Richard Biggs

ID # 6138, (1790-1886)
BirthRichard Biggs was born in 1790 at New Jersey. 
MarriageHe married Eleanor Wood, daughter of Samuel Wood and Charlotte Kirkpatrick
DeathHe died on 8 January 1886 at Ancaster Township, Wentworth Co.. 
BurialHe was buried at Zion Hill United Church Cemetery, Ancaster Township. 
NoteDeath reg. 020487-86 Ancaster Twp., Wentworth Co.
Richard Biggs died January 8, 1886, age 91. Farmer. Methodist. Born New Jersey. Physicians and informants Doctors Richardson and Parr, both of Ancaster.

The above death registration shows Richard's age as 91; the inscription on his gravestone in Zion Hill United Church Cemetery tells that he was in his 93rd year. This latter is probably correct and so we approximately date his year of birth to 1790.

Page 230, volume 1 of Ancaster's Heritage, tells that Richard Biggs came to Canada at age 3. This also tells that he fought in the War of 1812 at Stoney Creek and Lundy's Lane. His first wife was said to be Peggy Waugh and that his second wife was Eleanor Wood of Beverly. It is possible that there was a third wife, though this is uncertain. No marriage registration for Richard Biggs has been found.

The 1851, 1861, and 1871 censuses show Richard as being a member of the Church of England. The 1851 census shows the entire family as Church of England, but later years show them as Methodists. Along with this, we have records of the first five children born to Richard and Eleanor as being baptized in the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

By the time we get to Richard's death registration in 1886, he is shown as a Methodist. He is buried in Zion Hill United Church Cemetery at Ancaster, which was founded by Methodists, but not intended to be limited to burials of Methodists.

Volume 1 of Ancaster's Heritage provides a list of children for Richard Biggs, most of whom are by his second wife Eleanor Wood. It tells that there was a Mary born in 1822, which may be correct; a Simon, born in 1843, which is doubtful; and the 1851 Ancaster census shows a Margaret in the family, age 18, and so born approximately in 1833. No further information for Margaret has been found, but she is probably a daughter of Peggy Waugh. 

Children of Richard Biggs and Eleanor Wood

Last Edited13 Mar 2018