Daughter of Thomas Hughes & Margaret Livingstone. Known siblings: Mary, Pierce, Robert and Margaret. In 1830 the family was living north of Maberly on NE 1/2 Lot 14 Conc 10 South Sherbrooke Twp. Married Stanley Briggs in 1848 at the Perth Anglican Church. The family lived on the north half of Lot 13 Conc 2 Oso Twp, in Sharbot Lake, where the High School is now built at the north entrance to town. This is where all their children were born. Stanley & Elizabeth moved to Flos Twp between the 1867 birth of the youngest daughter in Oso and the 1870 marriage of their oldest daughter Jane in Flos Twp. Several other family members of Hughes and Briggs moved at the same time
In the fall of 1873, Elizabeth (Hughes) Briggs stood on the corner of Lot 25 Conc 3 Flos Twp and waved goodbye to her husband Stanley as he walked down the road to Phelpston, heading to Sharbot Lake to retrieve some furniture they'd had to leave behind with Stanley's brother. Weeks stretched to months without word from her husband. Nearly a year would pass before Elizabeth had her worst fears confirmed. Stanley had died in a fire on board the steamer “Bavarian” just a few miles from Whitby. His body was never recovered.
When Elizabeth died in 1881, her family respected her wish to be buried in the northwest corner of the farm, at Lot 26 Conc 3 Flos Twp, the spot where they last saw each other. With permission of the current owners, a plaque was erected by Jan Briggs-McGowan and Wayne Hughes, accompanied by Jan's daughter and also Wayne's wife. Originally the grave was surrounded by a white picket fence which fell into disrepair. New owners tilled the complete field unaware of the tragic story, and today there is no trace of the grave in the plowed cornfield.
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