From the 1887 History
of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 893-894:
Section 2, Post-office, Nevada)
Biggs was born in Belmont county, Ohio, July 29, 1822. His father, John
Biggs, was a native of Harrison county, Ky., and the maiden name of his
mother was Charlotte Coleman, whose birthplace was in Pennsylvania.
There were six children in their family, Joseph being the second son and
third child. His father was a ship carpenter by trade, and the son
followed this business until nearly twenty years of age. In 1840 he
removed to Lewis county, Mo., and from that time until his removal to
Vernon county, in 1883, he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. At the
date mentioned he came to Vernon county and now owns 160 acres of good
land. He married Miss Josephine Nunn in 1849. She was born in Lewis
county, Mo. They have a family of six children: Alta, wife of H. E.
Milan; Henderson D., Martin, Addie, wife of Wm. D. Atley, Lula and
Horace. Mr. Biggs is a plain, unassuming man whose aim in life is to do
right, and he commands the respect of all who know him.