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Re: All Rigsby census entries 1880 part 1
Posted by: Ellen Rigsby (ID *****0732) Date: September 28, 2004 at 09:30:13
In Reply to: Re: All Rigsby census entries 1880 part 1 by Ken Hinds of 1063

Here is the story of Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Chambers Rigsby. I have a bit more to the story, but not on my computer. Thanks to Mary & Dale for sending this information to me. They know who they are if they see this.

This is taken from the book "Crittenden County, Ky Newspaper Abstracts 1896-1900"
(Newspaper articles taken from The Crittenden Press)
Page 16

Issue of 7 May, 1896

One Wed. morning of last week a babe was born to the wife of Lewis Rigsby of the Hurricane neighborhood. A few minutes after the birth of the child, the mother expired. The details of the shocking affair as related by those present cannot with propriety be printed.

Shortly after the death of the mother, those present became convinced that death resulted from the acts of the physician in attendance, Dr Brack Marble. The county coroner was summoned by the husband of the dead woman to hold an inquest over the body. He summoned a jury to inquire into the facts and five physicians were also summoned to assist in the investigation. The were Drs. Dixon, Clement, Boyd, Trisler of Tolu, and Dr. J.R. Clark of Marion.

After the investigation they returned the following verdict: We the jury find the dead body now before us is that of Mrs Lizzie Rigsby and that she came to her death at the hand of Dr. B. Marble, by the removal of the womb, which was pulled and cut from her by said Marble and of which injury she died within a few minutes thereafter. We also find she died in Crittenden Co. about 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning of 29 April, 1896, that Louis Rigsby, Mrs. Jane Underdown, Mrs. Jack Winders and Dr. B. Marble were present when she died.

The husband of the dead woman, after the investigation, came to town and had a warrant issued charging Dr. Marble with killing his wife. It was subsequently learned that the doctor had left home and had gone to Shawneetown, Illinois. The police at Shawneetown were telegraphed and requested to arrest him. Saturday a telegram came from that place stating that he was in charge of the officers there. An officer went for him and Sunday he was delivered to the jailer here upon the charge of murder.

The accused has a great many friends in the county. In years past he did a great deal of practice and those for whom he practiced had great faith in his skill and knowledge as a physician. He has no certificate from the State Board authorizing him to practice and consequently, could not register as a physician. Some two years ago he left the county, returning last fall and since his return, has dome some practice among his old patrons. Dr. Marble is 65 years old and has been practicing medicine 34 years. He was raised in Hardin County, Ky and first came to this county about 20 years ago. He is graduate of no medical college. Since the passage of law requiring physicians to register, he has done but little in the profession, practically retiring. Says he "I have practiced medicine 34 years and have had hundreds of calls like this and this is the first patient in a case of this kind that I have ever lost".
Same newspaper abstract book
page 18

14 May, 1896


An investigation of the charges against Dr. Brack Marble was made before the county judge Wed. and Thurs. last week. Testifying were Lewis Rigsby, Mrs. Jane Underdown, Mrs. Z.J. Winders, Mrs. Thomas Threlkeld, Mrs. James Kirk and the five physicians who made the post mortem examination.

The consensus of public opinion is that Dr. Marble did what he thought was best of the patient, but that his want of knowledge caused him to make the fatal mistake. (Long article has been abstracted by compiler of book)

2 July, 1896


The grand jury indicted DR. B. Marble for involuntary manslaughter. The punishment for such an offense is a fine from one cent to $1,000. He is the physician who attended Mrs. Louis Rigsby in childbirth and causing her death by severing her womb with a knife.

16 July, 1896


DR. B. Marble is dead. He had a congestive chill Monday and gradually sank until Thursday when the end came.

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