Geoffrey Pigot Gent.
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Geoffrey Pigot Gent. (bef. 1600 - bef. 1674)

Geoffrey "John Jeffrey" Pigot Gent. aka Pigott Pygot Piggott
Born before in Butley, Cheshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 27 Jan 1622 in Butley, Cheshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Forton, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Biography

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Geoffrey Pigot Gent. was born in Cheshire, England.

Geoffrey or John was born abt. 1600 in Butley, Cheshire, England. He was the seventh son of Thomas Pigot of Bonis Hall (Bonishall), Cheshire and Joane (Kaye) Pigot. He's referred to as Geoffrey or John in various records and documentation. Geoffrey was one of about the fourth generation of Pigot's that had resided in Bonishall (Bonis Hall), Butley and Prestbury, Cheshire. Butley Manor in Cheshire was the seat of the Pigot family and was originally owned by Geoffrey's predecessor George Pigot m. Catherine Henshaw. Geoffrey's nephew, George Pigot (abt.1611-), was one of many Pigot's to move to Lancashire and continue the family line. Two of Geoffrey's children, Dorothy Pigot (bef.1623-bef.1652) and Thomas Pigot (bef.1625-), were born in 1623 and 1625 respectively, in Prestbury, Cheshire. His second son, Henry Pigot B.D. (1628-1722) was born in 1628 in Staffordshire. So it's reasonable to assume that the move to Staffordshire occurred between 1625 and 1628. See image, "Pigot Genealogy" at right: [1] [2]

Marriage and Family

Geoffrey married Judith (Davenport) Pigot on 27 Jan 1621/22 in Prestbury, Cheshire, England [3] [4] Judith Davenport was the daughter of John Davenport of Butley Hall, Cheshire.[1]

Geoffrey/John Pigot and Judith (Davenport) Pigot were the parents of at least two sons and three daughters. [5]

1. Thomas Pigot married Catherine (daughter of Crowker of Prestbury, Lancashire.) [6]
2. Henry Pigot B.D. (1628-1722) married Elizabeth Fife/Fyfe. [7]
3. Jane (Pigot) Higgins married Roger Higgins
4. Dorothy Pigot (bef.1623-bef.1652)
5. Judith (Pigot) Wier married Robert Wyer/Wier[8]

His son, Henry Pigot B.D. (1628-1722), was the the rector of Brindle and the vicar of Rochdale 71 and 60 years respectively. [9]

Forton House

Forton House was built by Geoffrey Pigot in 1638 and has been preserved as part of the Forton and Meretown Conservation Area because of it's distinct architectural style and historical interest to the area. "3.5.3 Forton House A fine stone ashlar house with mullioned windows and gabled dormers, Forton House was built in 1638 by Jeffrey Pigot whose stone quarrying led him into conflict with the Lord of the Manor. The house was extended to the rear in the early in the early 19th century, and altered again in the 1860s. During part of the 19th century the house was occupied by a girl’s ‘boarding academy’." [10]

Death, Burial and the Will

His will was probated on 29 May 1674. He was buried in Forton, Staffordshire on 19 May 1674. [11] In his will Geoffrey mentions Mr. Skrymsher, Lord of the Manor and gives a third of his copyhold land [12] to his wife, Judith. The other two thirds of his copyhold land he bequeaths to his grandaughter, Margaret Piggot and grandson, Thomas Higgins. Evidently, Geoffrey was farming the land owned by Lord of the Manor, Mr Skrymsher. He bequeathed his bay mare, sheep, cattle, swine, cheese and other materials related to husbandry to various members of the family. [5]

Family members mentioned in the order in which they are listed in the will of Geoffrey Pigot/Piggott, 29 May 1674 in Forton, Staffordshire: See Link to Will Transcription. Note: On the third page of Geoffrey's original will, after the blank page, is a complete inventory of his estate. [5]

1. Henry Piggot - son (overseer of his will)
2. Henry Piggot - grandchild
3. Jane Higgins - daughter
4. Judith Wier/Wyer - daughter
5. Elizabeth Piggot - sister-in-law
6. Henry Piggot - brother
7. George Piggot - unknown relationship to Geoffrey
8. Mary Piggot - mother of #7 unknown relationship to Geoffrey
9. Thomas Piggot - son
10. Thomas Higgins - grandchild (Sole Executor of his will)
11. Roger Higgins - son-in-law (overseer of his will)
12. Judith Piggot - wife
13. Margaret Piggot - grandchild

Note: Geoffrey has a brother, son and grandson all named Henry Piggot. Mr. Skrymsher is mentioned as the Lord of the Manor of Geoffrey's copyhold land.

Research Notes

Baptism of daughter of Geoffrey Pigot, Judith Pigot?? Juditha Pigott bapt. 20 Mar 1635 in Forton, Staffordshire?? Father's name is Gilfridi which could be Hebrew or Latin for John or Geoffrey or just bad spelling for the forename of Geoffrey Pigot. Mother's name is Juditha which could be Judith (Davenport) Pigot. [13]

The Skrymsher/Skrymshire family were a prominent family in Forton, Staffordshire. It's possible that Sir Thomas Skrymsher Knt. (1576-1633) of Aqualate, and/or his progeny may have been the Lords of the Manor of Geoffrey's copyhold land. Sir Thomas was Lord of the Manor at Mere (now Meretown), which is a Hamlet within the Village of Forton, Staffordshire. [14] See notes. There are several beautifully sculpted marble effigies/memorials in All Saints Church at Forton, Staffordshire dedicated to Sir Thomas Skrymsher Knt. and his family. His brother, John Skrymsher (abt. 1593-), at the age of 70 m. Jane Littleton, daughter of Walter Littleton (1560-bef.1628), on 6 Apr 1663. Their daughter, Eleanor Skrymsher, married Thomas Pigot. More investigation needs to be done to determine the details and this Thomas Pigot's possible relationship to Geoffrey. [15] Another son of Sir Thomas', Gerard Skrymsher, built Forton Hall in 1665. See Image of Forton Hall by T.P. Wood - 'Forton Old Hall Taken Out Of The Church Yard.' Over the porch is a panel with 'CSA1665/9.' Anonymous, [T. P. Wood]. [16]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1873: Raines, F.R. ed., The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, made in the year 1664-5, by Sir William Dugdale, Knight, Norroy king of arms. Part III Vol. 88 p.233 Google Books (accessed [27 Nov 2021])
  2. Crossley, James, Historical and Literary Remains Connected with the Palatine counties of Lancaster,Council for yrs. 1875-76, Vol XCVII (97) Pg. 66-71. Google Books (accessed [20 Nov 2021])
  3. Croston, James. The Register Book of Christenings, Weddings, and Burials with the Parish of Prestbury in the county of Chester, 1560-1636., The Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents Relating to Lancashire and Cheshire (1881) Vol. 5. Pg. 233 Wedding
  4. "Marriage Licence Date, 21 Jan 1621/22, Archdeaconry Of Chester Marriage Licences Vol II 1616-1624 p. 152 FindMyPast (accessed [27 Nov 2021])
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Probate -Index of Wills - Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, 1600-1790," Name: Geoffrey Piggott, Residence: Forton, Staffordshire, Staffordshire Record Office Repository, Date Recorded: 29 May 1674, Lichfield Consistory Court, Reference B/C/11 FindMyPast (accessed [27 Nov 2021])
  6. 1873: Raines, F.R. ed., The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, made in the year 1664-5, by Sir William Dugdale, Knight, Norroy king of arms. Part III Vol. 88 Pg. 234 Google Books (accessed [24 Nov 2021])
  7. Dugdale, Sir William, Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Lancashire Part 2 1664-65 p. 114 Google Books (accessed [27 Nov 2021])
  8. "Marriage, Staffordshire Parish Records"1662 Staffordshire Parish Records 1662 (accessed [24 Nov 2021])
  9. Raines, Francis Robert, The Vicars of Rochdale, Henry Pigot 1662-1722 Pg. 109-144. Google Books (accessed [26 Nov 2021])
  10. Stafford Borough Council, Forton and Meretown Conservation Area Appraisal, Forton House 1978 p. 15, 17, 22.download pdf (accessed [23 Nov 2021])
  11. "Burial, England, Staffordshire, Church Records", 1538-1944, database with images, FamilySearch https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL7C-3FKK : 8 July 2020), Pigott in entry for Jeffery Pigott, 19 May 1674; citing Burial, Forton, Staffordshire, England, Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service, Stafford; FHL microfilm 100,884,667.
  12. Wikipedia contributors, "Copyhold," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia (accessed [November 26, 2021])
  13. "Baptisms, Forton, Staffordshire, database with images, 1635, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL32-LCD2 : 8 July 2020), Juditha Pigott, 20 Mar 1635; citing Baptism, Forton, Staffordshire, England, Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service, Stafford; FHL microfilm 100,884,667.
  14. The parish of Church Eaton: Orslow, Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 4, ed. George Wrottesley (London: Staffordshire Record Society, 1883), 39-51. British History Online Sir Thomas Skrymsher Knt. (accessed [November 26, 2021])
  15. Collections of History of Staffordshire, Publisher Birmingham, Eng. : Houghton and Hammond, 1883, Vol. 4, p. 48 Internet Archive (accessed [23 Nov 2021])
  16. "T. P. Wood, Forton Hall painting" Copyright Trustees of the William Salt Library Forton Hall (accessed [26 Nov 2021])

See Also:

  • Page 145: Chrystenynges, 1600. Butley, Geffray Pyggotte, iijo Maij (Also see footnote.)
  • Page 233: Weddinges, 1621, Jeffery Piggott and Judith Davemport, xxvijo Januarij


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