My grandfather's anem was Orin Gail Briggs. As far as I know, he lived in SC his entire life - except for a period of military service. I saw your posting and I am wondering if we are somehow connected. I have an old family bible, copyright in 1857, and several referneces are made to "family members" in Amherst, Massachusets. There are also references to Briggs' in Texas, mainly San Antonio. I live in southern NH now. If you are close by and want to have a look at the bible, please e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll see if I can get it to you.