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Henry Briggs

Male 1789 - 1837  (48 years)


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  • Name Henry Briggs 
    Born 11 March 1789  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation shipbuilder  [1
    Died 4 December 1837  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried South Parish Cemetery, Norwell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Henry first married Betsey Ruggles, second Rachel (Clapp) Gardner, widow of Seth Gardner.

      From Vernon Briggs’ History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family:
      Henry followed the art of shipbuilding, at first with his father and brothers at Hobart’s Landing, and completed his apprenticeship with the Fosters at the Wanton Ship Yard, where he was working in 1810 when he reached his majority. In the War of 1812 he was enrolled in Capt. Luther Tilden’s Company of Militia, which was in service at Scituate. In 1813 he began building vessels with his brother, Cushing O. Briggs, at Hobart’s Landing.
      The brothers dissolved partnership about 1830, and built separately at Hobart’s Landing. Henry Briggs built in 1831 the bark Avon, 299 tons, of Boston, for Nathaniel Emmons, Thomas B. Wales, and others; in 1833 he was master carpenter of the brig Oak, 208 tons, for the same owners; and in 1836 the bark Verona, 238 tons, also for Emmons and Wales. The last vessel built by Henry Briggs was the brig Star in 1837, which was begun by him but was not completed when he died in December of that year. It was launched in the spring of 1838 by his son, George Henry Briggs, and his son-in-law, Elijah Barstow, who, although he was building a vessel at his Hanover yard at the same time, went ot the Briggs yard nearly every day and supervised her completion, as he had promised his father-in-law, on his death bed, that he would do.
      When Henry Briggs married in 1813 he built his residence on the main road, upon a part of the Briggs property that was set off to him by the division deed between Henry and his brother, Cushing O. It appears to have been built on that piece of land known as the ‘Neal Orchard,’ and it is yet standing a little west of Neal Gate Road, on the north side of the highway. It was sold a few years after Henry Briggs’ death to Francis Dana, or his father Henry Dana, who had purchased the Walnut Tree Hill estate of Judge William Cushing. ...

      1820 Federal Census. Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
      Roll 50, page 260
      Family of Henry Briggs
      2 males under 10 [George & ?]
      1 male 26-44 [Henry, 31]
      3 females under 10 [Elizabeth, Mary, Caroline]
      1 female 16-25 [?]
      1 female 26-44 [Betsey, 26]

      1830 Federal Census. Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
      Roll 64, page 117
      Family of Henry Briggs
      1 male under 5 [John, 2]
      1 male 5-9 [Thomas, 5]
      1 male 10-14 [George, 14]
      1 male 40-49 [Henry, 41]
      1 female under 5 [Lucy, 6 mos]
      1 female 5-9 [Deborah, 7]
      2 females 10-14 [Elizabeth, 10 &Mary, 12]
      1 female 15-19 [Caroline, 16]
      1 femle 30-39 [Betsey, 36] [1]
    Person ID I100  Schirado
    Last Modified 24 May 2013 

    Father Thomas Barker Briggs,   b. 13 July 1757, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 October 1806, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Lucy Otis,   b. 15 June 1763, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 December 1832, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 10 October 1784  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F75  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Betsey Ruggles,   b. 9 May 1794, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 December 1833, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 4 April 1813  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Caroline Otis Briggs,   b. 23 August 1813, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 December 1888, Hanover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +2. George Henry Briggs,   b. 10 September 1815, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 March 1881  (Age 65 years)
     3. Mary Briggs,   b. 25 October 1817, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1880  (Age 62 years)
     4. Elizabeth Ruggles Briggs,   b. 25 April 1820, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 March 1863  (Age 42 years)
    +5. Deborah Clapp Briggs,   b. 6 April 1823, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 February 1900, Wellesley Hills, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Thomas Wales Briggs,   b. 23 March 1825, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 March 1891  (Age 65 years)
    +7. John Ruggles Briggs,   b. 14 October 1827, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 September 1888, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +8. Lucy Turner Briggs,   b. 23 January 1830, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 April 1862, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +9. Sarah Briggs,   b. 5 January 1832, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 April 1863  (Age 31 years)
    Family ID F68  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Rachel Clapp,   b. 17 February 1807, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 July 1870, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 14 July 1836  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F1752  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).

    2. [S5] (NEHGS, Boston, 1909).


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