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Craig & Tonya Banks (#46890871)
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Bio Photo When I joined Find a Grave it was a good website where a person could find and connect to their past without having to pay an annual fee. As I searched other volunteers home pages, I would read in their bios how they too expressed their support for the website and how it helped them to find a love one. On certain occasions though, I would come across a bio in which the volunteer didn't write a bio about themselves, but they expressed anger about the neglect of other individuals who didn't abide by the website rules. As I continued to read the bio, I wondered why they would choose to express their anger and frustration rather than write something good about themselves. Well after many years of contributing memorials, photos, and flowers, I know now why they wrote those angry words. I have come to realize that when a website offers free membership, it opens the door to every idiot who has nothing better to do than to create frustration and tension for other people. If these trouble causing individuals were forced to pay an annual fee, I believe they would think twice about wasting their money on creating aggravation for other individuals. I am changing my policy, and will be a STRICT keeper of the Find a Grave Rules. This means: Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be YOUR siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. If you don't understand this, then go find someone who does understand this statement and can explain it to you. There are many of my relatives memorials that I don't manage and I am quite happy to leave them in the hands of other people. If there is something I want added to the memorial I click the EDIT tab and make my request. This is the correct, by the rules, way for this website. If this rule is not followed, then when I receive your email/request, I will list it as spam and it will be deleted.
Another rule I have found that volunteers are breaking is the photo copyright rule. You CANNOT claim a photo you DID NOT TAKE. I have found many of my photos being copied and pasted on other memorials. This is a serious rule infraction. REMEMBER, IF YOU DIDN'T TAKE THE PICTURE.....DON'T TAKE CREDIT FOR THE PICTURE! Ask for permission.
Finally, Be accurate with your information. When photo volunteers go out to fill a photo request, they are taking their time and money to get you that photo. Don't just put someone in a cemetery because it seems like the right one. Take the time to do some research and get confirmation before you list a memorial. Be Considerate!

There are certain individuals out there (and you know who your are) who have caused me to take these measures and unfortunately for the innocent, I'm sorry but things have changed.



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Jrigdon
RE: Daniel Rigdon
I don't know who Laura Lasinger is. There's no message from her on that date in your Public messages.

Never the less, she is WRONG! I've been working on this family pretty much full time for over three years. Here is just ONE of my sources (below). It has a good overview of that part of the family. 'The History of Bulloch County' refers to him as an Irishman. That is the only source that I have heard for him being Irish. But the truth is that only his mother was Irish. There are many sources that state that he was son of Thomas and Amy (O'Neal) Rigdon and all state that he was born in Barnwell, SC. Other than your Find A Grave page,I haven't found a single item that indicates that he was born in Ireland. I have his will, his probate records, his estate sale record, his directions for disposal of non-sold items of his estate sales, multiple census records, and copies of various history books, etc.

Daniel Rigdon (Apr. 14, 1788 - Sep. 21, 1847)Daniel was born in Barnwell District, SC. He was the son of
Thomas Rigdon and Amy (O'Neal) Rigdon. He married Mary
or Polly Touchston (Touchstone), born in Barnwell District, SC
about 1788. They had 8 children: Thomas H. (ca. 1810), Hyrum
(Hiram) (Jan. 6, 1813), Wiley Oct. 10, 1823), Lewis (Aug. 11,
1825), Mitchell (Apr. 5, 1829), Catherine (Lanier) (Apr. 23,
1815), Eliza (Kirby), Martha (Gould) (Oct. 10, 1823), Mary
(May 24, 1827), Elizabeth (ca. 1831) and America (Andra) Ann
(Aug. 10, 1833). They moved to GA. and settled in Bulloch
County. All of the children were born there. He witnessed a
deed to Charles Partin, June 1, 1813 in Tattnall County, GA.
He was mustered Jan. 10, 1814 and stationed at Ft. James on
Mulligans Bluff, Pains Landing on the Altamaha River, 2 miles
above the mouth of Beards creek for the protection of the
frontier against indian attack. He was discharged Mar. 10,
1814. Bulloch County records report, "Due to the fact that GA
1790, 1800, and 1810 census records burned by fire in
Washington, DC and the fact that the 1820 census of Bulloch
County is incomplete, the following requested that their marks
and brands be recorded, p. 17, Daniel Rigdon, Feb. 6, 1816,
Signed Ely Kennedy." The 1820 GA Land Lottery shows that
he received Land Lot # 232, section 11 and Land Lot # 12,
section 8. He was listed in the 1820 Georgia census and in the
1830 South Carolina census. In 1830 his family consisted of 1
male < 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50, 1 female < 5,
1 female 5-10, 2 females 10-15, 1 female 30-40. By 1840, he had
moved back to Georgia and is listed in the Bulloch County
census. Daniel owned a farm 3 miles north of Statesboro on
Mill Creek, Old #6 Road on top of the nearest hill toward
Statesboro and opposite James Boyd's farm. A Rigdon had
also owned the Lakeview Country Club, 3 miles north of
Statesboro on Mill Creek. Daniel is listed in the 1847 Bulloch
County, GA Wills and Mixed Records - 5A:77.
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The History of Bulloch County has this paragraph about
Daniel on p. 36.
"Another early sawmill (in Statesboro) was the one that was
built by the Irishman, Daniel Rigdon on Belcham creek, 3 miles
north of Statesboro.
Daniel Rigdon came to Bulloch before 1820 and by 1847 had
accumulated over 3,000 acres of land north of Statesboro. The
mill was excavated with the help of a young Irishman who
had studied for the priesthood in Ireland but had chnaged his
mind and emigrated to America. William Gould had worked
on the Erie Canal in NY and later followed the Irish to
Savannah to work on the Ogeechee Canal. Later he came to
Bulloch and worked for Rigdon and married his daughter,
Martha.
In 1841, the following account was presented to the
Commissioners of the Common School Fund. Dr. to Jessee
Moore, Margery Sims and Daniel Rigdon for the tuition of the
following scholars taught by Isaac Odell.
Martha Rigdon - 15
Mary Rigdon - 12
Wily Rigdon - 15
Mitchel Rigdon - 10
Sworn to and subscribed before me this November 1st, 1841.
Samuel L. Moore. J.I.C.B.C. (signed) Isaac Odell. There were
also 18 other children listed.
Daniel's will was probated Nov. 1, 1847. It is found in Book
5A:77-79 of the Bulloch County, GA Wills and Mixed Records.
It lists his wife as executor. An appraisal of his property was
performed Nov. 27, 1847 (cf. p. 166) and a sale of his estate was
held Oct. 21, 1848 (cf. pps. 172-173). He also owned land in
Tattnall County.
Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of GA 1756 - 1907
NAME COUNTY GRANT BOOK PAGE ACRES YEAR
Daniel Bulloch R-5 255 500 1834
Daniel Bulloch S-5 488 264 1837
Daniel Bulloch T-5 258 1000 1838
Daniel Bulloch T-5 709 565 1839
Daniel Bulloch W-5 136 710 1847
This index also lists holdings of Hiram and Wiley Rigdon.
- Roster of Capt. John B. Blackmon's Co. 10th Battalion, Second
Brigade, 1st Division, GA Military - 1812.

Thomas Baker Rigdon, R. S. (1750 - ??)
Thomas was the son of Thomas Baker (Apr. 15, 1713) and Ann
(Leslie) Rigdon (ca. 1713). Thomas was a private in the South
Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary War. He served under
Col. Bratton and Gen. Sumter during the 1781 campaigns. The
Staff Entries to Indentures for Revolutionary Claims # 9757,
No. 578, Book Q shows "Issued this 27 of May 1785 to Mr.
Thomas Rigdon for four pounds, eighteen shillings, and six
pence, three farthings sterling for military duty in 1781 per
account audited Prins. updat. 4; 18, 6 3/4 animal also
indentured. Signed L.O. 6-10-1785." He married Amy O'Neal
(ca. 1760) and moved to Georgia in the 1780's after the war.
They had 4 children:
Berry S. (1787)
Daniel (1788)
Amy (ca. 1790)
Thomas, Jr, (ca. 1792)
He was living in Bulloch County in the time of the 1805 land
lottery. He received Land Lot # 14 section BB. On Oct. 31,
1808, Thomas sold to Solomon Wood of Jefferson County for
$500 202 1/2 acres, Lot # 180 in the 12th district of Jones
County, formerly Baldwin. Witnessed: Randle Jackson, Ben
Tarver, J.I.C. The deed was recorded Apr. 28, 1810 in the Jones
County Deed Book 1279: 280, 281.
Declaration was made in Lincoln Co., N.C., 21 Sep 1839, who
was age 77 and applied under the act of 07 Jun 1832. States he
was first drafted, that he was drafted out of the Company of
Thomas Jenkins who had a short time previous to this been
made prisoner of by the Tories and carried off to Ninety-six
when this deponent believes the said Capt. Jenkins there died
or was hung by the tories. When this deponent was drafted he
with five others, his brother Joseph Moss, Lareos Woods, John
Parker, Thomas Rigdon, and Wm. Jenkins went together. ...
this was about 2 years before the Revolutionary war closed ...
States he was born 1762 and was living in York Dist. South
Carolina when called into service.
REF: SLC FHC film #0855233, DAR Abstracts, Pension
applications, S.C. South Carolina Service of Gilbert Moss, p. 88

John Rigdon (6 APR 1701 ca. 1766)
John was the son of John + (ca. 1673) and Ann (Freeman)
Rigdon + (ca. 1677). The Christ Church records show he was
born in Port Republic, Calvert County, MD. The Pedigree
Chart from Archibald F. Bennett shows his place of birth as
Prince George County. MD. This same chart shows that
Thomas Baker was the son of John, but I believe the evidence
supports that Thomas Baker was the son of George Rigdon.
John's will was proved in 1766.- Email letter from John Rigdon ( jrigdon@rigdon.com)- Pedigree Chart submitted by Archibald F. Bennett, The
Genealogical Society of Utah, 15 AUG 1936
- Maryland Wills 4:235 2:214 3:87
- Utah Genealogical Magazine, OCT 1936.

Thomas Baker Rigdon (15 (18) APR 1713 - 9 AUG 1789)
The St. George Parish Register, MD shows Thomas's birth on
page 55. He was the son of George + (ca. 1682) and Elizabeth
(Baker) + (ca. 1685). His wife's name was Ann Leslie (ca.
1713). His will was written 18 DEC 1784, probated 9 AUG
1789. He leaves Benjamin, 5th son, property, all of "Rock
Quarter" and 24 1/2 acres of "Bacors Choice." Thomas and
Ann had nine children:
Alexander (12 APR 1743) m. Ann Johnson
Thomas Baker, Jr. (1750)
Hannah (ca. 1749)
William (1748) m. Nancy Gallagher
Ann Lacy m. Daniel Preston
Margaret (ca. 1751) m. Robert Clark
Stephen (1749)
Benjamin (1753) m. Elizabeth Forwood
Elizabeth (ca. 1754) m. ? Clark
- Harford County Wills A.J.-R28

George Rigdon (ca. 1682 or earlier - 18 JUN 1754)
George Rigdon, who appears in the Baltimore County, MD
(from which Harford County was taken) by 1706 when he was
taxable in Spesutia Hundred, is the first Rigdon with proven
lines of descent known. He was a farmer and land owner.
There is a George Rigdon of Burnam, listed as a passenger
from Bristol, England on the ship "Mary" which had as its
destination Virginia, dated 31 MAR 1685. There is no proof
that these are the same Georges. In 1706, George owned land
and was listed as a farmer. George's wife's name was
Elizabeth Baker + (ca. 1685). They had 9 children:
Charles + (30 JUN 1705)
Elizabeth + (7 FEB 1708)
George + (5 APR 1710)
Thomas Baker (18 APR 1713)
John (17 APR, 1716) m. Elizabeth Bond
William (17 JAN 1719)
Enoch (4 JAN, 1725)
Stephen (30 JUL 1729)
Ann (4 JUL 1731)
One of the first properties that George Rigdon acquired was
that of 100 acres of land from John Roberts, 11 MAR 1709,
known as "Kiddyminster" in Baltimore County, lying at the
head of Bush River on the north and also nearby Bynum's
Runn and descending from a branch into Derr Creek. The rent
was 4 shillings a year. In 1722, he acquired 100 acres of land
known as "Rigdon Escape" from Henry Weatherall, located
near "Bynum's Runn and the branches of Deer Creek and also
near his property known as "Kiddyminster." In present day
Harford County, the Rigdon properties run along Deer Creek
and Cherry Hill Road. They are part of the ridge known as
"Rock Ridge," a continuation of the Rocks of Deer Creek, with
the terrain very similar to that of all the "Rocks." This area,
which emcompases all of the Rocks, including the Rigdon
properties along Deer Creek, is now a State Park, designated
for recreation, hiking and swimming. Through the years the
Rigdon properties have been sub-divided, beginning with the
children of Benjamin Rigdon, father of Elizabeth Rigdon Clark.
Sixteen acres of the land still remain in the family to the
present day with about 30 owners. The descendants of
Elizabeth Rigdon owned one-half of the property and the
descendants of one of her brothers, George Ward Sankey
Rigdon owned the other one-hald. Nothing was done through
the years to develop the property except to pay the taxes. This
went on for years with the various families taking their turn to
pay these taxes. Finally, the later Clark families decided not to
continue paying their share and would allow the property to
go to the county for non payment of the taxes. Current status
of the land is unknown.
George, John Muckelday, and Archibald Rollo posted
admistrative bond on the estate of James Durham on Mar. 29,
1725.
George had a servant, Robert Allbrook in 1723, acquired from
Robert Clark.
If 1750 he owned 100 acres "Shitterminster," 100 acres
"Rigdon's Escape", 200 acres "Rock Quarter" (Rock Water)
which he bought from Isaac Webster and 40 acres, "Hazzard
(Hogyard)" which was surveyed in 1746. The family also
owned "Baker's Choice." In his will of 1755, he mentioned two
other properties, namely: "Father's Gift" and "Long Alley."
In the patent as recorded for the sale of the property known as
"Father's Gift," renting for 7 1/2 pence, it reads thus:
"This is to Certify that I have Laid out for George Rigdon of
said county (Baltimore) a Tract of Land Lying near Deer Creek,
Being Part of ye Lands reserved in the said County for his
Lordships Use, Beginning at a red oak on ye South Side of the
Rock Ridge near the Top of the Ridge, running thence North
Fifty - Five Deg., East one hundred pches (perches), South
Thirty-Five Deg., East Eighty pches, South Fifty-Five Deg.,
West one Hundred Pches, thence by a Straight line to the
Beginning: containing and Laid out for Fifty acres more or less
to be held of the Manor of Baltimore by the name "Father's
Gift." March 1742 and signed by: Thomas Waite, Deputy
Surveyor, Baltimore County.
He was indicted by a Baltimore County Grand Jury for
refusing to repair his road. He was fined.
George's will is recorded in 29:469 of the Baltimore County, (of
which Harford County was a part until 1773) MD records. It
was probated 6 JUL 1755.
"Wife, Elizabeth, movable estate plus land tracts,
"Heddyminster" and Rigdon's Escape. Oldest son, George, one
English schilling (already has his share); second son, Thomas,
all that tract of land whereon he now doth dwell; third son
John, land tract Father's Gift; fourth son; William, land west of
Heddyminster Branch; fifth son, Enoch, tract of land "Song
Alley"; sixth son, Stephen, land east of Heddyminster Branch
plus land tract "Hazzard" . Executors: Thomas Rigdon,
William Rigdon, (signed) George Rigdon, son. his mark.
witnessed: Walter Billingslea, Sarah Billingslea, John
Forwood." They stated they ware Quakers.
On Jul. 16, 1755, Walter and Sarah Billingslea and John
Forwood swore they witnessed the signing.
Some researchers have written that George Rigdon was the
son of John Rigdon who is mentioned in the will of Captain
Richard Ladd, gent., of Calvert County, Maryland, written
Mar. 16, 1684, filed 1693, ref. 1691 Liber. 16 Folio 32, in which
he mentions his "nephew John Rigdon (son to his sister Ellen),
then under 21 years of age," and that this John Rigdon is the
same John Rigdon who married Ann Freeman, and was the
son of Henry and Ellen (Ladd) Rigdon.
If John Rigdon was under twenty-one years of age in 1684, and
we call him twenty, I suppose it is not impossible that he could
have been father to George. But since he married Ann
Freeman in 1700, he would no doubt have married another
between 1684 and 1700, sired George who would then have
married himself, at an early age in order to have fathered
Charles who was born Jan. 31, 1705, and been a taxable in
Spesutia Hundred (district) by 1706. If John Rigdon was
considered a child when his uncle Richard Ladd wrote his
will, this would have been an impossibility.
Henry Rigdon of Calvert County, Maryland and George
Rigdon of Baltimore County Maryland may have been related,
but no documented evidence has been found which would
define the relationship.
William Lacey, who died Mar. 3, 1743 names Margaret Lacey
with George Rigdon and Thomas Baker Rigdon posted
administrative bond. Margaret Lacey's will, dated Jul. 9, 1757,
left servant William Smith 100 acres, "Partner's Trouble" on
Deer Creek, grandson Alexander Rigdon and Children,
William, Ann Rigdon, and Susanna Ashmore.
- Probate Index # 1, Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Liber 47,
folio 28, accounts,
- Box 2 Folder 5, bonds, Box 1, folder 28, wills.
- An Indiana Montgomery Family and Allied Kinships - Dorothea Edgerly

Added by Jrigdon on Jan 26, 2015 8:19 AM
Jrigdon
Re: Daniel Rigdon
Daniel Rigdon was my 4th Great grand father. He was not from Ireland. However that was also the legend in my family too until I started researching the family. So I'd really like to know where that started!

He was actually born in Barnewell, SC. The son of Thomas Rigdon and Amy O'Neal, married in 1786 in SC.

Thomas was born in St Georges Parrish, Maryland in 1847. Thomas was a private in the South Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary War. He served under Col. Bratton and Gen. Sumter during the 1781 campaigns. Thomas was the grand son of the well known George Rigdon of Maryland and also the first cousin of both Sidney S Rigdon, one of the founders of the Morman Church and John Rigdon, a Baptist evangelist to Ohio, Iowa and Oregon and later a co-founders of the Church of Christ.

Amy was an Irish immigrant. Amy was born in 1766 in Ireland. Her family arrived South Carolina on 15 February 1768, they arrived on the ship "Dungannon", which embarked from Belfast, in County Antrim, Ireland.

I believe they both died in Bulloch Co, Ga in 1810 and 1812 but have not found their graves.
Added by Jrigdon on Jan 25, 2015 10:15 AM
Martha McCorkle
Military Service Ranks
I feel that military service is an important part of a person's bio. However, I feel that it should not be in the name designation unless the individual died in active service. Generally military service is 2 to 4 years of one's life which has lasted more than 60 years. And most are not addressed by their military rank outside of the military. Many of us have fathers who served in World War II and in Korea and some in Viet Nam. And we as their children may be aware of their service, may not be aware of the rank when they departed the military. Military rank does not generally appear on a death certificate or on a birth certificate nor in any other legal documents outside of the military related documents and is not used when addressing the person by name. Therefore it is my opinion, that unless the person used a military designation for a substantial part of his/her life and was know to people a PFC Jones, it should not be in the title. It should be in the bio section. I do appreciate all those who have served in military and I wish to give them homage for their service but in their identification name - it generally just does not belong there. I appreciate all that you do...thanks for listening.
Added by Martha McCorkle on Jan 24, 2015 9:45 AM
Diane Jones
36493928
Van Dorah Collins Hay She was the mother of Carl
Collins Hay, not the wife. It has calculated a
relationship as his wife. She was the wife of
James Henry Hay # 38056433 who is buried at
Bethesda UMC in Meriwether Co., GA. He died in 1892 and she raised the children by herself.
Added by Diane Jones on Jan 12, 2015 10:55 AM
Melba Bergeron
DOUBLE LISTING
WILLIAM R SPEIGHT HAS TWO LISTINGS,105339067 & 15339219. EVERYTHING IS THE SAME EXCEPT A MEMO THAT WAS INCLUDED ON 105339067. BOTH WAS ENTERED ON THE SAME DAY-02/16/2013 CAN 105339173 BE DELETED? WILLIAM R SPEIGHT IS MY FIRST COUSIN

THX
MELBA BERGERON
Added by Melba Bergeron on Dec 13, 2014 5:17 PM
Clent
DOUBLE LISTING
IN ROSEHILL CEMETARY ASHBURN GEORGIA. LOIS WARD SPEIGHT 105339173 HAS TWO LISTING SEE 105339034.
BOTH HAVE THE SAME PARENTS, SAME BIRTH AND DEATH DATES. DOES ONE NEED TO BE DELETED?
Added by Clent on Dec 12, 2014 9:19 PM
Ayanah
Thank you!
Hi Craig and Tonya,

I just wanted to take a second to thank you for your efforts on the website. One branch of my family is entirely based in Georgia/Florida and as I look through F.A.G. I keep seeing your names pop up as the photo volunteer.

Thank you for spending your time helping others. As one who've you've helped immeasurably - I can't thank you enough! (My grandmother also wanted to show her thanks - because of you she got to see her grandparents' grave for the first time.)
Added by Ayanah on Nov 22, 2014 8:24 PM
Tim Day
Kennons
Craig and Tonya. I am fairly new to findagrave, and have been checking it out and looking for graves of a lot of family members. I notice that you manage several of the Kennon graves, specifically Dr. Benning M. Kennon. He was a cousin of my great grandfather. I am trying to compile a family history book, and am wondering if you are related to the Kennons, and if so, do you have some information on the family? Thanks, Tim D.
Added by Tim Day on Nov 21, 2014 5:35 PM
Glenn Massey
Douglas City Cemetery, Douglas, Coffee, Georgia Photo # 34959149
Hi Craig and Tonya,

I know how busy you both are; my family and I are again asking for your permission to use this photo to add to our family tree with Ancestry.com. Full credit would be given to you both along with your F.A.G. # 46890871. Thank you both for all your support with this website.


Thank You, Glenn Massey & Family
Added by Glenn Massey on Nov 16, 2014 10:54 AM
Frankz
Helena Cemetery
Your 3 cemetery photos on this cemetery:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=34459
all mention in their captions that the map is wrong. That map has now been corrected. Can you please remove that part of the captions?
Added by Frankz on Nov 03, 2014 3:27 PM
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