Biography of Phineas Briggs
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Briggs, Phineas, a native of Massachusetts, came at an early date to Canastota, where he married Rachel Van Camp, and in 1831, they settled at Rich's Corners. Their, children were: George Nelson, William Henry Harrison, Marion, Mary, Joseph, Fidelia; Sarah, and Hersey. Phineas Briggs died in 1861, at the age of sixty four. His wife died aged eighty five. Mr. Briggs took an interest in political affairs though he never cared for office. He was a great reader of the Bible, a ready and fluent talker, and was one of the founders of the Baptist church at Albion, though he died a Universalist. George Nelson Briggs was born July 4, 1812, and his wife, Jane Hoag, was born in 1822. Their children were: Nelson George, born 1842, died 1863; Mary, born May 12, 1843, married Orrin Osborn; Alvinza M.; Horace, who died in infancy; Emory B., born April 14, 1850, now in Nevada; Ida, born May 12, 1855, widow of George Webb. George N. Briggs was a farmer, having ninety four acres of land, and accumulated a fair property. Like his father, he was a strong Whig and Republican, and a great reader. He died September 16, 1861, and his wife August 8, 1869. Alvinza M. Briggs was born March 25. 1845, and in October, 1867, married Sophia Puzey, of Barry. They had one child, who died in infancy. In 1870, Mr. Briggs engaged in business in Albion, awl, though having been out of business for a year or two, has almost continuously been engaged at the county seat in connection with mercantile interests. His store, one of the best in the village, was erected in 1890.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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