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[1]     182x Alabama marriage license registers Thomas Riggs' birth state as Kentucky:
        Ancestry / US and International Marriage Records, 1560 - 1900 (no image of birth certificate)
        view record here 

[1]     1850 United States Census registers Thomas Riggs' birth state as Kentucky:
        Census taken September 28, 1850 in White River Township, Izard County, Arkansas. (photo of record)
        view record here
        

[1]     1860 United States Census registers Thomas Riggs' birth state as Tennessee:
        Census taken September 13, 1860 in Blue River Township, Izard County, Arkansas. (photo of record)
        view record here

[1]     "THE BRANNICKIAN RIGGSES" by Alvy Ray Smith (March 4, 2015), page 6
        The death certificate of Thomas and Rhoda's daughter, Rhoda (Riggs) (Copeland) Miller registers Thomas
        Riggs' birth state as North Carolina. (no image of death certificate)
        view record here        
        

[2]    182x Alabama marriage license registers Rhoda Casey Riggs' birth state as Georgia:
        Ancestry / US and International Marriage Records, 1560 - 1900 (no original image of birth certificate)
        view record here
        
[2]    1850 United States Census registers Rhoda Casey Riggs' birth state as Georgia:
        Census taken September 28, 1850 in White River Township, Izard County, Arkansas. (photo of record)
        view record here
        
[2]    1860 United States Census registers Rhoda Casey Riggs' birth state as  Georgia:
        Census taken September 13, 1860 in Blue River Township, Izard County, Arkansas. (photo of record)
        view record here
        
[2]    1880 United States Census registers Rhoda Casey Riggs' birth state as Georgia:
        Census taken June 2, 1880 in Bell County, Texas. (photo of record)
        view record here

[2]    "THE BRANNICKIAN RIGGSES" by Alvy Ray Smith (March 4, 2015), page 6
        The death certificate of Thomas and Rhoda's daughter, Rhoda (Riggs) (Copeland) Miller registers Rhoda
        (Casey) Riggs' birth state as Alabama. (no image of death certificate)
        view record here
        

[3]    18xx Alabama marriage license registers Thomas Riggs and Rhoda Casey marriage.
        Ancestry / US and International Marriage Records, 1560 - 1900 (no original image of marriage licesne)
        view record here
        

[4]     A publication titled "The First Land Settlers of Marion County, Alabama” 1820-1850 by James C. Lawler,
         published in 1981. Searching for a copy of the publication.

[5]     Headstone located in the Land Cemetery in Jarrell, Williamson County, Texas.
         view headstone here

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[9]     Living in Pikens County, Alabama in 1830:
         1830 United States Census registers Thos Riggs living in Pikens County, Alabama with one male under 5
         years old (Brannick), two males over 5 and under 10 (William and John), one male over 20 and under 30
         (Thomas) and one female over 20 and under 30 (Rhoda). (photo of record)
         view record here
         

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[22]     "THE BRANNICKIAN RIGGSES" by Alvy Ray Smith (March 4, 2015), page 6
           April 26, 1839.  Thomas Riggs sold to Reubin Y. Rynolds lot no. 4 of section 33, Township 13 South, Range
           19 West, containing 90.75 acres for $8.05 per acre. (digital image of deed but not available as yet)
           view record here

[22]     "THE BRANNICKIAN RIGGSES" by Alvy Ray Smith (March 4, 2015), page 6
           April 26, 1839.  Thomas Riggs sold to Reubin Y. Rynolds the W1/2NE of section 33, Township 13 South,
           Range 19 West, containing 79.5 acres for $8.05 per acre. (digital image of deed but not available as yet)
           view record here

[22]     "THE BRANNICKIAN RIGGSES" by Alvy Ray Smith (March 4, 2015), page 6
           April 26, 1839.  Thomas Riggs sold to Reubin Y. Rynolds the NESE of section 33, Township 13 South,
           Range 19 West, containing 39-plus acres for $8.05 per acre. (digital image of deed but not available as
          yet)
           view record here

[22]     "THE BRANNICKIAN RIGGSES" by Alvy Ray Smith (March 4, 2015), page 6
           April 26, 1839.  Thomas Riggs sold to Reubin Y. Rynolds NESE? of section 28, Township 13 South, Range
           19 West, containing 39 acres for $8.05 per acre. (digital image of deed but not available as yet)
           view record here

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[24]     IZARD COUNTY HISTORY AND DATA
           In the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and
           was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided
           lumber to other parts of the state.
           According to some historians, John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River in 1802 to
           what became known as Lafferty Creek. He built a log cabin and attempted to claim 640 acres following
           the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but his claim was denied because he had not lived on the land for ten
           years. In spite of this setback, Lafferty and his family established the county's first settlement at Lafferty
           Creek in 1810.
           In 1825, the territorial government split off part of Independence County, naming the new county for
           Governor George Izard. Adding Osage (1827) and Cherokee (1828) lands, Izard County covered most of
           north-central Arkansas. In 1833, western Izard County was divided into Van Buren, Carroll, and Johnson
           counties. Later, sections of Izard County were split off to become Marion (1836), Fulton (1842), and parts    
           of Baxter (1873) and Stone (1873) counties.
           Izard's first county seat and post office (then called Liberty, now Norfork in Baxter County) were
           established at the mouth of the North Fork River at Jacob Wolf's trading post. Sheriff John Adams and
           Clerk John Houston (brother of Sam Houston) were the first elected officials. The county seat was moved
           to Athens in 1830 and to Mount Olive in 1836. Mill Creek (later renamed Melbourne) became the county
           seat in 1875. Courthouses there burned in 1889 and 1937. From 1938 to 1940, the Civilian Conservation
           Corps (CCC) from Camp Sage (near Sage) built the current courthouse. It is the only courthouse in the
           country partly heated by a wood-burning furnace.
           view Izard County records and other information here

[24]     Living in Izard County, Arkansas in 1840:
           1840 United States Census registers Thos Riggs living in Izard County, Arkansas with one male under 5
           years old (James), two males over 5 and under 10 (Barney Kemp and Thomas), one male over 10 and
           under 15 (Brannick), two males over 15 and under 20 (William and John C), one male over 20 and under
           30 (unknown), one male over 30 and under 40 (Thomas), two females under 5 (Margaret and Martha) and
           one female over 30 and under 40 (Rhoda). (photo of record)
           view record here
 

[25]     U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015 (http://www.daltondatabank.org/usBLMGLO.html)
           February 1, 1841.  Thomas Riggs purchased from the United States Lot no. 2 of section 28, Township 13
           South, Range 19 West, containing 92 acres. (photograph of recorded deed)
           view record here     

[25]     U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015 (http://www.daltondatabank.org/usBLMGLO.html)
           February 1, 1841.  Thomas Riggs purchased from the United States N1/2E1/2SE of section 28,
           Township 13 South, Range 19 West, containing 40 acres. (photograph of recorded deed)
           view record here

[25]     U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015 (http://www.daltondatabank.org/usBLMGLO.html)
           February 27, 1841.  Thomas Riggs purchased from the United States S1/2 of Lot no. 5 in section 28,
           Township 13 South, Range 19 West, containing 40 acres. (photograph of recorded deed)
           view record here
 

[26]     This information came from......... which is most likely a mistake since the property was sold prior to this date and based on footnote [18] this same property was purchased by Thomas in 1836.

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[30]     Thomas Riggs was appointed postmaster of Rich Woods on February 27, 1947 until August 29, 1860
            when Rich Wood became Riggsville.  See [55]
            view record here

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[33]     U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015
           October 1, 1849.  Thomas Riggs purchased from the United States the northeast quarter of the southeast
           quarter of section 26, Township 14 North, Range 11 West, containing 40 acres. (photograph of recorded
           deed)
           view record here
 

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[35]     Living in White River, Izard County, Arkansas in 1850:
           1850 United States Census registers Thos Riggs living in Izard County, Arkansas with the following:
           #248   John C. Riggs, Jane Riggs and Rhoda Riggs
           #249   Thomas Riggs, Rhody Riggs, Brannick Riggs, Barney Riggs, Thomas Riggs, James Riggs, Margaret
                       Riggs, Martha Riggs, Rhoda Riggs and Charles Riggs (Susan Riggs was not listed)
           view record here

[35]     Living in Syllamore Township, Izard County, Arkansas in 1850:
           1840 United States Census registers the following living in Izard County, Arkansas:
           #89     William C. Riggs, Nayoma Riggs, Charles Riggs and Isaac Riggs
           view record here


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[39]     U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015
           March 1, 1855.  Thomas Riggs purchased from the United States the south half of Lot 2 in the west
           quarter of section 19 (Lot 2) Township 14 North, Range 10 West, containing 43.2 acres. (photograph of
           recorded deed)
           view record here

           U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015
           March 1, 1855.  Thomas Riggs purchased from ............... the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of
           section 19, Township 14 North, Range 10 West, containing 40 acres. (photograph of recorded deed)
           view record here

           U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015
           March 1, 1855.  Thomas Riggs purchased from ............... the northeast? quarter of the southeast quarter of
           section 25, Township 14 North, Range 11?7 West, containing 40 acres. (photograph of recorded deed)
           view record here          

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[43]     Third child, William C was born in Izard County, Arkansas on September 15, 1856 and fourth child, John R
           was born in Coryell County, Texas on November 10, 1858. John C Riggs facts as reported on the Ancestry
           website.
           view record here

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[46]     Page 180 - 184 of "The History of Bell County" by George W. Tyler, a copy located in Special Collections
           at the University of Arizona Library, Tucson, Arizona.

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[48] 1860 United States Federal Census for Brannick and Mary Riggs / Texas

[49] 1860 United States Federal Census for Barney and Eliza Riggs / Texas

[50] 1860 United States Federal Census for Thomas and Hannah Riggs / Texas

[51] 1860 United States Federal Census for Thomas and Rhoda Riggs / Arkansas

[52] 1860 United States Federal Census for William Carroll Riggs / Arkansas

[53] 1860 United States Federal Census for James Monroe Riggs / Arkansas

[54]     U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015
           May 1, 1860.  Thomas Riggs purchased from the United States the northwest quarter of the northwest
           quarter of section 12, Township 14 North, Range 11 West, containing 40 acres. (photograph of recorded
          deed)
           view record here

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[55]     Thomas Riggs was named postmaster of Riggsville on August 29, 1960.
           view record here

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[75] Riggsville, Stone County, Arkansas

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