George Washington Briggs Jr

23 November 1855–17 December 1925 (Age 70)
Oxford Township, Henry, Illinois, United States

The Life of George Washington

When George Washington Briggs Jr was born on 23 November 1855, in Oxford Township, Henry, Illinois, United States, his father, George Washington Briggs, was 35 and his mother, Mary Jane Markham, was 28. He married Laura Beers about 1870, in Oxford Township, Henry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 17 December 1925, in Sycamore, DeKalb, Illinois, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Sycamore, DeKalb, Illinois, United States.

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George Washington Briggs Jr
Laura Beers
Marriage: about 1870
Lucy A Briggs

Spouse and Children

about 1870
Oxford Township, Henry, Illinois, United States


    Lucy A Briggs


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 1

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 20

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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 (3)

  • George W Briggs, "United States Census, 1910"
  • George W Briggs, "United States Census, 1880"
  • George W Briggs, "United States Census, 1900"

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