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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN RIGGEN was born in Richland county, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1822. Coming to Peoria county, Illinois, in 1833, he took up his home in Jasper county in the fall of 1859, the nearest neighbor at that time being twelve miles away. Mr. Riggen has been twice married; the first time to Miss Anna Bothwell, April 12, 1844, in Stark county, Ill. The names of their children, five boys and four girls, are John A., Cordelia Ann, James K. Polk, Olive O., William W., Nancy A., James M., Rachel C., and Stephen A. Douglass. Mrs. Riggen was raised in Athens county, Ohio; lived an exemplary Christian life; was a member of the Methodist Church; and died respected by all who knew her, in April, 1874. He married for his present wife, Lenore Huffmire, March 12, 1880, who was born in Knox county, Ill., in May, 1866, and came to Jasper county in 1875. Mr. Riggen has devoted thirty-five years of his life to mercantile business in Illinois and Missouri, but now loans money.

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