Daniel Rigby

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ChartsAncestors of Jennie Luene Logan
Daniel Rigby, son of James Rigby and Hannah Brown, was born say 1757.1,2 He died at Columbiana Co., Ohio, before 1850.1

Daniel married Abigail Baker, daughter of Aaron Baker and Mary Black, about 1784.3

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated at Edgmont, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania, with 1 free white male over 16, 2 under 16, and 2 free white females.4

On 20 May 1850, Seth Rigby filed a petition to partition the land his father, Daniel Rigby, deceased, of Columbiana Co., Ohio, but owned in Jay Co., Indiana. The initial petition named as heirs at law and next of kin, each being entitled to one ninth of the estate (except as noted):
* Mary Emmons, daughter of Daniel Rigby married to Jonathan Emmons
* Abigal Reigester deceased
* Elizabeth Penock, daughter of Daniel Rigby
* Ann Robins, daughter of Daniel Rigby, married to Clayton Robbins
* Hannah Marsh, daughter of Daniel Rigby
* Seth Rigby (petitioner), son of Daniel Rigby
* Hester Skinner daughter of James Rigby (deceased) who was a son of Daniel Rigby. Hester was married to Anderson Skinner
* Joseph Rigby, deceased, son of Daniel Rigby, left children John, Silas, Malinda White, married to Solomon White, and Malinda [sic] Slack, each entitled to 1/4 of 1/9 of the estate.
* Eli Rigby, deceased, son of Daniel Rigby, leaving widow Margaret and children Rachel Jennings married to James Jennings, Abigail Binehoit, married to Soloman Binehoit, Mary Stone, married to Noah Stone, and Daniel, Joseph, James, Seth, William, Eli, Hannah, David, Aaron, and Lewis Rigby, each entitled to 1/13 of 1/9 of the estate.

So far so good, but a year later, by the May term, 1851, Seth Rigby had died, and his heirs petitioned for their 1/6 of his 1/9 share and they were made parties to the suit for partition:
* Sarah Ann Harris,
* Harriet & Levi Johnson,
* Aaron B. Rigby,
* Hannah Rigby,
* Baker Rigby,
* Matilda Rigby.

The record shows that several of the heirs were not residents of Indiana:
* Mary & Jonathan Emmons
* Abigal Register
* Elizabeth Pennock, Ann and Clayton Robins
* John Rigby,
* Silas Rigby,
* Hannah Marsh

The land he owned is described as
The NE 1/4 of Section six in township 24 Norh of Range 13 East containing 155 and 35/100 acres
The SW quarter of Section 12 in township 23 N of Range 12 East containing 160 acres lying in Jay Co.

Everyone, including the guardians for the minors, agreed to the proportions granted, but to divide 320 acres nine ways, and then the various subdivisions by quarters, sixths, or thirteenths was going be unworkable. The court agreed, and ordered that first the land be sold by private sale by "the first day of the next term of this court for not less than the full apraised value thereof." Otherwise it was to be sold at a public sale "at the cour house door on said day to the highest bidder."

In two private sales, the second parcel was sold:
For $230 John Giger purchased "the South half of the SW quarter of Section 12 in township 23 N of Range 12 East containing about 80 acres"
For $230, Margaret Rigby (probably the widow of Eli), purchased the remainder of the second parcel, described as "the North half of the SW quarter of section 12 in Township 23 North of Range 12 East."

They were unable to sell the first parcel at either a private or public sale for almost two years for want of bidders, but in July 1853, John Giger purchased the parcel for $450.

Total proceeds from the sales was $910. The accounting showed $190.22 in various fees, charges, and other expenses, leaving $719.78 to be distributed which was ordered as follows:
* Jonathan & Mary Emmons     $102.82 4/7
* Abagale Regester          $102.82 4/7
* Elizabeth Pennock          $102.82 4/7
* Ann & Clayton Robins          $102.82 4/7
* Hannah March          $102.82 4/7
* John Rigby          $25.70 4/7
* Silas Rigby          $25.70 4/7
* Malinda & Solomon White     $25.70 4/7
* Milinda Slack          $25.70 4/7
* Rachel & James jennings     $5.98 5/7
* Abigal & Soloman Binehart     $5.98 5/7
* Nancy & Noah Stone     $5.98 5/7
* Daniel Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Joseph Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* James Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* William Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Seth Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Hannah Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Eli Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* David Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Aaron Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Lewis Rigby          $5.98 5/7
* Margaret Rigby, widow of Eli     $25 in lieu of dower.5


Abigail Baker b. 1 Jul 1764
  • Abigail Rigby1 b. 8 Jan 1785, d. 8 Apr 1869
  • James Rigby1 b. say 1791, d. bef. 1850
  • Mary Rigby1 b. 29 Nov 1791
  • Hannah Rigby1 b. say 1796
  • Joseph Rigby1 b. say 1798, d. bef. 1850
  • Seth Rigby+1 b. 1800, d. 3 Mar 1851
  • Eli Rigby1 b. say 1802, d. bef. 1850
  • Elizabeth Rigby1 b. say 1803
  • Ann Rigby1 b. say 1808
This person was last edited on1 Mar 2023


  1. [S1148] Jay County Courthouse, Portland, Indiana, Partition record, 1850-1872, 1:111-112, FHL microfilm 1750183, further cited as Jay Co. Partition Records.
  2. [S2617] Gilbert Cope, compiler, Genealogy of the Smedley Family: Descended from George and Sarah Smedley, Settlers in Chester County, Penna., With Brief Notices of Other Families of the Name, and Abstracts of Early English Wills (West Chester, Pennsylvania: s.p., 1901), 139, further cited as Cope, Smedley family.
  3. [S1161] Norma Baker McCullough, The Bakers of Sissinghurst and Other Relatives (Washington, Pennsylvania: p.p., 1981), 24-25, further cited as McCullough, Bakers of Sissinghurst.
  4. [S2161] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, 12 vols. (Washington D.C.: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, 1907-1908), PA:100, further cited as Heads of Families, 1790.
  5. [S1148] Jay Co. Partition Records, 1:111-124; FHL #17050183 #3.