Frances Varnelia Armstrong

6 June 1833–14 June 1900 (Age 67)
Newtown, Newtown, Hamilton, Ohio, United States

The Life of Frances Varnelia

When Frances Varnelia Armstrong was born on 6 June 1833, in Newtown, Newtown, Hamilton, Ohio, United States, her father, Leonard Armstrong, was 55 and her mother, Rebecca Riggs, was 39. She married Alfred Sanford Riggs on 6 September 1855, in Salem, Henry, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Columbia Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 14 June 1900, at the age of 67, and was buried in Eddyville Cemetery, Eddyville, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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Alfred Sanford Riggs
Frances Varnelia Armstrong
Marriage: 6 September 1855
Lucy L Riggs
Clarence Eugene Riggs
Charles Albert Riggs
Bertie Odell Riggs
Bertie Riggs
Mina Pearl Riggs
Gertrude Riggs

Spouse and Children

6 September 1855
Salem, Henry, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 3

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 18

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

1 English (common in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders): Middle English nickname for someone who was strong in the arm.2 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Labhradha Tréan ‘strong O’Lavery’ or Mac Thréinfhir, literally ‘son of the strong man’, both from Ulster.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Frances Riggs in household of A S Riggs, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Frances V Riggs in household of Alfred S Riggs, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Venelia Armstrong in household of Lenard Armstrong, "United States Census, 1850"

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