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From: Ginette VandenOever <>
Subject: Wiggins' of VA & KY
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 23:12:09 -0600


I found this in Family Tree Maker's genealogylibrary.com. Hope it helps someone!

By Lewis Keeler Leonard and Melvena Burris Leonard; 1975


Wiggins is a Frankish name brought to England by the Normans. It is on record as early as 1273 in Essex and
Norfolk Counties. A John Wiggins came to the colonies in 1656 and settled in Southold, New York. From there his
descendants multiplied and spread to the west.

A Thomas Wiggins lived in Hampshire County, Virginia. His will with a date of Aug.6, 1776 was probated there on
Feb.12, 1778. His children all born in Hampshire County were Archibold, b. 1744, Thomas, Comfort Sabbaret,
Chris(???) and Philip.

The will of Philip Wiggins was dated July 17, 1820 in Harrison County, Kentucky. His children were Mary
Chambers, Hannah Williams, Sarah Martin, Christen Martin, Rachel Osborn, Drusella Homes, Rutha Kernes, Elender
Reeves and James Harvey.

Archibold Wiggins, born in 1744, married Mary Flint or Flynt. She was born in Hampshire County, Virginia on
Jan. 18, 1748 and lived to be 99 years old. She died in Harrison County on Oct.13, 1847 and is buried in the
Mt. Zion Cemetery near Oddville, Kentucky. Her husband, Archibold lived to the age of 73 and died in Mason
County on Feb.22, 1817. He is buried in the Shannon Cemetery, northeast of Mt. Olivet, Kentucky. His will was
made on Apr.4, 1812 and is recorded in Mason County.

The children of Archibold and Mary Wiggins were Freelove, Joseph, Thomas, Philip, Archibold, Benjamin F.,
Enoch, John, Matilda, Charity and Frances. Some sources claim that Benjamin F. and Enoch may not have been
their sons.

After a great deal of research and accumulation of voluminous material regarding the preceding Wiggins' lineage
we are reasonably certain that we are connected to it but have not been able to establish a definitive link.

However, we have traced our ancestory back to our great great great grandfather, John Wiggins, who was born
before 1765 and appears in the Mason County census for 1800 and the Nicholas County, Kentucky census for 1810
and 1820. His will dated Aug.9, 1824 in Nicholas County bequeathed to his wife, Sally, his plantation, three
negro slaves, Gilbura, George and Agg and all his stock and household furniture with the proviso that at her
death everything be divided equally between his two sons, William and Archibold. The will was probated in 1828.
Archibold was born in Nicholas County in 1796 although the 1800 census shows his father living in Mason County.
He died May 9, 1855.

William was born in 1782. He is shown in the Nicholas County census for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850. On
Jan.21, 1810 he married Elizabeth A. the daughter of Nathaniel Wells. She was born in Kentucky about 1794. The
will of William Wiggins was made in Nicholas County on Sept.23, 1858 and probated in Oct. 1863. He bequeathed
$50.00 to his daughter, Ruth Claypole, $100.00 to his daughter, Malinda Mullikin, $100.00 to his daughter, Jane
Wood and $250.00 and one negro girl named Elizabeth to his son Franklin V. The balance of his estate "both real
and personal the land and negroes to be hers (his wife Elizabeth) during her natural life". After her death the
real estate and negroes were to go to his son.

Ruth Wiggins was born Oct.11, 1811 in Kentucky, probably Nicholas County. On June 25, 1829 she was married in
Nicholas County to John, the son of Jonathan and Hannah Doan Claypoole. After 1850 the couple moved to
Vermillion County, Illinois and are buried there in the Walnut Corners Cemetery. See the Claypoole Lineage.


Encyclopedia of Biography, Pennsylvania, Vol. XXI.
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LIX.
Mason County, Kentucky Vital Records, Vol. II by Elizabeth
Prather Ellsberry.
Nicholas County, Kentucky Record of Marriages by Annie
Walker Burns.
Wills of Philip, Archibold, Joseph, John and William
Correspondence with many cousins.
Census Records
Mason Co.,Ky. 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850.
Harrison Co.,Ky. 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850.
Nicholas Co.,Ky. 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850.
Bourbon Co.,Ky. 1830.
Fayette Co.,Ky. 1830.

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