Lafayette “Lafe” Demarcus Rigg was born December 4, 1874 in Alaiedon Township, Mason, Ingham County, Michigan to Leslie and Sarah Ann "Abbie" Shaw Rigg. Lafe was named after his mother's, Abbie Shaw's brother, Lafayette I. Shaw. At the age of six years old, he moved with his parents to Emerson Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. While living in Gratiot County, Lafe went to the Hetzman School, Emerson Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Lafe was married to Lula "LuLu" E. Rowell on 20 November 1893 in Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan by George W. Torbert, Justice of the Peace. Lulu's parents were Charles and Caroline Rowell. Lafe and Lula eventually divorced.
Lafe, also, married Hattie McPherson in Sickles, Gratiot County, Michigan. Hattie was born December 29, 1879 in Wheeling, West Virginia to George and Melinda Kennedy McPherson.
He moved to Lakefield Township with his wife and children in 1902. Lafe was the brother of George Rigg and Ada Rigg Miller of Lakefield Township. Lafe's aunt and uncle, Ed and Martha Rigg Lundy, also lived on a 40 acre farm in Lakefield Township in the 1880's on Merrill Road near Roosevelt Road.
Lafe and Hattie had the following children:
Glen Delbert "Jim" Rigg was born July 12, 1898 in Emerson Township, Gratiot County, MI. Glen married Persus Burwash on June 10, 1922. Jim died on 10 March 1963 in Lakefield Township and he is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Ada Florence Rigg was born September 6, 1899 in Emerson Township, Gratiot County, MI. Ada married Edward Allard on June 20, 1925. Ada died on 5 April 1971 in Merrill and is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Wallace Erwen Rigg was born January 20, 1902 and died October 3, 1904 of Quinsy; he is buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Leslie DeWitt Rigg was born October 19, 1903 and died September 13, 1904 of Tonsilitis; he is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Byron Sidney Rigg was born August 12, 1905 in Lakfield Township, Saginaw County, MI. . Byron married Florence Hammond on August 16, 1924. Byron also married Marie Gorman, Arline Micho and Ruth Girven. Byron died on 12 March 1886 and is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Reva Mae Rigg was born April 26, 1909 in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, MI. Reva married Leonard Clark, and later Neil McSweyn and Charles Newkirk. Reva died on 30 August 1997 and is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Robert Lyle Rigg was born April 13, 1919. Bob married Anna Bell Strong on November 24, 1942. Bob died on 13 March 1996 and is buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Lafe purchased his first 40 acres of land in Section 10 on Fenmore Road between Swan Creek and Roosevelt Roads. This 40 acres was just to the north of his brother, George Rigg's property. Lafe later purchased an additional 100 acres, therefore expanding his farm to 140 acres in Section 10 of Lakefield Township. Sixty (60) acres of his 140 acres of land was on Swan Creek Road, where he pastured his sheep.
Lafe registered to vote on March 23, 1912 in Lakefield Township. Lafe was a farmer and also worked at the Merrill Elevator where at one time, he supervised the bean pickers. He served as the Byrnes School Director for many years and belonged to the Mason Lodge in Merrill, Michigan. The Book”Lest We Forget” written by Myron F. Gulick, states the following: “People making Merrill grow and prosper included … Lafe Rigg. These persons have passed on, but Merrill is better off for their being here. We are all better to have known them.”
In the general election of 6 April 1926 – Lafe Rigg and Joseph Tolfree were voted in as Constables of Lakefield Township. In the general election of 5 April 1917, Lafe, a Democrat, ran for the position of Member of the Board of Review of Lakefield Township. Lafe lost to Jay Schoonmaker; Jay receiving 114 votes and Lafe collecting 99 votes.
Hattie belonged to the Lakefield Ladies Society. Hattie was one of the first ladies in Lakefield Township to register to vote on March 20, 1920, after the women's suffrage movement.
Lafe died on February 1, 1943 in Lakefield Township and Hattie died on May 9, 1955. They are both buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
This is a photo of the 1918 Rigg Reunion: sitting, front row: left to right - Jake Riggs, Ed Miller, Lester Harris, Arnold Harris, Chancy Miller, Leslie Miller, Leslie Parker, Byron Rigg, Irene Symonds, Elizabeth Ackley, Reva Rigg, Mary Rigg, little boy with hat ?, Cecil Parker, Harold Parker and Oren Parker.
kneeling, second row: left to right - Hattie Rigg, Lewe Ackley, Della Miller, Ida Riggs, Rob Riggs, Carrie Riggs, Ada Rigg, Ruth Riggs, Nine (Fern) Rigg Arman with daughter Beatrice Arman, Inez Rigg, Freada Ackley, Mable Rigg Myers, Neva Riggs and Clara Rigg.
standing third and fourth row: left to right - Amelia Rigg, John Briggs holding Catherine, Lydia Rigg Briggs, Rudy Miller, man ?, Ray Rigg, Abbie Shaw Rigg/Riggs, George Rigg, Ada Rigg Miller, Charles Riggs, Owen Parker, Effa Rigg Parker, Leslie Ackley, George Riggs, Alice Riggs, Fred Ackley, Lena Parker, Ted Snyder ?, Dave Thompson ?, George Myers or Claire Riggs, Dave Parker, Max Arman, Herbert Riggs, and Lafayette Rigg.
SOURCES: Great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Bucholz Rohde
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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