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PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF WARREN COUNTY, IL
PUBLISHED 1889 BY Chapman BROS.
Jesse Riggs, owning 364 acres of good farm land under excellent cultivation, located on section 2, Roseville Township, where he resides and is engaged in farming and stock-raising, was born in Tennessee, January 13, 1808, his parents being Reuben and Catherine (Sailing) Riggs, natives of North Carolina. The parents of Mr. Riggs, of this sketch, in 1818, ten years after the birth of Jesse, moved from Tennessee to Missouri and there purchased 160 acres of land. They remained on the same for ten years, where his father was engaged in its cultivation. In 1828, his father sold his farm in Missouri and came to this State, locating in Morgan County, where he became owner by purchase of 120 acres, on which he resided for a number of years, when they came to live with their son, the subject of this notice, with whom they resided during the remainder of their lives and were buried in the Berwick Seminary (Cemetery). Their family consisted of 12 children, 11 of whom lived to become men and women, and three of whom yet survive.
Jess Riggs, who biography we write, is the sixth child in order of birth of his parent's family of 12 children. He remained at home assisting in the maintenance of the family until 28 years of age. From the age of his majority until 28, he took charge of and cultivated his father's farm on shares. After leaving home, Mr. Riggs came to Warren County, in 1834, and for 11 years followed farming on rented land. At the expiration of that time he purchased 80 acres in Lenox Township and resided thereon, engaged in its cultivation six years, when, by additional purchase, he added 50 acres to the same. he then sold the entire tract and purchased 220 acres in Berwick Township. On this tract he moved with his family and engaged in farming until 1864, when he sold it and purchased 160 acres in Lenox Township, which, after working two years, he also sold. he then purchased 174 acres in the same township and lived on that place for six years, when he closed out his landed interests in that section by sale, and bought the property on which he at present resides, which is 364 acres.
Mr. Riggs lost his first two companions. By his first wife had had three children, --Martha E., John T., and Jonathan P. The issue of the second union was four children, who are living, as follows: James O., Mary E., Henry H. and Eliza J. Mr. Riggs married the third time in 1865, the lady chosen to share his joys and sorrows, successes and reverses, being Miss Emeline Vandeveere, a native of Warren Co., Ill., and she has borne to her husband four children, --Frank, Florence H., Bertie M. and Willis.
Mr. Riggs is a Democrat and has held various offices of his township and county, and with his wife is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Riggs is considered one of the solid and substantial men of Warren county.
From Lenox Twp. History, Warren County, IL:
Jesse Riggs was one of the early settlers of the county, but did not locate in Lenox Township until 1840, when, with his family, he moved in, locating on section 35, where he still lives. (See Biography.)
Out of the the 1877 Past and Present of Warren County, IL
Riggs J. Farmer; Sec 2; P.O. Berwick; has 220 acres, value $11,000; dem; from Tenn.
--This is Jesse Riggs. In reading the bio above he resides here at that time.
Page 126 under Old Settlers Organization
Riggs, Jesse July 1837, Lenox Twp.
page 285 under Roseville Twp.
Vandiver W. farmer, works for Jesse Riggs; Sec. 2; P. O. Box Berwick; Dem; born Ill.
Page 220 under Monmouth City
Riggs John P,. laborer; dem; born Illinois.
Page 262 under Hale Township
Riggs, Henry H.; farmer; Sec. 23; P.O. Monmouth; dem.
"Don't know if these are related to these Riggs or not but putting them here anyway." Foxie
Out of Male Marriage Index Warren County, IL 1827 --1915
Riggs, William H. married Brooks, Emily on August 17, 1837
Riggs, Jesse married Ray, Harriet on June 12, 1844
Riggs, Daniel C, married Smith, Elizabeth on December 27, 1842
Riggs, John S. married Lamunyon, Mary E. on April 15, 1852
Riggs, Jesse married Newman, Eveline on July 19, 1855
Riggs, Jasper N. married Saylor, Isabel J. on January 24, 1858
Riggs, William married Vandeveer, Adaline on January 26, 1860
Riggs, Samuel married Robinson, Susan Virginia on August 11, 1861
Riggs, John P. married Manerva A. on January 28, 1864
Riggs, Jesse married Vandeveer, Emeline on December 27, 1865
Riggs, James O. married Tally, Georgianna on September 12, 1867
Riggs, John T. married Galbraith, Martha A. on March 13, 1870
Riggs, J. S. married Kelsey, Stella on April 13, 1870
Riggs, Henry H. married Byers, Mary E. on October 07, 1873
Riggs, James O. married Black, Melissa E. on October 30, 1873
Riggs, William H. married Wood, Emma on July 07, 1881
Riggs, Frank married Hickman, Cora J. On October 09, 1890
Riggs. :L. C. married Glague, A. B. on November 27, 1895
Riggs, Willis married Neff, blanche on February 23, 1897
Riggs, Hugh O. married Efaw, Myrtle on March 15, 1900
Riggs, Bert G. married Berry, Etta B. on February 20, 1901
Riggs, Ralph LeRoy married Charles, Mary E. on November 26, 1902
Riggs, Jesse B. married West, Faye on 1903 has marked where date should be that it wasn't used.
Riggs, Clarence married Cromer, Luella on October 02, 1907
Riggs, William A. married Stubbs, Dollie P. on May 23, 1910
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