Ida Mae Riggin was born 8 August 1879 in Madison County, Illinois, to John Wesley "Wes" and Clementine (Wells) Riggin. She was their fifth child and only daughter. When the 1880 census was enumerated the family lived in Pin Oak Township in Madison County, and her father was a farmer.
The farm, while small about 25 acres, seemed to be a going concern, used primarily to raise stock. Only two acres were tilled. The remaining land was pasture. The family had two horses, two cows, two sheep, eight swine, and thirteen chickens. They gathered eggs and made their own cheese and butter. The family did grow Indian corn, oats, wheat and Irish potatoes, some of which I imagine was feed for the livestock. After John's death, the family left the farm.
I believe her father died in 1888 as Ida Mae's mother, Clementine, appeared before the Madison County probate court in October 1888 to be appointed guardian to her minor children. The children received $31.90 from the estate of their father and Clementine received an equal amount for the care and support of her children. If I am reading the court record correctly, that was the entire sum of John Wesley Riggin's estate.
Ida's mother remarried in 1892 and Ida went to live with her some of her brothers and worked as their housekeeper. In 1900 she lived in East St Louis and was a lodger in the home of Otto Davis at 10 South Main Street. Her brothers Albert and Henry were also boarders at the Davis home.
Ida Mae Riggin and Robert Muir applied for a marriage license on 12 October 1902 in Collinsville, Illinois, and likely married soon thereafter as she was two months pregnant with their first child. The couple had two children and lived in Novinger, Missouri, and O'Fallon, Illinois.
Ida Mae died of tuberculosis on 3 August 1909 in Troy, Illinois, at the home of her mother. She was surrounded by her family, including a brother who came from California to see her. She was buried in the Troy City Cemetery in Troy, Illinois, where her mother and second husband were later buried. Ida Mae died a few days before her 30th birthday and left two children ages 6 and 3 years old.
1880 US Federal Census, Census Place: Pin Oak, Madison, Illinois, Roll: 233; Family History Film: 1254233; Page: 335C; Enumeration District: 023; Image: 0672
1900 US Federal Census, Census Place: East St. Louis Ward 3, St. Clair, Illinois; Roll: 341; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0095; FHL microfilm: 1240341
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook page 8
US, Federal Census Selected Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, Census Place: Pin Oak, Madison, Illinois; Archive Collection Number: T113; Roll: 46; Page: 3; Line: 01; Schedule Type: Agriculture
US, Illinois, Find a Grave Index, 1809-2012, 1909 Muir, Ida Mae (Riggin)
US, Illinois, Madison County ILGenWeb; Troy City Cemetery, Name Index, McLeavy - Rawson
US, Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1988, Probate Records 1887-1889, Volume N, Image 205 of 270
US, Illinois, State Archives, Marriage Database, 1763-1900, 1902 Muir, Robert - Riggin, Ida Mae
Troy Weekly Call, 6 August 1909