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William Henry Piggott

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
Death: February 9, 1913 (71)
Randolph, Rich, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Washington Piggott and Catherine Allen Piggott
Husband of Elizabeth Edwards Cannon
Father of Mary Elizabeth Piggott; Catherine Cannon Piggott; Alice Cannon Piggott; Lenora Cannon Piggott; William Cannon Piggott and 1 other
Brother of Augusta Hull (Piggott) Wellman; Charles Allen Piggott; Abbie Ann Piggott and Rowena Allen Piggott

Occupation: Sawyer/Lumber Merchant, Postmaster
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1841 New Bedford Bristol County Massachusetts, USA Death: Feb. 9, 1913 Randolph Rich County Utah, USA

Son of George Washington Piggott and Catherine Allen Howland

Married Elizabeth Ann Edwards Cannon, 29 Nov 1869, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Mary Elizabeth Cannon Piggott, Alice Cannon Piggott, William Cannon Piggott, George Cannon Piggott, Leonora Cannon Piggott, Catherine Cannon Piggott

Family links:

 George Washington Piggott (1809 - 1882)
 Catherine Allen Howland Piggott (1812 - 1887)

 Mary Elizabeth Cannon Piggott South (1870 - 1936)*
 Catherine Cannon Piggott (1873 - 1877)*
 Leonora Cannon Piggott Hess (1879 - 1946)*
 William Cannon Piggott (1885 - 1971)*
 George Cannon Piggott (1887 - 1982)*

 Elizabeth Edwards Cannon Piggott (1845 - 1920)*

Burial: Bloomington Cemetery Bloomington Bear Lake County Idaho, USA


William worked in a mill and lumber yard in Salt Lake City. His knowledge of timber and his ability in mathematics gave him the position of buyer. He always went to work in a white linen suit, which was startched until it would stand alone. He measured the logs that were brought to the mill and decided the kind of lumber to be cut from each log and the number of board feet that should be credited to the men delivering the load.

William was called by the church authorities to go to Liberty, Idaho and set up a saw mill to furnish lumber for the people of the Bear Lake area. .....The Piggott family lived in Liberty, Idaho for three years, then William moved the saw mill to Bloomington Canyon and set it up at the foot of Paris Peak.

The Piggott family had just become well established when William was called to the Leeds Mission in England. Lumber from the Piggott mill was always in demand because of its high quality and even size. William leased the mill with the understanding that enough money would be given to Elizabeth to keep the family and to help him on his mission. He left for England with the feeling that his family was well cared for and that he would receive enough money to carry on his work in the mission field. He didn't know until he returned twenty-two months later that the incompetent men who leased the mill found that boards one-half inch thick on one end and one-and-half inches thick on the other didn't sell; so they were soon out of business and there was no money to pay for the lease. The loss of the income from the mill left the family without funds. They had a cow, chickens, and a garden. Elizabeth knew that if they were faithful, the Lord would provide for them. She took in sewing and gave music lessons on her treasured melodeon. The melodeon, the second one to come to Salt Lake City, had been given to her by her stepfather, Charles B. Taylor.

William had great faith and was a willing worker in his ward and community. He re-established his lumber business, and it was very successful until he felt he was no longer able to work, when he sold the mill. He was postmaster in Bloomington, Idaho, and at one time had a contract to carry the mail from Evanston, Wyoming, to Montpelier, Idaho, a distance of ninety-one miles. This was no easy task with horse and buggy. In the spring and fall there was mud to contend with, and in the winter there was snow and cold. At times it was an almost impossible task.

--Footnote: Written by Claude and Elma Reay, Edited by Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath russell Cannon, Cannon Family Historical Treasury George Cannon Family Association, 1967, Pages 295-298


Wm H Piggott was listed twice on page 212 of the Names of Persons and Sureties indebted to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company 1850-1877, for the year 1863, once as a surety for brother in law George Sparrell.


William served under Captain Heber P. Kimball in the Black Hawk War of Utah in 1866.


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William Henry Piggott's Timeline

July 15, 1841
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
October 10, 1870
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, U S A
November 3, 1873
Age 32
Salt Lake City, SaltLake Co., UT
October 22, 1876
Age 35
Liberty, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
September 17, 1879
Age 38
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, U S A
May 7, 1885
Age 43
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
June 7, 1887
Age 45
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, U S A
February 9, 1913
Age 71
Randolph, Rich, UT, USA
February 11, 1913
Age 71
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA