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"Mr. John E. Rigsbee gave the name "Guinea Prairie" to the land on which he settled in the early 1830s."
Celebrate Anniversary of Rigsbee Farm More than 60 relatives and friends gathered at the Rigsbee homestead on Guinea Prairie in Brooklyn Township Saturday, June 25, 2005, in celebration of the 170th anniversary of the homesteading of the farm by John E. Rigsbee. Four generations of the Rigsbee family were present at the gathering. The assembled guests enjoyed a potluck dinner at noon, featuring a big kettle of beans and bacon cooked in pioneer style on the hearth by Jane and Diane Rigsbee. An interesting program was arranged for the occasion. Sixth generation descendant David Rigsbee reviewed the history of Brooklyn Township and the farm on which the gathering took place. Nancy Rigsbee, a seventh generation descendant, was a featured vocalist, and Paul Miller entertained with selections played on his mountain dulcimer. Steve Hoover, assisted by the John Miller family, gave horse-drawn wagon tours of the farm. The Miller and Rigsbee families wore period clothing. John E. Rigsbee, one of Brooklyn Township's earliest settlers, arrived in Schuyler County, Illinois, from North Carolina in 1832. About 1835, he settled on the east half of the southeast quarter of section seven, calling his claim Guinea Prairie, by which the area is still known today. The original sheep skin deed granting title to the farm is preserved by members of the family. The log house built on the property in the 1830s still exists and was incorporated into the present frame house in 1900. At the death of John E. Rigsbee, the farm passed to his son, Lemech, then to his son, Everett, and to his son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Jane Rigsbee. The present owners are Jane, David and Diane Rigsbee. The oldest person in attendance was Ruby Waddell, and the youngest was Marcus Lee, an eighth generation Rigsbee descendant. Honored guests were Rigsbee cousins Marian and Dave Bonikowske, Dianne and John Turner, and Judy and Doug Peppers. - The Rushville Times, Wednesday, July 6, 2005, page 8A, column 4
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v.SAMUEL (JR) PURDUM, b. October 19, 1837, Hamilton Co/IN; d. August 08, 1918; m. CORNELIA RIGSBY, February 25, 1866, Schuyler Co/IL; b. 1839. [Samuel s/o Samuel A Purdum + Rebecca Doll Tullis]