Martha Jane Rigby

12 February 1843–20 July 1878 (Age 35)
Augusta, Des Moines, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Rigby was born on 12 February 1843, in Augusta, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, her father, James Rigby Sr, was 33 and her mother, Jane Lovenia Littlewood, was 29. She married Elias Willis Howell on 10 February 1858, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 20 July 1878, in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in Fairview Pioneer Cemetery, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elias Willis Howell
Martha Jane Rigby
Marriage: 10 February 1858
Sarah Lovenia Howell
Martha Ann Howell
Emma Jane Howell
Rosalia Frances Howell
Teresa Drucilla Howell
Edmund Howell

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 February 1858Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    Age 3
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 3
    Iowa is the 29th state.
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 14
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

    Name Meaning

    English (Lancashire): habitational name from Ribby in Lancashire, named with Old Scandanavian hryggr ‘ridge’ + ‘farmstead, village’. Compare Rigsby .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Martha Jane Rigby - Written by Peggy Stewart Mower

    Martha "Jane" Rigby was the daughter of James Rigby and Jane Lovinia Littlewood Rigby. She was born at Augusta, Burlington County, Iowa on 12 February 1843. The same month Jane Was born her si …

    Sources (28)

    • Martha Fowels, "United States Census, 1870"
    • M. J. Rigby in entry for George Graham and Teresa D. Hackford, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Unknown in entry for Phillip Van, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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