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Ancil James Briggs
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Birth: Sep. 21, 1853
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 26, 1880
Marion County
Iowa, USA

This young man, a lawyer by profession and in the prime of live, died of acute phthisic.

"Hattie had a younger brother who enrolled at IWU in 1869. His name was James Ancil Briggs. He was admitted to the bar and joined a law firm. Just like Hattie, he died about age 27 just three years after Hattie, who died at age 27." (A Dream Come True, program given by Elizabeth (Liz) E. Garrels, Iowa State President at P.E.O. Conference, 1996)

Mr. Briggs' obituary follows and is courtesy of Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols:

Ancil Briggs died on last Friday night, at the residence of his father in this city. He was twenty-six years of age the 21st day of last September. He graduated at the age of 19, at the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1873. He was admitted to the bar as soon as he became of age. He was born at Indianola, and has been a citizen of this city seven years. He was for four years with Major T. J. Anderson, with whom he was associated in the practice of law the last two years. He was a student of the first respectability, and was so devoted to his studies as that he labored almost incessantly. It is thought that he destroyed his health and his life by over labor.

Up to the summer of 1876 he had enjoyed good health. During that year he had the first attack of hemorrhage. Soon after he took a trip to California which helped him and he returned home improved in health and strength. He improved steadily up to November 12th, 1879, when he was again attacked with occasional hemorrhages, the attacks becoming lighter and lighter until he ceased to be troubled in that way. In February last he went to Florida, but as he did not improve, came back having been gone only ten days. Merciless disease so wrecked his life that he gradually sank lower and lower until death, cold and pitiless death, took him captive.

How sad it is, that one so brave to become a useful man and to attain honorable distinction should be cut down, just at the blooming of his life amid the greetings of his friends and the admiration of the work. But upward and onward, entwined in the immortelles of his own higher life, his soul takes its "flight, and the hush of gloom gives way to the song of faith.
Knoxville Journal ( Pella Weekly Visitor 5 April 1880)

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
Knoxville, Marion, Iowa
Enumeration District: 125
Line: 29
Archive Collection Number: T1156

Family links: 
  Elias Lyman Briggs (1822 - 1889)
  Jane Johnson Briggs (1824 - 1878)
  Abington Johnson Briggs (1846 - 1931)*
  Harriet Jane Briggs Bousquet (1849 - 1877)*
  Henry Lyman Briggs (1851 - 1925)*
  Ancil James Briggs (1853 - 1880)
  Clara M. Briggs Kramer (1856 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Cemetery
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA
Plot: SEC 16, LOT 10 3
Maintained by: Jane Denny
Originally Created by: Shelli Steedman
Record added: Nov 27, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12531288
Ancil James Briggs
Added by: Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols
Ancil James Briggs
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Ancil James Briggs
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