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Rev Samuel Bates Briggs
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1805
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1872
Douglas County
Oregon, USA

Rev. Samuel Briggs, a 46 year old farmer, was a descendant of Clement Briggs, a member of the "Plymouth Colony" who had reached America in 1621. Clearly, pioneering was in the family. Both Samuel and Susanna are buried in the Briggs Cemetery located on what was once their Donation Land Claim. [Location not open to the general public]. They came by way of the third plains crossing of their son inlaw, Cornelius J. Hills. This time he was the wagon master for the long journey back to Oregon.

Cornelius' first journey east was to marry and bring his new bride and her parents [Samuel and Sussannah] from Iowa back to the Oregon Territory where he had already set stakes on their, Donation Land Claim. He needed a wife complete the transaction. He had filed for 640 acres, this required marriage as a single man could only receive 320 acres under the provisions passed by Congress. The wife was alloted the other 320 acres. Hense, there were many men anxious to find a women to marry in the Oregon Territory.

They came by way of a new wagon trail that they cut and widened. It dropped down into the Rogue River Valley. They were forced to cross many rivers and very steep canyons. Some rivers required floating the wagons across. They came across different bands of Indians some tried to steal their animals both at night and during the day [both cattle, oxen and horses]. Also, there were those accidents and deaths along the way that brought fresh sorrow into their lives.

Shortly after getting into the Umpqua River Valley of Southern Oregon the Briggs family decided they had found the right area for themselves and pulled out of the remaining wagon train and staked a Donation Land Claim at Canyonville. There were government offices in Roseburg, just to their north, including a Land Office where they filed their claim. It was also a place to purchase supplies for their new home.

There were soon to be many miners in the area with new gold strikes occuring often and there was a major north - south link from Oregon City to California that passed by their land claim. [Oregon City was the territorial capital].

Their son William and his wife, are buried beside Interstate, I-5 in the Canyonville Cemetery that adjoins the south parking lot of the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino at Canyonville. There are other more recent members of the Briggs family buried there as well.

Family links: 
  Susannah S Phillips Briggs (1805 - 1880)*
  Sephronia Phillips Briggs Hills (1828 - 1908)*
  William Fernando Briggs (1837 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Briggs Cemetery
Douglas County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Martin Burrell
Originally Created by: Sherrie Hambleton
Record added: Nov 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22685500
Rev Samuel Bates Briggs
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Rev Samuel Bates Briggs
Added by: Sherrie Hambleton
Rev Samuel Bates Briggs
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Added by: Sherrie Hambleton
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