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Edward Riggs, IV

Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Death: March 15, 1714 (59-68)
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sgt Edward Riggs, III; Edward Riggs; Elizabeth Carwithie and Elizabeth Roosa
Husband of Marry Munn and Mary Brown Riggs
Father of Joseph Riggs, Sr; Anna Gage; Mary Harrison Lindsley; Edward Riggs, V; Jane Riggs and 6 others
Brother of Sergeant Samuel Riggs; Joseph Riggs; Mary Day; Lydia Riggs; Elizabeth Riggs and 2 others

Occupation: planter
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About Edward Riggs, IV

History of the Old Tennent Church


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The son of Edward Riggs and Elizabeth Roosa, born in Roxbury, Mass. about 1636, m. Mary ___. Children including.

Edward Riggs, who was born in Newark, N. J. about 1668 m. Alphia Stoughton.


Hudson-Mohawk genealogical and family memoirs: a record of achievements of ... edited by Cuyler Reynolds




(The Riggs Line)

The family name of Riggs is derived from the Dutch word "rig," meaning wealthy, rich; or the name may be local, and denote a steep elevation, a range of hills, or the upper part of such a range.

(I) Edward Riggs was born about 1590 in Lincolnshire, England. He landed in Boston, Massachusetts, early in the summer of 1633, with his family, consisting of his wife, Elizabeth, two sons and four daughters. Children:

1.Edward, born in 1614, see forward;

2.Lydia, born about 1616, died August, 1633;

3.John, born about 1618, died in 1634;

4.a daughter, born about 1622, married a Mr. Allen;

5.Mary, born about 1625, married a Mr. Twitchell.

(II) Edward (2), son of Edward (1) Riggs, was born in England in 1614; came to America with his parents in 1633. He was a sergeant in the Pequot war, in 1637, and distinguished himself by rescuing a band of his companions from an ambuscade into which they had been led by the Indians, and by which subterfuge all of his party would have been cut off but for his great act of bravery. He was known as Sergeant Riggs through a long and honorable life. In 1665 he removed to New Jersey. Children:

1.Edward, see forward;

2.Samuel, born in 1640, married Sarah Baldwin;

3.Joseph, born in 1642, married Hannah Brown;

4.Mary, born in 1644, married George Day.

(III) Edward (3), son of Edward (2) Riggs, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1636. He accumulated considerable property, leaving at his death an estate of much value. Children:

1.Anna, born in 1662, married J. Gage;

2.James, born in 1664;

3.Mary, born in 1666, married Joseph Lindsley;

4.Edward, born in 1668, married Aphia Stoughton;

5.Joseph, born in 1675, see forward;

6.Martha, born in 1677, married S. Freeman;

7.Elizabeth, born in 1678, married John Lyon;

8.John, born in 1679, married Frances Colburn;

9.Samuel, born in 1681;

10.Charity, born in 1685, married John Bowers.

(IV) Joseph, son of Edward (3) and Mary Riggs, was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1675. He was an active member of the first church society in Orange, New Jersey, which was called the Mountain Society. He died and was buried there, September 11, 1744. Children:....

History of Dakota Territory, Volume 4 By George Washington Kingsbury



Edward Riggs, son of Edward Riggs and Elizabeth Roosa, born at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1636, m. Mary___ Riggs, children: Joseph b. 1675 Newark, N. J.

Genealogical and memorial history of the state of New Jersey ... edited by Francis Bazley Lee



(II) Sergeant Edward (2), son of Edward (I) and Elizabeth Riggs, was born in England, about 1614, and died in 1669, in Newark, New Jersey. He married, April 5, 1635, Elizabeth Roosa. Children, reaching maturity: 1. Edward, born about 1636. 2. Samuel, born about 1640; died 1738; married Sarah, daughter of Richard Baldwin, of Milford, Connecticut. 3. Joseph, born about 1642; died 1689; married Hannah, daughter of John Brown, of Newark. 4. Mary, was born at Milford, Connecticut, about 1644. She married George Day.

History of Essex and Hudson counties, New Jersey, Volume 1 By William H. Shaw


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EDWARD RIGGS, an early settler at Derby, was at Milford 1640; had wi. Elizabeth, who had land in addition to home lot "for service on the play by staying the first summer;" had ch., --Joseph, Edward and Mary, wi. of George Day.

Joseph m. Carwither, had sec. w. Hannah Brown; w. 1688, n. ch. John, Samuel, Zepher, and Elizabeth; and bro. John Brown; his wid. m. Aaron Thomson. Samuel w. 1710 n. Sarah dau., Rebbecca wi. and br. in 1. Dan, D??.

Edward and wi. Mary sold home lot to John Brown, Jr., 8th Apr 1601; trad. says he had Joseph, Edward, James, Samuel, John, Anna Gage, Mary Lindsley, Martha Freeman, Elizabeth Lyon and Charity.


Edward Riggs, the first of that name in America, was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1590, He came to Boston with his wife, two sons and four daughters in 1633, and settled at Roxbury, Mass., and in 1634 was granted the privilege of citizenship. He had a son, Edward, born in England in 1614, who came to America with his parents, and on April 5, 1635, married a Miss Roosa. The second Edward and his wife moved later to a place afterwards known as Riggs Hill, near Milford, Conn., where they resided for a number of years, and then, in 1665, moved and settled with a colony at Derby, N. J. They were the parents of three sons and one daughter, viz. : Edward, Samuel, Joseph and Mary. The father died in 1668. Edward Riggs, the third of that name, was born in Roxbury, about 1636, was married in 1660, and reared a family of ten children. The third born v/as named Edward. He was born in Newark, N. J., about 1668, and about 1692 married Alphia Stoughton. They lived most of their lives near the village of Milbourn, N. J., and had six boys and one girl: Edward, Daniel, Samuel, Thomas, Joseph, Mary and David. David Riggs, son of Edward and Alphia (Stoughton) Riggs, was born at Basking Ridge, N. J., in 1709.

Full text of "Genealogy of Frederick H. Waldron from the time of the settlement of New Amsterdam (New York) through the Waldrons, Whitneys and Riggses"

EDWARD RIGGS and his family came from England to New England about 1630 (see "History of Derby/' p. 755). It is stated that he was born in Yorkshire, England. He married in Essex County, England, in 1618 (record of his marriage is in Essex County parish church and the baptism of his children). His daughter's death was the first in the Colony. He lost his wife and all his children but three in the first year after his arrival in America. The family settled in Roxbury, Mass., and belonged to Rev. John Eliot's church. He was the so-called apostle to the Indians and published an Indian Bible and many other books. He married first Elizabeth. She died and he then married second Elizabeth. He died in Roxbury, in 1672. Elizabeth (first) died in August, 1635; Elizabeth (second) died in 1669. The following children were born in England :

Edward, 2d, born about 1614.

Lydea, born about 1618; died in August, 1633.

John, born about 1618; died in 1634.

Elizabeth, born about 1622; married a Mr. Allen.

Mary, born about 1625; married a Mr. Twitchell.

EDWARD RIGGS, 2d, son of Edward and Elizabeth, married Elizabeth Rossa April 5, 1635, in Boston ("History of Derby," p. 65-7-654). He was known as Sergeant Riggs. In the Pequot War he greatly distinguished himself in rescuing his commander and twelve men from an ambuscade, and was afterwards known as Sergeant Riggs. Nothing further is known of him till 1646, when he settled in IMilford, Conn. In 1654 he with Edward Wooster settled in Paugasset (now Derby), Wooster by the side of the river, where the city of Derby now stands, and Riggs on the hill east, where his descendants have resided and hold property to the present day. He bought land of the Indians and built a house with a stockade around it.

This house of Edward Riggs stood by the rock a few rods

west of the house now occupied by Captain Joseph Riggs, the


present owner. The house was the one where Whalley and Goffe, the judges of Charles I, took refuge in 1661, and for being the protector of these refugees the Riggs family will bear lasting honor by all true lovers of constitutional liberty (see "History of Derby").

In 1G67 he moved to Newark, N. J., with his family, except his son Samuel. Edward died in 1668 in Newark. The widow married Caleb Carwithe. Edward Riggs left issue as follows :

Edward, born in 1636.

  • Samuel, born in 1640; married Sarah Baldwin.

Joseph, born in 1642 ; married Hannah Brown.

Mary, born in 1644; married George Day.


1667 - moved from Derby, CT to Newark, NJ

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Edward Riggs, IV's Timeline

Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Newark, Essex, NJ
Derby, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Age 20
Newark, Essex County, NJ
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States