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Samuel Piggin
worsted weaver, later (according to will) innkeeper and baker of the Bird in Hand, Braintree, Essex
Born Norwich St James, baptized 1787/06/15.
Married Rebecca Campling (c1787-1870) on 1807 Feb 03 at Norwich St Augustine.
He died 1850a, Braintree.
His will, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (see the online PROcat database), names the following as his children:
  • Rebecca Pilgrim
  • Samuel Piggin
  • Joseph Piggin
  • Elizabeth Hasler
  • Mary Ann Bailey
  • Eliza Hawkes
  • Nancy Campling Prance
  • Emma Sarah Bears
It does not mention Louisa.
Executors: wife Rebecca, sons Samuel and Joseph, and Hofgard Shoebridge (?), baker of Witham (not far away).
Will was written on 1849/05/05 and proved 1850/07/17.
Rebecca
* birthdate unknown
~ 1807/08/09 Norwich St Paul (IGI)
% Charles Pilgrim, 1832 Braintree (Boyd's Marriage Index)
Samuel
* 1810/08/07, Norwich, Norfolk
~ 1810/08/12, St James Pockthorpe, Norwich
married Hannah Strutt, 1832/06/05 at Braintree, Essex (also in Boyd's)
second marriage to Harriett Hicks (1810-1863) in 1835 (see Boyd's Marriages, where name spelled "Hix")
third marriage to Louisa Hicks (1824-1885, sister of above) 1866/03/01 St Stephen's Spitalfields (her will 252)

2 ch died inf:
  • Harriet Hicks -1839
  • Herbert P. 1845d-
innkeeper at Braintree, Bocking and Witham
at some point he was publican of the Bird in Hand, his father's pub.
1851: victualler, Horse and Groom, Payne Road, Bocking (Rayne Road?)
+ 1869a/03/21 "aged 58" at Braintree. Will under 800

For a history of the public houses, see http://rootsgen. com/essexpubs
I. Samuel, innkeeper
* c.1838, Bocking
possibly married to Louisa, who died 2 January 1885 at Braintree
+ 1877/03/25, Braintree "aged 39", will 1500
II. Alfred, grocer, of Chestnut Cottage, Coggleshall Rd, Braintree
* 1840a, Bocking, Braintree
% Lucy Wilson (1839-1906), 1867d, Braintree (N.B.: brother in law was Edward Thomas)
3 ch died inf:
  • Alf. L. 1870-75
  • Nora K. 1871-72
  • Alf. S. 1874-75
+ 1914c/07/02, Braintree "aged 74", will £4173 (Alfred's will confirms that Hubert etc. are his children)
A. Lucy Anna, of Chestnut Cottage, Coggleshall Rd, Braintree
* 1868d/11/14, Braintree
+ 1936
B. Nora Evelyn, of Bradford St, Bocking
* 1873a, Braintree
* 1947
C. Constance Winifred, of Bradford St, Bocking
* 1876b/05/14, Braintree
+ 1919
D. Florence May, of Bradford St, Bocking, unmarried
* 1878b, Braintree
+ 1956
E. Hubert, grocer, Bank St
* 1880d, Braintree
% Florence May Bearman (c1880-1963), 1907c, Braintree
+ 1962
F. Ruth Louisa (possibly not a member of this family at all: see Salhouse)
* 1884c, Braintree
III. Hannah Strutt
* 1842b, Bocking
% Robert Crickmore (1836-1893), 1865c, Braintree
+ 1921/02/19, Braintree
IV. Eliza Hicks
* 1844a, Bocking
% --- ---(Thomas?), 1876c, Braintree
+ ?
V. George Hicks, moved to Chesham c1860 to be apprenticed to a grocer, started own shop
* 1847c, Bocking
% Rebecca Eliz. --- (c1848-1929)
two ch + inf:
  • Annie Sear 1875-79
  • Annie Maude 1886-89
+ 1934/10/12 or 14, Chesham, Bucks
A. George Samuel
* 1872/02/01 Chesham
% Alice How (1881-1973), 1916b Amersham
+ 1918
B. Frank How, butcher
* 1873/09/18 Chesham
% --- ---, 1906 Holborn
% Susan Ingram Lanham (c1879-1951), 1940, Epping
+ 1948
C. Leonard William, clerk
* 1877/04/19, Chesham
% Maud C. Bates (1879-1930), 1907c, Amersham
% Florence Eliza Cobb (1892-1969), 1931, n.i.
+ 1953
D. Nelly Elizabeth
* 1880/02/11, Chesham
+ 1927
E. Fred Ernest, grocer
* 1882/01/22, Chesham
% Mary Jennings (c1889-1960), 1938, n.i.
+ 1950
F. Louisa May
* 1884/03/26 Chesham
% Edward Ernest Good, 1906d Amersham
+ 1975
G. Albert Edwin
* 1888/04/03 Chesham
% Claire Robe, ( -1980), 1918c Amersham, n.i.
+ 1974
VI. Rebecca
* 1849d, Bocking
+ 1937d/10/01 aged 88, Braintree, will 3843
VII. Herbert Harry of Reginald House, Willoughby Road, Hornsey (1889)
* 1851c, Braintree
% Elizabeth McLeod Moore ( -1944, will 6196), 1889c Edmonton
+ 1926c, Eastbourne, will 16,783
Manchester Guardian report 1927-02-24 on draper Jeremiah Rotherham and Co. Ltd (description) of 85-91 High Street, Shoreditch (photo), a shop that apparently disappeared in the WWII bombing of London: Piggin had been associated with the firm and company for 62 years and held the position of secretary for 21 years and was a director for 16 years.
Gwendoline Mary
* 1892a Edmonton
VIII. Louisa Harriet
* 1853a, Braintree
+ 1895c, Braintree, unmarried
Joseph
~ 1815/04/25 Norwich St Paul
1851 census: draper of Bank St, Braintree, Essex, employing 12 persons
From around 1860: ostrich-feather merchant in London
1870: gentleman, 2 Havelock Villas, Lansdowne Road, Dalston, Middlesex
Married Mary Campling (c.1815-1898) on 29 July 1836 at Braintree.
The 9th and 10th children
  • George 1843d-1843d
  • William 1845a
probably died as infants.
For photographs, see the Summerhill Road website.
Joseph died 1884d on December 13 aged 69 in Edmonton district and is buried in Abney Park Cemetery.
Last address: 2 Sydenham Villas, Summerhill Road, Tottenham.
Mary then married (1887) the Reverend Steer, a Congregational minister who died in 1892 (this marriage never seems to have been discussed later in the family).
Mary Steer died in 1897.
She was buried (1897/01/14) with her first husband at Abney Park Cemetery in plot M07 4S07 "aged 82 years".
I. JOSEPH Campling
* 1837?, Braintree, arr. VIC 1858 on "Orwell", lived Quat Quatta 1878-1882
% --- McKail, widow, 1882
+ 1902/08/13 Yalgogrin, NSW (was a charcoal burner)
II. Ellen
* 1840c, Braintree
% George Fowler, 1867
+ 1886 June 28
III. Frederic Charles of "Braintree", Corowa
* 1842/05/03 Braintree, Essex, arr. VIC 1858 on "Orwell"
% Susan Elizabeth MARTIN (1850-1930), 1870; 4 ch + inf:
  • Eva Ellen 1872-1875
  • Horace Frederick 1875-1875
  • Frederick Edward 1876-1876
  • Ella Rita M. 1882-1883
JP, auctioneer in "F.C. and A.A. Piggin", nominated for NSW Legislative Council but refused it
listed as farmer of Quatta Quatta in 1882 Greville's Directory
+ 1927/12/05 Braintree, Corowa, NSW
A. Florence May
* 1873/02/01 Corowa
% Arthur Nankervis (1874-1941) 1906
+ 1958
B. Eth. Mau. Mary
* 1879, Corowa
% John S. Whittacre, 1913
+ 1915
C. Lilly Elsie
* 1880/04/12 C
% Robert F. Gardiner, 1904
+ ?
D. Frederic Augustus
* 1883/07/20 Corowa
% Doris Arnati Ward (1889-1974) 1912
+ 1960
See Ann Gugler's Canberra pages: 1913 (census) 1927 (allocation of land (covenant 450 pounds)) 1935 (Empire Circuit) 1943, 1949 (4 Moresby Street)
E. Edith E. M. "Edie"
* 1886/11/28
% Edward R. McLaughlin (1884-1946), 1915
+ 1951 or 1955
F. Euna Gl.
* 1889/11/27 Corowa
% Alan C. Buchan (1885-1945), 1911
+ 1975
G. Eric O.M., stock and station agent
* 1892/01/30 Corowa
% Sheila D. Hoare (-1977)
+ 1975
Evidently also a composer
H. Ruby Eil.
* 1893/06/18 Corowa
% John S. Graham 1916
+ 1967
J. Rita Allwright
* 1898/01/25 Corowa
% John D.B. Boydell (1897-1939), 1922
+ 1973
IV. Arthur Henry Sturgeon
* 1846/09/27 Braintree, Essex ("Arthur Campling")
arr. Melbourne, Feb 1869 on Somersetshire, emp. Robert Reid & Co, Schneider & Co
% Jane Reid McNaughtan (1853-1930) 1876/09/07
two infants died:
  • Herbert 1882-85
  • Lilly 1883-83
lived Brighton, VIC
+ 1930/09/19 Essendon, VIC
A. ARTHUR Alexander
* 1877/11/05 Brighton
% Ethel Larke (1881-1943) 1912/11/12
+ 1942
B. ELLEN Constance
* 1879/03/25 Brighton
+ 1968
C. JEANIE Edith
* 1880/07/25 Brighton
+ 1960
D. Edward NORMAN
* 1885/01/13 Brighton
+ 1948
E. GLADYS Victoria
* 1887/02/13 Brighton
+ 1957
F. FLORENCE May
* 1890/05/11 Brighton
% Victor A. Geard (1889-1971) major, MBE, 1924
+ 1987 (i.e. nearly 97)
G. BEATRICE Mary
* 1893/10/10 Brighton
% Norman H. White (1884-1966), 1918
+ 1979
V. Edward James Smith, hosier & glover at 1881 census (409 Mare St, Hackney), same address 1892
* 1848d, Braintree, Essex
+ 1935/12/14, Hackney (14 Fountayne Road, Stoke Newington, shop: 99 Lower Clapton Road), Will: 73,960
In 1881 he had Constance Fowler, 11, his niece, and Elizabeth Fowler, 6, his niece, living with him
VI. GEORGE Cousins, pound-keeper at Corowa
* 1850a, Braintree, Essex; arr NSW 1870; at Quat Quatta 1878-1882"
% Mary Ellen Barton (c.1849-1921) 1878 at Rutherglen VIC
Child who died:
  • Edward N. 1883-
She would appear to be the "Mrs Piggin" listed in Yewen's Directory of the Landholders of NSW
+ 1891/09/19 Corowa
A. GEORGE Alexander, postal officer
* 1878/07/21 Corowa
% Blanche Ruth Parnell (-1968) 1901
+ ?
B. HerBERT Percy
* 1880, Beechworth
% Grace C.B. Glyde 1902
+ ?
C. Daisy Gertrude
* 1882, Beechworth
% John T. Mahoney 1901
+ ?
D. Edith Ruby
* 1884
% James Scott, 1908
+ ?
E. Harriet Muriel
* 1886, Corowa
% Thomas O'Connor, 1904
+ ?
F. Elsie May
* 1888, Corowa
% George A. Stanton, 1906
+ ? (was she Flora May, * 1887 at Brighton?)
G. Olga Phenie
* 1890, Corowa + ?
H. Ellen Cousins
* 1892, Corowa
% William T. Gallagher, 1908
+ ?
VII. Alexander Augustus of "Ellerslie", Quat Quatta, NSW
JP, partner in auctioneers "F.C. and A.A. Piggin", alderman and mayor of Corowa. See a history of Australian federation.
* 1853/02/22 Braintree
% Emily Jane Ramsay (1866-1944), 1887
+ 1919/02/27 Sydney
A. Alex. Ross RAMSAY of Buangor
* 1887/12/30 Savernake NSW
% Myrtle M.J. Burrett (1888-1939)
% Constance R. Campbell (1906-1949)
% Olive M. Sillars (1914-1985), 1951
+ 1973
B. Dorothea M.R., not married
* 1890/02/26 Corowa
+ 1973
C. Allan R. (Pte in 21st Batt. AIF, POW in WW1) of "Barranbale" Hopefield
* 1891/06/21 Corowa
% Frances Car. --- , (1892-1981)
+ 1966
D. Phyllis R.
* 1897/07/30
% Dr. Basil W. Cohen (1886-1972) 1923 Melbourne
+ 1986
VIII. Stanley Carrington, customs officer at "Kings Locker", Melbourne
* 1855b, Braintree, Essex
% Mary Jane "Molly" O'Brien (1858-1938), Athlone? 1879?
1884 address: Lismore Castle, Waterford
+ 1912 "aged 55" in Melbourne, VIC. Listed in Richmond c.1908
A. Herbert A. (hairdresser, 98 King Street, Melbourne (1930)?) U.K. security officer
* 1881, Ireland?
+ 1965
B. JOSEPH Stanley of East St. Kilda
* 1882, Ireland?
% Nellie Groves (1890-1950)
+ 1959
C. EDWARD Campling
* 1887, Ireland?
% Eva A. --- (1891-1989), 1916
+ 1952
D. Lily Mary
* 1890, Richmond VIC
+ ?
E. Eva Constance
* 1893, Richmond VIC
+ ?
IX. Lily Kate (shopwoman living with her brother at Hackney in 1881 census)
* 1857d Braintree
% Harold Hill, sea captain: several children died
+ 1938/11/30 aged 82 (47 Wellington Road, Enfield, Edmonton)
Elizabeth
* birthdate unknown
% William Hasler, 1843c Braintree
Mary Ann
* birthdate unknown
% --- Bailey (date and place unknown)
Eliza
* birthdate unknown
~ 1823/03/19 Braintree
% Samuel Hawkes before 1846? Descent has been well researched.
+ year of her death unknown
Nancy Campling
* birthdate unknown
~ 1823/03/19 Braintree
% George Prance, 1841a Braintree
Probably the parents of Joseph Piggin PRANCE ("Pranee" in FreeBMD) born 1846a in Braintree. George may have belonged to the Prance family that kept the Horse and Groom pub at Rayne Road, Bocking.
Emma Sarah
* 1846/07/26, Coggeshall, Essex
% Barney Beard, a publican, Coggeshall 1868/08/25
+ 1927/01/15, Brighton
Caroline
~ 1823/03/19 Braintree
+ 1840a, Braintree
The following deceased cannot be identified:
  • Henry Charles + 1839a, Braintree (a Harry Charles was born 1838d Braintree!)

The main details of this chart are the work of Ross Piggin White, who has devoted years to researching this family history and has kindly shared the fruits of his labours. The Australian National Library has given White's 89-page book (1990) on the subject the ISBN 0646119028. English details were added with the kind assistance of L. George Piggin, Richard Crickmore and James Lake. This page largely duplicates the pedigree on Graham Coward's excellent website http://www.alphalink.com.au/~coward/, which draws on the same sources. Graham also kindly shared details from the Samuel Piggin will. Richard L. Opie also supplied details.

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