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HUSHAW - Henry Hushaw, On page
464 of the Harrsion County History of 1915
I quote "The first white men to look over this fair and productive territory
(Lincoln Township, Chapter XL) with of view of making themselves homes came
in about 1853. The first to become a permanent settler, however, was Henry
Hushaw, who now lied buried in the Woodbine cemetery. He came in the autumn
of 1855, locating in section 36. Long before his death this pioneer was
Henry was born on October 24, 1816, probably in Ohio. He married
Mary Ann Conyers on November 21, 1840. They had eleven children of whom my
great grandmother was Margaret Ellen Hushaw who was born on March 13, 1843.
Margaret Ellen married George Franklin "Frank" Rigg on August 14, 1862.
Henry Hushaw died on May 15, 1899. His wife Mary Ann Hushaw died on October
On page 312 of the same Harrison County History, it states: A colony
came in from Indiana 1855 and they had among them Henry Hushaw, John Johnson,
Elijah Hedgecock, Hiram Moore, Dr. John S. Cole and several other, numbering
in all, thirty, all being emigrants from Indiana...The Hushaw family settled
north of Woodbine , in section 36, of Lincoln township, but in the nineties
was living in Woodbine, where several of the children still reside." "The
Woodbine Methodist Episcopal church was organized in August, 1857, with the
following charter members: Dr. and Mrs. J.S. Cole, Mr. and Mrs Henry Hushaw,
Mr. and Mrs. C.P.Mendenhall, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Moore, and Mrs. A. Johnson."
Contributed by Charlotte Rigg Nugent,
descended from Henry Hushaw and George Franklin "Frank" Rigg, both of whom are
early Harrison County pioneers.
RIGG - George Franklin RIGG, and
his brother William Rigg were early settlers. Harrison County History of 1915 says the
following: "A settler of section 2, in 1860, was George Franklin Riggs (no
"s"). His brother, William came in at the same date. A few years later,
George sold his claim and located in Boyer township, but subsequently located
in section 31, Harrison".
According to my recent research at the Logan County
Courthouse in Harrison County, William Rigg actually came earlier than that.
A "Claim Deed" dated 1856 and registered in Sept. of 1858, was "issued to
William Rigg". William Rigg was killed at Shiloh in the Civil War, George
Franklin Rigg lived in Woodbine until about 1920. At that time he moved to
Seattle, Washington to be with his son, George Franklin Rigg until he died in
1925 and his wife, Margaret, died in 1926. George Burton Rigg, "Frank's"
son, was a professor of Botany at the University of Washington. He was a
scholar and widely published, heading the Botany Dept. in the 1940's. He was
Contributed by Charlotte Rigg Nugent, descended from Henry Hushaw and George Franklin "Frank" Rigg, both of whom are early Harrison County
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