Lucy Riggs

18 March 1826–
Chatham, Ghent, Columbia, New York, United States

The Life of Lucy

When Lucy Riggs was born on 18 March 1826, in Chatham, Ghent, Columbia, New York, United States, her father, Alfred Riggs, was 21 and her mother, Lucy Wheadon, was 22. She married Wilson Richardson in 1837, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter.

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Wilson Richardson
Lucy Riggs
Marriage: 1837
Janette Ann Richardson
Orrin Richardson
Edward Richardson
Lyman Richardson
William J. Richardson
James Richardson
Eddy Richardson

Spouse and Children

New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 1

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 37

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Old Norse hryggr. Compare Ridge .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Louisa Riggs in entry for Edward Richardson and Alice Austin, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Lucy Riggs in entry for William J. Richardson and Philena S. Pease Yerrington, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Lucy Riggs in entry for William J. Richardson and Philena S. Pease Yerrington, "Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995"

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