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Reuben Riggs

Also Known As: "M:03/02/1769 rowan nc"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Morris, NJ, USA
Death: June 6, 1837 (89)
Giles, TN, USA
Place of Burial: Giles, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Riggs and Jane Riggs
Husband of Mary Riggs
Father of Phoebe Brindley; William Riggs; Nancy Riggs?; Margaret Poore; Mary Morgan and 1 other
Brother of Elizabeth Riggs; Sarah Ellis; Edward Riggs; Clisbe Riggs; Samuel Riggs and 2 others

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About Reuben Riggs

MARRIAGE: North Carolina Marriage Bonds 1741-1868. Mary Crawford to Reuben Riggs, 2 March 1769 (bond date), Rowan County, Bondsman: Edward Riggs & David Crawford, Wit: Gideon Wright

MILITARY: Virgil D. White, "Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files Volume III: N-Z" (Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Company, 1992), p. 2889. RIGGS, Reuben, NC line S45880, sol was b in 1747 in Morris Co NJ & he lived in Surry Co NC at enl & in 1780 he moved to Washington Co NC which is now East TN & also enl there then moved to Grainger Co TN & in 1808 he moved to Giles Co TN where he appl 20 Aug 1832, sol referred to Jesse Riggs of Lincoln Co TN who had d in 1831 who knew him during the Rev but did not state a relationship.

WILL: Clara M. Parker, "Giles County, Tennessee Will Abstracts 1814-1900," p. 115. RIGGS, REUBEN -- will written 1833; to wife Mary Riggs tract of land which I now live on, all kitchen furniture and at her death to be equally divided among my four children: Phebe Riggs, William Riggs, Mary Morgan & Margaret Poor. To my grandsons Jeremiah Henderson, William Condon, Reuben W. Runnels & Thomas P. Norton each two dollars.

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF REUBEN RIGGS (1749 - 1837) In the name of God amen, I Reuben RIGGS of the County of Giles and state of Tennessee being of a sound and perfect memory do this twentysixth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty three make this my Last Will and Testament as follows, First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary RIGGS, the tract of land which I now live on; Also all the house and kitchen furniture, during her life or Widowhood, and at her disease to be sold at twelve months credit, and equally divided amongst my four children, Phebe RIGGS, William RIGGS, Mary MORGAN, and Margaret POOR. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Phebe all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs, and all the farming tools. I also give and bequeath to my grandsons Jeremiah Henderson, William Condon, Ruben W. RUNNELS and Thomas P. NORTON, each two dollars. I hereby appoint my worthy friends James WHITE and David A. GOOCH Executors to my Last Will and Testament_______ In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed my seal day and date above written. Attest James PAISLEY Reuben RIGGS (his signature & seal) John A. PAISLEY

REUBEN RIGGS was born circa 1748 (1) in Morris County, New Jersey. His family removed to then-Rowan (later Surry) County, North Carolina about 1760 (or 1765?), and in 1768, a Samuel RIGGS appears on the Rowan County tax list of Gideon Wright. Reuben himself is first found in the records of Surry in 1772 when Samuel RIGGS, David RIGGS and Reuben RIGGS are among those appointed to a road jury. Four years later, in June 1778, Reuben was residing in Surry when he first entered the Revolutionary War, serving for three months under a Capt. SAUNDERS in Col. Benjamin CLEVELAND's regiment. He served a second three months in 1779, both tours of duty having been expeditions against Indians committing depredations around the head of the Yadkin River. By Dec 1780, Reuben had removed to then-Washington County, North Carolina (later Tennessee), where he joined Capt. PRUITT'S company and fought in the Battle of Boyd Creek under Col. John Sevier (an expedition against the Cherokees). In 1783, he was on a Greene County tax list, but by 1786, owned land in Washington County, and in 1787 appeared on the Washington County tax list. He later removed to Grainger County, Tennessee (formed in 1795 from Hawkins and Knox counties) where he resided until 1808.


Revolutionary War Pension Application of Private Reuben Riggs

State of Tennessee

Giles County

Set on this 20th day of August 1832

Personally appeared in open court, before the justice holding the court of Pleas & Quarter Session for the county & state of service, at this August term of said court Reuben RIGGS of said county of Giles, resident therin aged eighty five years, who being first duly sworn according to law does on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. The said Reuben RIGGS saith and declares that he first entered the service under one Col. [Benjamin] CLEVELAND in Surry County, North Carolina, one SAUNDERS being his Captain, the day not recollected but most probably in the month of June in the second year after the declaration of Independence and during that year served a tour of three months and also served a similar tour under the same officers during the year following. These tours were against the Indians committing depradations about the head of the Yadkin river. The declarant then moved into Washington County in North Carolina but now in East Tennessee where in the month of December 1780 he volunteered under Col. [John] SEVIER in an expedition against the Cherokee indians. They mustered at Stockdon's Mill & proceeded on the expedition until Col. CLARK & Col. [Arthur] CAMPBELL of Virginia overtook & joined Sevier. RIGGS was in Captain PREVITS [PRUETT] company until its close, the declarant was present at several skirmishes between the whites & Indians, on Boyd's Creek of French & Broad river & at Echols________.Telleco & ________ what time that campaign closed he does not now remember, but supposes that some history or other record testimony in the public office of his county will show. He has no documentary evidence, having long since lost his discharge and that he knows of no person now alive who can testify to his services, the last man who could have done so to his knowledge, died during the last year, one Jesse RIGGS of Lincoln County, Tennessee. The said Reuben RIGGS duly relinqueshes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on any pension roll of any state or territory whatsoever. Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.

Reuben RIGGS

(his signature)

Duncan LESTER---Clerk

Mr. Stephen SHELTON, Clergyman residing in the county & state aforesaid & Thomas MARTIN merchant of the town of Pulaski, in the county and state aforesaid do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Reuben RIGGS,who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration and we believe him to be eighty five years of age & that he is respected & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concurred in that opinion.

Sworn and subscribed

1. Interrogatories propounded by said court to the said Reuben RIGGS.

2. Where & what year were you born?

Answer: In Morris County, New Jersey in 1749 (some read it 1747)

3. Where were you living when called into service?

Where have you lived since the revolution?

Where do you now live?

Answer: In Surry County, North Carolina & Washington County as before stated when I entered the service & from Washington I moved to Grainger County in East Tennessee where I lived until about 1808 when I moved to Giles County, Tennessee where I have resided ever since.

4. How were you called into service?

Answer: In all the above campaigns I volunteered.

5. State the names of some of the Regular Officers?

Answer: I have stated all of the general officers whose names are now recollected

6. He further states that he received discharges from his said Captain SAUNDERS & PREVITT but has no recollection of what has become of them.

Reuben RIGGS (his signature)

Sworn and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid

Duncan LESTER------Clerk

(Transcribed by Bobby Carwile)

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Reuben Riggs's Timeline

November 22, 1747
Morris, NJ, USA
Age 21
Tennessee, United States
Age 36
Age 36
Grainger, TN, USA
Age 37
Tennessee, United States
Age 39
North Carlonia
Age 40
Tennessee, United States
June 6, 1837
Age 89
Giles, TN, USA
Giles, Tennessee, United States