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Mary (Riggs) Mills (1632 - 1693)

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Mary Mills formerly Riggs aka Twitchell
Born in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married after in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial Americamap
Wife of — married in Dedham, Norfolk,
Descendants descendants
Died in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Mary Riggs was born June 1632 and was christened 1 July 1632 in Nazeing, Essex, England. She was the daughter of Edward Riggs and Elizabeth (Holmes) Riggs.[1]


She married Benjamin Twitchell after 1648 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony British Colonial America. They had eight children.[1]

James Savage gives the following information in his "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England/v4p354"

"TWITCHELL, TUCHILL or TWITCHWELL, BENJAMIN, Dorchester, was prob. of Medfield 1663, with w. Mary and sev. ch. of wh. Joseph, and Benjamin, to wh. we can affix no dates of b. may have been, beside Mary, b. 8 Mar. 1659; Hannah; Bethia; Abiel, 1 Nov. 1663; were part; but no more is with precis. relat. exc. he was among grantees of Lancaster 1654. BENJAMIN, Medfield, s. of the preced. m. 5 Apr. 1685, Mary White, perhaps as sec. w. had some yrs. dwelt at Sherborn, and there had Benjamin, b. 15 Sep;t. 1684; John, 4 Jan. 1688; Ebenezer, 10 Dec. 1691; Mary, 28 aug. 1694; and Abigail, 5 June 1699. FRANCIS, Dorchester 1633, is by Dr. Harris call. Tuthill, in the easy mistake of a single letter, the c in engrossing hand frequent. (as scores of errors result. demostr.) resembles t. JOSEPH, Dorchester 1633, perhaps br. of the preced. freem. 14 May 1643, was there liv. 1656, had Joseph, wh. d. 13 Sept. 1651. The last form of spell. prevails in the Col. rec. the first is now common, and the Dorchester rec. obey. the sound."[2]

The will of her father, Edward Riggs, was dated 2 September 1670 and proven on 6 March 1672. It stated that all of his grandchildren were underage except for Elizabeth (Twitchell) Allen.[1]

Excerpt from "Genealogy of Edward Riggs"

"Mary Riggs, bp Nazeing, (Essex, England) 1 July 1632 as 'Mary Rigge". She m. say 1650 Benjamin Twitchell, b. say 1625, d. Sherborn, Mass., 17 Dec. 1681, probably son of Joseph Twitchell/Tuchell, immigrant to Dorchester, Mass., in 1633. Mary Twitchell and her children were mentioned in her father, Edward Rigg's will of 2 Sept. 1670. Children Elizabeth, Joseph and Hannah come from the will, all underage except possibly Elizabeth who was not explicitly described as such. The will also mentions other (the rest of) unnamed and underage children. Mary Twitchell, probably the widow, m.2 Medfield or Dedham, Mass. 3 Feb. 1684/85 SAMUEL MILLS, a widower who just lost his wife Frances {Pi}mbrook, in Dedham. Then Mary d. there 30 Oct. 1694, shortly before Samuel..."[1]


Mary Riggs and Benjamin Twitchell had the following children:[1]

  1. Elizabeth (Twitchell) Allen 1651-
  2. Joseph Twitchell 1653-1710
  3. Benjamin Twitchell 1656-1730
  4. Mary (Twitchell) Rockett 1658-1699
  5. Hannah (Twitchell) Hill 1660-
  6. Abiel (Twitchell) Bugbee 1663-1744.[3]
  7. Bethiah (Twitchell) Rockett 1671-1706
  8. John Twitchell 1669-1738

Second Marriage

After the death of Benjamin Twitchell, she married 3 February 1684-5 Samuel Mills a widower who had just lost his wife, Francis Pimbrook.[1][4] They had no children.


She died 30 October 1693 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.[5][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Robert Charles Anderson and Alvy Ray Smith, The Genealogy of Edward Riggs of Roxbury, Massachusetts Revisited. The Genealogist (2009) Vol. 23 Page: 145.
  2. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. Vol. 4. Vol. 4. [Place of publication not identified]: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1977. p 354.
  3. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Marie in entry for Abiell Twichell, 01 Nov 1663; citing MEDFIELD,NORFOLK,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0873756 IT 3.
  4. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 July 2016), Samuell Miles and Mary Twitchell, Feb 1684; citing Marriage, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 593,353.
  5. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 July 2016), Mary Mills, 30 Oct 1693; citing Death, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 593,353.

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On 30 Aug 2017 at 05:34 GMT Theodore Palmer wrote:

Riggs-1168 and Riggs-53 do not represent the same person because: The difference in birth continent and mother and the lack of a father on one profile makes this seem like an unlikely merge.

On 29 Aug 2017 at 18:47 GMT Kyle Dane wrote:

Riggs-1168 and Riggs-53 appear to represent the same person because: Based on the death dates, location and relationships, I believe these two profiles represent the same person. There look to be a few other merges that are necessary as well to ensure only one profile per person.

On 18 May 2016 at 18:25 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Riggs-1836 and Riggs-53 appear to represent the same person because: same death and husband

On 23 Feb 2016 at 00:26 GMT Victoria VanAllen wrote:

linked 2nd husband, Samuel Mills (Mills-916) with this profile.

On 21 Aug 2015 at 11:39 GMT V (Brannan) W wrote:

Riggs-212 and Riggs-53 appear to represent the same person because: These two individuals are the same person. They have the same parents.

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