Fay, I believe this could be your lucky day.Check out the links pasted below.You're going to find that Lydia Briggs was the daughter of Ralph Briggs and Mary Elizabeth Wright.Ralph Briggs was the son of Ralph Briggs and Lidia.So, apparently, the younger Ralph named his daughter for his mother.
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Richard Parsons, Sr. (b. 1720, Wilkes County, NC; d. before February 21, 1785 in Pittsylvania County, VA), and Lydia Briggs (b. abt 1720, Goochland County, VA; d. 1787, Pittsylania County, VA)
Pittsylvania Co. Virginia Wills, Page 159-160
Dated Dec. 22, 1785, probated Feb. 21, 1785
Last Will and Testament of Richard Parsons
Richard Parsons being old and weak in body but enjoying my usual reason and memory.
To my well beloved daughter Hannah Madkiff and her husband Joseph Madkiff, one shilling.
To my well beloved daughter Agnes Madkiff and her husband John Madkiff, one shilling.
To my well beloved son George Parsons, one shilling.
To my well beloved son Joseph Parsons, one shilling.
To my well beloved son Samuel Parsons, the land where he now lives a dividing line to be made by Samuel and my son William.
To my beloved son William Parsons the land whereon he now lives to be divided as above. The above land is under a mortgage for which Samuel ia liable, should he not pay this, the land to be sold and the mortgage paid.
To my well beloved daughter Lydia Yates and her husband Stephen Yates, all my blacksmith tools.
My wife and I are now living with my daughter Lydia and
her husband Stephen Yates, and they are treating us with the greatest kindness, it is my desire that they have the remainder of my estate at the decease of myself and my wife.
I appoint my sons Joseph and William Parsons executors.
Richard (X) Parsons
Witnessed by John Parks, Samuel Parks and Richard Johnson
Source: Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820
Compiled by Lela Adams.
Richard Parsons is the son of Joseph Parsons and Sarah Woodson. He was born before 1714 in either Henrico County, Virginia. His will was written on December 22, 1783 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and his estate was probated there on February 21, 1785.
 Lydia BriggsFemale
Father: Ralph Briggs 
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Wright 
Name: Lidia Parsons+++ S798
Name: Lydia Briggs+++ S804
Birth: (1720) Goochland County, Virginia
Event: (AUG 1734) Virginia (is granted permission to choose Richard Parsons as her guardian after her brother, George Briggs, died.)+++ S804
Death: (1787) Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Source References for Lydia Briggs:
[S798] Goochland County, Virginia Deeds Book 4, 1741-1745
[S804] Goochland County Virginia Order Book No. 3, 1731-1735
Lydia Briggs was the daughter of Ralph Briggs and Elizabeth Mary Wright and brother of George Briggs. She was born in 1720 in Goochland County, Virginia. She died in Pittsylvania County Virginia in 1787.
John Wright (probably an uncle) was appointed as her guardian after both of her parents died (I do not have this date). John Wright died between March 14, 1729/30 and May 1730 at which time her brother George must have been of age, and become her guardian, because when George died in June of 1734, Lydia chose a new guardian, Richard Parsons. Hence, George must have been her guardian at the time. Lydia also inherited 400 acres of land from George on the south side of the James River along Muddy Creek.
Richard Parsons married Lydia Briggs
Joseph Parsons  +++ S796
Event: (AUG 1734) Goochland County, Virginia (Lydia Briggs was permitted to choose Richard Parsons her guardian)
Marriage: (1740) Goochland County, Virginia
Event: (13 AUG 1743) Goochland County, Virginia (they sold to Nicholas Davies 200 acres on Muddy Creek on the south side of James River for 20 pounds)+++ S798
Event: (17 DEC 1743) Goochland County, Virginia (they sold to John Alexander 200 acres on the south side James River on the west side Muddy Creek for 70 pounds)+++ S798
Richard and Lydia were married in 1740 in Goochland County, Virginia. They had the following children, all born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia:
Joseph (abt 1742 - 13 Aug 1833) m1. bef 1764, Margaret "Peggy" Griffith; m2. 26 Aug 1824, Sarah "Sally" Thompson
Mary Agnes (abt 1744 - ) m. 1760, John Midkiff, Sr.
Hannah (abt 1746 - ) m. Joseph Midkiff, Sr.
George (abt 1750 - 16 Jun 1846) m1. Anne Griffith, m2. Sarah Hardin
Samuel (abt 1752 - 1819) m. 21 Dec 1779, Rebecca Farthing
James (1753 - )
William (abt 1756 - 16 Mar 1818) m. Mary Blanks
Richard (1758 - )
Lydia (1760 - Aft 1805) m. 1775 Stephen Yates, Sr.
John (abt 1762 - d. 20 Jun 1808) m1. Mary Simmons, m2. bef 1784, Sarah (Sary) Adkins
The Richard Parsons who married Lydia Briggs is documented from 1735 to about 1745 in Goochland County, Virginia.
The Richard of Lunenburg/Halifax/Pittsylvania County is documented from 1748 to his death around 1785. He died testate in Pittsylvania County, Virginia naming his children and mentioning his wife only as 'my wife'. So far, I have not found a document that states Richard of Goochland and Richard of Pittsylvania are the same Richard. However, Richard sold his land in Goochland County and then a Richard appears in Lunenburg/Pittsylvania County shortly thereafter. Also, Christopher Parsons also appears in court records in Goochland and then appears in Lunenburg in the same year as Richard, as well as some other Pittsylvania families. The Richard Parsons of Surry County, North Carolina was married Elizabeth Feathers. He died 30 years after the Richard of Pittsylvania County also leaving a will. There is no documentation that links the two.
In August of 1734, Lydia Briggs, both her parents having previously died, was permitted to choose Richard Parsons her guardian. This indicates that she was a minor and he was at least 21 years of age.
On January 30, 1741, Richard Parsons patented 80 acres on the branches of the North Branch of Muddy Creek (alias Little Muddy Creek) in Goochland County, Virginia. [Library of Virginia, Digital Collection, Patents 20, 1741-43, P. 129].
On January 16, 1743 from Robert Yancey of the Parish of St. Martin and County of Louisa sold to Francis Amoss of the Parish of St. James and Goochland, 400 acres on the south side of James River in the Parish of St. James and Goochland, that was bounded by Richard Parsons
On April 22, 1743 Richard Parsons of Goochland County, Virginia, sold to Nicholas Spears 80 acres on Muddy Creek on the south side of James River for 5 pounds.
On August 13, 1743 Richard and Lydia Parsons of Goochland County, Virginia, sold to Nicholas Davies 200 acres on Muddy Creek on the south side of James River for 20 pounds. This is the first mention of his wife.
On December 17, 1743 Richard and Lydia Parsons of the Parish of St. James and Goochland sold to John Alexander 200 acres on the south side James River on the west side Muddy Creek for 70 pounds. [Goochland County Deeds, Virginia Deeds, 1741-1745, Deed Book 4, Page 346]
Lydia's brother George Briggs was first granted the above 400 acres in 1733. George died about 1634 and Lydia inherited the land.
On February 25, 1744 Francis Amoss of Goochland and Parish of Southam sold to Richard Ligon 400 acres on both sides of the upper branch of Muddy Creek alias Little Muddy Creek, and bounded by Richard Parsons.
On November 20, 1745, Richard Parsons is mentioned Goochland County, Virginia 1741-1745, Deed Book 4].
On March 7, 1747, Richard is granted 400 acres on both sides of Great Cherrystone Creek in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
On Noveber 2, 1748, Richard is granted an additional 400 acres in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, adjoining his other lands.
On June 14, 1749, Richard Pasrons is grated 2000 acres on Mill Creek in Virginia.
In June of 1749 Richard Parsons was appointed as surveyor of the new road between Staunton River and the Mayo Settlement at the Wart Mountain in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
In July of 1752, Richard sells land to John Watson in Halifax County, Virginia.
Between 1752 and 1755, Richard Parsons is granted permission to construct a grist mill on Cherry Creek in Halifax County, Virginia.
In March of 1753, as surveyor, he was ordered to mark a road from the mouth of Snow Creek to Hickey's Road in the same county.
On March 20, 1760 is in Halifax County, Virginia.
In a deed recorded in Halifax County, Virginia, April 19, 1764, Richard Parsons sells his son Joseph Parsons 100 acres of land for 10 pounds [Halifax County Deed Books 2-6, compiled by Marian Dodson Chiarito] .
On May 14, 1764, Richard Parsons sold to his son George Parsons, both of Halifax County, Virginia, for 10 pounds, 100 acres on the south side of Little Cherrystone Creek, being the land that George was living on at the time. It was recorded June 21, 1764
In 1765, Richard and George Parsons were listed in the Halifax Voters List. [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On June 10, 1767, Richard (Persons) and his son Joseph are named for Cambden Parish in Pittsylvania County's first list of Tithables (The History of Pittsylvania County, Viginia, by Maud Carter Clement. Reprinted by The Pittsylvania Historical Society, 1988, page 278).
In 1767, Richard Parsons, as surveyor, was ordered to mark the road from mouth of Snow Creek to Hickey's Road (in Franklin Co) [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
In 1768, George Parsons was in Antrim Parish [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On July 29, 1768, Francis Bucknal was granted a patent in Pittsylvania County for 238 acres on both sides of Great Cherry stone Creek adjoining Parson's Land. [Land Office Patents No. 37, 1767-1768, p. 243 (Reel 37), Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41].
In 1771, Richard Parsons is found in the Pittsylvania County Court Order Records [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On August 3, 1771, John Hicks was granted a patent in Pittsylvania County for 400 acres on the branches of Little Cherrystone Creek adjoining Richard Parsons. [Land Office Patents No. 40, 1771-1772, p. 516 (Reel 39), Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41].
In May of 1777, Richard signed the Oath of Allegiance in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
In 1782, Richard and his sons, William, Samuel, John, Joseph and George are named in the Pittsylvania County Census. Richard had 5 persons. [Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books]
On December 22, 1783, Richard and Lydia according to his will, are living with their daughter Lydia Yates and her husband Stephen Yates. Stephen ran the Old Yates Tavern in Gretna, Virginia. (The old Yates Tavern still stands today about ten miles from town.)
In the Pittsylvania County, Virginia Deed and Will Book #11, p. 159, probably February 21, 1785, Richard Parsons' will is recorded.
Father: Ralph Briggs 
Birth: (EST 1687)
 Mary Elizabeth Wright
Father: Francis Wright 
Mother: Mary Ann Hill 
Birth: (EST 1687) Middlesex County, Virginia
Death: (1724) Lancaster County, Virginia
Ralph Briggs married Mary Elizabeth Wright
Lydia Briggs 
On January 11, 1670/71, at Lancaster County Ct.O.B. 1666-1680/177 the court ordered Will Frizell to deliver up to Francis Wright and Mary his wife, orphan of Charles Hill, deceased, all cattle belonging to Mary. This record identifies Mary (Hill) Wright as the wife of Francis Wright.
On August 13, 1690, at Lancaster County Ct.O.B. 1686-1696/136 the court granted administration of the estate of Francis Wright to his widow Mary Wright.
On Jan 12, 1698/99, at Lancaster County Ct.O.B. 1696-1702/59 Francis Wright (son) was granted part of his deceased father's estate in the hands of his mother Mary Lawrence (remarried), administratrix of William Lawrence, deceased. Similar orders were granted for Charles Wright, Mary Wright, and John Wright. Other records confirm Francis, Charles, and John as sons of 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, Virginia, and Mary (Hill) (Wright) Lawrence. This record, therefore, identifies Mary Wright as a daughter of 1690 Francis and Mary.
On March 8, 1706, at Lancaster County D.B. 9/225 Ralph Briggs was a witness to a deed from Francis Wright to his brother Charles Wright of 50 acres of land that descended from Charles Hill to Mary (Hill) Wright, the mother of Francis and Charles.
On December 15, 1713, at Lancaster County D.B. 9/476 Francis Wright and his wife Anne conveyed 50 acres of land to Ralph Briggs, land that formerly belonged to his father Francis Wright, with John Wright as a witness. This conveyance is similar to the 50 acre conveyance to Charles Wright and a later 50 acres conveyance to John Wright and suggests that Francis Jr. was treating his siblings the same. That in turn suggests that Ralph Briggs had married Mary Wright and was receiving the 50 acres on her behalf.
On December 10, 1718, at Lancaster County D.B. 11/110 Francis Wright and his wife Anne, Charles Wright, and Ralph Briggs sold to William Ranken 70 acres of land that Francis had inherited from his mother Mary (Hill) Wright and sold to Charles Wright and that Charles Wright had sold to Ralph Briggs. This again suggests a family connection among these people and that Ralph Briggs had married Mary Wright.
On January 22, 1722, at Henrico County Minute Book 1719/1724/225 & 226, administration was granted on Ralph Brigg's estate and John Wright was appointed guardian of Lydia Briggs, indicating she was a minor child of Ralph Briggs. John Wright, the son of 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, has been identified as 1730 John Wright of Goochland County, Virginia. This is through his son Meredith. The will of 1730 John Wright of Goochland County makes clear that his son Meredith was under 21 years of age and, therefore, born after March 14, 1708/9.
On August 10, 1710, at Lancaster County D.B. __/324 William Meredith recorded a young fillie for his grandson Meredith Wright and Charles Wright gave Meredith Wright a cow. In his will, 1730 John Wright named his son Meredith Wright and gave a cow to Lydie Briggs. This is a similar gift that John's brother Charles made to Meredith and suggests a family reciprocation of uncle giving nephew/niece a cow. In any event, these transactions tie 1730 John Wright of Goochland County to Ralph Briggs and add further confirmation that his sister Mary Wright married Ralph Briggs.
Ralph Briggs m Mary Wright
Posted by Joyce Pryor on Sat, 19 Feb 2005, in response to Briggs Family, posted by Joseph Briggs on Sun, 07 Nov 2004
I am looking for information on Ralph Briggs born abt 1690. He married Mary Wright. They both died young and daughter Lydia was raised by John Wright. Willing to share information.
1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County married Mary Hill before 1670, resided in Lancaster County from 1671 through 1690, and had sons Francis Jr., Charles, and John and daughter Mary (Wright) Briggs, wife of Ralph Briggs.
Mary (Hill) Wright, the widow of 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, married second William Lawrence and third William Meredith, so she was Mary (Hill) (Wright) (Lawrence) Meredith. Jeff picked up the third marriage from one of the Lancaster County documents.
Francis Jr., the son of 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, was born before 1677, married Anne _____ before 1706, and resided in Lancaster County until 1718. His whereabouts thereafter are unknown.
John Wright, the son of 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, was 1730 John Wright of Goochland County, who was born between 1678 and 1684, married Elizabeth Meredith, resided in Lancaster until about 1718, then moved to Goochland County, died there in 1730, and left a cow to his niece Lidey Briggs, and named his sons Meredith, William, John, and Francis. 1730 John Wright was described in one document as a carpenter
1677-July 11 Lancaster Co VA:Whereas at the last Court hled for this County, Order was granted unto Col William Ball against Peter Kilgor for one hdd of tobacco weighing net 404 lb which the sd Kilgor paid away belonging to Col Wm Ball. It now appearing that ye said tobacco was belonging to the sd Kilgor and paid away by the said Ralph Briggs to ye sd Col Wm Ball. It is therefore ordered that the sd 404 lb of tobacco and ca be forthwith paid by ye sd Briggs to the sd Kilgor with costs p378 (p69-70 6 9/7)
1684-December 15 Lancaster Co VA:At this Court, Peter Kilgore, Attorney of Ralph Briggs, doth confesse Judgemt unto Mr. Thomas Wilke for 455 lbs tobacco: due p Bill from the said Briggs, which is ordered to be paid forthwith: according to the tenor of the said Bill with costs p181 (p50 5 9/7)
1689-November 13 Lancaster Co VA:Peter Kilgore & Jno England security for Lida Briggs widow of Ralph Briggs (dec'd)-Estate settlement p114 (p62 4 9/7)
Mary (Wright) Briggs and her husband Ralph Briggs remained in Lancaster County until 1718 and then moved to Henrico County where both died before 1722.