|About Minerva Rigsby|
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.
1846 - 1910
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.
|Census||9/30/1850 ||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.
|Census||6/28/1860 ||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.
|Other||7/1/1867 ||GA (Randolph County) ||21 yrs old |
|The state vs Nancy and Mary Rigsby - charged with keeping lewd home. |
|Other||7/4/1867 ||GA (Randolph County) ||21 yrs old |
|The state vs Nancy and Martha Rigsby - charged with keeping lewd home. |
|Other||5/1/1874 ||GA (Randolph County) ||28 yrs old |
|The state vs Minerva Rigsby and Jennie Merthens(spelling?) - charged with keeping lewd home. |
|Other||9/7/1875 ||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
( 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
|Census||6/17/1880 ||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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Minerva, her family, and friends. For example, Minerva is 9 years old when Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
||Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
||Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
||Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
||Taylor County formed.
||Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
||Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
||Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
||Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
||Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
||Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
||Oconee County formed.
||Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
||The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
||The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
||Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
||Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
||Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
||Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
||Edison invents the electric light bulb.
||The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
||Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
||First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
||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.
||Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
||First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
||The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
||Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
||The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
||The triode vacuum tube is invented
||Electrons are discovered by Thomson
||Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
||NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
||NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
||Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
||Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
||May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
||American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
||An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
||Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
||The National League of Baseball is founded
||The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
||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.
||The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
Born on December 11, 1837 and died on January 9, 1919
|The Children of Minerva Rigsby|
|Martha Jane Rigsby - Howard|
Born somewhere in 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(she was blind)
James E. Crawford...