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John K Rigsby married to Hattie
Posted by: Terry Rigsby-Clark (ID *****0768) Date: February 28, 2009 at 16:30:53
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I apologize in advance for the lengthiness of this email, but there really is quite alot of info to understand. This may not be important to all, but I have theorized this with Ken Hinds before and am hoping that since he has the most Rigsby research that I have come across, he can help with this. Any other information from anyone is most helpful.

OK this is really weird. So I found the above entry when I did a search for Robert S Rigsby who is listed with Hattie as her son along with William (My yet to be proven – possible ancestor.) Ken and I were theorizing that Hattie married John K Rigsby (son of John D Rigsby and Mary).

Now, Ken had an entry that had a Hattie Rigsby marrying a Bob Ingram in 1895 but didn’t know where she fit. Since John K is nowhere to be found on the 1900 census, it supposed that he died and she remarried this Bob Ingram. So in standing with that I searched for first William Ingram and then Robert Ingram, thinking that the census people changed the name, or that Hattie did. (I have come across this many times in my research.) I found the following entry:

1910 Cannon County, TN Census search on

Eliza Higdon Age 60
Hattie Chatmon age 36
Robert Ingram age 15
Earl Ingram age 13

Now I don’t have access to ancestry so I could only get the basic info. This is what lead me to search for a Hattie in or around where John K and John D Rigsby lived on the 1880 census in DeKalb county.

I didn’t find anything conclusive, just some more theories.

Next, I happened to be looking thru some old census records for my theories on Youngs and Rigsby’s marrying and living near each other, since my ancestor William Rigsby had married a Willie Young (Father George Young –unknown additional info)

I came across the 1870 Dekalb County census with John D Rigsby, wife marry and children (one of which is John K and sisters Callie and Malinda who also fit in to my research…. See message #774 to 778.

As I was scrolling down the actual census image to find the entry for the Youngs or Rigsby’s I found an entry for a Eliza Higdon as HH and Hattie Higdon. The age for Eliza is off a little, as is the age for Hattie, however, as I said earlier, I am used to the ages varying for my ancestors, and I have come across this many times. (One of my ancestors had her age differ by 3 to 4 years on every census I found her on)

This cannot be a coincidence.

Here is my transcription of the actual census data. The handwriting is hard to read:

1870 Cannon County, City of Woobrury, Tennessee

#3 Household
Eliza Higdon 20 or 23
Hattie Higdon 4/12 or 42 (I can’t tell. Also says that she married in Feb that year, unless this is for Eliza)

#5 Household
Caster Young 20
Catherine 26
Columbus 9
James 7
Allie 1

#6 Household
John D Rigsby 40 TN
Mary 36 TN
Malinda 18 TN
Harriet S 13 TN
Malissa C 13 TN
John K 10 TN
James A 8 TN
Isabell 8/12 TN

I have the actual census image if anyone would care to see. I can't tell if Hattie is 4/12 years old of 42 years old. She is listed as a Higdon, however it says that she was married in Feb of that year. So it could be that Eliza married in Feb, or.... ughhh, do you see where I'm going with this. VERY frustrating!

Any help would really be appreciated.

Terry Rigsby-Clark

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