A long time ago there lived a farmer on Kellogg Hill in Weston, CT who had a son called Simeon. This strapping young lad had fallen madly in love with the neighbor’s daughter Abigail. Unfortunately Abigail’s father thought his daughter was far too young for any amorous entanglement and furthermore, he wanted her to marry another man. Therefore, Simeon and Abigail had to meet in secret.

One warm summer night when the two lovebirds were secretly meeting, they were surprised by Abigail’s brother who was known for his violent temper. He went into a dreadful rage and chased after the fleeing Simeon. Luckily Simeon had very fast legs.

Frightened for his life Simeon ran to the barns for cover. Out of desperation he jumped into the pig’s pen and crawled under the straw to hide. Furiously waving about his pitchfork, Abigail’s brother stormed into the barns when Simeon realized, to his horror, that his feet were still exposed.

Resigning himself to an inevitable death by impalement Simeon felt a sudden weight on his feet. It was Jolantha – the biggest sow in the pen – who had planted herself firmly on his trembling feet. Being now totally hidden, Abigail’s brother did not find him, and thus, his life was spared. Shortly thereafter, Simeon and Abigail got married.

As the story of Jolantha of Weston spread, people came from everywhere to take a look at this remarkable pig. In no time Jolantha had become a symbol of good luck, love, joy and celebration. Her piglets were in high demand when people discovered that rubbing the piglet’s nose would bring them good luck.

Today’s offspring still carry Jolantha’s lucky genes. They are called Yollies and are made in ceramic and hand painted by Judy Henderson in the same barn where the story took place many years ago. From here these Yollies go all over the world to collectors, pig lovers and anybody who could do with a little bit of extra luck.