Edward (immigrant) Riggs, Sr.

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Edward (immigrant) Riggs, Sr.

Birthplace: Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward (Ryges) Riggs and Elizabeth Rooker
Husband of Elizabeth Riggs and Elizabeth Riggs
Father of Lydia Riggs; Sgt Edward (Immigrant) Riggs II; Elizabeth Riggs; Mary Twitchell (Riggs); Ada W. Allen (Riggs) and 3 others

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About Edward (immigrant) Riggs, Sr.

Arrived in Boston in the early summer of 1633. He was probably a member of the Rigges family in Lincolnshire, who bore arms, and are listed in Maddison's Lincolnshire Pedigrees. [HS 52:821-2.]

  1. Name: Edward (Immigrant, 1633) Riggs
  2. Sex: M
  3. Birth: ABT 1590 in Lancashire, England
  4. Death: 5 MAR 1672 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA
  5. Religion: Puritan
  6. Note:

Supreme Court Justice Salmon P. Chase, First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower and artist Norman Rockwell are descendants.



Edward's will was dated September 2, 1670.

"Edward Sr. was the first generation immigrant of the Riggs family. He was born in about 1590 in England, perhaps in Lincolnshire or Yorkshire. He landed in Boston in 1633 with his wife Elizabeth Rooke Riggs (105), two sons and four daughters. They were among the early settlers in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where the first death of record was his daughter Lydia in August 1633. He became a freeman (church member, thus qualified under theological law to vote) in 1634 and his daughter Elizabeth and son John died in 1634 and his wife in 1635. In 1649, he owned 40 acres at Roxbury. His second wife, Elizabeth Frese Riggs (b. Feb. 4, 1638), died in 1669. Edward died in 1672." --Lloyd Horrocks

""Edward Riggs, the head of the family in this country was born about 1590, in England, and probably in Lincolnshire or Yorkshire, for it is understood the name is still to be found in that region. There have been many wild stories told about the origin of the family in this country - "the three brothers that came from Wales, " etc, that we will not pretend to controvert, except by simply suggesting what is known historically. He landed in Boston, early in the summer of 1633 with his family, consisting of his wife Elizabeth, two sons and four daughters. These children must have been young people, pretty well grown, for the oldest son was married two years after arrival. They were among the very early settlers in Roxbury, then a suburb of Boston. It is said that the best people settled in Roxbury. Like all immigrants, they had their full share of trials and sorrows. The first death recorded in the old books of Roxbury was that of Lydia Riggs, daughter of Edward, in August 1633. In May, 1634, another daughter Eizabeth, died, and in October of the same year the son John. August, 1635, the wife and mother, Elizabeth, died. Sometime after this Edward took a second wife, but there were no children from this union. She was also named Elizabeth, and all we know of her history is that she died in 1669. It is wholly evident that Edward was a Puritan in belief and life, for in 1634 he was made a freeman, which means a voter, and the first step to that privilege was to be a member of the church. On a loose leaf found in the ancient transcript there is an enumeration of the inhabitants of Roxbury, made somewhere between the years of 1638 and 1640, in which Edward's family consisted of four persons, and it is not violent to assume that they were himself, his wife and two daughters, who afterward became Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Twitchell. From his will dated September 2, 1670, it appears that only three lines of descent survived him, and that all his children were dead except Mary Twitchell. His daughter, Mrs. Allen, left a daughter, Elizabeth Allen, then of age and a legatee. Of the children of Mrs. Twitchell, only Joseph and Mary are named. and they, as well as others not named, appear to have been minors. Mrs. Twitchell was the principal legatee. His first bequest is 'that my daughter-in-law, my sonne Edward Rigges, his wife' and 'to my four grandchildren, my sonne Edward Rigges' children.' It will be noticed that none of these is named and as I could find only three children of the second Edward for a long time, there was some doubt as to whether Edward of Derby, Conn., and Newark, NJ., was the son of the testator. At last I found the fourth child, Samuel of Derby. The will furnishes reasonable evidence that the testator had personal knowledge of and affection for his daughter-in-law, and that she and her children then lived some distance remote from Roxbury. It is also evident that he knew the widow and children of his 'sonne, Edward' were not in needy circumstances, or he would have not assumed the possibility of their not claiming the legacies he left to them. As a quiet , Christian man, his long life came to a close in 1672, leaving a good name as the inheiritance of the thousands descended from him."

"EDWARD, Roxbury 1633, brot. w. Elizabeth and ch. Lydia, wh. d. Aug. 1633, being the earliest on the rec., Elizabeth wh. d. in May next; and John d. Oct. foll. and his w. d. next yr. in Oct. He m. 5 Apr. 1636, Elizabeth Rooke, by wh. he had not any ch. nam. on rec. of b. and therefore it may be conclud. that he had brot. one other s. and two ds. wh. liv. to m. but all d. bef. him. The w. d. 1666, and he was bur. 5 Mar. 1672, in his will of 2 Sept. 1670, naming s. Edward as dec. leav. wid. and childr. beside Joseph, Hannah, and other childr. of his d. Mary Twitchell, and gr.ch. Elizabeth Allen. He was freem. 14 May 1634." --James Savage

WARNING: Some show he d. 5 Jan 1671. Edward and his son of the same name seem to have been confused with one another in many sources.


  1. rcp Database, 17 Jun 2005 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET &db=rcp53&id=I86184
  2. Lloyd A. Horrocks Database, 13 Jun 2005 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET &db=horrocks&id=I37122
  3. Jessica Johnson Database, 16 Mar 2005 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET &db=:3070001&id=I06373
  4. Genealogy of the Riggs Family, by John Wallace, 1901, pp. 2-6
  5. A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, By James Savage, Volume 3 http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/bk3/ridgeway- robie.htm
  6. _UID: 66DAA1D282C04164B23B02035406FAA58547

Marriage 1 Elizabeth (Immigrant) Holmes b: Abt 1592-1595 in Essex, England

  • Married: 16 SEP 1618 in Waltham Abbey, Nazine Parish, Essex, England


  1. Sgt. Edward (Immigrant, 1633) Riggs b: Abt 1614-1619 in Lincolnshire, England
  2. Mary (Immigrant) Riggs b: 1625 in probably England
  3. Lydia Riggs
  4. Elizabeth Riggs
  5. John Riggs

Marriage 2 Elizabeth (Immigrant) Frese b: 1595 in Nazine Parish, Essex, England

Arrived in America on the "William and Jane" or the "Mary and Jane", early summer of 1633 at Boston, sailing from London

Settled in Roxbury

He was the Sergeant in the Pequot War in 1637.

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Edward (immigrant) Riggs, Sr.'s Timeline

March 30, 1589
Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, England
March 30, 1589
Essex, England
Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
Of Roxbury, Lincolnshire, Eng.
October 17, 1619
Age 30
Nazeing, Essex, England
Age 30
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 32
Nanzing, Essex, , England
Age 34
Of Roxbury, , Massachusetts
Age 35
Nazeing, Essex, England