Sally was a mere mortal, however. She pulled one disappearing act in 1860 but the rest of her life is well documented. She and Alfred had six children:
- John W. Riggin: born about 1835, died before 1897, married 1) Mary Ramsey and 2) Clementine Wells
- Nathaniel D. Riggin: born about 1837, died 1864, married Sarah A. Matlock
- James Carroll Riggin: born 1838, died 1907, married 1) Sarah A. Hulme and 2) Rebecca Heady
- Theodore Augustus Riggin: born 1840, died 1910, married 1) Mirey M. Raselle and 2) Caroline Vangundy
- William H. Riggin: born 1844, died 1877
- Mary Jane Riggin: born about 1848, married Charles H. Norton
Nathaniel served as a Private in Company I, 7th Illinois Infantry. He died in Cahaba, Alabama, which was the location of a Confederate prisoner of war camp on 16 November 1864. On 26 September 1885 his mother received a pension for her son's Civil War service. Interestingly, her name is not listed on the image of the card on Fold3.com:
|Civil War Pension Index Card for Nathaniel D. Riggin from Fold3.com|
However, his card from Ancestry.com provides his mother's name.
|Civil War Pension Index Card for Nathaniel D. Riggin from Ancestry.com|
Had she remarried?
According to the Illinois Marriage Index, 1763-1900, a searchable database available on the Illinois State Archives website, she did. A Mrs. Sarah Riggin and James M. Robinson were issued a marriage license on 6 May 1856 in Madison County. Maybe this is why Sarah and younger children disappeared in 1860?
I now have more things to add to my research to-do list:
- Obtain a copy of Nathaniel's pension file from the National Archives
- Order the Robinson-Riggin marriage record from the Illinois Regional Archives Despository
- Search for Sarah Robinson in the 1860 census