Biography of Augustus H. Riggs
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Augustus H. Riggs, pioneer, was born in Royalton, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1826. His parents, Jedediah and Philinda (Crary) Riggs, were natives of Connecticut, the former born July 8, 1776, the latter July 22, 1788. In 1835 the senior Mr. Riggs entered 160 acres of land in Jackson Co., Mich. In April, 1837, they came to Ada and entered 80 acres of land, being the fifth family of settlers in Ada east of the Grand river. The tp. of Ada then included Cascade. Mr. Riggs was one of the organizers. He died in August. 1868, and his wife died within the same year. Mr. Riggs, of this sketch, was reared-in the forest and bad pioneer privileges for education. He was married in August, 1850, to Esther, daughter of Adam and Leah Dennis, born in Yarmouth, Province of Ontario. They have had five children, four of whom are living; Orcelia J. (wife of J. H. Ward), Zemira D. (Mrs. A. Fairchild), Athalinda L. and Mills A. Adelaide is deceased, Mr. Riggs is a member of the Grange and Vergennes Horse Association, and is a Democrat, He is a man of enterprise and owns the family homestead on sec. 24.

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