Thomas Riggs Family
-1. He was born 1525 in Lincolnshire, England.
Thomas Riggs and unknown spouse. They had 1 child.
. He was born 1557 in Lincolnshire, England.
-2 (Thomas Riggs-1). He was born 1557 in Lincolnshire, England.
Edward Riggs and unknown spouse. They had 1 child.
. He was born 1590 in Lincolnshire, England
. He died 1671 inMassachusetts. Fact 1 in Father is either Edward or Thomas Riggs.
-3 (Edward Riggs-2, Thomas Riggs-1)
. He was born 1590 in Lincolnshire,England
. He died 1671 in Massachusetts. Fact 1 in Father is either Edward or Thomas Riggs.Notes for Edward Riggs:General Notes:From: Genealogy of the Riggs Family By John Hankins WallacePages 1-2"He landed in Boston, early in the summer of 1633, with his family, consisting of his wifeElizabeth, two sons, and four daughters. These children must have been young people pretty wellgrown, for his oldest son was married two years after arrival. They were among the very earlysettlers in Roxbury, then a suburb but now part of the city of Boston. It was said that the bestpeople settled in Roxbury. Like all immigrants, they had their full share of trials and sorrows. Thefirst death recorded in the old books of Roxbury was that of Lydia Riggs, daughter of Edward, inAugust, 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 Edwardtook 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 Puritanin belief and life, for in 1634 he was made a freeman, wh1ch means a voter, and the first step tothat privilege was to be a member of the church. On a loose leaf found in the ancient transcriptthere is an enumeration of the inhabitants of Roxbury, made sometime between the years 1638and 164o, in which Edward1s family consisted of four persons, and it is not violent to assume thatthey 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 descentsurvived him, and that all his children were dead except Mary Twitchell. His daughter, Mrs. Allen,left a daughter, Elizabeth Allen, then of age and a legatee. Of the children of Mrs. Twitchell onlyJoseph and Mary are named, and they, as well .as others not named, appear to have beenminors. Mrs. Twitchell 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 Rigges1children." 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 affectionfor his daughter-in-law, and that she and her children then lived at a distance remote fromRoxbury. It is also evident that he knew the widow and children of his " sonne Edward " were not
Page 1 of 726Saturday, March 27, 2010 11:25:16 PM