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Note NI1070The Mary Dodson/Dowdson who married William Riggs is said to have be born in Cecil County MD (maybe); a daughter of a James and Eleanor Miller Dodson. Her father James might or might not be the James, son of a John Jr (son of John of Calvert County). The Miller/Dodson name caught my eye only because I remembered that Rev War John Miller was in MD and PA and Shenandoah etc. and married a Mary Dodson. Point being that there might have been Dodsons who came to Washington or Fayette County who were NOT from Frederick? This hurts my brain : ))
A posting on the Internet:
Re: DODSON - MD to KY to PA
dgenie981 Posted: 27 Mar 2007 4:36AM GMT
William Riggs is my ancestor (3rd gr-grandfather). He married Mary (Dowden)Dodson, although a letter written by her son Mahlon says her maiden name was Dowdon. Almost everything I've read refers to her as Dodson. That information was gathered by 2 of my Aunts, years ago. They are both buried on the farm they lived on at Pike Run, Washington Co., PA. After she married William Riggs (Abt. 1772 or 73) and 2 yrs. after their marriage they migrated to Pikes Run, Washington Co., PA. He states her birth as Dec. 17, 1755, near the Potamac River, MD. They had 13 children and William became an ordained Methodist preacher. He was born 1750 MD.
From page 618 of: Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893
Transcribed May 1997 by Dale E. Enlow of Lake Havasu City, AZ as part of the Beers Project.
JOHN L. RIGGS represents a family of the earliest pioneers, who were originally natives of Wales, the home of mythical legends and weird, yet fascinating ballads. But more fascinating to the childish ear than even ancient tale or thrilling music were the new stories of a life where truth was stranger than fiction, of a wonderful land across the mighty ocean. At length a hardy band of pioneers joined an expedition to the New World, and among their number were the early ancestors of the Riggs family. After landing in America they settled in Maryland, where their children grew to maturity and were married.
William Riggs, a son of this family, was born in 1750, and in early life married Mary Dodson. The young couple decided to plunge yet deeper into the forest wilds, and in 1773 came to Washington county, Penn., where he took out a patent of laud near Monongahela river, a portion of which is yet in the family name. He served as vestryman in an Episcopal church prior to 1794, and in 1799 was licensed to preach by the authorities of the Methodist Episcopal Society. He died in 1833; his wife died in December, 1819, aged sixty-four; both are buried on the home farm. They were the parents of thirteen children, their names and dates of birth being as follows; Jeremiah, December 17, 1774; Eleanor, October 3, 1776; James, December 14, 1778; Abrillar, February 11, 1781; Thomas, February 19, 1783; William, April 29, 1785; Zachariah, May 25, 1787; Mary, June 11, 1789; Lucy, July 16, 1791; Noah, August 6, 1793; Elizabeth, 1795; Mahlon, December 25, 1797, and Anne, 1799. Quite a number of these lived to very old ages; several went to Marshall county, W. Va., others to different parts of Ohio.
Mahlon Riggs, a son of William and Mary (Dodson) Riggs, was born in Washington county, Penn., and passed his entire life in Allen township. On August 10, 1820, he was married, by Rev. Watson, to Lydia Williams, who was born in 1800 in Washington county, Penn., a daughter of John and Margaret Williams, the former of whom came from Maryland with his mother, who is buried at California, Penn. Grandfather Williams was born February 15, 1776, and died March 10, l861, aged eighty-five years. He was a Methodist, and was buried at Mount Tabor church. On March 23, 1799, he had married Margaret Howe, who was born in Washington county, Penn., in 1779, and died May 25, 1867. She was a member of the Methodist Church, and was buried at Mount Tabor church. They had children as follows: Lydia, Mary, Elizabeth, Isabel, Hannah, Thomas, John, William N., Simeon, Sarah and Salathiel, all now deceased, except the first and the last two named. John and William N. were traveling preachers in the Methodist Church. The children born to Mahlon and Lydia Williams were as follows: Mary E., born June 14, 1821, died January 15, 1836, and buried in Howes cemetery; John L., subject of sketch; Thomas Thornton Fleming, born April .29, 1826, and married Susan Redd May 31, 1853 (both died several years ago in Moundsville, and were buried there); Caroline A., born October 4, 1828, and married to G. W. Hazelbaker June 15, 1851; Lucinda A., born September 25, 1830, and was twice married, first , on June 12, 1853, to J. D. Latta, and after his death she married Johnston Noble, who is now deceased (she is now living at California, Penn.); William N., born March 5, 1832, died April 20, 1892, and buried at Mount Tabor Methodist Episcopal church; James L., born March 15, 1834, married May 21, 1861, to Ernily Rulong, of Moundsville, W. Va., both now deceased, he having died February 25, 1866, and buried at Mount Tabor church; Elizabeth A., born August 15, 1834, married to H. J. Furnier July 29,1860, died February 5, 1862, and was buried at Mount Tabor. (H. T. Furnier is also deceased, and is buried at Mount Tabor church). The parents were members of the Mount Tabor Methodist Episcopal Church. The father died in 1886; his widow is living with her daughter, Lucinda, at California, Penn.
John L. Riggs was born March 30, 1824, in Allen township, Washington county, and received a subscription-school education. On January 25, 1852, he was united in marriage with Dorothy J., daughter of Alexander P. Biles, a native of Allen township, where her mother died some years ago; her father died in Moundsville, W. Va. Mr. and Mrs. Riggs resided on the old homestead until 1859, when they came to their present home. He bought fifty-five acres, which, added to the original tract comprises 175 acres of well-cultivated land, furnished with a good brick residence. Mr. Riggs has given his attention to farming and stock raising; in politics he was a strong Abolitionist, now voting with the Republican party, which he has served as township collector and a member of the school board. Mr. and Mrs. Riggs have had children as follows: Marcellus, born December 9, 1852, unmarried and residing with his parents; J. A., born January 21. 1854, unmarried and residing with his parents (he is a contracting carpenter); Cyrenus, born November 29, 1855, married June 15, 1886, to Nancy Rogers, of Iowa (they are now living in Galva, Ida Co., Iowa, where he is a contracting carpenter); John W., born May 10, 1857, married March 10, 1880, to Anna M. Alden, who was born February 11, 1862, at Toulon, Stark Co., Ill. (they now live in Allen township, Washington county, Penn); Oliver S., born September 21, 1860, married to Katie Bell McKenna, and they are now living on the home farm.
From: "20th century history of the city of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and representative citizens" Chicago, Ill.: Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co., 1910, 1438 pgs.
Page 272 "In August of the year 1852 Allen Township was erected from the northeast part of East Pike Run Township and the southeast ens of Fallowfield Township. Among the early settlers of the territory originally embraced in Allen Township were the folowing, who held land on the given dates: Henry Speers, 1772; Jeremiah Proctor, 1785; Rev. William Riggs, 1773; Lawrence and John Crow, 1784; Peter Hazelbaker, 1800; Thomas Stockdale, 1799; Joshua Dixon, 1784; David Englands, 1784; Willian Howe, 1796; William Jackman, 1788."
Genealogy of the Riggs family: with a number of cognate branches descended ... By John Hankins Wallace
A WASHINGTON COUNTY (PA.) FAMILY.
W1ll1am Riggs was born in Maryland, 1750. In early life he married Mary Dodson, removed to Washington County, Pa., and took out a patent for land in what is now Allen Township, on the Monongahela River, and some of the family are there yet. William served as vestryman in an Episcopal Church organization prior to 1794, and in 1796 he was licensed to preach by the authorities of the Methodist Episcopal Society. His wife, Mary, died 1819, aged 64 years, and William died 1833, and they were both buried on the home farm. They were the parents of thirteen children, as follows:
Jeremiah, born December, 1774.
Eleanor, born October 3, 1776.
James, born December 14, 1778.
Abraham, born February 11, 1781.
Thomas, born February 19, 1783.
William, born April 29, 1785.
Zechariah, born May 28, 1787.
Mary, born June 11, 1789.
Lucy, born July 16, 1791.
Noah, born August 6, 1793.
Elizabeth, born 1795.
Mahlon, born December 25, 1797.
Anne, born 1799.
Quite a number of these lived to old age; several settled in Marshall County, West Virginia, and others went to Ohio.
Mahlon remained in Washington County all his life. August 20, 1820, he married Lydia Williams, also from Maryland.
DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM RIGGS
Submitted by Joe Fisher.
Jeremiah, December 17, 1774;
Eleanor, October 3, 1776;
James, December 14,1778;
Abrillar, February 11, 1781;
Thomas, February 19, 1783;
William, April 29, 1785;
Zachariah, May 25,1787;
Mary, June 11, 1789;
Lucy, July 16, 1791;
Noah, August 6, 1793;
Mahlon, December 25, 1797,
and Anne, 1799.
Quite a number of these lived to very old ages; several went to Marshall county, W. Va., others to different parts of Ohio.