Monday, August 07, 2006

Melissa Ermizade Averitt

This woman is not actually directly in our family line. She was married to William Thomas Riggs, but his lineage to us is through a different wife, Clarissa Ann Millett. Still, I thought her life sounded interesting... she had so many children. I decided to include her story here.

MARRIAGE: She was married at the age of 13 to William Riggs. She later married William Turnbeaugh. CHILDREN: She had two children by William Riggs. She had 19 living children, and two sets of twins who were premature and died at birth, making a total of twenty-five children born to her. One of the children weighed fifteen (15) lbs. at birth. Source: Mrs. Minnie Paxman BIOGRAPHY: She was the first white child born in Manti, Utah. She came to Dixie (Washington, Washington, Utah) in 1862. Her parents were the first to be baptized after the organization of the Church. They came across the plains in 1848. Her father helped work on the foundations of all four temples in Utah. As a girl Sarah would help pick cotton and shear sheep. Sarah was a queen and a loving wife and mother. It gave her joy to have her friends come in and talk of the gospel for she was a devout Latter-Day Saint. DEATH: April 13, 1927 at Cedar City. Funeral services were held in Washington, Washington, Utah. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Washington Cem., Washington, Washington, Utah.


Blogger Leslie said...

COOL! I'm so glad I got you guys hooked. hehee. share what you find! i'll try and send you my PAF, and everyone else too. :)

11:36 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

Clarissa Ann Millett was William Thomas Riggs's wife. He is my great-grandfather. William Sears Riggs was the brother of John Lyle Riggs, who was William Thomas Riggs's father. William Thomas Riggs and Clarissa Ann Millett also named a son John Lyle Riggs and another son Henry Sears Riggs. Henry Sears Riggs is my grandfather.

3:01 AM  
Blogger ginger said...

oops, I meant William Thomas Riggs... I changed the post to reflect that. Thanks Dad!

8:05 AM  

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