106th Reunion August 4th, 2018

  A historical skit performed by a troupe of history-minded actors will highlight the annual reunion of the Pidcock Family Association at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturday, August 4.

The Bachmann Players will present a skit from Pennsylvania history. The Easton-based actors will portray militia soldiers who in 1756 defended the colony’s frontier against Indian attacks.

In Easton, the players occasionally perform at colonial-style dinner theaters, but to entertain the Pidcocks they will take to the woods in the park.

 “We use letters, diaries, and other source materials to recreate the people and events of the 1700s so that they can be experienced by a modern audience,” said Christopher Black, the troupe’s founder and artistic director.

The reunion will be held in the General Sullivan Pavilion in the park’s upper section. It will begin at 12 noon, with a group photo at 12:45 and a picnic lunch beginning at 1 p.m. The family association will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. Association members should bring a covered dish and a dessert to share.

“This will be our 106th reunion,” said president Alan Pidcock. “We hold our annual gatherings along Pidcock Creek, which is named for our ancestor, John Pidcock. He was an early Bucks County settler who lived in the Lenni Lenape village that occupied the site during the late 1600s. John Pidcock set up a trading post here, and our family historians tell us that he built some sort of abode almost exactly where the Thompson-Neely House is now located.”

Claire Kyllingstad, a Pidcock descendant who lives in California, will talk about how she came to publish a diary written by her great-great-grandfather. The book Is titled “Out of Rickett’s Battery… The Civil War Diary of Hiram M. Pidcoe.”

An artilleryman from Williamsport, Pa., Pidcoe fought at Gettysburg and took part in other major battles during his nearly four years in the Union Army. The soldier spelled his name as Pidcocke when he enlisted, but shortened it to Pidcoe toward the end of the war.

Karen Pidcock Price, the association genealogist, will report on her research into the lineage of John and Rachel Pidcock whose 19th century tombstones were discovered under the floorboards of a cottage in Upper Makefield Township a few years ago. 

Karen said she has determined that they were related to early Pidcocks already listed in the association’s data base. Born in 1826, Rachel was 36 when she died in 1863, and John, born in 1821, was 70 when he passed away in 1892, according to inscriptions on the gravestones. She will report on research efforts that allowed her to make the connection.

The genealogist also said she will be able to process original documents at the pavilion.  “I will have a self-feeding scanner (or it can also be hand-held) at the reunion on Saturday that will accommodate 8.5”x11” or 8.5”x14” size documents if anyone wants me to scan them in for inclusion into our database/publishing.”

Founded in 1913, the association first published a genealogy report in the 1950s and a revised edition in 1992. Another revision of the family genealogy report was published in 2013, and copies of the 2013 edition will be available at the reunion.

Association members trace their descent from Jonathan Pidcock (1729-1812). He is believed to have been a grandson of John Pidcock.

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