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John Lowry Rigney
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1850
Death: Jul. 13, 1925

John L. Rigney and his twin sister Anna Rigney were born January 2, 1850. They are considered by some as the first white children born in Puget Sound.

John married Ellen Madden in 1878 and they moved to a home in Steilacoom in 1882. They raised their seven children and lived there until their deaths, Ellen in 1909 and John L. on July 13, 1925. The 1880 census lists John L. as one of five wardens at the "insane asylum".

The state hospital for the mentally ill, known as Western State Hospital since its inception in 1870, is housed in what was Fort Steilacoom, where john L. and Anna were born.

John L. had been associated with various state Institutions most of his life and was in charge of the Pierce County Hospital from 1903 until 1909. He served as councilman and school director for Steilacoom several times. He was a member of the Catholic Church of Steilacoom and active in the Pierce County Historical Society.

Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Washington State Death Records
Name: John L. Rigney
Date Of Death: 13 Jul 1925
Age: 75
Gender: Male
Father Name: John Rigney
Mother Name: Elizabeth Lowery
Batch Locality: Washington, United States
Death Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
Spouse Name: Ellen Madden Rigney

Census 1880 Steilcoom WA
self John L. Rigney M 30 Washington
wife Ellen Rigney F 23 Washington
dau Mary E. Rigney F 8M Washington

Census 1900 Steilacoom WA
John L Rigney working at Western State Hospital
head Ellen F Rigney F 44 Washington
son George W Rigney M 17 Washington
son Wilfred E Rigney M 14 Washington
daughter Nellie J Rigney F 11 Washington
son Leon F Rigney M 9 Washington
daughter Jennie I Rigney F 6 Washington
daughter Edith R Rigney F 4 Washington

Census 1910 Steilacoom WA
self John L Rigney M 60y Washington
son John T Rigney M 28y Washington
son George W Rigney M 26y Washington
dau Nellie J Rigney F 20y Washington
son Leon F Rigney M 18y Washington
dau Jennie I Rigney F 15y Washington
dau Edith R Rigney F 13y Washington
dau Cathleen A Rigney F 8y Washington

Census 1920 Pierce WA
self John L Rigney M 69y Washington
son Benjamin Rigney M 27y Washington
dau Dorothy Rigney F 25y Washington
dau Edith Rigney F 23y Washington
grson John Rigney M 5y Washington 
Family links: 
  John Rigney (1815 - 1892)
  Elizabeth Lowry Rigney (1823 - 1889)
  Ellen F Madden Rigney (1856 - 1909)
  John Thomas Rigney (1882 - 1920)*
  Edwin W Rigney (1886 - 1928)*
  Nell Rigney McPike (1889 - 1952)*
  Leon F Rigney (1891 - 1978)*
  Dorothy Jane Rigney Feller (1894 - 1970)*
  Kathleen Ann Rigney (1901 - 1918)*
  Annie Rigney Eustace (1850 - 1922)*
  John Lowry Rigney (1850 - 1925)
  George W Rigney (1855 - 1886)*
  Thomas H Rigney (1859 - 1878)*
  Lucia Rose Rigney O'Donnell (1861 - 1951)*
  Marcella Catherine Rigney Henly (1861 - 1950)*
  Edward M Rigney (1867 - 1898)*
  Nell Rigney McPike (1889 - 1952)**
  Dorothy Jane Rigney Feller (1894 - 1970)**
*Calculated relationship
Old Pioneer Cemetery
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Maintained by: Patrick Cardinal
Originally Created by: Taweret
Record added: Jun 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92651210
John Lowry Rigney
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John Lowry Rigney
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John Lowry Rigney
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