Hello Paula, I descend from Elias Briggs of Schuyler Co. IL and his wife, Jane(Reddick)Briggs...my maternal Ggg grandparents.My information is that my Elias was b.c. 1798 in VA(prob. Giles)but after that, I have only speculation.
I have thought for the longest time that Elias' parents were John Briggs and Mary(Holdsworth)Briggs of Surry co. VA; however, I've never been able to prove this connection.All I had to go on was the tradition that Elias' mother's first name was Mary.The marriage for John Briggs and Mary Holdsworth is, I think, dated 1786.This is the closest match I could find.
If you have more information regarding the Briggses in IL or VA, please drop me a line. Thanks, Larry D. Hamilton Coats