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WILLIAM H. RIGGS, First Lieutenant, Company "A"

See highlighted area of this bio of Wesley Riggs, father of William H.

     Wesley C. Riggs, a well-to-do farmer and stockman of Fairwiew Ridge, was born in Marshall county, August 1, 1846. He is the son of John S. Riggs, a notable man, a progressive farmer, a leader in church affairs, who was born in Ohio county, in 1821, and was married September 11, 1841, to Eliza Murphy, by whom he had three children. His wife died March 5, 1869, and he died March 11, 1888. During the war John S. Riggs served as aide-de-camp of Gov. Pierpont, and he took an active part in affairs of state. His children: William H., Wesley C. and Hanson, are all living, the elder being a resident of Omaha, Neb. The latter (This must be an error. It should be "former", as William H. is the one who served in the 12th.) enlisted at the age of nineteen as a private, and was promoted to first lieutenant of Company A, Twelfth West Virginia regiment, and served three years. He married Mary A. daughter of Capt. Whittingham. Wesley C. began for himself at the age of twenty-one years, and has ever since been engaged in farming except four years' service as a deputy sheriff under H. W. Hunter. He has given much attention to the raising of fine stock, is a member of the Horse Breeders' association, has a half-interest in a Short-horn bull purchased in Washington county, and is keeping Southdown sheep, thoroughbred Spanish sheep and Poland China hogs. In all his enterprises he has achieved a good degree of success, and has prospered in life, and is enjoying a comfortable home. He was married October 3, 1867, to Amanda J., daughter of Joseph and Mary C. Hammond, pioneers of Marshall county, and they have six children: Janie, Joseph B., John S. D., Chalmer G., Montie A. and Benson W. Henry A. Riggs has also been reared in the family. Mr. and Mrs. Riggs are members of the Methodist church, and he is a member of the K. of H.

From History of the Upper Ohio Valley,
Vol. I, pages 730-731. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.