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Stephen Riggs

Male Abt 1773 - 1867


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  • Name  Stephen Riggs  [1, 2, 3
    Born  Abt 1773  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1838  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  1867  Sullivan County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Biography  1888  [1, 3
    A Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa 
    • Stephen Riggs, deceased, one of the very earliest pioneers of Des Moines County, Iowa, was a native of Maryland, and when but a small child went with his parents to Kentucky, where his early life was spent upon a farm. In that State he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Riggs, a distant relative, who was a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of William Riggs of Maryland. In 1836, they left that State and emigrated to Des Moines County, Iowa, settling in Franklin Township, where Mr. Riggs purchased land and developed a fine farm. Here they endured all the trials of pioneer life, for at the time of their settlement the country was an unbroken wilderness, deer and wild game were to be seen on the prairies, bands of Indians were often in the neighborhood, and the dreaded howl of wolves was frequently heard at night. Mr. Riggs was prominent among those who helped to build up Des Moines County. He was one of the surveyors of the city of Burlington, and his energy and enterprise aided largely in all public interests, and in the progress and development of the county he was prominent among the foremost workers. He resided upon his farm in Franklin Township, until about the year 1848, when he removed to Sullivan County, Missouri, where his death occurred about 1867. His wife died about one year later, and both were members of the Christian Church.

      Mr. and Mrs. Riggs reared a family of fourteen children, all of whom were honorable men and women. Only two now reside in this county -- Martha Ann, wife of George Ibbotson; and Lutitia, wife of A. Dillon, of New London, Iowa. In early life, Mr. Riggs was a member of the Whig party; he always opposed slavery, and at the organization of the Republican party joined its ranks. He was a resolute and conservative man, and highly respected in the community where he resided.
    The Biography of Stephen Riggs (about 1773-1867)
    The Biography of Stephen Riggs (about 1773-1867)
    Augustine M. Antrobus, editor, A History of Des Moines County, Iowa, and Its People. Illustrated, Volume II (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915), pages 435-437.
    Person ID  I6161  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Family  Elizabeth Riggs,   b. 15 May 1794, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1867 
    Issue 
    • There were fourteen children from this marriage.
    Children 
    >1. Martha A. Riggs,   b. 14 Jul 1816, near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1904, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Territory Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2384  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1303] Shelton, Mark - Email (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S121] Des Moines County, Iowa, - (1915) A History of Des Moines County Iowa Vol II, Augustine M. Antrobus, editor, (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915), pages 435-437 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S35] Des Moines County, Iowa - (1888) Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, (Acme Publishing, Chicago; 1888), pages 442-443 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Census Place: Family History Library Film: Yellow Springs, Des Moines, Iowa; NA Film Number: 1254337; Page Number: T9-0337; 20B.