William L. Figg of South Liberty was born in Richmond, Old Virginia, on the 12th of June 1812.In 1844 he left his native town and state and emigrated to Indiana, where he lived for 2 years. In 1846 he came to Iowa found his way to South Liberty, entered land from the government and went back to Indiana. In 1846 he returned to South Liberty, and settled on his homestead, where he died on the 8th of April 1879. He was then in his 68th year at his death. Esquire Figg was by no means a common man. For 14 years a justice of the peace, a member of the board of supervisors, besides filling other offices of trust, he had the respect and confidence of his neighbors and a large circle of acquaintances. He had a family of fifteen children. . Source: History of Johnson Co, IA 1836-1882, Page 962. (listed as 992 in the index, but there aren’t that many pages to the book.)
Picayune Creek got it’s name from a business transaction. A neighbor residing on the creek charged Squire Figg a Picayune (6.5 cents) for salting his calf. The squire paid the fine and out of revenge called the creek upon which the family lived “Picayune Creek.”`
Source: History of Johnson Co, IA 1836-1882, Page 722.