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Welcome to Hannibal,
       Marion County
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After serving in the  Co. D 13th Regt Ky Cav Vol., Josiah Rigney, who was the son of George T. Rigney from Casey County, Kentucky and my g,g grandfather's (John Franklin Rigney) brother, moved to Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri to live and start his family.
Josiah Rigney was a mystery to me for a long time, I thought he had died in the Civil war until I found a letter from him in my "Treasure Box", and the search began and led me to Marion County, MO. It also led me to Jeanie Bouthillier (email address, Josiah was her great grandfather.
You can read letters from Josiah and his family and see pictures of them at the links listed here. If anyone has any further information on these people, please email me at wvmystica@aol or Jeanie at

Letters from Home
Faces of the Past

My thanks to Dee Godkin for taking these pictures for me. :)
House of the Pilasters
      J.M Clemens
Justice of the Peace
House of the Pilasters

The Clemens family lived here for a time and John Marshall Clemens, Mark Twain's father, died in this house in 1847.
The building is Greek ?????? in style, was made in Cincinnati, Ohio and shipped west by steamboat in a "????? down" condition then erected on this site prior to 1840.
In 1845, little Sam Clemens saw a man shot down on Main Street around the corner & watched that man die on the floor of Bre???? Drug Store. Located in this building. The incident was used many years later in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Tom Sawyers Fence
Here stood the board fence which Tom Sawyer persuaded his gang to pay him for the privilege of whitewashing. Tom sat by and saw that it was well done.
Becky Thatcher's Home
This was the home of Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer's first sweetheart in Mark Twain's book "Tom Sawyer", Tom thought Becky to be the essence of all that is charming in womanhood.
The Haunted House on Hill Street
Preserved and restored as described in Mark Twain's books
See Mark Twain, Tom, Huck and many others in life size was figures.

A small admission is charged
Cardiff Hill
This is the foot of Cardiff Hill, made famous in Mark Twain's Books, "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn". On the hill Tom, Huck and their gang played and roamed at will.