Source: CMS Missionaries (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JOHN PICKFORD was born in England in 1820. He entered St. Bees College in 1844; was ordained deacon by the Archbishop of York in 1846, and priest by the Bishop of Eipon in 1847. In 1852 he volunteered for mission work and went to Tinnevelly. There he worked for nine years, when he was transferred to Ceylon and placed in charge of the Tamil Cooly mission. He returned to England in 1870 and became Vicar of Toller Fratrum.