Lela Riggs

March 1893–16 October 1978 (Age 85)
Hardin, Illinois, United States

The Life of Lela

When Lela Riggs was born in March 1893, in Hardin, Illinois, United States, her father, James Riley Riggs, was 30 and her mother, Cordelia Ann Davis, was 29. She married Walter David Deason on 21 January 1912, in Mississippi, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Manila, Mississippi, Arkansas, United States in 1935 and Sandywoods Township, Scott, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 16 October 1978, in Blodgett, Scott, Missouri, United States, at the age of 85.

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Family Time Line

Walter David Deason
Lela Riggs
Marriage: 21 January 1912
Charlie Deason
Claudie Deason
Gordon Deason
Ethel V Deason
Walter Deason JR
Walter D Deason
Wiley Gilliland

Spouse and Children

21 January 1912
Mississippi, Arkansas, United States


    Charlie Deason


    Claudie Deason



    Ethel V Deason


    Walter Deason JR


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Parents and Siblings

    James Riley Riggs


    Cordelia Ann Davis




    Martha J. Riggs


    Gertrude Davis


    Luther Obediah Riggs Sr.


    Lydia Riggs


    Raymond Riggs


+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 17

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Lela Deason in household of W D Deason, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lela V Deason in household of Walter D Deason, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Leeler Riggs in household of James Riggs, "United States Census, 1900"

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