Lewis Albert Briggs 1845-1923
Born: January 21, 1845 in Ogdensburg, New York.
Died: May 23, 1923 in Chicago,
Illinois. Buried in Riverside Cemetery in Appleton,
Wisconsin, Lot 81, Block D.
Spouse: Emma E. (Bennett) Briggs m. December 16,
1868. They repeated their vows on April
` Her father performed the ceremony.(See below)
Children: Emory Theodore Briggs (See below)
Calphurnia R. Briggs (As
per Appleton City Directory)
Laura A. Briggs (As per Appleton City
Briggs (b. July 6, 1886 in Appleton.
Likely married surname Meyer of Appleton, Wisconsin.)
The next is
Albert Briggs (b. 1897, who m. Mary M. Molitor of Little Chute, Wisconsin in 1926. Mary d. April, 2006 at the age of 103.)
Occupation: Fruit Culturist
Mail Agent with Milwaukee,
Lake Shore & Western Railroad after the
Father’s name: Robert
Mother’s name: Mary Cutler (Banister) Briggs
Rozella Marinda Briggs
Abigail Seraph Briggs
Almira Lucretia Briggs
Lewis served with the
Wisconsin Volunteers, 2nd Regiment, 6th Infantry, Company
E, known as the Iron Brigade. He
enlisted at the age of 16 on December 16, 1861, showing Oshkosh as his place of residence. He served as a private until being promoted
on May, 19, 1863 to 2nd Principal Musician as a fifer. He was transferred to Independent Battalion,
2nd Infantry, Company A June
10, 1864. (The Veterans’ Graves
Registration confused the “Ind” abbreviation at this point
to mean Indiana rather than “Independent”.)
Then he was shifted to the Field and Staff on September 1, 1864 and
transferred again to Company G, 6th Wisconsin Infantry on November
30, 1864. Interestingly, his discharge
date is listed as unknown. Also serving
in the war were Daniel Briggs and Robert C. Briggs,
his uncle and cousin respectively.
The photo below is drummer Hiram S. Ming with fifer
Lewis A Briggs, Co. E. 2nd Wis. Infantry in Fredricksburg, VA dated July 1862. From Appleton
Public Library, Fox
Reunion Photo taken in Madison, Wisconsin.
(I have not been able to identify Lewis in it.)
He last residence was 663 Morrison St. in
1889 Appleton City Directory
shows him at 1497 Spencer while working at the MLS&W RR as a Mail Agent.
The 1910 Directory shows him
living at 687 Oneida St.
City Directories and Civil
War records flip flop as to the spelling of the first name. I’ve seen it as both Louis and Lewis. The vital records use Lewis. However, his death certificate reads Albert
as father instead of Robert. That is an error.
Emory Theodore Briggs was b.
December 26, 1871 in Appleton, Wisconsin
and d. April7, 1926 in North Tanawanda,
New York. He is buried next to his parents in Riverside Cemetery, but there is no marker. According to the Transit Label, the Corpse
was escorted by a Lewis Richard Briggs of 451 2nd St., Niagara
Falls, NY. Lewis Richard Briggs was Emory’s son. Lewis was b. August 13, 1903 in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
and d. in an automobile accident on April 29, 1932 in Port Edwards, Wisconsin where he
worked at the International Paper Mills.
Emory also had a daughter, Katherine Bennett Briggs, b. August 13, 1898
in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Emory’s wife was Emma Bertha (Miller) Briggs, b. July 4, 1875 and d.
July 7, 1916, from Stephensville,
Wisconsin daughter of Richard Miller and Mary
(Gratz) Miller both of Germany. Emory was a railroad engineer.
Emma (Bennett) Briggs was born
September 8, 1850 in Platteville,
Wisconsin. Her parents were Rev. P. S. Bennett and Calphurnia (Chase) Bennett, both of New
York state, and she died August 29, 1920
in Chicago, Illinois.
Emma is also buried in Riverside
Cemetery in Appleton,
81, Block D.
Emma’s father, Rev. P. S. Bennett was born March 13, 1817 and died April
5, 1895. He was the Lot Owner where the
family is buried in Riverside,
including his wife and a son. His wife, Calphurnia (Chase) Bennett, was born February 6, 1817 in Gorham, New York
to Joseph and Mary Chase. There is a
plague from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) that additionally
marks her grave. (I have not pursued her
history, so I do not have any further details.)
The son is Emory James Bennett.
He was born December 23, 1848 and died January 9, 1864.
An item of confusion is a 7
year boy buried next to Emory James Bennett (grave # 3) noted as grave # 3A. Riverside
Cemetery has very little
information about this boy. They do have
the dates: born December 31, 1866 and died July 14, 1873. Penciled next to those dates are the initials
“F. J.”, later was added “Fred Bennett.”
Is it possible that this might actually be Theodore
W. Briggs’ 1st son to die, 7 yr old Fred J. Briggs? Theodore’s family lot at Riverside Cemetery
had not been purchased yet. So did he
use space in his brother Lewis Briggs’ lot, which is
actually owned by Rev. P. S. Bennett?
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