Edward Riggs III

Edward Riggs III (abt. 1636 - abt. 1715)

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Edward Riggs III
Born about in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1661 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial Americamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Newark, Essex, New Jerseymap
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Edward Riggs

Edward Riggs son of Edward Riggs and Elizabeth Unknown was about 1636 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts. No record has been found of his death, but he was still alive in 1700 when he was party to a deed.


Neither Wallace nor Abbott [1] found any record of a marriage, but both reported that the wife of Edward Riggs was named MARY. Torrey [2] reported her as "MARY [MUNN]?". This is probably based on the fact that a 'Daniell Munne' of Milford made an oral will prior to 13 JNE 1666 leaving his estate to a Mary 'Riggs.[3] It is not known if he was her brother.

In 1667, Edward and his family followed his father Edward's family from Derby, Connecticut to Newark, New Jersey, 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"


Children of Edward and Mary:[4]

  1. ANNA RIGGS, Born about 1662, presumably in Derby, New Haven Co. CT., Married J. GAGE. (There are no records found that indicate she is a child of this couple.)[5]
  2. MARY RIGGS, Born about 1666, presumably in Derby, New Haven Co. CT., Married JOSEPH LINDSLEY. (There are no records found that indicate she is a child of this couple.)[5]
  3. EDWARD RIGGS, Born about 1673 in Newark, NJ.[5]
  4. JOSEPH RIGGS, Born about 1676 in Newark NJ.[5]
  5. MARTHA RIGGS, Born about 1677. Married S. FREEMAN. (There are no records found that indicate she is a child of this couple.
  6. JAMES RIGGS, Born about 1679, in Newark NJ.[5]
  7. SAMUEL RIGGS, Born about 1681 "near" Newark, NJ.[5]
  8. CHARITY RIGGS. Born about 1685. Married JOHN BOWERS. (There are no records found that indicate she is a child of this couple.)

Possibly Elizabeth.


  1. Founders of Early Milford Connecticut, Susan Woodruff Abbott, pub Gen Publ Co.Inc, Baltimore, 1979 - copy examined in SOG Lib
  2. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey, pub GPC 1995 - copy examined in SOG Lib
  3. New Haven CT Probate Records, Volume One, Part Two, p 6 - Info posted by Evan R Thompson on RIGGS-L@rootsweb.com 08 JAN 2002.
  4. http://doczz.net/doc/1611145/edward-riggs-genealogy--part-iii--nj-branch
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5
  • Clement, John. Sketches of the first emigrant settlers in Newton Township, old Gloucester County, West New Jersey 1877, Camden, N.J. : Printed by Sinnickson Chew Collection university_pittsburgh; Digitizing sponsor Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation
  • History of Milford, Connecticut, 1639-1939 by Federal Writer's Project for the State of Connecticut; Milford (Conn.). Tercentenary Committee. 1939, Bridgeport, Conn., Press of Braunworth] Digitizing sponsor Boston Library.

See also:

  • Descendants Chart of Thomas & Jane Riggs compiled by Bev Peterson
  • First Settlers of Newton Township, New Jersey by John Clement, pub Sinnickson Chew, 1877 - as posted by J Dole to <DOLE-L@rootsweb.com> OCT2000
  • Riggs Surname Study, Edward of Roxbury, Charting the Immediate Descendants of Edward Riggs 1589-1672, of Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA. Edward of Roxbury.
  • John H. Wallace. Genealogy of the Riggs Family, Volume 1. Published by the Author, 1901. Pages 4 and 5.
  • Ancestors Of American Presidents, p233, comp Gary Boyd Roberts, pub Carl Boyer in cooperation with NEHGS, Boston, 1995.
  • Smith, Alvy Ray. The Probable Genetic Signature of Edward1 Riggs, Immigrant to Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1633, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2010) Vol. 164, WN 654, Page 97.
  • b. say 1652 Milford, Connecticut

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Updated the dead links. What is SOG lib?
posted by Ellen Gustafson
Riggs-160 and Riggs-752 appear to represent the same person because: appears to be same person
posted by Hans Nielsen
Riggs-752 need to be merged with Riggs-160

I will add my grandfather to riggs-160 set as father!

posted by David Martin

Edward is 17 degrees from Mary Pickford, 14 degrees from Cheryl Skordahl and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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