|"Artist Studio" by George W. Piggot|
Unfortunately FamilySearch does not have the actual Letter of administration.
This finding really intrigued me. George Piggot, my distilling 4th great-grandfather had a daughter named Phebe Piggott who married Jacob Handley. They had a son named Theodore Wallace Handley born 1833 and died 1838.
I fell in love with this painting when I saw it. Sure would love to have it.
I can't help but feel that these two are connected somehow to my Piggott family. I have searched high and low online and have not been able to determine who George W.'s parents were. However, I have discovered a few things about him.
I found George in only one census record:
|Age in 1860:||7|
|Birth Year:||abt 1853|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Home in 1860:||New York Ward 7 District 1, New York, New York|
|Post Office:||New York|
Roll: M653_792; Page: 527; Image: 534; Family History Library Film: 803792.
His administrator, Theodore Handley was listed as a Pickett in 1860. In 1850 he is listed as a Hanley and is still living with Augusta Pickett. I am going mad trying to figure out the relationship between these three. Augusta is also a family name.
|Birth Year:||abt 1825|
|Home in 1850:||New York Ward 6, New York,New York|
Roll: M432_538; Page: 230B; Image: 467.
According to his death notice and the passenger information I found, he was born in Maricaibo, Venezuela, however his passport application says he was born in New York.
George W. Piggott.
George W. Piggott, an artist, died in this city last Sunday of typhoid fever. He was born in Maracaibo in 1852, his mother being a Venezuelan. though his father was of an old New-York Quaker family. He studied art under Walter Shirlaw in New-York and Lefebvre in Paris. and also spent some time in Venice. His best vein lay in portrait painting.
|Source Citation: Year: 1860; Arrival: New York, New York;|
Microfilm Serial: M237;
Microfilm Roll: 198; Line: 1; List Number: 63.
|Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, 1795-1905; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 566612 / MLR Number A1 508;|
NARA Series: M1372; Roll #: 236.
George also held several patents for carpet designs. Here are a couple of the designs:
|Design no. 10,821, September 10, 1878|
|Design no. 10, 822, September 10, 1878|
*UPDATE: George W. Piggott, artist is my first cousin 4 times removed! You can learn of my discoveries on the following posts: