|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1799|
St. Clair County
Captain James Piggott was a veteran of the American Revolution, having fought with Pennsylvania militia under the leadership of General Mad Anthony Wayne in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and later with George Rogers Clark and in the defense of Fort Jefferson on the western front. He established a fort south of Cahokia on the Illinois side of the Mississippi and later won a license to operate a ferry from what is now East St. Louis across the Mississippi to St. Louis, the first such ferry with a direct service from St. Louis to the east bank. Some credit him with founding the city of East St. Louis, where there is a street named for him. He is a central figure in the book "Captains of the Wilderness" by Carl R. Baldwin, which follows his career from his early adulthood near Hanna's Town in western Pennsylvania to his last years as a ferryboat entrepreneur, landowner, and judge in St. Clair County, Illinois. He married twice. By his first wife, Eleanor, he had three sons: William, Levi, and Jonas. After Eleanor's death in 1780 he lived as a widower for several years. Then he accepted a young woman with children who had been abandoned by her husband. Frances James Ballew lived with James Piggott out of wedlock, bearing four more children in addition to his existing three and her four by her vanished husband. Around 1790 they finally wed, and their daughter Assenath was born shortly afterward, then the last child, Isaac Newton Piggott (for whom an extensive memorial can be found elsewhere on Find A Grave). Later generations number descendants in the thousands, all over the USA.
Frances James Ballew Piggott Collard (1752 - 1834)*
Assenath Piggott Patterson (1791 - 1878)*
Isaac Newton Piggott (1792 - 1874)*
Note: Captain James Piggott is one of the many Americans who have lived full lives at the frontiers of experience and done heroic deeds, yet is still relatively unknown. He deserves better.
Specifically: The body is thought to lie in an unmarked grave next to the Holy Family Parish Log Church in Cahokia.
Created by: John Ival Blair
Record added: Sep 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58151084