Col. James Madison Riggs came to Texas from North Carolina
at 40 years of age. He married Miss Margaret C. Hancock in 1834, a
short time before they headed for Texas. They settled north of
Chambers Creek in what is known as the Peters Colony in Red Oak Community.
Col. Riggs and W. R. Howe were close neighbors. When Navarro County
was created in 1846, Col. Riggs was elected District Clerk of the new county
and attended court at the W. R. Howe home, then the court house.
In 1848 when it was decided to establish a permanent county seat, Riggs
was one of the five chosen as a committee to help determine its location.
On February 6, 1848, the five men met and of the five votes cast, three
were for Corsicana, then the home of Rev. Hampton McKinney, who lived on
Pecan Creek, a camp site on the road. McKinney's location was better
known as the Richardson Settlement between Dresden and Porters Bluff on the
Trinity River, known now as the Roger Q. Mills home.
In 1848 the Riggs family moved to Corsicana. In 1849 Riggs was elected
town commissioner to serve with W. A. Henderson, Ethan Melton, and James
Col. and Mrs. Riggs had four children (see
They were Ruth Riggs. James Riggs, Lucinda Riggs, M. Adeladie Riggs, who
married Dr. W. S. Robinson, a noted physician of Dresden.
The Navarro County History has him listed as
Steven Monroe Riggs, this should be James Madison Riggs.
James Madison Riggs was born during the term
of U.S. President James Madison, (1809-1817) which is where he got his
He also had a son named Stephen Madison Riggs.
Stephen, who was born in Missouri in 1842, was known as Tobe.
During the Civil War, Tobe served in Company I of the 4th Texas
Volunteer Infantry. (The
He died of wounds suffered at the Battle of Chickamauga in
September 1863 and is buried in Marietta, Georgia.
His military records may be found at Hill Jr. College.
Mariah Adelaide Riggs, (Tobe's
sister) married Dr. William
Simpson Robinson and are both buried at
Mariah Adelaide Riggs and Dr. Robinson were my g-g-grandparents.
They had a son, (my g-grandfather) Sterling Edgar Robinson who
married Terry Pearl Young. Her father was John Young. John Young
is buried outside of Blooming Grove at White Church Cemetery.
Sterling Edgar Robinson and Julia Spencer had a son Wiley
Durwood, (my grandfather) who married Maude Ella Sharp, of Frost.
Their daughter, Nancy Robinson was my mother.
I mention my lineage to Col. James Madison Riggs because I want
to emphasize the name Madison has been in our family ever since.
David K. Renfrow, Levelland, Texas