I found the letter I was looking for: "the book Koran, New York, 1883 or 7- so grandfather must have been in New York as the writing was his and the book on the Arab Religion.All his books were old and on religious subjects.I gave his Biblical Dictionary to Bill, as Mina (Jason's daughter) gave it to me to send to him. I hope he has kept it - Mina wanted me to give Bill the family Bible, but I did not think that was necessary."
Letter was from Hazel Briggs Asby to Samantha "Dorothy" Louisa Briggs Murray dated April 25, 1970.
There is hints; Jo? and Polly Briggs, etc. Louisa may have went to NY to marry because of the Morman angle, a letter from Edna Anne Hannibal, author of Clement Briggs in Plymouth Colony and His Descendents, Grandma saw a article about Ansel Briggs inquiry about his heirs in a Wash. paper, but there was nothing dn to clear up titles and that was ll she saw of it. Louisa Brigg bible a copy of her obituary from a Denver paper : A "Descendant of Martyred Latimer Dies In Denver....... .......Her husband Jason W. Briggs was a Highland Scotch and his ascestors fought with Sir William Wallace and Robert Bruce" "Grandfather and Mother left the East in the first big mining excitement at which is now the capitol of Cal.F. They with two of their boys came overland and wer 6 monts on the way. This is all I remember,except Grandma Polly lives with her boys" Hazel writes notes: "Remembering grandfather Jason: "He wa s Methodist minister after dropping out of the Episcopal Church and quite a crusader.....He knew his Bible from start to end.Hbelieved in the old Testament was a history not only of the Jew out of that era and necessarily the direct word of God.This did not set well ...he resigned from preaching...Toward the end of his life he wrote a book until he went blind.He spent time earlier in life contradicting the Morman theories.Since ...hd know young Mormans and their visions as a young man he did not believe Jos.Smith and Brigham Youn had a corner on what was best for the young people of that day...yeas later he did not mind going to Salt Lake , telling anyone who would listen that polygamy was all wrong as well as the doctrines they preached...became acquainted with a Satle Lake conver whose husband took to polygamy...from England and this lady was educated.her name was Fannie Stenhouse and she wrote a book about the journey from England and accross the plains...Jason helped her get it published out side of Utah and she gave him a copy..that was my fist "western" with all the exitement of Mountain Meadows Massacre..". I hope this helps you. I would be very interested in what you have. Jeannette Briggs Dickey Masear Mas8315@aol.com