I see he was born in 1897, which means he won't be on any of the censuses I posted. He might be hard to track down. There were lots of Rigsbys in TN, and William was a common name.
I suspect I know about where he fits in, though. On the 1860 census in Cannon Co TN Baalam Rigsby was living with a John Young family. On the same page is Thomas III Rigsby, who had a son William born in 1852. Between 1870 and 1880 this William married Sarah Young, also born 1852. By 1880 they had three daughters. Thomas and Baalam were brothers. They were sons of Thomas II Rigsby, who was a son of Thomas Rigsby born about 1760 and lived in Mecklenburg Co NC.
Another possibility is nearby DeKalb Co, where there were also Rigsby-Young connections. I don't have those figured out yet, I'm afraid. I do know that Baalam Rigsby above moved to DeKalb Co, and so did other of Thomas I's descendants.
I suspect your William fits in there somewhere. This branch of the Rigsbys seems to be closely tied to the Youngs.
>Besides the obvious mispelling of Rigsbey. What other misspellings are >there??
There's Riggsby, Rigsbee, and Riggsbee. But all these spellings, and Rigsbey, seem to have been actually used by some branches. It's hard to tell which are variations and which are misspellings on the census. When I'm done analyzing the census entries I should have a better idea. Now what's bad are the transcription errors, when someone tried to read the census-taker's writing. That gives us Rigsley, Riglee, Rigbsy, Risby, and even Rigsbery.
>What is your line??
My gg-grandmother was Jane Ellen Rigsby, born 1841 in Allen Co KY. Her father was John W Rigsby, born 1812 in SC. His father was John Rigsby, born about 1787 in Wake Co NC. His father was James Rigsby, born before 1774.
There were three Rigsby immigrants before 1700: James, John, and Thomas. They all came to VA. I haven't been able to find out about their children yet. Naturally I'd guess my James comes from James, and your Thomas comes from Thomas. With common names like those, though, any of the three immigrants could be our ancestors.
I hope that can be of help. Let me know when you figure out how your William connects up.