Edmund S. RIGGS

Edmund S. RIGGS[1]

Male 1783 - 1876  (92 years)

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  • Name Edmund S. RIGGS 
    Born 25 Dec 1783  Colerain, Bedford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Feb 1876  St Marys, Pleasants, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29831  Carney Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2019 

    Father James RIGGS,   b. 15 Sep 1742, Rock Creek, Montgomery, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1815, Grandview, Washington, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann JOHNSON,   b. 10 Jul 1748, Clarksburg, Montgomery, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1818, New Matamoras, Monroe, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 1768  Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14039  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Susannah ROBY,   b. 22 Apr 1788, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1857, Washington County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1806  Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bazel RIGGS,   b. 1806, Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865  (Age 59 years)
     2. Susanna RIGGS,   b. 1808,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Calvin RIGGS,   b. 1810, Tyler County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     4. Mary Ann RIGGS,   b. 12 Jan 1812, Pleasants County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887  (Age 74 years)
     5. Owen RIGGS,   b. 1814, Tyler County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     6. Lorenzo Dow RIGGS,   b. 1815,   d. 1818  (Age 3 years)
     7. Ruth B. RIGGS,   b. 1815,   d. 1818  (Age 3 years)
     8. Edmund RIGGS,   b. 1819, Miller County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     9. Elizabeth RIGGS,   b. 18 Jan 1822, Tyler County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1903, St. Marys, Pleasants County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     10. Josiah RIGGS,   b. 7 Feb 1824, Tyler County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1855, Ohio RIver, Pleasants County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     11. Oakey RIGGS,   b. 12 Feb 1826, Tyler County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1858, Ohio RIver, Pleasants County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     12. Emaly RIGGS,   b. 14 May 1828, Tyler County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1870  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F14038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Edmund Riggs.jpg

  • Notes 
    • From Bruce Varner's work:
      Nancy Ann Varner (1841-1934) had four children, all of whom grew up with Nancy's maiden name Varner. Family members never openly spoke of why this was the case, and none of the long dead early descendants passed on any clues.
      Therefore everyone who descends from any one of Nancy's four children falls into the same category. Nancy's four children were:
      John Lawrence Varner (1866-1951)
      William Owen Varner (1869-1937)
      Eurelda Varner Newton (1871-1959)
      Mary Varner Clemons Cove (1877-1956)
      Y-DNA tests were conducted in 2012 by Bruce T. Varner (1951-), father Edwin Dale Varner, grandfather Bert Lonzo Varner, great-grandfather John Lawrence Varner, son of Nancy Ann Varner. This test revealed that genetically, John Lawrence Varner was fathered by a Riggs. Therefore all direct male to male descendants from John Lawrence carry Riggs Y-DNA.
      Y-DNA tests were conducted in in 2013 by William Ray Varner (1943-), father Otto George Varner, grandfather William Owen Varner, son of Nancy Ann Varner. This second Y-DNA test revealed that genetically, William Owen Varner was also fathered by a Riggs.
      Bruce T. Varner and William Ray Varner are a zero deviation Y-DNA match to each other.
      Subsequent research into the Riggs families of Miller County, Missouri revealed that three brothers lived in Miller County during the same timeframe as Nancy.
      Calvin Riggs (1810-1863)
      Owen Riggs (1813-1875)
      Edmund Riggs (1819-1877)
      Since the completion of testing, evidence has proven that John Lawrence and William Owen were both fathered by a Riggs, one might assume that the two girls (Eurelda & Mary) could have been fathered by a Riggs also.
      Since both Calvin and Owen Riggs were dead by the time the final daughter Mary was born, that leaves Edmund Riggs as the most likely father of the four.
      Estate documents for Edmund Riggs proved that Nancy Varner worked for Edmund Riggs up until Edmund's time of death.
      Antidotal evidence from family lore has long stated that Nancy Ann's parents, George and Harriet Varner were living "on the old Riggs place" when they were killed around the start of the Civil War.
      Additional Y-DNA results surfaced from four descendants of James Riggs (1662-1744). These four James Riggs descendants showed close Y-DNA matches to Bruce & William Varner. The four Riggs descendants are:
      Fredrick L. Riggs (1937-) [1 deviation]
      Charles L. Riggs (1954-) [2 deviation]
      Lawrence B. Riggs (1932-) [1 deviation]
      Michael D. Riggs (1958-) [0 deviation]
      Fredrick and Charles Riggs MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor) is William Riggs (1750-1833).
      Lawrence and Michael, along with our Edmund Riggs MRCA is James Riggs (1742-1815).
      Both William Riggs and James Riggs are two generations descended from the Riggs family patriarch James Riggs (1662-1744).

      Transcription of text in Obituary for Edmund Riggs:
      Riggs— February 15th, at his residence, foot of Long Reach, Pleasants county, W. Va., EDMUND RIGGS, in the ninety-third years of his age.

      Mr. Riggs was born in 1783, in Bedford county, Pa. He came in October, 1799, to the Ohio with his father, who settled in what is now Washington county, Ohio. This region was then literally a "howling wilderness." He has killed eighteen panthers, and bears and wolves without number. In 1815 he came to his late place of residence, then Ohio county, Virginia. Of his eleven children only four survive him. He was a man of the strictest integrity, and was universally respected.

      Grape Island, W. Va., Feb. 16, 1876

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] Jim Carney, compiled by James H Carney [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Minyama, Queensland 4575 AUSTRALIA.