Hi, my name is James Brigman, I live near Memphis TN. There is a Dr. John W. Brigman in my family who, according to an old family bible, "Came to North Carolina from Germany by boat as a young man. In 1805 he rode his horse to Mississippi and lived where Tupelo is now. He died there in 1846." I do know he had a son, Washington H. Brigman, my great, great grandfather. I've never been able to determine where he may have came from in N.C.