Thanks for your messages. That is a great photo! And it makes me want more. We don't have a single photo of Luther J. Briggs, Sr., and only that one photo of Luther, Jr., when he was little. Very frustrating. My great aunts told me, I think, that Russell was an bank executive in Providence, so that would mean he moved back to the East Coast. I haven't confirmed that, but it would explain why the photo was in NE. Alternatively, it may have been sent to a relative or friend back when it was taken. Anyway, maybe someday a photo of one of the Luthers will turn up. I would be interested in buying the photo, so let me know what your expenses are. Thanks!
There is a link at the top of the first page of Luther, Sr.'s, bio page at my website that will take you to his parents. Also, the link to the charts will take you to his "pedigree" chart, and that will have links to individuals too. If you have any trouble finding that, let me know. I have pages for all his Briggs ancestors back to Clement. Thank you for your nice words about my site. It is a pet project, obviously. I intend to develop the Luther, Sr., biography and his father's into a publication of some sort, but that's some time off. I still have a lot of digging to do, and contexts to ponder.
You can add a link to my site whereever you would like. There aren't any male Briggs descended from Luther's father John Briggs. That I know, unless there was some hanky panky that I don't know about. I haven't found any males descended from his father John beyond the 1930 census and a few that show up in the Social Security Death Index. There must be plenty out there. Hopefully some will come forward. I've been in touch with severel Bartlett men who could provide genealogically important evidence if they got tested, but they refused. One said there was nothing in it for him personally. Don't know the reasons for the others.
A curious note to Luther's father. The will of his second wife leaves money to two people named John Briggs. One was John C. the other was John B. I have no idea who they were. I find no relatives, cousins, or whatever to fit. He had a son named John K. Briggs who died in a battle in Utah in the 1860s, and there is no evidence that he had a family of his own. I hope to sort out that. They surely weren't illegitimate sons, unless his wife was oddly magnanimous.
Oh, incidentally, I was surprised and happy to see a photo of Ebenezer Briggs' house in Brandon, VT. I work with one of his descendants! Small world, for sure. Would you part with that one too?? I think she'd like to have it. We were speculating about what his house was like, since it's been torn down.