From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 309-310, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Peter Rigg, a prominent farmer of Missouri township, Brown
county, is a native of Anderson county, Kentucky, having been born
there, March 11, 1830. His grandfather, also Peter, came from England
and settled in Virginia when it was yet a colony of Great Britain,
serving in the Revolutionary war. He resided on the banks of the
Potomac river for many years, but finally removed, at an early period,
to Bourbon county, Kentucky, and later resided twenty years in Anderson
county, Kentucky. From there he removed to Shelby county, Kentucky,
where he died. He reared an interesting family of six children, of whom
Richard Watson, father of our subject, was the second. Richard was born
in Virginia in 1789, and grew to manhood in that State, but was married
in Anderson county, Kentucky, to Elizabeth George, a native of
Kentucky. Her father came from the Carolinas. This marriage ceremony
took place in the early part of 1812. Mrs. Rigg died, and in the fall
of 1830 Mr. Rigg married Peggy Utterback. By his first marriage he had
two children: William T., an honored citizen of Missouri township; and
Sarah, who married Henry Ausmus, but died April 17, 1852. By the second
marriage he had seven children: Elizabeth, wife of John B. Ausmus, of
Texas; Susan, wife of Joshua P. Singleton, of Missouri township; Eliza
J. married James M. Parker and died August 13, 1855; James N. (see
sketch); Margaret, wife of Abner Cogburn, of Hancock county; our
subject; and John, who died November 24, 1852.
In the fall of 1831 Mr. Rigg moved from Kentucky to Illinois,
first stopping in Morgan county. He then settled in Schuyler county, in
that part which is now in Brown county, on section 20, Missouri
township. Here he improved a farm, where he resided until his death,
October 23, 1869.
Mr. Peter Rigg was reared on a farm until manhood and remained
at home until his marriage in 1852, when he was united to Mary E.
Clark, daughter of William A. Clark. She was born in Logan county,
Kentucky, March 7, 1833.
Mr. Rigg continued to reside on the homestead, of which he
became owner. He now has 190 acres of land and carries on mixed
farming, to which he has given his entire attention.
Mr. and Mrs. Rigg have had nine children, three of whom grew up.
They are: William C., born December 14, 1863, married February 4, 1890,
to Nettie Miller, and they have one daughter, Myrtle, born in 1891;
Melissa, born August 22, 1871, married March 15, 1892, to Eldred
Yowell, resides in Monroe county, Missouri; Richard W., born July 8,
Mr. Rigg is a stanch Democrat in politics and has served his township as School Treasurer and Commissioner of Highways.
He is an old regular Baptist in religion. He has been a hard
working man all his life and richly deserves all the prosperity that he
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