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Sarah Humphreys (Riggs)

Also Known As: "Lady Humphreys", "known in Derby as "Lady Humphreys" for her "dignity and refinement of character"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Death: July 29, 1787 (76)
Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. John Riggs and Elizabeth Riggs
Wife of John Bowers and Rev. Daniel Humphreys
Mother of Daniel Humphreys; John Humphreys; Major Elijah Humphreys; Sarah (Humphreys) Mills and Gen. David Humphreys
Sister of Edward Riggs; Samuel Riggs; Anna Hull; Elizabeth Riggs; Capt. Joseph Riggs and 1 other
Half sister of Josiah Wilcoxen and Samuel Wilcoxson

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About Sarah (Riggs) Bowers Humphreys

Lady Humphreys December 17, 1710-July 29, 1787

Parents Capt. John Riggs Apr. 1, 1676-Sep. 24, 1755 and Elizabeth Tomlinson 1676-Apr. 17, 1747


  1. John Bowers d. Jan. 26, 1738
  2. Rev. Daniel Humphreys

Children with Daniel Humphreys:

  1. Daniel May 13, 1740-
  2. John Jan. 3, 1744
  3. Elijah Apr. 27, 1746
  4. Sarah July 20, 1748
  5. Gen. David Humphreys July 10, 1752

Sarah Riggs Humphreys was born at Derby, Conn., December 17, 1710. She first married John Bowers, who died without issue, and she married as her second husband Rev. Daniel Humphreys, who graduated at Yale College, 1732, and was ordained as a minister of the gospel at Derby 1733, where for more than half a century he was pastor of the same organization. From the records he left of his ministry, he was a faithful and earnest preacher of the gospel. He was a fine scholar, a great reader, and loved the study of theology. She married her first husband, Mr. Bowers, November 22, 1732; he died January 26, 1738, and their two children died that year. As Sarah Humphreys represents the fifth generation of the house of Riggs in this country, her distinguished son, Gen. David Humphreys of revolutionary fame, represents the sixth. She was remarkably intelligent and endowed with many graces of person as well as of mind, and these qualities were transmitted to her descendants. For many years she was always known and spoken of as "Lady Humphreys." Thus during a long lifetime she was widely known and honored by all classes as the most exemplary and noble of all ministers' wives. Rev. Daniel died 1787, and two months afterward she was placed by his side.

General David Humphreys House Directly across from the Old Episcopal Graveyard stands the General David Humphreys' House the most historically important structure in the Historic District. built in the early 1700's, it was later the home of the Reverend Daniel Humphreys and his wife Sara Riggs Humphreys. It was here on July 10, 1752, that David Humphreys was born.

The Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman chapter of the D.A.R., 70 members strong in early 2010, united two 116-year-old Connecticut chapters whose merger the NSDAR approved in October 2009.


"She was very efficient, worthy, elegant woman, called always Lady Humphreys." - History of Derby, pg 590

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Sarah (Riggs) Bowers Humphreys's Timeline

December 17, 1710
Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
May 13, 1740
Age 29
January 3, 1744
Age 33
April 27, 1746
Age 35
July 29, 1748
Age 37
July 10, 1752
Age 41
Derby, Connecticut
July 29, 1787
Age 76
Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States