John Giggy is a native of Canton Berne, Switzerland, where he was born May 14, 1838. He came to America with his parents, Benedict and Christina (Snyder) Giggy, in December, 1852. Benedict Giggy was a soldier in Switzerland for twenty-one years. John Giggy worked in a cotton factory at Pittsburgh, Penn., for three months, immediately after his arrival, receiving $5 per week; he then went to Summit County, Ohio, where he worked as a stone-mason, and farmed two years; wages from $15 to $17 per month. In 1854, Mr. Giggy came to this township, and worked for $10 per month, until he was married, October 11, 1858, to Samantha Hart. He then bought a small farm near South Milford, which he sold in 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Forty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and in December, crossed the Ohio into Kentucky; was at the battle of Fort Donelson, and was wounded at Shiloh, and was sent to the hospital at Evansville, Ind., then home on a discharge furlough. In June, 1862, he reported at Indianapolis, but was ordered back home; he returned again in July, however, remained three or four weeks at the soldier's home; then started South and rejoined his regiment at Murfreesboro, and in the battle at Chickamauga was wounded in the hip. September 19, 1863, after which he walked back to Bridgeport, Ala., using a bed slat for a crutch, being three days on the road, and having nothing to eat all that time but three crackers. From there he was sent to the hospital at Nashville; remained about one month, then came home on a furlough. December 31, 1863, he again rejoined his regiment at Chattanooga, and re-enlisted in the same company as a veteran, participating in all the marches and engagements until they were mustered out at Indianapolis in October, 1865. Mr. Giggy then returned to his farm that he purchased in 1862, and worked as a stone mason in connection with farming. In 1872, he sold his farm, and in 1873, purchased the old homestead, where he now lives. Mr. and Mrs. Giggy have a family of nine children -Ellen J. (now Mrs. Rowen), John H., Anna B., Emma R., Agnes, George F., Fred C., William M., and an infant unnamed.

 

History of La Grange County, Indiana, F.A. Battey & Co., 1882