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About the study
I have had contact with several others researching a BRIGGS branch and I have launched a dropbox in which I have set up an individual folder for each researcher and we share this amongst us. Happy to hear from anyone who wishes to contribute to this surname.
Old variations: Brigge, Bridge, Bryggia, Brycg
History of the name
Thomas Briggs was a blacksmith and on 8th May 1854 aged 24yrs he married Maria Richards 22yrs, in Sheerness, Kent (daughter of a Blacksmith from Devon). While their marriage certificate shows the names of both parents for Maria; it shows only Thomas's father's (also Thomas Briggs - a gardener). If his mother had been named I would have a better chance of finding his birth records, siblings and other information.
Three months after the marriage, on 9th August 1854, Thomas died suddenly. Death certificate shows cause of death 'purpura / haemorrhage'. Maria was a bride, just a couple of weeks pregnant, and a widow, all within three months. Maria gave birth to their son Thomas Francis Richards BRIGGS on 5th April 1855, Blue Town, Sheerness.
Maria did not marry again until 1885, when she married the man she had worked for, Dr. Edward Swales, and they lived at 3 Trinity Road, Sheerness.
Her son Thomas. F.R. Briggs also died young aged 49yrs, on 11th February 1904, at 41 Fratton Road, Landport, Hampshire. Cause of death, apoplexy. He left a wife Ellen Ann (nee Baskett) and five children namely: Charles Edward Francis BRIGGS; Frank BRIGGS; Daisy Maria BRIGGS; Nellie Florence BRIGGS; May Victoria BRIGGS.
My grandfather Charles Edward Francis BRIGGS came to Australia in 1910 and settled in a suburb of Sydney N.S.W where he died in 1971.
Distribution of the name
I have commenced indexing BRIGGS births,marriages, deaths and probates and have collected several certificates of BMDs and census information. Also collecting Wills/Probates;Obitsl family trees.