Here are some Rigsby land and tax records that I have found
in my searches. Also see message 721 on this forum for the
Bureau of Land Management records (though most of them are
repeated here with more detail).
For some of these entries you will see the land described
as, for example, "W 1/2 SW 21 2 SOUTH, 16 WEST" or
"SWNE Tallahassee No 4S 15E 24". This notation is referred
to as "aliquot parts", and is how land was sold when states
after the original 13 were opened up for settlement. New
territories were divided into "townships", which were then
divided into "sections", and then further subdivided for
Each territory was assigned a "meridian", which is a line
that runs NS through it. A meridian has a "base line" that
runs EW and intersects it.
A township is an area 6 mi on a side, and is named by count
and direction away from the intersection of the meridian
and its base line. Distance EW is referred to as Range. For
example, the northeast corner of Township 5 South Range 7
West would be 24 miles south and 36 miles west of the main
A township is generally divided into 36 sections, 1 mi
square (which is 640 acres). Sections are numbered in
horizontal boustrophedon from the NE corner.
The section was divided into halves or quarters, identified
by direction (e.g.: S 1/2 or SW 1/4). The quarters were
further sub-divided as necessary (e.g.: S 1/2 of SW 1/4 of
NW 1/4). Uneven sections were divided into "lots", which
could be pretty much any size.
The first example above would be "west half of southwest
quarter of section 21, township 2 south range 16 west" (80
acres). The second would be "southwest quarter of northeast
quarter of section 24, township 4 south range 15 east,
Tallahassee Co (FL)" (40 acres).
[Boustrophedon: Going in opposite directions on alternating
lines; right-to-left, then left-to-right. I've never before
had a chance to use that word in a sentence.]
If you want more information about anyone in here, make a
note of their R-number and go to my main Rigsby page:
On that page are links to all the Rigsby progenitors. The
part to the left of the first dot in your R-number tells
you which is yours. From there, follow the children whose
birth order corresponds to each segment of your R-number
until you get to the Rigsby in question. For example, to
find R05.5.7.1, start with R05 James, then his fifth child
(James II), then James II's seventh child (James W), then
James W's first child (James Walter).
If you have information about anyone here who doesn't have
an R-number, please contact me.
Note: These links all worked at the time I visited them,
but may or may not now. In some cases the target site may
have been rearranged, so you might have to re-search that
site to find the Rigsby records.
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