Contributed 14 Aug 2002
by Darren Briggs

 Florence Times, March 17, 1899

The next one called upon to answer the Divine summons was Mr. James H. Briggs, oldest son of Mrs. Mariah Briggs, and brother of Esquire Briggs, of Centre Star, and Mr. Ben Briggs, of Texas. He was born in Tennessee. When about twenty years old he moved with his parents to Alabama, where he remained until a little over a year ago, when he moved to Mississippi and died there about the 5th of January. His death was very sad. His mother, who is 85 years of age, was expecting him on a visit when she received the sad intelligence. He was a highly respected gentleman, a member of the C. P. church, for a long time served as a deacon and at one time was superintendent of the Sunday school. His first wife was a daughter of Esquire Hermon, an old resident of Centre Star. His second wife was a sister of Mr. Frank Bulls, of Centre Star. His last wife is a sister of your townsman, Mr. John Lawler. A little singular, all of his wives bore the name of "Mary," and the same minister officiated in the three marriage ceremonies. He discharged his duty faithfully as superintendent and often gave vent to a flood of tears glistening through his smiles, giving evidence of sweet communion with his Savior. His wife and six children survive him in Mississippi. They have our warmest sympathy.

See also: Mariah Ross Briggs Obituary
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