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Riggins in N.C.
Posted by: dean halleman (ID *****6241) Date: September 01, 2010 at 15:38:14
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My Riggins family is a huge brick wall, I was told the family was around Raleigh perhaps in the 1850's.
Today i found an online death certificate that gives fathers place of birth as Greensboro, N.C.
Details are this:
Jefferson James Riggins (went by Jeff in adult years)
born about 1851-55
fathers name Jim born in U.S.
no mother or sibling information
Jeff married in 1879 in Illinois, his obit says he was a life long citizen of the area.
We can not connect to any other Riggins in the Grisham township, Montgomery County or the Bond county Illinois areas and believe me we have all tried to connect to each other, he just doesnt fit in any other Riggins nearby.
My question is this,
1. were records destroyed during the civil war that would prevent me from finding this person in N.C.?
2. Was traveling between Raleigh and Greensboro common at that time?
3. Does anyone have a source that you could lead me to where I can search online for records for that area in those years?
I have about given up on breaking this wall and he is my dads grandfather so it isnt that far back!!
There are no Riggins left to question family history and no one seems to have any written records left by the family as to where he came from.
Thanks for the help in advance.

Dean Halleman

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