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Bulo Lee Briggs
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1854
Mitchell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1941
Greeneville
Greene County
Tennessee, USA

Bulo Lee Briggs, born 1854, Yancey Co., NC, to John Lee Briggs and Anna Melissa Garland, when almost 23, married almost 18 years old Susanah (Susa) Gentry, 15 Sept. 1875, in Flagpond, Unicoi, TN. In September of 1890, Bulo and Susy joined the LDS Church in Tennessee. He was a school teacher, and at 37 years of age moved his family of 9 children "out west" in 1891. The family stayed temporarily in Oakley, Idaho, with A. Bates, who had been a Mormon missionary in the south. The last two children were born in Idaho and most of them joined the LDS church. Bulo is said to have suffered from Depression, especially after Susy died in 1912. Their Children: Mary Jane Briggs (1876-1876), Celia Ann Briggs Adams (1876-1899), Dora Leona Briggs Pickett (1877-1956), Eliza Jane Briggs Bates (1879-1912), Oscar Lee Briggs (1882-1923), Lillie Elizabeth Briggs Severe (1882-1923), Louella Bailey Briggs Cummins (1885-1963), Ezekiel Lafayette Briggs (1887-1915), Ellare Bertha Briggs Craner Pence (1889-1953), Sarah Emily Briggs Cranney (1891-1923), and Laura Elisha Briggs Blake Lusk (1894-1977).

He suffered two unhappy marriages after the death of Susy, along with some embarrassing legal problems when his second wife was exposed as still married to her first husband. The sad stories of his subsequent marriages are summed up in newspaper articles posted on the family website. (Twin Falls News 5/29/1920; Idaho Statesman, 3/19/1920)

The 1920 US Census has him residing with his wife, Emma Briggs, and her daughter Iva's (Rosco J. Bond) family in Baker Oregon. The 1930 US Census has him living with Bulo and Gladys Pickett in Declo, Idaho. Beverly's memory recited below probably occured after that time.

In March 2010, granddaughter Beverly Bjorkman Payne added her memories of Bulo:

"He lived in an old railroad car in Declo. It was located on tree covered area just south of the main highway. Other railroad car dwellings were there also. It was just one room with a bunk at one end, a table, a couple of straight back chairs, a hot plate and one cord hanging down from the ceiling with a dim lightbulb screwed into it. A very modest dwelling.

He often came to family picnics and that sort of thing. He was always dressed in a black suit and wore a black wide brimmed hat. His bushy mustache was also very black and he scared me to death. He would often coax me to come to him and would offer a piece of candy from his pocket. It was usually horehound and I didn't like that at all. Sometimes he had black licorice and I would take that because I liked it. ....He was probably a very lonely man.

As I recall, his daughters, though they might have been disgusted with him for the "women" thing, were very good to him. Grandma saw to it that we visited him and he had visits from other family members also. That is about all I can remember about him."

Apparently, after 1930, and to leave all that behind, he finally moved back near his siblings and cousins in Tennessee, and after visiting one in Greenville, he was killed when hit by a train in 1941 while walking back home to Erwin on the tracks.



 
 
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 Spouse:
  Susanah Gentry Briggs (1857 - 1912)
 
Burial:
Rice Creek Cemetery
Flag Pond
Unicoi County
Tennessee, USA
 
Maintained by: Roger Sarel Porter
Originally Created by: Jo
Record added: Aug 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75529475
Bulo Lee Briggs
Added by: Roger Sarel Porter
 
Bulo Lee Briggs
Added by: Judy Green
 
 
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 Added: Sep. 3, 2011
 
 
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