Pigford Family Genealogy Forum
Sorry, I cannot tell you Sarah Pigford's maiden name. There has been some conjecture that she might have been a daughter of Benjamin Fussell, to whom William Pigford was apprenticed. I do know that Benjamin had at least two daughters and no sons before he married Elizabeth James. The daughters are unaccounted for, though I believe strongly that one of them married William Duff. Benjamin deeded William Duff a gift of 360 acres of land just before he wrote his will in 1783. In his will, he left 560 acres total to his sons Benjamin and John. I descend from Benjamin Fussell's youngest son John.
I also descend from William Pigford through his son Timothy, who married Elizabeth Wells. Timothy died here in Duplin County, having lived on land that was part of a Benjamin Fussell grant. His widow Elizabeth moved to Mississippi with all of her children except one -- Martha (Patsy) Pigford who married Asa Mallard and lived here in Duplin all her life. Patsy and Asa were my gr-gr-grandparents.
I live about five miles from the homeplace of Benjamin Fussell and Timothy Pigford. Timothy's father lived a very short distance south of that in what is now northern Pender County. Southwestern Duplin was the home of three families that have been unbelievably intertwined through the years: Wells, Teachey and Boney. I have seven Wells lines, three Teachey and three Boney lines. Sorry, I didn't intend to be so long-winded in my reply. I suppose I can use all that in-breeding as my excuse.