Briggs Sr., Richard
Born: 1753-XX-XX Massachusetts
Died: 1835-04-11 Massachusetts
Flourished: Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Richard Briggs, Sr., was a physician and Revolutionary War veteran. Born in Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Briggs lived and studied medicine in Braintree, Massachusetts, until the commencement of the American Revolution. In October 1778, he joined the crew of a small privateer to raid British ships off Rhode Island, and the British captured him. Taken to England, Briggs remained a prisoner of war until his escape. He made his way to Paris, where he received aid from Benjamin Franklin. In August 1780, he became surgeon first mate aboard the frigate
Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Gillespie; Massachusetts, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850, 12 August 1784, Plymouth County (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2004); Benjamin Hobart, History of the Town of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Boston: T. H. Carter and Son, 1866), 136; Affidavit by Richard Briggs, 11 September 1832, U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900, NARA Microfilm Publication M804, 2,670 rolls, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, RG 15. National Archives, Washington, DC; Gravestone, Worthington Center Cemetery, Worthington, MA.