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Posted by: James A. Figg, III Date: June 28, 2001 at 07:56:48
In Reply to: Re: ALL FIGG RESEARCHERS by Paulette (Basham) Thompson of 293


Can't figure out how to reply directly to you so am posting this message........I have no idea when exactly "MY" Figgs arrived in the US....probably in the early 1800's but from where in England we don't know....they were probably tenant farmers in the Tidewater section of Virginia, between the Chesapeake Bay and Richmond on the James River.............My grandfather was born in 1891 at Macox Plantation south of Richmond on the James River( i believe the Plantation burned at somepoint and does not exist anymore), where his father probably was a tenant farmer..he went to the Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and was sent to Southwestern Virginia to Christiansburg as the rector of the church there....My grandmother's family, the Rigbys(her father, William Rigby was born in England but emigrated with his parents to Virgina in the mid 1800's thru Canada and down thru Indiana) and Guerrants (her mother's family) were early hugenots settlers of Virgina arriving in 1700 from France I believe, and are well documented...they were large landholders and Mr. Rigby was involved in mills and a process for making condensed milk...they were quite wealthy which probably appealed to my grandfather( the Rev. J. Alfred Figg) and he and my grandmother (Constance Guerrant Rigby) lived nearby her family's house, "Belle Forest" until her father had some serious financial reversals in the depression of 1929...eventually the house was sold in bankruptcy and has since been demolished.
MY father was raised in Virginia but after seving in the Marine Corp in the Pacific and University of Virginia, he came to New York City, met my mother, who is from NY and Greenwich, Connecticut, and the rest is history!!!
My mother is the real genealogist of the family, but she is stumped when it comes to where "OUR" Figgs came from in England...there are relatives here in Virginia with names like Butt and Clary but my paternal grandmother was much more interested in her heritage and not the Figgs thus Mother has limited information on their whereabouts............everyone is dead now except my mother and my father' sister's (Constance Guerrant Figg Wood) 5 children, who I am certain know less than I.

I think the Figgs you mentioned would not be close relatives because they were still in England in the late 1800's..........but certainly probably related..........any info is always helpful Jamie Figg


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