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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.

 

Dear Family,

    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.

Sincerely,

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

                                                             4                                                 4A
                                              BRANNICK RIGGS               MARY ELIZABETH RIGGS

                                                  1828      1907                              1838      1935
                                                            
1h                                                 1g

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

4-1
Thomas Jefferson Riggs
May 14, 1857Dec. 9, 1926

4f

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.

 

4-1A
Eula Lee Murry
1866Aug 19, 1890

Aged 24 years
Death thou art but another birth
Freeing the spirit from the clogs of earth

2g

   Eula Lee is the first wife of Thomas Jefferson Riggs.

E.L.R.

 

4-1-1
Frank Thomas Riggs

June 13, 1884July 28, 1885
2h

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.

 

4-1-2
Edward Murry Riggs

Sept. 22, 1885June 29, 1950
2d

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.  

 

4-1-2A
Gaye Moore

May 9, 1889June 5, 1917
2e

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

 

4-1-2-1
Eula Lee Riggs Stratton

1911      2006
2f

Eula Lee is the first child of Edward and Gaye Riggs.  She was born July 3, 1911.  She died Feb 12, 2006.

 

4-1-2-1A
Hunter Stratton

1909      1978
2f

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

 

4-1-2-2
Edward Murry Riggs, Jr.

1913      1981
6b

Edward Murry Riggs, known as Murry, is the second child of Edward and Gaye Riggs.  He was born Oct. 14, 1913.

 

4-1-2-2A
Anne Mackay

1918       1996
6c

    Anne Mackay is the wife of Edward Murry Riggs, Jr.

 

4-1-2-2-1
Edward Murry Riggs, III

1950      1990
6a

Edward, III is the son of Edward Murry Riggs, Jr. and Anne Mackay.  He never married.

 

4-1-2-2-2
Carol Riggs

1951

Carol is the daughter of Edward Murry and Anne Riggs.  She married Ronald Pope.

 

4-1-2-2-2-1
Jeana Anne Pope

Jeana Anne is the daughter of Carol Riggs and Ronnie Pope.

 

4-1-2-2-2-1A
Jesus I Trust in You
Joseph Allen Thruerrauf
Feb. 7, 1966Dec. 12, 2001

Loving Husband and Father
6d

Joseph Thuerauf is the husband of Jeana Pope.



4-1-2B
Lillian Riggs
Feb. 9, 1888      April 26 1977
2c

    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.

 

4-1-3
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.

 

4-1-3-4
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.

 

4-1-4
Brannick T Riggs

April 1895      13 June 1896
Aged 14 months
Gone but not forgotten
4d

Brannick T. is the son of Thomas Jefferson and his second wife, Louise M. Sneyden.  They divorced.

 

4-1C
Anna Mae Stafford Riggs Schafer

1 December1886 - 25 August 1963
4g

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
1879     1962

Joe is the second husband of Anna Mae Stafford Riggs. 

 

4-1-5
Thomas Bell Riggs

(Little Bell)
1905     1909

4e

Little Bell is the son of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.

 

4-1-6
Pauline Amelia Riggs Adams

1908      1988
4a

Pauline is the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.

                            

4-1-6B
Kenneth “Hap” Adams

1900     1993
4a

Kenneth is the husband of Pauline Amelia Riggs.

 

4-1-7
Lilliemae Evelyn Riggs Kelly

24 March 1912      10 June 1991
8b

Lilliemae is the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.

 

4-1-8
Richard Dana Riggs

26 June 1915      16 May 1984
4b

Dana is the son of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.  He did not marry.

 

4-1-9
Donald Lee Riggs

29 December 1917      14 August 2002
8a

Donald is the son of Thomas Jefferson Riggs and Anna Mae Stafford.

    

4-1-9A
Lorraine Welker

27 April 1919      6 April 1998
8a

Lorraine is the wife of Donald Lee Riggs.

 

 

RHODA RIGGS

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Rhoda Riggs
18 March 1859      16 July 1929
1i

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

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William Monroe Riggs
27 December 1861      13 February 1949
Born Milam County Texas
(Milan County)
2j

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.

 

4-3A
Ida Lillie Berry

10 November 1852      11 January 1943
Daughter of L.L. and Jane Marshall Berry
Born Waverly, Mo.
2a

Ida is Williams’s first wife.  When they divorced, she remained on     Star Ranch.

 

4-3B
Cora D. Riggs Chatfield

30 June 1903      1 December 1994
2k

    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.

 

4-3-1
William Monroe Riggs, Jr.

18 August 1924      
2l

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.

 

4-3-1A
Jean Amalong Riggs

27 May 1925      23 November 2002
2l

    Jean is the wife of William Monroe Riggs, Jr.  They grew up as     neighbors.

 

 

MARTHA (RIGGS) STARK FAMILY

4-4
Martha Riggs Stark

15 March 1865      9 Jan 1949
2i

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.

 

4-4A
Thomas Bell Stark

7 October 1856      16 August 1926
2i

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

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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.

 

4-5A
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.

 

4-5-2
Benjamin Smith Riggs

19 October 1899      19 March 1933
1j

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.

 

4-5-4
Thomas Riggs

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.

 

4-5-4-2
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.

 

4-5-4-2A
Gordon Martelle Sloan

13 January 1938      31 January 2003
10a

Gordon is the husband of Nancy Ruth Riggs Sloan.

 

5-4-2-4-5
Chalard Andre` Sloan

18 June 2002
10b

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

4-6
James Jay Riggs

31 January 1870      24 January 1910
At Rest
1e

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.

 

4-6A
Margaret Dumm Riggs

(Maggie Riggs)
6 August 1876      19 October 1958
Wife of James J. Riggs
1d

Maggie was the wife of James J. Riggs.  After his death she remained on their ranch.

 

Mary Dumm
1844      1924
Mother of Maggie Riggs
1b

 

Susan Dumm Liebenthal
25 January 1867     25 September 1945

Sister of Maggie Dumm Riggs
1a

 

4-6-1
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.

 

4-6-2
Edith Leoi Riggs

24 May 1906      15 March 1907
An Angel Beckoning us Nearer to Heaven
1c

Edith Leoi is the daughter of James J. and Margaret Riggs.

 

4-6-3
William Christopher Riggs

2 May 1908      1982
4n

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.

 

4-6-3A
Hazel Cochrane

1916      2001
4n

Wife of William C. Riggs.  She taught school at Dos Cabezas, Arizona.

 

4-6-3-2
Ronald B. Riggs

23 October 1941      19 December 1988
4o

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

4-7
Mary Frances Riggs Stark

21 May 1872      2 February 1961
4h

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.

 

4-7A
William Achilles Stark

11 December 1851      3 February 1936
4j

W. A. Stark is the husband of Mary Frances Riggs.  His brother,     Thomas Bell Stark, was married to his wife’s sister, Martha Riggs.

 

4-7-1
Harold Kinzie Stark

4 November 1897      3 July 1974
4l

Harold is the son of W. A. Stark and Mary Frances Riggs.  He had a farm in the Elfrida, Arizona, area.

 

4-7-1A
Susan S. Stark

16 October 1899      5 June 1980
4l

Susan is the wife of Harold Stark.

 

4-7-2
William Frank Stark

20 January 1899      13 January 1977
4h

Frank Stark is the son of W.A. Stark and Mary Frances Riggs. 

 

4-7-2A
Mary Francis Stark

1902     1987
4h

Francis is the wife of William Frank Stark.

 

4-7-3
Mary Eunice Stark Creasey

31 July 1901      15 March 1954
“My Mary”
4k

Eunice is the daughter of W.A. and Mary Frances Riggs Stark.

 

4-7-4
John Riggs Stark

6 May 1905      6 July 1983
6e

John Stark is the son of W.A. Stark and Mary Frances Riggs.  He lived on a ranch near Deming, New Mexico.

 

4-7-4A
Goldie Irene Stark

31 July 1907     3 February 1996
6e

Goldie is the wife of John Riggs Stark.  She is the daughter of Frank M. and Jennie Jones.

 

 

JOHN CASEY RIGGS FAMILY

4-8
John Casey Riggs

21 September 1874      4 January 1943
3h

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.  

 

4-8A
Jeannette Mary Braun Riggs

22 April 1876      23 January 1958
3h

Aunt Nettie is the wife of John Casey Riggs.

 

4-8-1
Paul William Riggs

14 February 1911      21 September 1990
3k

Paul is the son of John Casey and Nettie Riggs.  He lived on the Ranch.                                

 

4-8-1A
Julia Warren

1913      1971
3k

Julia is the first wife of Paul William Riggs.

 

4-8-2
John Stark Riggs

10 September 1912      20 December 1998
3j

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.

 

4-8-2A
Ann Lee McAleb Riggs

10 December 1921     25 August 1954
3i

Ann is the first wife of Stark Riggs.  She died young.

 

4-8-2B
Betty Jane Grey

1921      living
3j

Betty is the second wife of Stark Riggs.

 

4-8-3
Ellerbe Braun Riggs

7 April 1915      29 October 2007
Age 92
3g

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.

4-8-3A
Isla Pearl Chambers Riggs

29 December 1921      18 September 2007
Age 85
3g

Pearl is the wife of Ellerbe Riggs.

 

4-8-3-2
Eric Riggs

1 April 1943
3f

Eric is the son of Ellerbe and Pearl Riggs.

 

4-8-4
Jeanette Mary Riggs Roll

31 July 1916      2004
5d

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”.

4-8-4A
Myrl Roll

7 December 1915
5d

Myrl is the husband of Jeannette Mary Riggs.

 

4-8-4-1
David Casey Roll
13 June 1943

 

David is the first son of Jeanette and Myrl Roll. 

 

4-8-4-2-1-1
Our Angel Baby

Sydney Noelle Roll
6 January 1998      23 January 1998
People Dream of Angels
We held one in our arms
7b

Sydney is the great granddaughter of Jeannette and Myrl Roll and the granddaughter of Michael and Diana Roll.

 

 

LUCY (RIGGS) MOORE FAMILY

4-9
Lucy Riggs Moore

20 October 1876      5 March 1965
1l

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.

 

4-9A
Gus Lee Moore

10 January 1878      30 May 1973
1l

Gus is the husband of Lucy Riggs Moore.  He worked for Brannick Riggs before they married.

 

4-9-1
William Riggs Moore

13 May 1903      2 December 1994
1k

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.

 

4-9-2
Frank Roberts Moore

6 January 1905      1 April 1931
1k

Frank is the son of Gus and Lucy Moore.  His death was due to an accident.  He did not marry.

 

4-9-3
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.

 

4-9-4
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.

 

4-9-5
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.

 

4-9-6
Gus Lee Moore, Jr.

8 February 1916      16 September 1992
1k

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.

 

4-9-6A
Dorothy Marilyn Stotts Moore

27 January 1921
1k

Dorothy is the wife of G.L. Moore.  She taught in the Willcox Elementary School for many years. 

     

 

BARNEY KEMP RIGGS FAMILY

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Barney Kemp Riggs

23 August 1879      9 May 1963
3d

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.

 

4-10A
Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs

6 November 1877      7 April 1967
3d

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.

 

4-10-1
Martha Elizabeth Riggs Lamberson

15 November 1911       28 February 1998
5b

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.

 

4-10-1A
Elmer Lamberson

20 July 1916      4 May 1976
5b

Elmer is the husband of Martha Riggs.

 

4-10-1-1
Mary Ann Lamberson Messenger

4 October 1952      1981
7a

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.

 

4-10-2
Edward Kay Riggs

4 December 1912      8 December
3a

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.

4-10-2A
Helen Bush Riggs

18 September 1914      14 December 2007
3b

    Helen is the wife of Edward Kemp Riggs.  She taught in the Dos Cabezas school.

 

4-10-3
James Murphy Riggs

4 September 1915      15 June 1930
3e

James is the son of Barney Kemp and Mary Elizabeth Murphy Riggs.  He died after being thrown by a horse.

 

4-10-4
Herbert Robbins Riggs

28 November 1917     6 October 1969
3c

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.

    

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Norma Lea Stuermer

21 July 1919     17 June 1989
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Norma Lea is the wife of Herbert Robbins Riggs.

 

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Emma Lea Riggs Arends

13 June 1944      13 December 1973
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Emma Lea is the daughter of Herbert Robbins and Norma Lea Riggs.

 

 

EDITH BESSY RIGGS

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Edith Bessy Riggs

Born 2 August 1884      Died 9 August 1885
Gone but not forgotten
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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.

 

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