I've had to re-write this several times as I keep changing
theories, but now I think I have it figured out.
I agree with you that Malinda and Melissa Callie are
daughters of John Doad Rigsby:
Their 1880 census entry is pretty misleading. It shows
Malinda Rigsby 30 divorced, Callie Rigsby 20 married, and
an unnamed son Rigsby 1 month old. I had figured Callie
and Malinda were sisters who married Rigsby brothers, and
that the son was Callie's because of the order they were
listed. Instead, they are Rigsby sisters. Malinda had been
married to J J Capshaw. Callie I think is not really
married, or her last name would not be Rigsby. The son is
Malinda's, but I'm not sure if he's from J J Capshaw.
Among marriage records in DeKalb Co TN are:
1889-03-12 Malinda Rigsby + T W Fitts
1896-03-25 Callie Rigsby + J M Fitts
Clearly this is the people in question.
I went back and looked at the 1900 census entry. Knowing
that T W's wife should be Malinda, I can see how it might
say "Lindy", not "Liney". That's a mighty small stem on the
"d", though. I also couldn't believe I didn't notice
before, but it says stepniece Hattie, even though single,
has had three children, two living. Robert and William must
be her sons.
I'm still not sure what a step-niece would be exactly, but
whatever it is, I think Hattie isn't. I think she is a
step-sister-in-law; or in other words a sister-in-law of
Malinda, but not of T W, and thus a wife of Malinda's
brother. As usual with Rigsby families, there weren't many
boys, and Malinda had only two brothers. James shows up on
the 1900 census, but John disappears after 1880.
The conclusion, then, has to be that John Doad's son John K
Rigsby married Hattie, had sons Robert and William, and
died before 1900. Knowing that, I can now identify this
DeKalb Co marriage that I previously couldn't:
1895-04-07 Hattie Rigsby + Bob Ingrum
That must be John K's widow re-marrying. Unfortunately, I
don't have any records showing a John marrying a Hattie, so
I don't know her maiden name.
Thanks for connecting the William of the Walker Co draft
registration with this family, too. I don't know that I
would have figured that one out.
Interestingly enough, I was looking at your family a couple
of days ago. I'm organizing all the Rigsby vital records
I've found, and was working on some WV deaths. I found some
related to William + Willie, and still couldn't figure out
who the William was.
Raleigh Co WV deaths
1929-08-07 Maxine Rigsby 1929-05-xx d/o William Rigsby + (unk)
buried Mar (?) Fork [prob Marford] cemetery
1932-08-26 Mary Bell Rigsby age 1 yr 26 da Marford WV, d/o William Rigsby + Willie Young
buried Marford cemetery
Apparently your William had a couple of daughters who died
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