RIGGS FAMILY CEMETERY PLAN
Main entry to the Riggs Family Cemetery is on the north fence (at the top of this map). The dotted line in the middle of the cemetery denotes the original fence of the cemetery.
The following RELATIONSHIP document developed and written by Nancy (Riggs) Sloan explains the assignment of unique numbers to each Riggs Family member, living or deceased, along with a description of each family member buried in the Riggs Family Cemetery. This numbering system is used throughout this website and begins with the number "4" reflecting the birth order of Brannick Riggs, the fourth child of Thomas and Rhoda Riggs who are buried in Texas. A separate number/letter has been assigned to each of the headstones in the Riggs Family Cemetery and is included in the RELATIONSHIP document below.
The family relationship numbers in the document are located above the person's name and the headstone number/letter is located below the birth / death date.
Several times the Elsie Hogan Library in Willcox has contacted me requesting information about people buried in the Riggs Family Cemetery. Inquiries have also come from other sources such as the City of Willcox, Rex Allen Museum and the Chiricahua Regional Museum and Research Center. Some family members are not certain about the relationships of those buried in the family cemetery. I am compiling this booklet so that it can be available to those looking for information on the Riggs Family Cemetery when I, or other cousins, are no longer available to answer questions. In addition, hopefully, this booklet will help the younger generations of the Riggs family understand their connections to family members buried in this cemetery.
The names and dates appear as they are on the headstones and markers in the cemetery. The additional family relationship information comes from family records in possession of the writer.
If there are any discrepancies in the following information, please CONTACT me. I can then make changes so correct information will be available to those interested in this family cemetery.
This has been a work of love.
Nancy Ruth Riggs Sloan
EXPALNATION OF THE FAMILY MEMBER NUMBERING SYSTEM
The first number is the position of each child in the family of Thomas and Rhoda Riggs, parents of Brannick Riggs who was their fourth child.
The second number is the position of each child in the family of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs. For example:
4-5 Brannick Benjamin Riggs
He is the 5th child of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth.
The third number is the position of a child in that child’s family.
4-5-4 Thomas Riggs
He is the 4th child of Brannick Benjamin Riggs, the grandchild of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs.
The fourth number is the position of a child in that child’s family.
4-5-4-2 Nancy Ruth Riggs Sloan
She is the second child of Thomas Riggs, the great grandchild of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth.
The fifth number is the position of a child in that child’s family.
4-5-4-2-4 Troy Gordon Sloan
He is the 4th child ofNancy Ruth Riggs Sloan, the great, great grandchild of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth.
The sixth number is the position of a child in that child’s family.
4-5-4-2-4-5 Charlard Andre` Sloan
He is the 5th child of Troy Gordon Sloan, the great, great, great grandchild of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth.
The spouse of each descendant is listed under the descendant's name with an explanation and family member number the same as their spouse with a letter after the number, "a" indicating descendant's first spouse, "b" the second, etc.
I hope this will help identify the place of each individual in the family of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs.
The names are not in this booklet the way they are located in the cemetery. They are under the name of their direct ancestor.
FAMILY MEMBERS BURIED IN THE RIGGS FAMILY CEMETERY
BRANNICK RIGGS MARY ELIZABETH RIGGS
1828 1907 1838 1935
Brannick and Mary Riggs are the parents of eleven children. Brannick was born July 10, 1828 in Alabama and Mary was born July 27, 1838, in Tennessee. Brannick served in the Civil War. He was a Mason. Coming from Texas by way of Colorado, the family settled in this area and through hard work and wise decisions built a small cattle empire. Mary always referred to her husband as “Mr. Riggs”. Brannick believed in education and saw to it that his family was well educated. Brannick died July 4, 1907 and Mary died February 5, 1935, both in Arizona.
On Mary Elizabeth’s grave:
Wife of Brannick Riggs.
As in the hearts of all who knew her
The memory of Mother Riggs
Is enshrined forever
THOMAS JEFFERSON RIGGS FAMILY
Thomas Jefferson Riggs
May 14, 1857Dec. 9, 1926
Thomas Jefferson, the oldest child of Brannick and Mary, was born in Texas before the Civil War. Thomas built a ranch at the mouth of Emigrant Canyon on the Northeast side of the Chiricahua Mountains where he ran cattle and kept Bees. Thomas was an original member of the Riggs Cattle Company.
Eula Lee Murry
1866Aug 19, 1890
Aged 24 years
Death thou art but another birth
Freeing the spirit from the clogs of earth
Eula Lee is the first wife of Thomas Jefferson Riggs.
Frank Thomas Riggs
June 13, 1884July 28, 1885
Of such is the kingdom of Heaven
Frankie T. (the name that is on the headstone), as he was known by the family, is the first child of Thomas and Eula Lee Riggs. Little Frankie wasthe first to be buried in this cemetery.
Edward Murry Riggs
Sept. 22, 1885June 29, 1950
Edward Murry Riggs is the second son of Thomas and Eula Lee Riggs. Edward, known as the Arizona Angel of Faraway, was very instrumental indeveloping the Wonderland of Rocks, later known as The Chiricahua National Monument.
May 9, 1889June 5, 1917
Gaye is the first wife of Edward Murry Riggs. Gaye died of smallpox. Her burial place is Douglas, Cochise, Arizona.
Stone on grave of husband Edward Murry Riggs:
Gaye Moore Riggs
May 9, 1889
June 5 1917
Eula Lee Riggs Stratton
Eula Lee is the first child of Edward and Gaye Riggs. She was born July 3, 1911. She died Feb 12, 2006.
Hunter Stratton is the husband of Eula Lee Riggs. His first name is Nathan. He was born Feb 2, 1909 and died July 30, 1978
Edward Murry Riggs, Jr.
Edward Murry Riggs, known as Murry, is the second child of Edward and Gaye Riggs. He was born Oct. 14, 1913.
Anne Mackay is the wife of Edward Murry Riggs, Jr.
Edward Murry Riggs, III
Edward, III is the son of Edward Murry Riggs, Jr. and Anne Mackay. He never married.
Carol is the daughter of Edward Murry and Anne Riggs. She married Ronald Pope.
Jeana Anne Pope
Jeana Anne is the daughter of Carol Riggs and Ronnie Pope.
Jesus I Trust in You
Joseph Allen Thruerrauf
Feb. 7, 1966Dec. 12, 2001
Loving Husband and Father
Joseph Thuerauf is the husband of Jeana Pope.
Feb. 9, 1888 April 26 1977
Lillian is the second wife of Edward M. Riggs. Together they ran the Faraway Guest Ranch and were instrumental in developing the Wonderland of Rocks later known as the Chiricahua National Monument. They did not have children. In later life, Lillian became blind but still rode her horse and was involved in working the cattle on her ranch.
Charles Pinkney Riggs
Feb. 9, 1888 22 April 1951
Charles Pinkney Riggs is the third son of Thomas J. and Eula Riggs. Charles’ burial place is the Sunset Cemetery in Willcox, Arizona.
Thomas Jefferson Riggs
28 Dec 1917 19 Feb 2008
Thomas Jefferson Riggs is the fourth child, second son, of Charles Pinkney Riggs and Mary Moore.
Brannick T Riggs
April 1895 13 June 1896
Aged 14 months
Gone but not forgotten
Brannick T. is the son of Thomas Jefferson and his second wife, Louise M. Sneyden. They divorced.
Anna Mae Stafford Riggs Schafer
1 December1886 - 25 August 1963
Anna Mae is the third wife of Thomas Jefferson Riggs. She is the daughter of Ja Hu Stafford, a neighbor to the Riggs family. After the death of her husband, she married Joe Schafer.
Joseph Peter Schafer
Joe is the second husband of Anna Mae Stafford Riggs.
Thomas Bell Riggs
Little Bell is the son of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.
Pauline Amelia Riggs Adams
Pauline is the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.
Kenneth “Hap” Adams
Kenneth is the husband of Pauline Amelia Riggs.
Lilliemae Evelyn Riggs Kelly
24 March 1912 10 June 1991
Lilliemae is the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.
Richard Dana Riggs
26 June 1915 16 May 1984
Dana is the son of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford. He did not marry.
Donald Lee Riggs
29 December 1917 14 August 2002
Donald is the son of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.
27 April 1919 6 April 1998
Lorraine is the wife of Donald Lee Riggs.
18 March 1859 16 July 1929
Rhoda Riggs, the oldest daughter of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Travis County, Texas. Rhoda was engaged to a Mr. William wolf. William made a business trip back East. During the trip, he disappeared. Everyone presumed he had died. She did not marry. Rhoda had a reputation as an expert horsewoman. She was a special sister and Aunt to her family. Rhoda was one of the original members of the Riggs Cattle Company.
WILLIAM MONROE RIGGS FAMILY
William Monroe Riggs
27 December 1861 13 February 1949
Born Milam County Texas
William, the son of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Milan County, Texas. He lived on Star Ranch with his first wife, Ida Berry. When they divorced, he moved to Oak Ranch. William served as a Senator in the State Legislature and on the Cochise County Board of Supervisors. He was one of the founders of the Riggs Bank in Willcox, Arizona. William was one of the original members of the Riggs Cattle Company.
Ida Lillie Berry
10 November 1852 11 January 1943
Daughter of L.L. and Jane Marshall Berry
Born Waverly, Mo.
Ida is Williams’s first wife. When they divorced, she remained on Star Ranch.
Cora D. Riggs Chatfield
30 June 1903 1 December 1994
Cora is William’s second wife. She is also the daughter of his first cousin, William Austin Riggs, son of Barney Kemp Riggs, brother of Brannick Riggs, William Monroe’s father. William and Cora lived at Oak Ranch. After the death of William, Cora married Elmer Chatfield. Elmer and Cora lived in Iowa, the place of his burial.
William Monroe Riggs, Jr.
18 August 1924
Known as Billy, he is the son of William Monroe and Cora D. Riggs. He served in World War II. Since his father’s death, Billy has run Oak Ranch.
Jean Amalong Riggs
27 May 1925 23 November 2002
Jean is the wife of William Monroe Riggs, Jr. They grew up as neighbors.
MARTHA (RIGGS) STARK FAMILY
Martha Riggs Stark
15 March 1865 9 Jan 1949
Martha, the fourth child of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Milan County, Texas. She married Thomas Bell Stark. They did not have any children. They lived on the Crossed Spear Ranch where later Ed and Helen Riggs made their home.
Thomas Bell Stark
7 October 1856 16 August 1926
He is the husband of Martha Riggs. His brother, W.A. Stark, is married to his wife’s sister, Mary Frances.
BRANNICK BENJAMIN RIGGS FAMILY
Brannick Benjamin Riggs
21 October 1867 19 March 1913
Brannick B., the fifth child of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Bandera County, Texas. Brannick B. died in El Paso, Texas, of smallpox. His burial had to be the same day of his death, in El Paso. It is not possible to bring the remains back to his family cemetery.
Martha Alfretta Smith Riggs
2 December 1876 14 December 1958
Martha, known to the family as Aunt Mattie, is the wife of Brannick Benjamin Riggs. Her burial is in the St. David Cemetery in St. David, Arizona, near her parents.
Benjamin Smith Riggs
19 October 1899 19 March 1933
Ben is the son of Brannick Benjamin Riggs and Martha Smith. He worked on the ranches of Aunt Rhoda Riggs and Uncle William Riggs as a young adult. Ben did not marry.
28 March 1904 5 October 1980
Tom is the son of Brannick Benjamin Riggs and Martha Smith. He worked for Uncle William Riggs for a time. His burial is in the St. David Cemetery in St. David, Arizona, near his mother.
Nancy Ruth Riggs Sloan
13 November 1938 living
Nancy is the only daughter of Thomas Riggs and Carrie Miles, granddaughter of Brannick Benjamin Riggs. She lived most of her adult life in Willcox, Arizona. Nancy married Gordon Martelle Sloan 9 September 1959. She is the author of many documents in this family website including MARE ELIZABETH RIGGS: MY STORY and this RELATIONSHIP document.
Gordon Martelle Sloan
13 January 1938 31 January 2003
Gordon is the husband of Nancy Ruth Riggs Sloan.
Chalard Andre` Sloan
18 June 2002
Chalard is the son of Troy Gordon Sloan and Caroline Andre`. He is the grandson of Gordon M. and Nancy Riggs Sloan. Chalard was stillborn.
JAMES JAY RIGGS FAMILY
James Jay Riggs
31 January 1870 24 January 1910
James Jay, the son of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Bandera County, Texas. Jim was a lawyer and for a time practiced law in Tombstone, Arizona. He served a number of years on the Territorial Livestock Sanitary Board. He also served in the Territorial Legislature. Jim and his family lived at the 7VT Ranch. He was one of the original members of the Riggs Cattle Company.
Margaret Dumm Riggs
6 August 1876 19 October 1958
Wife of James J. Riggs
Maggie was the wife of James J. Riggs. After his death she remained on their ranch.
Mother of Maggie Riggs
Susan Dumm Liebenthal
25 January 1867 25 September 1945
Sister of Maggie Dumm Riggs
Ida Berry Riggs
16 November 1901 4 October 1973
Ida Berry is the oldest child of James J. and Margaret Riggs. She lived all her life in the Riggs settlement on the7VTRanch. She was married for a short time but did not have children. Young people loved to spend working summers on her ranch.
Edith Leoi Riggs
24 May 1906 15 March 1907
An Angel Beckoning us Nearer to Heaven
Edith Leoi is the daughter of James J. and Margaret Riggs.
William Christopher Riggs
2 May 1908 1982
William C. is the only son of James J. and Margaret Riggs. He was known as “Bill Columbo“. He worked for El Paso Gas Company near Willcox for many years while helping his sister and mother run the 7VT Ranch.
Wife of William C. Riggs. She taught school at Dos Cabezas, Arizona.
Ronald B. Riggs
23 October 1941 19 December 1988
Ronnie is the second son of William C. and Hazel Riggs. He was killed in an explosion at the smelter in San Manuel, Arizona.
MARY FRANCES (RIGGS) STARK FAMILY
Mary Frances Riggs Stark
21 May 1872 2 February 1961
Mary Frances, the daughter of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Las Animas County, Colorado. She married William A, the brother of her sister Martha’s husband. They lived on the Ten Ranch between Safford and Willcox, in the Gila Valley near Safford, on the STK (Stick) Ranch in the Riggs neighborhood, and in Long Beach, California. She was one of the original members of the Riggs Cattle Company.
William Achilles Stark
11 December 1851 3 February 1936
W. A. Stark is the husband of Mary Frances Riggs. His brother, Thomas Bell Stark, was married to his wife’s sister, Martha Riggs.
Harold Kinzie Stark
4 November 1897 3 July 1974
Harold is the son of W. A. Stark and Mary Frances Riggs. He had a farm in the Elfrida, Arizona, area.
Susan S. Stark
16 October 1899 5 June 1980
Susan is the wife of Harold Stark.
William Frank Stark
20 January 1899 13 January 1977
Frank Stark is the son of W.A. Stark and Mary Frances Riggs.
Mary Francis Stark
Francis is the wife of William Frank Stark.
Mary Eunice Stark Creasey
31 July 1901 15 March 1954
Eunice is the daughter of W.A. and Mary Frances Riggs Stark.
John Riggs Stark
6 May 1905 6 July 1983
John Stark is the son of W.A. Stark and Mary Frances Riggs. He lived on a ranch near Deming, New Mexico.
Goldie Irene Stark
31 July 1907 3 February 1996
Goldie is the wife of John Riggs Stark. She is the daughter of Frank M. and Jennie Jones.
JOHN CASEY RIGGS FAMILY
John Casey Riggs
21 September 1874 4 January 1943
John Casey Riggs, son of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Los Animas County, Colorado. When he attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, he was student body president. John was a lawyer and practiced law in Tombstone, Arizona for a time. He was an original member of the Riggs Cattle Company. John was one of the founders of the Riggs Bank in Willcox, Arizona. He lived on the Ranch. In his later years he compiled the book, “Our El Dorado”, the history of the Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Robbins Riggs family.
Jeannette Mary Braun Riggs
22 April 1876 23 January 1958
Aunt Nettie is the wife of John Casey Riggs.
Paul William Riggs
14 February 1911 21 September 1990
Paul is the son of John Casey and Nettie Riggs. He lived on the Ranch.
Julia is the first wife of Paul William Riggs.
John Stark Riggs
10 September 1912 20 December 1998
Stark is the son of John Casey and Nettie Riggs. He lived on the Ranch and was a founding board member of the Valley Telephone Coop. He served on the board for 35 years until his death.
Ann Lee McAleb Riggs
10 December 1921 25 August 1954
Ann is the first wife of Stark Riggs. She died young.
Betty Jane Grey
Betty is the second wife of Stark Riggs.
Ellerbe Braun Riggs
7 April 1915 29 October 2007
Ellerbe is the son of John Casey and Nettie Riggs. He lived on Aunt Rhoda’s ranch. A Mr. Chris Ellerbe was a law partner of his father’s.
Isla Pearl Chambers Riggs
29 December 1921 18 September 2007
Pearl is the wife of Ellerbe Riggs.
1 April 1943
Eric is the son of Ellerbe and Pearl Riggs.
Jeanette Mary Riggs Roll
31 July 1916 2004
Jeanette is the daughter of John Casey and Nettie Riggs. She and her husband lived on the Red Wing Ranch. Jeannette help finish and publish her fathers book “Our El Dorado”.
7 December 1915
Myrl is the husband of Jeannette Mary Riggs.
David Casey Roll
13 June 1943
David is the first son of Jeanette and Myrl Roll.
Our Angel Baby
Sydney Noelle Roll
6 January 1998 23 January 1998
People Dream of Angels
We held one in our arms
Sydney is the great granddaughter of Jeannette and Myrl Roll and the granddaughter of Michael and Diana Roll.
LUCY (RIGGS) MOORE FAMILY
Lucy Riggs Moore
20 October 1876 5 March 1965
Lucy, the daughter of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born in Las Animas County, Colorado. She attended school at Valparaiso University and the University of Arizona. Lucy married Gus Lee Moore. They lived on the Moore Family Ranch east of Willcox. Lucy was one of the original members of the Riggs Cattle Company.
Gus Lee Moore
10 January 1878 30 May 1973
Gus is the husband of Lucy Riggs Moore. He worked for Brannick Riggs before they married.
William Riggs Moore
13 May 1903 2 December 1994
William “Bill” Moore is the son of Gus and Lucy Moore. Bill served for many years on the County Board of Supervisors. He helped his brother and sisters run the family ranch.
Frank Roberts Moore
6 January 1905 1 April 1931
Frank is the son of Gus and Lucy Moore. His death was due to an accident. He did not marry.
Mary Elizabeth Moore Ditmars
14 December1906 2004
Elizabeth is the daughter of Gus and Lucy Moore. She attended the Arizona State College at Flagstaff. Elizabeth taught school in Benson and for many years in the Willcox Elementary School. She married Fred Ditmars. They did not have children.
Lila Belle Moore
13 March 1911 27 February 1987
Lila is the daughter of Gus and Lucy Moore. She also attended Arizona State College at Flagstaff, Arizona. She married for a short time and had no children. Lila helped run the family ranch.
Marjorie Caroline Moore Bell
20 May 1913 10 Oct 1998
Marjorie is the daughter of Gus and Lucy Moore. She attended Arizona State College in Flagstaff and Arizona State Teachers College in Tempe. She taught school in Arizona. During WWII she enlisted in the WAVES and served overseas. She married Graham Dwight Bell.
Gus Lee Moore, Jr.
8 February 1916 16 September 1992
G. L. is the son of Gus and Lucy Moore. G. L. served during WWII. He with his brother and sisters ran the family ranch just east of Willcox.
Dorothy Marilyn Stotts Moore
27 January 1921
Dorothy is the wife of G.L. Moore. She taught in the Willcox Elementary School for many years.
BARNEY KEMP RIGGS FAMILY
Barney Kemp Riggs
23 August 1879 9 May 1963
Barney Kemp “B.K.” Riggs, the son of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born 23 August 1879, Pima County, Arizona, when the family was camped at the mouth of Big Emigrant Canyon. Uncle K is the youngest son and lived all his life at Riggs Home Ranch. He was an original member of the Riggs Cattle Company. With his brothers, William and John, he helped start the Riggs Bank in Willcox, Arizona. Uncle K loved to laugh.
Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs
6 November 1877 7 April 1967
Mary Elizabeth is the wife of Barney Kemp Riggs. She and her mother-in-law were both named Mary Elizabeth. She also had a sister-in-law Mary, so she became known as Aunt Mary K.
Martha Elizabeth Riggs Lamberson
15 November 1911 28 February 1998
Martha is the daughter of Barney Kemp and Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs. She and her husband Elmer made their home across the road north of the Riggs Family Cemetery.
20 July 1916 4 May 1976
Elmer is the husband of Martha Riggs.
Mary Ann Lamberson Messenger
4 October 1952 1981
Mary Ann is the daughter of Elmer Lamberson and Martha Riggs. Mary Ann and her husband Paul helped take care of the cemetery. She died after an automobile accident.
Edward Kay Riggs
4 December 1912 8 December
Ed is the son of Barney Kemp and Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs. He helped his father on the ranch. Ed and Helen built a home at the Crossed J Ranch, where Aunt Martha Riggs Stark’s home was.
Helen Bush Riggs
18 September 1914 14 December 2007
Helen is the wife of Edward Kemp Riggs. She taught in the Dos Cabezas school.
James Murphy Riggs
4 September 1915 15 June 1930
James is the son of Barney Kemp and Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs. He died after being thrown by a horse.
Herbert Robbins Riggs
28 November 1917 6 October 1969
Herbert is the son of Barney Kemp and Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs. He served in the Army Air Corp in WWII. He loved to fly his airplane and had a landing strip near his home. He and his family lived at the old Prue place.
Norma Lea Stuermer
21 July 1919 17 June 1989
Norma Lea is the wife of Herbert Robbins Riggs.
Emma Lea Riggs Arends
13 June 1944 13 December 1973
Emma Lea is the daughter of Herbert Robbins and Norma Lea Riggs.
EDITH BESSY RIGGS
Edith Bessy Riggs
Born 2 August 1884 Died 9 August 1885
Gone but not forgotten
Edith Bessy, the youngest child of Brannick and Mary Elizabeth Riggs, was born at Riggs Home Ranch in Cochise County, Arizona. She died of summer complaint when she was barely 1 year and seven days old. She was the second of the family to be buried in the Riggs Family Cemetery.
This document is incomplete and if any family member has information that can complete or correct the document please CONTACT Nancy Sloan, leave a message with your call back number or e-mail address and she will contact you for the additional or corrected information. Thanks for your interest and help.