Sarah E. Riggs1,2

ID#488, b. about 1872
Father: James Riggs
Mother: Rebecca Starcher3

Birth date: about 1872.
Based on West Virginia's records of her first marriage, Sarah was reported to be 16 when she married in 1888,3 and 58 when she married the second time in 1927.1 One of the two ages had to be wrong:
          An age of 16 in 1888 = a birth year circa 1872. She would have been 55 in 1927.
          Conversely, an age of 58 in 1927 = a birth year circa 1869; making her only 13 in 1888.
Based on Sarah's' reported age of 8 in the 1880 federal census, she would have been born circa 1872. Add eight years to 1880 - and the year is 1888 and Sarah is 16 for her first marriage.

Birth place: Calhoun County, West Virginia.3

Sarah's first marriage was to James R. Roberts, son of Alexander H. "Alec" Roberts and Lavina Ellen Ensminger, on 6 February 1888 in Calhoun County, West Virginia.3 Sarah became a widow upon James's death, estimated to be before 1927 as Sarah's second marriage was on 30 March 1927.1

Her second marriage to Noah Grant Church, son of William S. "Bill" Church and Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts, took place in Calhoun County, West Virginia.4,1
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=29 May 2013


  1. [S195] "West Virginia Marriages, January 1881 to November 1936," presented by The Calhoun County WVGenWeb, online
  2. [S1674] James Riggs household, 1880 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Lee District, Enumeration District 144, page 21A (251 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1401.
  3. [S274] Register of Marriages for James R. Roberts and Sarah Riggs, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4011510_00089.jpg.
  4. [S272] Marriage License for N. G. Church and Sarah Roberts, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file 4011510_00125.jpg.