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NOTES:
It is noted that a Thomas Rice, Rosanna Rice, William Rice and Map let
Rice executed a deed to Edward Gorton Jerauld on April 29, 1813. I t was
initially assumed to refer to the uncles of Edward, brothers of his m other
Phebe and their wives. However it is noted that Phebe's brother Will iam
became deceased several years earlier.


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NOTES:
William is mentioned in the Last Will of his father Henry Rice as being then deceased. It names William's children George Rice and Sarah
Williams. There is some confusion however in that Thomas and William and their spouses signed a deed to Edward Gorton Jerauld on April 29,
1813. Whether this was a different William (m. Maplet Rice) or not will have tobe determined.


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SQ p. 5561:

"Barbara Helm Smith has been able to provide little Information regarding the life of John W. Riggs, son of Stephen and Lucretia (Sparks) Riggs, born in 1856. (See page 5559.) He seems to have led a rather
unconventional life according to two stories she has shared with us.

Here is some information about John W. Riggs which was told to me by Joe Helm, a grandson of
Lucretia Jane (Riggs) Helm. Joe Helm's family (Frank, Essie, Joe, and Bill) took a trip to Tularosa,
New Mexico, when he was a young boy, about 1932. They visited with his grand-uncle, John W.
Riggs, who was camped out on a river near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Joe advised that John W. Riggs
later operated a livery stable on the Pecos Highway southeast of Carlsbad. Joe stated that John had
only one leg, and he was referred to as "Peg Leg Riggs" by some people .

Nancy Bible told me that Lucretla Jane (Riggs) Helm visited her brother, John W. Riggs, while he
lived in New Mexico. He lived in a house with dirt floors. Jennie related that a rug covered the dirt
floor, and while she was visiting John, and he was away for a short time, Jennie decided to take up
the rug and take it outside to shake it. When she took up the rug, Jennie got the shock of her life .
There was a human skeleton partially exposed in the dirt . Jennie was so frightened that she stayed
outside until John returned, at which time she told him what she had found.

John explained that the skeleton had been there a long time and had originally been buried deeper.
Wear and sweeping the dirt had exposed the skeleton. John said to Jennie: "Now Jennie, that man
has been buried there for a long time; no need to worry; just leave him to rest." John returned the rug
to the inside of the house, covered up the skeleton, and that was the end of the story. We believe
that John W. Riggs died near Carlsbad, New Mexico."


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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, September 2002, Whole No. 195, p. 5561:

"Stephen B . Riggs, son of Stephen and Lucretia (Sparks) Riggs, was born on February 23, 1863, in
CoryelI County, Texas. Both of his parents died soon after he was born . He was married to Margaret
Sellers on July 23, 1885 in Coryell County, Texas. His photograph, with his sister, Lucretia Jane, appears on page 5560. He died in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, on March 12, 1949, and was buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery there. His obituary, published in a local newspaper, follows:

S. B. Riggs, 87, died at his home, 1807 Avenue C, at 9 a.m. today. Funeral services will be held at
2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Davis-Morris Chapel with the Rev. A. L. Dennis officiating. Burial will be in
Greenleaf Cemetery.

Mr. Riggs was a native of Coryell County. He had lived here for 35 years and had been retired for
some time . He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife; a nephew, Tom Kellum Riggs of Uvalde: three granddaughters, Mrs. W. E. Hill of Brownwood, Mrs. Bonner Hadley of Uvalde, and Mrs. Muriel Tweedley of Rhode Island; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Helm of Oklahoma; and three great-grandchildren.

Barbara Helm Smith has been able to provide little Information regarding the life of John W. Riggs, son of Stephen and Lucretia (Sparks) Riggs, born in 1856. (See page 5559.) He seems to have led a rather
unconventional life according to two stories she has shared with us.

Here is some information about John W. Riggs which was told to me by Joe Helm, a grandson of
Lucretia Jane (Riggs) Helm. Joe Helm's family (Frank, Essie, Joe, and Bill) took a trip to Tularosa,
New Mexico, when he was a young boy, about 1932. They visited with his grand-uncle, John W.
Riggs, who was camped out on a river near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Joe advised that John W. Riggs
later operated a livery stable on the Pecos Highway southeast of Carlsbad. Joe stated that John had
only one leg, and he was referred to as "Peg Leg Riggs" by some people .

Nancy Bible told me that Lucretla Jane (Riggs) Helm visited her brother, John W. Riggs, while he
lived in New Mexico. He lived in a house with dirt floors. Jennie related that a rug covered the dirt
floor, and while she was visiting John, and he was away for a short time, Jennie decided to take up
the rug and take it outside to shake it. When she took up the rug, Jennie got the shock of her life .
There was a human skeleton partially exposed in the dirt. Jennie was so frightened that she stayed
outside until John returned, at which time she told him what she had found.

John explained that the skeleton had been there a long time and had originally been buried deeper.
Wear and sweeping the dirt had exposed the skeleton. John said to Jennie: "Now Jennie, that man
has been buried there for a long time; no need to worry; just leave him to rest." John returned the rug
to the inside of the house, covered up the skeleton, and that was the end of the story. We believe
that John W. Riggs died near Carlsbad, New Mexico.