Ellen Rigg was born in Elkhorn Township, Brown County, Illinois. She was the youngest of eight children of Stephen Austin and Ellen Perry Rigg. She grew up on the family farm on Wheeler Ridge, Elkhorn Tsp.
Siblings: Joseph 'Owen' 1885-1965; Constance 'Pearl' (Walker) 1887-1966; Stephen Ray 1889-1967; James Athiel 1892-1942; Mervin D. 1894-1967; Elizabeth 'Bessie' Mae (Hall) 1897-1990; and Velma Jane (Stout-Daab) 1900-1985.
Stephen, James, Velma and both parents are buried in the Hersman Cemetery, and Owen is buried in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery in Brown County, Illinois. Mervin and Bessie died in Colorado and Pearl died in Princeville, Illinois.