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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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 EDWIN RIGG, physician, Wilkinsburg, was born in Washington county, Pa., October 13, 1855. His father, Newton Rigg, was born and reared in Washington county, where he engaged in farming, and died in 1879, aged sixty-eight years. He was a very active supporter of the government during the civil war. He was twice married, and had three children by his first wife. His second wife, mother of Dr. Rigg, was Margaret Jennings, nee Winnett, and also had three children by her first husband. She now resides in Washington county. They had two sons and two daughters: Ella, John E., Laura and Mark Allison. The last named is a Methodist Episcopal clergyman, now in Jamestown, N. Y. Mrs. Rigg is a granddaughter of William Wallace, who deserted the British army to join the American, and distinguished himself in the latter service. Gens. Lew and W. H. Wallace, who were prominent figures in the war of the rebellion, were his grandsons. When thirteen years old John E. Rigg went with his father to Illinois; after spending nearly a year there, entered a store at New Salem, Fayette county, Pa. In 1874 he secured a small interest in a drugstore at Belle Vernon, which he managed, and became interested in the study of medicine. After pursuing a course at Long Island Medical College and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, he began practice in 1879 at Stoneville, Westmoreland county. He located in Wilkinsburg in October, 1886, immediately after taking a post-graduate course under the Polyclinic College in the Philadelphia hospitals. In 1888 he built the handsome residence and office on Wood street which he occupies. He is a member of the county, state and American Medical associations, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, I. O. O. F., R, A. and O. C. F., and is a thorough republican. In 1878 he married Ida Belle, daughter of John and Eliza Weaver, and has three children: Lida Carrie, Carl Hazlett and Laura Belle.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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