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Re: Rigsby census maps
Posted by: Dan Atwell (ID *****6520) Date: December 16, 2008 at 17:13:57
In Reply to: Re: Rigsby census maps by Ken Hinds of 1063

I just sent you a reply, so I almost feel silly posting this, since I probably should have checked the RIGBY forum before shooting my mouth off, but I just did a quick search and located the following will which answers some of our questions.

Dallas Co AL Will Book A, page 64

I, THOMAS RIGBY, of the State of Alabama and County of Dallas, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz:

I give and bequeath to my daughter SARAH WILLIFORD one dollar.

I give to my son ENOCH RIGBY one dollar.

I give and bequeath to my son JESSE RIGBY one fourth part of the land whereon I now live. I give to my son EPHRAIM RIGBY one fourth part of the land whereon I now live, and also one feather bed and furniture. I give to my son THOMAS RIGBY one-fourth part of the land whereon I now live, and also one feather bed and furniture, and the like sum of one-fourth part with a feather bed and furniture to my son ELIJAH RIGBY, and for each of them to pay one-fourth part of the balance due for said land.

I would that all the debts due to me shall be collected and my just debts paid and the balance of that put to the use of paying for the said land.

I will that THOMAS and ELIJAH RIGBY should have two years schooling out of my loose property, and the remains of my loose property, stock, household and furniture to my wife, JANE RIGBY, for her to have and to hold in peaceable possession during her natural life, and at her death I will that the balance which remains to be equally divided between my four sons JESSE RIGBY, EPHRAIM RIGBY, THOMAS RIGBY and ELIJAH RIGBY.

I constitute my wife, JANE RIGBY, and my son EPHRAIM RIGBY executrix and executor of this, my last will and testament. I hereby revok(e) all other and former wills by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th August 1821.

THOMAS (his X mark) RIGBY {seal}

Lewis Moseley
Pleasant Cook
Lewis B. Moseley
State of Alabama}
Dallas County} ss.

Be it remembered that on this 3rd day of February 1823, personally appeared before me the subscriber(s) Lewis B. Moseley and Pleasant Cook and Lewis Moseley, who, being duly sworn the said Lewis B. Moseley and P. Cook say that they saw Thomas Rigby sign, seal and declare the within writing to be his last will and testament, and the said Lewis Moseley says that he heard the said Thomas Rigby publish and declare the within writing to be his last will and testament and that they signed their names thereto as witnesses.

Recorded July 29th 1829. James D. Craig, Clk.

So... we have Thomas RIGBY and wife Jane (--------) coming to Dallas Co, AL, prob. from Georgia. Jane is still in the census there in 1830.

1. Sarah RIGBY m. (--------) WILLIFORD
2. Enoch RIGBY
3. Jesse RIGBY m.
4. Ephraim RIGBY m. Susannah PARSONS
5. Thomas RIGBY Jr.
6. Elijah RIGBY

I think that pretty much covers all of the names we have come across (and then some!) Regardless of which of these 5 brothers was the father of "my" William RIGBSY, it seems likely that these were RIGBYs and not RIGSBYs.

However, I located the West Carroll Parish marriages records (knew I had them somewhere!) and they seem to tell a different story. All of these people are siblings of Betty RIGSBY, so all are allegedly children of William RIG(S)BY. Despite the evidence pointing towards these folks being RIGBYs, note that every one of them is listed as a RIGSBY. I don't get it.

From marriage book "A" West Carroll Parish, LA

Rigsby, J.T. married Miss Johanren Wallace Aug. 25, 1886 389
Rigsby, Willie married Miss Ann Lassums July 9, 1885 334
Archer, A.G.W. married Miss Lucy Rigsby June 26, 1889 510
Grice, Charles B. married Miss Fannie Rigsby June 12, 1884 294
Robinson, Thomas married Miss Alice Rigsby June 12, 1884 293

Dan Atwell

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