James Briggs Jr

1809–17 October 1894 (Age 85)
Newtown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of James

James Briggs Jr was born in 1809, in Newtown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States as the son of James Briggs III and Nancy. He lived in Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States in 1790. He died on 17 October 1894, in Ewing, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Newtown Cemetery, Newtown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States.

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James Briggs III
James Briggs Jr

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    James Briggs III






World Events (8)


Age 3

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 3

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 23

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Northern English form of Bridge , from Old Norse bryggja.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • James Brigs, "United States Census, 1790"
  • James Briggs Ancestral File

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