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Sidney S. Rigdon

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Library, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Death: July 14, 1876 (83)
Friendship, Allegany, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of William Rigdon and Agnes Gallager
Husband of Phebe Brooks
Father of Athalia Robinson; Nancy G. Ellis; Eliza Rigdon; Sarah Wingate; John Wickliffe Rigdon and 7 others
Brother of Carvel Rigdon; Loammi Rigdon; Lacy Boyer and Laommi Rigdon

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About Sidney S. Rigdon

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Sidney Rigdon (19 February 1793 – 14 July 1876) was an important figure in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement. Rigdon's influence over the early years of the movement is considered by many historians to have been nearly as strong as that of church founder Joseph Smith Jr..."

"...Sidney Rigdon was born in St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles south of Pittsburgh. (The area today is known as Library). He was the youngest of four children of William and Nancy Rigdon. Rigdon's father was a farmer and a native of Harford County, Maryland. William Rigdon died in 1810, and Sidney remained on the farm until 1818, when he apprenticed himself to a Baptist minister named Rev. Andrew Clark..."

"...In 1826 he was invited to become the pastor of the more liberal Baptist church in Mentor, Ohio in the Western Reserve. Many prominent early Latter Day Saint leaders, including Parley P. Pratt, Isaac Morley and Edward Partridge were members of Rigdon's congregations prior to their conversion to the Church of Christ as founded by Joseph Smith, Jr..."

"...Rigdon read the Book of Mormon, believed in its truthfulness, and was converted to the religion. He was baptized into the Church and proceeded to convert hundreds of members of his Ohio congregations. In December 1830, Rigdon traveled to New York, where he met Joseph Smith..."

"...When Smith organized the church's First Presidency, he set apart Jesse Gause and Rigdon as his first two counselors..."

"...After Smith's murder in 1844, contention arose over the leadership of the Church..."

"...After the succession schism, Rigdon solidified and led an independent faction of Mormonism, often referred to as Rigdonite..."

"...Rigdon lived on for many years in Pennsylvania and New York. He maintained his testimony of the Book of Mormon and clung to his claims that he was the rightful heir to Joseph Smith. He died in Friendship, New York..."



Notes gathered from Judith Porter 1987:

Sidney Rigdon was a Oastor and friend of Parley P. Pratt

1822: Lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pastor of First Baptist Church through Thomas Campbell and son, Alexander Campbell (Cambellites).

1825: Lived in Warren, Ohio

1829: Joined Disciples of Christ

1830: Lived in Mentor, Ohio. Joined LDS Church.

1831 Feb. : Lived in Kirkland, Ohio (See D&C 41.)

1838: Lived in Missouri, Jackson County and Clay County, Far West and Huntsville

1841: Nauvoo, Illinois

1844: Martydom of Joseph Smith

1844 Sep. 8: Excommunicated. Returned to Pittsburgh, Pa. and organized the Church of Christ.

1876 July 14th: Died in Friendship, Allegheny, NY

Children of Sidney Rigdon and Phebe Brooks:

  1. Athalia Rigdon, born 1821, Warren, Trumbull, OH; died after 1900; probably in NY; married George W. Robinson, April 13, 1837, Kirtland, Geauga, OH; They had 3 children: Athalia, born 1846; Cora, born 1848; and Georgia, born 1855.
  2. Nancy G. Rigdon, born December 08, 1822, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA; died November 01, 1887, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA; married Robert Ellis, September 13, 1846, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA; They had 9 children: Maragaret Allen, born 1847; Phoebe Brooks, born 1822; Elva Viola, born 1851; Frank Glenthorn, born 1855; Robert Sidney, born 1857; Sanuel Marshall, born 1858; and Charles Colvin, born 1862;
  3. Eliza Rigdon, born 1823, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA; died 1845, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA.
  4. Sarah Rigdon, born 1825 in PA (probably in Allegheny Co.); died 1877, in Allegany Co., NY; married Edward Bradley Wingate, About 1849; in Allegany Co. NY; They had one child: Antoinette "Nettie" Wingate, born 1850.
  5. Algernon "Sid" Rigdon, born July 4, 1828, Mentor, Geauga, OH; died after 1893, probably in Allegany Co., NY; married Annis Bradley Oct. 19, 1854 in Cuba Twp., Allegany, NY; They had 2 children: Walter Sidney Rigdon, born c. 1856 and George R. Rigdon, born c. 1858.
  6. John Wickliffe Rigdon, born June 14, 1830, Mentor, Geauga, OH; died April 05, 1912, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT; married Sophia J. Cole, December 12, 1861 in Allegany Co. NY; They had 3 children: Genevive Aurelea, born 1862; Ralph W., born 1863; and Josephine Ellenor, born 1876
  7. Lacy Ann Rigdon, born about 1828 in Mentor, Geauga, OH; died April 15, 1877, probably in NY; married Jeremia Hatch, about 1847 in NY; They had four children: Clarence Boaz, born 1848, died 1848?; Charles, born 1850, died 1850; Edward Wingate, born 1852; and Clarence Sheldon, born 1854.
  8. Samuel Carvel Rigdon, born December 29, 1834, Kirtland, Geauga, OH; died January 16, 1835, Kirtland, Geauga, OH.
  9. Phebe Dorcas Rigdon, born February 21, 1836, Kirtland, Geauga, OH; died after 1864; probably in Allegany Co., NY; died after 1864; married Samuel E. Spears, about 1860, in Allegany Co., NY; They had two children: Evelyn, born 1862; and Maude, born c. 1864.
  10. Hortensia Antoinette Rigdon, born 1838, probably in Caldwell Co., MO; died 1853.
  11. Ephraim Robinson Marks Rigdon, born 1842, Hancock Co., IL; died Feb 27, 1886, Friendship, Allegany, NY; married Alice Wright, Sep. 5, 1871; They had one child who appears to have died as an infant.


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Sidney S. Rigdon's Timeline

February 19, 1793
Library, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Age 27
Warren, Trumbull, OH, USA
December 8, 1822
Age 29
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA, USA
Age 29
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA, USA
Age 31
July 4, 1828
Age 35
Mentor, Lake, OH, USA
June 14, 1830
Age 37
Mentor, Lake, OH, USA
Age 38
Mentor, Lake, OH, USA
December 29, 1834
Age 41
Kirtland, Lake, OH, USA