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Henry S. Riggs
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Birth: Jan. 12, 1812
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1911
Kirksville
Adair County
Missouri, USA

Henry S. Riggs was a son of Reuben Riggs, Sr. and Catharine Sailing/Saling Riggs. He had eleven siblings.

Henry S. Riggs married Mary Berry on November 14, 1836 in Morgan County, Illinois.

Henry S. Riggs was 99 years and 2 months old at the time of his death.

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DEATH OF THE LAST SURVIVOR OF THE BLACK HAWK WAR
On March 11, 1911, Henry L. RIGGS, of Morgan County, died at the home of his sister in Kirksville, Missouri, where he had gone to pass the winter.

He was born in Kentucky on January 12, 1812, and had reached the age of 99 years, 1 month and 27 days.

He came to Illinois in 1830, and when Gov. REYNOLDS, in 1832, called for volunteers to repel the invasion of Black Hawk and his band, he enlisted as a private in the Morgan county company commanded by Capt. Wm. GILLHAM, and served through that renowned conflict. It is very probable that he was the last survivor of that memorable historic Indian campaign.

Mr. RIGGS was married to Miss Mary BERRY on the 17th of November, 1837, with whom he lived until her death in 1890, and was a resident of Lynnville, Morgan county, for the last thirty-five years.

Though but twenty years of age in 1832, he cast his first vote for Gen. JACKSON for the Presidency, and was a zealous Democrat until his death. He was a robust, active man, spending much of his time in the open air, doing all the work about his premises, and last fall sawed and split eight cords of wood. He is survived by six children.

Source: http://genealogytrails.com/main/lastveteranobits.html#blackhawk

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NOTES:
Other possible birth place: Bedford County, Tennessee.
Other possible death place: Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois.
Shown as Henry S. Riggs in Illinois Marriage Database.
Gravestone clearly shows Henry S. Riggs.
Obituary transcription shows Henry L. Riggs.

From P. Meado on May 23, 2105:
His wife, Mary's death notice obit...stated they had nine children. One died before she did, Jesse T. Riggs. Did not state the names of the other ones.

If anyone has more/better information, please contact me.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Reuben Riggs (1769 - 1848)
  Catherine Sailing/Saling Riggs (1780 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Berry Riggs (1810 - 1896)*
 
 Children:
  John Calvin Riggs (1840 - 1922)*
  Lydia A Riggs Smith (1842 - 1919)*
  Catherine Riggs (1843 - 1927)*
  William Henry Riggs (1844 - 1916)*
  Jesse T Riggs (1853 - 1896)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Riggs (1799 - 1883)*
  Jonathan Riggs (1803 - 1885)*
  Jesse Riggs (1808 - 1891)*
  Reuben Floyd Riggs (1810 - 1873)*
  Willis H. Riggs (1811 - 1851)*
  Henry S. Riggs (1812 - 1911)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Diamond Grove Cemetery
Jacksonville
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Pam Barns
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9443817
Henry S. Riggs
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Henry S. Riggs
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Henry S. Riggs
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 Added: Nov. 14, 2015
Black Hawk War (1832)
- Scrappy
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
GOD BLESS YOU
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