Mary Twitchell (Riggs)

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Mary Twitchell (Riggs)

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Nazeing, Essex, England
Death: circa October 30, 1694 (65-73)
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Riggs, II and Elizabeth Riggs
Wife of Benjamin Twitchell, I
Mother of Joseph Twitchell; Elizabeth Allen; Benjamin Twitchell, II; Rachel Twitchell; Mary Rockwood and 7 others
Sister of Lydia Riggs; Sgt Edward Riggs, III; Elizabeth Riggs; Ada W. Allen (Riggs); Dorothy Riggs and 1 other

Occupation: 1670ALTD
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
Last Updated:

About Mary Twitchell (Riggs)


The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).

Here is the background they give on the Riggs family:

Edward Riggs

  • birth: by 1593 based on date of first marriage
  • death: Roxbury 5 March 1671/2
  • marriage: (1) Nazeing, Essex, 16 Sept 1618 to Elizabeth Holmes; she was buried at Roxbury October 1635; (2) Roxbury 5 April 1635 Elizabeth Roosa (comments below). She died at Roxbury 2 Sept 1669.

Children with first wife:

  1. Edward bp Nazeing 17 Oct 1619 m by 1662 ("my son Edward's wife" who had at least four children by him by 1670)
  2. Lydia b. say 1623; bur Roxbury Aug 1633
  3. Elizabeth bp Nazeing 30 Dec 1627; buried Roxbury May 1634
  4. John bp Nazeing 17 Jan 1629/30; buried Roxbury Oct 1634
  5. Mary bp Nazeing 1 July 1632; m say 1649 Benjamin Twitchell

Comments: Although Savage thought that Edward Riggs had two daughters who lived to marry, but this apparently assumes that grandchild Elizabeth Allen (daughter of Mary Riggs Twitchell) was born an Allen. Elizabeth Twitchell Allen was the wife of William Allen of Medfield.

[Note: Either the death date of Elizabeth Holmes is incorrect, or the marriage date of Edward Riggs and Elizabeth Roosa is incorrect since there is a contradiction. One genealogist speculated that Elizabeth Roosa was the Elizabeth that Edward Riggs' son, Sergeant Edward Riggs married.]


see fathers will

  1. Name: Mary (Immigrant) Riggs
  2. Sex: F
  3. Birth: 1625 in probably England
  4. Death:
  5. Note: Y
  6. Note:
   Supreme Court Justice Salmon P. Chase is a descendant.
   WARNING: The identity of Mary's mother is in dispute.
   1) Bruce Pusch Database, 9 Jun 2005 &db=pusch&id=I021792&style=TABLE
   2) A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England,
   Before 1692, By James Savage, Volume #4 rrell.htm
   3) rcp Database, 17 Jun 2005 &db=rcp53&id=I86184
   4) New England Marriages prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey
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Mary Twitchell (Riggs)'s Timeline

Nazeing, Essex, England
July 1, 1632
Age 7
Nazine Parish, Essex, England
July 1, 1632
Age 7
Nazeing, Essex, England, United Kingdom
July 1, 1632
Age 7
Nazeing, Essex, England
Age 15
Dorchester, Dorset, England
Age 23
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 31
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Age 32
Medfield, Norfolk, MA, USA