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Transcribed biography of Samuel E. Rigg


Samuel E. Rigg came to Porter County with his parents, William and Mary Wallace Rigg, in 1861 at the age of eight. Samuel was the youngest of five brothers. In 1859 his father William came to Porter County from Lawrence County, Pennsylvania in search of work. He brought with him a threshing machine and his Morgan horses via the Pennsylvania Railroad. On the first of November 1859 he purchased 160 acres of farm land with buildings, five miles southwest of Valparaiso, for $4,500. He moved the family to this location in 1861. This land is now owned by Samuel's grandchildren. The original house is occupied by tenants.

In 1881 Samuel purchased an adjacent 40 acres to the north of the original farm where he and his bride, Caroline Reif, settled in 1883. Their only child, Roy E., married Ida Skinkle in 1905 and later moved to the original 160 acres. Their three children Auretta, Newell and Neil were born and raised on this farm. In 1945 Auretta and her husband, the late Wallace Aylesworth, purchased and now reside on the 40 acres her grandfather had bought in 1881. The Aylesworths were school teachers in Porter County retiring in 1968. Wallace retired as Superintendent of the Portage School System and Auretta from the Valparaiso Public Schools. Their daughter Adair (Mrs. Robert Wiese) and children Wallace, Wynn and Wanda reside on a dairy and beef farm near Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Arden (Mrs. Larry Lansing) and children Lisa, Lori and Lance purchased a dairy and beef farm near Darlington, Wisconsin. They moved from Porter County in 1973.

Newell and his wife, the former Gladys Aylesworth, purchased a farm and reside four miles south of the home site. Their son Roger married Kay Baldwin and live on the farm with their daughters Debra and Krista. Their daughter Vernice (Mrs. Donald Buchanan) and children Ronald, Kathy and LuAnn reside on a farm in the Hebron area.

Neil's widow, the former Charlotte Norton, and their daughter Jane (Mrs. Ronald Fisher) and grandchildren Valerie, Laurie and Julie reside in the Hebron area.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 150

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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