Israel Leonidas Pickens (b. 1820) of Greensboro, AL, was the son of Mary Orilla Lenoir (1792-1823) and George Isreal Leonidas (1780-1827) Pickens, the third governor of Alabama. Young Isreal entered the University in 1838, joined the Philanthropic Society, and graduated in 1842. He married Ann Eliza Nelson (b. abt. 1824) of Greensboro, AL, and became a planter and lawyer.