Tuesday, November 18, 2014



By Lyman G. Barrett

It has often been remarked that more Ohio countians have been named for Rev. Ignatius Pigman pioneer Methodist minister than for any other person This is evidently not due altogether to his prominence as a preacher and real estate agent but also to the fact that he performed more of the marriage ceremonies than any other minister in the early days of the county. These couples frequently named their first born for him and the name was handed down through subsequent generations.

It seems that he came to this section from Maryland in about 1788 and being enthralled with the prospects in the new country he returned to his native state and persuaded scores of his fellow citizens to return with him. To most of these immigrants from the East he sold farms as is indicated by the large number of deeds on record in the office of County Clerk Clifton Black. His name is even more frequently mentioned in the record of marriages which are now being cross indexed by WPA clerks and typists. As an example, one of his certificates is as follows:

"I certify that I solemnized the right of marriage between Joseph Barnett and Jean Barnett on the 21st of July, 1799.
"Also Philip Turpin and Mary Shayne on the - day of February, 1800.
"Also John Shayne and Mary Turpin, the 9th day of December, 1800.
“Also Michael Raymer and Precious Brown, the 10th day of December, 1800.
"Also Charles Hogan and Sarah Hocker, the 25th day of December, 1800.
"Also Joseph Gentry and Rhoda Thomas, the 8th day of January, 1801.     
first performed after Ohio became Pigman, the 13th day of January, 1801.
"Also Charles Tarlton and Margery Taylor, the 18th day January, 1801.
"Also John Ferguson and Nancy Rocker in February, 1801.
"Also Levi Pigrnan and Jane Taylor, the 6th day of August, 1801.
"Also Simon Tay1or and Elizabeth North on the 9th of December, 1801.
“Also Robert Render, Jr. and Charlotte Barnes on the 21st of December, 1801.
“Also Elijah Myers and Hannah Barnett, the 24th of June, 1802.
“Also  Ephraim Garner and Nancy Fowler, July 1, 1802.
“Also Jesse Cravens and Rebecca Tarlton, Sep. 7, 1802.
“Also Thomas Sprigg and Rachel Barnett, Jan 20, 1803.
                                    “Ignatius Pigman”

This, of course, is only a partial list of the ceremonies he performed but it includes the progenitors of many of the county’s a leading families. For instance, Joseph and Jean Barnett, whose marriage was the first to be formed after Ohio became a county in 1799, have many decendents among the leading citizens of Ohio county and in other parts of the nation. They were the children of the two pioneer Barnetts who established Barnett’s Fort near this city.

“Ohio County Kentucky In the Olden Days,” by Harrison D. Taylor, devotes considerable space to a biography of Rev. Ignatius Pigman, whose death occurred in New Orleans shortly after Andrew Jackson's successful defense of that city, in the preparation of which Pigman had a part.

Source:  Ohio County News 16 Feb 1940

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