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Patrick Pigott

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

Patrick Pigott,
born 1788.
His father was a farmer outside Limerick city.
[PAT/2, p.22] and [PAT/32] says he went to a hedge school.
"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, in 1825.
The dates come from the fact that Pat Lavelle in [PAT/2, p.21] and [PAT/31] says the 1st wife died after 5 years of marriage, and 2 years later Patrick married again. Though it must be said that Pat also thought the 2nd marriage was in 1844.
Pat thought the 1st wife was Mary Lynch. But this may be confusion with this Mary Lynch.
More likely the 1st wife is Mary Rice who married "Patt Pigott" and had a child bapt 20 Sept 1828.

The 1st wife died 1830, leaving Patrick with small children.
He had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Children, Pigott, born before 1830.
    [PAT/2, p.21] and [PAT/31-32] say there were 3 children of this marriage.
    Another source says there were two sons of this marriage, who survived the Famine.
    The two sons could be confusion with the two sons of the 2nd marriage.

Patrick mar 2ndly, 29 Nov 1832, to Nell Ebrill [Ellen, born 1808].

Patrick Pigott, "cap maker", Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed in [Slater's directory, 1846].
The business fails:
Patrick was ruined in the Famine 1845-50, and his daughter Mary died.
[PAT/31] says "the shop failed" when Ellen was age 2 (1847).
[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. Stayed there 5 years (i.e. maybe 1847-52).
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].
"Ellen Pigott" sp bapt of her niece Mary Catherine Power 1851.
Patrick returned to Limerick, maybe 1852.
[PAT/31] says they lived opposite Kate Power, who was on Mungret St.
After 5 years, Patrick went to Bruree again (i.e. maybe 1857).

Family living Mungret St in 1863, when Ellen got a letter there, posted from Nenagh. Don't know who from. Letter itself is missing. Envelope survives.
[PAT/2, p.22] says Patrick 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.
There is a letter of apparently 1871-72 to his dau Ellen, who is away, from her husband Stephen O'Mara, who is in Limerick. Stephen reports from Limerick: "Your Mama and Dada is quite well and strong, so am I."
Patrick 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.
She writes an undated letter (probably 1874) to her dau Ellen, mentioning her grandson James. "I expect Jem will be walking and talking but of course he won't know his Gran."
"Ellen Pigott" registered death of her sister Catherine Power (died Dec 1874, registered Jan 1875). Ellen is living Roches St. It is signed with "her mark". Though she was literate.
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.
Nell's son-in-law Stephen O'Mara writes on 10 May 1886 to his old friend Fr. Edward 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].
    Said to have died in the Famine c.1847, age c.14 yrs.
    Though [PAT/32] says died at birth.

  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.
    She signs herself Ellen in letters to him.
    Her mother calls her both Nell and Ellen in different letters.
    Other family called her Ellen. The official records are Ellen.
    She had Ebrill 1st cousins up to 35 years younger than her.

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.
See full size.

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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