HISTORY OF RIGGS FAMILY BRANDS
"When Brannick Riggs (Father) and Miss Mary Elizabeth Robbins (Mother) were married in Bastrop County, Texas, July 10, 1856, Mother had a few milk cows and a bridle, saddle, and blanket that were later traded for three black and white spotted. cows that were named Saddle, Bridle, and Blanket. We presume that at or about this time they started the BR brand on the left hip for cattle, the ear mark was swallow fork in the right ear and underslope in the left ear, on horses BR on the left shoulder. This old brand is kept active even to the present time solely for the sentiment attached. Father and Mother gave a heifer calf to each of their children to start them in the cattle business and build up home ties for the family. The BR brand was placed upon the calf of each in a different place on the animal or in a different way so as to designate the cattle that belonged to each individual. This was the beginning of the binding of the family together, the tie that has held the family in one unit. This unity of interest together with the family influence wielded by Father and Mother, which was given without stint from the very beginning, has held the family together and in union, and by cooperation the family has prospered almost from the beginning.
Following is the way the BR brand was used:
Thomas J., BR on right hip, later given to Lucy Elizabeth.
Rhoda, BR on left shoulder.
William M., BR on left side.
Martha, BR on right soulder.
Brannick B., BR on left hip. upside down.
James J., BR lazy on left shoulder.
Mary F., BR upside down on right shoulder.
John C., BR upside down on left shoulder.
Lucy, BR on right hip -- Thomas J. had ceased to use this brand.
Barney K., lazy BR on left hip.
Edith Bessy died when she was only one year and seven days old and was never given a calf; she therefore had no brand." (This History of Riggs Family Brands is taken directly from the publication "Our El Dorado")
LIST OF BRANDS AND ASSOCIATED OWNERS WITH DATES OF OWNERSHIP
Arizona Revised Statutes - Arizona Brand Laws
History of brands in Arizona - History of Arizona Livestock Brands