Kristin, I was under the impression that Powell Riggins (whose wife was Ruth Trice) died in Orange Co. rather than going to TN. Don, can you set me straight on this? Here's the information from records at the NC Archives that gave me the impression that Powell died in Orange Co:
Entry in the Orange Co. court minute book dated 26 Aug 1806: administration of the estate of Powell Riggains, dec’d, granted to Ruth Riggains, widow, who entered into bond with Charity Trice and Francis Barbee in the sum of £ 300. The call number at the archives for the relevant volume of the minutes is C.R.073.301.14, see entry at p. 187.
Further, there are original estate records for Powell Riggins (also at the Archives) contained in a fibredex box titled "Orange County Estates Records, 1754-1944, Ridley - Rives;" the call number is C.R.073.508.100. The box contains a file folder labeled “Riggins, Powell 1806.” The file contains two copies of an inventory dated 25 August, no year, titled “the property of Powel Rigins dec’d.” The list includes among other things 6 horses, 9 head of cattle, 31 hogs, 8 sheep, 4 beds and furniture, 2 bedsteads, 2 chests, 2 tables, 5 chairs, one Bible, one Testament, one magazine, six spelling books ...one looking glass, “one set of shew maker tules one loom four sides of leather ...” and other items. Notes on hand totaled £161.5. The inventory was signed Ruth (x) Riggains. One of the copies of the inventory had values assigned to each item. I wish I had made a copy, I would send it to you -- all I have are my notes. (If you DO want a copy, call the NC State Library and Archives in Raleigh and give them the call number; they'll mail a copy of the inventory to you, although they won't copy the court minute book).
I may have notes on some deed and other records for Powell if you are interested. I would love information on the dates and spouses of Ruth and Powell's children if you are willing to share (email me if you prefer, email@example.com).
Don, I didn't know Ruth Trice Riggins went to TN, thanks for the information. Also, are you aware of the proof that Edward Trice Sr.'s wife Tabitha was nee Harrison? I understand that is longstanding Trice "conventional wisdom," and that Edward and Tabitha had a son named Harrison, but I would LOVE to know what the other evidence is if you would be willing to share.
Thanks in advance! Robin Willis (Edward and Tabitha are my 5-greats grandparents)