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Clifford Jesse Riggs
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Birth: Feb. 21, 1910
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1988
San Bernardino County
California, USA

Son of--
Fred Edgar Riggs
Abigail "Abby" Bennett Riggs


Clifford was born on the RIGGS FARM,
in Manchester, Oklahoma, located about
3 miles south of the Rosedale Church of
Christ, in Rosedale, Oklahoma. The
Rosedale Church and Cemetery was founded
and built by Clifford's maternal grandparents
James Jones Bennett (1851-1934)
Minerva Frances Hayes Bennett (1853-1935) (who are buried in the
Rosedale Church Cemetery).
Clifford Riggs did NOT have a middle name,
so when Clifford was registering for the
military and/or CCC, he had to provide
a middle name. Clifford 'made up a middle
name' by choosing to use the name of a
relative, that of Jesse Chester Riggs
(1897-1983)--a paternal uncle and younger
brother to Clifford's father Fred Edgar
Riggs. SO, JESSE then became Clifford's
middle name! Thereafter known as
Clifford lived with his parents as a
youth in Oklahoma. By 1915, his parents
had relocated to Kansas. His father
worked as a farmer and later as an agent
for the railroad.

By 1930, Clifford moved to California
and worked as a laborer and well driller,
while living for a short time with his
mother's younger sister, Aunt Mary
Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott
and her husband Laurel Flynn Scott.
[NOTE--Laurel Flynn Scott and wife Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott are my maternal grandparents. dht]

In Apr 1930, Clifford worked and lived
on a farm in Pond, Kern, California,
as a farm laborer, for Mr Dennis Rush,
Farm Mgr.

On 3 Mar 1939, Clifford "Jesse" Riggs,
was joined in marriage to Virginia Mae
Watts (1912-2013).

There were two children from this
Kenneth Lee Riggs
Curtis Allan Riggs

By Apr 1940, Clifford and Virginia were
in Bakersfield, Kern, California.
Clifford worked as a Warden for the
County Forestry Dept.
Clifford's paternal Aunt Bertha E Riggs
married into the famous musical DINNING
Family. Bertha was the younger sister
of Clifford's father. Bertha married
John Boyd Dinning Junior (1886-1962).
In 1910, in Parsons, Alfalfa, Oklahoma,
John Boyd Dinning Junior (1887-1964)
and wife
Bertha Ethel Riggs Dinning (1891-1965)
lived and worked a farm near Clifford's
parents who were also farming. The DINNING
children were first cousins with Clifford.

[NOTE: If you search YOUTUBE for the
DINNING SISTERS, you can watch and listen
to some wonderful 'soundies' {something
like current day musical video song
productions}. Bertha's son (Mark Max
Edward Dinning) was also musical and
made several record productions that
worked with many well-known singers of the

Family links: 
  Fred Edgar Riggs (1884 - 1943)
  Abigail Bennett Riggs (1881 - 1946)
  Virginia Mae Watts Riggs (1912 - 2013)
  Virginia Riggs (1916 - 2014)*
  Lillian Blanche Riggs Foudray (1902 - 1978)*
  Ruby F. Riggs Davis (1906 - 1943)*
  Clifford Jesse Riggs (1910 - 1988)
  Vivian Irene Riggs Weed (1911 - 1997)*
  Frank Chester Riggs (1920 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: VES 470-C
Maintained by: Dorothy Hazel Tarr
Originally Created by: Yucaipa Valley Genealogi...
Record added: May 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51946171
Clifford Jesse Riggs
Added by: Dorothy Hazel Tarr
Clifford Jesse Riggs
Added by: Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society
Clifford Jesse Riggs
Added by: Earl R Giddings
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 Added: Jan. 31, 2016
Dear 1st cousin 1x removed Clifford Jesse Riggs, In Remembrance [Family connection through my maternal lineage]
- Dorothy Hazel Tarr
 Added: Nov. 21, 2012

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