I just saw your message about Joseph Briggs. (he was my Great Great Uncle). Hopefully I can help a little... he was married to an American lady called Elizabeth, unfortunately I don't know her maiden name. They had the following children: Joseph Ashworth Briggs born Abt. 1899 in USA(who died at an early age) - Viola Briggs born Abt. 1900 USA - Helen - Alice - Ruth and Joseph Ashworth II.
On the 1901 Census the family lived at Sunny Bank, Church, Lancashire
Joseph Briggs’ father, who was also called Joseph, was born abt 1843 in Accrington, Lancashire.
Joseph Briggs senior married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) probably before 1862.
Ellis Island entry records Joseph Briggs (senior) as Complexion Fair, Hair Grey, Eyes Grey, Height 5ft 9 inches.
Joseph senior arrived with daughter Martha Briggs in New York on 28 Jul 1912 on board the S.S. Caronia, departure from Liverpool on 20th July 1912, destination; son Joseph Briggs Woodridge, N.J.
Its very confusing as it appears that both Joseph senior and Joseph Junior, amrried Elizabeths!
Hope this helps. Please let me know how you get on.
PSI have a photograph of the family if you are interested.