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John Briggs

Male - 1690


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Briggs died in Nov 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

    Notes:

    John Briggs m. Sarah Cornell. Sarah Cornell's brother Thomas Cornell m. Rebecca, possibly Rebecca Briggs, who burned to death in 1673, for which her and Thomas's son, Thomas Jr., was prosecuted for murder in a trial that famously relied on dream-based "spectral evidence," some of which was offered by John Briggs. In his testimony, Briggs called himself "sixty-four years or thereabouts" (thus the commonly accepted birth year of 1609), and said that he had had a dream in which a woman was at his bedside, "whereas he was much affrighted and cryed out, in the name of God, what are thou? The apparition answered, I am your sister Cornell, and twice said, see how I was burnt with fire." Partly because of this testimony, Thomas Cornell was found guilty of the murder of his mother and was hanged.

    Sources disagree on whether John Briggs and Rebecca Cornell were actually full siblings, half siblings, siblings-in-law, or some other relationship. It seems to be more generally agreed that John Briggs's wife Sarah Cornell was in fact a sister of the senior Thomas Cornell. See George E. McCracken, "Who Was Rebecca Cornell?", The American Genealogist 36:16 (January 1960), for an overview of the probably insoluble problem of Rebecca (maybe Briggs) Cornell's parentage, and for a critique of the idea (promulgated by the 1953 The Briggs Genealogy, citation details below) that John Briggs and Rebecca (maybe Briggs) Cornell were children of a family from the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell, London. Also see Killed Strangely: The Death of Rebecca Cornell by Elaine Forman Crane (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2002).

    John Briggs was one of the signers, in 1638, of the compact of the settlement of Aquidneck. He played a prominent part in the government of the town, serving as juryman, constable, town councilor, surveyor of lands, special commissioner, and Deputy to the General Assembly.

    John Briggs (1609-1690) = Sarah Cornell (d. 1661)
    Susannah Briggs (1640-1704) = William Palmer (1638-1675)
    William Palmer (1663-1746) = Mary Richmond (1668-1708)
    Elizabeth Palmer (1687-1754) = Henry Head (1680-1755)
    Deborah Head (b. 1725) = Brittain Tallman (1729-1815)
    William Tallman (1755-1835) = Rhoda Akin (1751-1844)
    Lydia Tallman (1787-1873) = Abel Ford (1783-1842)
    Silas Ford (1807-1854) = Amanda Hedden (1812-1853)
    Emily Helena Ford (1834-1901) = William Lyman Aiken (1821-1893)
    William Ford Aiken (1864-1901) = Anna Potter (1864-1901)
    Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) = Jessie McDonald (1889-1970)
    Joan Aiken (1924-2001)
    Jane Aiken Hodge (1917-2009)

    John married Sarah Cornell before 1642. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 2. Ens. Thomas Briggs  Descendancy chart to this point died on 12 Jun 1720 in of Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    John married Constant Mitchell in 1662. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]



Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Ens. Thomas Briggs Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) died on 12 Jun 1720 in of Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 12 Jan 1720

    Notes:

    "[A]dmitted as a freeman of Portsmouth in 1673. He was a member of Peleg Sanford's troop of horse in 1667 and doubtless engaged in Indian fighting. [...] Thomas Briggs died in 1720, leaving an estate inventoried at slightly in excess of a thousand pounds. In 1694 he was listed as one of the fifty-six Proprietors of Dartmouth." [The Howland Heirs, citation details below.]

    Ens. married Mary Fisher before 1671. Mary (daughter of Edward Fisher and Judith Smith) died in 1717. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Briggs  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 9 Aug 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 3.  Mary Briggs Descendancy chart to this point (2.Ens.2, 1.John1) was born on 9 Aug 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    Mary married Capt. John Akin before 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. John (son of Mary) was born in 1663; died on 13 Jun 1746 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 4. David Akin  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 19 Sep 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died on 7 Apr 1779 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York; was buried in Old Quaker Burial Ground, Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York.


Generation: 4

  1. 4.  David Akin Descendancy chart to this point (3.Mary3, 2.Ens.2, 1.John1) was born on 19 Sep 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died on 7 Apr 1779 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York; was buried in Old Quaker Burial Ground, Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York.

    Notes:

    Tennessee Williams was a descendant of this couple.

    From Descendants of David Akin of Newport, RI by Robert Larry Akin:

    "On January 15, 1742, David requested permission to move to the Oblong (Quaker Hill, Dutchess, NY) from the New Bedford Monthly Meeting of the Quakers (New Bedford, MA). He moved to a very beautiful spot on a hill in the Oblong that today is the site of the Quaker Hill Golf Course. He was about 52 at the time and he brought his grown sons with him.

    "The Birdsall Genealogy states that David built a sawmill on Quaker Hill and that this mill brought the Akin family 'great wealth'. [Daphne cited The Birdsall Family by G. B. Birdsall in her notes - John Akin notebook.]

    "David was fairly wealthy and he and several other men deeded the land on April 16, 1764 for the Oblong Meeting House. This is from Settlers of the Beekman Patent, p. 63. He died on April 7, 1779 on Quaker Hill."

    Robert Larry Akin also notes that his burial place is "north of the original site of Akin Hall."

    David Akin = Sarah Allen
    Josiah Akin (1719-1800) = Judith Huddlestone (1728-?)
    Deborah Akin (1755-?) = Preserved Fish Dakin (1749-1835)
    James Dakin (1790-1857) = Mary Ann "Polly" Sabin (1793-1877)
    Edwin Francis Dakin (1819-1892) = Harriet Jane Bellar (1825-1886)
    Walter Edwin Dakin (1857-1955) = Rosina Maria Francesca Otte (1863-1944)
    Edwina Dakin (1884-1980) = Cornelius Coffin Williams (1879-1957)
    Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-1983)

    David married Sarah Allen in 1711 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 5. Abigail Akin  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 9 Sep 1721.


Generation: 5

  1. 5.  Abigail Akin Descendancy chart to this point (4.David4, 3.Mary3, 2.Ens.2, 1.John1) was born on 9 Sep 1721.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 9 Sep 1723, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Baird (citation details below) calls her "of Worcestershire, in the Oblong." Also called Quaker Hill, the Oblong was an area in the lower part of Dutchess County, now in Putnam County.

    From Descendants of David Akin of Newport, Rhode Island

    [The following from the Daphne Brownell Loose Papers - Quakers Folder. Image also scanned]

    Whereas Murray Lester of Crumelbow [Crum Elbow Monthly Meeting] in the County of Dutchess and province of New York son of Mordecai and Mary Lester of the same place, and Abigail Akin at Worstershire in the Oblong, daughter of David and Sarah Akin in the County aforesaid having declared their intentions of marriage with each other before several of the monthly meetings of the people called Quakers in the County of Westchester and Province aforesaid, according to the good order used amongt them whose proceedings thereinafter a deliberate consideration and having the consent of their parents and nothing appearing to obstruct were approved of by the said meeting.

    Now these are to certifie all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishment of their said intentions on the third of the sixth month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty three they the said Murray Lester and Abigail Akin presented themselves in a public meeting of the said People and others at Worstershire in the Oblong aforesd, And then the said Murray Lester taking the said Abigail Akin by the hand and did in a solemn open manner declare that he took her to be his wife promising through the Lord assistance to be unto her a true and loving husband untill the Lord. by death shall separate them or to that effect and then and there in the same assembly the said Abigail Akin did in like open manner declare likewise...

    Witnesses:

    Murray Lester
    Abigail Lester
    Phebe Ferris
    Sarah Ferris
    Hannah Thorn
    Avis Soule
    Mercy Fisk
    Benjamin Ferris
    Thomas Welles
    John Ferris
    Thomas Franklin
    Joseph Ferris
    Nathan Birdsell(Birdsall)
    John Parke
    Isaac Thorn
    Aaron Haight
    William Russell
    Geo, Soule
    William Field
    Saml Watters

    Abigail married Murray Lester on 3 Aug 1743 in Worcestershire, Dutchess, New York. Murray (son of Mordecai Lester and Mary) was born about 1720 in Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died before 1790. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 6. John Lester  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 20 May 1749 in Pawling, Dutchess, New York; died on 12 Apr 1832 in Sempronius, Cayuga, New York.


Generation: 6

  1. 6.  John Lester Descendancy chart to this point (5.Abigail5, 4.David4, 3.Mary3, 2.Ens.2, 1.John1) was born on 20 May 1749 in Pawling, Dutchess, New York; died on 12 Apr 1832 in Sempronius, Cayuga, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Oblong, Dutchess, New York

    Family/Spouse: Tabitha. Tabitha was born on 20 Jul 1745; died on 1 Jul 1828. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 7. John Lester  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 3 Jan 1782 in Coeymans, Albany, New York; died in 1847 in Coeymans, Albany, New York.


Generation: 7

  1. 7.  John Lester Descendancy chart to this point (6.John6, 5.Abigail5, 4.David4, 3.Mary3, 2.Ens.2, 1.John1) was born on 3 Jan 1782 in Coeymans, Albany, New York; died in 1847 in Coeymans, Albany, New York.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1847, Cayuga, New York

    Family/Spouse: Nancy Appleby. Nancy (daughter of Abraham Appleby and Sarah Travis) was born on 11 Jan 1784; died after 1850. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 8. Sarah Lester  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 15 Jun 1809; died on 9 Aug 1853 in Pottawattamie, Iowa.


Generation: 8

  1. 8.  Sarah LesterSarah Lester Descendancy chart to this point (7.John7, 6.John6, 5.Abigail5, 4.David4, 3.Mary3, 2.Ens.2, 1.John1) was born on 15 Jun 1809; died on 9 Aug 1853 in Pottawattamie, Iowa.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 14 Jun 1809, Albany, Albany, New York

    Notes:

    Death location on (modern) memorial marker says "ON THE PLAINS, POTTAWATTAMIE, IOWA". [Find a Grave entry for Sarah Lester]

    Sarah married Ashal Enoch Thorne on 3 Aug 1829 in Clinton, Dutchess, New York. Ashal (son of Richard Thorn and Mary Anner Armstrong) was born on 6 Sep 1808 in Clinton, Dutchess, New York; died on 10 Feb 1897 in Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 9. Elizabeth Lucretia Thorne  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 25 Mar 1832 in Moravia, Cayuga, New York; died on 28 Nov 1903 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah; was buried in Vernal Memorial Park, Vernal, Uintah, Utah.