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The Ancient Pigot Family of Berkshire

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The Ancient Pigot Family of Berkshire

 

By Richard L. Tolman, Ph. D.

     The earliest available family records of Great Britain (generally 15th and 16th centuries) show that the Pigot family were already a significant presence in central England. Although the family Pigot/Pykot populated strongholds at Gravenhurst in Bedfordshire, Abington Pigots in Cambridgeshire and Thrumpton in Nottingham; in truth these places were all fairly close to one another in the central United Kingdom.2

Figure 1. Parish Map of Berkshire England (19th Century)1

     In 18th century Berkshire there were Pigot families in eastern Berks at Hurst parish, in central Berks at St. Giles, Reading, a significant presence in the royal wood at Wychwood (parishes of Wantage, and West Challow, now Oxfordshire), and in southern Berks in the parishes of Hampstead Norreys, Chieveley and Thatcham.3 Notable among these families is the birth of Admiral Sir Hugh Pigot (1722-1792) and his older brothers General Sir Robert Pigot and Baron George Pigot of the Wantage Parish Pigot families. Lieutenant-General Robert Pigot commanded the left flank of the British forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolution.4 There were also Pigot families in Northern Hampshire (neighboring southern Berks) at Hartley Wespall, Alton and Whitchurch.

     The Pigots of particular interest to the author lived in and around the parishes of Hampstead Norreys and Chieveley in southern Berkshire. It is likely that the Pigots of southern Berks actually came from the Wantage/West Challow group (now Oxfordshire) vide infra.

     Surveying the available records for that area we are talking about nearly exclusively parish registers/bishops transcripts and a few land records. The Piggots of southern Berkshire were not particularly well-to-do (no surviving land transactions or wills) and traveled little; they chose spouses from their home parish or neighboring villages.

     The earliest Piggot/Picket record5 in Chieveley or Hampton Norreys parish was the baptism of William Picket (9) in 1725, the son of Thomas and Ann Picket.

Generation E

     1. FrancisE Pigot was christened6 22 Apr 1662 at West Challow, Berks (now Oxfordshire) the son of Francis and Marie Pigot. He married7 1683 at West Challow, Berks Mary Young (Mrs.) .

Francis and Mary (Young) Piggot had six/seven children in the West Challow, Berkshire parish:8

   2 i. RALPH PIGOTT, christened9 8 Dec 1689 at West Challow, Berks.

   3 ii. KALEY PIGOTT, christened10 8 Sep 1689 at West Challow, Berks.

   4 iii. ELIZABETH PIGGOT, christened11 23 Mar 1693 at West Challow, Berks.

   5 iv. JOHN PIGOTT, christened12 22 Nov 1695 at West Challow, Berks. He married13 abt 1730 Jane Pryor and had a family in West Challow parish.

   6 v. FRANCIS PIGGOT, christened14 16 Sep 1697 at West Challow, Berks. He married15 21 Oct 1717 at West Challow Mary Luke and raised a family at Letcombe Regis (adjacent village to West Challow).

   7 vi. THOMAS PIGOTT, christened16 29 Oct 1700 at West Challow, Berks and probably died young if he actually existed.

+ 8 vii. THOMAS PIGOTT, christened17 29 Oct 1701 at West Challow, Berks.

Generation D

     8. ThomasD Picket (FrancisE) was christened18 29 Oct 1701 at West Challow, Berks the son of Francis and Mary Pigott. He married19 7 Jun 1724 at St. Lawrence Church, Reading, Berks Ann Nicols.

Thomas and Anne (Nicols) Pickett had two children in the Chieveley, Berkshire parish:

+ 9 i. WILLIAM PICKET, christened20 7 Mar 1725 at Chieveley, Berks.

+ 10 ii. THOMAS PICKET, christened21 27 Jan 1734 at Chieveley, Berks.

Generation C

     9. WilliamC Piggot/Picket (ThomasD FrancisE) was christened22 7 Mar 1725 at Chieveley, Berks the son of Thomas and (probably) Ann (Nicols) Picket of Reading, Berks. He married23 3 Oct 1748 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks Anne Stamp daughter of Richard and Frances Stamp.24 She was christened 5 Nov 1727 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.
The family must have lived somewhere between the two churches (both called St. Mary’s) in the adjacent parishes of Hampstead Norreys and Chieveley as some children are christened in one church and some in the other.

William and Anne (Stamp) Pickett had seven children in the Chieveley and Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire parishes:

   11 i. ANN PICKET, christened25 16 Jul 1749 at Chieveley, Berks. She married26 6 Dec 1784 at St. Mary’s, Hampstead Norreys, Berks Thomas Laily.

+ 12 ii. THOMAS PICKET, christened27 14 Mar 1751 at Chieveley, Berks.

+ 13 iii. JOHN PIGGOT, christened28 29 Oct 1752 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks and buried29 4 Jun 1828 (age 77) at St. Mary’s, Hampstead Norreys.

   14 iv. WILLIAM PICKETT, christened30 25 Dec 1756 at Chieveley, Berks and was buried31 9 Jan 1844 (age 90) at St. Mary’s, Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   15 v. HANNAH PICKETT, born abt 1757 at Chieveley, Berks and was buried 1834. She married32 10 Apr 1779 at Chieveley, Berks John White.

+ 16 vi. JAMES PICKETT, born 16 Oct 1758 at Thatcham, Berks and christened33 28 Mar 1762 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks and was buried 5 Apr 1832 (age 70) at St. Mary the Virgin, Chieveley, Berks.34 He married 23 Feb 1784 at Peasemore, Berks Mary Slade, daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Butler) Slade. [See ‘Addendum 2. The Piggot/Pickett Family of Berkshire’ on this website.]

   17 vii. MARY PICKATT, christened35 25 Mar 1759 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks and was buried36 22 Mar 1787 at St. Mary’s, Hampstead Norreys, Berks. Never married.

     10. ThomasC Piggot/Picket (ThomasD FrancisE) christened37 27 Jan 1734 at Chieveley, Berks the son of Thomas and (probably) Ann (Nicols) Picket of Reading, Berks. He married38 abt 1760 Sarah ____.

Thomas and Sarah Picket had seven children in Winterbourne Parish (part of Chieveley Parish).

   18 i. MARTHA PICKET, christened39 3 May 1761 at Winterbourne, Berks.

   19 ii. SARAH PICKET, christened40 27 Mar 1762 at Winterbourne, Berks. She married41 6 Jun 1785 at Chieveley, Berks Joseph Yeby of Yattenden Parish, Berks.

   20 iii. MARY PICKET, christened42 3 Jan 1765 at Winterbourne, Berks.

   21 iv. THOMAS PIGGET, christened43 4 Dec 1768 at Winterbourne, Berks. He married44 20 Dec 1793 at St. Mary’s, Chieveley, Berks Seabria Fisher.

   22 v. ELIZABETH PIGGOTT, christened45 6 Jan 1771 at Winterbourne, Berks.

   23 vi. HANNAH PICKET, christened46 17 Aug 1777 at Winterbourne, Berks. She probably married47 1797 at Thatcham, Berks Stephen Tidbury.

   24 vii. LUCY PICKET, christened48 28 Nov 1779 at Winterbourne, Berks.

Generation B

     12. ThomasB Picket (WilliamC ThomasD FrancisE) christened49 14 Mar 1751 at Chieveley, Berks the son of William and Anne (Stamp) Pickett. He married50 18 Dec 1780 at Hungerford, Berks Martha Duckett daughter of John and Mary Duckett. She was christened51 26 Feb 1760 at Tunworth, Hampshire.

Thomas and Martha (Duckett) Picket had three children in Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   25 i. JOHN PICKET, christened52 24 Nov 1781 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   26 ii. WILLIAM PICKET, christened53 26 Dec 1783 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks. He married54 19 May 1805 at St. Bartholomew, Oare Chapel, Chieveley, Berks Ann Smith.

   27 iii. MARY PICKET, christened55 26 Mar 1786 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

     13. JohnB Pickett(WilliamC ThomasD FrancisE) was christened56 29 Oct 1752 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks the son of William and Anne (Stamp) Pickett; he was buried57 4 Jun 1828 (age 77) at St. Marys, Hampstead Norreys, Berks. He married58 13 Dec 1782 at Hampstead Norreys Martha Taylor. She was christened59 3 Sep 1758 at Hampstead Norreys, the daughter of William and Martha Taylor of Hampstead Norreys. She was buried60 20 Jan 1841 (age 82) at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

John and Martha (Taylor) Pickett had seven children in the Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   28 i. MARTHA PICKETT, christened61 7 Mar 1784 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   29 ii. ANN PICKETT, christened62 29 May 1785 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   30 iii. JEREMIAH PICKETT, christened63 11 Feb 1787 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   31 iv. JOHN PICKETT, christened64 30 Nov 1788 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks and probably died young.

   32 v. JOHN PICKETT, christened65 13 Feb 1791 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   33 vi. HANNAH PICKETT, christened66 27 Sep 1795 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

   34 vii. MARY PICKETT, christened67 4 Feb 1798 at Hampstead Norreys, Berks.

NOTES

1. Humphery-Smith, Cecil R. The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers (Chichester, England: Phillimore, 1995).

2. Le Neve, Peter (1661-1729) and Marshall, George William (1839-1905) ‘Le Neve’s Pedigrees of the Knights…’ in Publications of the Harleian Society, Vol. 8 (London: Harleian Society, 1873), pp. 115, 205, 213, 246.

3. Survey by the author of Picket/Pickett/Piggot/Pigot/Pigott births in Berkshire and Northern Hants at FamilySearch (accessed Feb 2015).

4. Wikipedia online (search: Hugh Pigot, accessed 27 Feb 2015).

5. An exception is the marriage of Agnes Pickett to Henry Adnam in 1593 (Berkshire Marriage Index (2012), Berkshire Family History Society (England), 1-CD-ROM (2nd Edition) at FHL; hereafter BerksMarriages) In this time period there are no Picketts in the Chieveley Parish Register, but lots of Adnams. The author concludes she was not a local.

6. Francis Pigot christening: Church of England, West Challow Parish 1653-1959, Berkshire, FHL British Film 88250, items 4-7; online at FamilySearch.

7. Pigot/Mrs. Young marriage: Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts of West Challow Parish 1607-1812, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279453, items 20-22; online at FamilySearch; Mary may have been married before.

8. There are no records of a Picket/Piggot family in Chieveley or Hampstead Norreys around 1700, when Thomas (8 ) was born. The closest family and best guess for Thomas’ parents is Francis and Mary Piggot of West Challow, central Berkshire north of Hampstead Norreys. There are families with children born in the early 1700 time period in Hurst parish (eastern Berks), Bisham parish (far eastern Berks), one near Reading (St. Giles, eastern central Berks) and another family in Wantage Parish (adjacent to West Challow) and a couple in northern Hants. None have a son Thomas born in this time period.

9. Ralph Piggot christening: Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts of West Challow Parish 1607-1812, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279453, items 20-22; online at FamilySearch.

10. John Piggot christening: Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts of West Challow Parish 1607-1812, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279453, items 20-22; online at FamilySearch.

11. Elizabeth Piggot christening: Church of England, West Challow Parish 1653-1959, Berkshire, FHL British Film 88250, items 4-7; online at FamilySearch.

12. John Piggot christening: Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts of West Challow Parish 1607-1812, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279453, items 20-22; online at FamilySearch.

13. John Pigott/Jane Pryor marriage record is not in BerksMarriages and not in the West Challow Parish register (FHL Film 88250 items 4-7 at FamilySearch), but their children are in this film. Many are identified as children of John and Jane Pigott, and some name their mother as Jane Pryor.

14. Francis Piggot christening: Church of England, West Challow Parish 1653-1959, Berkshire, FHL British Film 88250, items 4-7; online at FamilySearch.

15. Pigott/Luke marriage, Church of England, West Challow Parish, Berkshire, FHL British Film 88250, items 4-7, online at FamilySearch (accessed 14 May 2015) and Letcombe Regis christenings, same film.

16. Thomas Piggot christening: Church of England, West Challow Parish 1653-1959, Berkshire, FHL British Film 88250, items 4-7; online at FamilySearch. These two Thomases are probably the same individual since one record came from the parish register and the other from the Bishop’s transcript and differ by only a year.

17. Thomas Piggot christening: Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts of West Challow Parish 1607-1812, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279453, items 20-22; online at FamilySearch.

18. John Piggot christening: Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts of West Challow Parish 1607-1812, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279453, items 20-22; online at FamilySearch.

19. BerksMarriages.

20. William Pickett christening: Church of England, Chieveley Parish 1560-1975, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

21. Thomas Pickett christening: Church of England, Chieveley Parish 1560-1975, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

22. Chieveley Parish Registers, 1560-1975 (Berkshire, England), FHL Film 1040504 (earlier copy 254496); online at FamilySearch and Ancestry.

23. Berkshire Marriage Index (2012), Berkshire Family History Society (England), 1-CD-ROM (2nd Edition) at FHL.

24. FamilySearch has wrong parents (as of 2015); these parents had a daughter Anne Stamp who was born in 1780; she therefore could not be married in 1748. The christening record in Hampstead Norreys does not name Anne’s parents, but examination of the parish register indicates only one Stamp family (Richard and Frances) christening children in this time period.

25. Ann Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

26. BerksMarriages.

27. Thomas Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

28. John Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

29. Berkshire Burial Index (2008), Berkshire Family History Society (England),1 CD-ROM (7th Edition) at FHL.

30. William Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

31. Berkshire Burial Index (2008), Berkshire Family History Society (England),1 CD-ROM (7th Edition) at FHL.

32. Chieveley Parish Registers, 1560-1975 (Berkshire, England), FHL Film 1040504 (earlier copy 254496); online at FamilySearch and Ancestry.

33. James Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

34. Berkshire Burial Index (2008), Berkshire Family History Society (England),1 CD-ROM (7th Edition) at FHL.

35. Mary Pickatt christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

36. Berkshire Burial Index (2008), Berkshire Family History Society (England),1 CD-ROM (7th Edition) at FHL.

37. Thomas Pickett christening: Church of England, Chieveley Parish 1560-1975, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

38. A marriage record could not be found in BerksMarriages or in the Chieveley, Hampstead Norreys or the Winterbourne parish registers, but the children all appear in the Winterbourne parish register, FHL British Film 254501; online at FamilySearch children of Thomas and Sarah Picket.

39. Martha Picket christening: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish 1725-1979, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254501; online at FamilySearch.

40. Sarah Picket christening: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish 1725-1979, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254501; online at FamilySearch.

41. Yeby/Pickett marriage, Church of England, Chieveley Parish, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254498; her father Thomas was the witness and BerksMarriages.

42. Mary Picket christening: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish Bishop’s transcripts 1608-1835, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279476 items 10-13; online at FamilySearch.

43. Thomas Pigget christening: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish 1725-1979, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254501; online at FamilySearch.

44. BerksMarriages.

45. Elizabeth Piggott christening: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish Bishop’s transcripts 1608-1835, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279476 items 10-13; online at FamilySearch.

46. Hannah Picket christening: Church of England, Thatcham Parish 1561-1992, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1040693; online at FamilySearch.

47. Tidbury/Pigot marriage: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish 1725-1979, Berkshire, FHL British Film 254501; online at FamilySearch.

48. Lucy Picket christening: Church of England, Winterbourne Parish Bishop’s transcripts 1608-1835, Berkshire, FHL British Film 1279476 items 10-13; online at FamilySearch.

49. Thomas Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254498; online at FamilySearch.

50. BerksMarriages.

51. Martha Duckett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Tunworth, Hampshire, baptisms 1749-1878, FHL British Film 1041365 items, 15-20; online at FamilySearch and Ancestry. Tunworth is in northern Hampshire not far from Hungerford or Hampstead Norreys; this is probably the right Martha as there were no other Martha Ducketts in available records for this time period.

52. John Picket christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

53. William Picket christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

54. BerksMarriages and personal communication with Paul Jubbie of Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

55. Mary Picket christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

56. John Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Oare, Berkshire, baptisms 1745-1812, FHL British Film 254496; online at FamilySearch.

57. Berkshire Burial Index (2008), Berkshire Family History Society (England),1 CD-ROM (7th Edition) at FHL.

58. BerksMarriages.

59. Martha Taylor christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch and Ancestry.

60. Berkshire Burial Index (2008), Berkshire Family History Society (England),1 CD-ROM (7th Edition) at FHL.

61. Martha Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

62. Ann Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

63. Jeremiah Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

64. John Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

65. John Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

66. Hannah Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

67. Mary Pickett christening: Church of England, Parish Church of Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, baptisms 1538-1892, FHL British Film 88298; online at FamilySearch.

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