Rigsbey / Rigsby, John William Family Pictures, Macoupin County IL

John William Rigsbey / Rigsby Family
and one unknown picture

contributed by Leslie Rigsby

I recently (April 2010) came into possession of a box of old photos.  Most of them are not identifiable.
The family photo below is John William Rigsbey and family at their home in Chesterfield Macoupin County IL.

I believe the unknown one may be William Andrew Rigsbey (Rigsby) but I'm not sure.  It was with the belongings of Marjorie Rigsby (my husband's grandma), wife of Robert L. Rigsby, son of William Andrew Rigsbey.

William Andrew Rigsby's grandparents were William Rigsby and Margaret Kennedy Rigsby of Garrard, Co. KY.
His parents were John William Rigsbey and Anna Eliza Conn Rigsbey, who moved from KY to Chesterfield, IL.
William's brother James T Rigsbey was more prominent.  There's a big section on him in the book listed below.

Source: History of Macoupin County, Illinois 1911. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company:

"The family of William and Margaret (Kennedy) Rigsbey consisted of eleven children, as follows: Mary, the widow of Frederick Shaw, of Garret (Garrard) county; Eliza, the widow of B. Conn, also of that county; Margaret, who married Benjamin Lunsford, of Garrett (Garrard) county; John William, of Macoupin county, Illinois; Parmelia, the widow of David Ross, of Garrett (Garrard) county, Kentucky; Harriet, who married James J Hawley, of Garrett (Garrard) county; David, also of that county, Lucy the wife of James Anderson, of the state of Texas; James T, of this review; and Robert H and Andrew, both of this county."

William Andrew went by the name "Andy."  He was never listed in a census as living in Chesterfield since he joined the army.

His father John William Rigsbey was listed starting in 1900.  I believe he was there as early as 1891 when he joined the Methodist church there.  He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, whatever that is!  There are a lot of Rigsbey's buried in a small cemetery called Gelder Cemetery (from the His Soc Cem Bk - NE corner of the S1/2 of the NW1/4 of Section 10 in Chesterfield Twp).

If you have anyone who would like to go through my box of photos in the hopes of identifying and sharing them, please let me know.

John William Rigsbey and family at their home.

Unknown? may be William Andrew Rigsbey (Rigsby)

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