Joseph Riggs (1642 - 1689)

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Birthplace: Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA
Occupation: 4 CHILDREN JOHN SAMUEL ZOPHAR ELIZABETH
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About Joseph Riggs

Joseph Riggs (son of Edward II ) was born at Milford, Conn, about 1642 and was the first of the tribe to bear the much duplicated name, Joseph. He had been favored with some advantages of an early education, as was shown in his business capacity in the management of the affairs of the new plantation at Newark. Joseph was one of the 2 sons of Edward II to come to the new plantation at Newark with his father. Edward III was the other and Samuel III stayed at Derby. Both Edward III and Joseph, the sons of Edward II were designated as "Planters", that is, original proprietors. The former did not come until later in the year and the latter had no home lot assigned to him, because he was still a bachelor.

He was still single and living with his mother and father in Newark in 1667. According to Wallace, his father died in 1668, and his mother, contemplating remarriage, in 1671 conveyed to him 1/2 of the original home lot assigned to Edward II. He then had a place for his family and married Hannah Browne, whose father, John Browne was one of the planters at Derby in CT as well as at Newark.

Henry Earle Riggs in "Our Pioneer Ancestors" disputes the fact that she remarried. Although he had 3 sons & a daughter, and was capable in the management of men and affairs, his descendants have amounted to very little in either numbers or influence in this great tribe of kinsmen.

The will of Joseph Riggs, "of Newark in the Government of New England," dated January 1, 1688-9, has this certificate of proof:

"Appeared before vs, William Camp, John Browne, & Joseph Browne this 27 of November, 1689 : and took oath that this is the Last will and testament of Joseph Riggs of Newark lately deceased

"John Ward Justice

"Thomas Johnson Justice."

This will was subsequently probated, in solemn form, May 16, 1711, and is filed at Trenton. John Johnson and Samuell Camp were witnesses, besides the three named above.

The Riggs Family Genealogy" - John H. Wallace

SOURCE: http://www.axtell-surname.org.uk/fam22973.html

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Joseph Riggs's Timeline

1642
1642
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1671
1671
Age 29
Newark, Essex, New Jersey,
1674
1674
Age 32
Elizabeth, Union, NJ, USA
1689
1689
Age 47
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA
1712
1712
Age 47
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