Note    N1216         Index
Thomas PIgott migrated to the US and spent the rest of his life in Negaunee, Michigan. He was an engineer in the mines. He appears in the 1880 census living with his mother Margaret who is 82 years of age at that time.

Robert Pigott states in his book THE PIGOTTS OF KILWORTH COUNTY CORK IRELAND on p. 17: "The U. S. census of 1880 lists Thomas PIgott as single and living (in Negaunee MI) with his widowed mother Margaret. He could not read or write English, and he was listed as having immigrated in 1871 but was not naturalized. Thomas was married to Anna Larson born 12-1857, and she had immigrated in 1883. Thomas was working as a laborer when he married Anna Larson on 4-22-1884 at St. Paul's Church witnessed by John Pirano and Anna Pigott. Anna Larson was born in England, but her parents were born in Ireland and she could read and write English. An old-timer from Negaunee, MI., Frank Matthews claims to have known Thomas Pigott and said Thomas was nicknamed "Ninny" and rode a donkey. He was known to have taken the swill from the Briding Hotel to feed his pigs. The first log cabin Thomas build burned so he constructed a new one. Thomas died 4-26-1914 as a widower from the illness of acute bronchitis."


Note    N1217         Index
Thomas was working as a boilermaker and Clara was the daughter of Joseph Coatey and Rose Dallari...Iron company records show Thomas was a miner from 1918 to 1922 and lived at 613 Pine St., Negaunee, MI. On 10-19-1943 Thomas died of a rifle wound through the body from the left groin to the right shoulder. At the time of his death in Marquette Township his occupation was shown as a woodsman.


Note    N1218         Index
Todd M. Pigott was born 1968, self-employed in a successful office maintenance business, is an accomplished water polo player.


Note    H1219         Index

Birth Record, Nauganee, Marquette Co., MI. 187O-8O; Records Inde x at FHL
#1OO753O; Birth Record at FHL #1OO7531, Vol. I, page 83, line 2, Will iam Picket (sic), born 2O July 187O. Record Number 422.

Cherokee County, IA, INDEX TO REGISTER OF MARRIAGES 1889-1896, Vol . 3,
p 129; REGISTER OF MARRIAGES Book 3, p 533, which record contains th e following: Lic. #2197 Oct. 3, 1894; Name: William Pigott; Occupat ion: Farmer; Residence: Meriden, Iowa; Age: unk; No. of Marriages: 1s t; Born: Mich.; Father: Cornelius Pigott; Mother: Annie Eagan. Bride : Name: Jeannie O'Boyle; Bride's place of birth: Meriden, IA.; Nam e of Father: Martin O'Boyle; Name of Mother: Ellen Stevens; Date an d Place of Marriage: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee , Iowa, October 3, 1894; Witness: Michael Hawley; Person Performing C eremony: Father James T.


Note    H1220         Index

Census of 1851, Townland of Graigue, Parish Kilworth, County Cork, Munster, Ireland; Pigott, William, 48, Laborer; Margaret, 41, wife; Denis, 20; John, 18; Margaret, 16; Catherine, 14; Cornelius, 14; Thomas, 10; Johanna, 3. This was copied from the original records of the Church of St. Martin's, Kilworth, County Cork, Ireland with the help of The Very Rev. Pierce Condon, PP.; on August 12, 1991 by James J. Sparks.

by Josephine Masterson, Clearfield Company, publishers, p. 35 for the above record. The family is listed as number 221, the townland is spelled Graig, parish Kilworth, page 28. Notice that both Cornelius and Catherine are shown as 14 in the latter source and Cornelius is shown as 12 in the former source and Catherine as 14.

The birth records of the Pigott children were found in the original records of the Church of St. Martin's, with the book and page following the names: John Pigott 11/16; Margaret Pigott 37/29; Catherine Pigott 56/12; Cornelius Pigott 84/21; Thomas Pigott 112/19; William Pigott 133/24 ; Johanna Pigott 154/1. The birth of Dennis predated the church records which commenced in 1830. He is shown as 20 in the census of 1851 indicating a birth date of 1831. However, John is shown as 18 in the census of 1851 and we know he was born July 3, 1831. Thus we conclude that Dennis was born ca 1830. The records also show that sponsors at the baptism of Margaret Pigott on 3 May, 1834 were Cornelius Pigott, probably William's brother and Catherine O'Brien, probably Margaret (Sr.'s) sister.

Taken from Lewis's Topographical Directory of Ireland, 1937, at pg 22O: KILWORTH, a market and post-town, and a parish, in the barony of CONDONS and CLONGIBBONS, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 20 miles (N.N.E.) from Cork, and 1O6 (S.W.) from Dublin, on the mail coach road from Cork to Dublin; containing 3O38 inhabitants, of which number, 1963 are in the town. This place was the scene of some battles in the war of 1641 and during the usurpation of Cromwell, by whom the manor was given to Fleetwood, whose name it still bears. In July, 1642, the castle of Cloghlea, on the banks of the river Funcheon, near the town, said to have been built by the family of the Condons, and at that time the property of Sir Richard Fleetwood was taken by Lord Barrymore and the custody of it was entrusted to Sir Arthur Hyde, from whom it was afterwards taken by a descendant of the original founder who surprised the garrison and either put them to death or detained them prisoners. The town is situated on the river Funcheon, over which is a neat stone bridge of six arches, about a mile above its confluence with the Blackwater (which runs through Fermoy); it consists principally of one long irregular street, containing 343 houses, of which several are well built and of hansome appearance, and is sheltered by a low mountain ridge, which rises immediately behind it. (Article continues; see copy in file).

England, following the fall of the Stuarts, passed laws which caused great hardship to the Roman Catholics in Ireland, which consitituted a majority of the population. This period of time was referred to as the "Penal Era." "Ostensibly the aim of the anti-catholic laws was to eradicate the catholic religion in Ireland, but, in fact, apart from sporadic outbursts of persecution, the penal laws against religious worship were largely allowed to fall into desuetude from about 1716. Indeed, in the conditions prevailing in the eighteenth century their general enforcement would have proved an impossible task. The penal laws which were enforced, however, or which were automatic in their operation, were those which debarred catholics from parliment, from holding any government office - high or low - from entering the legal profession, and from holding commissions in the army and navy." THE COURSE OF
IRISH HISTORY, Edited by T. W. Moody & F. X. Martin, The Mercier Press, 1967,

" 1778 catholic proprietors owned but 60,000 pounds a year of the total rental of Ireland, then calculated at 4,000,000 pounds." pp 218 -19. "At the other end of the scale was the mass of the catholic peasantry, whose general condition of poverty and wretchedness was not due to the penal laws, and to whom it mattered little whether their landlords were catholic or protestant. As catholics, their main grevance was the tithe payment to the established church (The Church of England); but in general the century witnessed a fall in their standard of living due largely to the rising population, which brought with it keen competition for farms, and pushed up the already high rents." OpCit pp 220-1.

"The American Revolution provided some impetus to the British parliment to ease the Irish condition somewhat in order to conciliate catholics in case of invasion and for other reasons. "The British government set the good example by passing a relief act for English catholics early in 1778. Nevertheless, when LUKE GARDINER introduced a bill in the Irish parliament permitting catholics to take leases for 999 years, and restoring full testamentary rights to catholic landowners, it met with a concerted and sustained opposition." Op.Cit. p231.

"However, this first relief bill passed. "Catholic leaders regarded the act of 1778 as but a beginning, and the years from 1778 to 1829,. ." the country was embroiled in a struggle for restoration of rights to the people.

In 1829, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel, the home secretary, introduced to parliment a catholic emancipation bill and on 13 April, 1829, the catholic emancipation act became law. Prior to that date, catholic parishes were not allowed to record such events as the marriages, births, baptisms or deaths of its members. The original records of St. Martin's Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Cloyne in the Parish of Kilworth were made available to James J. Sparks for inspection. The first entry relating to the family of William Pigott was the birth of their second child, John Pigott, on July 3,1831. The birthdates of their later children were faithfully recorded in those records as follows: (3) Margaret Pigott, born May 3, 1834; (4 ) Catherine Pigott, born June 19, 1836; Cornelius Pigott, born July 7, 1839, Thomas Pig-
ott, born June 12, 1842; William Pigott, born November 24, 1844; Johanna Pigott, born June 27, 1847. The census of 1851 of the Townland of Craigue, Parish of Kilworth, County Cork, shows a son Dennis, 20 years of age as the oldest child living in the family home. His brother John is shown as age 18. Since we know John's birth date, John would have been 19 until July 1851 and 20 thereafter. If William was one or two years older, he would have been born 1829 or 1830. We do not know if there were children older than Dennis who had already left home by the census of 1851. We are forced to assume that William and Margaret (O'Brien) Sparks were married before 1829.

We find mention of William Pigott in the assessment rolls dated 23 February, 1852 in the GENERAL VALUATION OF RATEABLE PROPERTY IN IRELAND for the "County of Cork, Barony of Condons and Clangibbon Comprising Portions of the Unions of Fermoy and Mitchelstown." In the Townland of CRAIGUE, Map 15, parcel b, there is a William Pickett, whose immediate landlord is Thomas Pea, described as consisting of a house and small garden valued at 5 shillings. The retired Catholic Priest bearing the illustrious name of Canon Pierce Condon , presumed to descend from the Barons of Condon, living in Kilworth in 1991, was familiar with the Pigott family and the location of the original residence of the family described above. The small stone cabin, originally supporting a thatched roof, approximately 20 by 40 feet in size, contained a corrugated metal roof and was being used as a barn by the current owners, the Foster family. It was located approximately 2 miles due north of Kilworth just east of the road heading towards Kilsworth Camp and Mitchelstown. Kilworth, in turn, is on the river Funcheon, one mile north of its confluence with the Blackwater River. It is about two miles north of Fermoy just east of the main highway running north from Cork to Dublin. It is 20 miles north of Cork and 106 miles S.W . of Dublin.

Nothing further has been found in regard to this family excepting for John Pigott, born July 3, 1831, and Cornelius Pigott, born July 7, 1839. On May 22, 1869, John "Pickett" executed a declaration for citizenship in which he stated that his age was "about twenty-five years", that he was born in County Cork, Ireland and that he sailed from the Port of Queensland (Cobh,Cork) in the year 1860 and arrived in the United States and the state of Michigan that same year. He planned to remain in Marquette County. There is some question that this John was the son of William Pigott who had been born in 1831 since the latter would have been 37 years of age in May, 1869. Perhaps John understood the question to require his age on arriving in the United States, which would have been about 28. However, just 20 days after John "Pickett " executed his declaration, Cornelius "Pickett" executed his Declaration of Intention to become an American citizen. His declaration is dated June 12, 1869 and is also executed in Marquette County, Michigan. Though the clerk wrote Pickett, the declaration bears a clear signature "Cornelius Pigott". John's was signed with an X.