Mary Ann " Polly" Foster

1 February 1816–3 May 1893 (Age 77)
Wilkes, Georgia, United States

The Life of Mary Ann " Polly"

When Mary Ann " Polly" Foster was born on 1 February 1816, in Wilkes, Georgia, United States, her father, William Lewis Foster, was 34 and her mother, Jane Lawson, was 27. She married Lewis Johnson Rigsby on 9 January 1831, in Monroe, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 3 May 1893, in Jasper, Jasper, Texas, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Woodville, Tyler, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lewis Johnson Rigsby
Mary Ann " Polly" Foster
Marriage: 9 January 1831
William Lewis Rigsby
Eliza Ann Rigsby
Allen Jefferson Rigsby
Lewis Foster Rigsby
Jane Elizabeth Rigsby
James Monroe Rigsby
Benjamin Franklin Rigsby
John Lewis Rigsby
Sarah Jane Rigsby
Wiley Thomas Rigsby
Mary Frances Rigsby
Emily Applis Rigsby
Shepard Shelton Rigsby
Margaret Anna Rigsby

Spouse and Children

9 January 1831
Monroe, Georgia, United States


    William Lewis Rigsby


    Eliza Ann Rigsby


    Allen Jefferson Rigsby


    Lewis Foster Rigsby


    Jane Elizabeth Rigsby


+9 More Children

Parents and Siblings





    James Foster


    William Foster


    William Foster


+11 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 16

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.
1838 · Orders No. 25 Removes Cherokees

Age 22

A small group of Cherokees from Georgia voluntarily migrated to the Indian Territory. The remaining Cherokees in Georgia resisted the mounting pressure to leave. In 1838, U.S. President Martin Van Buren ordered U.S. troops to remove the Cherokee Nation. The troops gathered the Cherokees and marched them and other Native Americans from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama along what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.” Approximately 5,000 Cherokees died on their way to Indian Territory.

Name Meaning

1 English: reduced form of Forster .2 English: nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’).3 Jewish: probably an Americanized form of one or more likesounding Jewish surnames, such as Forster .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Rigsby in household of Luces J Rigsby, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary Rysby in household of Lewis J Rysby, "United States Census, 1870"
  • M Rigsby in household of L J Rigsby, "United States Census, 1860"

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