|Statement by William
Elmer Piggot, who was born on Piggott's Run, near Prospect Valley,
on June 26, 1852, lived on Piggott's Run until 1871, and afterwards returned
and taught school for one term in Harrison County at Henpect (or Respect
or Margaret), and two terms at Pine Bluff:
Nancy Almeda Martin, daughter of Dorsey H.
Martin. I am the oldest son of Milton
Piggot who was born at either opposite Shinnston at the old Fortney
farm or on Piggott's Run, but my earliest recollection was at Piggott's
time of my earliest recollections, George Lucas
lived on the hill near the mouth of Piggott's Run in a two-story log house.
He and his brother, Basil Lucas, owned about
all of the land on lower Robinson's Run between Shinnston, Lumberport,
and Prospect Valley. Basil Lucas was
a bachelor and live on the hill between Robinson's Run and Lumberport in
a one and one-half story log house, afterwards owned by Luther
Harbert and later occupied by Arthur
Drummond. Lucas lived there with
a colored man named Reason Childs and afterward
moved in with his brother, George. In
his old age, he died in the George Lucas house,
near the mouth of Piggott's Run.
Bartlett's mother was a daughter of William
Lucas, Sr, who was a brother to George and
Basil. George Lucas' children
were William Jr., Edward, Rawley, Mary (Davis), Martha
(Vincent), Amelia (Nixon), and Amanda (Boggess).
house up Robinson's Run was the Nathan Ogden
house. He also operated a mill there when I was a boy, run by overshot
waterpower, carried from a dam some distance up the run and a reserve dam
at the present location of the Shinnston water dam.
Nathan Ogden was born across the river from Enterprise on the Leander
Griffin farm and married Emily Duncan,
who lived about Prospect Valley, near where Luther
Piggott's house now stands. His brothers Samuel
and Jonathan Ogden married sisters to Emily
Duncan, and they were sisters of Asbury Duncan,
who was the father of John, Albert, and Ezra.
Nathan Ogden continued to operate this mill until he died.
Then his sons, Van B. Ogden, and Thomas Ogden,
and sister lived on the place for some years and operated the mill at intervals.
Jesse Flowers, who was a son of John Flowers,
Sr, lived on the point between Piggott's Run and Robinson's Run,
owned a farm there and practiced his profession from that point.
His children were Dr. Basil Flowers, Dr. Caleb Flowers,
and a sister, Rachel, who married Dr. James
Denham. Before Basil Flowers
moved to the farm, he built a house on Piggott's Run, where Milton
Piggott afterwards lived. He used the upstairs for a potting
and pottery store, getting his clay from the neighborhood, and accumulated
such a store of pottery people were afraid it might break in. He
lived downstairs until well up in the years, then moved over on the point
between Robinson's Run, where he died.
point by the laurel thicket lived John Flowers
who taught a loud school there. The school was across the road front
he house and was a one-story building about 20X30 feet, and the road ran
from his house over to Piggott's Run.
distance west of this road and near the upper end of the present dam was
a one and one-half story house in which Caleb Flowers
lived. This was a little west of the old Indian fort erected in Pioneer
times. I do not know who lived on top of the Abe hill (Abe
Davis lived there for a time; the hill was named after him.- Ed.)
Mr. Elmer Piggott taught school for fifty-four years in Marion and
Harrison Counties. His brothers, Ellis
and Fletcher were good teachers also.
days of many roads or the building of the railroads, the farmers had to
market their produce by means of flat boats, which were built in a boatyard
at the mouth of Robinson's Run. Boats and cargo alike were sold in
Pittsburgh, and other down-the-river cities; then the men would have to
walk back home. After 1852, they could come by railroad to Fairmont.
Rafts of logs were disposed of in the same way.
John Chalfant drove a wagon and horses to Cumberland to get goods
for his store and also brought "pig iron" to sell to blacksmiths.
He would go to Baltimore by train from Cumberland, to get dry goods.
The Indian Fort
There was a
block house or stockade for protection from the Indians located about a
half a mile below Prospect, about 500 feet back from the road and stream,
on what was later known as the Caleb Flowers place.
For many years we could see a marked Indian grave in the laurel thicket
(now the site of the water reservoir).
Harbert, the ancestor of these Harbert families, had a fatal battle
with Indians at Harbert's fort on Jones' Run. It is too harrowing
to be written in these pages, but can be found in other histories of this
part of the state.
The First Church Organ
the late 1890's, the young people of the neighborhood began to realize
the need of an organ in the church, and began investigations into the possibility
of acquiring one. This resulted in the consulting the catalogue of
a well known mail order house, where we found that one could be had for
decided that the best method of raising the money money would to have a
watermelon and ice cream festival on the lawn of the church; so several
long tables were erected and covered with snowy linen, on which were placed
many bouquets of flowers and sparking oil lamps brought from our homes.
Tall crystal cake stands held six & seven story cakes that would melt
in your mouth. All this hemmed in by the border of locust trees,
and the stone church in the background, made a pleasing scene. People
came from far and wide. The melons were sliced unmercifully thin
so they could serve a greater number of people, but no one seemed to mind.
The ice cream was homemade, from the richest of cream and new laid eggs
donated by the farmers. The weather was ideal, the crowd remained
until everything was sold out. Then, when the treasurer's committee
counted the money and yelled, "sixty-five dollars and forty some cents",
a rousing cheer echoed up and down that valley. In a very few days
we had out organ and were proud, indeed, even though it was only a five
octave reed organ. It wasn't many years until they got a better one,
and now they have a good piano.
has had an enthusiastic group who have taken pride in keeping the church
in good repair and have beautified it in many ways."