Lynn, I think that our Virginia Rigney's must have originated somewhere else - or at least are descendents of someone we don't yet know about in the Carolina's.
The North Carolina Rigney trail seems to run out in the mid 1700's. In fact, our early North Carolina Rigney's - Benjamin, James and John appear to have had only female children - and the line appears to die off in Bath/Beaufort. None of these men appear to have had sons who would then go on to populate the Viriginia's, as witnessed by the wills of these 3 men.
If we use the information in Reta Ruppert's work on the Rigney's, we come away with the sense that this William Rigney was a brother to a Charles Rigney. As you know, my belief (unproven so far) is that William was the brother of Charles who married Catherine Alsup. I also have posted that I believe Charles and WM. travelled together through Montgomery, Botetourt and Franklin Co., until both were married - and BOTH settled in Franklin. I also believe that they are from above Virginia - maybe the Maryland or Pa. area.
Through everything that I have searched so far, I have found NO definitive connection between these two Rigney's and the Pittslyvania ones, nor have I found any connection between these two men and the North Carolina Rigneys.
Do you know of any other Rigney's in North Carolina who may have populated the Virginia's?
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