States: Pennsylvania: Elk
Hi Kathy. In some of the census records, Anthony was listed as Antony, probably the French/German version of Anthony. Anton would be very close to the name your Uncle mentioned Antwon. Due to the very small number of Rigards in the US I am pretty sure they are one in the same. Your grandfather Michael would have been my grandfather's Uncle. So your Dad and my grandfather were first cousins. I know that my grandparents visited St. Mary's frequently. They moved away after they were married. I have many pictures of them from taht time. Many of the pictures were taken with their friends and family that I have been unable to identify.
I was able to get a lot of information from the census records, just nothing further back than Anthony and Alleck. I do wonder how they arrived in Saint Mary's too. A Frenchman answered a question I posted on another forum. He gave me a site listing a lot of Rigards from Alsace Lorraine. I wasn't able to find anything, but then I do not speak French.
I would definitely be interested in sharing information. Thanks.
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