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John Briggs Sr. (aft. 1595 - bef. 1687)

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John "of Taunton" Briggs Sr. aka Bridges
Born after in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Thornbury, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Taunton, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
Briggs-440 created 5 Jan 2011 | Last modified
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
John Briggs Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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While he emigrated after the formal great migration period (which generally ended in 1643), he is protected under the PGM project because of the many PGM men by the same name. Smith-32867 09:44, 7 July 2017 (EDT)



John was born in 1595. He passed away before 1687. He immigrated to New England before 1657 but was still in England as late as 1645, therefore, he was not formally part of the puritan great migration.

His sons Richard was born 1642 & William was born 1645 both in England and they immigrated with him after 1640.

There is no record of birth for Joanna but he did have a sister Joane. And there was another totally different Briggs family in Newport/Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Also no record of birth for Hugh but he is mentioned in Taunton deeds along with his brothers William & Richard. And he was married in Taunton.


Birth Date: 1 May 1595
Place: Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England


Husband: John Briggs
Wife: Agnes Thayer
Child: Richard Briggs
Child: William Briggs
Child: Hugh Briggs
Marriage Date: 11 Nov 1633
Place: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England


Death Date: BEF 1687
Place: Taunton, Plymouth Colony, New England


See also:

  • Source: S95. "Richard, William, and Hugh, Sons of John Briggs of Taunton, Massachusetts." Edna Anne Hannibal and Claude W. Barlow. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; April 1971; Vol. 125, No. 2
  • Source: S96: The American Genealogist. Author: Daniel Lines Jacobus. Publication: New Haven, CT; Joel Munsell's Sons; 1922-Present
  • Source: S98. WorldConnect Database: "Dave Utzinger's Database". Author: Dave Utzinger <> Publication: July 18, 2008; Repository: #R43
  • Source: S682. OneWorldTree. The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA. Repository: #R32
  • Source S-1988883823. Repository: #R-1992163608. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Author: Gale Research. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data - Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010. APID: 7486::0
  • Source S-1988981437. Repository: #R-1992163608. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Yates Publishing. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
  • Richardson, Douglas, MA., The English Origins of John Briggs of Taunton, Mass, The American Genealogist, Volume 59, page 175+
  • Barclay, Mrs. John E., F.A.S.G., Notes on the Briggs Family of Taunton, Mass, The American Genealogist, Volume 33, Page 76
  •  : From the WorldConnect Database: "Bogdonoff-Dick Ancestry", by Jillaine Smith:
There is a John BRIDGES found in Gloustershire records married to Agnes Thayer with children:
1. John, bp 27 Sep 1634
2. Katherine, bp 6 Jan 1636/7 nfr
3. Richard, bp 17 Mar 1638/9
[4. Joanna] m. Tallman (based on prenup as being of Taunton]
5. William, b. abt. 1645
6. Hugh, b. ?
Commonly accepted theory is that this family is the same as the BRIGGS family of Taunton by similar names. Land records in Taunton, MA prove that John Briggs was the father of Richard, William and Hugh.

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On 26 Oct 2016 at 16:12 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Still in progress, but I've just created a freespace page to distinguish the five John Briggs of early New England:

Please feel free to edit it with sourced info.

On 26 Oct 2016 at 15:15 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

I don't think the Hannah Fisher spouse belongs to THIS John Briggs (of Taunton). Digging into my notes...

On 31 Dec 2015 at 19:14 GMT Alan Wyatt wrote:

I placed a note to both managers of "find a grave on who is it at the Little Neck and Oakland Cemetery. When I lived in the Taunton area, I noticed how many of the Briggs family were buried in cemeteries all over that area. John being a common name also complicates the identification. Traditionally, you would find the family plot close to the place of death and family members near by. Marion is more likely to be one of the sea faring Briggs but it is not part of family tree as much as curiosity since I lived on a Briggs family property. Good luck on your search for the truth :)

On 27 Dec 2015 at 13:51 GMT David Mason wrote:

The Littleneck Cemetery I gave for Briggs is in Marion, MA, formerly Rochester, MA which is about 20 miles SE of Taunton and nowhere near Boston.

As far a FAG accuracy, I agree it is wanting. The location you mentioned at Oakland Cemetery in Taunton on FAG actually does NOT have a John Briggs buried there. There are 90 burials recorded there and he is NOT one of them. This evidently was someones made up grave. The Littleneck death date is correct so I am back on that to find a reason for him possibly being buried there since the Taunton location is bogus.

On 27 Dec 2015 at 07:54 GMT Alan Wyatt wrote:

Find a grave is not always accurate. During the 1600's people were buried close to their surrounding home, my bet is that he is buried in either a family plot, grave yard or cemetery in Taunton. Littleneck is miles above Boston which was already a hike and family lived in Taunton.

On 25 Dec 2015 at 13:26 GMT David Mason wrote:

A good "find" Alan. I agree that the grave in Littleneck seemed inappropriate but someone had entered the info as if it was this John Briggs. Now to get someone to change the info on that other one as surely it is wrong.

HOWEVER, the Taunton FAG record indicates a death date of 1690 which cannot be correct as there are documents from his son(s) that say he (John their father) was deceased in 1687

On 25 Dec 2015 at 07:54 GMT Alan Wyatt wrote:

John Briggs is most likely not burried in Littleneck since it is quite a distance from Taunton. If you do a search in "find a grave" you will find another john Briggs buried in Taunton with the same birth year: May 1, 1595. check this one:

On 30 Jun 2015 at 00:01 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

This source ties John Briggs to the children, Joanna, Richard, William and Hugh. Samuel belongs to another father (see source added to Briggs-1528), and likely thomas does as well: NEHGR 125:80.

On 29 Jun 2015 at 16:04 GMT David Mason wrote:

Is this the John Briggs tombstone?

Bio indicates it is but needs more research in Marion,MA (formerly Rochester, MA)

On 21 May 2015 at 03:27 GMT Cindy (Ramsey) Barnett wrote:

Briggs-1153 and Briggs-440 appear to represent the same person because: Same birthdate, same birthplace, and same wife.

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