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Pigg family from Smith Co.,TN & moved to OR
Posted by: Lisa McClain Date: March 14, 2002 at 16:24:33
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Looking for any info or descendents from John William Smith, his son John Walker Smith who married Cassie Smith in Smith Co., TN, they moved to MO where some of there children were born then moved on to Polk Co, then Linn Co, then finally Gilliam Co , Oregon.

John Walker & Cassie (Smith) Piggs children: Lucy Alice(abt 1865) & John William were born(I believe) in Smith Co., TN, then Margaret Ann(Maggie) was born(1869) in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO. Then Rosa(Rosie)(1883), Tennesse(Tennie) & Effie Grace(1885) were born in Mayville, Gilliam Co., OR

On the 1880 census of Linn Co, OR , Lucy is listed as being 15 & married to Augustus Lawson McDowell. They eventually had 11 children, all born in Linn Co except for the last 2 who were born in Gilliam Co. Kathleen Melinda(Cassie), Ethel,Carl, Richard, Beulah May,Fannie F, David Albert, Daniel, Henry Lawson, Lula Fay, & Mildred Virginia(Millie) McDowell. Augustus died in Prineville, Crook Co., OR May 9, 1919 & is buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville, his death cert listed him as a widower. We have not been able to find anything on Lucy. There was a rumor that they may have been divorced & Lucy died in Portland from Cancer but none of that has been proven. Henry Lawson (the son) was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Avery Scoggins & died in Salem prison in 1918 from the flu.

Of the other Pigg children, after John Walker Pigg died, his farm was sold & the children scattered. The only son was apparently never heard of again by any of his sisters.

The younger girls moved to Moscow Area, ID. Magaret married Charles Rinehart of The Dalles, OR. His father was a mayor of The Dalles at one time. They moved to MT Home, Idaho & were divorced in 1899.

Rosie married Corydan (Corrie)Stillwell. They moved to Roseburg, OR.

Tennessee (Tennie) married Robert Gorby of Glenns Ferry. He had a daughter Lois by his 1st marriage, but they never had a family together.

Effie Grace married George Henry Rosevear in 1910, Glenns Ferry, Idaho. They had 5 children together. Effie died in 1935 in a auto accident. Children were Esther(died 2000), John William(died 1998), Mary Ann(died in 1920's), Ruby & Henry Rosevear.

Of grandchildren of John William Pigg; Kathleen Malinda(Cassie)McDowell married Kurt or George Chance in Linn Co. Lula Fay McDowell married Ralph Rucsh & Millie McDowell married Ernest Manning.

Apparently the "Pigg" family is listed in a book called "The Trail Blazers" published in 1930 possibly in Portland, OR. But I haven't seen a copy of this book.

Any info , no matter how small on any of these families would be appreciated. Thank You Lisa McClain



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