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Major William Hazzard Wigg (b. 28 November 1746, d. 20 April 1798)William Hazzard Wigg (son of Edward Wigg and Mary Hazzard) was born 28 November 1746 in Beaufort, South Carolina791, and died 20 April 1798 in Port Republic Island, South Carolina792.He married Esther Hutson on 11 May 1773, daughter of William Hutson and Mary Woodward.
Notes for William Hazzard Wigg:
Extract from A History of South Carolina, published by the State:
WIGG, WILLIAM HAZZARD (Hazard) (1746-1798). Grandson of WILLIAM HAZZARD (1684-1757); grandfather of ROBERT WOODWARD BARNWELL (1801-1882); brother of JOHN ALEXANDER CUTHBERT (1760-1826); father-in-law of ROBERT GIBBES BARNWELL (1761 - 1814); brother-in-law of RICHARD H HUTSON (1747- 1795), THOMAS HUTSON (1750-1789) andJAMES MAINE (D. 1796).
William Hazzard Wigg, born 23 November 1746, was the son ofEdward Wigg (1715-1755) and Mary Hazzard. As a youth, he studied under George Whitefield at the Georgia Orphan House. Upon reaching adulthood he established himself as a planter in Beaufort District and resided on a plantation on the Okatie River. Through grants, he received 400 acres on Dutchman's Creek, a branch of the Wateree River, and a lot in Beaufort. According to a 1798 tax return, his estate included 2,216 acres in St Helena Parish and 108 slaves. During the American Revolution, Wigg held the ranks of captain and major in the militia. He participated in the expedition to East Florida (May-July 1778), battles at Coosawhatchie (May 1779) and Stono (June 1779), and the sieges of Savannah (September-October 1779) and Charleston (March-May 1780). After Charleston surrendered to the British, he was confined aboard a prison ship in the harbor (1781).
Winning a special election in St Helena, Wigg qualified prior to September 1779 for service in the Third General Assembly (1779-1780); however, on 10 February 1780 a writ was issued for his replacement when he accepted another position. Later he continued his House service for St Helena in the Fifth (1783-1784), Sixth (1785-1786), Seventh (1787-1788), and Eighth (1789-1790) General Assemblies. He was elected by St Helena to the Ninth General Assembly (1791), but House Journals contained no evidence of qualification. Representing St Helena, Wigg voted in support of the federal Constitution at the state convention (1788). As a delegate for Prince William Parish, he attended the state constitutional convention (1790). Locally, he held a number of public offices: vestryman for St Helena (1772-1779, 1784-1798); tax inquirer and collector for St Helena, Port Royal (1778, 1783); commissioner for rebuilding and repairing the courthouse and jail in Beaufort (1783); commissioner for auditing public accounts for Beaufort District (1783); commissioner to erect a battery, pesthouse and warehouse in Beaufort (1783); commissioner for inspection and exportation of tobacco at Beaufort (1784, 1785); commissioner for ascertaining and selling Pollawahna Island in St Helena (1784); road commissioner (1784, 1785); commissioner for ascertaining boundaries of land on which Fort Lyttleton on Port Royal Island formerly stood and to sell the same at public auction (1785); incorporator of the Port Republic Bridge Company (1794); trustee for building a college in Beaufort (1795); and commissioner for erecting a fort and pesthouse on Port Republic Island (1797).
On 11 May 1773, Wigg married Esther Hutson, daughter of Reverend William Hutson and Mary Woodward. They were the parents of three children: Mary Hutson (m. Edward Barnwell [1757-17893), Elizabeth Hayne (m. Robert Gibbes Barnwell), and William Hutson. Wigg's second wife, whom he wed circa November 1789, was Letitia Maine. Their marriage was childless. William Hazzard Wigg died 20 April 1798 on Port Republic Island.
Third General AssemblySt Helena1779-1780
In May, 1781, Major Wigg was a hostage of war on the ship Pack Horse in Charles Town harbor, one of agroup of forty officers, all relatives or close friends. Family records state that the British allowed him to accompany his brother-in-law by marriage, Colonel Isaac Hayne, to the scaffold and that it was the Major's impassioned speech to citizens of Charleston after the excution that resulted in a punitive expedition to burn the Wigg plantation. This illegal act against the person and property of a prisoner of war resulted in the famous "Wigg Claim," which was finally settled in favor of the family. When the British started to leave Charles Town, they ordered the Pack Horse to proceed to New York under guard of a frigate. The imprisoned officers overcame their captors during the night, took over the schooner, evaded her frigate escort in the darkness, and sailed safely into a North Carolina port.
From " A Brief Memoir of the Life and Service of Major William Hazzard Wigg of South Carolina", by William Hazzard Wigg II. (Washington, 1860), pages 3 & 4,
More About William Hazzard Wigg and Esther Hutson:
Marriage: 11 May 1773
Children of William Hazzard Wigg and Esther Hutson are:
- +Mary Hutson Wigg, b. March 1774, South Carolina, d. Abt. 1855, South Carolina.