Monthly Archives: August 2009

Montgomery (Alabama) 1840 Census

Transcription of 1840 Montgomery Census

Much of the 1840 census is illegible, typos are expected … beautiful penmanship with entirely too many loops

Montgomery (Alabama) 1840 Census

Transcription of 1840 Montgomery Census

Much of the 1840 census is illegible, typos are expected … beautiful penmanship with entirely too many loops

Origin of Names – Example

Where do names originate from?

A quick example off the ‘top of my head’ —


Franklin = has a Middle English origin, meaning “Free landowner”.

Delano = de la Noye:[is of Old French origin][meanings: Of the night|Alder grove.]

* Respelling of French De la Noye, habitational name, with the preposition de, for someone from any of various places called La Noue or La Noƫ.

Roosevelt = [Dutch origin] meaning, from the ‘rose field’ [or field of roses]:

* An Anglicized version of the Dutch surname VAN ROSEVELT, meaning “of the rose field.”

From reading this you can see that Franklin D. Roosevelt had a varied genealogy — English, French, and Dutch (or German).

Also, from the readings I have been doing about various European Protestant groups, Scottish Crypto-Jews, Sephardic Jews, and French Huguenot surnames. Many of whom were ‘forced’ to leave Europe because of the differing religious or political views.

He could/can have very well had genetic/ancestral “ties” to many of these cultural/genetic groups.

I do know that he is a very distant cousin on my tree — plus he is related to many of the other (previous) presidents of the United States; either by blood or by marriage.

Just a quick note of what you can find out about historical figures (you did not already know) by doing extended family tree research, and surname origins.

More later.

— Cathy Ann Abernathy

Who Were The Huguenots?

The National Huguenot Society – Who Were the Huguenots?

The Huguenots were French Protestants most of whom eventually came to follow the teachings of John Calvin, and who, due to religious persecution, were forced to flee France to other countries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Some remained, practicing their Faith in secret.

The Protestant Reformation began by Martin Luther in Germany about 1517, spread rapidly in France, especially among those having grievances against the established order of government. As Protestantism grew and developed in France it generally abandoned the Lutheran form, and took the shape of Calvinism. The new “Reformed religion” practiced by many members of the French nobility and social middle-class, based on a belief in salvation through individual faith without the need for the intercession of a church hierarchy and on the belief in an individual’s right to interpret scriptures for themselves, placed these French Protestants in direct theological conflict with both the Catholic Church and the King of France in the theocratic system which prevailed at that time. Followers of this new Protestantism were soon accused of heresy against the Catholic government and the established religion of France, and a General Edict urging extermination of these heretics (Huguenots) was issued in 1536. Nevertheless, Protestantism continued to spread and grow, and about 1555 the first Huguenot church was founded in a home in Paris based upon the teachings of John Calvin. The number and influence of the French Reformers (Huguenots) continued to increase after this event, leading to an escalation in hostility and conflict between the Catholic Church/State and the Huguenots. Finally, in 1562, some 1200 Huguenots were slain at Vassey, France, thus igniting the French Wars of Religion which would devastate France for the next thirty-five years.

Teague (3rd) Riggin – Maryland

Riggin pg 1 of 2

3. RIGGIN, Teague(III) b. c. 1698 d 1743 m. Mary (TOWNSEND q.v.?) Mary was sister to Amie Townsend Riggin who married Teague’s brother Charles . q.v.

w.d.13 Jan 1743/4 Somerset Co., Md.probated in , 23 Feb1743/4 Somerset Co., MD. wife, Mary, and left her benefit of all houses possessed on land called “Middle Plantation,” 1/3 part of land during her widowhood, Negroes Quaks and Dina, riding horse and oldest of gray mares, and named her executrix. To son, Teague, he left land and houses on “Middle Plantation,” Negro boy Howbourn, pistols & holsters, case of bottles and desk. James got lands and premises on the easternmost side of Dividing Creek purchased from Somerset Donnohoe, 1/2 of 10 acres of land purchased from George Benston, mill on land purchased of Donnohoe, Negro boy Cesar and young gray mare, gun and a desk. Daughter Elizabeth Townsend got Negro boy Adam, livestock and a chest which “is now at her house.” Daughter, Sarah, received Negro boy Harry; Grace got Negro boy Jonas, Rebecckah got Negro boy Jacob and Mary got Negro girl Patience. Witnesses: Arthur Warwick, John Phillips and John Benson.

Riggins in the Southern US

Re: Riggins family in Tennessee

Re: Riggins family in Tennessee
Posted by: Alexis (ID *****4033) Date: February 05, 2005 at 19:13:49
In Reply to: Re: Riggins family in Tennessee by Yvonne Moore of 1121

There is a book or document about the Riggins families and you’re right – it can be spelled ‘Riggin, Riggen, and even Reagan/Regan’ depending on the accent and however the person writing it down wanted to spell it. Look for the name ” Teague Riggins” and Newton Riggins. They’re related to the Sanders family and came up with them from TN after the war. I have the following notes: CS71. R569. 1987, Riggin, Sharol. _Teague Riggin & His Riggen/Riggin/Riggins Descendants _ and I have CS71. 569. 1993 _Riggin Family Genealogy_ Leslie Powell Dryden. I don’t know if those are LDS (Latter Day Saints) numbers or where I got them now! Check them out if you can. Good luck…I haven’t worked on Riggins in a long time!

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Teague Riggin(s) – Land Patent

Maryland State Archives, Somerset County Circuit Court, Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats

Patented Certificate 1391 1749/03/22 Last Choice, Teague Riggins, 18 Acres 3 0

Riggins/Reagan/Riggens – Cathy ancestors

RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project:

# ID: I2793
# Name: James Riggin 1
# Sex: M
# Title: Rev.
# Birth: 21 MAY 1756 in Perryhawkin, Somerset, MD 1
# Death: 1 APR 1826 in Sevierville, Sevier, TN 1
# Burial: Shiloh Cem, Severeville, Sevier, TN 1
# LDS Baptism: 29 MAY 1976 Alber 1
# Endowment: 30 JUN 1976 Alber 1
# Sealing Child: 23 SEP 1976 Alber 1
# Note:


Book: Teage Riggen and his Riggen-Riggin-Riggins descendants by Sharol Riggin
found on pg. 371-373
From IGI
Home: Surnames: Riggins Family Genealogy Forum
Re: Ignatius Riggins of Sevier Co., TN 1830
Posted by: Jean Date: November 20, 2000 at 13:44:19 In Reply to: Ignatius
Riggins of Sevier Co., TN 1830 by Edna Clack of 558
James M. Riggins “Jas” was b. 21 May 1756 in Somerset Co, MD. Married Mary
Howard 27 Jan 1791 in Washington Co., VA. He died 1 Apr 1826 and is buried in
Shilo Cemetery, Severeville, Sevier Co, TN. He had 8 children, 4 sons and 4
His wife Mary died 21 Nov 1836 in Bradley Co, TN and is buried in Cleveland,
Bradley Co., TN.

Teague, Riggins/Reagan – kinship connection?

RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: Sims2001

# ID: I30480
# Name: Teague RIGGIN
# Given Name: Teague
# Surname: Riggin
# Sex: M
# Death: 1721 in Somerset Co., MD
# Change Date: 16 Aug 2000 at 21:52

Father: Teague RIGGIN b: Abt 1645 in Of Somerset Co., MD
Mother: Mary LONDON

Marriage 1 Mary

* Change Date: 14 Nov 2001


1. Has No Children Charles RIGGIN
2. Has No Children Teague RIGGIN
3. Has No Children Mary RIGGIN
4. Has No Children Sarah RIGGIN
5. Has No Children Samuel RIGGIN
6. Has Children John RIGGIN b: After 1703 in Somerset Co., MD

Teague, Riggins/Reagan – kinship connection?

Teague, Riggins/Reagan
RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: Otwell Family

     2 CHARLES RIGGEN b: 1704 d: 4 APR 1784
          3 CHARLES RIGGEN b: 1730
          3 JOSHUA RIGGEN b: 1732
          3 TEAGUE RIGGEN b: ABT 1732
          3 BETTY RIGGEN b: 4 APR 1734
             + MOOR
          3 SOLOMON RIGGEN b: 28 JUN 1741
          3 JAMES RIGGEN b: 20 AUG 1743
          3 SARAH RIGGEN b: 3 JUN 1745
             + WONNELL
          3 REBECKAH RIGGEN b: 4 OCT 1747
             + JOHNSON
          3 GRACE RIGGEN b: 1 JAN 1749
             + WILLIAM OTWELL b: 1717 d: 10 APR 1798