In 1873 George married Harriett A. Hill Bushnell, and the couple was living with his in-laws in 1880. Harriett was born in Ohio in 1852. At 34 George owned a jewelry store on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh, G. W. Biggs & Co.
George and Harriet raised three children:
1. Margaret E. Biggs was born in March of 1875 in Pittsburgh, and never married.
2. Elizabeth A. Biggs was born in February of 1877 in Pittsburgh, and nothing more is verified.
3. George W. Biggs, Jr., was born on 20 January 1878 in Pittsburgh, and died on 24 January 1953.
In 1880 George’s sibling Edwin was now a jeweler working with his brother. A year earlier on 29 April 1879, Edwin married his second wife, Alice Elizabeth Shriver, born 16 January 1854 in Pittsburgh. In the 1880 census, Edwin showed two children, Lewis and Rachael.
Edwin had the following children:
First wife (name unknown)
Lewis Vandergrift Biggs was born around 1867 in Pittsburgh
Alice Elizabeth Shriver
1. Rachael Sybill Biggs was born on 1 March 1880 in Pittsburgh.
2. Edwin James Biggs Jr. was born on 18 January 1882 in Pittsburgh.
3. Harriett Biggs was born on 28 October 1886 in Pittsburgh.
4. Shriver S. Biggs was born on 28 May 1889 in Pittsburgh, and died in 1946 in Allegany County, Pennsylvania.
Susan Perrins Biggs Beesley died on 30 September 1885, and was buried in Union Dale Cemetery between John Biggs, who died 33 years earlier, and her second husband, John Beesley, who died 14 years earlier.
In 1900 Edwin was listed as a supervisor, 63, and in 1910 he was in real estate. Edwin Jr. worked with the railroad, and Shriver was a salesman. Both still lived with Edwin and Alice.
In 1900 George was still a jeweler, but was unemployed for seven months, according to the census. His son, George Jr., was a civil engineer. By 1910 George was divorced. He was a single lodger, while his wife and daughter lived in the house on Forbes Street with a servant.
In 1910, George is not located in the census, but his wife and daughter (who never married) continued to live on Forbes Street with a servant. George Jr. lived on East End with his wife and two children, next door to William F. Biggs from New York. Currently William’s relationship is unknown, but his parents were Canadian-English. It’s possible a member of the extended Biggs family emigrated from England to Canada, and their son, William, moved to New York and then to Pittsburgh.
There are registration records for service in World War I for Shriver in 1917 and Edwin Jr. in 1918. In 1920 Edwin was no longer living with his wife and daughter. George’s ex-wife and daughter still lived on Forbes Street. Lewis V. Biggs, Edwin Sr.’s son by an earlier marriage, was living in Philadelphia.
In 1930 Edwin’s widow, Alice, 76, is living on Lafayette Avenue with her son and daughter, Edwin Jr. and Harriet (both in their 40’s). Edwin Jr. was no longer living with his wife and kids, was was working as an accountant. Shriver was working as a truck driver for a bakery, and lived with his wife, two kids and father-in-law, John L. Greng, on Spring Garden Avenue.
On 27 April 1945, Shriver registered to serve in World War II at the age of 54. At the time, he owned a grocery business. Shriver died a year later and was buried in Section I of the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
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