ROBERSON C. BRIGMAN, was born Sep 1822 in Marion County, South Carolina. He was a Methodist preacher and farmer who married 28 December 1845 in Barbour County, Alabama toSARAH ANN LOVETT. Sarah Ann was born in Oglethorpe, Georgia on 14 July 1825 and died in Hill, Texas on 25 September 1891 and is buried in Abbot Cemetery.
Roberson C. Brigmanwas the son of Moses "the Captain" Brigman and grandson of Isaac "the Planter" Brigman (these men are shown elsewhere in the genforum.com threads of the Brigman story).This family also boasts Lula Lavina Brigman (the first Brigman woman to have completed college and she is also outlined in the threads on genforum.com).
Roberson and his family were the first Brigmans to legitimately have made it to Texas (although other have erroneously made the claim).Since I am from Texas the story of this family is close to my heart.Roberson and his family resided in Cherokee, Texas by 1850. They resided in Cherokee in 1860 and family stories say Roberson died in 1861, leaving nine children between the ages of fourteen and one -- likely a hardship for their mother, Sarah Ann, who never remarried.
The children of Roberson and Sarah (Lovett) Brigman were:
PERMELIA "MOLLIE" A.BRIGMAN, born about 1847 probably in Barbour County, Alabama. Permelia resided in Cherokee in 1850. She resided in Cherokee in 1860. She married Amos Shurtleff and they lived around McLennan, Texas.
REBECCA "EMMA" E. BRIGMAN, born about 1848 probably in Barbour County, Alabama. Rebecca resided in Cherokee in 1850. She resided in Cherokee in 1860. Rebecca married Alfred Llewellyn and they lived around Archer, Texas.
SARY BRIGMAN, born about 1849 probably in Barbour Co. Mary resided in Cherokee in 1850. She resided in Cherokee in 1860. She resided in Cherokee in 1870.
JOSHUA "JOSH" L. BRIGMAN, born about 20 January 1851 in Cherokee; died 22 February 1925 in Wichita.
Joshua resided in Cherokee in 1860. He resided in Cherokee in 1870. He resided in Ellis in 1880. He resided in
Seymour in 1910. Joshua never married.
GEORGE HENRY BRIGMAN, born 28 January 1853 in Cherokee Co.; died 18 March 1923 in Uvalde County, Texas married EULA V. COX. Eula was born on 5 February 1866 in Texas and died on 12 January 1929 in Uvalde County.
SARAH JANEBRIGMAN, born in April 1855 in Cherokee Co.;married PHILLIP A. BERRY. Phillip was born about
1850 in Alabama. Sarah resided in Cherokee in 1860. She resided in Justice Precinct 5 in 1900. She resided
in Justice Precinct 4 in 1910. She resided at Wichita Falls in 1920.
WILLIAM P. BRIGMAN, born in January 1857 in Cherokee; died 25 May 1928 in Decatur, Wise, Texas;married (1) in 1885, MINNIE W. STUBBLEFIELD OF ILLINOIS. Minnie was born on 5 April 1863 in Lincoln, Johnson, Nebraska. William married (2) MAGGIE MABRY. Maggie was born about 1858 in Texas.
MARTINBRIGMAN, born about 1858 in Cherokee Co. Martin resided in Cherokee County in 1860. He resided in Cherokee in 1870. He resided in Ellis in 1880.
LULA LAVINA BRIGMAN, born in January 1861 in Cherokee; died 18 July 1923 at Hillsboro, Hill, Texas Lula resided
at Cherokee in 1860. She resided at Cherokee in 1870. She resided in Ellis in 1880. She acted as post master on 18 July 1895 in Hill County, Texas. She resided at Justice Precinct 3 in 1900. She resided in Duran in 1910. She resided in Justice Precinct 1 in 1920.Miss Lula Brigman was a former instructor at the State Reformatory at Gatesville.Lula never married.
Many thanks to the genealogist, Jesse Shanks, who has contributed a short biography on Joshua L. Brigman that details some of the early years the family spent in Texas.The information comes from a short biography found in "Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory" by James Cox, Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., 1895 and stated"The task of running the farm and caring for the mother and young children devolved upon the sons, of whom J.[Joshua] L. was the eldest. He managed the affairs of the farm successfully until 1873, when he left Cherokee County and went to Freestone County, where he remained for about one year, when he changed his location to Navarro County, where he worked until 1878. The brothers then formed a partnership, and engaged in cattle raising in Ellis County under the firm name of the Brigman Brothers. Later they took their cattle to Hill County, where they obtained a wider range, and kept them here until the county began to fill up with farmers, and, the range being fenced in, they were unable to hold their herd of cattle together longer. So they divided it up, and, leaving some in Hill County, they located another division in Crosby County, and G.[George] H. and M.[Martin] A. Brigman took a herd to the head waters of the Yellow Horse Creek, in Lubbock County, and it was not long before their herd in that county numbered 13,000 head. Selling these out at a good figure, G.[George] H. and M.[Martin] A. went to Old Mexico, [along with their sister Lula] and purchased an interest in the Correttas ranch, in the State of Chihuahua, from Capt. J. B. Doak. The brothers were together in this venture, and remained there for between three and four years, when they again sold out and dissolved partnership."
Some of the young Brigman men got off to a rough start in the cattle business in Texas with their first
foray into the business as cattle rustlers.In 1887 William P. Brigman, known as W.P., was the first to
have a run-in with the law relating to rustling ranchers' cattle and selling them at market throughout
Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Illinois.In March of 1887 one hundred and four felony indictments were
issued against criminals and one of them was specifically for W.P.At one point, a $100 reward was posted for any man who could confine W.P. to any jail in the United States.Themany newspaper articles of the period describe W.P. as feigning (or otherwise) any knowledge to do with any cattle rustling.He emphatically stated he thought "somebody is trying to give me dirt."In a sort of all-points-bulletin, one sheriff put out a description of W.P. as " Brigman is about 35 years old, 5'3" high, pale gray eyes, light hair and mustache, eyes slightly squinted downward, is considerably addicted to drink, talks a little and whining, when stands around stand with his legs somewhat apart.He has a small scar under
one eye and I think the left, generally wears a white hat and had on light colored clothes when last seen."
A fondness for whiskey seemed a feature in some of the Brigman men of this family.
County officials looked far and wide for W.P., looking as far as Alabama where they found his name on a
hotel register. Not only was he charged with rustling cattle, but mules, as well.One newspaper article
stated that "he doesn't appear to be in hiding and has written several letters not concealing his
whereabouts.He wrote from Laredo, Texas and Poplar Bluff, Missouri and spoke of the health of his
cattle." When he found out he was wanted he wrote "I am very much shocked about what I have heard, had started there but have been advised not to go.I don't think I will have any trouble showing where I got all the stock although I hardly take any bill of sale."Authorities knew W.P.'s brothers had ranches in Mexico in the Santa Rosa Mountains, as well as Yellow Horse Canyon in Texas -- suspecting that W.P might be hiding out there.(For more information on some of these locations see Lula Lavina Brigman in the genforum.com thread).Some years later, W.P. was noted as having first been elected to and then
later resigning his commission as constable of Roanoke, so it is presumed hewas somehow able to untangle himself from his former mischief and become an upstanding citizen.
George was held under the Man Act in 1920 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for violating the Federal White
Slave Act, failed to provide a bond of $1500 and was confined to the county jail.Brigman said he was
taking Myrtle Barnard from that city to Amarillo.The girl was several years junior to Brigman.
Mart Brigman was also known to have a bit of a run-in with the law as an article entitled "Another Account from Hillsboro" , Jan 31, explains:Four deputy sheriffs....Mart Brigman [a sheriff] -- while under the influence of whiskey, last night went to the Missouri Pacific depot to await the arrival of the south bound passenger train.While they were waiting they pulled out their bottle and asked the agents to take a drink.One of the agents drank, whereupon one of them placed his hands upon his pistol.When they got below the West Station they began to shoot out window lights and to disarm passengers, shooting out nineteen lights and breaking two doors.
Another article regarding the same affair entitled "The Hoodlum Deputy Sheriffs Fined, Waco"  stated "The hoodlum quartette of Hill county train rioters plead guilty to the charge of carrying concealed weapons and were fined $30 each and costs amounting to $160.The bond of M.A. Brigman was fixed at $700, there being an additional charge of aggravated assault and battery.The above bonds restored the prisoners to liberty, but they were still retained behind the prison bars to await the filing of the formal charges for detention of the mails.
Another brother, Joshua (or "Josh) was noted in one newspaper entitled"Covered with Blood" and
explained Josh Bridgman [sic] has a scalp artery severed by a policemen."About 8 o'clock last night a
large crowd assembled in main Street by a man dyed scarlet from blood that was streaming down his face.Briggman [sic] said he was under the influence of liquor and talking loudly."Another report tells "Frank Williams, a bright little boy from Waxahachie, made the following statement of the affair -- I was standing at the bar talking with a man when I observed Mr. Briggman [sic] under the influence of drink.The next thing I knew a policeman had hit him on the head with what was said to be a loaded cane and the man then lay on the floor.He was brought in a bus in which I also rode.On the way in he threw a hatfull of blood all over me.
Lula Lavina Brigman letters speak of Josh's injury and noted at the time of Josh's death that it was the injury
received by the policeman that finally took Josh's life many years later.
The ""Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory" further details Joshua L. Brigman's life, stating that "during all the years Joshua had been operating in other parts of his state and in the neighboring country of Mexico, he had retained his herd in Hill County. So, after he sold out his Mexico interests, he returned to that county, and, making his home at Abbott, he has since devoted his attention more to buying and selling than to raising cattle and has been very successful. His ranch in Hill County consists of 1,800 acres, some 900 acres of which he has under cultivation. He has leased for a period of two years the Roberts Ranch, in Tarrant County, which is devoted almost exclusively to agriculture. He keeps about fifty head of horses on this ranch, and in addition to buying and selling he does considerable feeding of steers for the market. He earned the first money he invested in cattle, and from the small beginning, which he made in 1878, has grown his present holdings in ranch property and cattle. He attributes his whole success to his own hard work and careful management. Mr. Brigman has never married."
The thread on Lula Brigman on genforum.com gives further details of the family through her many letters throughout this period and a more complete picture of the family's trials and tribulations.
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