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Theodore F. Briggs
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Birth: 1838
Greene County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1903
Cimarron County
Oklahoma, USA

Theodore Briggs was the son of Asa B. and Phelinda "Nott" Briggs. He was born in Green County, Illinois in 1836. After the death of both parents Theodore set out for the gold fields of California. When the war broke out he enlisted on December 21, 1861 in Co. B, 1st Regiment of the California Cavalry. The unit was ordered to New Mexico under General Carleton to protect the Santa Fe Trail, where Indians were plundering shipments of gold and military supplies that were needed for carrying on the war. In New Mexico the California Column was placed under the command of Colonel Kit Carson. During a battle on November 24, 1864 at the old Bent and St. Vrain trading fort called Adobe Walls on the Canadian River in Texas Theodore was shot twice, one shot going through the lungs, and he also suffered a lance wound in his side. He completed his enlistment and was honorably discharged at Fort Union February 3, 1865. Theodore came to the Tascosa, Oldham County, Texas area by way of New Mexico after completing his enlistment in the Union Army. In 1874 a group including Theodore Briggs and Henry Kimball rode through the area while on a hunting expedition. Liking what they saw the two men made plans to return. Kimball arrived first and set up his blacksmith shop in Tascosa in 1876. During his sojourn in New Mexico Theodore had met and fallen in love with Miss Maria Ingacia Gutierrez of La Loma Parda. They were married in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at Sapello, New Mexico June 19, 1865. They had twin children Maria Perfilla and Samuel on September 21 1869. Samuel died young. Theodore and his little family moved to Tascosa in 1880 where a happy reunion with his sister Zilpha occurred. She and her husband Henry A Russell, with their four children had come to Tascosa the previous year and opened the Exchange Hotel. Theodore set up a farm on the waters of Rica Creek, where he built a comfortable house of rock and adobe. He set out a large orchard and experimented in raising a variety of fruit and vegetables. His gifts of fine produce were noted several times in the pages of "The Pioneer" newspaper in which Briggs was called "one of the substantial citizens of the country". Theodore remained a resident of Oldham County for some twenty years, and was one of the early county judges. He also served a term as hide and animal inspector. Perfilia Briggs grew up in Tascosa and on August 1, 1883 married William Rowley Reed. By the late 1890's the long awaited railway had bypassed Tascosa and the residents had begun to move away to nearby towns. On December 25, 1897 Theodore's wife, Maria Ingacia Briggs died and was buried in the Romero Cemetery at Tascosa. Theodore moved to Hartley to open a mercantile store, but returned to Tascosa to marry Mrs. Emma L. Mitchell, the widow of C.L. Mitchell, on January 4, 1900. Despite his active life, Theodore suffered some discomfort from his old battle wound the remainder of his life. He died near Garrett, Oklahoma, December 11, 1903 and was buried in the Garrett Cemetery, Boise City, Cimarron County, Oklahoma. 
 
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  Yenasa Briggs (1847 - 1897)
 
Inscription:
ILLINOIS PVT CO B 1 REG CALIF CAV CIVIL WAR
 
Burial:
Garrett Cemetery
Boise City
Cimarron County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Aug 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9385785
Theodore F. Briggs
Added by: Oldham County Cemetery Records Preservation Group
 
Theodore F. Briggs
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