My g-g-g-g-grandfather was Eli Briggs, b.abt. 1805 in VA. He married Serena (or Lorina) abt. 1827 in Warren Co.,Ohio. They had children: Malissa, Malinda, William (my ancestor) Slias, Eli, and Joel in Ohio. Sometime before 1844, they moved to Warren Co., Indiana and had three more children, Sarah, John, and Chloe.I, too, am searching for Eli's father.I believe his grandfather was William, b. abt. 1760, but have not found a direct link...Your Joseph, b. 1794, would be about the right age...will search that out.