Catherine Margaret Briggs


Brief Life History of Catherine Margaret

When Catherine Margaret Briggs was born in 1802, in New Brunswick, Canada, her father, Ebenezer Briggs, was 46 and her mother, Diadama Chase, was 35. She married Elijah Rounds Sawdey in 1824, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She died in 1848, in Stephenson, Illinois, United States, at the age of 46.

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Family Time Line

Elijah Rounds Sawdey
Catherine Margaret Briggs
Marriage: 1824
Francis M. Sawdey
about 1828–1897
Oren B. Sawdey
Elijah Sawdey
Catherine Jane Sawdey
Cynthia Ann Sawdey
James Henry Sawdey
Jeremiah Sawdey

Sources (4)

  • Page in entry for Catherine Jane Parsons, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
  • Catherine Sawdey in entry for Jeremiah Sawdey and Lucy Ann Way, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • Catherine Sawdey in entry for James H. Sawdey and Sary E. Bunnell, "Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1824New York, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

    +6 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1803 · The U.S doubles in size

    Age 1

    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.


    Age 16

    Illinois is the 21st state.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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