Oliver W Riggle

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OLIVER W. RIGGLE, who carries on farming in Burrell township, Armstrong county, was born in that township Jan. 10, 1864, son of George and Hannah (Turney) Riggle.

George Riggle and his wife were both from Westmoreland county, this State, and both were of German descent. They had a family of eleven children: John, who is a farmer of Burrell township, has had four children, two of whom survive; Leah is unmarried and lives on the old farm; Margaret, who died in the spring of 1912, was the wife of David Riffer and left four children; Philip, a farmer of Burrell township, has a family of eight children; George (deceased) is survived by one son; Albert, a farmer of Burrell township, has seven children; James, a farmer of Burrell township, married Mary Speer, and six of their children are living; David is a farmer in Westmoreland county; Daniel, of Parks township, Armstrong county, has four children; Jacob P., a farmer of Burrell township, has three children; Oliver W. completes the family.

Oliver W. Riggle attended the country schools, obtaining a good fundamental education. He follows farming, having a good place of 104 acres in Burrell township, and is a highly respected member of his community. On March 2. 1892, he was married to Kitty Heilman, one of the five children of William and Hannah (Speer) Heilman who live in Manor township, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Riggle have had ten children, namely: Margie, born Jan. 7, 1893; Owen, Oct. 8, 1894; Nellie, Jan. 27, 1896; Ralph, Feb. 8, 1898; Irma, Jan. 8, 1900; Florence, April 24, 1902; Ira, July 15, 1904; Mary, Jan. 7, 1909; and Glen and George, twins, April 17, 1911 (George is deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Riggle and their family are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Riggle is a Democrat in his political views.

Mrs. Riggle is a direct descendant of Peter and Elizabeth (Harter) Heilman, who settled in Kittanning township in 1795-96, their son Solomon, who married Hannah Yount, being her great grandfather. Her grandparents were Jacob and Catherine (Iseman) Heilman. A complete history of the Heilman family will be found elsewhere in this work.

Source: Page 682, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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