||John Briggs migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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John Briggs-397 is a merged profile where the parents were in major conflict. The conflicting parents were removed before the profiles were merged. The speculative but unproven parent sets are below:
That he was born about 1609 is suggested by his own testimony 20 Feb 1673, when he called himself "sixty-four years or thereabouts.". Therefore he was NOT John Briggs supposed christened 8 Apr 1618 in St. James, Clerkenwell, Essex, England. (Not clear which of parent sets above this date is associated with - Henry see image att.)
We would then expect him to have married by the mid 1630s. Therefore he may have had an earlier wife before Sarah Cornell who he married about 1641.
He was one of the signers, in 1638, of the compact of the settlement of Aquidneck. He played a prominent part in the government of the town serving as juryman, constable, town councilor, surveyor of lands, special commissioner, and Deputy to the General Assembly. In 1662, John Dunham, one of the original 34 purchasers of Dartmouth, conveyed for 42 pounds, his whole share to John Briggs.
John was a Commissioner to the Rhode Island Court from 1654 to 1656, again in 1659, and from 1661 to 1663.
On 20 Feb 1673, he testified against his nephew Thomas Cornell, son of his sister (in-law) Rebecca.
He lived in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and had six children. Some of them lived in Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Rhode Island and Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
The will of John Briggs of Portsmouth, dated 19 Apr 1690, proved 17 Nov 1690, mentions wife Content Briggs; sons Enoch Briggs, John Briggs eldest, Thomas Briggs, William Briggs, and Job Briggs; and daughters Susannah Northway and ____ Momony.
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