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, Ewing Township, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States.
English: variant of Brigg, with post-medieval excrescent -s, from Middle English brig(g) (Old Norse bryggja), the northern and Scottish word for bridge, for someone who lived by a bridge or who came from any of the places called from the word.
History: The surname Briggs is found chiefly in West Yorkshire. A family of gentry have held lands at Keighley in West Yorkshire continuously for 500 years. The mathematician Henry Briggs (1561–1631), who invented logarithms, was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.