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Briggs Burial Ground One at right
The smaller of the two contains maybe eight to ten graves all marked ONLY with uninscribed field stones. No identification is possible.
The second burial ground is in a wooded area maybe 1500 feet from it. It has recently (April 2006) been cleared of the multiflora rose and grapevine that had choked it. It has possibly 50 to 70 burials but only a dozen are inscribed tombstones. Many graves marked by both headstone and footstone ( field stones brought up from the creek below) are very short and indicate a large number of children. Lola WETHERBEE Franke recorded the larger cemetery in ca 1972, but only noted four tombstones and did not mention the smaller cemetery. Her list was published in Tioga County Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. 5, p. 14. The remainder are uninscribed field stone markers only. The oldest stone that could be read was about 1824 indicating our earliest pioneer population.
Linda Cornell Reese has recorded the tombstones and that list will be
presented here as soon as it is ready. I took photos of both and am presenting
some of them on this page. Our only other resource are obituaries for burials
here. if you find any,. please submit them to me. Thanks Joyce M. Tice
|Briggs Burial Ground two||Briggs Burial Ground two|
|Rhoana Huntsinger "Keeney"||Coralinn Keeney|
|Last Name||First Name||Date of Birth||Date of Death||Age||Inscription/Relationship/Comments|
|Keeney||Rhoana Huntsinger||Dec.31.1819||Dec.1.1895||76 yr||On marker w/Ransom|
|Keeney||Sherman||May.24.1845||Apr.30.1868||Co. F 11th Pa Cav. - Note: Sherman stone against base of Sleeman stone which is older: They are same person|
|Keeney||Coralinn||Oct.24.1843||5y5m18d||d/o Ransom & Roana|
|Goodwin||Emery C.||Jan.14.1852||21y7m20d||s/o Benjamin & Sally J.|
|Goodwin||Matilda||Dec.5.1824||15y5m24d||w/o Calvin Goodwin|
|1 Fieldstone w/ E. K (Short grave)|
|1 Fieldstone w/ E. S. (Short grave)|
|Side 1-In Memory of the Briggs Family/erected by E.H. Briggs|
|Briggs||E. H.||Jan.15.1816||Uncut||Side 2|
|Briggs||Rhoda||Aug.25.1820||Aug.13.1874||Side 2 - w/o E. H.|
|Clara A.||Stone broken-Clara was a Briggs b. 1845, m. 1870 to Lewis W. Fenton|
|in Steuben, NY--died before 1877|
|J.A.B.||Prob. Jacob, s/o E.H. & Rhoda Briggs|
|Hess||Francis D.||Jun.6.1864||7y3m||s/o David & Larena Hess|
|Hess||David||Age 30 M||All Born in PA|
|Hess||Marena||Age 26 F|
|Hess||Jane||Age 6 F|
|Hess||Frances||Age 3 F|
|August 2006 - Hi Joyce,
Was poking around on your site and found that you and Linda Reese visited the "Briggs Cemetery" in April 2006. My brother (Larry) and I finally located the cemetery in 2000/2001 and visited it. It had not been cleared of brush at that time. Attached is a photo of Ebenezer's marker.
Ebenezer was a brother of my ggrandfather (Walter).
Also attached is a map showing location.
I talked to an old resident nearby (since died) and he told me a story
that he had heard in his early days. A nearby house close to the railroad
burned in the early 1900s and when investigating the remains, the foundation
was laid up with stones taken from the nearby Briggs Cemetery ?????
|This is the grave marker for Ebenezer H. Briggs (son of (14) Oliver
Briggs and Lydia Hoag) and his wife (Rhoda Smith).
The inscription reads:
E. H. BRIGGS
Jan. 15, 1816
HIS WIFE BORN
Aug. 25, 1820
Died Aug. 13, 1874
The date that Ebenezer died is not on the stone (although there is space
left for it). Apparently Rhoda died first and then when Ebenezer
died the date
Published on Tri-Counties 14 APR 2006
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