My second great-grandfather Edgar Doak Pigg was a bit of a troublemaker. While I don’t know much about him, Alabama Convict Records list him being in jail for illegally making liquor and having a still in his possession, and that was when he was in his early 50s. His arrest was after prohibition (1920 – 1933).

Edgar Doak Pigg convict record

His sentence began on March 30, 1935. He didn’t even serve the minimum term of one year, one day. He was released December 14, 1935.  Interestingly enough, his son William was also arrested the same day, received the same sentence, and was released on the same day. It seems moonshine was a family business! 🙂

Edgar Doak Pigg

Edgar Doak Pigg was born on May 22, 1882 to William Stokely Pigg and Sarah Madeline Dyer in Kelso, Lincoln County, Tennessee. At the age of 22, on May 15, 1905, he married Minnie Lee Pylant in Lincoln County. They had five children before the divorced:

William Rufus Pigg 1906–1961
Ernest Durward Pigg 1908–1953
John K Pigg 1910–1957
Ola Mai Pigg 1912–1973
Sarah Pigg 1916–

His US WWI Draft Registration in 1917/1918 described him as tall, medium build, black hair and blue eyes.

By 1920, he was divorced from Minnie. He moved to Lauderdale County, Alabama, where he was a worker on the Wilson Dam. Construction began on the Wilson Dam between Lauderdale and Colbert counties in Alabama in 1918 and finished in 1924.

I can’t find him on the 1930 census, but from his “convict” record, we know he was still in Lauderdale County.

He remarried to a lady named Ellen in an unknown year. I have yet to find their marriage certificate, but she is listed as his spouse in 1938 on his death certificate. He died on October 5, 1938 when he drowned in Pickwick Lake. His death notice in the local newspaper is below.

Doak Pigg death notice


After having been missing from his home in Sheffield for several days, the body of E.D. Pigg, aged 56, was found floating in Pickwick Lake Saturday morning, north from the mouth of Spring Creek, on Seven Mile Island, and a verdict of “accidental drowning” was returned by W. R. Chisholm, Jr., Lauderdale county coroner.

Pigg was last seen Wednesday when reports said he had gone to run his trot-line.

He is buried in Guy Cemetery, Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama. Here is a link to his FindAGrave.

Doak Pigg gravestone
Tombstone thanks to TombstoneChavers

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