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Patrick Pigott

Marriage of Patrick Pigott and Nell Ebrill, 29 Nov 1832 [St John's, Limerick].

Patrick Pigott,
born 1788.
[PAT/2, p.22] says he went to a hedge school.
[PAT/2, p.22] says: "He was the youngest son and his father's favorite. As a young man he would ride into Limerick on horseback dressed in doeskin breeches and a green coat with silver buckles."
His father settled him up with a good public house to run in Limerick.

He mar 1stly, est c.1820, to Mary Lynch [or possibly Mary Rice].
Mary died pre-1832, leaving him with small children.
He had issue by 1st wife:

  1. (son) Pigott, survived the Famine.
  2. (son) Pigott, survived the Famine.

Patrick mar 2ndly, 29th Nov 1832, to Nell Ebrill [Ellen, born 1808].
Patrick Pigott, "cap maker", Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed in [Slater's directory, 1846].
He was ruined in the Famine 1845-50, and his daughter Mary died.
[PAT/2, p.21] says his wife Nell "wore herself out in the service of others, being grateful for the least kindness shown to her". After her husband's ruin "she worked day and night to keep her family as respectable as could be". "Once she met John Nevitt, white faced and ravaged by drink and misery. She scarcely reached home before she fainted. She never saw him again."

Patrick left Limerick and found employment with Ryan's bakery in Bruree, S Co.Limerick.
He is not listed on Mungret St in Griffith's Valuation, 1850.
Can't find Patrick or his family anywhere else in Co.Limerick in [Griffiths Valuation].

He returned to Limerick after 5 years, though he later worked in Bruree again for a time.
Family living Mungret St in 1863, when Ellen got a letter there.
[PAT/2, p.22] says he was a "big, simple, trustful man, even when things went against him he was renowned for his honesty".
He is described as "clerk" at Ellen's marriage 1867.
Nell must be "Ellen Piggott" who sp bapt of Mary O'Mara 1868.
He is listed as "Patrick Pigott", shopkeeper, at death 1873 [GROI], living Mungret St [burial record].

Patrick dies, 1873:
He died 22 May 1873, Mungret St, Limerick, age 85 yrs [grave], [GROI].
Death was registered by "Ellen Pigott" of Mungret St (his wife).
No will/admin found in [NAI] 1873-77.
He was bur 23 May 1873 [burial record] at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick, Location: lat. 126 long. Pc. No headstone visible.
There was probably no headstone at 126 Pc since his name is written elsewhere on his dau Ellen O'Mara's family grave at Mount St. Lawrence. Name written as "Patrick Pigott".

Nell moved to Roches St, Limerick, in 1873. Moved in with her dau Ellen O'Mara.
She is living Roches St at birth of her grandson James O'Mara in Aug 1873.
In letter of think 20 June 1875, her daughter Ellen is away from Limerick, and Ellen's husband Stephen is light-heartedly complaining that his mother-in-law is making him eat too much food.
She wrote from Roches St, Limerick, to her dau Ellen in 1876 (or possibly 1875).
Burial record gives her address at death 1885 as 31 Roches St (her dau Ellen's house).

Nell dies, 1885:
She died 1885, age 77 yrs.
Can't find death in [GROI].
She was bur August 30, 1885, at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick [burial entry].
Location 166 Ub. This would be the location of Ellen O'Mara's family grave.
In 1886 Stephen O'Mara writes to his old friend Fr. Edward Thomas O'Dwyer, who has just been appointed Bishop of Limerick. Stephen recalls his assistance, including at: "the death of my mother in law, when under God you saved my wife's life".
Patrick had issue by 2nd wife:

  1. Mary Pigott,
    bapt 7 Sept 1833 [St John's, Limerick],
    died in the Famine c.1847, age c.14 yrs.

  2. Patrick Pigott,
    after father and grandfather,
    bapt 15th Sept 1834 [St John's, Limerick],
    sp Thomas Nunan and Bridget Pigott,
    parents listed as "Patt Pigott" and "Ellen Ebriel".
    He went to North America and lost contact with his family.
    Letter of maybe Dec 1869 from Martin O'Mara to Patrick's sister Ellen shows that she has asked Martin for help in tracing her brother "Pat".
    In letter of 3 June 1875 Martin says he has not found him: "I never heard anything of Pat since and I suppose I've been all over the Western world".

  3. John Pigott,
    John J. Pigott,
    would be named after grandfather,
    bapt 8 Feb 1840 [St.John's, Limerick], sp James Lee and Mary Sheedy.
    See bapt entry from here.

  4. Ellen Pigott,
    born Apr 1845, Limerick,
    [family bible] says born Apr, though gets year wrong, oddly lists her as older than husband when she was younger,
    bapt 3 Apr 1845 [St John's, Limerick], sp John FitzGerald and Mary Keogh, see entry from here.
    Named after mother.
    Her husband Stephen called her Nell in decades of letters. Stephen actually asks in letter of 12 July 1872 would she prefer Ellen. But obviously Nell is fine, since he carries on calling her Nell in later letters. But most other people call her Ellen.
    Her mother calls her both Nell and Ellen in different letters.
    Other family called her Ellen. The official records are Ellen.

Baptism of Ellen Pigott, 3 Apr 1845 [St John's, Limerick].

Patrick Pigott, "cap maker", Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed in [Slater's directory, 1846].

Patrick Pigott on his dau Ellen O'Mara's family grave, Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
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Nell Ebrill reports the birth of her grandson James O'Mara in 1873.
"Her mark" implies illiterate, but this is not true. We have letters from her!
This shows that in general "his mark" and "her mark" cannot be taken as proof of illiteracy.
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"Ellen Pigott" (Nell Ebrill) signs an undated letter of maybe around 1876.
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Burial record for Nell Ebrill, bur August 30, 1885.
From Mount St. Lawrence cemetery.


Patt Pigott and Mary Rice

Patrick Pigott's 1st wife might be Mary Rice. These might be them:

Patt Pigott,
mar Mary Rice,
had issue:
  1. Honora Pigott,
    bapt 20 Sept 1828 [St John's, Limerick], sp Michael Ryan and Mary Rice.

Baptism of Honora Pigott, 20 Sept 1828.
From here.

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