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Herbert Richard Rigby (1862 - 1936)

Herbert Richard Rigby
Born in Firs Lane, West Leigh, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 25 Dec 1886 [location unknown]
Died at about age 73 in Leigh, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jul 2018
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Herbert Richard Rigby was born September 28th 1862 in Firs Lane, West Leigh. He was the son of Thomas Rigby and Margaret (Hulme) Rigby. His father was a glass works manager.

On 12 Apr 1865, Herbert's sister Mary Ellen Rigby, was born, again in Firs Lane.

Another sister, Edith Annie, was born on 4 May 1868 in Westleigh.

By April 2nd 1871, the family were living in Plane Lane, Abram, in the Glass Works yard. He was still working as the glass works manager. The three children were all still alive, and the two older ones were now in school. The family had a seventeen-year-old domestic servant, Mary Ann Wood, who was from Abram.

Herbert's younger brother, Thomas Stock Rigby, was born 3 Oct 1871 in Firs Lane.

According to a member of the Rigby family, Herbert's father had episodes of drinking heavily and eventually disappeared, which perhaps explains the difficulty in finding his death registration between 1871 and 1881 in Wigan area.

By April 3rd 1881, Herbert's mother was living in Off Plane Lane, Gores Houses, and was reporting herself a widow. All four of the children were still alive; Herbert was working as a glass maker, the two girls as creelers at a cotton mill, and Thomas was still in school.

Herbert married Elizabeth Hodson on Christmas Day 1886.

By April 5th 1891, Herbert and Elizabeth were living with Elizabeth's father Peter in Firs Lane, Westleigh. Peter, aged 54, was a widower and living on his own means. Herbert was working as a glass blower. Herbert and Elizabeth had one child, a daughter, Mary Ann, aged one.

By March 31st 1901, Herbert and Elizabeth had their own household in Church Street, Leigh. They had three children - Mary Anne Rigby (11), Wilfred James Rigby (9) and Eunice Hodson Rigby (5). Herbert was now working as a solicitor's clerk.

By April 2nd 1911, they were still living in Leigh. Herbert was now working as a solicitor. Mary Anne was no longer in the household; Wilfred was there, and at 19 was a university student; Eunice at 15 was still in school. A 40-year-old housemaid named Edith Ellen Moss, who had been born in Leigh, was visiting them on census night.

Herbert died in 1936 in Leigh district, aged 73.


  • "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Margaret Rigby, Abram, Lancashire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 24, Piece/Folio 3771/59, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,084.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), Herbert Richard Rigby in household of Peter Hodson, West Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Lancashire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Herbert Richard Rigby, Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Leigh subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

The civil registration index, and the England and Wales censuses, are Crown Copyright.

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