Descendants of William Craig Pedigo, Warren County, Kentucky and Illinois

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The Descendants of William Craig Pedigo
2nd Edition - 15 July 1999
Updated - 19 Jul 2001 08:06 AM

William Craig PEDIGO #136-141 (1815-1873) was descended from the French Immigrant Joseph Peregois who came to America as an indentured servant in 1685.  William's line of descent appears below: 

The Immigrant in 1685, Joseph Peregois

Henry Peregoy & Amy Green

Edward "Grandsire Ned" Pedigo & Hannah Elkin
Joseph Pedigo & Dorothy "Dolly" Edwards
William "Civil Billy" Pedigo & Rhoda P. Craig
William Craig Pedigo

[Significance of Ancestor Numbers #136-xxx etc.]

William Craig PEDIGO, son of William "Civil Billy" PEDIGO and Rhoda P. CRAIG, was born on 31 October 1815 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., Kentucky.  He was married twice.  He moved with his 2nd wife and family to Illinois in 1860. He died on 23 January 1873 near Galesburg, Knox Co., Illinois, and was buried in Ogden Cemetery, Coldbrook, Illinois. [He is Pedigo # 136-141.] 

He was married (1) to Susannah McMURRY (daughter of possibly William McMURRAY/MCMURRY) on 3 February 1837 in Warren Co., Kentucky. The marriage was performed by J. L. Hickman. Susannah McMURRY was born on 17 December 1820 in Warren Co., Kentucky, and died at the age of 29 on 23 January 1850 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Her burial place has not yet been discovered by this researcher. William Craig PEDIGO and Susannah McMURRY had the following children:

Mary Elizabeth PEDIGO  (photo)  (She m. Isaac WILSON.)
James Henry PEDIGO   (He m. 1st Malinda Francis HOLMAN, 2nd Nancy Jane HOLMAN TOTTY.)
John Thomas PEDIGO (He m. Kate (-?-))
Martha Jane PEDIGO  (She m. Marshall GRIFFEE.)
Margaret Spencer PEDIGO (photo)  (She m. 1st Fielden A. LAIR, 2nd Charles HOLMAN.)

After Susannah's death, he married (2) to Elizabeth MILLIGAN (daughter of Lewis MILLIGAN and Abigail HOLDER) on 3 April 1851 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., Kentucky. According to "Warren Co. KY Marriages 1797-1851, Original Marriage Bonds and Consents," by Helen Thomas 1970, Mary Robold and Elizabeth Price, the marriage bond was dated April 1, 1851, with consent of parent, "pr by oath of G.W. Milligan." The same source states the marriage was performed April 3 by Isaac McMurray.  However, pages from the actual "Warren Co. KY Marriage Register 1797-1869" states that the marriage was performed by Jesse M. Murray on April 3, 1851.

Elizabeth MILLIGAN was born on 27 June 1829 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky. She died on 1 September 1899 in Monmouth, Warren Co., Illinois, and was buried there. After her husband's death, she was said to have lived in Iowa.

In 1944, William and Elizabeth's granddaughter, Ella Florence (LAIR) ROHR, wrote in her family notes about her grandparents and their migration from Kentucky to Illinois:

"William Creg [sic] Pedigo and his wife Elizabeth Milligan Pedigo left Bowling Green Kentuck [sic] with their family when Willis was one year old that was about March 1860. Came by boat on Barnes river then changed to Green river then to Ohio river and then on to Mississippi river. Got off at Burlington Iowa and stayed one night. Went on to Cameron, Ill. where their friends met them and took them home with them, then to a house they had rented near Robison Corners where they lived one year. Then they moved to Cameron Ill. where they lived three years. Then on to other places." [Editor note:  Tracing the above route from Kentucky to Illinois on a map, "Barnes river" mentioned above is probably "Barren" or "Barrens" river, which Ella Florence most likely spelled the way it was pronounced to her as she recorded it in the genealogy notebook for her son.]

William Craig PEDIGO and Elizabeth MILLIGAN had the following children:

Sarah Frances PEDIGO   (She m. Jacob Good HUBBARD.)
Parmelia/Permelia Ellen PEDIGO
Susan Paradine PEDIGO (She m. Thomas DOVE.)
Nancy Ann ("Anna") PEDIGO (She m. William Mathias Webster LAIR.)
Willis Franklin PEDIGO  (He m. 1st Jane DOVE, 2nd Sarah Myrtilda "Myrtie" BICKFORD.)
George Luther PEDIGO  (He m. Mary Etta GREGORY RICHARDSON.)
William Lewis PEDIGO
Emily Catherine PEDIGO (She m. Charles Alexander STONE.)
Luella (Louella) May PEDIGO   (She m. William Edward STONE.) 
Laura Belle PEDIGO  (She m. C.L. "Lafe" RICHARDSON.)


For more information about The Descendants of William Craig Pedigo, select the link below.   Integrated in the descendant pages below are additional photographs that are not yet available in the Vintage Pedigo Photo Album.



Descendants of William Craig Pedigo
(both marriages, with some descendant photographs)
Surname List
Index of Names

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