I regards to the origins of Zephaniah Briggs we have papers that list:
Zephaniah, born June 16, 1736
Father is Seth Briggs, mother is Ann Whimarsh, both of Bristol county, MA.
Seth's father is Thomas Briggs, born March 1680.
Thomas's father is Jonathan Briggs, born June 14, 1635.
And here is the kicker, Jonathan is the son of Clement Briggs who in 1621 came from Surrey England on the ship "Fortune" to Plymouth colony.The "Fortune" is probably only second in fame to the "Mayflower".Typing in "Clement Briggs" in any search will turn up copious documentation of his assets and decendents.
As for me, I have recently discovered that Clement is my great (x10) grandfather, and that Zephaniah is my great (x6) grandfather.Dean, Zephaniah's son is my great (x5) granfather, and his son, Samuel Briggs left Plymouth MA for Ohio where he married, and died in Canyonville Oregon.From there he established a well known family line of Briggs' in the Canyonville area.Somewhere after Samuel's son William Franklin, my patrilinial line split off into the Chapman line.I am still sketchy about some of those details.
One question I have in regards to Zephania is this: according to a paper I have, he was the son of Seth and Ann, but according to a webpage (http://www.gendex.com/users/rtwgen/mwheeler/d0069/g0000041.html) he is the son of Noah Briggs and Elisabeth Trumbull.Yet on both, Zephaniah is listed as being born on June 16, 1736 in Berkley, MA.(His death is unlisted on my paper, but on the page is shows he lived to be 101!)
I highly doubt that there were two Zephaniah Briggs born on the same day in the same city in 1736.But mine links him extensivly to Clement while the other lists his father as Noah, whom I have never heard of.It seems to me to be a very odd mystery.