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John Briggs (abt. 1615 - 1641)

John "of Sandwich" Briggs
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Died in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2010
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John Briggs migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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John Briggs[1],[2],[3],[4],[5] was born about 1615; Came to America on the ship "Blesing" 1635; of Lynn and Sandwich MA., Inventory of his estate was taken 1 June 1641.[6]

John Briggs was apparently born in England, a son of Henry Briggs.

Christening 8 Apr 1618 St. James, Clerkenwell Parish, Islington, London, England [7]

How he came to North America is unknown; he may be the John Briggs who came on the "Blessing" in 1635, but that may have been another John Briggs.

He is first mentioned by Governor Bradford in his Plymouth Colony Records when he was deeded, on 16 April 1640, seven and one half acres of land at Sandwich with the original proprietors of the township.[8]

On 1 June 1641, at the General Court of Plymouth, his widow was granted the administration of his estate. The names of the children of John Briggs are recorded in the inventory taken of his estate by Edward Dillinghame and Thomas Tupper:

"And the said Katherne Briggs Doth prmise and give unto her two children two cowes vis' the yeonger white cowe to her sonne Samuel and the brown heiffer to her Daughter Sarah to be kept for them and their increase and stock to be theires from this tyme forward..."

The inventory of stock and household goods included:

"three melch cowes, 1 heiffer, 1 bullock and two bull calves"


The names of the children of John Briggs are recorded in the inventory taken of his estate by Edward Dilliinghame and Thomas Tupper.

"And the said Katherine Briggs Doth prmise and give unto her two children two cowes vis the yeonger white cowe to her son Samuel and the browne heiffer to her Daughter Sarah to be kept for them and thencrease and stock to be theires from this tyme forward ---".
  1. Samuel
  2. Sarah


  1. Edna Anne Hannibal, "John Briggs of Sandwich, Massachusetts and His Descendants", [RGy 929.2 Briggs, San Diego Public Library
  2. Plymouth Colony Records, 2: 18, Court Orders
  3. Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
  4. Mayflower Desc. 3: 224-225
  5. Ply. Co. Prob. R.. V. 1, Fol. 39.
  6. "Pioneers of Massachusetts" Pope p. 59
  8. C.F. Swift, "Sandwich and Bourne Colony and Town Records" Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy (Yarmouthport, MA: Swift, 1912], No. 104, 16 April 1640 Proprietors list.

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Please complete the merger of Hinkes-1 and Briggs-257 to eliminate the duplication and error in LNAB on Hinkes-1. Carry the discussion as to birth/death dates into the profile for Briggs-257; those vital statistics are in dispute and two different profiles will not resolve the problem.
posted by Michael Spencer
Hinkes-1 and Briggs-257 do not represent the same person because: Significantly different birth and death dates!
Hinkes-1 and Briggs-257 appear to represent the same person because: Hinkes-1 is a virtually undocumented and the last name at birth is suspect. Briggs-257 is very controversial but all those issues are well documented on his profile. Having Hinkes-1 as a brother to Briggs-257 just confuses an already confusing state of affairs. Please merge Hinkes-1 out of existence; it doesn't help anything about this particular family.
posted by Michael Spencer
Suggest that the parents of this Briggs-256 be removed, and that Joan Allen be wedded to a Clement Briggs instead of this John Briggs, unless something in the bio can be produced to explain her marriage to John.
posted by Daphne Maddox
This profile appears to be a conflation of two John Briggses and a Clement Briggs.

The christening date in the bio matches John Briggs, son of Henry, of London: "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 October 2015), Henry Briggs in entry for John Briggs, 08 Apr 1618; citing SAINT JAMES,CLERKENWELL,LONDON,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 845,229, 476,868.

The Gloucester information appears to relate to a John Briggs who marreid Catherine.

According to the pioneers book, a Clement Briggs was the person married to Joan Allen.

posted by Daphne Maddox
I have no information about Henrie Briggs, and no source. The Edna Hannibal book was the source for my informaton about John and Katherine (--?--) Briggs, daughter Sarah and son John.
posted by Randy Seaver
Are there any sources that show John is the son of Henrie? Unless there are sources for this information, it should be commented in the bio, but not included in the data fields.

Would you please provide a source if you have one?

From research I have done, there are two John's being confused here. John that had a daughter Susannah, was b in 1609 and WAS the son of Henry Briggs. He died in 1690.

John that was married to Katherine, and was the father of Sarah and Samuel was a different person. I have never found source information showing when he was born, or his parents, but he is the one who died in about 1641

posted by S (Hill) Willson
Joan Allen is not John's spouse. She was Clement Briggs spouse per Savage and other sources. Anderson's Great Migration only shows her in relation to John Briggs. Thank you.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
It appears that there is no evidence supporting Henrie Briggs as the father of John, per Henrie's profile (and Henrie lived and died in a different parish from where John was allegedly born).
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]
Briggs-257 and Briggs-1534 appear to represent the same person because: His death date is documented by the execution of a will in 1641. It is time to merge
posted by Orinda (Hamon) Spence

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