Briggs, Henry

Born: 1792-02-01 Massachusetts

Flourished: Bond County, Illinois

Henry Briggs was a farmer and landowner in Bond County, Illinois. He was the son of Richard, Sr., and Huldah R. Briggs and brother of Richard Briggs, Jr., Charles Briggs, and Mary Bradford. Henry Briggs moved from his native Massachusetts to Illinois before 1820, settling in Bond County. In 1819, he purchased approximately 195 acres of public land near Cottonwood Grove, northwest of Greenville, and in 1831, he acquired 160 acres southwest of Greenville. In 1822, he married a Miss Moody, with whom he had several children. In April 1850, Briggs married Elizabeth Beckman in Brown County, Illinois. In 1850, Briggs was farming in Bond County and owned real property valued at $1,000.

Vital Records of Abington Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Genealogical Society, 1912), 1:37; U.S. Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930 (Provo, UT: Operations, 2014), 282; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Bond County, 321:51, 52, 343:58, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Brown County, 4 April 1850, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U. S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Bond County, IL, 413; Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Gillespie.