Mary Goodrich, m. 24 Feb. 1772 Frederick Briggs in Brunswick Co.Va.
William & Rebecca (BRIGGS) TALLEY were married on November 2, 1799 in Brunswick Co.
Since Frederick and Mary were married in Brunswick Co., and since their daughter was later married there in 1799, I would focus on that area. There was a Frederick Briggs in Brusnwick Co., VA., in the 1810 census.Note that the daughter and her husband soon moved to Charlotte Co. and remained there for almost 30 years before moving on to Tennessee.I would also search there.Migrating into North Carolina was was a lot of people in this area did, and then many of them moved on to South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, or Alabama.There was a Howell Briggs in 1810 Burke Co., N.C.There were many Briggs in Stokes Co., N.C.In 1840 there were two Howell Briggs in North Carolina.One was in Burke and the other was in Granville.There was an Edward Briggs in 1810 Buncombe, N.C.He was still there in 1820.
Wish I could be of more help.Are you connected to this family?This is an interesting quest that you are pursuing, considering what happened to Frederick Briggs.Come back and let us know what you find.
DATE: Fri May 14 08:25:43 1999
NAME: Barbra Jean., (Baker) Hathcock
LOCATION: Columbus, Ohio
COMMENTS: TALLEY/BRIGGS ... I am researching the TALLEY/TALLY line.
William & Rebecca (BRIGGS) TALLEY were married on November 2, 1799 in Brunswick Co, but all their children were born in Charlotte Co.Rebecca was the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Goodrich) BRIGGS.
The children of this union were:
Elizabeth (1802) m. Manley FORD;
Martha (1805) m. Williamson ROSS;
John Peter (1807) m. Jedidah M. SAUNDERS;
William H.(1808) m. Sarah UNKNOWN;
Rebecca (1810) m. Charles William FALLEN;
Joseph S. (1814) m. Lucinda Caroline WESSON;
Sarah Ellington (1815) m. Charles William FALLEN;
James George (1816);
Edward F. (1818) m. 1st UNKNOWN 2nd Lucy Ann Francis BIBB;
Arianna Pernett (1824) m. Milton Jackson BALLARD.
(All birth dates are give or take a year.)
By 1840 almost this entire family had moved to Tipton Co., TN.
I am at my "Great Wall Of China" with trying to find the parents/siblings of William.He was born about 1775 SOMEWHERE in VA.Being from the "NORTH", it was very flustrating when I learned of the "Burned Counties" of VA.
William & Rebecca Briggs Talley had migrated from Charlotte Co, VA, to Tipton Co., TN by December 1833.
In 1810, 1820, and 1830, William Talley was listed in the Charlotte Co., VA census. He was on the 1840 Tipton Co., TN census, and died in 1845.
William Talley md Rebecca Briggs on November 2, 1799 in Brunswick Co., VA By 1832 they had moved to Tipton Co., TN.
William's will was probated on June 3, 1845 and Rebecca's was probated in March 1848, both in Tipton Co., TN.
They had 10 children (all born in Charlotte Co., VA):
Elizabeth (1802) md Manley Ford, moved to TX and had 7 chldren.
Martha A. (1805) md Williamson Rose, and stayed in Tipton Co., TN, and had 8 children.
John Peter (1807) md Jediah M.Sanders, moved to Lauderdale Co., and had 9 children. At least one son, moved to Haywood Co. where he was a lawyer.
William H. (1809) md Frances Emily (Unknown) - nothing else know about him
Rebecca G. (1810) md Chalres William Fallin, she died relatively young in Tipton Co., and had one child.
Joseph S. (1814) md Caroline Lucinda Wesson, had 8 children, and moved to AR. He died there, and at least some of his children moved back to Tipton Co.
Sarah Ellington (1815) md Charles William Fallin (widower of her sister), they had 3 children in Tipton Co., and she died at the age of 33.
James George (1816) died before 1861 in Tipton Co., nothing else known about him.
Edward Frederick (1818) md Lucy Ann Francis Bibb in Lauderdale Co., died in 1869 in Tipton Co. They had 5 children.
Arrianna Pernett (1824) md Milton Jackson Ballard in Tipton Co., and had at least 4 children.
This is one of the most heart-moving things I've ever uncovered in family research.It's about a grandson of Samuel Briggs, who would have been a cousin to the Johnsons and Webbs.He was Frederick Briggs, son of Thomas Briggs.Frederick and one of his sisters had married into the Goodrich families.
To hear that someone was hanged for horse stealing gives you the idea that they were just some family trash, but as you read the letter below that this condemned man wrote to his family, you will see him in a different light.It's hard for us to imagine in our day and time that someone would be executed over a horse.Imagine the stigma that this man's family had to bear for years to come.Imagine the economic and social consequences on this family.Pay attention, too, to the writing ability of this man.I spaced it out into paragraphs so it would be easier to read.The letter itself is a piece of art from the past.
Thomas Briggs, son of Samuel and Mary (Bailey) Briggs
Thomas Briggs, son of Samuel and Mary (Bailey) Briggs, married Frances — and they were the parents of five children whose births are in the Albemarle Parish Register.
At least one daughter was born before the start of the register. Frances Briggs died 2 September 1751.
Thomas Briggs got a patent for 180 acres on both sides of the south fork of the Meherrin River in Brunswick (now Lunenburg) County and 300 acres on the north side of Couches Creek in 1741. In May 1749 he bought 112 acres on Hunting Quarter Swamp from Richard Avery.
Thomas was a sergeant during the French and Indian War. Thomas married second Agnes (—) Washington, the widow of Thomas Washington.
In 1755 Thomas and his wife were residents of Surry County when they sold 511 acres on Hunting Quarter Swamp to Ephraim Knight. This was possibly the land he inherited. Thomas bought 215 acres in Surry County in 1756.
Thomas Briggs bought 350 acres on Three Creeks 11 November 1755 that he and Agnes sold 350 acres in 1762. That same year they sold his 215 acres in Surry County to Michael Nicholson. In 1760 Thomas gave four slaves to Peter Jones who had married his daughter, Lucretia. In 1761 Thomas gave a slave each to daughters Sarah and Jane and in 1763 he gave “one Negro boy Roger” to his son Frederick.
Three Sussex County citizens appraised the estate of Thomas Briggs in 1776. His son-in-law Peter Jones reported on estate accounts of Thomas Briggs, deceased, in 1790.
Children of Thomas and Frances (—) Briggs
3› Lucretia Briggs [586.3.1] married Peter Jones. See their family
3› Joel Briggs [586.3.2] (28 Mar. 1741 ).
3› Jane Briggs [586.3.3] (11 Feb. 1742/3 ).
3› Frederick Briggs [586.3.4] (14 Feb. 1744/5 - 16 Oct. 1789) disappeared from Sussex County after 1764. He married Mary Goodrich in Brunswick County 24 February (bond) 1772. After finding Frederick guilty of horse stealing, the Prince Edward District Court sentenced him to death. Here is the letter he penned to his family from prison. It may be found in A History of the Mason and Briggs Families, Miriam Virginia Mason Abernathy (1996
“My Dear Wife --
The hand of Justice has arrested me in Virginia, at a great distance from you and my other dear friends, whom I never more expect to see; I do, therefore, write this to acquaint you with my lamentable fate, and to convey a wretched father’s last request and charge to the children whom my bleeding heart cherishes with a fondness that only death can destroy.
On the third of August, I was taken up, together with my companion, M’Elheney, in Nottoway County, charged with carrying off the horses of a Mr. Spencer, in Charlotte, about fifty miles from the place of our capture. From the jail of Nottoway, we were sent, on the 13th of the same month, for trial, to Charlotte County; where we were detained in prison till the 30th, and then, by the examining court, were sent down to Prince Edward, to be tried before the District Court; on the first of September, our trial came on, and the jury having brought us in GUILTY, on the ninth, we received the awful sentence of DEATH!
What a melancholy scene does the history of a few days present to your view! Surely I must have been infatuated to have brought myself into a situation where every day’s anguish of mind would more than balance the follies and fancied pleasures of all my past days of dissipation; and, yet these distressful days are the prelude to the tremendous day of my excecution, and the most tremendous day of standing at the bar of the eternal God, in judgement.
Oh! my dear, what shall I do? My soul shudders at the Catastrophe to which I am reduced, and which I am unable now to prevent. O! that I had contented myself at home in industrious labor, with you and my dear, DEAR children - then I might have enjoyed peace, with the most homely fare; whereas, now, I am torn violently from you all, forever! and have brought distressing ignominy and reproach upon myself and family.
But this regret is useless now - I have no prospect of any relief, but from the God of mercy and compassion. To Him, I have been attempting to turn my distressed thoughts, and to seek His mercy and grace, ever since my confinement in Charlotte. But the thought of you and my poor dear children, so overwhelms and overburdens my distressed mind, that I scarce can command one calm reflection.
My dear creature; as I never more expect to see you in this world, I beseech and charge you to take care of our poor children as well as you can - let me entreat you, by the love and affection that always subsisted between us, not to suffer any person to use them ill, if you can help it.
I hope that the dying words of a husband that loves you, will prevail with you to keep the children out of the way of bad company, lest the untimely wretched fate of their poor father should be their’s.
Let me also beseech you, to take more care of their precious immortal souls, than we both have done; and that you may the better succeed in this, be engaged for your own salvation - for death may be as near you as it me; it may seize you, at home and in security, as well as it has unexpectedly approached me - and I am sure, if you saw the grim messenger, as plain as I now view him, ready to grasp you in his dreadful arms, you would feel your need of a change of heart, and an interest in Jesus Christ, who, only, can save the lost.
O! fly, fly from the wrath to come, and warn our beloved children, also, to escape the terrors of the law. Bring them up in the fear of God, and keep them from the vile practices of a sinful world; so may you look for a blessing from that merciful God, who is the widow’s guardian and the orphan’s friend.
Oh; if I were a faithful servant of that God, how easily I might leave you under His protection and fatherly care; for He hath promised, in Jeremiah, 49 ch. 11v., “Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive, and let thy widow trust in me.” Now, my dear, let my entreaties prevail with you to seek the Lord for yourself and for your children; and when I am dead and forgotten, as I soon shall be, let me be considered as yet speaking in this mournful letter.
Call my dear fatherless children around you, to hear what their miserable father has to say to them: Come, my fatherless, unfortunate little ones: come, listen to your dying parent’s last request and charge. I have been too negligent of your precious perishing souls, while I was with you - I now confess it, before God and you, and would try to make one feeble attempt, before I die, to say something to you for your good. I beseech, I conjure, I command you all, to seek the Lord in the days of your youth; quit the follies of the idle and thoughtless, and try to give yourselves up to God in time, lest His wrath burn fiercely against you forever. Don’t give way to frolicking and company-keeping; these ruin and destroy many a soul. Be resolved to seek God’s mercy, let others do what they will; pray much, avoid the wicked, and all of you carefully associate with people of good characters. Be industrious, for idleness leads into bad company, extravagance and wickedness of every kind; it often leads into dishonesty and RUIN.
My dear daughter, my beloved Nancy Goodrich, I think I see you weeping by your mama’s side, while she reads; let me address you particularly; you are grown up to be a woman; remember that virtue and religion will be your greatest ornaments. If you behave well and shun bad company, you may be happy and esteemed, though your unfortunate father is not. Assist your dear distressed mother; obey her, and try to comfort her in her afflictions - may the almighty God bless you, my dear child, and make us meet in a better world. How can I support under the grief that wrings my heart while I bid you a long farewell.
My poor Howell and Edward, will you remember your poor father’s words; my heart bleeds for you, my poor dear fellows, lest you should live wickedly and die miserably - resolve to be good boys, and obey your poor dear mother in all things; do your best to help her, in an honest way. If you behave well, and be industrious, you will always be encouraged by good people. Never associate with idle, wicked company, lest you come to the unhappy end of your unfortunate father - my poor boys, seek and serve the Lord, and He will bless you. Oh! that He will pity your youth and teach you His ways - farewell, my dear fellows, farewell!
Clerimon and Dolly, little Tommy and Queen Polly; dear babes and children, how I could press you to my bosom, if you were here; but, oh no, my rough irons would hurt your tender limbs.
Oh, for one parting kiss from my dear children, but that cannot be; I am to die without seeing you; then, remember what your dear daddy says to you - be good children, pray to God every day, do what your mama bids you, and as you grow up, help her with alI your might to provide and maintain you all in an industrious way. My sweet little children, I am not fit to bless you, but I hope the God of Mercy will.
My blessed wife, if you have had another child since I left home, let it also know my fate when it gets old enough, and warn it thus to avoid an end like mine.
Tell my poor mother, that her hapless son is just about to be hurried out of this world - I expect she will be shocked and distressed, but I hope God will support her.
I hope my brothers and sisters will have compassion on my distressed family, and not grudge to do them every kindness in their power - the Lord will reward their kind hearts, if they act thus and also serve Him. I here bid them all an affectionate farewell.
My dear soul; it is but justice that, with my dying hands, I record how I regard you, and declare, that I never saw a woman on whom I could better depend. May God reward your FAITHFULNESS.
Let Howell be bound apprentice, when about nineteen, to some trade; let him have his choice. If you ever marry again, bind out all the boys; but if you live a widow, you cannot do without them - keep what little there is together for your needy rising family. And now, as it appears probable that we shall never see each other in the face again in this world, let us try to cast ourselves into the arms of God’s mercy, and seek His favor, that we may be allowed to meet in a happier world hereafter.
And now, my dearest love, how shall I take my last leave of you on earth! Oh, how shall I say that we must meet no more, until the Heavens and the Earth pass away - there must we meet before the JUDGMENT SEAT!
How can I bear to think that I am dead to you forever! My God, support my wife - and, oh, have mercy upon her wretched, but most affectionate husband.
P. S. The time appointed for our execution, is the 16th October. Keep this letter to show to the children as they grow up, and take a copy of it, which I wish you, for my sake, to read often to them. Farewell, my dearest wife, farewell!
COURT ORDERS - CHARLOTTE COUNTY, VA
BOOK EIGHT1789 - 1792
Submitted by Tom McCargo7 April 1999
31 August 1789
Pg 33Court held for the examination of William McElhany and
Frederick Briggs, who stands committed to the common jail on the
suspicion of feloniously, stealing, taking and leading away on the 2nd
day of this instant, two horses, towit, a bay and a sorrel, of the
value of ?20, each belonging to John Spencer. The prisoner was led to
the bar in the custody of the Sheriff, and being charged with the
fact, saith he is in no wise guilty thereof. Whereupon, sundry
witnesses were produced, sworn and examined, as well on behalf of the
Commonwealth as the sd Briggs/McElhany, and he was fully heard in his
own defense. On consideration thereof it is the opinion of the Court,
that the prisoner, the said Briggs/McElhany is guilty of stealing the
horses in conjunction with the said McElhany/Briggs, and that he ought
to be tried at the next district court to be held in the Court House,
in the county of Prince Edward in September.
John Spenser, on oath saith that on the 2nd day of August,
instant, he was possessed of two horses, one a bay, and the other a
sorrel. Which two horses were missing out of his pasture the next
morning, and examining his pasture fences, could make no discovery
where they got out. On the 5th day of the month, in the evening, came
to his house, Mr Walton, with a letter directed to Capt Bedford, that
the two prisoners, McElhany and Briggs, were apprehended in the county
of Nottaway and committed to the jail of that county, on suspicion of
stealing two horses, a bay and a sorrel. Receiving this information,
the deponent attended the examining court of Nottaway, and there he
saw his two horses in the care of Col Freeman Epps, said to be taken
from the prisoners. Which horses, the deponent saith, were his
property, and that he never disposed of them to any person whomsoever.
Further, deponent saith not.
Col Freeman Epps, before the Court, on oath saith that on the
morning of the 3rd day of August, about noon, he received information
that there were two men in camp, in a neck of woods, near the planta-
tion of Mr Thomas Epps. On this information, he, the deponent, col-
lected together several men to go in search of, and endeavor to
apprehend them. Being conducted, with his company, to the camp, he
proceeded to apprehend the prisoners. On approaching, the sd McElahany
and Briggs ran off. Being pursued by the deponent and his company, the
prisoners were taken near their encampment. The deponent directed the
company to keep the prisoners apart, in order that they might be
examined more particularly. On examination, the prisoner McElhany told
this deponent, that they, the prisoners, had two horses at the camp,
but that the horses had run off. They had taken the horses the evening
before at a plantation about two miles below Little Roanoake Bridge.
He believed a widow women lived there. One of the company,
recollecting the plantation from the description given by the
prisoner, asked him if it were not the plantation whereof Mr Bedford
formerly lived. He, McElhany, replied, "Yes, that was the name of the
person who lived there." The prisoner, McElhany, informed this
deponent that one of the horses was a large bay, the other a sorrel.
The horses, when found, answered the description given by the
prisoners. The deponent saith, the horses were found about 300 or 400
yards distant from the camp, making towards the road. They were
pursued and caught about a mile distant from where to prisoners were
encamped. The horses were then carried to a house of a Mr Epps, where
the prisoners had been sent on before. This deponent then took the
prisoners apart, and took McElhany to the horses, and asked if they
were the horses he, McElhany had stolen. His answer was, "Yes, the bay
horse I had road down, and Briggs, the sorrel." This deponent then
returned McElhany to the house and took Briggs to the same horses and
asked him if he knew them.
He also answered, "Yes,I road the sorrel and McElhany the bay."
McElahany, when he was carried to the horses, inquired of this depone-
nt, whether the bridles and saddles were safe. The deponent answered,
the saddles were, and the bridle on the bay horse, but the sorrel
horse had lost his. McElhany then said he had well secured the bridle
on the bay horse, by putting the stirrup through the bridle reins, but
that Briggs had carelessly put his bridle over the sorrel horses'
neck, which he supposed would be lost. Further this deponent saith not
Francis Fitzgerald, of Nottaway County, before the court on oath
saith, that on Monday, the 3rd day of August, instant, he was informed
by Mr Epps that one of his negroes had discovered some white men in
camp, in the woods near his plantation. He, Epps, requested assistance
of this deponent, to apprehend them. He, the deponent, went to the
plantation of Mr Thomas Epps, and with others, were conducted near the
camp, from whence the deponent saith he discovered a man and horse.
The horse was either a bay or a sorrel. The deponent then showed
himself to the prisoners, he being in front of the company, and
ordered the prisoners to surrender. Upon which they, the prisoners,
immediately ran off. The company and the deponent pursued them. The
prisoners separated, and the deponent went after the prisoner Briggs,
and took him, and inquired his name. He answered, "Briggs". After some
little pause, the prisoner inquired who had discovered them. The
deponent made no answer to the question. The prisoner then said that
he supposed the deponent and his party, had pursued them from the
place where they had taken the horses. The deponent requested the
prisoner to inform him the whole truth of the matter. The prisoner
answered he and McElahany had taken two horses a small distance below
Little Roanaoke Bridge, from a plantation where there was a large red
house. The deponent and the company went with the prisoner, to the
house of Mr Epps. After being there some time,Briggs desired to speak
to this deponent in private. While together the sorrel horse was
produced and the deponent asked Briggs if he knew that horse. Briggs
answered that was the horse he road down, and said he was apprehensive
that McElhany would swear his life away, as he, McElhany had taken
both horses. The deponent then asked McElhany, if he did take both
horses. McElhany answered they were both taken together, and that he
might have taken hold of both of the horses, but that Briggs had
bridled the sorrel. Further, deponent saith not
Sterling Rack Thornton, being first sworn saith that on the 3rd
day of this instant, having business with Col Epps, and on his way
there he met with Thomas Epps, who informed him, that he understood by
his boy that there were two men just by his plantation in the woods.
He requested this deponent to accompany him, and see who they were. On
which the deponent went to Col Epps' and joined the company collected
there, to take the men said to be encamped in the woods. After the
prisoners, McElhany and Briggs were committed, the deponent was
summonsed as a guard. When going to the jail, the deponent asked
Briggs what kind of saddle he had. He answered a very indifferent one,
but that McElhany's was a very good one, about half worn and that he
expected McElhany, would sell it. Two days afterwards the deponent
went up to the jail and spoke to Briggs about the saddle. McElhany
said he would sell his, and that the deponent might go and see it. If
he liked it, then he might give him what he thought it was worth. The
deponent inquired where it was, and McElhany answered he supposed at
Col Epps'. The deponent later spoke to Col Epps about the saddle and
told him McElhany had sold him the saddle if he liked it. Col Epps
told the deponent the saddle was at his, (Epps) house. When the
deponent went, Col Epps was from home, but from the description of the
saddle, the deponent found it, took it away, and offered to pay the
said McElhany for it. But he refused to receive pay and desired the
matter might be deferred until the evening. Further, deponent saith
Below, you will find a lot of information copied and pasted from other websites.Give credit to whom credit is due.
Perhaps you will find something in this that will give you a clue.
I find it interesting the Frederick suffered such a terrible end, while two of his Goodrich Cousins became prominent in Texas history.One signed the Texas Dec. of Ind / His brother died at the Alamo.
Samuel Briggs was the son of Henry Briggs and Mary Flood Blunt Washington Ford Briggs.Richard Washington was Mary's only son by John Washington.Some have said that Mary was the daughter of Col. John Flood.She had one son by her Blunt husband.
Most of of Mary's children were Briggs.
Richard Washington married his cousin, Elizabeth Jordan.They had Faith Washington.Faith married Josiah Barker.Josiah and Faith had Elizabeth, named for her grandmother.Elizabeth, many researchers believe, married Charles Webb who died in Southampton, Va., in 1758.In 1712, Robert Webb, Sr., owned land adjoining Richard Washington.
The Webb line is mine. (Bobby Lamb)
Okay, to set this next part up, you need to know about the children of Samuel Briggs that married into the Goodrich family.
One was Thomas, whose son was hanged for stealing horses.
The other was Ann, who became the mother of Briggs Goodrich on Fountain Creek and the Meherrin River. These were double cousins, as some would say.
I first saw Briggs Goodrich's name associated with deeds relating to the Ledbetters and Waltons.I figured he had Briggs roots.I was right.I didn't know, though, that I was about to discover the roots of two American heroes associated with the birth of Texas.
Read on.This is long.You may choose to print and read during a coke break.It's really fascinating.
Ann Briggs, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Bailey) Briggs, married Edward Goodrich, a son of Edward Goodrich and Margaret Wynne.
John Jones sold 190 acres on the south side of the Nottoway River to Edward Goodrich, son of Capt. Edward Goodrich, 16 September 1723.
Edward and Ann were residents of Brunswick County when they sold their 190 acres to Richard Jones 18 May 1739.
John Walker sold Goodrich 100 acres on the south side of Three Creeks in present-day Greensville County in 1743.
Goodrich sold the land to Henry Duke in 1748, with Ann relinquishing her dower right in the land, but bought it back in 1749.
Edward and Ann sold 175 acres on Three Creeks to Lemuel Cocke 24 October 1752.
Goodrich, a Brunswick County justice first in 1749, represented Brunswick County in the Virginia House of Burgesses (1755-59) until elected sheriff in 1759.
He was captain during the French and Indian War, and was also a vestryman of St. Andrew’s Parish from 1755 until he resigned in 1767.
Edward Goodrich was “sick and weak” when he made his will in Greensville County naming wife, Ann, and children Mary Briggs, Dorothy McDaniel, Sarah Thornton, and Benjamin Goodrich. Among the witnesses was Edward Goodrich Jr. (will dated 14 June 1790, recorded 27 Jan. 1791).
Briggs Goodrich [586.10.1] (-1788) married Mary Camp.
Briggs left a will in Brunswick County remembering wife, Mary, and children John Goodrich, Nancy Williamson, Rebecca Chapman, Mary Goodrich, Sarah Goodrich, Benjamin Goodrich, William Camp Goodrich, James Courtney Goodrich, and Thomas Goodrich (will dated 3 Mar. 1788, recorded 28 April 1788). Briggs failed to sign the will “on account of his feeling an inclination to sleep and dropping into a dose.”
Mary’s will identified a daughter as Frances Elizabeth Briggs Goodrich, evidently the, “should my wife be with child” in her husband’s will (will dated 9 Dec. 1797, recorded 26 Feb. 1798).
Among her executors was her brother John Camp.
4› Nancy Camp Goodrich [5188.8.131.52] married first Bowler Harris in Brunswick County 13 December (bond) 1779. She married second John Williamson by 1788.
4› Rebecca Goodrich [5184.108.40.206] married John H. Chapman by 1788.
4› Mary Goodrich [5220.127.116.11] married Howell Harris of Greensville County in Brunswick County 23 November (bond) 1789.
4› Sarah Goodrich [518.104.22.168] married Edward Branch in Brunswick County 26 June 1794.
4› John Goodrich [522.214.171.124] (-1817) married his cousin Rhoda Goodrich, daughter of Benjamin Goodrich, in Greensville County 10 May 1798. The parents of six children, John and Rhoda died near Nashville, Tennessee.
4› Thomas Goodrich [5126.96.36.199] married Elizabeth Warwick in Brunswick County 4 March (bond) 1800.
4› Benjamin Goodrich [5188.8.131.52] married Nancy S. Claiborne in Brunswick County 20 November (bond) 1799. He was then a ward of his brother John.
4› William Camp Goodrich [5184.108.40.206] married Martha Smith in Sussex County 26 October (bond) 1803.
4› James Courtney Goodrich [5220.127.116.11].
4› Frances Elizabeth Briggs Goodrich [518.104.22.168] married her cousin Edmund W. Goodrich in Brunswick County 3 February (bond) 1807.
3› Mary Goodrich [586.10.2] married Frederick Briggs in Brunswick County 25 February (bond) 1772. See their family
3› Dorothy Goodrich [586.10.3] married — McDaniel.
3› Sarah Goodrich [586.10.4] married William Thornton in Brunswick County 16 February (bond) 1774.
3› Edward Goodrich [586.10.5] witnessed the will of Edward Goodrich and is thought to be a son.
3› Benjamin Goodrich [586.10.6] (-1803) married Lucy Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler and his second wife, Amy —.
Butler identified Benjamin Goodrich as his son-in-law in his 1784-will in Sussex County. They were husband and wife as early as 25 February 1771 when they sold 100 acres on Three Creeks and 200 acres on Reedy Branch in present-day Greensville County.
Benjamin was head of a household of nine whites and eight blacks in Greensville County in 1783.
Benjamin represented Greensville County in the Virginia House of Delegates (1791).
Benjamin’s extensive will in Greensville County was that of a wealthy man (will dated 15 Jan. 1803, recorded April 1803). His wife was dead and he named seven children including married daughter Amy W. Lanier, wife of Edmund Lanier.
4› Wilkins Goodrich [522.214.171.124].
4› Washington Goodrich [5126.96.36.199] married Frances Beverly Batte in Greensville County 27 February 1799.
4› Rhoda Goodrich [5188.8.131.52] (-1838) married John Goodrich in Greensville County 10 May 1798. See their family
4› Edmund W. Goodrich [5184.108.40.206] married Frances Elizabeth Briggs Goodrich in Brunswick County 4 February (bond) 1807.
4› Amy Washington Goodrich [5220.127.116.11] married Edmund Lanier in Greensville County 30 October 1800.
4› Frances Goodrich [518.104.22.168] married William Thornton in Greensville County 12 June (bond) 1804.
4› Robert H. Goodrich [522.214.171.124] married Sarah H. Spencer, daughter of Robert Spencer, in Greensville County 12 April (bond) 1813.
DEED BOOK 14 (1780-1790) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA
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Only deeds involving HARRISONs are included here. Please visit Brunswick Co., VA site on UGENWEB managed by Carol Morrison for other records.
This Indenture made the eighty Day of November, 1779 BETWEEN George Ledbetter and Elizabeth his wife, William Dale and Sarah his wife of the one part and Henry Mangum of the other part WITNESSETH . . . for and in consideration of the sum of five thousand Pounds current money of Virginia . . . have bargained sold enfeoffed released and confirmed unto the said Henry Mangum . . . on certain tract or parcel of Land situate lying in Brunswick County and on the south side of Fountains Creek containing by Estimation two hundred and seventy five acres be the same more or less with a water grist Mill standing on the above said Creek and the land bounded as follows to wit BEGINNING at the Creek in Nathan Harris's line thence bounded on the said Harrisons line to Henry Mangums own line thence along his line to John Vicks line thence along his line to Pearsons line thence along Pearsons line to a new marked line of the said Pearsons thence along the new marked line down to the Creek thence up the said Creek to the first station taking in the above said Mill together will all woods ways water courses profits commoditus heriditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging . . . Signed by George Ledbetter, Elizabeth Ledbetter, William Dale (his mark), Sarah Dale (her mark), and witnessed by Absolum Bennett, Briggs Goodrich, Henry Walton, James Pearson, Moses Johnson, William Goodrich, John Camp, William Robinson, and Littleberry Robinson. At a Court held for Brunswick County the 27th day of March 1780 This Indenture was proved by the oaths of Briggs Goodrich Wm Goodrich John Camp and William Robinson Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded. Deed Book 14, page 9.
This Indenture made this twenty ninth Day of December 1787 BETWEEN John Randle of the one part and Henry Ledbetter of the other part . . . for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds . . . doth bargain and sell unto the said Henry Ledbetter . . . a certain Tract or parcel of Land lying and being in the County of Brunswick BEGINNING on Rattle snake Creek at a corner berch, from thence along Briggs Goodrich's line nearly a North East course to a corner red oak, from thence along said Goodrich's line to a corner black jack of Henry Ledbetter's line, thence along said Ledbetter's line to James Wright's line, thence along Wright's line to a burch stump on Rattlesnake Creek, from thence up the said Creek to the First Station containing by Estimation one hundred and thirty acres . . . Signed by John Randle and witnessed by Beverly Randle, James Randle, John Howell, John Harrison, George Walton and John Walton. Brunswick County Court 28th July 1788. This Indenture was proved by the oaths of James Randle, John Howell and George Walton witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Deed Book 14, page 380.
This Indenture made this twenty eighth Day of August, 1780 BETWEEN Briggs Goodrich and Mary his wife of the County of Brunswick of the one part and Charles Dillehay of the other part . . . for and in consideration of the sum of sixteen hundred pounds . . . doth grant bargain sell enfeoff and confirm unto the said Charles Dillehay . . . one certain Tract or parcel of Land lying and being in the County of Brunswick on both sides of Fountains Creek containing by estimation two hundred and thirty eight acres . . . and bounded as followeth (to wit) BEGINNING at a hickory on the south side of Fountains Creek, thence to a Pine, thence to a white Oak on Henry Wyche's line, thence to a Hickory, thence to a Pine, thence to a hickory on Fountains Creek, thence up the said Creek to Tatums line, thence along the said Tatums line to a white oak thence along the said line to a Pine a corner on Wilkins thence along the said Wilkins's line to a gum, thence to a red Oak sapling, thence to Hargroves line, thence along Hargroves line to a white oak on Fountains Creek thence down the various courses of the said Creek to the BEGINNING . . . Signed by Briggs Goodrich and Mary Goodrich. At a Court held for Brunswick County the
39. BRIGGS6 GOODRICH (ANNE5 BRIGGS, SAMUAL4, HENRY3, HENRY2, HENRY1) was born Abt. 1740 in Brunswick County, VA, and died April 1788 in Brunswick County, VA. He married MARY CAMP Bet. 1761 - 1765 in Brunswick Co., VA. She was born 1740, and died February 1798 in VA.
Children of BRIGGS GOODRICH and MARY CAMP are:
MARY7 GOODRICH, b. 1769; d. Unknown; m. HOWELL HARRIS, November 23, 1789, Brunswick Co., VA; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
WILLIAM CAMP GOODRICH, b. Bef. 1770; d. Unknown; m. MARTHA SMITH, October 27, 1803, Sussex Co., VA; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
NANCY GOODRICH, b. 1770; d. Unknown; m. JOHN WILLIAMSON, Abt. 1788, Brunswick Co., VA; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
REBECCA GOODRICH, b. 1771; d. Unknown; m. JOHN H. CHAPMAN; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
BENJAMIN GOODRICH, b. Bet. 1771 - 1788; d. Unknown; m. NANCY S. CLAIBORNE, November 20, 1799, Brunswick Co., VA; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
THOMAS GOODRICH, b. Bet. 1771 - 1788; d. Unknown; m. ELIZABETH WARWICK, March 4, 1800, Brunswick Co., VA; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
SARAH "SALLY" GOODRICH, b. 1774; d. Unknown; m. EDWARD BRANCH, June 24, 1794, Brunswick Co., VA; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
JOHN GOODRICH, b. Abt. 1775, Brunswick Co., VA; d. 1817, Davidson Co., VA.
JAMES COURTNEY GOODRICH, b. 1785; d. Unknown.
Re: John/Benjamin Briggs Goodrich - VA/TX
Posted by: Joe Neilson Date: July 02, 1998 at 21:09:29
In Reply to: John/Benjamin Briggs Goodrich - VA/TX by Steve Davidson of 1823
Benjamin Briggs Goodrich, b. 1799 Greensville, Va. son of John and Rhoda Goodrich (first cousins). John Camp Goodrich, brother to Benjamin Briggs Goodrich b. 1807, Nashville, Tn. died at the Alamo.
Re: John/Benjamin (Dr. Robt Goodrich TX)
Posted by: Bob Lewis (ID *****9456) Date: July 19, 2003 at 13:14:08
In Reply to: Re: John/Benjamin (Dr. Robt Goodrich TX) by Doug Carlton of 1823
Benjamin Briggs Goodrich (see generation 5 below) was the "John Hancock" of the Texas Declaration of Independence (he signed all the way across the page!). He was an MD and helped draft the declaration. His younger brother John died at the Alamo. Here's what I have on his family. If you contact me, I can send you a short biography of him.
Descendants of Edward Goodrich
Generation No. 1
1. CAPT. EDWARD2 GOODRICH (CHARLES1) He married MARGARET WYNNE, daughter of JOSHUA WYNNE and MARY JONES.
Notes for CAPT. EDWARD GOODRICH:
Granted by the Crown 300 acres of land in Prince George County, Virginia on June 22, 1722. Captain in the Virginia Militia during the French and Indian War.
Child of EDWARD GOODRICH and MARGARET WYNNE is:
2. i. EDWARD3 GOODRICH, JR., b. Prince Georges County, VA?.
Generation No. 2
2. EDWARD3 GOODRICH, JR. (EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born in Prince Georges County, VA?. He married (1) ANNE BRIGGS, daughter of SAMUEL BRIGGS and MARY BAILEY.
Notes for EDWARD GOODRICH, JR.:
Children of EDWARD GOODRICH and ANNE BRIGGS are:
3. i. BRIGGS4 GOODRICH, d. April 28, 1788, Brunswick County, VA.
4. ii. CAPT. BENJAMIN GOODRICH, d. April 1803, Greenville County, VA.
5. iii. EDMUND W. GOODRICH.
Child of EDWARD GOODRICH, JR. is:
6. iv. BENJAMIN4 GOODRICH, d. 1838, Brunswick Co., Virginia.
Generation No. 3
3. BRIGGS4 GOODRICH (EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) died April 28, 1788 in Brunswick County, VA. He married MARY CAMP. She died 1798 in Brunswick County, VA.
Notes for BRIGGS GOODRICH:
Parishioner of St. Andrews Parish in 1733. Volunteered for the Civil and Patriot Services during the Revolutionary War.
Children of BRIGGS GOODRICH and MARY CAMP are:
7. i. JOHN5 GOODRICH, b. Brunswick County, VA; d. 1817, Nashville, Davidson County, TN.
8. ii. ELIZABETH BRIGGS GOODRICH.
4. CAPT. BENJAMIN4 GOODRICH (EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) died April 1803 in Greenville County, VA. He married LUCY BUTLER Bef. 1774 in Virginia, daughter of THOMAS BUTLER.
Notes for CAPT. BENJAMIN GOODRICH:
Parishioner of St. Andrews Parish in 1733. Captain in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War.
Children of BENJAMIN GOODRICH and LUCY BUTLER are:
9. i. RHODA5 GOODRICH, b. Brunswick County, VA; d. 1838, Nashville, Davidson County, TN.
ii. AMY W. GOODRICH.
iii. FRANCES GOODRICH.
iv. ROBERT HICKS GOODRICH.
v. WASHINGTON GOODRICH.
vi. EDMOND W. GOODRICH.
5. EDMUND W.4 GOODRICH (EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) He married ELIZABETH BRIGGS GOODRICH February 03, 1807 in Brunswick County, VA, daughter of BRIGGS GOODRICH and MARY CAMP.
Child of EDMUND GOODRICH and ELIZABETH GOODRICH is:
10. i. EDWARD W.5 GOODRICH, JR., b. 1809, Tennessee; d. Texas.
6. BENJAMIN4 GOODRICH (EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) died 1838 in Brunswick Co., Virginia. He married (1) LUCY BUTLER, daughter of THOMAS BUTLER. He married (2) LUCY BUTLER, daughter of THOMAS BUTLER.
Child of BENJAMIN GOODRICH and LUCY BUTLER is:
i. RHODA5 GOODRICH, m. ARCHIBALD GOODRICH; b. Abt. 1800, Brunswick County, VA; d. 1878, Holly Springs, Marshall County, MS.
Generation No. 4
7. JOHN5 GOODRICH (BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born in Brunswick County, VA, and died 1817 in Nashville, Davidson County, TN. He married RHODA GOODRICH May 10, 1798 in Greenville County, VA, daughter of BENJAMIN GOODRICH and LUCY BUTLER. She was born in Brunswick County, VA, and died 1838 in Nashville, Davidson County, TN.
Children of JOHN GOODRICH and RHODA GOODRICH are:
11. i. DR. BENJAMIN BRIGGS6 GOODRICH, b. February 24, 1799, Brunswick County, VA; d. November 16, 1860, Anderson, Grimes Co., TX.
ii. ARCHIBALD GOODRICH, b. Abt. 1800, Brunswick County, VA; d. 1878, Holly Springs, Marshall County, MS; m. RHODA GOODRICH.
iii. MARY MARIE COURTNEY GOODRICH, b. 1805; d. February 21, 1881; m. JAMES HENRY NELSON, November 26, 1840, Holly Springs, Marshall County, MS; b. 1803; d. 1865.
iv. JAMES M. GOODRICH, b. March 23, 1809, Davidson County, TN?; d. 1876; m. SUSAN P. WELLS.
v. JOHN CAMP GOODRICH, b. Abt. 1811, Davidson County, TN; d. March 06, 1836, San Antonio, TX.
Notes for JOHN CAMP GOODRICH:
Joined the Texas Legion of Cavalry on January 6, 1836. Was a cornett (company officer, guidon bearer) in the Texan regular army. Died in Alamo.
12. vi. LUCY ANN BUTLER GOODRICH, b. Bet. 1816 - 1818.
8. ELIZABETH BRIGGS5 GOODRICH (BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) She married EDMUND W. GOODRICH February 03, 1807 in Brunswick County, VA, son of EDWARD GOODRICH and ANNE BRIGGS.
Child is listed above under (5) Edmund W. Goodrich.
9. RHODA5 GOODRICH (BENJAMIN4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born in Brunswick County, VA, and died 1838 in Nashville, Davidson County, TN. She married JOHN GOODRICH May 10, 1798 in Greenville County, VA, son of BRIGGS GOODRICH and MARY CAMP. He was born in Brunswick County, VA, and died 1817 in Nashville, Davidson County, TN.
Children are listed above under (7) John Goodrich.
10. EDWARD W.5 GOODRICH, JR. (EDMUND W.4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born 1809 in Tennessee, and died in Texas. He married LUCY ANN BUTLER GOODRICH, daughter of JOHN GOODRICH and RHODA GOODRICH. She was born Bet. 1816 - 1818.
Children of EDWARD GOODRICH and LUCY GOODRICH are:
i. WASHINGTON6 GOODRICH, b. 1836, Tennessee.
ii. JANE GOODRICH, b. 1844, Tennessee.
iii. JOHN GOODRICH, b. 1849, Texas.
Generation No. 5
11. DR. BENJAMIN BRIGGS6 GOODRICH (JOHN5, BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born February 24, 1799 in Brunswick County, VA, and died November 16, 1860 in Anderson, Grimes Co., TX. He married SARENA CAROTHERS. She was born May 11, 1807 in Barren County, KY, and died April 27, 1884 in Anderson, Grimes County, TX.
Notes for DR. BENJAMIN BRIGGS GOODRICH:
Received M.D. from the College of Medicine of Maryland (now part of the University of Maryland), probably about 1820. Served a term in the House of Representatives from Jackson County, Alabama in 1832 while living in Tuscaloosa. Arrived in Texas with his brother John Camp Goodrich on April 30, 1834, and settled in the Austin Colony. One of the drafters and signers (the "John Hancock") of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Anderson, TX, in a grave marked by a monument erected by the State of Texas in 1932.
Children of BENJAMIN GOODRICH and SARENA CAROTHERS are:
i. JOHN7 GOODRICH, b. 1826, Alabama; d. Bef. 1860, Texas; m. MARY ELIZA ROGERS, March 05, 1849; b. 1832, Alabama.
ii. VIRGINIA GOODRICH, b. Bet. 1827 - 1832; m. (1) JOHN B. HARRIS; m. (2) A. W. SCABLES.
13. iii. SARENA M. GOODRICH, b. 1837, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas; d. 1890.
14. iv. BENJAMIN BRIGGS GOODRICH, JR., b. 1839, Texas.
v. EUGENA GOODRICH, b. 1842, Texas; m. B. W. PEARCE.
vi. MARY R. GOODRICH, b. 1846, Texas; m. JAMES H. MULDREWS.
15. vii. ELIZABETH GOODRICH, b. June 1848, Texas; d. Aft. 1900, Navasota, Grimes County, TX.
16. viii. DR. BRIGGS GOODRICH, b. 1848, Texas; d. Bef. 1880.
ix. WILLIAM GOODRICH, b. 1851, Texas.
Notes for WILLIAM GOODRICH:
12. LUCY ANN BUTLER6 GOODRICH (JOHN5, BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born Bet. 1816 - 1818. She married EDWARD W. GOODRICH, JR., son of EDMUND GOODRICH and ELIZABETH GOODRICH. He was born 1809 in Tennessee, and died in Texas.
Children are listed above under (10) Edward W. Goodrich, Jr..
Generation No. 6
13. SARENA M.7 GOODRICH (BENJAMIN BRIGGS6, JOHN5, BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born 1837 in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, and died 1890. She married LEMUEL P. ROGERS. He died Bef. 1860.
More About SARENA M. GOODRICH:
Cause of Death: Childbirth
Children of SARENA GOODRICH and LEMUEL ROGERS are:
i. MARY S.8 ROGERS, b. 1856.
ii. JOHN L. ROGERS, b. 1858.
14. BENJAMIN BRIGGS7 GOODRICH, JR. (BENJAMIN BRIGGS6, JOHN5, BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born 1839 in Texas. He married (1) MARY F. TERRELL. She was born 1846 in Georgia. He married (2) HELENE EDITH ???.
Child of BENJAMIN GOODRICH and MARY TERRELL is:
i. MARY8 GOODRICH, b. 1867.
Child of BENJAMIN GOODRICH and HELENE ??? is:
ii. MARCUS A.8 GOODRICH.
15. ELIZABETH7 GOODRICH (BENJAMIN BRIGGS6, JOHN5, BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born June 1848 in Texas, and died Aft. 1900 in Navasota, Grimes County, TX. She married JAMES L. SCOTT Abt. 1861 in Texas, son of JAMES SCOTT and ANN ELLIS. He was born Abt. 1838 in Winston County, MS, and died Bet. 1880 - 1900 in Gainesville, Cooke County, TX.
Notes for ELIZABETH GOODRICH:
Living at age 52 in Navasota in 1900 as head-of-houshold with children Walter, Harry, Virgie, and Hanibal; and grandchildren Clara and Scott Freeman.
Notes for JAMES L. SCOTT:
On Sept. 23, 1850, at age 10, he and his sister Lucy, 9, were living grandparents Felix and Martha Ellis in Winston County, MS
Children of ELIZABETH GOODRICH and JAMES SCOTT are:
i. JAMES L.8 SCOTT, JR., b. Abt. 1862.
ii. SARENA SCOTT, b. Abt. 1864, Texas; d. 1888; m. GETER FREEMAN, January 24, 1883, Grimes County, TX; b. Bef. 1865.
iii. LILLIE SCOTT, b. Bet. 1865 - 1869, Grimes County, TX; m. JOHN FRAZIER, January 02, 1883, Grimes County, TX.
iv. WALTER SCOTT, b. October 1870.
v. HARRY SCOTT, b. December 1874.
vi. VIRGINIA (VIRGIE) SCOTT, b. November 1877.
vii. HANIBAL SCOTT, b. November 1879.
16. DR. BRIGGS7 GOODRICH (BENJAMIN BRIGGS6, JOHN5, BRIGGS4, EDWARD3, EDWARD2, CHARLES1) was born 1848 in Texas, and died Bef. 1880. He married RHODA MEADOR. She was born 1850, and died Bef. 1880.
Notes for DR. BRIGGS GOODRICH:
Lawyer. Attorney General of the Territory of Arizona in the 1870s.
Children of BRIGGS GOODRICH and RHODA MEADOR are:
i. RAMONA8 GOODRICH, b. 1870.
ii. SARENA GOODRICH, b. 1874.
The Defenders of the Alamo
Name, Place of Or
John Camp Goodrich, Tenn.
On March 6, 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna and his army of more than 5,000 stormed the Alamo mission in San Antonio, Texas after being held at bay for more than 12 days by 150 men.
Among the men who fell at the mission were 32 Tennesseans. They were:
John Camp Goodrich
GOODRICH, BENJAMIN BRIGGS (1799-1860).
Benjamin Briggs Goodrich, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, son of John Goodrich, was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, on February 24, 1799.
After the family moved from Virginia to Tennessee, Goodrich went to Maryland, where he graduated from a medical college in Baltimore and began to practice medicine.
He later practiced in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Tallahassee, Florida; and again in Alabama, where he served one term in the state legislature.
Goodrich and his brother, John Calvin Goodrich, arrived in Texas on April 30, 1834. Dr. Goodrich purchased a lot in Washington on December 16, 1835. As one of the four representatives from the Municipality of Washington at the Convention of 1836 he signed the Declaration of Independence.
While attending the convention he secured from each delegate present his age, place of birth, and the name of the state from which he emigrated to Texas.
Goodrich married Serena Corrothers, a native of Kentucky; they were parents of nine children.
Sometime after 1836 he settled near the site of present Anderson in Grimes County.
He died on November 16, 1860, and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Anderson, where the state of Texas erected a joint monument at the graves of Goodrich and his wife in 1932.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Thomas L. Miller, "Texas Land Grants to Veterans of the Revolution and Signers of the Declaration of Independence," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 64 (January 1961). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
L. W. Kemp
Letters from the Alamo
Benjamin Briggs Goodrich
Little attention has been given to how the news of the Alamo's fall was spread from Texas to the United States. The close family ties and community relationships bound the Texans to their former homes. In this letter, Benjamin Briggs Goodrich, who was a member of the Convention meeting as Washinting-on-the-Brazo, informed his family of death of John C. Goodrich--his brother--on March 6, 1836.1
Washington Texas, 15th March, 1836
Texas is in mourning, and it becomes my painful duty to inform my relations in Tennessee of the massacre of my poor brother John.
He was murdered in the Texas fortress of San Antonio de Bexar (known as the Alamo) on the night of the 6th of this month, together with one hundred and eighty of our brave countrymen, gallantly defending that place against an invading army of Mexicans, eight thousand strong; not one escaped to tell the dreadful tale.
The Alamo had been surrounded for many days by a besieging army of the Mexicans, variously estimated at from 3 to 8 thousand men,2 commanded by Genl. Lopez de Santa Anna in person; the fortress, as before stated, was besieged, and it fell and every man was put to the sword.
They effected their purpose by a general charge aided by scaling ladders. Upwards of five hundred of the enemy were killed, and as many more mortally or dangerously wounded.
Col. Travis, the commander of the fortress, sooner than fall into the hands of the enemy, stabbed himself to the heart and instantly died.
Seven of our brave men, being all that were left alive, called for quarter and to see Santa Anna, but were instantly shot by the order of that fiendish tyrant.
Col. Bowie was murdered, sick in bed.
Amoung the number of your acquaintances, murdered in the Alamo, were Col. David Crockett, Micajah Autry, formerly of Haysborough, John Hays, son of Andrew Hays of Nashville, and my unfortunate brother, John C. Goodrich: but they died like men, and posterity will do them justice.
Santa Anna is now in Texas with an invading army of eight or ten thousand men strong--determined to carry on a war of extermination. We will meet him and teach the unprincipled scoundrel that freemen can never be conquered by the hirling soldierly of a military despot.
The struggle is great and our difficulties many--but the army of the patriot is doubly served, when his fireside and his liberties are invaded-- We rush to the combat, and our motto is Revenge, Liberty or Death.
Approach poor old mother cautiously with this awful news, for I fear her much worn out constitution will not survive the shock.
-Publish this information if you think proper--We ask for help and in the name of everything that is sacred to Liberty and Independence.
So soon as the Convention (of which I am a member) adjourns, I shall proceed forthwith to the army.--
The blood of a Goodrich has already crimsoned the soil of Texas and another victim shall be added to the list or I see Texas free and Independent.--
Give my love to my dear mother, sisters and brothers, and friends generally--
Benj. Briggs Goodrich
P.S. News has just reached that the enemy are on the march to this place and we know not at what moment we shall be compelled to move our women and children beyond their reach. Their mode of warfare is strictly savage; they fight under a Red Banner, and we ask nor expect no quarter in the future,--
I will advise you from time to time (if alive) and would highly appreciate hearing from you.-- Direct your letters to Cantonment Jessup, pay postage and I will be sure to get them.
Sincerely your brother
Free to the U. States, 1836
B. B. Goodrich
Mr. Edmund Goodrich