You are related to my family. Our family is in Washington state and came from Ivy, Dallas Co., Ark. just five miles from Leola. Many of our family are still there. I don't recognize your dad or granddad's names, but you probably link to me through the older generation and there were a BUNCH of them down there. My great grandparents were Edward Durham and Mary Evelyn Fite Riggan of Ivy, Ark. Edward Riggan was the son of Thomas and Mary Bland Riggan of Ivy and Mary Evelyn was the daughter of Nathaniel and Ellen Crowder Fite.
My 2nd great grandfather had two brothers, John and Edward Riggan who lived near him in Ivy and who left considerable descendants. If you are not off our line, you're probably off theirs. All the Riggan boys were sons of Edward D Riggan, Sr. and his wife Sally Harris from Warren Co., NC who came to Arkansas and appear on the 1850 census in Hot Spring Co. The line goes all the way back to Virginia and Ireland. If you want the lineage, I can forward it to you. Our family is still largely represented outside Arkansas in North Carolina and we're descended from the Bell, Thompson, Carter, Durham, Egerton, Harris families of Warren Co., NC. Many of these lines go into Isle of Wight and Surry Counties in Virginia in the 1600's. Let me hear from you.
Here's my line:
John Riggan = Ann Bell
b. ca 1730 Surry Co., VA
d. Warren Co., NC
Jacob Riggan = Elizabeth Carter, daughter of Giles Carter
b. ca. 1750 NC
d. 1803 Warren Co., NC
John Carter Riggan = Jesabel Durham
b. ca 1770 Warren Co., NC
d. ca 1816 Warren Co., NC
Edward Durham Riggan = Sally Harris, probably daughter of Burwell Harris and his wife and cousin Nancy B. Mealer, daughter of James and Sally Harris Mealer.
b. 1806 Warren Co., NC
d. after 1860 Arkansas
Thomas Hawkins Riggan = Mary E. Bland
b. 1832 Warren Co., NC
d. 1891 Dallas Co., Ark.
Edward Durham Riggan = Mary Evelyn Fite
b. 1881 Ivy, Dallas Co., Ark.
d. 1964 Brewster, Okanogan Co., WA
Roy Riggan = Laura Mae Smith
b. 1912 Ivy, Dallas Co., Ark.
d. 1970 Brewster, Okanogan Co., WA
James E. Riggan = Barbara A. Yancey
b. 1937 Ivy, Dallas Co., Ark.
Steve Riggan (myself)
b. 1967 Brewster, Okanogan Co., WA
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