Elizabeth Catherine "Cat" (Murray) Rigsby's Dress
Submitted by Kate Rigsby Cain Bynum
Thomas Louis "Tince” Rigbsy decided to leave Kentucky in search of work. His parents Robert Thomas and Elizabeth “Cat” Catherine (Murray) Rigsby was broken hearted at the thought of their only son leaving home. Tom’s older and only brother William Robert had been shot and killed at the age of 39 in Brindle Ridge, Kentucky in 1903. Thomas Louis “Tince” Rigsby left Crab Orchard, Kentucky on horse back searching for work leaving his wife Mary and children behind with his parents. Tucked neatly within his saddle bags was a long black dress that belonged to his mother Elizabeth “Cat” Catherine (Murray) Rigsby.
We have no idea why grandfather carried his mother’s dress to Illinois, but we're awfully glad that he did.