My Mother's family moved from Richwood in the early 40's to Plymouth, North Carolina to work for Weyerhaeuser Paper Company, due to Cherry River Paper Mill closing, as did many families. My Grandmother's family lived in Richwood for many years & still has a sister that lives there. Gertrude Rigsby Peyton, on Hemlock St. My Grandparents have passed away, but family is a big part of my life, as I was raised that way & I have lots of genealogy info. on my Mother's side. I haven't been to Richwood in 14 years, but plan to take a weekend trip soon with my Aunt. My Uncle that passed away in 93, filled me in on all the genealogy info. he could before cancer took his mind & body. He went there several times a year & his wife still has the farm they bought in Rainelle. My family names are Rigsby, Peyton (from Lincoln Co.) & Loudermilk.
Old family photos that I have from the late 1800's to the mid 30's. My Mother was 10 when they moved to Plymouth.
The first photo is of my Great-great Grandparents, Thomas Rigsby & Mary Jane Spence Rigsby (his second wife), probably taken in the late 1800's. They were married in 1864 in Tazewell Co, VA & moved to Richwood years later after living in Iowa, with a large family. He was in the Confererate War (VA division). She was 20 years younger than him. One of their children, Blanch Louise Rigsby, is my Great Grandmother. She had 4 daughters, two by Arthur Williams & two by Elmer Oscar Loudermilk (the latter being my Great Grandfather). The second photo (bottom left) is of my Grandmother, Capitola Pearl Rigsby Peyton, age 1, taken in 1909 in Richwood. The last photo (bottom right) is also Mary Jane Spence Rigsby, taken in her later years, probably around 1910 or so, in Richwood.
My Great-Grandmother, Blanch Rigsby, with my Great-Grandfather, Elmer Loudermilk (both of them are on the right of photo)& my Great-Grandmother's brother Wallace Rigsby & his wife, Lou Rigsby. This photo was taken around the turn of the century (approx. 1900), as my Grandmother had not been born yet & she was born in 1908. Next is a photo (top right) of my Grandmother, Capitola Pearl Rigsby, with her Father, Elmer Loudermilk, in 1909. She was 1. Then a photo of my Grandmother, Capitola Rigsby Peyton, holding my Uncle Gene Peyton. This was taken in 1928, the year he was born, in Richwood. All of her children & her Mother's children were born in the house on Hemlock St., in Richwood.
Last is a couple of photos taken in Richwood of my Mother, Gloria Lee Peyton Bullock & her brother, Gene Henry Peyton, in the mid-late 30's. They lived "Up Laurel" as I've always heard it called.
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Where: Richwood West Virginia
When: late 1800's to the mid 30's
Submitted by: Kara Bullock Faucette