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Pickford, Matthew (1741–1799), waggoner and canal carrier, was born at Poynton, Cheshire, on 5 July 1741, the eldest of six children of James Pickford (1709–1768) and his wife, Martha (1711–1772). The Pickfords were a Cheshire family. Hailing originally from Adlington, James moved, in 1747, to occupy lands leased from ...