I just uncovered this obituary regarding Mariah Ross in the Florence [AL] Times Newspaper archives.She was Herman E. Briggs' mother.
Florence Times, January 26, 1900 Death entered the home of Esq. H.E. Briggs, of this place, Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 1900, and claimed for its victim his mother, Mrs. Mariah Briggs, (nee Ross).She was born at Carter's Creek, Mauray county, Tenn., Feb. 22, 1814, and was married to Chas. W. Briggs, of that place, Feb. 19, 1833.She was the mother of five children, three of whom and her husband preceded her to the spirit world. She was one of the oldest residents of the community, being 86 years 11 months 3 days old."Grandma," as she was familiarly called, was a firm believer in and a faithful follower of Christ, having professed the Christian faith while quite young, and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church.She said many times during her last days that she was ready and would be glad when her "Master" called her "home." Her remains were laid to rest in the Hermon cemetery, in the certain hope of a glorious resurection.She leaves two children, and many friends who mourn her loss -- but as we believe our termporary loss is her eternal gain, we sorrow not as those who have no hope.May the guiding hand of Him who doeth all things well sustain the sorrowing ones until He shall say to them, "it is enough, come up higher."