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Re: Samuel Riggs of about 1796
Posted by: jc (ID *****5058) Date: November 27, 2008 at 08:13:15
In Reply to: Samuel Riggs of about 1796 by Catherine Hodnett of 4090

Sorry, I couldn't find the connection, but have included some information about the Riggs line.
Census > U.S. Census > 1850 United States Federal Census > Missouri > Caldwell > District 11

The census taker has written Kentucky as her place of birth
1850 United States Federal Census
about Sebrina Riggs
Name: Sebrina Riggs
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1807
Birth Place: Kentucky
Gender: Female
Home in 1850(City,County,State): District 11, Caldwell, Missouri
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Hoover 5
John Hoover 5
Mary Hoover 24
William Hoover 34
Azeriah Riggs 13
Chantz Riggs 16
Francis Riggs 10
Sebring Riggs 43
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3140056&id=I616061624
ID: I616061624
Name: Sebrina SPLAWN
Given Name: Sebrina
Surname: Splawn
Sex: F
Birth: 4 Aug. 1805 in Tn.
Death: 7 Feb. 1883 in Grundy Co., Mo.
Note:
Documentation:

1850 Census--Caldwell Co., Mo.--District 11
1860 Census--Grundy Co., Mo.--Edinburgh--#790
1870 Census--Neosho Co., Ks.--Big Creek
1880 Census--Grundy Co., Mo.--Taylor Twsp.--#127

1837-1937--Daviess Co., Mo. Centennial Ed. Newspaper--A, p. 9

"Chariton Co., Mo. Land Tax for 1821" Mo. Pioneers, Vol. 5, p. 72
Samuel Riggs

History of Grundy Co., Mo. Birdsall & Dean, p. 659

"Ray Co., Mo. Probate Records" Mo. Pioneers, Vol 8
Will of William Riggs date 3 Jan. 1828 recorded 14 Jan. 1828 Samuel Riggs witness Bk. A, p. 40

Livingston Co., Mo. Deed Books
15 Nov. 1856 BK. H, #476 Peter Goodman and wife Sebrina to Elijah Gats



Father: John SPLAWN b: circa 1783 in Fairfield Co., S.C.
Mother: Eleanor LEIGHTON b: circa 1783 in South Carolina

Marriage 1 Samuel RIGGS b: 22 Feb. 1796
Married: 9 June 1820 in Mo. Terr.
Children
Phoebe RIGGS b: 29 Dec. 1822 in Ray Co., Mo.
Mary RIGGS b: 1 Dec. 1824 in Ray Co., Mo.
John RIGGS b: 8 April 1827 in Ray Co., Mo.
William RIGGS b: 1 Sept. 1829 in Ray Co., Mo.
Isaac RIGGS b: 8 Sept. 1831 in Ray Co., Mo.
Charity (Chantz) RIGGS b: 20 April 1834 in Ray Co., Mo.
Azariah (Ezra) RIGGS b: 7 May 1837 in Ray Co., Mo.
Francis M. RIGGS b: 22 May 1839 in Ray Co., Mo.
Frances RIGGS b: 13 May 1847 in Caldwell Co., Mo.
Sebrina RIGGS b: 26 Dec. 1849 in Caldwell Co., Mo.
Monroe RIGGS b: 4 June 1855 in Caldwell Co., Mo.

Marriage 2 Peter GOODMAN b: 1790 in Pennsylvania
Married: before 1856 in Mo.




http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3140056&id=I616061629

ID: I616061629
Name: Samuel RIGGS
Given Name: Samuel
Surname: Riggs
Sex: M
Birth: 22 Feb. 1796
Death: 7 Aug. 1856 in Grundy Co., Mo.

Marriage 1 Sebrina SPLAWN b: 4 Aug. 1805 in Tn.
Married: 9 June 1820 in Mo. Terr.
Children
Phoebe RIGGS b: 29 Dec. 1822 in Ray Co., Mo.
Mary RIGGS b: 1 Dec. 1824 in Ray Co., Mo.
John RIGGS b: 8 April 1827 in Ray Co., Mo.
William RIGGS b: 1 Sept. 1829 in Ray Co., Mo.
Isaac RIGGS b: 8 Sept. 1831 in Ray Co., Mo.
Charity (Chantz) RIGGS b: 20 April 1834 in Ray Co., Mo.
Azariah (Ezra) RIGGS b: 7 May 1837 in Ray Co., Mo.
Francis M. RIGGS b: 22 May 1839 in Ray Co., Mo.
Frances RIGGS b: 13 May 1847 in Caldwell Co., Mo.
Sebrina RIGGS b: 26 Dec. 1849 in Caldwell Co., Mo.
Monroe RIGGS b: 4 June 1855 in Caldwell Co., Mo




http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I06324

ID: I06324
Name: Anne Riggs 1
Sex: F
Birth: FEB 1809 1
Note:
... had 6 sons and 3 daughters...

From Genealogy of the Riggs Family
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Father: Thomas Riggs b: ABT 1787 in North Carolina
Mother: Leah Hunt

Marriage 1 Moses Splawn

Sources:
Title: Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Author: John H. Wallace
Publication: 1901, New York
Note: "This book has been transcribed to computer by Sterling Bridges (11th Generation) August, 2001, for the purpose of my children having copies which are unavailable."
Repository:
Note: Lora L. Fleming personal family files
Media: Book
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com
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Listed the Samuel Riggs in this researcher's index.
Riggs, Samuel
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1640 in Milford, Connecticut d: 1738
Riggs, Samuel b: 8 OCT 1670
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1676 d: 1709
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1681 in Newark, New Jersey
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1695
Riggs, Samuel b: 2 JAN 1700 in Derby, Connecticut
Riggs, Samuel b: 21 NOV 1750 d: 21 SEP 1766
Riggs, Samuel b: 15 MAR 1770 in Highstown, New Jersey d: 23 AUG 1824 in Highstown, New Jersey
Riggs, Samuel b: 7 AUG 1770 in Derby, Connecticut d: 18 NOV 1835
Riggs, Samuel b: 27 JAN 1771 in Derby, Connecticut d: APR 1859
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1774 in Litchfield, Connecticut d: 1848
Riggs, Samuel b: 28 AUG 1781 in Basking Ridge, New Jersey d: BEF 1833 in Green Pond, New Jersey
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1783
Riggs, Samuel b: 20 MAY 1785 in Ridgefield, Connecticut
Riggs, Samuel b: 8 APR 1787 in Vernon, New Jersey d: 16 NOV 1863 in Hamburg, New Jersey
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1793
Riggs, Samuel b: ABT 1804
Riggs, Samuel b: 29 APR 1818
Riggs, Samuel b: 20 SEP 1840
Riggs, Samuel D. b: 2 DEC 1818
Riggs, Samuel Tait b: 9 FEB 1808
Riggs, Samuel Thompson b: 30 AUG 1831
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I06325
Unfortnately, there is only one SPLAWN family member:
ID: I06325
Name: Moses Splawn 1
Sex: M 2

Marriage 1 Anne Riggs b: FEB 1809

Sources:
Title: Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Author: John H. Wallace
Publication: 1901, New York
Note: "This book has been transcribed to computer by Sterling Bridges (11th Generation) August, 2001, for the purpose of my children having copies which are unavailable."
Repository:
Note: Lora L. Fleming personal family files
Media: Book
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I05780
ID: I05780
Name: Thomas Riggs 1
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1787 in North Carolina 1
Residence: 1791 Kentucky 1
Note:
Thomas Riggs 7 (son of Timothy 6 , 2nd, Timothy of North Carolina, 5 Samuel, 4 Edward, 3 Edward, 2 Edward 1) was born in North Carolina about 1787, and was taken to Kentucky 1791, where he married Leah Hunt, 1807. He removed to Missouri at an early day, and kept of the frontier of that State till 1846, when he started with his family for Oregon, but sickened and died on the west bank of the Missouri River, and was buried at Iowa Point. Like his father, Timothy, he was an anti-Slavery Democrat. He was a Baptist minister, and adopted the theological views of Alexander Campbell. Their family consisted of four sons and six daughters.

From Genealogy of the Riggs Family
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Father: Timothy Riggs II b: ABT 1760 in North Carolina
Mother: Nancy Welch

Marriage 1 Leah Hunt
Married: 1807 1
Children
Anne Riggs b: FEB 1809
Rachel Riggs b: ABT 1810
Rebecca Riggs b: ABT 1812
Damaris Riggs
John Riggs b: ABT 1816
Elizabeth Riggs b: 21 DEC 1818
William C. Riggs b: 1821
Mary Riggs b: 24 JUN 1823
Timothy A. Riggs b: 28 OCT 1825
Thomas Riggs b: 5 JAN 1828

Sources:
Title: Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Author: John H. Wallace
Publication: 1901, New York
Note: "This book has been transcribed to computer by Sterling Bridges (11th Generation) August, 2001, for the purpose of my children having copies which are unavailable."
Repository:
Note: Lora L. Fleming personal family files
Media: Book
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I05488
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ID: I05488
Name: Timothy Riggs II 1
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1760 in North Carolina 1
Death: 1831 in Missouri 1
Residence: Missouri 1
Note:
Timothy Riggs (son of Timothy5 of North Carolina,Samuel,4 Edward,3 Edward,2 Edward1). This was the youngest son and was born in North Carolina about 1760, and barely escaped service in the Revolutionary War. Soon after the war he married Nancy Welch and settled in Missouri. He was an anti-slavery Democrat, and a leading member of the Baptist Church. He lived to a very old age, and died at the house of his son William in Missouri, 1831. The following were their children...

From Genealogy of the Riggs Family
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Father: Timothy Riggs b: in Newark, New Jersey

Marriage 1 Nancy Welch
Children
William Riggs b: ABT 1785
Thomas Riggs b: ABT 1787 in North Carolina
Reuben Riggs b: ABT 1789
John Riggs b: ABT 1791
Samuel Riggs b: ABT 1793
Enoch Riggs b: ABT 1795
Joshua Riggs b: ABT 1797
Hannah Riggs b: ABT 1800
Daniel Riggs b: ABT 1802

Sources:
Title: Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Author: John H. Wallace
Publication: 1901, New York
Note: "This book has been transcribed to computer by Sterling Bridges (11th Generation) August, 2001, for the purpose of my children having copies which are unavailable."
Repository:
Note: Lora L. Fleming personal family files
Media: Book
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I05347
ID: I05347
Name: Timothy Riggs 1
Sex: M
Birth: in Newark, New Jersey 1
Burial: North Carolina 1
Note:
Timothy Riggs, of North Carolina (reputed son of Samuel,4 Edward,3 Edward,2 eEdward1), was born at or near Newark, N. J., and grew up and was married in Morris County, N. J. He was born about 1723, and a Timothy Riggs united with the church at Morristown, September 4, 1757, and two or three years afterward the officers of the church had lost all knowledge and trace of him. In 1775 a Timothy Riggs secured a grant of land from the colonial authorities of North Carolina, situated in what in now Lincoln County. Whether this was the Timothy who joined the Morristown church may be reasonable inferred, but that he was born in New Jersey there is not a shadow of doubt. This was not only his own statement handed down through his posterity, but it is confirmed by several correspondents in that State who did not belong to his family. He afterward obtained other grants of land, and his sons also secured grants that were chiefly in Surrey County, which seems to have been the general headquarters of the family. One of his sons, Zadok, was sheriff of that county about 1788. According to recollection of his grandchildren, he had ten sons and two daughters, and most of them seem to have been remarkably prolific. Timothy and his wife were buried in North Carolina, but about the close of that century the sons commenced to migrate. One of them settled and remained in middle Tennessee; others pushed on to the region of Warren County, Ky., where they seem to have remained about twenty years. The next move was for the territory of Illinois, where two or three families remained and have attained eminent positions, but the majority of them pushed on to Missouri. About 1850 a great number of the Missouri families migrated to the Pacific States, and notwithstanding these migratory movements every generation seems to have appreciated the advantages of education, and many of them have held positions of honor and profit in many States. In their religious belief and observances they seem to be largely Baptists, but in the second quarter of this century a great many of them followed the teachings of Alexander Campbell into his new organization, known as the “Disciples of Christ.” Unfortunately we are not able to give the order and dates of birth of his twelve children, and we will not attempt it except in a single instance.

From Genealogy of the Riggs Family
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2

Father: Samuel Riggs b: ABT 1681 in Newark, New Jersey

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Children
William Riggs
Reuben Riggs b: ABT 1770 in North Carolina
Zadok Riggs b: ABT 1753 in Morris County, New Jersey
Jacob Riggs
Sarah Riggs
Hannah Riggs
Silas Riggs
David Riggs b: 8 NOV 1749 in Morris County, New Jersey
Daniel Riggs
Israel Riggs
Timothy Riggs II b: ABT 1760 in North Carolina
Clisby Riggs

Sources:
Title: Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Author: John H. Wallace
Publication: 1901, New York
Note: "This book has been transcribed to computer by Sterling Bridges (11th Generation) August, 2001, for the purpose of my children having copies which are unavailable."
Repository:
Note: Lora L. Fleming personal family files
Media: Book
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I03963
ID: I03963
Name: Samuel Riggs 1
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1681 in Newark, New Jersey 1
Note:
Samuel Riggs4 (son of Edward ,3 Edward, 2 Edward1) was born near Newark, H. J. about 1681. Nothing of record has come to my knowledge concerning this member of the family. The third Edward, his traditional father, seems to have been thrifty and successful in getting hold of much valuable landed property, which he distributed among his children, and this one tradition locates in Morris County, N. J., near a locality known as “Bottle Hill.” Others of his sons were located in the vicinity of Basking Ridge, among them the fourth Edward. There were other Samuels, but the particular interest attaching to this one arises from the fact that I have fixed upon him as the altogether probable father of Timothy that went to North Carolina and left ten very prolific sons, whose descendants are numerous in the South, in the West, and on the Pacific Coast. Tradition has assigned to this Samuel the following four sons, but I will not attempt to approximate their dates ...

From Genealogy of the Riggs Family
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Father: Edward Riggs b: ABT 1636 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Mother: Mary Munne

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Children
Edward Riggs
Samuel Riggs
Timothy Riggs b: in Newark, New Jersey
Reuben Riggs b: in Newark, New Jersey

Sources:
Title: Riggs Surname Study
Author: Geoff Riggs
Note: Geoff Riggs, riggs@one-name.org

Well documented, researcher has numerous qualification re. genealogical research
Repository:
Note: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~riggs/
Media: Electronic
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com

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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I03919
ID: I03919
Name: Edward Riggs 1 2
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1636 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 2
Death: AFT 1700 2
Note:
Edward Riggs was allegedly born in Roxbury MA about 1636.

Neither Wallace nor Abbott [S48] found any record of a marriage, but both reported that Edward's wife's name was MARY. Torrey [S45] reported her as "MARY [MUNN]?". This is probably based on the fact that a 'Daniell Munne' of Milford made an oral will prior to 13JNE1666 leaving his estate to Mary 'Rigs' [S72] which, if one makes the reasonable assumption that Mary was Daniel's married daughter, implies that Edward married MARY MUNN(E) prior to 13JNE1666.

This casts doubt on a statement made by a recent researcher [S33] that Edward married twice: that a MARY BROWN, born in 1639 at Roxbury, was the mother of his ten children and that MARY MUNN his second wife, also born in 1639, died in 1689. The first child was born about 1662 and the last about 1685 (see below), so if MARY MUNN married Edward prior to 13JNE1666 and did not die until 1689 as the researcher states, she would have been the mother of at least 7 of these children. The statement may have been an attempt to reconcile the probability that Edward married MARY MUNN with a possible reference elsewhere to him marrying a Brown (if so, he could have been confused with his brother Joseph who married Hannah Brown).

In 1667, Edward and his family followed his father Edward's family from Derby CT to Newark NJ, where they were amongst the original settlers - he and his brother Joseph were the first to obtain grants of outside lands from the town authorities. He was assigned a home lot in Newark and, though he was not as educated as his two younger brothers, he succeeded in accumulating other landed property there, which he subsequently distributed among his children. In his land conveyances, he was often designated as a "planter"

No record has been found of his death, but he was still alive in 1700 when he was party to a deed.

Wallace states that "In Mr Conger's collections he gives the following children from tradition, but their order and approximate dates are arranged here as circumstances and a few known facts seem to direct":

From Riggs Surname Study
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Edward Riggs was born in Roxbury about 1636. There is no intimation as to where or to whom he was married. His wife’s name was Mary, and from the number of their children we may infer they were married early in life. He was not educated as his brothers were, but he was energetic and successful in accumulating property. He seems to have been specially careful about the titles to his lands, and was not content with a grant from the town of Newark alone, but secured a patent from the proprietors also. He had a home lot assigned to him like other original settlers, and in his conveyances of lands he was often designated as “planter.” This designation occurs in a deed from him in the year 11700, and this is the last positive date we have concerning him. He and his brother Joseph were the first to obtain grants of outside lands from the town authorities, and his accumulations in this direction seem to have been quite extensive. There is no record of his death nor that of his wife.

From "Genealogy of the Riggs Family"
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Father: Edward Riggs b: 17 OCT 1619 in Nazeing, Essex, England
Mother: Elizabeth Rose b: ABT 1621 in England

Marriage 1 Mary Munne
Children
Anna Riggs b: ABT 1662 in Darby, New Haven County, Connecticut
James Riggs b: ABT 1664 in Newark, New Jersey
Mary Riggs b: ABT 1666 in Darby, New Haven County, Connecticut
Edward Riggs b: ABT 1668 in Newark, New Jersey
Lydia Riggs b: BET 1668 AND 1675
Joseph Riggs b: ABT 1675 in Newark, New Jersey
Martha Riggs b: ABT 1677
Elizabeth Riggs b: ABT 1678
John Riggs b: 1679
Samuel Riggs b: ABT 1681 in Newark, New Jersey
Charity Riggs b: ABT 1685

Sources:
Title: GenForum
Repository:
Media: Other
Page: Rodney Murrow (rod@murrow.com)
Title: Riggs Surname Study
Author: Geoff Riggs
Note: Geoff Riggs, riggs@one-name.org

Well documented, researcher has numerous qualification re. genealogical research
Repository:
Note: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~riggs/
Media: Electronic
Title: Lora L. Fleming
Note: Wagoner, OK, USA, 74467, wolfspiritgenealogy@hotmail.com
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I03921
ID: I03921
Name: Edward Riggs 1 2
Sex: M
Title: Sgt.
Birth: 17 OCT 1619 in Nazeing, Essex, England 2
Death: BET 10 JUN AND 8 AUG 1669 in Newark, New Jersey, New Jersey 2
Military Service: Sergeant - Pequot Indian War of 1637 3
Immigration: 1633 Boston, Massachusetts 3
Note:
After he married, he probably moved to Wethersfield, CT and, following a notable act of bravery in the Pequot Indian War in 1637, he became known as Sergeant Riggs for the rest of his life. He was a true pioneer in that he was one of the original planters of Milford, CT in 1640, and later helped establish the Derby Plantation, CT in 1655, before finally moving to Newark, NJ which he helped to found in 1666.

Sergeant Riggs's death took place in Newark, New Jersey between 10JNE1669 and 08AUG1669, only a few years after moving there from Connecticut. His widow subsequently married CALEB CARWITHIE.[S3]

It has been said that Elizabeth ROSE possibly died 02SEP1634 at Branford though this has not been corroborated [S69]. Records of the Newark Town Meetings of 25JAN1670N and 02JLY1670 [S69] both refer to a 'Widow Riggs' (for details, see the note on Sergeant Riggs's death), whilst Edward of Roxbury's will dated 02SEP1670 makes a bequest to "my daughter-in-law my son Edward Riggs his wife". Since none of these mention her christian name, it might be argued that Edward could have remarried.. However, no evidence has been found to prove Elizabeth pre-deceased Edward, or that he married a second time.

MOVE TO WETHERSFIELD, CT, 1635?. Adams & Styles [S67] describe Robert ROSE, Edward's father-in-law, as one of the original ten "adventurers" at Wethersfield, CT, and they quote Drake [S68] as saying: "Wethersfield, the oldest town in Connecticut, received ... its first considerable emigrations in 1634."

Wallace says nothing was known of the whereabouts of Edward between 1635 and 1640, but he probably went to live with his wife's parents in Wethersfield after his marriage to Elizabeth. This is a reasonable assumption based on the facts detailed in the separate Note on the Wethersfield Plantation, CT

ACT OF BRAVERY. Edward Riggs served in the Pequot Indian War of 1637 and was commended for an act of bravery, which took place on 13JLY1637. Wallace said "By this notable act of bravery and skill the name of "Sergeant Riggs" became his well-known designation as long as he lived" [S3]. Abbot [S48] also states that Edward "was a Sergeant in the Pequot War", but may have derived this from Wallace who is referred to as Abbot's source for details of Edward's marriage. Anderson included the incident in his entry [S4] describing Edward of Roxbury but, although he distinguishes clearly elsewhere between Edward "the immigrant" and Edward "the son of the immigrant", in this instance I believe he confused the two. Drake reports the act of bravery took place on land which became the town of Fairfield, CT [S46].

MOVE TO MILFORD, CT, 1640. In 1640, 3 years after the act of bravery at Fairfeld, CT, Edward became one of the original planters at Milford, CT [S3], only 15 miles or so from Fairfeld. Citizen soldiers, especially those who had gained fame and notoriety from it, were given grants of land in the territory where that war was essentially fought.[S69] Atwater [S66] states that Edward was an "after planter" and received lot #63 of 3 acres on the west side of West Town Street, Milford. Having been baptised in October 1619, he would have been 21 by October 1840 and old enough by then to receive a grant of land.

MOVE TO DERBY PLANTATION, CT, 1655. According to Wallace, in 1655 Edward, with Edward Wooster, John Browne, Robert Dennison and others, bought land from the Indians on the Naugatuck River and establshed a plantation called Derby some 10 or 12 miles above Milford [S3] (the town of Derby wasn't created until 1675). A more accurate account of this is given in the note on the Derby Plantation, based on the facts according to the Derby Historical Society [S25]. Edward located his homestead on a hill which came to be known as "Riggs' Hill" and this was still in the possession of his descendants in 1900 [S3].

In 1661, the year following Charles II's restoration to the English throne, Wallace refers to the search along the coast of Connecticut and New Haven by Charles II's emissaries for two members of the English Parliament that had condemned and executed his father Charles I [S3]. During this search, Wallace states that Edward helped to hide and protect the two men. There is a fuller account elsewhere on Hiding the Regicides [S30] but this does not mention Edward.

MOVE TO NEWARK, NJ, 1666. In May 1666, Edward, his wife and Joseph his son left New Haven Colony with other families from Branford and Milford and sailed for New Jersey. According to Wallace, in 1666 Edward's wife Elizabeth was the first white woman to spend a summer in Newark [S3], but he may have confused her with Elizabeth Swaine (the affianced bride of another founder Josiah Ward), who by tradition was the first of the party to set foot on New Jersey soil [S56]. To learn the political and religious reasons which forced this move, please see the note on the move to Newark, New Jersey.

On October 30, 1666 the men of these families signed an agreement to form a common township at "New-Ark on Pesayack" and this contains the signature of Edward Riggs and that of his son Joseph [S58] (according to Wallace [S3], the "fundamental agreement" was executed on June 24 1667). Edward, Joseph's brother, arrived with his wife and children later in 1667.

Sgt.Edward received the 6th lot awarded in the first drawing [S18] in the creation of "New-Ark" in 1667. The following diagram shows the plots occupied by the early settlers based on the original map made by Samuel H.Conger [S60]. It identifies the plots of Sgt.Edward's two sons Edward and Joseph and the plot of his daughter Mary and her husband George Day. The original map, identifying the rest of the occupiers including Edward's probable brother-in-law Lt.Samuel Rose (who had moved there from Branford), can be seen in the separate note on the First Settlers of Newark, NJ.

From Riggs Surname Study
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Edward Riggs,2 (son of Edward1 the immigrant) was born in England about 1614, and came to this country along with his father and family, landing in Boston, Mass., in the early summer of 1633. He assisted his father in preparing a new habitation and in taking care of the sick until April 5, 1635, when he married Elizabeth Roosa, quite a young girl, a daughter of a family of that name who had come over from England and settled in Boston. In August, of the same year, his mother died, and how long he remained in assisting his father is not known, but it is known that he soon set about establishing a home of his own. In 1637 he was a sergeant in the Pequot war, and he greatly distinguished himself by rescuing a body of his companions from an ambuscade into which they had been led by the Indians, and in which they they all would have been cut off. By this notable act of bravery and skill the name of “Sergeant Riggs” became his well-known designation as long as he lived. Nothing is now known of his location between 1635 and 1640, but in the latter year he became a settler at Milford, Conn., and had land assigned him.
In 1655 associated with Edward Wooster, Richard Baldwin, John Browne, Robert Dennison, John Burnett and perhaps others, they bought from the Indians the district of country on the Naugatuck, then known as Paugusset, some ten or twelve miles above Milford, and established a plantation which was afterward called Derby. The location of Sergeant Riggs is still known as “Riggs Hill.” On this hill, which is still in the possession of his descendants, he placed his habitation and built a strong stockade as a protection against the Indians, The first house stood by the rock, a few rods from where the present residence stands, and in this house Sergeant Edward secreted and protected Whaley and Goff, two of the English Parliament that condemned and executed Charles I, while the emissaries of CharlesII were making most diligent search for them all along the Connecticut coast, in 1661. While Edward was not a member of the church and consequently no a voter, this brave act, in the face of the vengeance of the re-established English throne, established beyond question two points in his character, viz., that he was governed by his convictions in considering human rights, and that his sympathies were wholly with the Puritans in their struggle for liberty with the mother country. In such a character it is not difficult to understand that he should mentally rebel against laws which excluded from the exercise of the rights of citizenship unless he was first a member of the church. Here we find a possible motive for his change of location in the advanced years of his life.
The Province of New Jersey was named as a grant from the Crown, 1664, and it was believed to be a region specially attractive to settlers. In 1665 Edward, with some of his associated in the plantation of Derby, visited it, and were so well pleased with the prospects that they determined to found a new plantation on the Passaic that would be accessible to the outer world by the sailing craft of that date, and the site of Newark was then decided upon. The next year he spent most of the summer there preparing for the advent of the proposed colony, and his wife was with him, the first white woman to spend a summer in Newark. The fundamental agreement was executed June 24, 1667. The colony was quite large, and in it were a number of his old associated in the plantation at Derby. His two sons, Edward and Joseph, were designated as “Planter,” that is, original proprietors. The former did not arrive till later in the year, and the latter had no home lot assigned him, because he was still a bachelor. The other son, Samuel, was provided for at Derby and remained there. In 1668. The next year after the colony was fully organized, Edward died. His Widow, Elizabeth, still a healthy and well-preserved woman, sometime previous to 1671 married Caleb Carwithis. Previous to her marriage she conveyed to her son Joseph one-half of her home lot. The children living to maturity were as follows:
Edward, b. about 1636, m. Mary---, family name unknown
Samuel, b. about 1640, m. Sarah Baldwin, dau. of Richard Baldwin
Joseph, b. about 1642, m. Hannah Browne, daughter of John Browne
Mary, b. about 1644, m. George Day

From the "Genealogy of the Riggs Family"
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Father: Edward Riggs b: 30 MAR 1589 in Roydon, Essex, England
Mother: Elizabeth Holmes b: 15 DEC 1590 in Nazeing, Essex, England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Rose b: ABT 1621 in England
Married: 5 MAY 1635 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 2
Married: 6 APR 1635 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 3
Children
Edward Riggs b: ABT 1636 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Samuel Riggs b: ABT 1640 in Milford, Connecticut
Joseph Riggs b: ABT 1642 in Milford, Connecticut
Mary Riggs b: ABT 1644 in Milford, Connecticut

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Title: Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Author: John H. Wallace
Publication: 1901, New York
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I03923
ID: I03923
Name: Edward Riggs 1 2
Sex: M
ALIA: "The /Immigrant"/, "Edward of Roxbury"
Birth: 30 MAR 1589 in Roydon, Essex, England 2
Death: 5 MAR 1672 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 2
Will: 2 SEP 1670 Written 2
Will: 6 MAR 1672 Proven 2
Immigration: 1633 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 2
Note:
Another son of Richard's was baptised at Roydon, Essex on 30MCH1589. This is undoubtedly EDWARD of NAZEING, who migrated to America in 1633 to become EDWARD OF ROXBURY.
I base this conclusion on the following facts:
Roydon parish is "next door" to Nazeing parish, sharing a common boundary;
The other adjacent parishes have been searched for this time period and none of their Registers contain a baptism for Edward, nor were any other entries for a Riggs/Rigges found;
As will be seen, Edward's wife Elizabeth Holmes was baptised at Nazeing 21 months later, in December 1590 [S3][S4], and therefore the timing of this baptism in March 1589 is appropriate;
As will also be seen, two of Edward and Elizabeth's daughters were named Lydia and Mary. These would then have been named after Edward's sister-in-law (Lydia, the wife of Edward's brother Francis) and his sister. [Another of their daughters was named Elizabeth but, as Edward's sister Elizabeth died in infancy before he was born, this daughter was more probably named after his wife.]

Edward Riggs was almost undoubtedly baptised at Roydon, ESS on 30MCH1589, although the entry in the Parish Register does not mention him specifically by name, merely as the "The sonne of Richard Riggs".

"Edward Ryges and Elizabeth Holmes" (see the page on variations in spelling) were married on 16SEP1618 [S3][S4] at All Saints Church, Nazeing, Essex, which is the adjacent parish to Roydon.

"Elizabeth Homes" had been baptised at All Saints, Nazeing, Essex on 13DEC1590 [S3][S4] (21 months after Edward's baptism).

In common with a number of others in Nazeing, subsequently known as the Nazeing Christians,[S5] Edward and his family were Puritans. Early in 1633 they left England to sail to America as part of the Great Migration to New England, probably sailing from London, on either the 'William and Jane' or the 'Mary and Jane'.

Edward and Elizabeth Riggs and their children landed in the early summer of 1633 in Boston, which was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They had probably sailed from London, on either the 'William and Jane' or the 'Mary and Jane'.

Edward and his family were among the very early settlers in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, where a number of other families from Nazeing also settled, collectively referred to at that time as the "Nazeing Christians" [S5]. Roxbury, which initially became a separate township on the Boston outskirts, is now part of the city itself.

But at that time, the migrants landed in what was still a wilderness, and about one in three perished during or soon after their voyage.[S7] Within a few months of landing in New England, death started to afflict Edward's family, and three of his five children as well as his wife all died within 30 months of their arriving.

Edward was admitted as a member of the Puritan church at Roxbury "#100 on Eliot's list, near the end of those that came in 1633", [S22] and was admitted as a Freeman on 14MAY1634 [S4][S5][S22]. Freemen were the only colonists who were franchised to vote. They generally had to be mature male church-members, and had to attest to having experienced a transforming spiritual experience by God's grace, as confirmed by church leaders [S22].

According to the valuation of his land holdings in the Roxbury estate list in the 1640s [S36] Edward was one of the least affluent in Roxbury. The Roxbury land inventory around 1652 [S37] did not include anything acquired by him other than through the usual sequence of grants.

Anderson quotes Edward's death on 05MCH1672N [S40] - the burial date is quoted in the Roxbury Vital Records as the 5th day of the 1st month 1671-2 [S17][S47] (see the Methods Of Recording Dates/Years). Savage quotes Edward's burial as on 05MCH1672. [S5] Edward's Will dated 2SEP1670 [S3][S4][S5][S47], which he "signed" by making his mark, was proved on 6MCH1672N [S4][S47].

Wallace correctly states that all his children except Mary had predeceased him by the time he made his Will, based on the wording of its bequests. Savage [S5], however, theorises when discussing Edward's children that "it may be concluded that ... all died before him."

From Riggs Surname Study
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Edward Riggs, the head of the family in this country, was born about 1590, in England, and probable in Lincolnshire or Yorkshire, for it is understood the name is still to be found in that region. There have been many wild stories told about the origin of the family in this country – “the three brothers that came from Wales,” etc. that we will not pretend to controvert, except by simply suggesting what is known historically. He landed in Boston, early in the summer of 1633, with his family, consisting of his wife Elizabeth, two sons, and four daughters. These children must have been young people pretty well grown, for his oldest son was married two years after arrival. They were among the very early settlers in Roxbury, then a suburb but now part of the city of Boston. It was said that the best people settled in Roxbury. Like all immigrants, they had their full share of trials and sorrows. The first death recorded in the old books of Roxbury was that of Lydia Riggs, daughter of Edward, in August 1633. In May 1634, another daughter, Elizabeth, died, and in October of the same year the son John. August 1635, the wife and mother, Elizabeth, died. Sometime after this Edward took a second wife, but there were no children from this union. She was also named Elizabeth, and all we know of her history is that she died 1669. It is wholly evident that Edward was a Puritan in belief and life, for in 1634 he was made a freeman, which means a voter, and the first step to that privilege was to be a member of the church. On a loose leaf found in the ancient transcript there is an enumeration of the inhabitants of Roxbury, made sometime between the years 1638, and 1640, in which Edward’s family consisted of four persons, and it is not violent to assume that they were himself, his wife, and two daughters, who afterward became Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Twitchell. From his will dated September 2, 1670, it appears that only three lines of descent survived him, and that all his children were dead except Mary Twitchell. His daughter, Mrs. Allen, left a daughter, Elizabeth Allen, then of age a legatee. Of the children of Mrs. Twitchell only Joseph and Mary are named, and they, as well as others not named, appear to have been minors. Mrs. Twichell was the principal legatee. His first bequest is “that to my daughter-in-law, my sonne Edward Rigges, his wife,” and “to my four grandchildren, my sonne Edward Rigges’ children.” It will be noticed that none of these is named, and as I could find only three children of the second Edward for a long time, there was some doubt as to whether Edward of Derby, Conn., and Newark, N. J., was the son of the testator. At last I found the fourth child, Samuel of Derby. The will furnishes reasonable evidence that the testator had personal knowledge of and affection for his daughter-in-law, and that she and her children then lived at a distance remote from Roxbury. It is also evident that he knew the widow and children of his “sonne Edward’ were no in needy circumstances, or he would not have assumed the possibility of their not claiming the legacies he left to them. As a quiet, Christian man, his long life came to a close 1672, leaving a good name as the inheritance of the thousands descended from him. His children were as follows:
Edward, b.about 1614, m. Elizabeth Roosa, d. 1668
Lydia, b. about 1616, d. August 1633
John, b. about 1618, d. 1634
Elizabeth, b. about 1620, d. August, 1634
A daughter, b. about 1622, m. Mr. Allen, left issue
Mary, b. about 1625, m. Mr. Twitchell, left issue

From "Genealogy of the Riggs Family"
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Father: Richard Riggs
Mother: Elizabeth Chambers

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Holmes b: 15 DEC 1590 in Nazeing, Essex, England
Married: 16 SEP 1618 in Nazeing, Essex, England 2
Children
Edward Riggs b: 17 OCT 1619 in Nazeing, Essex, England
Lydia Riggs b: 15 SEP 1622 in Nazeing, Essex, England
Elizabeth Riggs b: 30 DEC 1627 in Nazeing, Essex, England
John Riggs b: 17 JAN 1630 in Nazeing, Essex, England
Mary Riggs b: 1 JUL 1632 in Nazeing, Essex, England

Marriage 2 Elizabeth Wise
Married: AFT 1635 2
Note:
Edward remarried another ELIZABETH, shortly afterwards according to Wallace, and a recent eminent researcher makes out a strong case that Edward's second wife was an ELIZABETH WISE. His daughter Mary was only 3 when her mother died, which makes it understandable for him to want to re-marry quickly. There were no children from this second marriage

From Riggs Surname Study
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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I03925
ID: I03925
Name: Richard Riggs 1
Sex: M
ALIA: Richard /Ridges/
Death: AFT MAR 1604 1
Note:
The Parish Register for Roydon, Essex commences in 1567 and thus show no record of Richard's christening.

Richard "RIDGES" married Elizabeth CHAMBERS at Roydon, Essex on 05SEP1575.[S1].

Elizabeth RIGGS, wife of Richard, was buried at Roydon, Essex on 25MCH1603.[S1] No record has been found in the Roydon Parish Register for Richard's death but, by inference (since Elizabeth when buried was described as his wife and not as a widow), he was still alive in March 1603.

In 1589, Richard "RIGGES" was a juror for the half-hundred of Harlow at the Petty Sessions court held there on 01OCT1589. He and his fellow jurors reported that an inhabitant of Roydon "keeps an alehouse and there sells bread and ale without licence, contrary to the form of the Statute", but that "in all other vill(age)s and hamlets, all is well".

The Roydon Parish Registers show a number of entries for the christenings and burials of sons and daughters of a Richard Ridges/Rigges/Riggs between 1578 and 1589, and for the burial of his wife in 1603.

From Riggs Surname Study
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Father: Miles Riggs b: BEF 1536 in Roydon, Essex, England
Mother: Agnes

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Chambers
Married: 5 SEP 1575 in Roydon, Essex, England 1
Children
Mary Riggs b: 30 JUL 1576 in Roydon, Essex, England
Elizabeth Riggs b: 22 OCT 1578 in Roydon, Essex, England
Francis Riggs b: 17 APR 1583 in Roydon, Essex, England
Miles Riggs b: BET 1584 AND 1586 in Roydon, Essex, England
Ralph Riggs b: 19 JUN 1586 in Roydon, Essex, England
Edward Riggs b: 30 MAR 1589 in Roydon, Essex, England

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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wolf_spirit&id=I03926
ID: I03926
Name: Miles Riggs 1
Sex: M
ALIA: Miles /Ridges/, Miles of Roydon
Birth: BEF 1536 in Roydon, Essex, England 1
Burial: 7 SEP 1583 Roydon, Essex, England 1
Note:
"Miles Rigges" was buried at Roydon, ESS on 7SEP1583.[S1] The Parish Registers for Roydon commence in 1567, and therefore there is no record of Miles's baptism or marriage.

His wife Agnes was buried at Roydon, Essex on 26MCH1579, as "Angnes" the wife of Miles "Ridges",.[S1]

Miles was one of the witnesses to the Will of Elizabeth Borely on 15APR1564[S2] He would have had to be 'of age' at that time and therefore was born earlier than 1544. It is stated below that it seems reasonable that Richard Rigg(e)s was Miles's son: since Richard had a child baptised in 1578, Richard would probably have been born before 1557, which would mean that Miles (if he were Richard's father) would probably have been born before 1536.

The persons documented here were the only persons with the surname Rigg(e)s or Ridge(s) that have been found recorded in the Parish Registers of the immediate locality (although the Roydon Registers are not necessarily completely accurate). It is therefore reasonable to assume that they may have been related as part of a single family. Based on that assumption, the possible child of Miles and Agnes is as follows:
Richard Riggs

From Riggs Surname Study
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2

Marriage 1 Agnes
Children
Richard Riggs

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