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Elijah Wiggins born on February 8, 1814 in Spartanburg, SC. He was the son of Unknown Wiggins
Rhoda Elizabeth Collins was born on June 2, 1817 in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., KY. She was the daughter of John Collins & Rhoda Lampkins

Elijah Wiggins & Rhoda CollinsElijah Wiggins & Rhoda Elizabeth Collins were married on April 19, 1842 in Christian Co., KY and they had 10 children. In 1847 they traveled to Mercer Co., Missouri in a covered wagon. The site they chose for their home was about a mile and one-half west of Little River, a branch of Weldon Fork. Here they built a double-sized log cabin. It was a beautiful location and was to remain Elijah's home until his death in 1891. The family is on the 1850 census of District 56, Mercer Co., MO. In May & June of 1857, Elijah went to Christian Co., KY to get Rhoda's father John Collins, and brought him back to Mercer Co., Missouri along with a negro woman that John owned. John Collins & the negro woman lived with Elijah & Rhoda until John died on November 13, 1858. When John Collins died in 1858, Elijah Wiggins filed for reimbursement from the estate for $100 in expenses for moving John from Kentucky to Missouri, and for an additional $540 for boarding and clothing of John & the negro woman for 72 weeks. Elijah owned a saw mill on the west bank of Little River - it became Mercer County's eleventh United States Post Office on March 23, 1858. Elijah was appointed postmaster, and the office was named Wiggins Mill. The family is listed on the 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Elijah G. Wiggins died on February 03, 1891 in Lindley Twp, Mercer Co., MO. Rhoda is on the 1900 census of Lindley Twp., living by her married daughter Ursula Waldron & her family. Rhoda Collins Wiggins died on March 13, 1909 in Lindley Twp, Mercer Co., MO. Elijah & Rhoda are both buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lindley Township. When their old log house was torn down about 1909, a cache of $400 in gold coins was found under the hearth stones. It had been a "rainy-day" savings account.
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Photo of Rhoda Collins in her log cabin about 1900 - This photo and photos of Elijah & Rhoda Collins Wiggins from Lawrence May
Collins & Wiggins Records

The children of Elijah Wiggins & Rhoda Collins:

Emily WigginsEmily Catherine Wiggins was born on January 08, 1843 in Christian Co., Kentucky. Her parents moved from Kentucky to Missouri by covered wagon in 1847 when she was about age 4. She is listed at age 7 with her parents on the 1850 census of District 56, Mercer Co., MO. Emily married Joseph Peace in 1858 in Mercer Co., MO and they had 8 children. The family is listed on the 1860, 1870, 1880 & 1900 censuses of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. In 1880 they are living next door to Emily's sister Louisa Wiggins Hodges & her family. Joseph & Emily are on the 1910 census of Morgan Twp., Mercer Co., MO. On both the 1900 & 1910 censuses, Emily is listed as having had 8 births with 7 surviving children. Joseph died in 1915, and he is buried in Princetone Cemetery, Mercer Co., Missouri, although I have not been able to find a death certificate for him in the online records on the Missouri State site. Emily is on the 1920 census of Morgan Twp., Mercer Co., MO, listed as widowed. Emily C. Wiggins Peace died on December 26, 1924 in Morgan Twp, Mercer Co., MO. She is buried in the Princeton Cemetery, Mercer Co., Missouri.
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Photo of Joseph & Emily (Wiggins) Peace - from Charles & Evelyn Peace
Death Certificate Emily Wiggins Peace
Almira WigginsAlmira Ellen Wiggins was born on August 10, 1846 in Christian Co., Kentucky. Her parents moved from Kentucky to Missouri by covered wagon in 1847 when she was about age 1. She is listed with her parents on the 1850 census of District 56, Mercer Co., MO as Esmy, age 5, and on the 1860 census of Lindley, Twp., Mercer Co., MO as Almira, age 14. Almira married Jesse Voy Dykes on September 18, 1864 in Mercer Co., MO and they had at least 5 children. They are listed on the 1870 census of Lindley, Mercer Co., MO, living next door to Almira's sister Lousetta & her husband. They are also on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Lindey, Mercer Co., MO. In 1900 they are living in the household of their married son Ristine (Green) Wiggins, and Almira is listed as only having had one birth and one surviving child at that time. (I'm not sure why she is listed that way as she had at least 6 children, and 4 of them were still living in 1900.) Almira Ellen Wiggins Dykes died on December 16, 1909 in Mercer Co., Missouri. Her husband Jesse died in 1912. They are both buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lindley Township, Mercer Co., Missouri.
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Photos of Almira Wiggins & Jesse Dykes - from Lawrence May
Tombstone Jesse & Almira Wiggins Dykes - Photo by George Thackeray. Scanned & enhanced by his granddaughter Beth Thackeray
Louisa WigginsLouisa Angeline Wiggins was born on September 15, 1848 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. She is listed with her parents on the 1850 census of District 56, Mercer Co., MO and on the 1860 census of Lindley, Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Louisa married James Robert Hodges on Sept.1 (14?), 1865 in Mercer Co., MO and they had at least 7 children. The family is on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Lindley, Mercer Co., MO; in 1880 they are living next door to Louisa's sister Emily Wiggins Peace and her family. James died in 1886, and Louisa remarried to Ira Dalphus Snow on September 30, 1890 in Mercer Co., MO and they had at least 2 children. Ira & Louise are listed on the 1900, 1910 & 1920 censuses of Morgan Twp., Mercer Co., MO. On the 1900 census Louise is listed as having 8 births with 6 surviving children, and in 1910 she is listed as having 12 births with 8 surviving children. Ira died in 1926, and in 1930 Louisa is listed as widowed and still living in Morgan Twp. In 1920 & in 1930 her grandson William Ellis Hodge is living in the household. Louisa Angeline Wiggins Hodges Snow died on August 21, 1938 in Mercer Co., MO. James Hodges is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lindley Twp, Mercer Co.,MO. Ira & Louisa are buried in the Princeton Cemetery, Mercer Co., MO. Lawrence May, who is the g-grandson of Louisa Wiggins & James Robert Hodges, has been researching the Wiggins Family for over 20 years.
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Photo of Louisa Wiggins & Ira Snow - from Lawrence May
John WigginsJohn Wesley Wiggins was born on April 16, 1850 in Mercer Co., MO. He is listed with his parents on the 1850 census of District 56, Mercer Co., MO, and on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. John married Mary Ann Karnes in 1875 and they had at least 4 children. Based on birthplaces of their children, they emigrated to Kansas about 1879, and the family is on the 1880 census of Oberlin, Decatur, Kansas. They returned to Missouri by 1882, and they are on the 1900 census of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., Missouri. John & Mary Ann are on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Morgan, Mercer Co., Missouri; in 1920 they are living next door to their married son Richard. In both 1900 & 1910 Mary Ann is listed as having 9 births with 8 surviving children. Mary Ann died in January 1928, and John Wesley Wiggins died September 2, 1928 in Morgan Twp, Princeton, Mercer, Missouri. His death certificate on the Missouri state site is mistakenly indexed under last name Higgins. John & Mary Ann are both buried in the Princeton Cemetery, Mercer Co., Missouri. Thanks to Caryn Hood for the gravestone photo.
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Lousetta WigginsLousetta S. Wiggins was born on July 14, 1852 in Mercer Co., MO. She is listed as Lucetta, age 8, with her parents on the 1860 census of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Lousetta married Preston F. Holton about 1870, probably in Mercer Co., MO, and they had one daughter. Preston & Lousetta are listed on the 1870 census of Lindley, Mercer Co, MO, living next door to the family of Lousetta's sister Almira Wiggins Dykes. Lousetta Wiggins Holton died on September 29, 1871, probably in childbirth. She is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lindley Township, Mercer Co., MO. Preston Holton remarried after Lousetta died, and he is listed at age 30 on the 1880 census of Lindley Twp with wife Sarah, age 18, and no children. Rosetta Holton, who was the daughter of Preston & Lousetta, is living with her grandmother Holton in 1880.
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Evaline Wiggins

Mary Evaline Wiggins was born on May 08, 1854 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. She is listed as Evaline, age 6, with her parents on the 1860 census of Lindley Twp. Evaline married Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Goodin on they had 4 children. They are on the 1870 census of Lindley Township as Thomas Goodwin, age 23, and wife Mary L.E. age 16. They are living next door to Tom's brother James Goodwin & family at that time. Tom went to Kansas in 1879 and obtained a homestead in Rawlins Co., KS. He is listed on the 1880 census of T2 R32, Rawlins Co., KS as T.J. Goodin, age 32, selling goods. Evaline is on the census that same year with the children, living by her parents in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. I do not know if the separation was originally due to difficulties in the marriage, but Tom remarried in 1882 and had a second family. Evaline was remarried to Fernando Cortez"Cort" Humphrey about 1884. Fernando was a widower with at least 4 children from his first marriage. Fernando & Evaline had one daughter named Maud, born in October 1885. Mary Evaline Wiggins Goodin Humphreys died June 1, 1887 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. She is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lindley Township,Mercer Co.,MO. Her tombstone says Mary E. Humphreys, age: 33y 23d. Fernando Humphrey emigrated to South Dakota with daughter Maud. He married at least twice more; to Lou about 1900, and to Henrietta Duxbury on September 14, 1903. Fernando died in McCook, SD on January 22, 1908.
The Family of Thomas J. Goodin & Mary Evaline Wiggins
Second marriage of Mary Evaline Wiggins to Fernando Cortez Humphreys
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Daniel WigginsDaniel Wiggins was born on March 22, 1856 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. He died at age 1-1/2. A family story says Daniel was flogged to death by an old gander while he was playing outside the cabin. Daniel Wiggins died on October 27, 1857. He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lindley Township, Mercer Co.,MO
Ella WigginsUrsula Elvira "Ella" Wiggins was born on April 22, 1858 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. She is not listed with her parents on the 1860 or 1870 censuses of Lindley Twp., but on the 1860 there is a male named Earley, age 2, and on the 1870 there is a male named Wesley, age 12 - I have wondered if those were errors and that was Ursula. Ursula married Granville Cox in 1877 and they had at least one son, but probably separated or divorced shortly after the marriage. Ursula is listed as age 22 and widowed on the 1880 census with her parents & 2 year old son, and Granville is living in the same town, also listed as widowed, and living with married cousin Nancy Cox Griffey. The Griffey household is next door the the households of two of Ursula's married sisters, Emily Wiggins Peace and Louisa Wiggins Hodges. Ursula had another son, Ira, in 1883, who later went by the last name Waldron, and in Ella's obituary it stated that he was one of the 10 children that Ella had with Charles Todd Waldron. Ursula married Charles Todd Waldron in 1885 and they had 9 more children. The family is listed in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., Missouri on all censuses. Ursula is listed as Ursley in 1900; as Ella in 1910 & 1930, and as Ellie in 1920. Charles Waldron died in 1928. Ursula is listed as widowed and living with her son Abner in Lindley Twp in 1930. Ursula Elvira "Ella" Wiggins Cox Waldron died on March 06, 1934 in Morgan, Mercer Co, MO. Her death certificate states that she stood too close to a "red hot stove" and her dress caught fire, and that she died from severe burns. She was age 77 when she died. Charles & Ella are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Lindley Twp, Mercer Co., MO
Notes for Ursula Elmira "Ella" Wiggins Cox Waldron
Death Certificate of Ursula Elmira "Ella" Wiggins Cox Waldron
Richard WigginsRichard G. Wiggins August 20, 1860 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. He is listed as Richard, age 10, with his parents on the 1870 census of Lindley Twp. Richard married Millie J. Mock in 1880 in Mercer Co., MO and they had at least 4 children. They are listed as Richard, age 19 & Millie, age 16, on the 1880 census of Lindley Twp. Millie died in September 1898. Richard is listed on the 1900 census of Lindley Twp., widowed with 4 children living at home. The 1900 census lists his birth year as August 1861, but his tombstone later lists it as August 20, 1860. He is on the 1910 census of Lindley Twp., a boarder in the household of John P. & Minnie E. McQueen. Richard was remarried second to Florence Holmes Wilson Stanley on December 2, 1914 in Mercer Co., MO. Florence had been married previously to Winfield Wilson in 1894 and Jonathan (John) Stanley in 1906. Richard & Florence are listed on the 1920 census of Lindley, Mercer Co., MO. Richard G. Wiggins died on October 2, 1920 in Mercer Co., MO. Richard is buried with first wife Millie in the Tennessee Cemetery, Mercer Co., MO.
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