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Re: Rigsby in Harrison Co WV early 1900s or before
Posted by: Ken Hinds (ID *****4287) Date: September 26, 2004 at 14:42:29
In Reply to: Re: Rigsby in Harrison Co WV early 1900s or before by Donna Foote of 1063

Hi Donna

>my grandmother's marriage record (she married a Gillespie)
>and it gives her father's name as John Lake Rigsby.

She's not the one I had found in my notes, then. I have an
obituary for a Foster Rigsby who had a daughter Juanita
Rigsby Kerr.

In my notes I have that there was a Lake Rigsby who was a
son of John Rigsby who was born about 1850 and lived in
Pocahontas Co WV. John married Harriet Simmons in 1880.
If that is true, he would be this census entry:

1880 census Pocahontas Co WV p199b
John Rigsby 30 VA/NC/VA
wife Harriet L 18 WV/WV/WV

This John was a son of Thomas D Rigsby + Mary Jane Baber.
Thomas was born 1822-12-xx in Wilkes Co NC and died
1911-04-08 in Nicholas Co NC. Mary was born 1828 in VA.
They married in 1845. In 1870 they were in Wayne Co WV:

1870 census Wayne Co WV p98/9:
Thomas Rigsby 52 NC
Mary J 25 VA
Nancy A 3 WV
Archibald 24 VA
John 21 VA
Thomas 18 VA
Albert 13 VA
Nancy J 8 VA

Thomas should be about 48, and Mary should be 42. I don't
know why the ages are so off. Your John should probably be
20 instead of 21, too.

From the children's ages, it looks like they moved to WV
about 1865-ish from VA. They were in Smyth Co VA in 1860
and 1850:

1860 census Smyth Co VA p922:
Thomas Rigsby 41 NC
Mary 32 VA
William M 14 VA
Archibald H 12 VA
John A 9 VA
Thomas D 7 VA
George E 5 VA
Marion A 1 VA

1850 census Smyth Co VA p208a:
Thomas Rigsby 28 NC
Mary 22? VA
William M 4 VA
Archebald 3 VA
John R 1 VA

Thomas' parents were Lewis Rigsby + Lucinda (unknown).
Lewis was born abt 1785 in NC and died 1850-1860 in Surry
Co NC. Lucinda was born abt 1785 in NC.

Lewis is in Surry Co NC in 1840, and Wilkes Co NC in 1830.
I don't see him in 1820, but in 1810 he's in Chatham Co NC.
I can post those census entries if you'd like. Looks like
your Rigsbys don't like to stay in one place too long.

I don't know who Lewis' parents were yet. If he's from
Chatham Co he could be a son of Luke. There were Rigsbys in
neighboring Wake and Orange Counties, too, so he might be
from there. Or he might have come from VA.

>How many spellings of Rigsby do you think there are?

It looks like there are five: Rigsby, Riggsby, Rigsbey,
Rigsbee, and Riggsbee. Rigsby is by far the most common.
Many of the early families could not read or write, so I
imagine the alternate spellings are from census-takers who
wrote it phonetically and told the family that's how it was

Hope that helps. I don't know for positive that your Lake
was a son of John + Harriett, but I think he was. When I
get to WV in the 1900 census I should know for sure.


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