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.