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Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street

Page 745

A. RIGGIN, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 9. Prominent among the stanch and reliable men in this county, who have grown up with it, and been identified with its interests, before and since its organization, is A.K. Riggin, who was born one and one-quarter miles northeast of Athens, April 23, 1822. He is the second child of a family of five born to Harry and Merriam Lee (Rogers) Riggin. The Lees are supposed to be relatives of the Lees in Virginia, and the Rogerses related to those of martyrdom fame. Mr. Riggin was born in Sevier Co., E. Tenn., in 1793. His wife, Merriam, was born in Oswego Co., N.Y. Harry Riggin came to this country before it was a State, in 1817, and was married in March, 1818, and located at Troy, Madison Co., and came to what is now known as Athens, in the spring of 1820 where he settled. He obtained a good education for those early times. His father being greatly interested in education, gave his son every advantage, and boarded many a school teacher free of charge to encourage them to give his son some special aid, while at home, which he improved so well, that before he attained his majority, he had taught four quarters at school. Then, attended school at McKendree College one year, also one year at the Illinois College, at Jacksonville. Subsequent to this, he taught school at different places, and, in the fall of 1848, became a candidate for the office of Circuit Clerk, but was defeated by four votes. This was the first election held for that purpose in the county. He then made a trip to Mississippi, where he taught about one year. In 1852, he was again a candidate for the office of Circuit Clerk , and was elected, and, at the expiration of that term, was re-elected by a handsome majority. After the Lincoln election, he retired from the political arena, and has since been actively engaged in farming. He lived the life of a bachelor until his 52nd year. Nov. 26, 1874 he married Mary C. Deal, who was born in McLean Co. April 12, 1850, and is the daughter of Samuel C. Deal, of Augusta Co., VA. Had two children - Harry, born Oct. 9, 1875; Augustus, born Oct. 5, 1877. Has always been a temperate man, and owes the practice of this virtue to the teachings of his mother. He deals in fine stock, and remembers when there was no Petersburg or Lincoln.

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