Joseph Rigney, born 11 May 1847 in Dublin Ireland, was the fourth of six sons of Joseph and Margaret Rigney. His brothers were Robert, born in 1842, Michael in 1844, Hugh in 1846, James in 1849, and William in 1850. Josphey immigrated at the age of twenty-one to New York aboard the Inman Line SS City of Brooklyn departing from Queensland, Ireland. Rigney became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. on 28 October 1876 at Fairfield County, Connecticut, where he resided in Bridgeport through the 1870s to the mid 1880s. His parents and five brothers were all living in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1870. Rigney Married Teresa Dolan in the late 1870s. she was born 18 February 1850, in New York City, second daughter of Irish immigrants Patrick and Catherine Dolan. Teresa's mother likely died shortly after she was born. Her father remarried a woman named Eliza and relocated the family to Bridgeport, Connecticut. He had four children by this second marriage. Joseph Rigney worked as a machinist and established the Central Teresa Sugar Company in Ceiba Hueca, Manzanillo, Cuba in 1886. He wrote an article titled "A Cuban Sugar Factory and its Equipment" published in 1910 in the Industrial Progress. He owned the sugar company until about 1911, and later worked as the chief engineer of the Dyer Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Joseph and Teresa Rigney had one daughter, Lillian, born 9 June 1879 at Bridgeport.She married First Lieutenant Warren Webster Whitside, 10th U.S. Cavalry, on 10 January 1901 at Manzanill. He was the son of the commander of the Department of Eastern Cuba, Brigadier General Samuel M. Whitside, and Caroline P. McGavock of Nashville, Tennessee. Teresa Rigney died on 6 December 1914 in New York. Joseph Rigney was living with his daughter and son-in-law in 1920 at Front Royal, Virginia, but any subsequent residence or date of death are unknown.