Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Missionary in Ceylon: Henry Robert PIGOTT



Henry Robert PIGOTT was born at 16 Charlemont Sreett, Parish of St Peter, City of Dublin, on 16 Oct 1838. He was baptised at the Parish Church of St Peter (Church of Ireland), Dublin, 23 Jul 1839, together with his elder brother George Maguire (aged 3), the family then residing at Mount Pleasant Avenue, County Dublin.

HENRY'S EARLY LIFE.

His father, John PIGOTT (born Dublin, 22 Oct 1796), was a Merchant & a Civil Servant in Dublin prior to his emigration to Brooklyn, N.Y., ca 1857.


[John PIGOTT Sr, aged 67, in New York, 1863; he was buried in Section 4, Oak Hill Cemetery,
Lawrence City, Douglas County, Kansas, in Sep 1877.]
See his separate blog on this blog-page, posted in Dec 2012:
http://pigott-gorrie.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/john-pigott-of-dublin-tax-collectors.html

Henry's grandfather, yet another John PIGOTT (ca 1759-1839) of Dublin, was the illegitimate son of Captain John PIGOTT of Stradbally.
See his separate posting on this blog-page posted in May 2008:
http://pigott-gorrie.blogspot.com.au/2008/05/vital-statistics-can-be-hard-to-come-by.html

Henry was not yet a year old when this grandfather was laid to rest in the Vicar's Bawn of St Patrick's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Dublin, beside his wife Mary VICKERS (1769-1828; a daughter of Joseph VICKERS, Silk Weaver).

Henry's mother was Elizabeth MAGUIRE (born Dublin, 1 Dec 1804; died Co Dublin, 13 Aug 1854), eldest of 16 children of William MAGUIRE (1782-1844), Inspector of Taxes for the Dublin Corporation, & Sexton of St Patrick's Cathedral, by his spouse, also named Mary VICKERS (b 1768; a daughter of John VICKERS, Silk Manufacturer). See his separate blog on this blog-page, posted in Sep 2010.
These two Mary VICKERS were related - as aunt & niece. Which means that Henry was the issue of cousins-once-removed. His father John had married his own first-cousin Mary's daughter Elizabeth.

Henry was only 16 when his mother died. She was laid to rest in the Cathedral churchyard next to her father William MAGUIRE's granite obelisk. Some years later, Henry's widowered father went to America "... to reside with his sons," & where, it has been claimed, but without corroborating evidence, that he married again, several times, without further issue.
Henry stayed behind, with at least one sister Elizabeth (she too went to America, ca 1870), and by 1861, had encountered the preachings of a new Baptist Pastor at Rathmines, the Rev John Eustace GILES (1805-1875), a native of County Devon.

Henry also encountered one of the Rev John GILES's daughters, Ellen, born in Leeds, Yorks, 22 Mar 1839, in the year after his own birth.
The encounters made a deep impression - Henry converted to the Baptist cause; he married Ellen GILES; & together they "laboured in the Lord's vineyard" in Ceylon for 28 years before retiring to New South Wales.

But before we leave Ireland, some picture of Henry's early life might prove interesting.

His father John PIGOTT was a Tax Collector, firstly from about 1818 for the Dublin Foundling Hospital; secondly from Sep 1823 for the Paving Board of the Corporation for the Paving, Cleansing & Lighting the Streets of Dublin (which became the Dublin Corporation), & for which Henry's maternal grandfather, William MAGUIRE, was Inspector of Taxes; and finally as rural Receiving Officer for the South Dublin Union (from about 1835 until after 1851).
To add to the family connection, John also served as Assistant Sexton of St Patrick's Cathedral, where MAGUIRE was Sexton. The Established Church & the Public Service affiliations appear to have been quite strong.

Henry's parents were married in the Parish Church of St Peter, City of Dublin, on 25 Jun 1824; he was the 6th of their 10 children.
His father's subsequent movements, recorded in Dublin Triple Almanacs & THOM's Directories, almost certainly indicate where the children were born - 12 Charlotte Street, Dublin (next door to his father), 1824; 12 Mountpleasant, 1827-31; Sandymount, County Dublin, 1832-33; 12 East Hanover Street, Dublin, 1834; back at 12 Charlotte Street, 1835-38; 16 Charlemont Street, 1839; 2 Rehobeth Street, off South Circular Road, Dublin, 1841-42; Cullenswood Avenue, Ranelagh, County Dublin, 1844-47; Elm Park, Roundtown, County Dublin, 1851; & Terenure Lodge, Roundtown, 1852-55.

Several of these later entries, in County Dublin, record John PIGOTT as a Receiving Officer.
He was probably also listed as Muslin & Lace Warehouse, 9 Dame Street, Dublin, 1856, 1857.
Henry's father appears to have been listed in several addresses in New York, as Book-keeper - at 94 Columbia Street, Booklyn, 1858, 1859; & at 28 Middagh Street, Brooklyn, 1874-75.

The London Times of 15 Oct 1877 recorded that he died on 30 Aug 1877, late of Brooklyn, but his death has not been located in Brooklyn records, & the six week delay in reporting it suggests he was well away from there at the time of his death - a death in Kansas would fit that criterion.

Henry's fairly large extended family appear to have remained in or around Dublin, with one PIGOTT uncle settling in Cork, while several of his MAGUIRE uncles went to England, & another emigrating to Australia.
Details of the MAGUIRE family may be found in a later posting (Sep 2010) on this blog-page.

HENRY JOINS THE CHURCH.

Henry appears to have committed himself to the church quite early. A brief obituary notice in the Blayney Advocate of 30 Apr 1904 noted about Henry that:
"A few months ago he celebrated his 50th year in church work."

This suggests that Henry received a spiritual call at the age of 16, around the time of his mother's death.
But whether he commenced work with the Church of Ireland, & then converted to the Baptists, is a detail not yet clarified from historical records.
Although his family connection to the Church of Ireland may only have been nominal, as both the PIGOTT & MAGUIRE families of Dublin were actually Primitive Wesleyan Methodists (a conservative faction of Methodists who adhered to Rev John WESLEY's admonition to remain loyal to the Established Church in matters sacramental).

Henry may have attended the Regent's Park Baptist College in Oxford, although his name does not appear on their alumni lists. The college, founded in 1810 as the Baptist Academical College, Stepney, later moved to Regent's Park, then to Oxford. It was the college of Henry's future GILES brothers-in-law.

HENRY WOOS A BAPTIST.

On 13 Feb 1862, Rev Henry offered his services to the Baptist Missionary Society. And 6 days after that, Ellen GILES accepted his proposal of marriage.
If Henry was already an ordained pastor by this time, it suggests he may have been influenced earlier than the GILES family's arrival at Rathmines in Nov 1860, although Ellen's brother William Leese GILES was already established at the Chapel in Abbey St before then, & probably secured his father's invitation to settle in Rathmines. And there Rev John GILES did not last long, finding the congregation too much "infected by the spirit of Plymouth Brethrenism," he had returned to England by Apr 1862.

On 13 Mar 1862, Henry, at 27 Lennox Street, Dublin, wrote to Ellen:
"My Dearest 'Little' Nellie,
"Is it not a great privelege tho' absent for a while thus via the postman to hold a little intercourse with you whom I love...
"Yes, dearest little Nellie (though not yet entitled to the name in verse 11, Proverbs 31) can I not safely trust in you, you will do me good all the days of my life... You, my own Nellie, have already done me much good, both Spiritually & Temporally - Temporally, for I have been happier for the last few weeks that I have ever been in my life before; Spiritually, for you have been given to me by the Lord in answer to many prayers, & nothing can strengthen one's faith so much as the knowledge of the fact that God has heard and answered their prayers...
"Yet dearest Nellie, though severed by the sea, we in spirit are never apart, & we can meet at the Throne of Grace again, & will work together for our good in the end.
"This is the prayer of your own loving Henry."

Rev Henry Robert PIGOTT, Missionary-elect to Ceylon, & Ellen GILES were married on 5 Jun 1862, at the Battersea Baptist Chapel, Wandsworth, London, by her father Rev John Eustace GILES, assisted by Rev J.M. SOULE; witnesses were William F. DROUGHT & Mary Ann C. WALTERS. The marriage registration recorded Henry as residing at 1 Turret Place, Lark Hall Rise, Clapham; & Ellen at 13 Milton Street, Wandsworth Road, Clapham. Henry's father was recorded as John PIGOTT, General Merchant.

 [The happy couple, photographed in London, 27 Jun 1862.]

On 23 Jul 1862, Rev Henry & Ellen PIGOTT were set apart for their Missionary work in a service at Regent Street, Lambeth, presided over by the church's Pastor, & with Revs W. HOWIESON & C. ELVEN of Bury St Edmunds, & J.H. MILLARD & W. BARKER taking part. The designation prayer was offered by her father.

REV HENRY TAKES HIS NEW WIFE TO CEYLON.

In Aug, the newlyweds embarked in London on the ship Teviot, bound for Ceylon, via the Cape of Good Hope. After encountering "...one severe hurricane & much rough weather, by which the ship was damaged," they arrived in Colombo on 17 Nov 1862. There they were met by the senior Missionary, Rev James ALLEN, who presented Henry with an inscribed New Testament, translated into Sinhalese.
They settled into a house in Mattakuliyah, a northern suburb of Colombo, where Henry preached in a newly constructed chapel, in Ferguson Road, which was still standing, although unused, when I visited in 1982.



In Mar 1863, it was reported that Henry was "...sedulously attending to the language, to which he devotes nearly all his time, preaching once Lord's Day at the Pettah Chapel." And in the same month, their first child, Annie, was born.
The July issue of the Baptist Missionary Herald reported that:
"The Church at Pettah has kindly arranged to assist Mr PIGOTT by sending some of their number as deputies to the stations in the Jungle. The attendance at the new chapel in Mattakuliyah continues good. Mr PIGOTT has, however, visited most of the stations, & particularly examined the schools. He preaches twice at the Pettah chapel each Lord's day."

By Apr 1864, the PIGOTTs had moved to Slave Island, a suburb about 2 km east of Fort, to be nearer the Baptist Chapel in Pettah, the market district of the city, in a building which still stands, & in 1982 was serving as the Dutch Museum. Here, Henry & Ellen's next two children, Aileen & Frank were born.
The Missionary Herald of Nov 1864 reported:
"Mr PIGOTT, in addition to his Sinhalese work, has begun a service in the Fort, & another in the Jail. Mrs PIGOTT also visits the Jail once a week to instruct the Sinhalese & Tamil prisoners."
By Feb 1865, Henry was "much encouraged" by the prospect of having 3 Europeans to baptize. But he must have been dis-heartened in the next month, when they lost baby Aileen, & he & Ellen were forced to go to a coffee plantation 13 miles from Gampola, for the restoration of Ellen's health, she being then already 6 months pregnant with their third child.
And the Missionary Herald of Sep 1865 recorded a bigger work schedule for Henry:
"Sunday: Pettah Chapel, preaching twice. Tuesday: Preach at Fort. Wednesday: Prayer meeting. Thursday: 4 p.m. Preach at Wedicalle Jail, 7 p.m. Mission House, Maradana. Friday: Preach in Fort."

During this time, Ellen had opened a limited free school for poor girls in Matakuliyah, which was delayed by lack of funds until Jul 1863. By 30 Jun 1864, Treasurer Henry PIGOTT was able to report that there were 5 free pupils, and one paid, with accounts amounting to £72. The teacher was Donna Velloe PERERA. By 1865, there were 9 pupils, & in 1866, Ellen took over Mrs ALLEN's school, when that lady returned to England due to ill health.

In 1865, Henry was presented with an inscribed gold fob watch; it marked three years in Ceyon, which may have been an original "contract" commitment which his parishioners were keen to see extended?

[Gold fob watch presented to Henry in Colombo in 1865 - still in family possession.]

Further severe ill-health struck the PIGOTT family, as the Missionary Herald of Jan 1870 reported:
"Mr & Mrs PIGOTT are continuing their labours... generally enjoying good health... Mrs PIGOTT had been very ill but was recovering. The youngest child had died of malignant sore throat, and a fortnight later the eldest boy caught the disease, and was in danger for two days, but was happily restored. Mr PIGOTT too had suffered."

[The Mission House in Maradana, Colombo, where several of the PIGOTT children were born.]

HENRY TAKES HIS FAMILY ON A VISIT TO ENGLAND.

And within a few years, ill-health was to affect the family connections back in England. As early as 1872, Ellen's father was suffering from effects of heart disease, when he had written a sad "final" letter to his children. But he was to live on for another 3 years.
In May 1875, Ellen left Colombo on the S.S. Sirius, with the children, bound for Malta. There, they joined Henry on the S.S. Navarino to complete the voyage to England, on which leg, & stll in the Mediterranean, their youngest daughter Winifred died on convulsions, aged 11 months.
They were nearly too late - several days after they landed in London, Rev John Eustace GILES died at 37 Fitzwilliam Road, Clapham, on 24 Jun 1875, aged 70. He was buried at West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, London SE 27 (Grave #15474, Sq. 26).
And Ellen was again 6 months pregnant.

While in England, arrangements were put in place for the children's education - the girls at the Mission School at Walthamstow (which later moved to Sevenoaks in Kent), the boys at Eltham, Blackheath Village. Annie, Frank & Harry were left in school, & the most of the others joined them later - Norah in Nov 1880, Effie in Mar 1881, Mary in Mar 1883, & the new-born John in Jul 1885.

Back in Ceylon, Henry & Ellen were moved to Ratnapura, in the Sabaragamuwa District, 63 miles E.S.E. of Colombo. Their youngest child, Ellen, was born there in 1878; & Henry opened a new church there in 1883, which was still in use when I visited in 1982, a year before it was due to celebrate it's centenary.

[The Baptist Church at Ratnapura, photographed in 1982, a year before it's centenary.]

They returned to Maradana by Jul 1885, with excursions to the cooler climate in Nuwera Eliyah. Last formal mention of them in published records was made in the Missionary Herald of Oct 1889:
"On August 15... Madampe, 43 miles N.E. of Colombo - the mission station here was commenced by Mr PIGOTT in 1870... The Rev H.R. PIGOTT, our good indefatigable missionary, with his equally zealous missionary lady, and their two daugters... singing of hymns, especially by Mrs PIGOTT."

REV HENRY & ELLEN GO TO N.S.W. ON FURLOUGH.

And illness was to have the last say. On 25 Dec 1889, Henry & Ellen, with two daughters, undoubtedly Effie & Mary, set sail for Sydney, in the 2nd Class Saloon on the R.M.S. Ballarat. Their plan was to take furlough leave with their son Harry, & return when Ellen's health had improved. But her illness was severe, & in time, Henry, having decided to remain in N.S.W., tendered his resignation to the Baptist Missionary Society, citing his plans to enter into a tea importing business with his son.
They had left behind two daughters, one married, & 2 grandchildren; the balance of their children were still in schools in England.
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Henry & Ellen disembarked from the Ballarat in Sydney on 16 Jan 1890. For the time being, they went to reside with their 2nd son, Harry PIGOTT, in Milton, just north of Ulladulla, on the N.S.W. South Coast.

By Dec 1890, Henry had made his decision to resign from the B.M.S., & had selected his future course of action - on 19 Dec, the Board of the A.J.S. Bank allowed a request from H.M. TODHUNTER, Manager of their Parramatta Branch, seeking approval of an advance for Rev Henry R. PIGOTT "...of £900 on the guarantee of Arthur GILES & H.R.[M.] PIGOTT of Milton; also deeds of a Freehold Orchard valued at £1300, interest 8%."
[Arthur GILES, Senior Master of the Lower School at Sydney Grammar, was Ellen PIGOTT's half-brother.]

Henry acknowledged, by letter dated at Kellyville, N.S.W., on 29 Apr 1892, the B.M.S.'s acceptance of his resignation, & their offer of £250 severance pay. His name was placed on the Baptist Church of N.S.W.'s Unattached Pastors List.

The orchard was on Windsor Road, on the N.E. side, & between President & Wrights Roads, covering an area of 18 acres & 29 perches.
Deeds of sale were executed on 2 Jan 1891, transferring title from Henry Havelock McNAUGHT of Baulkham Hills to Rev Henry Robert PIGOTT of Milton.
Henry mortgaged the property immediately to the Sydney Permanent Freehold Land & Building Society, which became, in Mar 1892, the A.M.P. Society. Henry took out a 2nd mortgage to William Alfred BRODIE of Parramatta, which was transferred to Isaac HIMMELHOCK, Financier of Sydney, 1 May 1891, & discharged in May 1892.
The title deeds to the orchard were transferred on 1 Apr 1897 to Robert Hamilton MATTHEWS of Parramata, Licensed Surveyor.

HENRY TRIES HIS LUCK IN COLONIAL POLITICS.

In Jun 1894, General Elections were held for the N.S.W. Legislative Assembly.
Henry presented himself as a candidate for the Seat of Sherwood, although he had earlier shown some interest in the seat of Granville.
He stood on a platform of Free-trade & Temperance, expressing strong support as well for:
"...qualifications for members; reduction & abolition of the customs duties on all articles excepting narcotics & stimulants; tax on the unimproved value of land; issue of treasury notes only; local government; settlement of the people on the land; free education in ordinary State Schools; payment of members; an elective Upper House; womanhood suffrage; & federation."

The Division of Sherbrooke covered Blacktown (with Eastern Creek, Seven Hills, Toongabbie & Rooty Hill); Castle Hill (with Baulkham Hills, Kellyville & Crossroads); Dural (with Galston, Kenthurst & Upper Dural); & Smithfield (with Fairfield, Prospect & Wetherill Park).

In most of these districts Henry was an unknown, which did not help his cause. In addition, his pitch for the votes of free-traders was severely queered by the endorsement by the Free-trade Council of another candidate, Mr Jacob GARRARD. Henry wrote in protest to the "Argus" newspaper of 14 Jul:
"As I decline to commit political suicide at the dictation of outsiders in the interest of an outsider, and feeling the injustice done to this electorate and to myself by the Freetrade Council in selecting a candidate in the absence of that inquiry which they themselves said was necessary to discover the strongest Free-trade candidate, I mean to go to the polls against all comers."

Henry canvassed meetings in all the parts of the electorate, & received attentive hearings, but from relatively small numbers of electors, where he was reported to have given lucid accounts of his views, & was noted for his "ready repartee" & acclaimed as a man of "...sterling character & ability."
But his chances were doomed, if not just by the report of the Cumberland Argus on the day before polling:
"...Mr PIGOTT has yet to make himself more in touch with the people..."

Henry was obliterated by the electors - he polled only 8 votes of 1336, with even "Informal" outpolling him on 28 votes.
The seat was won by the endorsed Free-trade candidate, Jacob GARRARD, who had previously represented the Division of Central Cumberland (abolished in a re-distribution prior to the poll) & had served in the previous Government as Minister for Education.
Henry had never stood a chance!

Throughout 1893-95, Henry is frequently mentioned in Argus reports concerning the Baptist Church's activities in Kellyville & the district, addressing various meetings on the subject of Temperence. He also chaired meetings in Parramatta connected with the Baptist Church's Missionary activities.
He also had dealings with Anglicans in the area, attending a church social at Dural in Jun 1894, & the re-opening of St Paul's, Castle Hill in Dec 1895. In Apr 1894, his eldest son Frank, on furlough from the P.W.D. in Ceylon, was appointed a Church Warden at the Kellyville Church of England (St Stephen's).

REV HENRY REVERTS TO HIS ANGLICAN ROOTS.

This drift back to his Anglican roots was complete by 25 Apr 1898, when Henry severed his final connection with the Baptist Church, citing "...a difference of opinion on theology." [See "Baptists in the Cradle City," Baptist Historical Studies Publication #4.]
On 24 Jun, Henry was made a Deacon of the Sydney Diocese of the Church of England, by the Primate, the Right Rev Lord Bishop of Sydney, Dr Saumarez SMITH. On 1 Jul he was ordained priest, & appointed Curate of Castle Hill, assisting the incumbent, Rev Edward HARGRAVE, by taking services at St Stephen's, Kellyville, which had opened in Sep 1890, & built on land given by Edward Harte ACRES (ancestor of his eldest son Frank's two wives).
Henry also assisted with religious instruction in some of the 18 schools in the Parish.

Henry was Chairman of the School Board of Kellyville State School. A new Public School building was opened on 13 Aug 1898, & Henry presided over the ceremony. He had the dubious pleasure of introducing the guest speaker, his old political foe, Jacob GARRARD, who had retained the portfolio of Minister for Public Instruction.
In 1898, Henry was also President of the Kellyville Progress Association.

Henry resigned the Curacy of Castle Hill on 11 May 1901, & was appointed to the vacant Curacy of St John's, Parramatta, at a salary of £200 with residence in Marsden St. He & Mrs PIGOTT were farewelled in a meeting at Annan Grove Church on Sat 25 May. Part of his Parramatta salary was attached to the Chaplaincy to the Asylum, & he was also involved in religious visitations to The King's School (where his grandson & namesake was later a Master).
[Six churches in Castle Hill/Parramatta which Rev Henry Robert PIGOTT used for his services:
Top row - Christ Church, Rouse Hill; St Matthew's, Holroyd (then in Arcadia Street); Holy Trinity, Baulkham Hills
Bottom row - St Paul's, Riverstone; the Presbyterian Church at Marsden Park; St John's, Parramatta.
St Stephen's, Kellyville, then on the corner of Windsor & President Roads, no longer exists]

REV HENRY GOES UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS.

Henry had begun to suffer from ill-health. In Oct 1902, he wrote to his daughter Norah PARKER, in Adelaide, that he had just returned from 2 weeks in Springwood, where he went on doctor's orders for his asthma. He continued suffering from bad bouts of asthma, which prompted him to seek a permanent posting in the mountains. He had even briefly contemplated returning to the Kellyville orchard, as he noted in his diary on 21 Mar 1902.

[The old Holy Trinity Church, Armstrong Street, Wentworth Falls, in Nov 2012.]

This mountain posting he achieved in Feb 1903, when he resigned the Curacy of St Johns' to take up an appointment as Curate of Springwood (including Glenbrook, Lawson & Wentworth Falls). His church was the Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth Falls, & his residence was probably in Wentworth Falls (1903 Electoral enrolment).

Henry's "bad asthma" was in fact an "asthmatic" heart condition. He resigned the curacy in November 1903, and it appears that he went to reside in Faulconbridge.

[The old Rectory at Wentworth Falls. Henry & Ellen probably lived here from Mar 1903
until his retiremant as Curate in Nov of the same year.]

Henry wrote an "Epistle to his children on his dying bed" dated 9 Nov 1903, "on being told that his days were numbered."
The letter states, in part:
"As for many years I have committed all my ways unto the Lord, I had only to feel and know that my ways were in His all wise, all loving, all mighty hands, to be satisfied to leave them still there, and simply said 'Thy will be done,' and the matter is His, & not only mine.
"What is my hope for Eternity? ...while the Holy Spirit here below worketh in the soul, revealing Christ more fully every day, as my Keeper & Friend. Death therefor has no dark passage for me. 'The valley' will end as soon as 'Death's bright angel' opens the door & I pass into life and light. This is not a new faith. I have had it for 50 years...
"I do not know why my ministry here is cut so short, & so suddenly. God has his own reasons & plan in the matter, so it must be right, and let all the people say Amen.
"I commit to the keeping of God all my dear ones. My loving faithful wife & fellow worker in the Masters vineyard for 41 years. Her record is on high..."

Four months later, on 26 Apr 1904, Henry uttered his last words - "what language are they speaking?" - & died at his Faulconbridge residence, aged 65. This residence has not yet been identified.


His mortal remains were buried in Faulconbridge Cemetery, in a grave which has remained un-marked, & which location is unknown. Several bushfires have, over the years, destroyed cemetery records. Details of his birth & death were later recorded on the gravestone placed on his widow's grave in South Head Cemetery at Vaucluse.

ELLEN SURVIVES HER HUSBAND.


His widow Ellen survived for another 21 years, residing variously at - 60 Bayswater Road, East Sydney (1906); 1 Oswald Street, Woollahra (1904-09); Rae Street, Randwick (1913); Avoca Street, Randwick (1915-17); 'Richmond,' Belmore Street, Burwood (1921-22).
She revisited England in 1913, sailing on the S.S. Persic via South Africa, & returning via Ceylon, on the R.M.S. Mongolia. She stayed with her daughter Annie LAURIE & her family in Wimbledon Park; & spent a month in Ceylon with her son John & with her daughter Mary FOUCAR.

Ellen died at her residence, 79 Lucas Road, Burwood, 21 Jul 1925, aged 86. She was buried in the Church of England Section of South Head Cemetery, Vaucluse.

[Ellen PIGOTT's grave in South Head Cemetery, Vaucluse, recording details also of her late husband, 
who had been buried in an unmarked grave in Faulconbridge General Cemetery.]

THE FAMILY OF REV HENRY & ELLEN PIGOTT.

Henry & Ellen's own family were:

1. Annie Eliza PIGOTT, born Matakuliyah, Colombo, 12 Mar 1863:

Annie died at Wimbledon Park, London, 18 Jan 1941; married by her father, Rev WALDOCK assisting, at Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church, Colombo, on 15 Dec 1885, Frank Maxwell LAURIE (born Luton, Beds, 26 Aug 1854, son of Dr William Forbes LAURIE by Mary UNWIN), Proprietary Planter; retired to 3 Vineyard Hill Road, Wimbledon Park, ca 1910; he died there 1 Feb 1937; issue - Maxwell LAURIE, born Maradana, 17 Nov 1886; Irene Ada LAURIE, born Rakwana, 18 Mar 1888; Eric Unwin LAURIE, born Rakwana, 11 Oct 1890, & killed in action, Belgium, 24 Mar 1918, M.C.; Beatrice LAURIE, born Bogawantalawa, 12 Nov 1893, & died Wimbledon, 6 Feb 1984, unmarried; Gertrude M. LAURIE, born Ceylon, 3 Oct 1895, unmarried; Winifred Annie LAURIE, born Ceylon, 1897, & died off Perim, 30 Jun 1898, aged 9.5 months; Kathleen LAURIE, born Ceylon, 1902, & living Southgate, London, 1982, unmarried.

 
[Bonnie THOROUGOOD & her cousins Kathleen & Beatrice LAURIE, ca 1972.]

2. Aileen Kathleen PIGOTT, born at Slave Island, Colombo, 7 May 1864; died at Slave Island, 1 Mar 1865, aged 9 months.

3. Francis Joseph PIGOTT, born Slave Island, 27 Jun 1865:

A graduate of the Crystal Palace Engineering School, London; District Engineer, Public Works Department, Ceylon; transferred to P.W.D. Singapore, 1904, as Deputy Colonial Engineer & Surveyor-General; Colonial Engineer & Minister for Works, 1909; retired to N.S.W. in 1921 when his 1st wife died; lived at Baulkham Hills, then Manly, & died in 1939; married 1stly, at Castle Hill, 22 Dec 1894, Isabella Adelaide Mowbray ACRES (daur of Edward Harte ACRES & Henrietta PENNINGTON), with issue 3 daughters - including the only survivor, Beatrice (Bonnie) PIGOTT, wife of Freddie THOROUGOOD; Frank married 2ndly at St John's, Parramatta, 5 May 1933, Isabella's younger sister Kathleen Georgina ACRES, without further issue.

4. Henry Robert Maguire (Harry) PIGOTT, born at Matakuliyah, 2 Oct 1866:
 Bank Clerk in London; emigrated, via Ceylon, to N.S.W. on the R.M.S. Sutlej, arrived Sydney, 10 Jul 1884, to join the Australian Joint Stock Bank; worked in Burwood, Grafton (1886-87), Cooma (1888-89), Milton (1889-92), Wingham (1892-93), & finally as branch manager in Blayney (1893-99); opened in business in Blayney, 1900, as a Stock & Station Agent; M.H.R. for the Division of Calare, N.S.W., 1914-19; grazier at Cadara, near Tottenham; retired to Fairlight Crescent, Manly, about 1945; died on 8 Jul 1949; married at Blayney, 23 Mar 1898, Margaret Paton ADAM (b Carcoar, 26 Aug 1874, daughterr of Rev James ADAM, Presbyterian Minister, & Elizabeth SPENCE); she died in 1970; issue - Henry Robert PIGOTT, born Blayney, 15 May 1899, Schoolmaster, married Betty GORRIE with issue; James Adam PIGOTT, born Blayney, 1902, Farmer & Grazier at Backwoodlands, Narromine, married Eleanor WEBB, with issue; Elsa Grace PIGOTT, born Blayney, 1906, died 1976, married Paul CUTTS, with issue; Francis Paton PIGOTT, born Blayney, 1917, Gynaecologist, married Patricia COLMAN, with issue.

5. Frederick Steven PIGOTT, born at Matakuliyah, 29 May 1868; died there of a "malignant sore throat," 5 Jun 1869, aged 1 year.

6. Norah Agnes PIGOTT, born Matakuliyah, 19 Jul 1869:
Norah emigrated to N.S.W., 1899; died at Beulah Park, Adelaide, 13 Jul 1950; married at Trincomalee, 29 Mar 1894, Charles PARKER (born Birmingham, 1868, son of George PARKER & Ann DAVIES); he was with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, & served in both N.S.W. Permanent military Force, & then the Australian Army as a Drill Instructor; he died at Caulfield, Melbourne, 29 Apr 1921; issue - Mary PARKER, born Trincomalee, 21 Dec 1894, married 1914, Cecil HOWARD, with issue; George Henry PARKER, b Colombo, 27 Mar 1896; marr 1921, Hilda PHILIPSON, with issue; Charles Maurice PARKER, born Colombo, 18 Jul 1897, & died there aged 11 months; Arthur Leese PARKER, born Singleton, N.S.W., 27 Mar 1900, killed at Ambon in 1942, married Margaret WALLACE, with issue; Norah PARKER, born Singleton 22 May 1901, married Herbert CUNDY; & Dorothy PARKER, born Prospect, S.A., 25 May 1906, & married James BIRRELL, with issue.

7. Effie Giles PIGOTT, born Maradana, Colombo, 8 Nov 1870:

Effie went to N.S.W. with her parents, 1890; died in Tamworth, 13 Mar 1943; married at Castle Hill, 28 Jan 1892, John Reginald WOOD (born Currawang, N.S.W., 28 Aug 1865, son of William WOOD & Ellen LYNCH - she married 2ndly, Port Douglas, William THOMSON, & was hanged in Boggo Rd Gaol, Brisbane, 13 Jun 1887, for his murder), Orchardist in Castle Hill & Tamworth; he died at Tamworth, 23 Oct 1920; issue - Reginald Kenneth WOOD, born Castle Hill, 20 Nov 1893, married Ruby CAMERON, with issue; Marion Katherine WOOD, born Castle Hill, 10 Feb 1895, married Henry KELSO, with issue; Ethelwyn Irene WOOD, born Castle Hill, 1896, & died aged 21; Francis William John WOOD, born Castle Hill, 14 Dec 1897, married 1927, Marguerite BARBER, with issue; Harold Edwin WOOD, born Tamworth, 12 Jul 1899, married with issue; Grace Freda WOOD, born Tamworth, 4 Oct 1900, married Ernest MOSS, with issue; Ellen Marjorie WOOD, born Tamworth, 19 Mar 1903, married George INGRAM with issue; Effie Dorothy WOOD, born Tamworth, 1905, & died aged 6 months; Evelyn Janie WOOD, born Tamworth, 23 Oct 1906, married Keith MILLER, with issue; Lillian Edith WOOD, born Tamworth, 28 May 1909, married Edward DOUGLAS, with issue.

8. Mary Oakley PIGOTT, born at Maradana, 4 Apr 1873:

Mary came to N.S.W with her parents, 1890; Missionary in Solomon Islands, & Coonoor, South India; died in Colombo, 1921; married ca 1909, Louis Ferdinand FOUCAR; issue 2 daughters - Isabel FOUCAR, & Betty FOUCAR, both unmarried.

9. Winifred Leese PIGOTT, born at Maradana, 18 Jul 1874; died of convulsions on board the S.S. Navarino, 3 Jun 1875, aged 11 months.

10. John Eustace Giles PIGOTT:

Born at Clapham, S.W. London, 23 Sep 1875; returned to Ceylon from Castle Hill, 1894; married Miss GRAHAM, with, it is alleged, issue 2 sons.

11. Ellen Corbett PIGOTT:

Born Ratnapura, Central Ceylon, 8 Jun 1878; married in Sydney, Walter ADAMS, Chief Engineer of the Maritime Services Board; married 2ndly her 2nd cousin Bertram Sandes GILES.
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Henry Robert PIGOTT was my great-grandfather.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris in 1997 you were kind enough to send me a copy of your work on the Pigott family.I am now putting together the work I have done for the Parker family and my wifes family for our kids and neices and nephews. Your work has made mine a lot easier and I cant thank you enough. Scott Parker great grand son of Norah Agnes Pigott. dipark05@bigpond.com

Anonymous said...

To the Pigott family. I have read your website with great interest especially the reference to William Wood and Ellen Lynch of NSW.
My name is Wendy Maddocks and I live in Gordonvale, Queensland, Australia. I am researching Ellen Lynch, the only woman executed in Queensland on 13 June 1887 for the supposed murder of her then husband William Thomson.
I have begun the action to procure a Posthumous Parden for Ellen Lynch/Wood/Thomson as I believe her to be innocent.
Her descendent, a great, great granddaughter is my neighbour and, althoug we have been able to get a lot of information about Ellen Thomson, there is very little about on record about her life before she came to Queensland in approxinately 1873, a widow with five children. Her name was Wood and I presume that William Wood, her husband, died before she left New South Wales.
It would be wonderful to receive any information you have re both William Wood and Ellen Lynch as I believe they are the same couple as I have been researching.
Thank you
Wendy Maddocks

Chris PIGOTT said...

Wendy,

You are absolutely correct about Helen LYNCH.

I only found out about Helen WOOD alias LYNCH's 2nd disatrous marriage in the last 6 months or so, & have recently corresponded with Margaret DAKIN in Brisbane, who has written a drama piece about her trial & execution.

Please contact me direct on cgpigott@yahoo.com.au for more information about her earlier life in Goulburn, Gundagai & vicinity, including her 5 children by William WOOD.

Regards,

Chris PIGOTT, Potts Point, N.S.W.

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