Bethuel Riggs (1757 - 1835)

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Birthplace: Mendham, NJ, USA
Death: Died in Lincoln, MO, USA
Occupation: baptist minister and captain in american revolution
Managed by: Harold (Mick) Davis
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About Bethuel Riggs

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY - NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor # A096615

Rev. Bethuel Riggs December 13, 1757-July 25, 1835

Parents: Isaac Riggs and Mary Pierce

Wife: Nancy Lee 1760-c.1835, daughter of Ludwell Lee and Jane Jones

While a resident of Morris County, NJ, he enlisted in 1776 and served at various times, amounting to five months in all, as a private in Captain Jared Condict's company in Colonel Ford's New Jersey regiment. He then went to Wilkes County, NC and served as Lieutenant with NC troops under Captain Benjamin Cleveland and when Captain Cleveland was wounded, he took his place as Captain. He was in the battle of Ramsour's Mill and arrived at the battle of King's Mountain at the close of the battle and assisted in guarding the prisoners taken there. His entire service as a Captain amounted to 18 months.

A 1800 taxpayer (1 Sep) for Campbell Co., Ky, he was the only Riggs in the county. While living in this place a somewhat rare incident occurred in his life. There were some restrictions in the territorial laws concerning marriage. One day a couple came to his house wishing to be married. Owing to the above named restrictions they could not be married in the territory. An expedient was thought of, which was to get into their canoes and go out into the river. And this they did, and when about midway in the Ohio River, Elder Riggs married them, and they went on their way happy.

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Rev. Bethuel Riggs's Timeline

1757
December 13, 1757
Mendham, NJ, USA
1778
1778
Age 20
Wilkes, NC, USA
1782
1782
Age 24
Newport, KY, USA
1785
1785
Age 27
1788
1788
Age 30
Campbell, KY, USA
1798
August 5, 1798
Age 40
Campbell, KY, USA
1835
July 25, 1835
Age 77
Lincoln, MO, USA
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