Joseph Warren Briggs

Male 1833 - 1887  (54 years)

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  • Name Joseph Warren Briggs 
    Birth 02 Mar 1833  Bristol, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 19 Apr 1887  Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • JOSEPH W. BRIGGS, deceased. The subject of this sketch was born in New York in 1832. He was the son of Thomas Briggs, of New York. In his childhood his father removed to Medina County, Ohio, where our subject was reared and schooled, obtaining such education as the schools of that date afforded. He early learned the details of the work on his father's farm in assisting in its management.

      He made the overland journey to California, and upon his arrival joined his brother, who resided near Marysville, the two entering into extensive fruit-cultivation, thus becoming pioneers of that industry in this State. He continued in k until 1854, when he returned to Ohio, and there married, in that year, Miss Mary J. Oldes, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Bennett) Oldes, who resided in Medina County, Ohio. After a two years' stay in Ohio, he went to Franklin County, Kansas, where he purchased land and established himself as a farmer and stock-raiser. There he made his home for several years, in fact until, in 1862, he returned to this State, and, with his brother, John G., and his brother-in-law, Edward Haskell, entered largely into fruit-culture. His family joined him in his new home in 1863. Mr. Briggs eventually bought out the interests of his partners, and for a time managed these orchards, of hundreds of acres in extent, without other assistance than that of hired help. In 1873 he sold out these interests and came to Santa Clara County, where he bought a tract of 120 acres on the Trimble road, on Coyote Creek, in the Midway School District. He immediately began the work of planting extensive orchards and small-fruit vines, and succeeded before his death in producing a splendid farm, upon which his widow now resides. Fifty acres were devoted to the raising of plums and prunes, twenty acres to pears, ten acres to apples, twelve acres to cherries, and the remainder to pasturage. Six acres of raspberries, and five of strawberries, were cultivated among the fruit-trees. Plenty of water is supplied by five artesian wells, each of which furnishes an average flow of water. These lands, being in a high state of cultivation and very productive, testify to Mr. Briggs' skill in horticulture. In addition to the supervision of this large farm, Mr. Briggs engaged largely in fruit-raising near Visalia, purchasing in 1881, 200 acres of land. His son, Frank T., bought 160 acres near this property, and in 1885 Mr. Briggs also acquired that tract by purchase. His design was the conversion of the whole into orchards, but his plans were destroyed by the hand of death, which occurred April 19, 1887.

      He left three children: Frank T., married and living in San Francisco ; John G., who married Miss Lizzie Adams, of Alviso, now a resident of San Jose; and Albert L., residing on the old homestead. He also left, besides a devoted family, f friends, by whom his loss was deeply felt. He was a man of great strength of character, of untiring energy, as the magnitude of his enterprises proves. He was well versed in the business affairs of life, and was thus able to bring to a successful issue his many plans.

      His worth in social circles was thoroughly appreciated, and by his death many secret organizations mourned the loss of a most useful member. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a Knight Templar, and was also connected with tcan Legion of Honor, Chosen Friends, Knights of Honor, and Ancient Order of United Workmen.

      Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
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    Person ID I28446  OurNorthernRoots
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2011 

    Father Thomas Briggs,   b. 27 Jan 1790, Berkley, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 02 Aug 1863, Sharon, Medina Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Abigail Gregg,   b. 27 Oct 1795, Colrain, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 Jun 1837, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 41 years) 
    Family ID F655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary J. Oldes,   b. Abt 1835 
    Marriage 1854 
     1. Frank T. Briggs,   b. Abt 1856
     2. John Gregg Briggs,   b. 03 Dec 1858, Franklin Co., Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Albert L. Briggs,   b. atb 1860
    Family ID F12376  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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