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Edward Riggs, III

Edward Riggs was the son of Elizabeth Roosa (1618-after 1670) and Sergeant Edward Riggs, Jr. (1619-1670).

He married Mary Munn (1640-1688) on June 14, 1661 in Newark, Hudson County, New Jersey.
Children:
• Anna (Riggs) Gage (1662-1715)
• James (1664-1744)
• Mary (Riggs) Lindsley (1666-1701)
• Edward (1668-1716)
Joseph (1675-1744) •
• Martha (Riggs) Freeman (1677-after 1730)
• Elizabeth (Riggs) Lyon(1678-__)
• John (1679-1762)
• Samuel (1681-1730)
• Charity (Riggs) Bowers (1685-1774)

Edward was energetic and successful in accumulating property. He seems to have been especially careful about the title to his land, and was not content with a grant from the town of Newark alone, but secured a patent from the proprietors as well. He had a home lot assigned to him like the other original settlers, and in his conveyance of lands he was often designated as "planter". This designation occurs in a deed from him in the year 1700, this being the last date concerning him to be found in any of the land records. He and his brother Joseph were the first to obtain grants of outside lands from the town authorities, and his accumulations seem to have been quite extensive.

The following information about Edward was found in the minutes of the Newark town meetings.

On May 26, 1673, it was agreed that "The young men shall have liberty to take up land in this Division that is now being laid out". Edward Riggs drew No. 37 and his brother Joseph No. 53. On January 1, 1679, Edward was appointed a member of the committee to confer with Elizabethtown citizens regarding fences. Troublesome times seem to have been encountered in 1679 and 1680 as a military company was organized and orders issued to every man to carry arms to church, and also to establish a watch. Edward Riggs was one of the watchmen named.

On January 1, 1682, Edward was appointed Warner of Town Meetings for one year.

On January 1, 1683, a resolution was passed at great length setting forth the penalties for failure to attend town meetings. In as much as the meetings were disorderly, thus those in attendance being "damnified", all the citizens were called upon to sign an agreement to abide by the law. To this agreement Edward Riggs' name is attached.

Edward Riggs was one of the signers of an agreement dated January 2, 1688, whereby every "planter" in the town agreed to pay their full tax and allowance "for the upholding and preaching of the Word in our Town". He was at that time about 52 years of age.

Mr. Henry Earle Riggs in his 'Our Pioneer Ancestors', published in 1942, relates that about 1917 he visited the graveyard at the old Presbyterian Church in Newark and found the Riggs plot. He found many graves going back to Revolutionary days, but unfortunately many of the stones were then broken and illegible.

In the late 1950's, much of the remains buried in the First Presbyterian Church yard were moved by the church to a mass grave in a memorial garden in a different section of the church grounds. The area previous to where they were buried was made into a parking lot. The burial ground had fallen into serious state of neglect and disrepair previous to the project. The remaining intact headstones were placed in storage in the basement of the church.

Compiled by Jack Victor Williams.


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  • Created by: Lee A. Hillard
  • Added: 17 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32243177
  • Michael Dunne
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Riggs, III (1636–Mar 1715), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32243177, citing First Presbyterian Churchyard Memorial Garden, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Lee A. Hillard (contributor 47036613) .