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John Lee Briggs, a farmer, and Anna (Annie) Melissa Garland had 11
Children, living in Yancy Co., NC and Washington Co., TN.  John Lee Briggs fell off a train and died near Corinth Mississippi while traveling west to see family (see link on this page) and is buried there.  Their children were:

William J. Briggs, 8 Jan 1843, 
Adolphus E. Briggs, 20 Aug 1844, md: Matilda Moore,
Eliza Jane Briggs, 15 May 1846, md: John Henry Wolfe, and Wesley Chandler
John Logan Briggs, 28 Feb 1848, md: Mary C. Briggs and Ethel Lewis,
Ezekiel L. Briggs, 25 Feb 1850, md Malinda Shelton,
Phoebe Ann Briggs, 31 Aug 1852, died age 13,
Bulo Lee Briggs, 15 Sept 1854, md: Susan Gentry,
Harrison Briggs, 10 Nov 1856, died 4 months,
Doctor Jessie Briggs, 20 Nov 1858,
Landon C. Haynes Briggs,  md: Sarah Tipton,
Elisha E. Briggs, 20 Oct 1863, md: Elizabeth (Bettie) Shelton.
My g-grandparents: Bulo and Susie Gentry Briggs (Check their link below!)
Rosco Briggs
Children of Adolphus Briggs:  (Minnie, Carl, Harry, missing)
Top, L-R: Dr. Henry Briggs, Lee Moore Briggs, Philip Nelson Briggs
Bottom: Rosco Briggs, Mary Ann and Decky.
Adolphus Briggs
Henrietta Briggs Roberts,
dau. of Rosco Briggs
Minnie Briggs
Elisha Elijah Briggs and his wife, Elizabeth (Bettie) Shelton: dau. of Peter McCoy and Elizabeth ( Bettie) Metcalf Shelton after her husband Noah Shelton was killed in the Civil War.   Bettie's death certificate (below) lists her mother's maiden name as Bettie Shelton;  her father, Pete McCoy.  Bettie and two siblings born to Pete McCoy after Noah Sheltons demise are listed as Sheltons. Peter McCoy apparently was a scoundrel and when little Bettie was only 7, he was shot  by Logan Briggs in Flag Pond in a drunken gunfight and died shortly after. His only legal wife was Elizabeth Lawing: 2 children.  Apparently Bettie was raised by other family members.                                     
For more on McCoy click on this link:
Dora Briggs and Mannie Pickett Family Page
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Bulo Briggs Family Reunion Photos Page
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My Line of Descent !
John Lee Briggs and Anna Melissa Garland
  Bulo Lee Briggs and Susie Gentry
   Dora Leona Briggs and Mannie Pickett
       Louisa Pickett and Sarel Orien Porter
           Roger Sarel Porter and Margaret Earlene Brown
Briggs cousins Oct 2002 reunion:
Front: L-R: Theron, Dot Mion, Margey, Madge, David and Cheryl
Back: Bobby and Laura, Jenice, Vaughn, Kyle
     Ezekiel L. Briggs
25 Feb 1850/13 Jan 1884
Landon C. Haynes Briggs
10 may 1861/29 Oct 1899
Click on links below for Histories, genealogies:
Web Format:
The Death of John Lee Briggs.htm
Descendancy of John Lee Briggs and Anna Melissa Garland.htm
Descendancy of John Lee Briggs and Anna Melissa Garland.doc
Word Document Format:
Briggs The Death of John Lee Briggs.doc
Mary Ann Wolfe Chandler, daughter of
Eliza Jane Briggs Wolfe
John Logan Briggs:

John Logan Briggs and second wife, Ethel Briggs Family  Young....
               and Grown Up!
Lake Briggs -Many thanks to
Debbie Briggs Correll! ID on back of her copy in handwriting of Effie Hensley Briggs: "Lake (Good Lake) Briggs"
John Logan Briggs and first wife, Mary C. Briggs', daughter Nora E. Briggs family Bible Register: Thanks to Phyllis Hardin Phillips!
Sandra James and G-grandmother
Addie Treadway Hardin, mother of
Mary J. Hardin Briggs.
Sandra James, with Grandmother
Mary J. Hardin Briggs and Ronald Talmadge Briggs. Mary is Lee Moore Briggs' Wife.
Happy Sandra at 3 and uncle Bob Hardin, brother of Mary.
Photos on the left: thanks to Sandra James Crumbley, Grand-daughter of Mary J. Hardin and Lee Moore Briggs, who raised several children not their own, such as Sandra's mother, rescued by Emery from NC in winter after the death of her mother, Ostra, Mary's oldest sister, 9 days after childbirth.
Emery Briggs, son of Lee Moore Briggs and Mary J. Hardin, from a photo postcard to Beulah Silvers, mother of Dorsey and Frank (Toots) Briggs. (Descendants: Email me if you want the original!)
Flagpond Baptist Church circa 1905
Flagpond School and Teacher's Cottage
Thanks Dot, Katherine and Jack Fender for these photos!
John Lee Briggs (Thanks to Grace Bowen!)
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Bertha (Malona) Mae Briggs Rice,
daughter of Elisha Elijah and Betty Shelton Briggs, wife of Elbert J. Rice. Age 16.
Thanks to Grace Bowen, Granddaughter.
Ancestry of John Lee Briggs (Tentative right now as not verified) from: http://www.genealogyforum.com/messages/genbbs.cgi/Irish/12345

1. William Brygge - Born before 1334 Salle Norfolk, England.

2. John Brygge – Born before 1383 Salle, England.

3. John Brygge – Born before 1454. Married Margaret Rockwood Heiress (2nd wife).

4. Thomas Briggs – Born Salle, England. Died 1494 Salle, England.
   Married Margaret Beaupre.

5. Edward Brigge – Married Cecily Moore.

6. Thomas Brygge – Born 1546 North Wooten England. Married Elizabeth Mounteyn.

7. Henry Briggs – Born February 1561. Died January 26, 1630 in Warlyewood near Halifax in Yorkshire, England.  (First              professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. Noted mathematician whose advice in astronomy,  surveying,               navigation, and other activities like mining was frequently sought. Briggs in 1619 invested in the London Company,
   and he had two sons: Henry, who later emigrated to Virginia to oversee family business interests, and Thomas, who             remained in England. The lunar crater Briggs is named in his honor.)

8. Henry Briggs – Born England. Died 1686 Surry County, Virginia.
   Married Marry Flood 1661 Surrey County, Virginia.

9. Samuel Briggs – Born 1672 Surry County, VA. Died 1737 Surrey County, Virginia. Married Mary Bailey. (300 acres in             Surrey County, Virginia.)

10. Thomas Briggs - Born 1690 in Virginia. Died 3 June 1790, Surrey County, Virginia. Married Frances Gray (1688-1749).

11. Frederick Briggs - Born 14 February 1744 in Virginia.  Died by hanging 16 October 1789. Married Mary Goodrich (1736).               (Not: 11. Joel Briggs  then Frederick Briggs?) (Or: 11. Robert Briggs then Frederick Biggs?)

12. Edward Neddy Briggs - Born 1775 in Virginia. Died 1833 in Yancey, North Carolina. Married Phoebe Lee (1783).

13. John Lee Briggs - Born 1816 in North Carolina. Died 1903 in Mississippi. Married Anna Malissa Garland (1821-1891).

Q: Is Frederick Briggs b: 14 February 1744 the same as Frederick Briggs d: 1789?? Research continues.......
Elisha and Betty Briggs Farm, Flag Pond, TN ca 1930. Burned in 1940s  Thanks Grace Bowen!
Dot Briggs Mion tells the story of Uncle Seth Briggs, son of E. E. and Bettie, who went out to Idaho to herd sheep. His brother, Homer, decided to visit, finally located the shack and went inside to wait for Seth. Homer decided to hide under the bed and surprise Seth, but after Seth returned and started dinner, Homer saw the big gun Seth was packing and decided if he sneezed, Seth would probably be startled and shoot him. So Seth heard a trembling voice squeek out from under the bed and say,  "Seth, this is Homer. I'm under the bed...don't shoot me!" Seth loved to tell that story at all family gatherings!
Adolphus Briggs House built ca 1885, Flag Pond Tennessee. Thanks Grace Bowen!
John Lee Briggs Headstone, Corinth, Miss.
Thanks to Grace Bowen and Henrietta who had it taken!
Elbert & Bertha Briggs Rice Home, Flag Pond TN built 1915
L-R: Lake, Elisha, Bettie, Tom and Addie. Flag Pond TN. 1914. Thanks Grace!
John Lee Briggs' Obituary from Flag Pond Baptist Church

"Saturday April 18th 1903 The death of Brother John L. Briggs was reported and the Clerk instructed to make the usual record.  He professed faith in Christ and united with this Church by Baptism Feb. 19th 1860.  He lived a member of this Church for several years, his named dropped for uniting with the Methodist.  He remained out of the Church for several years, he came back to the Church and lived a consistant member until the time of his death, which occured March 27th 1903 at Corinth, Miss.
H. L. Riddle, Moderator"                                            (Thanks Grace Bowen)
Logan's tombstone photo sent by Shirley Athey. Many thanks!
Peter McCoy was a private in Co.G, 64th NC Infantry (Confederate). He mustered in July 20, 1862, at age 20 or 21. He deserted Nov. 3, 1862. He later enlisted in the 2nd NC Mounted Infantry (Union), Co. E, on Sept. 1, 1863 (at age 24). The record shows he was born in Yancey Co., NC. According to family lore, he was among those captured just before the "Massacre at Shelton Laurel" in January of 1863. He just missed getting killed in the massacre! Story goes that (1) he hit a guard in head with rock and escaped; (2) his guard was a fellow Mason, and he released him. Post on Rootsweb  by Dan Slagle.

Hickory, NC June 18, 2011, Hickory Record
  Mrs. Henrietta Briggs Roberts, 87, of Hickory passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Kingston Residence.
  She was born June 7, 1924 in Asheville, the daughter of the late Roscoe L. and Mae Rice Briggs. She was raised in Henderson County.
  Henrietta was valedictorian of her high school class. She then attended Brevard Junior College where she met her husband, Adrian Ray Roberts. While he was continuing his education at Western Carolina University, their first child, Adrian Ray Roberts, Jr. was born. The family then moved to Mt. Olive, where her husband began his teaching career. Two more children, Roscoe Bryant Roberts and Ben Roberts joined the family. When her youngest child entered kindergarten, Mrs. Roberts became a kindergarten teacher. She taught kindergarten for three years at Calypso Elementary and then for 24 years at Warsaw Elementary.
  Henrietta was a member of Warsaw Presbyterian Church in Warsaw. She enjoyed working on the genealogy of her family and was a lifetime member of each of the following: The North Carolina Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Friends of the North Carolina Archives.
  Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian Ray Roberts, Sr., and by her son, Dr. Adrian Ray Roberts, Jr.
  She is survived by her sons, Roscoe Bryant Roberts; and Dr. Ben Roberts and his wife Patricia and their son Benjamin; and three devoted and loving caretakers: Jo Setzer, Faye Russell and Tammy Finger.
   The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, in the chapel of Bass-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. James Bernhardt officiating.
  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.
  Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 29, in Wayne Memorial Park, Goldsboro, NC.
  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Northminster Presbyterian Church, Dupille Fund, 3730 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601; or Warsaw Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 863, Warsaw, NC. 18398.
Our tribute to cousin Henrietta, our pioneer in   Briggs family research, our mentor in our own  research, and a loving cousin! Here is her         obituary: (Thanks Dot Mion)
            Tom  Addie    Lake     Seth    Homer    Altha     Bertha        Walter.
           Children of Elisha E. Briggs and Betty Jean (McCoy) Shelton
At the funeral of E. E. Briggs taken in Addie's yard. At the left is the old school house which served as church house also, where E.E.'s and Bulo's funerals were held. They are buried up to the right in a little hill just over Walter's head. One daughter, Ethel, between Homer and Althea is missing, having died fairly young from cancer."
(Thanks Dot Mion!)
Noah Shelton's War Record
From the National Archives, Washington,DC. The Military Record of Noah Shelton, son of William and Chloe Riddle Shelton, and husband of Elizabeth Metcalf. Noah Shelton: 1st Regiment, Co.,D, TN Cavalry (Union Army) A certificate on honor from Captain Alfred J. Lane, Company Commander, that Noah Shelton, Co. D, of the 1st Regiment of Tennessee Infantry Volunteers, born in Madison County, NC, aged 24 years: 5 feet 9 inches high; dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, and by occupation a farmer, who joined for service and was enrolled on the 15th day of Nov.1861, Greenville,TN. by Capt. (Henry?),for a period of 3 years, and mustered into the service of the United States on the 15th day of April 1862 at Flat Lick, by Col. Johnson; and having served HONESTLY and FAITHFULLY with his Company to the present date, is now entitled to be DISCHARGED by reasons of DEATH, died 25 May 1862 at Flat Lick, KY., with the fever.
A Company Muster Roll shows that Noah Shelton appears for enlistment on 31 Aug.1861, joined for duty and enrolled; 15 Nov.1861, at Greenville TN. period 3 years. Mustered in 1st April 1862 at Flat Lick, KY. Remarks: died on the 27th of May 1862. (He died on the 25th or 27th of May, 1862).

Headstones for William Gutteridge Garland and Bridget Hampton located at Red Hill, Mitchell County, NC: Grandparents of Anna Melissa Garland Briggs
  The Frederick Briggs Letter to his wife, Mary Goodrich Briggs from prison in Virginia.

“My Dear Wife --

The hand of Justice has arrested me in Virginia, at a great distance from you and my other dear friends, whom I never more expect to see; I do, therefore, write this to acquaint you with my lamentable fate, and to convey a wretched father’s last request and charge to the children whom my bleeding heart cherishes with a fondness that only death can destroy.

On the third of August, I was taken up, together with my companion, McElheney, in Nottoway County, charged with carrying off the horses of a Mr. Spencer, in Charlotte, about fifty miles from the place of our capture. From the jail of Nottoway, we were sent, on the 13th of the same month, for trial, to Charlotte County; where we were detained in prison till the 30th, and then, by the examining court, were sent down to Prince Edward, to be tried before the District Court; on the first of September, our trial came on, and the jury having brought us in GUILTY, on the ninth, we received the awful sentence of DEATH!

What a melancholy scene does the history of a few days present to your view! Surely I must have been infatuated to have brought myself into a situation where every day’s anguish of mind would more than balance the follies and fancied pleasures of all my past days of dissipation; and, yet these distressful days are the prelude to the tremendous day of my execution, and the most tremendous day of standing at the bar of the eternal God, in judgment.

O! my dear, what shall I do? My soul shudders at the Catastrophe to which I am reduced, and which I am unable now to prevent. O! that I had contented myself at home in industrious labor, with you and my dear, DEAR children - then I might have enjoyed peace, with the most homely fare; whereas, now, I am torn violently from you all, forever! and have brought distressing ignominy and reproach upon myself and family.

But this regret is useless now - I have no prospect of any relief, but from the God of mercy and compassion. To Him, I have been attempting to turn my distressed thoughts, and to seek His mercy and grace, ever since my confinement in Charlotte. But the thought of you and my poor dear children, so overwhelms and overburdens my distressed mind, that I scarce can command one calm reflection.

My dear creature; as I never more expect to see you in this world, I beseech and charge you to take care of our poor children as well as you can - let me entreat you, by the love and affection that always subsisted between us, not to suffer any person to use them ill, if you can help it.

I hope that the dying words of a husband that loves you, will prevail with you to keep the children out of the way of bad company, lest the untimely wretched fate of their poor father should be theirs‘.

Let me also beseech you, to take more care of their precious immortal souls, than we both have done; and that you may the better succeed in this, be engaged for your own salvation - for death may be as near you as it me; it may seize you, at home and in security, as well as it has unexpectedly approached me - and I am sure, if you saw the grim messenger, as plain as I now view him, ready to grasp you in his dreadful arms, you would feel your need of a change of heart, and an interest in Jesus Christ, who, only, can save the lost.

Oh! fly, fly from the wrath to come, and warn our beloved children, also, to escape the terrors of the law. Bring them up in the fear of God, and keep them from the vile practices of a sinful world; so may you look for a blessing from that merciful God, who is the widow’s guardian and the orphan’s friend.

Oh; if I were a faithful servant of that God, how easily I might leave you under His protection and fatherly care; for He hath promised, in Jeremiah, 49 ch. 11v., “Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive, and let thy widow trust in me.” Now, my dear, let my entreaties prevail with you to seek the Lord for yourself and for your children; and when I am dead and forgotten, as I soon shall be, let me be considered as yet speaking in this mournful letter.

Call my dear fatherless children around you, to hear what their miserable father has to say to them: Come, my fatherless, unfortunate little ones: come, listen to your dying parent’s last request and charge. I have been too negligent of your precious perishing souls, while I was with you - I now confess it, before God and you, and would try to make one feeble attempt, before I die, to say something to you for your good. I beseech, I conjure, I command you all, to seek the Lord in the days of your youth; quit the follies of the idle and thoughtless, and try to give yourselves up to God in time, lest His wrath burn fiercely against you forever. Don’t give way to frolicking and company-keeping; these ruin and destroy many a soul. Be resolved to seek God’s mercy, let others do what they will; pray much, avoid the wicked, and all of you carefully associate with people of good characters. Be industrious, for idleness leads into bad company, extravagance and wickedness of every kind; it often leads into dishonesty and RUIN.

My dear daughter, my beloved Nancy Goodrich, I think I see you weeping by your mama’s side, while she reads; let me address you particularly; you are grown up to be a woman; remember that virtue and religion will be your greatest ornaments. If you behave well and shun bad company, you may be happy and esteemed, though your unfortunate father is not. Assist your dear distressed mother; obey her, and try to comfort her in her afflictions - may the almighty God bless you, my dear child, and make us meet in a better world. How can I support under the grief that wrings my heart while I bid you a long farewell.

My poor Howell and Edward, will you remember your poor father’s words; my heart bleeds for you, my poor dear fellows, lest you should live wickedly and die miserably - resolve to be good boys, and obey your poor dear mother in all things; do your best to help her, in an honest way. If you behave well, and be industrious, you will always be encouraged by good people. Never associate with idle, wicked company, lest you come to the unhappy end of your unfortunate father - my poor boys, seek and serve the Lord, and He will bless you. Oh! that He will pity your youth and teach you His ways - farewell, my dear fellows, farewell!

Clerimon and Dolly, little Tommy and Queen Polly; dear babes and children, how I could press you to my bosom, if you were here; but, oh no, my rough irons would hurt your tender limbs.

Oh, for one parting kiss from my dear children, but that cannot be; I am to die without seeing you; then, remember what your dear daddy says to you - be good children, pray to God every day, do what your mama bids you, and as you grow up, help her with all your might to provide and maintain you all in an industrious way. My sweet little children, I am not fit to bless you, but I hope the God of Mercy will.

My blessed wife, if you have had another child since I left home, let it also know my fate when it gets old enough, and warn it thus to avoid an end like mine.

Tell my poor mother, that her hapless son is just about to be hurried out of this world - I expect she will be shocked and distressed, but I hope God will support her.

I hope my brothers and sisters will have compassion on my distressed family, and not grudge to do them every kindness in their power - the Lord will reward their kind hearts, if they act thus and also serve Him. I here bid them all an affectionate farewell.

My dear soul; it is but justice that, with my dying hands, I record how I regard you, and declare, that I never saw a woman on whom I could better depend. May God reward your FAITHFULNESS.

Let Howell be bound apprentice, when about nineteen, to some trade; let him have his choice. If you ever marry again, bind out all the boys; but if you live a widow, you cannot do without them - keep what little there is together for your needy rising family. And now, as it appears probable that we shall never see each other in the face again in this world, let us try to cast ourselves into the arms of God’s mercy, and seek His favor, that we may be allowed to meet in a happier world hereafter.

And now, my dearest love, how shall I take my last leave of you on earth! Oh, how shall I say that we must meet no more, until the Heavens and the Earth pass away - there must we meet before the JUDGMENT SEAT!

How can I bear to think that I am dead to you forever! My God, support my wife - and, oh, have mercy upon her wretched, but most affectionate husband.


P. S. The time appointed for our execution, is the 16th October. Keep this letter to show to the children as they grow up, and take a copy of it, which I wish you, for my sake, to read often to them. Farewell, my dearest wife, farewell!

F. Briggs”

Gray Briggs portrait and vignettes from a Harper's Magazine Journalist Touring Western NC Mountains. From Google Books: Google "Grey Briggs"
Here is the historical letter connecting our family with the Virginia Briggs families. We descend through Edward, son of Frederick and Mary Goodrich Briggs.