His father John Briggs Was killed in the Mexican War in New Orleans, LA 21 Jun 1848. There is a book about this called "Tennesseans in the War with Mexico" By: Reid Brock, Thomas O. Brock, and Tony Hays He was in the 4th Inf Enlisted 9-30-1847 At Kingston.
Willie Briggs: Killed in Civil War Died at the age of 17, Union Soldier. Lookout Mt. TNHIs Brother Sam Saw him get shot.
Samuel Thomas Briggs: Died of Old Age Helped Haul logs to build the Church at Poplar Springs Near Gallahar Rd.Also a Union Soldier.
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