I doubt that I can contribute anything useful to your search, but my
grandfather married Malinda Crismon in Maries County, MO, born in 1871, who had
in her family line a relative named Isaac Crismon, aka "Oregon Ike" as a result
of a sojourn in Oregon. For what worth it may be to you the following is a brief
outline of my branch of the Briggs Family:
Here is my branch of the family as I know it:
James Y. Briggs, my great, great grandfather was born in Tennessee or a
part of NC, which at one time was TN, in 1803 or 1804. His father we cannot be
sure of, but the best guess to this point is John F. Briggs, born 1786. We
believe that he was married at one time to a Nellie Young or a woman whose
mother was Young, hence, perhaps, the Y in James Briggs name. John F. Briggs,
his son, Andrew J. and James Y owned adjoining properties in Marion
County, TN. John and James were married to their wives in the same county in TN,
the name of which does not come readily to mind (I'm doing this in a hurry).
John F. we know was married to Mary (lnu-last name unknown), who is reputed to
be Indian. The had a large number of known children. I have a list whom, if you
suspect a connection, I can send to you. The families moved to MO and back
several times, beginning in 1818, finally some settling in Maries, Gasconade and
adjoining counties, MO in 1837. A couple of Daniel Boone's sons lived in the
neighborhood. James Y married Margaret Shockley, daughter of Richard Shockley
and Ann Bowman. They had numerous children including my great grandfather,
John Burr Briggs, b. in TN 1833, d. Maries County, MO 1891.
John F. and Andrew J. and their families moved from MO to Dallas County, AR
c. 1840. There may have been a rift in the family over slavery at that time
causing the split. James Y and his son John Burr served in the Union Army as
teamsters out of Rolla, Phelps County, MO, a railhead and headquarters, moving
there to escape the danger of Confederate bushwhackers during the Civil War.
James Y was accidentally, we have no details, in July of 1863, and is buried in
the City's cemetery in Rolla.
Families joined and migrated frequently in those pioneer times. Briggses
and Shockleys were very close, intermarrying frequently. Another family with
whom they had connections were the Hoodenpyles and others I can't call to mind
at this time. The family you inquire about, I do not recall
seeing. John Burr Briggs is buried in a small, now totally neglected
country cemetery near Brinktown, MO. His wife, Melissa Powers, daughter of John
Thompson Powers, if buried near Jay OK, where she migrated with some of her
immediate family c. 1893. Margaret Shockley Briggs, wife of James Y and some of
her offspring are buried in the cemetery at Vienna, MO.
There is much more to tell, but this may help you discover a connection.
The Shockleys came from VA and my grandfather was told that the Briggs family
had its roots in PA, but we have been unable to trace back that far. The
Daughters of the Revolution lists the graves of c. 140 Briggses who fought
as patriots in the Revolutionary War, including that of Gen. Benjamin Briggs.
There is a John Briggs listed on a plaque as a student at William and Mary
College, Williamsburg, VA, who fought in that war.
Let me know if this helps any. We had a network of family researchers going
at one time, but we hit a stone wall in looking for James Y's parentage and most
lost interest in proceeding. A good hot lead might suffice to reactivate our
IN GOD WE
Dale J. Briggs
6612 S. Zunis, Unit 105
Tulsa, OK 74136-1195