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Elizabeth Carwithie (unknown)

Also Known As: "Riggs"
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: after February 06, 1677
Newark, Essex County, Province of New Jersey, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Unknown father of Elizabeth and Unknown mother of Elizabeth
Wife of Sgt Edward Riggs, III and Caleb Carwithie
Mother of Sergeant Samuel Riggs; Joseph Riggs; Mary Day; Lydia Riggs; Elizabeth Riggs and 3 others

Managed by: Emily Damiano
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About Elizabeth Carwithie



4. SGT. EDWARD RIGGS, son of Edward and Elizabeth Riggs, baptised 17 Oct. 1619 in Nazeing Parish, Essex, England; died between 10 June 1669 and 25 Jan. 1670 in Newark, New Jersey. Edward came to Roxbury, Massachusetts, with his parents and younger siblings in 1633. Perhaps as early as 1641 and certainly by circa 1662, Edward married ELIZABETH, born 1621 in England, died sometime after 2 July 1670, perhaps in Newark, New Jersey. (Several genealogists misidentified this Elizabeth as Elizabeth Rose, who actually married Sgt. Edward Riggs' father Edward.)

The children of Edward and Elizabeth are:

  • -- SAMUEL RIGGS, born circa 1642, m1. Sarah Baldwin (of English noble and royal descent), m2. Sarah Washburn
  • -- JOSEPH RIGGS, born circa 1644, married Hannah Browne.
  • -- MARY RIGGS, born circa 1646, m1. George Day, m2. Anthony Olef
  • -- JOHN RIGGS, born circa 1648, no children.
  • 5. EDWARD RIGGS, born circa 1650, md. Mary (NN)

She later remarried to CALEB CARWITHIE, but there were no children of that marriage


Evidence needed to support as daughter of Heijmen Guijsbert Roosa.


Elizabeth died some time after 2 January 1669/70, perhaps in Newark, New Jersey. (Several genealogists misidentified this Elizabeth as Elizabeth Roosa, who actually married Edward Riggs' father Edward.)

Elizabeth is probably the individual mentioned as the "Widow Riggs" in the records of the Newark Town Meetings on 25 January 1670 and 2 July 1670 is apparently Edward's widow Elizabeth. She was given a reward and it was recorded on or shortly after 12 December 1670: “Elizabeth Rigs hath for her home lot six acres & one acre given her for service on y place by staying the first sumer and added to y reare of her lot about halfe an acre.”

There was a Nathaniel Wheeler whose recorded lot stated that it abutted “George Day north widdow Elizabeth Rigs south.”


The will of Edward Riggs, first generation, made in 1670 refers to "the widow of my sonne Edward." Mr. Wallace in the the Riggs Genealogy says: "His widow, Elizabeth, still a healthy and well preserved woman, sometime previous to 1671 married Caleb Carwithie . . . . The writer questions the accuracy of this statement as the Records of the Town of Newark mention "Widow Riggs" on Feb. 6, 1677.

Edward Riggs was not a member of the church, and therefore not a voter, but this brave act shows his character. In 1664 the Province of New Jersey was named as a grant from the Crown, and in 1665 Edward and some of his associated from Derby visited it, and determined to found a new plantation on the Passaic that would be accessible to the outer world by the sailing craft of that day, and the site of Newark was then decided upon. The next year he spent most of the summer there preparing for the proposed colony, and his wife was with him, the first white woman to spend a summer in Newark.


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Elizabeth Carwithie's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Derby, Fairfield, CT, United States
Boston, Suffolk, MA, United States
Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Boston, Suffolk, MA, United States