Briggs, Charles Henry, merchant, is descended from (1) Clement Briggs, who came from England to Plymouth in
the ship Fortune in 1621, settled in Weymouth. and had six children; (2) John Briggs, who removed to Portsmouth,
R. I.; (3) Job Briggs, who had nine children; (4) Jeremiah Briggs, born 1721, died September, 1764, married August
5. 1745, Anna Taylor, and had five children, Thomas being the youngest; (5) Thomas, a major in the Continental
army in the Revolution,, born July 18, 1757, died April 29, 1822, married in 1778 Lucy Shaw, and had four children,
Jeremiah being the eldest; (6) Jeremiah Briggs, born October 24, 1778, died December 28, 18.56, married, first,
March 9, 1806, Sally Aitny, and second, June 2, 1810, Diana Coe (died May 12, 1869), and had Sallie Almy (Mrs.
Sylvester H. Burgess), born April 6, 1811; Alfred C., born May 25, 1813; Susan Church (Mrs. Jesse Gardner), born
May 22, 1818; Betsey Coe (Mrs. Joseph Hicks), born September 10, 1820; and Thomas born June 16, 1822. Alfred C.
Briggs learned the trade of cooper in New Bedford. but soon returned to his native town, Little Compton, R. I.,
and died on his farm in April, 1886. He married first, November 7, 1837, Mary V. Harlow, who died October 14. 1839.
He married, second, April 12, 1843, Mrs. Elvira M. Cornell, of Warren, R. I., who died about 1850, leaving two
children: Charles Henry, born in Little Compton. R. I., February 13, 1844. and Mary Elvira, born March 26, 1849,
who married Nathaniel Church of Little Compton. Charles Henry Briggs was educated in the common schools of his
native town. When seventeen he came to New Bedford and learned the carriagemaker's trade with George L. Brownell.
September 26, 1862, he enlisted in Co. E. 3d Mass. Vols., and served nine months; in the fall of 1863 he re-enlisted
in the 19th Mass. Vols., unattached, and was discharged at the close of war as orderly sergeant. Returning to New
Bedford he resumed his position with Mr. Brownell until 1869, when he engaged in the furniture business on a small
scale. In 1878 he formed a copartnership with James L. Lawrence, which has since continued under the style of Briggs
& Lawrence. They added carpets, draperies, etc., to their furniture trade, and now have the largest and best
store of the kind in the city, at 197 and 203 Union street. Mr. Briggs is a member of the Veteran Firemen's Association,
of Acushnet Lodge and Annawan Encampment of Odd Fellows, and of Post 190, G.A R. April 30, 1866, he married Frances
A., daughter of Edwin R. Russell of New Bedford.
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.
Bristol County, MA Biographies
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