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Sidney Rigdon’s Family:

Father:  William Rigdon (farmer, 1743-1810)

Mother:  Nancy Gallegher Rigdon (1757-around 1819?)

William’s will:  He leaves wife, Nancy, one third of his personal estate  and a life interest in his dwelling house and contiguous buildings during her widowhood. To son Carvel he left 100 ac . o f land on the SE end of his plantation , not to interfere with his mothers portion. To son Sidney 100 ac. on the N side of his plantation, not to interfere with his mothers portion.  Remainder of land to son Loammi , not to infringe on his mothers portion. He appropriates funds for son Loammi to continue his studies to become a physician.  The remaining 2/3 of his personal estate is left to daughter Lacy. Some abstracts have shown her as Lucy, but the film clearly shows L a c y. This name has come down strongly as a name for daughters in this branch of the RIGDONs.  Wife, Nancy, and Joseph Phillips are named executors. Witnesses Ebenezer Gallahar brother of Nancy ,Thomas Rigdon and David Philips . The will was presented and admitted to probate on 31 May 1810. Rev. David Phillips was pastor of the Peters Creek Bapt. Church.

         Name:  Carvel Rigdon

         Born:  1789 at Washington County, PA

         Died:  Aft 1850 at PA

         Wife:  Sarah Boyer

A few years after his father’s death, Carvel Rigdon, married and moved onto his own farm near the William Rigdon homestead. According to an article in the LDS Millennial Star (16:26, p. 835) Carvel Rigdon was converted to Mormonism by his brother Sidney and joined the Church in May 1831. Carvel had been ordained an elder before the end of 1834: see the Jan. 23, 1835 letter of “Elder Carvel Rigdon” published in the LDS Messenger and Advocate, I:5 (Feb. 1835). See also Carvel’s name among the list of elders published in the Dec. 1836 issue of the Messenger and Advocate, (III:3). Carvel took an active interest in his brother Sidney’s Mormon splinter group, formed in Pittsburgh in the fall of 1844, eventually bankrupting himself and losing his farm while trying to help fund Sidney’s religious adventure. For his trouble Carvel was ordained the Patriarch of that little church and was authorized to collect fifty cents for every blessing he bestowed upon its members. Carvel’s grave is located in the Rigdon-Boyer plot at the Peters Creek Baptist Church in Library, PA.

         Name:  Loammi Rigdon

         Born:  30 Sep 1791 at Washington County, PA

         Died:  10 Jul 1865 at Hamilton County, OH

         Wife:  Rebecca White Dunlevy

Dr. Loammi Rigdon, was born in Pennsylvania, September 30, 1791, and graduated in medicine at Transylvania Medical College, Lexington, Kentucky, in [1813]. He practiced for eleven years in Wilmington, [Clinton Co.] Ohio, and removed to Lebanon [Warren Co., Ohio] in 1824. In March, 1826, he came to Hamilton, and entered into partnership with Dr. John C. Dunlevy. Early in 1834 Dr. Dunlevy removed to Labanon, and in October of that year, Dr. Rigdon took into partnership, for a term of three years, Dr. Cyrus Falconer. October 9, 1815, he was married to Rebecca Dunlevy, the oldest daugher of Judge Francis Dunlevy. He died in the 10th of May, 1865. In all the active years of his professional life, he had a large medical practice. He was for many years a respected member of the Baptist Church, and died full of honors, as of years… Dr. Loammi Rigdon, after the death of Dr. Daniel Millikin, was the senior physician in Hamilton [Butler Co., OH] in active practice…”  (from A History and Biographical Cyclopedia of Butler County, Ohio, 1882, pp. 188-190.)

         Name:  Sidney Rigdon

         Born:  19 Feb 1793 at Peters Townplace, Washington County, PA

         Died:  14 Jul 1876 at Friendship, Allegany County, NY

         Wife:  Phoebe Brook

         Name:  Lacy Rigdon

         Born:  Abt 1795 at Washington County, PA

         Died:  31 Dec 1827 at Library, Allegheny County, PA

She married PETER BOYER, the son of JAMES BOYER and ANN BLACKMORE, in about 1816 near Library, Alleghney, PA. Peter Boyer was apparently converted to Mormonism, along with his late wife Lacy’s mother, her brother Carvel and his wife (Peter’s own sister, Sarah Boyer, Rigdon) at Library, PA in May 1831, under the proselytizing of Elder Sidney Rigdon. Peter Boyer, was still living in Upper St. Clair Twp., Allegheny Co., PA when the 1840 census was taken. He may have subsequently lived briefly at La Harpe, Hancock Co., IL in the early 1840s, returning to Allegheny Co., PA by mid-1843. Peter Boyer was an Elder and member of the High Council in Sidney Rigdon’s Mormon splinter group in and around Pittsburgh after the summer of1844. He later returned to the Baptist faith, died after 1879, and was buried in the Peters Creek Baptist Church cemetery at Library, PA.