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Minerva  Rigsby 

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Enoch Rigsby
1810 - 1849

Nancy C. Measles / Mizell
1820 - 1915
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Minerva Rigsby
1846 - 1910
Minerva Rigsby was born about 1846 somewhere in Georgia and died about 1910 somewhere in Georgia. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 64 years old.

Her parents were Enoch and Nancy C. Measles Rigsby. Minerva had one daughter named Martha Jane Rigsby-Howard.

When Minerva is 29 years old, her daughter, Martha, is adopted by Simeon D. Howard Jr., who is identified as Martha's father. Martha is 10 years old when she is adopted. The adoption records say Minerva is no longer able to care for her child.

Census9/30/1850 District 4 GA (Randolph County) 4 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) 14 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.  
Other7/1/1867 GA (Randolph County) 21 yrs old 
The state vs Nancy and Mary Rigsby - charged with keeping lewd home. 
Other7/4/1867 GA (Randolph County) 21 yrs old 
The state vs Nancy and Martha Rigsby - charged with keeping lewd home. 
Other5/1/1874 GA (Randolph County) 28 yrs old 
The state vs Minerva Rigsby and Jennie Merthens(spelling?) - charged with keeping lewd home. 
Other9/7/1875 GA (Calhoun County) 29 yrs old 
Calhoun County ~ To the Superior of said county
The petition of Simeon D. Howard of said county respectfully showeth that he is desirous of adopting the girl child of Manerva Rigsby named Martha Jane Rigsby so as to render said child capable of inheriting petitioners property & partaking petitioners name. That said child is of the age of ten years. And that the petitioners is the reported father of said child Martha Ann, and that the mother of said child is incapable of raise & educate & support said child is living and consents to petitioners so application. Wherefore petitioners prays to passing an order in conformity with the statue in such case made and primed.
This Sept. 6th 1875 Simeon D. Howard by his atty. L. G. Castledge
I consent to the above petition this Sept. 7th 1875
Manerva Rigsby
( her mark)
In presences of J R Brown
If appearing by the petitioners of Simeon D. Howard of said county that said petitioner is desirous of adopting Martha Jane Rigsby the reputed child of said petitioners so as to render said child capable of inheriting his petitioners property and if appearing that the mother of said child consents to said application and the court being satisfied of the truth of the facts stated in said petition therefore it is ordered and declared Martha Ann Rigsby daughter of Manerva Rigsby of the age of ten years the refuted child of petitioners in the adopted child of said petitioners and capable of inherently his property according to the state in such case is made ; and it is further ordered that said child take the name of petitioner according to the statute in such cases made
Save in open court this Sept. 21 st 1875
John L. Harris Judge of le Blessedly  
Census6/17/1880 District 998 GA (Randolph County) 34 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.  

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1 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
4 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
5 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
6 1852 Taylor County formed.
7 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
8 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
10 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
11 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
12 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
24 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
29 1875 Oconee County formed.
59 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
7 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
10 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
13 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
19 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
23 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
31 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
33 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
43 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
49 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
51 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
54 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.
54 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
55 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
56 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
57 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
58 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
60 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
60 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
60 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
15 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
16 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
36 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
39 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
62 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
9 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
14 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
16 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
17 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
19 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
22 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
29 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
30 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
63 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
64 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.
63 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe

Simeon Howard
Born on December 11, 1843 and died on January 8, 1919
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The Children of Minerva Rigsby

Martha Jane Rigsby - Howard
Born in Morgan, Calhoun County, Georgia about 1865 and died somewhere in Georgia about 1900. She was about 35 years old.

She married Henry H. Crawford (1859- before 1900)
Simmie Crawford (July 1882 GA)-(she was blind)
Henry D.Crawford (Dec. 1884 GA -bef.1919)-married Ethel Blanchard
James Enock C...
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