Birth3 Aug 1854, Letcher Co., Kentucky
Marriageabt 1881, Rowan Co., Kentucky
SpouseDarcus “Dortha” Cornett
Birth24 Feb 1855, Letcher Co., Kentucky
BirthJun 1882, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth28 Jan 1885, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death16 Jan 1948, Haldeman, Rowan Co., Kentucky
BirthApr 1888, Rowan Co., Kentucky
BirthOct 1890, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth5 Jul 1893, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Notes for William Pigman
Letcher Co. birth records transcribed online58
list William Pigman born 3 Aug 1854, son of Wesley Pigman and Mary Cornitt.
1900 census of Rowan Co., Ky, lists in Morehead precinct, p. 201B, as family #384:
Pigman, William, head, b. Aug 1854, 45, married 18 years; Dortha, wife, b. Feb 1855, 45, married 18 years, mother of 5 children, 5 living; Lenard, son, b. June 1882, 17; Walter, son, b. Jany 1885, 15; Maggie, daugh, b. Apr 1888, 12; Flora, dau, b. Oct 1890, 9; Nannie, daugh, b. July 1893, 6. All births are listed as Ky Ky Ky, which is not consistent with the 1910 census.
1910 census of Rowan Co shows in Morehead precinct, page 191B, family #307/309:
Pigman, Wm., head, 55, married 29 years, 1st marriage, Ky Md Va; Dorothy, wife, 54, married 29 years, 1st marriage, mother of 5 children, 5 living, Ky Va Ky; Leonard, son, 27, single, Ky Ky Ky; Lee, son, 25, married 0 years, 1st marriage, Ky Ky Ky; Flora, daughter, 19, married 2 years, 1st marriage, Ky Ky Ky; Nanie, dau, 16, single, Ky Ky Ky; Rice, Nelly, granddau, 1, Ky Ky Ky.
Notes for Darcus “Dortha” Cornett
Letcher Co. birth records as transcribed by Marvin Hall and posted online57
list “Darlea Cornett” born 24 Feb 1855 to William B. Cornett & Polly Amburgey. The name “Darlea” may be a misreading; I haven’t checked the microfilm.
Her birth name was apparently Darcus, she was called Darkey as a child, but by her early 20’s she was going by Dortha or Dorthie, and was called Darcus only on official records.
Notes for William & Darcus “Dortha” (Family)
Marriage assumed to be in Rowan Co about 1881 because the 1880 census of Rowan Co. lists Dortha Cornett as single with her parents, while the 1900 census of Rowan Co. lists William and Dortha as married 18 years and the 1910 census lists them as married 29 years.
William and Dortha were first cousins, since Dortha's father William B. Cornett and William's mother Mary "Polly" Cornett were both children of Jesse H. Cornett and Nancy Branham Smith.
Leroy Hinton’s Rowan County Jottings contains some clippings of Haldeman gossip, probably from the Mountain Scorcher, concerning this family:
Feb 4, 1915 - "Dave Hall and wife of Olive Hill have returned home after a few days visit with Mrs Hall’s mother here; Miss Flora Pigman was calling on the Misses Hays one day last week; L. R. Pigman was seen on the streets of Haldeman Sunday and he was not by himself, were you, Leonard?"
Feb 11, 1915 - "Mrs Dorcas Pigman, who has been crippled for some time is improving very slowly; Miss Flora Pigman was calling on Mrs. Lewis Sturgill the other day; L. R. Pigman was over at Soldier Saturday night attending the I.O.O.F. Lodge, was that all the place you went? Leonard?"
Feb 18, 1915 - “Misses Flora and Nan Pigman, and Miss Addie Gullett were calling on Mrs. Wilson Monday evening; There was a good crowd of young people calling on the Misses Pigman last Sunday evening among them were the Misses Grace and Emma Sparks and Misses Nan and Lou Hays and Mr Dan Parker and Mr Alex Stewart; Miss Addie Gullett is visiting the Pigman home before leaving for Illinois where she expects to make her future home”