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Young: Laura Elisha Briggs Blake Lusk, Sara Emily Briggs Cranney;
Bottom: Eliza Jane Briggs Bates, Susan N. (Suzie) Gentry Briggs, Dora Leona Briggs Pickett
Bulo Briggs and Daughters:
Back: (L-R) Lillie Severe and Laura Blake
Front: Ellare (Ella) Craner Pence, Bulo, Dora Pickett
Bulo Briggs holding
Kent Blackhurst and Enzley Pickett.
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Bulo Lee Briggs
Bulo Lee Briggs Susan N. (Susie) Gentry
Bulo Lee Briggs, born 1854, Yancey Co., NC, to John Lee Briggs and Anna Melissa Garland, when almost 23, married almost 18 years old Susan N. (Susie) Gentry, 15 Sept. 1875, in Flagpond, Unicoi, TN. In September of 1890, Bulo and Susie joined the LDS Church in Tennessee. He was a school teacher, and at 37 years of age moved his family of 9 children "out west" in 1891. The family stayed temporarily in Oakley, Idaho, with A. Bates, who had been a Mormon missionary in the south. The last two children were born in Idaho and most of them joined the LDS church. Bulo is said to have suffered from Depression, especially after Susie died in 1912. Their Children: Mary Jane Briggs (1876-1876), Celia Ann Briggs Adams (1876-1899), Dora Leona Briggs Pickett (1877-1956), Eliza Jane Briggs Bates (1879-1912), Oscar Lee Briggs (1882-1923), Lillie Elizabeth Briggs Severe (1882-1923), Louella Bailey Briggs Cummins (1885-1963), Ezekiel Lafayette Briggs (1887-1915), Ellare Bertha Briggs Craner Pence (1889-1953), Sarah Emily Briggs Cranney (1891-1923), and Laura Elisha Briggs Blake Lusk (1894-1977).
He suffered two unhappy marriages after the death of Susie, along with some embarrassing legal problems when his second wife was exposed as still married to her first husband. The sad stories of his subsequent marriages are summed up in these newspaper articles:
"Wife, Bigamist, Claim, Divorce: Biggs gets annulment of marriage with woman who played him false: A decree of divorce this morning was granted Bulo Briggs by Judge W. A. Babcock of the district court. Briggs is about 52 years of age and sought annulment of a marriage brought about though correspondence procedure. The woman named in the complaint is Cora Briggs. A number of peculiar angles came out of the hearing connected with the divorce proceedings, the principal feature being the fact that the woman was a bigamist. It appears that Briggs, who lived at Marion, Idaho, made the acquaintance of a woman living in Colorado who stated she was a widow with three children. The pair met in Salt Lake in 1915 and engaged in nuptial contract, going to Marion to reside. It developed that instead of having three children the woman was the mother of 12. This fact was overlooked by the new husband and domestic matters went along smoothly until the day there came a letter to one member of the family from a man in Colorado who proved to be the woman's undivorced husband. Briggs, on the stand, said he urged Mrs. Briggs to get a divorce from husband No. 2 and remarry Briggs. While this was being considered Briggs went to Burley to work in a beet sugar factory and when he returned home he found his wife and chattels gone. The fact was developed that Mrs. Briggs had sold the chattels and had taken the money to pay expnses of travel for herself and family to some other place. This occurred in 1913 and Briggs has made no attempt to bring back the runaway family. Briggs, in his testimony, told the court he had always given his wife a good home, denying her nothing, and a few days before the surreptitious departure had bought her a set of store teeth. Briggs charged desertion in his divorce bill of particulars."
Twin Falls News 5/29/1920
In March of that year, Bulo had been arrested himself on Bigamy charges because of the failure to properly get a divorce from Cora:
Baker (Oregon) "Bulo L. Briggs, aged 46 years, and living on South Ninth Street, Baker, was arrested Tuesday on the charge of bigamy, upon the complaint of his present wife, whom he married in Baker last October. The arrest was made by Deputy Sheriff George Herbert. The charge was occasioned by the publication in an Idaho paper of a notice that Briggs is now suing his first wife for divorce. Briggs says that his first wife died and that he married again. Wife No. 2 and her children are believed to live in Buhl, Idaho. A neighbor showed Mrs. Briggs No. 3 the notice with the result that the latter lodged the complaint which resulted in the husband's arrest. Briggs claims that when he married Mrs. Briggs No. 2 he did so in the belief that her former husband was dead. Later he says he discovered that his predecessor was living. Upon learning that he says he secured a "church divorce."'
Idaho Statesman, 3/19/1920
The 1920 US Census has him residing with his wife, Emma Briggs, and her daughter Iva's (Rosco J. Bond) family in Baker Oregon. The 1930 US Census has him living with Bulo and Gladys Pickett in Declo, Idaho. Beverly's memory recited below probably occured after that time.
In March 2010, granddaughter Beverly Bjorkman Payne added her memories of Bulo:
"He lived in an old railroad car in Declo. It was located on tree covered area just south of the main highway. Other railroad car dwellings were there also. It was just one room with a bunk at one end, a table, a couple of straight back chairs, a hot plate and one cord hanging down from the ceiling with a dim lightbulb screwed into it. A very modest dwelling.
He often came to family picnics and that sort of thing. He was always dressed in a black suit and wore a black wide brimmed hat. His bushy mustache was also very black and he scared me to death. He would often coax me to come to him and would offer a piece of candy from his pocket. It was usually horehound and I didn't like that at all. Sometimes he had black licorice and I would take that because I liked it. ....He was probably a very lonely man.
As I recall, his daughters, though they might have been disgusted with him for the "women" thing, were very good to him. Grandma saw to it that we visited him and he had visits from other family members also. That is about all I can remember about him."
Apparently, after 1930, and to leave all that behind, he finally moved back near his siblings and cousins in Tennessee, and after visiting one in Greenville, he was killed when hit by a train in 1941 while walking back home to Erwin on the tracks.
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My Line of Descent !
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
Four Generations! Laura Blake, son Lloyd, grandson Gary, great-grandson, Tim (4 years old), taken the night before Gary left for Viet Nam!
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(Includes photos of John Lee & Family!)
Standing: John Logan Briggs, William McIntosh
Sitting: Bulo and Susie Briggs
From Grace Bowen: The story behind the photo of Bulo, Susan, Logan and cousin William McIntosh is this....
As you are aware, Grandpa John Lee Briggs died a horrific death in Corinth, Missippi when he fell from the train.... the article stated he was traveling with his son (Logan) and nephew (William) when the accident happened....they were on their way to Idaho to visit Bulo and Susan. After Logan and William saw to Grandpa John's burial, they continued on to Idaho where they gave the terrible news to Bulo and his family. The four went to a studio and had this picture taken....thus we can date it to 1903.