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The Family of Elijah Wiggins & Rhoda Collins

February 08, 1814 - Elijah born in Spartanburg Co., SC

1820 census Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC Page: 267 Ancestry.com Image Number: 335
Wm Wiggins
000010-20010-01
No males under age 10, and Isaac should be age 9 and Elijah age 6.
I do not believe at this time that William was the father of Isaac & Elijah Wiggins. I do think he was probably a relation.

1830 - Elijah, age 16 - where?

1840 census Christian Co., KY Ancestry.com image #91
****William Wiggins
1 male 40-49 (William)
1 male 20-29 (Elijah, age 26? or Isaac, age 29?)
3 males 5-9
1 male under age 5
1 female 40 & under 50 (Unknown spouse of William)
1 female 10 to under 15
1 female 5 to under 10
1 female under 5
****John Collins
1 male 60 & under 70 (John, age 63)
1 male 15 & under 20
1 male under age 5
1 female 60 & under 70 (Rhoda, age 65-69)
2 females 20 & under 30 Unknown daughter age 25-30 & Rhoda, age 23)

April 19, 1842 - Rhoda Collins married Elijah Wiggins in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., KY

January 08, 1843 - daughter Emily born in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., KY
August 10, 1846 - daughter Almira born in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., KY

www.ancestry.com
Kentucky Land Grants
Records of Kentucky Land Office from 1782 to 1924
Grantee: Wiggins, E G
Acres: 50
Book: 14
Survey Date: 5- 6-1844
County: Chistian
WaterCourse: W Fk Pond R
Reference: THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1
Part 2
CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924)
THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY
page 1805

1846 - Moved from Christian County, KY to Mercer Co., MO

September 15, 1848 - daughter Louisa born in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO
April 16, 1850 - son John born in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO

1850 census District 56, Mercer Co., MO
#125
Wiggins, E. G., age 36, Male, b. SC
Roda, age 35, Female, b. KY
Emily C., age 7, Female, b. KY
Esmy, age 5, Female, b. KY
Lucy, age 3, Female, b. MO
John, age 3/12, Male, b. MO

July 14, 1852 - daughter Lousetta born in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO
May 06, 1854 - daughter Mary Evaline born in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO
March 22, 1856 - son Daniel born in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO
October 27, 1857 - son Daniel died in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO
April 22, 1858 - daughter Ursula born in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO

1860 - Lindley, Twp., Mercer Co., MO
Household #1062
EG Wiggins, age 45, $3000 real estate, $5000 (?) personal estate, farmer, born SC
Rhoda, age 45, female, b KY
Almira, age 14, female, b KY
Louisa, age 12, female, b MO
John W., age 10, male, b MO
Lucetta, age 8, female, b. MO
Evaline age 6, female, b. MO
Earley, age 2, male, b. MO

August 20, 1861 - sons Richard born

1870 census Lindley Twp, Mercer Co., MO
Household #6
Thomas Goodwin, Farmer, $600 Real Estate, $400 Personal Estate, born KY, married in Feb. 1870
Mary L.E., Keeping house, born MO, married in Feb. 1870
Household #54
Elijah Wiggins, age 88, carpenter, b. NC
Martha A., age 17, keeping house, b. OH
William A., age 2, b. Indiana
Household #122
Elijah G. Wiggins, age 56, Farmer, nothing listed for Real or Personal Estate., b. SC
Rhoda, age 56, keeping house, b. KY
John W., age 20, b. MO
Wesley, male, age 12, b. MO (is this Ursula??)
Richard G., age 10 , b. MO

1880 census Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO -
Household 263/266
Evaline Goodin, age 26, keeping house, MO/SC/KY
Elijah, age 8, son, at school, MO/KY/MO
Richard, age 5, at school, MO/KY/MO
Rhoda, age 3, MO/KY/MO
Mary, age 10 months, MO/KY/MO
Household 264/267
Richard Wiggins, age 19, Farmer, MO/SC/KY
Millie, age 16, keeping house, MO/NC/KY
Household 265/268
Elijah Wiggins, age 66, Farmer, SC/SC/SC
Rhoda, age 65, wife, keeping house, KY/SC/SC
Ursula Cox, daughter, MO/SC/KY
Richard, age 2, grandson, MO/KY/MO

February 03, 1891- Elijah Wiggins died in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO

1900 census Lindley, Mercer Co., MO ED 114 page B
Household 230
Charles Waldron, hjead, Dec 1854, age 45, married 15 years, OH/NY/NY, farmer
Ursley, wife, April 1858, age 42, married 15 years, MO/SC/KY
Ira, stepson, March 1883, age 17, MO/OH/MO
Abner G., son, DEc 1885, age 14, MO/OH/MO
Homer, son, Sep 1888, age 11, MO/OH/MO
Vernie, son, Oct 1891, age 8, MO/OH/MO
Virgil, son, Oct 1891, age 8, MO/OH/MO
Frank, son, Oct 1892, age 7, MO/OH/MO
Fanny, daughter, Jan 1895, age 5, MO/OH/MO
Jesse, son, Feb 1897, age 3, MO/OH/MO
Gothia, daughter, April 1899, age 1, MO/OH/MO
Household #231
Rhoda Wiggins, head, June 1815, age 84, KY/KY/KY

March 13, 1909 - Rhoda Collins Wiggins died at age 94 in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO

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220. William Wiggins.

Child of William Wiggins is:

110 i. Elijah G. Wiggins, born 08-February-1814 in Spartansburg Co., South Carolina; died 03-February-1891 in Buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery,Lindley Township,Mercer Co.,Missouri; married Rhoda E. Collins 19-April-1842 in Christian Co., Kentucky.
222. John Collins, born 09-August-1770102; died 13-November-1858 in Buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery,Lindley Township,Mercer Co.,Missouri. He married 223. Rhoda Lampkins 22-July-1811 in Christian co.,Kentucky.
223. Rhoda Lampkins.

Children of John Collins and Rhoda Lampkins are:

111 i. Rhoda E. Collins, born 02-June-1817 in Hopkinsville,Christian Co.,Kentucky; died 13-March-1909 in Buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery,Lindley Township,Mercer Co.,Missouri; married Elijah G. Wiggins 19-April-1842 in Christian Co., Kentucky.

ii. Louise Ann Collins, born Abt. 1826 in Christian Co., Kentucky; died Aft. 1858; married Robert L. Price 14-August-1851 in Christian Co., Kentucky.

From Jerry Jones - RAILSELLER@aol.com

2. RHODA E.2 COLLINS (JOHN1) was born 02 June 1817 in Hopkinsville,Christian Co.,Kentucky, and died 13 March 1909 in Lindley Township, Mercer Co., Missouri. She married ELIJAH G. WIGGINS 19 April 1842 in Christian Co., Kentucky, son of WILLIAM WIGGINS. He was born 08 February 1814 in Spartansburg Co., South Carolina, and died 03 February 1891 in Lindley Township, Mercer Co., Missouri.

Notes for RHODA E. COLLINS:
Source:

1. 1860 Federal Census for Lindley Township, Mercer Co., Missouri census book printed by Ellsberry Publishing Co., Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Box 206, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601.

Household 1062, page 66 in the book.

WIGGINS, E. C. 45 m SC
Rhoda 45 f KY
Almira 14 f KY
Louisa 12 f MO
John W. 10 m MO
Succtta 8 f MO
Evaline 6 f MO
Earley 2 m MO

Notes for RHODA E. COLLINS: 1850 Census, Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO
1860 Census, Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO 1870 Census, Lindley Twp.,
Mercer Co., MO 1880 Census, Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO 1900 Census,
Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO

Subj: Obits
Date: 11/29/1999 10:57:51 PM
From: lgmay@uswest.net (Lawrence May)
To: marylkinney@webtv.net (Mary Kinney), RAILSELLER@aol.com (RAILSELLER@aol.com), pnbhodge@AOL.COM (Bob & Peggy hODGE), lmhaley@shighway.com (Linda Haley)

OLDEST LADY IN MERCER COUNTY

Mrs. Rhoda Wiggins Passed Away at the age of 94 years. Lived here since 1846

Mrs. Rhoda Wiggins, said to be the oldest lady in Mercer County, and a pioneer resident of Lindley township, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Dykes, in Adel, last Saturday night. About six months ago she suffered from a paraletic stroke and never recovered from its affects. Funeral services were held at the residence Monday, and the remains were interred in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Rhoda Collins was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in June 1815. At the age of 26 she was united in marriage in that state to Elijah Wiggins. In the year 1846, Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins moved to Mercer County, taking a homestead in Lindley Township, which has since been in their possession. After the death of her husband, some nineteen years ago, Mrs. Wiggins lived on the home place. She held to the old primitive ways, cooking her meals and enjoying the warmth at the old fireplace. About four years ago she became so feeble that the children feared to leave her alone and induced her to go to the home of her daughter, where she has since lived. Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins were the parents of eight children, six of whom survive the parents. They are Mrs. Emma Peace, Mrs. Al Dykes, Mrs. Lou Snow, Mrs. Ella Waldron, John Wiggins, and Richard Wiggins. Mrs. Wiggins was a big-hearted and kind lady and enjoyed the friendship of all in the neighborhood. She was a lady of whom the community was proud and in her death they all mourn.

Source: Princeton Post, Princeton, Missouri, March 18, 1909,
Page 1

The following excerpts are from the Princton Telegraph, Princeton, MO. March 17, 1909 page 1

DIES AT 93

Mrs. Rhoda Wiggins, sixty-three years a resident of Mercer County, buried Monday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Rhoda Wiggins --- died at home of daughter, Mrs. J. V. Dykes at Adel after an illness of one week -- born June 2, 1915 Kentucky --
She is survived by eight children, Mrs. L. A. Snow, Mrs. Emily Peace, Mrs. Almira Dykes, Mrs. Ella Waldron aand John and Richard Wiggins.

Mr. Wiggins died February 2, 1891. She was a member of the Methodist
Church

More About RHODA E. COLLINS:
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery,Lindley Township,Mercer Co.,Missouri

Notes for ELIJAH G. WIGGINS:

1. Source: Page 146, "Mercer Community", Bicentennial History Book, Mercer, Missouri, printed in 1976 .

Wiggins Mill and Postoffice
Mercer County's eleventh post office was established March 23, 1858 at a saw mill on the west bank of Little River.
Elijah G. Wiggins who owned the mill was appointed postmaster and the office was named Wiggins Mill. Back in Kentucky, Mr.. Wiggins had married Rhoda Collins in 1842, and seven years later, they had traveled to Missouri in a covered wagon. The site chosen by Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins for their home in Mercer County, 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 Mr. Wiggin's home until his death in 1891. Several times a year, Indians came into the area and camped along Brush Creek. Although they never harmed her, Mrs. Wiggins could not overcome her fear of them. When the 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.

2. SOURCE: Page 859-60, Vol. II, "Mercer County Pioneer Traces", printed in 1997 by the Mercer Co., Missouri Gen. Soc.

Mercer County, Missouri. They were farmers and mill owners.
They were the parents of II children: (1) Rosette who marriec Andrew J. Alley; (2) Emily C. (January 8, 1843, Christian County Kentucky - December 26, 1924) who was married in 1858 in Mercer County, Missouri, to Joseph Peace (October 5, 1840, Indiana December 3, 1915), and both are buried in the Princeton Cemetery (3) Almira Ellen (August 10, 1846, Kentucky - December 16, 1909 who was married on September 18, 1864, in Mercer County, Mis souri, to Jesse Voy Dykes (September II, 1842 - May 22, 1912), an( both are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery; (4) Louisa Angelini (September 15, 1848, Mercer County, Missouri) who was marrie( first on September 14, 1865, in Mercer County, Missouri, to Jame Robert Hodges (Pennsylvania County, Virginia - March 27, 1886 Pleasant Hill Cemetery) and second on September 30, 1890, i) Mercer County, Missouri, to Ira Dalphus Snow (September 7, 1844 North Carolina - January 12, 1926), and Louisa and Ira are buriei in the Princeton Cemetery; (5) John Wesley (April 16, 1850, Mer cer County, Missouri - September 29, 1871) who was married ii 1875 to Rebecca Mary Ann Karens (November 2, 1859 - Januar 1928), and both are buried in the Princeton Cemetery; (6) Lousett S. (July 14, 1852 - September 2, 1871) who married Preston I Holton and is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery; (7) Mary I Evalon (May 9, 1854, Mercer County, Missouri - June 1, 1887) who was married first on February 17, 1870, in Mercer County, Mis souri, to Thomas Jefferson Goodin and second to ______ Humphreys and is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery; (8) Danit W. (March 26, 1856, Mercer County, Missouri - October 27, L851 who is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery; (9) Wesley (ca 1858 (10) Richard Glenn (August 20, 1860, Mercer County, Missour who was married first in 1881 in Mercer County, Missouri, to Mill J. Mock (January 31, 1863, Mercer County - September 3, 189{ Tennessee Cemetery) and second on December 2, 1914, to Florenc Stanley; and (II) Ursely Elvira (August 20, 1860, Mercer Count Missouri - March 6, 1934) who was married first in 1877 in Merc( County to Grandville Cox, second in 1881 in Mercer County, Mh souri, to Charley Waldron (November 2, 1859, Mercer County, Mi; souri - January 1928), and Ursely and Charley are buried in th Fairview Cemetery, Lindley Township, Mercer County, Missouri.
Submitted by Jerry and Pat (McCarty) Jones

3. SOURCE: 1850 Census Mercer Co., MO

125 Wiggins, E. G. 36 M SC
Roda 35 F KY
Emily C. 7 F KY
Esmy 5 F KY
Lucy 3 F MO
John 3/12 M MO

4. Source: 1860 Federal Census for Lindley Township, Mercer Co., Missouri census book printed by Ellsberry Publishing Co., Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Box 206, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601.

Household 1062, page 66 in the book.

WIGGINS, E. C. 45 m SC
Rhoda 45 f KY
Almira 14 f KY
Louisa 12 f MO
John W. 10 m MO
Succtta 8 f MO
Evaline 6 f MO
Earley 2 m MO

5. SOURCE: 1880 1. SOURCE: 1880 Census Place: Lindley, Mercer, Missouri
Source: FHL Film 1254703 National Archives Film T9-0703 Page 45D

Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

Elijah WIGGINS Self M M W 66 SC
Occ: Farmer Fa: SC Mo: SC
Rhoda WIGGINS Wife F M W 65 KY
Occ: Keeping House Fa: SC Mo: SC
Ursuley COX Dau F W W 22 MO
Fa: SC Mo: KY
Richard COX GSon M S W 2 MO
Fa: KY Mo: MO

Posted on Genforum on March 30, 2005
I have an ancestor Elijah G. Wiggins who was born in SC on Feb. 8, 1814. He was in Christian Co., KY by 1842 when he married Rhoda Collins there (she was daughter of John Collins). Elijah & Rhoda moved to Mercer Co., MO in 1846, and are on the censuses there in 1850, 1860, 1870 & 1880. Elijah died in 1891 & Rhoda died in 1909, both in Mercer Co, MO. They named their sons John Wesley, Daniel & Richard. They named their daughters Emily, Almira, Louisa Angeline, Lousetta, Mary Evaline & Ursula Elvira. Online trees have indicated that Elijah was the son of William Wiggins of Spartanburg, SC, but I am having trouble documenting that. There is a William Wiggins in Christian Co., KY in 1840 living next door to John Collins with a male in the household who is in the 20-30 age group so could be Elijah, age 26, but the other 7 children in the household are all under age 15. William Wiggins is listed in Spartanburg in 1820 & 1830, but he does not have a male in the household on either census who is the right age group to be Elijah.

I am trying to see if I can find other candidates to be the father of my Elijah G. Wiggins. On the index for 1820 on Ancestry.com, there are 22 matches for Wiggins/Wiggans/Wiggin in SC. The ones who have a male under 10 who could be Elijah, age 6 are:

Mary, St. James Goose Creek, Charleston Co., 1 male
John, St. John's, Charleston Co., 2 males
Davison, Chester, Chester Co., 1 male
Samson, Edgefield Co., 3 males
Baker, Marion, Marion Co., 1 male (This is Samuel Baker Wiggins, age 8)
Jessy, Marion, Marion Co., 1 male
Mikagah, Marion, Marion Co., 2 males
Jacob, Newberry, Newberry Co., 2 males
Daniel, Sumter, Sumter Co., 1 male
Stephen, Sumter, Sumter Co., 1 male
Briton, Union, Union Co., 2 males
James, Union, Union Co., 2 males
Richard, Union, Union Co., 3 males

In 1830, there are 20 matches for Wiggins/Wiggans/Wiggin in South Carolina. The ones who have a male age 15-20 that could be Elijah, age 16 are:

Lewis, St. Bartholomew Parish, Colleton Co., 1 male
Rex B., Marion Co., 1 male
Micajah, Marion Co., 1 male
Sion Sr., Marlboro Co., 1 male
Britton, Union Co., 1 male

I didn't check 1840, but in 1850, these are the matches that come up on Ancestry.com for males named Wiggins/Wiggans/Wiggin that were born in SC between 1810 to 1820 who were living in any state:

In Alabama:
Richard, age 30, Greene Co.
Stephen, age 32, Dale Co.
Israel, age 40, Dale Co.
Kingard, age 36, Conecuh Co.
John B., age 38, Coosa Co.
Adam, age 39, Monroe Co.

In South Carolina:
Purrell, age 33, Beafort Co.
James, age 36, St. James Goose Creek, Charleston Co.

In Georgia:
Walton, age 36, DeKalb, Co.
Elijah, age 37, Walton Co.

In Louisiana:
Samuel, age 38, Carroll Co. (son of Baker Wiggins)

In Missouri:
E. G. (Elijah), age 36, Mercer Co.

In Kentucky:
Isaac, age 39, Christian Co.

If anyone can eliminate anyone in the above lists as being father of Elijah G. Wiggins, please let me know. Also if anyone knows parents for the 1850 list, that would help eliminate, too. I think the Isaac who was in Christian Co., KY in 1850 is a relation, maybe a brother. Also there is an older Elijah Wiggins in Mercer Co., MO who is on the 1870 census of Mercer Co., MO in same town as my Elijah who I am sure is connected but can't find him on any other census. In 1870 he was age 88, born in NC, occupation Carpenter. In same household is Martha Wiggins, age 17 who was born in Ohio and William Wiggins, age 2, who was born in Indiana.

Any input would be appreciated!

Thanks

Kari Northup
karinorthup@comcast.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Richardson" <tomr@efn.org>
To: <karinorthup@comcast.net>
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 2:17 PM
Subject: Wiggins family


> Dear Kari:
>
> In reply to your Rootsweb posting of 30 March 2005:
>
> I think I can help you by suggesting that you eliminate (my ancestor) Baker
> Wiggins from Marion County, South Carolina, as a possible father of Elijah.
> Baker's children were: Ricks B. Wiggins, Sarah E. Wiggins Lester, Samuel
> Baker Wiggins, John Wiggins, and Mary R. Wiggins. The 1829 will of Baker
> Wiggins does not include a son Elijah.
>
> Also, from your same posting, the "In Louisiana: Samuel, age 38, Carroll
> Co." for the 1850 census is the above Samuel Baker Wiggins, son of Baker.
>
> Rex B. Wiggins in Marion County, South Carolina, 1830 is probably the above
> Ricks B. Wiggins.
>
> To date, I have not learned how the other two Wiggins of Marion County,
> South Carolina, fit into the extended family.
>
> Good luck and let me know how your research turns out. If I find a reference
> to your Elijah, I'll pass the information along.
>
> Best regards,
> -Tom Richardson

PLEASANT HILL CEMETERY, MERCER COUNTY, MO
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Pleasant Hill Cemetery is located in section 23 of Lindley Township in the north-central portion of Mercer County. From Princeton, go west on highway 136 approximately three miles to blacktop P and turn right (north). Go north approximately seven miles to the fifth gravel road to the left. Turn left (west) and go approximately one mile to where the road makes a slight curve to the right. The cemetery is south of the road, well off the roadway and on private property. It is not directly accessable and its condition is unknown. This list of burials has been compiled from various sources including old surveys, family records and census records. The cemetery is very old and this should not be considered a complete list of burials

COLLINS John Nov 13, 1858 Age 88y, 3m, 4d No Birth Date
Husband of Rhoda (Lamkins) Collins
Married in Christian Co., KY on Jul 22, 1811

WIGGINS Elijah G. Feb 8, 1814 Feb 3, 1891 Husband of Rhoda Wiggins
Son of William Wiggins
Born in Spartanburg Co., SC

WIGGINS Rhoda Jun 2, 1817 March 13, 1909 Wife of Elijah Wiggins
Daughter of John & Rhoda (Lampkins) Collins
Born in Christian Co., KY.

From: L & B May [mailto:lgblmay@cox.net]
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 10:04 PM
To: Kari Northup
Subject: Re: Wiggins born in SC 1810-1820

I believe I am the source of the information given below.
I have been researching the family for about 20 years.

I found Wiggins families in Union and Spartansburg, SC, but beyond William as the probable father of Elijah, because of their proximity to John Collins, the known father of Rhoda "Rose", I could not document this.

Elijah and Rhoda were married April 19, 1842 in Christian Co., KY. Louisa Angeline Wiggins married first James Robert Hodges and they were my great grandparents.

Elijah returned to Christian Co., KY to bring John Collins
home with him. They also brought a woman negro slave to be a nurse for John. John Collins, Elijah and Rhoda are buried together in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO.

Please let me know more of what have on this family. I will check your website.

See my website at
http://www.My-May-Family.com

Lawrence

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From: L & B May [mailto:lgblmay@cox.net]
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 8:20 AM
To: Kari Northup
Subject: Re: Wiggins born in SC 1810-1820

The Estate of John Collins deceased due to Elijah G. Wiggins.

To trip from Mercer County Missouri to Christian County Kentucky (at the request of said Collins)
May and June 1857 One hundred dollars $100.00
To boarding & clothing said Collins and a negro woman belonging to him from the 27th day of June 1857 to 13th day of November 1858 it being 72 weeks at $7.50 per week at special request of said Collins. $540.00

To amount paid Myers for making coffin Nov 1858 $7.00

Paid Girdner and Prichard for buring close $14.00

Total $661.50
JANY 1st 1859. E. G. Wiggins

This record is on file in the courthouse of Mercer County.
The file is quite large and includes every article and possession that was sold and the amounts received.

John & Rhoda (Lampkins) Collins had two daughters. Louisa Ann (Collins) Price b. July 22, 1811 was the other daughter.

I went to Christian County about 1990 and was unable to find when John's wife died or where she was buried.

From: L & B May [mailto:lgblmay@cox.net]
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 3:22 PM
To: Kari Northup
Subject: Wiggins Mill

If you have OCR software, please send me copy for my records. It was written by type writer over 10 years ago.

Also the saw mill was used mostly for making barrels for whiskey and such. When the barrels were filled, they took them to St. Joseph, MO or Keokuk, IA and sold to the military.

Lawrence

Article in the Post Telegraph, Princeton, Mercer Co, MO
Written by Mary Casteel
WIGGINS MILL POST OFFICE ON LITTLE RIVER
One hundred and eleven years ago this spring Mercer County's eleventh post office was established March 23, 1858 at a saw mill on the west bank of Little River. Elijah G. Wiggins, who owned the mill, was appointed postmaster and the office was named Wiggins Mill. Back in Kentucky Mr. Wiggins had married Rhoda Collins in 1840 and seven years later they had traveled to Missouri in a covered wagon. Like most of the early settlers they wanted to locate near a river or creek. Along the streams there were belts of heavy timber three or four miles wide. Magnificient stands of oaks, hickory, sycamore, walnut, ash, maple, linden, cottonwood and wild cherry covered the bluffs which rose high above the creeks and rivers. The site chosen by Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins for their home in Mercer County was about a mile and a half west of Little River, a branch of Weldon Fork. It was here on a heavily timbered bluff above Brush Creek that they built their large double-sized log cabin. It was a beautiful location and was to remain Mr. Wiggins' home until his death in 1891.

Several times a year Indians came into the area and camped along Brush Creek. On one occasion some unscrupulous white men living in the township stole the Indians horses, and Mr. Wiggins helped to recover their property. The Indians did not forget this kindness. He was their friend. However, having Indians as neighbors did bring disadvantages. They saw nothing wrong with seizing Mrs. Wiggins' roosters and pulling out their tail feathers for head-bands. If caught in a rain they would walk uninvited into the cabin and stand before the fireplace to dry. To them it was just a friendly campfire. Although they never harmed her, Mrs. Wiggins could not overcome her fear of them. It was a relief to her each time they moved on to other hunting
grounds.

Mr. Wiggins, postmaster and mill owner, walked or rode horseback from his house above Brush Creek to his place of business on Little River. The mill prospered and courthouse records show that Mr. Wiggins owned many hundreds of acres during his lifetime. He also speculated in Princeton building lots. On June 21, 1850 he had bought all of Block 22 and four other lots in various blocks for a total of $36.00. He later sold Block 22 to Eli Mullinax for $110.00. This block is located between Hickland and Main and is the third block west of the square.

When the 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." From the start the post office was a disappointment. The Indians didn't write letters and the area was still thinly populated by white settlers. On March 15, 1859 the office was closed forever. Wiggins Mill was soon forgotten.

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From: ??patterson [mailto:japatterson2@earthlink.net]
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2006 8:35 AM
To: kari.northup@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Wiggins genealogy

I saw your March 2005 post about Elijah Wiggins. You've probably found him by now, but just in case you haven't, Eli Wigans was in Abbeville County, South Carolina for the 1830 federal census living between William Banester (Banister) and David Fisk. He had two sons 10-15. I'm working on Banisters/Bannisters/Banesters/Bainsters/etc. and there was a fairly significant number of them in adjacent Caldwell County. Hope this helps.

Warren P.

(Note from Kari - My Elijah Wiggins was age 16 in 1830, not sure this is him. Possibly relation?)