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Cushing Otis Briggs

Male 1787 - 1861  (74 years)


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  • Name Cushing Otis Briggs 
    Born 25 February 1787  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation shipbuilder 
    Died 10 March 1861  Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Cushing Otis was apprenticed to Elisha Briggs, a cousin, at the Brick Kiln Yard at Pembroke. He boarded while in Pembroke in the home of Elisha Briggs. While there he shared a room with Luthor Briggs, a son of Elisha, and those two began a lifelong friendship. After coming of age he continued to apply his art in Pembroke for several years. He began building vessels on his own account at first at the Brick Kiln Yard, but probably making his home in Sicituate where his first child was born. In 1815 he built at the Brick Kiln Yard the brig Perseverance, 184 tons, two decks, two masts, 78 feet long, 23 wide, 11 deep, which he sold to Elijah Loring, Joshus Ellis, and Robert Thompson of Boston, with Capt. Thomas Snow master. The following year, 1816, he built the Brig Ann, 204 tons. Soon after selling the brig Ann, Cushoing entered into a partnership with his brother Henry, two years his junior, who had served his apprenticeship with the Fosters at the Wanton Shipyard, South Scituate. When they formed their partnership, they took possession of the family yard at Hobart’s Landing where they built until 1830. The first vessel that they built together was in 1817, the schooner Catherine, 61 tons, for Capt. Moses Rich of Scituate. All of the sons of Cushing served first in the family yard.

      The Norwell Historical Commission has identified this historical building in Norwell associated to Cushing Otis Briggs
      27 Cross St. ca. 1813 [2, 3]
    Person ID I851  Schirado
    Last Modified 7 January 2015 

    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  [1
    Family ID F75  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mercy Little Thomas,   b. 25 September 1791, Pembroke, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. August 1862, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 19 December 1812  Pembroke, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Charles Cushing Briggs,   b. 8 October 1813, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 April 1843, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     2. Rev. William Thomas Briggs,   b. 1 December 1815, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 September 1898, East Douglas, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Hannah Barker Briggs,   b. 8 June 1819, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. James Edwin Briggs,   b. 8 May 1821, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 June 1880, South Scituate (Norwell), MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +5. Harrison Otis Briggs,   b. 30 January 1824, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 December 1881, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     6. Mary Thomas Briggs,   b. 11 April 1828, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, Hanover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +7. Lloyd Briggs,   b. 8 April 1830, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 March 1911, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     8. Franklin Briggs,   b. 7 January 1833, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 October 1892  (Age 59 years)
    Family ID F635  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] (NEHGS, Boston, 1909).

    2. [S3] L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).

    3. [S584] Norwell Historical Commission.


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