday 11 July 1797 is a report of the arrival at Newfoundland of The Turner, Pike, from Lisbon.

From Lloyd's List (London) of Tuesday 05 Dec 1797 is a report of the arrival at Lisbon of The Turner, Pike, from Newfoundland.

From the Mirror of the Times (London) of Saturday 07 July 1798 is a report: "The Turner, Pike, from Newfoundland to Lisbon, is taken by a French privateer."

I've been told that there is a report in The Sherbourne and Yeovil Mercury of Monday 23 July 1798 as follows:

On the 31st of May last died at Carbonear, in Newfoundland, after a short illness, Mr. Thomas Pike, of that place, formerly master of the ship Northern Britain, and late of the Turner, of Poole. This worthy man was in high estimation among and extensive circle of friends and acquaintances.

From Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of Thursday 10 Feb 1803 is a report from Plymouth:

Tuesday. Wind N. N. W. cloudy. Came in the Sisters, of London, Capt. J. Pike, master, from St. John's, Newfoundland, with a cargo of wet and dry fish; she spoke with, on Sunday, 30th January last, the brig Maria, Capt. C. Cummings, belonging to Teignmouth, 17 days from Lisbon, bound to Greenock, all well, in lat. 48. 50. long. 10. 30.

From Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of Thursday 26 January 1804 is a report from Falmouth: "Sunday. Arrived the schooner Sisters, Capt. Pike, from Newfoundland, (last from Penzance) with cod fish"

From the Morning Chronicle (London) of Monday 6 Feb 1804 is a report of an arrival at Falmouth on 1 Feb: "Also arrived the brig Sisters, Captain Pike, with fish from Newfoundland."

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh) of Saturday 9 Feb 1811 is a report: "It is reported that the Dispatch, Pike, from Newfoundland to Poole, is taken and carried into France."

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh) of Saturday 26 Oct 1811 is a report:

On the 3d of October, was found at sea, off Groom's Port, near Bangor, a bottle, which contained the following note:--" Sept. 28--Ship Falkirk, Captain Pike, from Newfoundland, 28 days out--all safe. Passengers, H. Dickman, and two ladies."

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh) of Saturday 10 July 1813 is a report: "The Commerce, Pike, of Poole, bound to Placentia Bay, was attacked near Cape St Mary's, by an American schooner privateer, of six guns and full of men, but was saved from capture by the Britannia, Oldes, from Liverpool."

From the Liverpool Mercury etc (Liverpool) Thursday 07 April 1814 is a report: "Commerce, J Pike, from Lisbon with 76 bhds quercitron bark for D and J A Willink 380 bags cotton Lyne Hathorn Roberts and co 22 do J and J Alder 1 chests oranges 1 box plums 100 small box sweetmeats J Greenough 14 baskets almonds and frails figs 20 boxes oranges order"

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburth) Monday 12 Sept 1814 is a report: "The American privateers continue their successful career, to capture British vessels of all descriptions. The following are the particulars of vessels lately taken by one American privateer, the Chasseur, of 16 guns and 120 men, viz.:-
[a list then follows, which includes] Commerce, Pike, Newfoundland, to Spain.

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh) of Thursday 19 Dec 1816 is a report of the arrival at Poole of the Telemachus, Pike, from Oporto.

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh) of Saturday 12 April 1817 is a report of "VESSELS SPOKEN WITH": "Telemachus, of Poole, bound to Newfoundland, in lat. 49. 44. all well, by the Edward, Germain, arrived at Milford from Jamaica"

From the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh) of Saturday 06 May 1837 is text from the Conception Bay Mercury of 07 April, in which it is reported that: "On Sunday last the Eunice, of Musquito, Pike, was totally lost near Hants Harbour, Trinity Bar - crew saved."


An email sent to me on 04 March 2009 noted that the parish records from Milton, Hampshire record the marriage on 22 Oct 1743 of William Kittier of Heath?, Mariner, wed Mrs. Elizabeth Pike of Poole, Dorset, by licence.

William Kittier was buried on 29 Feb 1756.


An email sent to me on 08 May 2009 noted the Hampshire marriage allegations by the Bishop of Winchester include an entry for:

John Pike of Poole, sailmaker, 21, batchelor, and Sarah Hickford of Gosport, 21, spinster, at Gosport. April 28, 1786.


Some Bible records regarding the family of John Wise Pike (who was born on 08 Nov 1742) can be found here.

Transcripts of some of the wills that are mentioned above can be found online on the website of my cousin Wayne Pike.

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