Thomas Pickel 1794-1850 and his wife, Asenath Coy 1803-1881 lived on Lot 8, range I of Brome Township close to Sweetsburg on the farm known to many as Sunnymead Farm. Thomas was the son of Jacob and Mary (New) Pickel who settled on that land shortly after 1800. Jacob, with his two brothers, John and Christopher, and their father, John Pickel, from Fort Edward, New York had declared for the British right at the commencement of the American Revolutionary War. They served in Major Roger's Company of the King's Rangers all during the War. In the Fall of 1783 they were at St. John's and soon after took refuge on Caldwell's Manor with other Loyalist Refugees. It is probable that the above THOMAS was born on the Manor.
In 1802, when Sutton Township was established and granted to United Empire Loyalists, John and Jacob Pickel had their names on the Petition as Grantees. The Lots which they were given were located in North Sutton close to the Brome Township. They soon sold their lots and bought land in Brome Township and in the Sweetsburg, Scottsmore area in Dunham Township. Descendants of PETER, a younger brother, lived in Sweetsburg.
These papers are all handwritten, they are not notarial documents but each deed, transfer, bond or transaction was witnessed and signed. The promissory notes and receipts also name neighbors and nearby families with whom the Pickel family exchanged work and carried on their business affairs. Where else would you get to know Stephen Darling who made their beaver caps, Ira Newell who did their blacksmithing or Albert Barney who ran the old Church Tavern where many transactions were made.
Thomas Pickel and wife Asenath had a large family of eleven children, Samantha who married Alden Sweet, Diantha who married Philo Marsh, Mary married Norman Huntley, Amanda married Hiram Carpenter, Charlotte married Jesse Quebec, Merritt did not marry, Martin A. married Elizabeth Sweet, Horace D. married Ruhannah Benham, Henry married Elvira Church, Calvin married Persis Rosalind Vincent and Alice who married Roscoe Gilman.
Martin A. and Elizabeth carried on the farm until he died in 1894. Elizabeth was the daughter of Reid Sweet of West Brome. Their son, A. Thomas Reid Pickel married Louisa Daisy Baker, daughter of Senator G.B. Baker and they lived in Cowansville, their grandsons, Reid and Harold Pickel have homes today in the Townships.
Horace D. and wife Ruhannah lived in Sweetsburg, he was High Constable in the District of Bedford and he built in 1882 the fine, Victorian brick house that stood until 1950's in between the Court House and the Hospital. Their son was Dr. Follin H. Pickel, the Founder of the Hospital.