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Martha A. Rigsby 

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Enoch Rigsby
1810 - 1849

Nancy C. Measles / Mizell
1820 - 1915
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Martha A. Rigsby
1844 - 1911
Martha A. Rigsby was born about 1844 in Calhoun County, Georgia and died about 1911 somewhere in Georgia. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 67 years old.

She was called "Matt". Her parents were Enoch and Nancy C. Measles Rigsby. Her father died when she was young and her mother remarried in 1854 to a man named Benjamin Williams.

Martha and James had three children:
  1. Alice Virgina Rigsby (1867)
  2. Mark R. Rigsby (6/1870) and
  3. James Edward Rigsby (7/1887).
Census9/30/1850 District 4 GA (Randolph County) 6 yrs old 
Listed as family 81: Nancy Rigsby (age 30), Enoch Rigsby (age 9), Martha Rigsby (age 7), Meremy Rigsby (age 4), and Nancy Rigsby (age 2). All were born in GA. Their estate is valued at $2,500.  
Census6/28/1860 GA (Randolph County) 16 yrs old 
Listed as family 509: Benjamin William (age 72), Nancy William (age 35), James William (age 4), Robert William (age 2), Martha Rigsby (age 15), Maneven Rigsby (age 13), and Catharine Rigsby (age 11). All were born in NC. Benjamin is a Grocer.  
Census8/1/1870 Subdivision 146 GA (Randolph County) 26 yrs old 
Listed as family #784: James Knight (age 30), Mary Ann Knight (age 25), Martha Rigsby (age 24) and Alice Rigsby (age 3), Mark Rolen Rigsby(1 mon-born in June). James is a chair maker and his wife, Mary Ann, is keeping house. Martha is a domestic servant. James estimates the value of his real estate to be $300 and personal property $200. All were born in GA. James cannot write and Mary Ann and Martha cannot read or write.
Other members of the Knight family live near James and his family. They are reported on the census as:
#785 - Chancy Knight (age 61 SC)
#786 - Oliver B. Knight (age 41 GA), Nancy (32 GA), John T. (14 GA),Elizabeth (16 GA), John F. Gilder (16 GA)farm worker. Oliver is a chair maker.
#778 - Salathiel Knight (age 67 SC) Jane Knight (29 NC), Marion (19 GA), Lucius (12 GA), Martha (21 GA) , Isadora R. (9mos GA). 
Census6/17/1880 District 998 GA (Randolph County) 36 yrs old 
Listed as family #72: James Knight (white male, age 40), Mary A. (wife, age 38), Minnie B., (daughter, age 8), Edith (daughter, age 6), William E. (son, age 4), and Estella (daughter, age 1). James is employed as a chair maker. Martha Rigsby (boarder, age 36), Alice (daughter, age 13), Marke B. (son, age 10). Martha and her children are keeping house.

Listed as family #71: Oliver B. Knight (white male, age 51) and Nancy A. (wife, age 44). Oliver is employed as a chair maker.

Listed as family #74: Mollie Williams (white male, age 30), Lou Ella Williams (daughter, age 7), and Mineva Rigsby (boarder, age 28). Mineva appears to be a laborer working for the Williams.  
Census1/1/1910 Militia District 998 GA (Randolph County) 66 yrs old 
family 234 - Mark Rigsby (40), Louisa Rigsby (37), Leon Rigsby (16), Lelia Rigsby (14), Clifford Rigsby (13), Roland Rigsby (11), Lillian Rigsby (9), Walter Rigsby (7), Fanny Rigsby (5), Emma Rigsby (1) & mother - Martha Rigsby (64). All were born in Georgia. Mark and Louisa have been married 20 years. They have had nine children, eight are living. Mark is a farmer. 

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3 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
6 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
7 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
8 1852 Taylor County formed.
9 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
10 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
12 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
13 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
14 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
26 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
31 1875 Oconee County formed.
61 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
9 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
12 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
15 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
21 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
25 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
33 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
35 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
45 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
51 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
53 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
56 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
56 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
57 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
58 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
59 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
60 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
62 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
62 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
62 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
17 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
18 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
38 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
41 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
64 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
11 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
16 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
18 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
19 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
21 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
24 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
31 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
32 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
65 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
66 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
65 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe

James Knight
Born on June 27, 1838 and died on October 7, 1911
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The Children of Martha A. Rigsby

33 years old
Alice Virgina Rigsby
Born in Randolph, Georgia on January 5, 1867 and died in Calhoun County, Georgia on November 10, 1913. She was 46 years old.

Her parents were James Knight and Martha Rigsby....
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Marcus Roland Rigsby
Born somewhere in Georgia on June 8, 1870 and died in Terrell Co., Georgia on August 4, 1953. He was about 83 years old.

He married Louisa V. Belcher.

Leon M. Rigsby (1893)
Lelia G. Rigsby
Clifford G. Rigsby (1897- 1960)
Roland J. Rigsby (1899 - 9/15/1965)
Lillian ...
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James Edward Rigsby
Born in Calhoun County, Georgia on July 4, 1887 and died in Muscogee County, Georgia on January 27, 1968. He was 80 years old.

He was called Jim. He owned and operated a Grocery Store in Fountain Bridge, GA. He ran a Grist Mill and made he made wooden chairs and rocking chairs, he also played the fiddle. He married Samantha L...
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