Mary Rigney

FemaleDecember 1858–3 January 1944

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Rigney was born in December 1858, in New York, United States, her father, James Rigney, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth Moran, was 22. She married Francis Bergin in 1883, in Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Brighton, Livingston, Michigan, United States for about 50 years and Detroit Ward 22, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 3 January 1944, in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, at the age of 85.

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Francis Bergin
Mary Rigney
Marriage: 1883
Loretta Bergin
Jerome Joseph Bergin
Julia A Bergin
Mary Bergin

Sources (29)

  • Mary Rigny in household of James Rigny, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Bergin, "Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952"
  • Mary Bergin in entry for Mary Bergin, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"

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  • Marriage
    1883Michigan, United States
  • Children (4)

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    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 5

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1868 · The Railroad Refrigerator Car

    Age 10

    During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship perishable products by rail. The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was the first to experiment with the concept, but it was only functional in cold weather. In 1868, William Davis, of Detroit, patented a refrigerator car that used a frozen mixture of ice and salt to keep everything cold for shipment. It could be used in all weather and in all seasons. He sold the design to George H. Hammond, a Detroit meat packer, who built a set of cars to transport his products to Boston using ice from the Great Lakes for cooling.

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 23

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    Name Meaning

    Irish (Offaly): from Ó Raigne, a variant of Ó Raighne; see Rainey .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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