Researching Harriet Allen

Last week while I was researching Alfred Allen, the doctor from Parishville, I came across a newspaper blurb that mentioned his mother was ill. Then a couple weeks later another notice that she had been buried.

Courier and freeman., February 18, 1891
The Ogdensburg advance and St. Lawrence weekly Democrat., March 05, 1891





I decided that I would see what I could find about East Part cemetery. It didn’t take long to find a pic of the stone on . Allen


Granted, there aren’t a lot of documents that list Jane Allen using her first name but this is the only one I have found that calls her “Mary Jane.” And this is where I found Harriet. “Hattie” died in 1876 at 20 years old, the wife of CTH Riggs. I searched but found nothing under Riggs for 1876. I changed the search to “Hattie” and found this:

Courier and freeman., April 13, 1876

I did a bit of research on CTH Riggs. (Why did he have so many names?) Mr Riggs was from Stockholm NY also. He is found on US census records there in 1850, 1860 and 1870 as Calvin Riggs. By 1880, he had remarried to Henrietta (Ettia) Johnson, moved to Wisconsin and had a daughter. There were three more children by 1895. His daughter, Ivy’s,  birth certificate in Cook County, Illinois, lists his full name as “Calvin Tilden Hulbert Riggs.” Ettia died in 1903 and Mr Riggs married again in 1905. He was married in Potsdam, NY to Kate Riggs. They both went back to Wisconsin. (I don’t know if  or how Kate Riggs might be related to Calvin Riggs.) Kate Riggs died in 1918. Calvin outlived three wives and himself died in 1926.

One of CTH Riggs hints on was a pic from “Naomi’s Bible.” One of the entries shows the marriage date for CTH Riggs and Hattie Allen as Oct 13, 1872.

Recap Harriet Allen:

  • 1870 census living with parents in Stockholm NY.
  • 1872 married at 16 to CTH “Hulburd” Riggs.
  • 1876 dies of scarlet fever
  • 1876 buried at East Part cemetery

It makes me sad that her life was so short. But I am glad that I was able to find even this little bit of information about her.

One thought on “Researching Harriet Allen

  1. A thought on Mrs Allen born Jane Holt, daughter of Levi Holt and Jane (Jennie) Barker. My great great grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Holt. Jane could be Mary Jane according to her tombstone. But would their parents really have named both of them “Mary”?


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