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Joseph Riggs (1738 - 1805)

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Joseph Riggs
Born in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Aug 1761 (to 1763) in New Canaan, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Husband of — married 18 Sep 1764 in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified 28 Jan 2020 | Created 23 Dec 2014 | Last significant change: 28 Jan 2020
06:20: Whitney Rapp edited the Biography for Joseph Riggs (1738-1805). [Thank Whitney for this]
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JOSEPH RIGGS, son of Miles and Elizabeth Riggs, born 18 May 1738 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut; died 15 June 1805 in Norwalk, Connecticut; buried in East Line Union Cemetery in Ballston Center, Saratoga County, New York. On 4 Aug. 1761 in New Canaan, Connecticut, Joseph married his first cousin MARY KEELER, born circa 1742 in New Canaan, Connecticut, died circa 1763, daughter of Daniel and Hannah Keeler. Joseph and Mary had one child, Daniel. Joseph joined the church in New Canaan on 1 May 1763, and it is likely that his wife Mary was already dead by that date. Joseph married secondly on 18 Sept. 1764 in Wilton, Connecticut, to MARGARET RESSEGUIE, born 20 Feb. 1741 in Norwalk, Connecticut, died at the age of 101 on 10 Oct. 1842 in Ballston, Saratoga, County, New York, daughter of Alexander and Thankful Resseguie. Joseph and Margaret had seven children.

-- DANIEL RIGGS, born circa 1762.

-- JAMES RIGGS, born 29 June 1765, md. Sarah Miles.

-- MILES RIGGS, born 10 Sept. 1767, md. Susan Taylor.

-- IRA RIGGS, born 24 Nov. 1769, died 23 Dec. 1771.

-- TIMOTHY RIGGS, born 29 Oct. 1772, md. Candace Weed.

-- JONATHAN RIGGS, probably born circa 1774 (or 1770?), md. Esther Keeler.

-- SARAH RIGGS, born 6 May 1778, md. Raymond Taylor.

-- ESTHER RIGGS, born 18 June 1784, md. Jedediah Beckwith.

Proven and Alleged Children of Joseph Riggs

Riggs genealogist Alvy Ray Smith discusses the children of Joseph Riggs in his paper "Edward Riggs (1593-1672) Immigrant in 1633 to Roxbury, Massachusetts: His Family Through Twelve Generations – Part II: The New Jersey Branch”, as follows:

"Problem: The Resseguie Family genealogy has Jonathan as the only son of Mary Keeler, and doesn’t list Daniel at all. It gives the following children to the second marriage, to Margaret Resseguie: (1) James Riggs; (2) Miles Riggs; (3) Ira Riggs; (4) Timothy Riggs; (5) Sarah Riggs; and (6) Esther Riggs. I shall follow the Whitney genealogy for Daniel as it proves that Daniel was grandson of Daniel Keeler, Mary’s father. The Keeler genealogy agrees with (probably copies) the Whitney genealogy. I shall leave Jonathan unresolved. And I shall use the Resseguie genealogy for Margaret’s children. Note that Esther and James are children in both accounts, but the Whitney genealogy questions James."

Some genealogists claim without evidence that Joseph and Margaret had another son named Jedediah. Note that no early source ever mentions a son of Joseph Riggs named "Jedediah." Other online family trees claim that Jedediah Riggs was a son of Jeremiah and Anne (Woodruff) Riggs of Litchfield, Connectict, but that is also problematic. The parentage of Jedediah Riggs of Michigan is apparently unknown.


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