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Hertfordshire Piggs

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by Rosemary Taylor Mar 8, 2015. 8 Replies

I've done quite a bit of research on the Piggs from Hertfordshire who married into my husband's WOLFENDEN family. The Pigg tree goes back James Pigg and Mary Kimpton who married in 1805 in Orwell,…Continue

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John A. Pigg's ancestors

Started by Rosemary Taylor. Last reply by Rosemary Taylor Oct 9, 2009. 4 Replies

Hello!Pigg is a very old name, and John Pigg was an early immigrant to America from England. Some claim the name was originally French. I have not researched the name farther back than the immigrant,…Continue

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Comment by Rosemary Taylor on June 1, 2017 at 9:28pm

I started researching because I wanted to find my immigrant people.  No one in my family had an immigration story that was handed down, except the Reagan/Ragan.  They knew they came from Ireland.  I have been researching many years now, and I know why we had no immigration story.  Most of my families arrived in America a very long time ago, including Pigg.  A number of my lines for my father, mother, and husband lived near each other in Virginia.  The neighbors married their neighbors and migrated west.  This gives me a great number of DNA matches, but the DNA is a bit of a mess to sort out.  One knowledgeable person terms my DNA "identical by population."  You may be surprised at what you find.

Glad you found my public tree.

Comment by John Charles Ragan on June 1, 2017 at 8:53pm

Yes, according to your public Pigg Tree on Ancestry, we share a common Ragan grandparent: Timothy Ragan & Mary Lary. His son, Timothy, and Rachael Nelson are my direct line. 

I will have to look up the Family Tree DNA to learn more. My goal in working on a family tree is to see how wide the tree goes for both me and my wife. It's good to run into relatives online!!! :)

Comment by Rosemary Taylor on June 1, 2017 at 8:43pm

to John Charles Ragan -  The descendants of Lucinda Womack and Clayborn Pigg generally accept that Martha Pigg McIntosh was their daughter.  You are my not so very distant cousin.

Sometimes death certificates are wrong.  The person who died does not fill them out!

We may also be related through Ragan.  I have a direct line Reagan and some family members used the Ragan spelling.

I did a Family Finder DNA test at Family Tree DNA.  I have Womack matches.  Not many Pigg have tested.  I have a faint match with a descendant of James Pigg of South Carolina or Georgia.  I am thinking our lines diverged a long time ago.  Closer Pigg relatives have also tested, but I know they are family.  Go take a Family Finder test and see if we match.

Comment by John Charles Ragan on May 31, 2017 at 7:54pm

The Piggs are a difficult family to research. I'm trying to find out more information about Martha Jane Pigg (1824-1920), who was married to Aaron McIntosh. So far, her parents are Claybourn John Pigg and Lucinda Womack, though on her MO death certificate, it lists Clayborn Pigg and Sarah (unknown) as her parents.

Comment by Rosemary Taylor on March 8, 2015 at 1:28pm

John of Pittsylvania County, Virginia has a lot of surviving documents.  He may have liked to drink the banned tea, but he was considered a supporter of the Revolution.  There was at least one more documented Pigg who was a Patriot.  That leaves a whole lot of men named Pigg who are not documented as Patriots or supporters of the Revolution.  I do not think we descend from  John Pigg of Pittsylvania County.  His descendants never had the Clayborn name.  We probably descend from his brother or uncle.

Comment by elizabeth sanderson on March 6, 2015 at 7:19pm

Re: Henry Pigg and the early VA Piggs being supporters of the King.  I have seen and maybe have a copy of a legal action against John Pigg for drinking tea. 

Comment by elizabeth sanderson on March 6, 2015 at 7:04pm

Rosemary, I just had my brother do a Y-DNA test and have those results.  So if a proven descendent of John/Jane (1640) could be found and do a test we could compare and see if John Clayborn (1850)/Laney (1820) also come through that line. 

Comment by Rosemary Taylor on March 6, 2015 at 12:19pm

On John Pigg in early Tennessee before it was a state.

There was a man named john Pigg in early Tennessee, and maybe adjacent states before Tennessee was a state.  He was a trader with the Native Americans.  There is a source document.  Does anyone claim thi man with proof?

Comment by Rosemary Taylor on March 6, 2015 at 12:15pm

On Henry Pigg of early Virginia. 

At least one or more Pigg families went south before or during the American Revolution.  It must be remembered that the Pigg in early Virginia were members of the Church of England and strong supporters of the King.  We cannot assume all of them became Patriots of the Revolution.  I found one Henry Pigg in the south who was not a Patriot.  He was under the famous/infamous Brown commander of the King's army.  I have not found to which Henry Pigg that I shold attach this information.

Comment by Rosemary Taylor on March 6, 2015 at 12:06pm

Hello Elizabeth,

I am very pleased to meet you.

In answer to your questions.  I have no proof of your Clayborn's father.  To arrive at my deduction, I used his age, and other Pigg families with a Clayborn given name, like in my line of Pigg.  I made the assumption those families were related, and the families without a child named Clayborn are maybe not in that Pigg line.   Clayborn's age is from census. His age eliminates some of the claims of who his father was.  His father could not be his age or younger, as some are claiming.  I am of the opinion that Clayborn may have had three, not two wives, and possible older children, but I have no proof. We have stray Pigg families, with no known parents living not far from him.  I do not know where he was before he was on census in McMinn County, Tennessee. 

It is possible Clayborn was named John Clayborn Pigg, as others who followed him were also named.  But, middle names were usually not used before 1800, unless they were from a surname.  To have the name Clayborn given from a surname, it is likely there was some sort of relationship between a Pigg and a Claiborne family at least one generation before Clayborn's birth.  I think this may be the case, although I have not found the exact document needed to prove this.  Pigg was a neighbor of the Claiborne family earlier in Virginia, which is documented on land records there.  This gives the opportunity for a relationship, so this is not a wild speculation.  I think it was Henry Pigg who was mentioned in a Claiborne family Will.  You will need to refer to my public tree at, as there are many details to remember, and I sometimes forget them.  The Claiborne Will abstract is posted there.  I have not seen the full Will, and wish to do so.  This adds to the speculation that the Pigg and Claiborne families were related in Virginia.  Henry, who was mentioned in that Will, could have been a son-in-law or a grandson.  No relationship is given. 

The Pigg family re-used given names constantly, so beware of more than one man with the same name, and maybe with a close birthdate.

I have been trying to separate the many Pigg families in the United States into their correct lines with documented proof. Many Pigg lines did descend from John Pigg of early Virginia, but maybe not all of them.  We need to get DNA information.  I welcome additions, corrections and comments.


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